Breaking Down Brooklyn’s Draft Selections
The Brooklyn Nets have made the NBA post-season the past three seasons. The chances of the squad extending that streak into 2016 is not very good. The Nets will be a club in transition heading into the new year, and that’s even more so the fact after looking at their draft selections.
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The Nets were able to get a very nice pickup with landing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in a trade with Portland, but did have to trade Mason Plumlee to get him. Still, Hollis-Jefferson has the potential to be a prime time player in the league if he can improve in a few key areas. The 7’1” wingspan is obviously his biggest asset as he heads into Brooklyn, and that will allow Hollis-Jefferson to step on the floor and be a defensive threat right from the very beginning.
At the 29th spot, Brooklyn decided to go with Syracuse product Chris McCullough, which on the surface, is a nice selection. However, the current issue is that McCullough likely won’t step onto the floor for quite a while since he is coming off of an ACL Tear. But while it could take some time for him to fully heal and be the player that he was when healthy at Syracuse, the potential is there for him to get good minutes down the road.
Juan Vaulet is who the Nets grabbed in the second round, and like McCullough, he isn’t going to be available for this Brooklyn squad right away. The Argentinian forward isn’t NBA-ready quite yet, and will need to work on his speed and strength in order to eventually become a key part of Brooklyn’s future.
Overall, three selections are better than zero selections. If the Nets can hone in on the development of these young talents, these could prove to be outstanding picks given their spot in the draft.
Looking Into Brooklyn’s Future
Again, considering that two of the three draft picks likely won’t see minutes next season, the Nets do have solid pieces to add to their future puzzle. It’s clear that Brooklyn is going to be going through a major transition during the 2015-2016 season, and the playoffs will likely be an afterthought.
But if Hollis-Jefferson can get significant playing time and start to learn the ins and outs of life in the NBA, he’ll be a go-to player once that transition is complete. There’s no doubt that Hollis-Jefferson is the strength of this draft class and the player with the highest ceiling.
And should McCullough’s healing process go as planned, he also has the potential to be a long-term contributor for this franchise. However, it may be several years before he and Vaulet are able to reach that point.
All in all, the Nets had a solid draft. But Brooklyn fans shouldn’t expect to see the payoff any time soon.
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