Making Your Way Through the Mocks

Tony Mitchell, Gorgui Dieng, Dario Saric

Exploring a panel of 16 current Mock Drafts, the name most linked with the Nets has been 19-year-old Croatian forward Dario Saric, followed by North Texas sophomore SG Tony Mitchell and Louisville junior C Gorgui Dieng. Postulated as Brooklyn's pick by Matt Moore (CBSSports.com), Steve Alexander (Rotoworld) and Jonathan Tjarks (SB Nation), the 6-foot-10 Saric often earns praise for his "high basketball IQ" and seems to be gaining consensus as the top foreign prospect in this year's draft.

That growing adulation could be the wrench that wrecks the Nets chances of scoring what Tjarks labelled a "high-upside guy" he believes Brooklyn needs selecting outside the Lottery. Saric, a combo forward, has been projected as high as 10th – Sean Deveney, Sporting News: "(He) could make an ideal sixth man, a playmaker who can score in the paint." – and was tabbed by multiple draftniks as a potential target of the Dallas Mavericks at No. 13 overall.

From Saric's Prospect Profile on NBA.com, via NetScouts Basketball:

Strengths
–Great versatility for his size
–Extremely high basketball IQ
–Excellent passer, great court vision
–Ball handling is excellent for his size
–Can play both forward positions
–Great body control and strong rebounder

Weaknesses
–Not very explosive
–Free throw shooting needs improvement
–Lack of strength limits his finishing around the basket
–Mid-long range shooting is unreliable
–Lacks lateral speed

NBA projection
Saric will likely be a mid-first round pick with a outside shot of being a lottery selection. His basketball IQ is extremely high. Saric is versatile, can play either forward position as well as a point forward. He anticipates well off the boards. Rumor was that Saric would pull out of the draft if he hasn't been give a lottery promise, so if he's still in the draft on June 17.... He would have a $1.2 million euro buyout to Cibona.

Three-For-All
Going by the mocks, in a year of volatile draft predictions, the current top three seems stable:

Pick Team Pos Player School Year
1 CLE C Nerlens Noel Kentucky Fr.
2 ORL SG Ben McLemore Kansas Fr.
3 WAS SF Otto Porter Georgetown So.

Tom Kolker contributed reporting. View Nets Draft Central for more.

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