Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength

Nets general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson have done well in trying to make the most of a tough situation, taking over a bad team that didn't have control of its own first round pick for the first three years of their tenure. They've developed some fringe-roster guys into useful players and have begun to build both a culture and system that could be the foundation for a successful team at some point down the road.

Needs Work

The Nets simply don't have the top-line talent to compete with the best teams in the Eastern Conference. They've taken a chance on former No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell, but he struggled with consistency and defense in his first year in Brooklyn, and it remains unclear if he's a point guard that can make his team better. The Nets have the framework for a good defense, forcing the most inefficient shots on the floor, but haven't been disruptive enough within that framework.

 

Two Stats That Matter 

57 percent -- The Nets allowed their opponents to take only 57 percent of their shots from the restricted area or 3-point range. That was the league's lowest opponent rate by a wide margin.

12.2 -- The Nets ranked last in opponent turnover rate, forcing just 12.2 per 100 possessions.

The Way To Go

Ideally, the Nets would package their three picks to move up from No. 29 and add a more talented player than they can get at the bottom of the first round. Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen are promising pieces going forward, but that shouldn't stop them from drafting the best player they can find, no matter what position he plays.

2017-18 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)

Offensive: 104.3 (21st)
Defensive: 108.5 (25th)

Under Contract

C: Jarrett Allen
F: DeMarre Carroll
G-F: Allen Crabbe
G: Spencer Dinwiddie
F: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
G-F: Caris LeVert
C: Timofey Mozgov
G: D'Angelo Russell
G: Isaiah Whitehead

Free Agents

F: Quincy Acy (unrestricted)
F: Dante Cunningham (unrestricted)
G: Joe Harris (unrestricted)
G: Jeremy Lin (player option)
C: Jahlil Okafor (unrestricted)
G: Nik Stauskas (restricted)

Recent Draft History

2017: Jarrett Allen (22); Kyle Kuzma (27), traded to L.A. Lakers; Aleksandar Vezenkov (57)
2016: Marcus Paige (55), traded to Utah
2015: Chris McCullough (29); Pat Connaughton (41), traded to Portland
2014: No picks
2013: Mason Plumlee (22)
2012: Ilkan Karaman (57)

 -- John Schuhmann


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