Sean Williams, The newest Net, was introduced at the team’s practice facility in East Rutherford today. The 20 year old, 6’10” forward/center shared the dais with Nets Principal Owner Bruce Ratner, General Manager Ed Stefanski, and Head Coach Lawrence Frank.
Though he is obviously his own individual and player, Williams’ skills and makeup has evoked comparisons to a certain defense-first, athletic former Net first-round pick.
With the 17th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Nets were able to fill their need. They got an athletic, defensive-oriented, shot blocking big man, something that they have been seeking since the departure of Kenyon Martin in 2004. By drafting the 6’10”, 235 pound Sean Williams out of Boston College, New Jersey did find their player, even though he may come with some risk.
Today the Nets-Knicks joint pre-draft workouts concluded at New York’s Tarrytown location with Thaddeus Young of Georgia Tech, local product Daryll Hill of St. Johns, Roderick Wilmont of Indiana, and Torey Thomas of Holy Cross.
The Nets began their final week of scheduled pre-draft workouts today with Javaris Crittenton of Georgia Tech, Jamon Gordon of Virginia Tech, Marko Lekic of Serbia (it was his second workout with the Nets/Knicks), and Vladimir Golubovic, a seven-footer also from Serbia.
The Nets and Knicks continued their pre-draft workouts today in East Rutherford with a couple of Big East big men in Aaron Gray of Pittsburgh and Herbert Hill of Providence, a pass-first point guard in Jared Jordan of Marist, and Finland’s Petteri Koponen, who also worked out on Tuesday.
Nick Fazekas from the University of Nevada averaged at least 20 points a game over his past three season and at least 10 rebounds over his past two. The 6’11” forward has soft hands – typically the only instance where soft and big man can be in the same sentence and it’s a good thing– and a knack for scoring around the hoop. Playing along side Jason Kidd would most definitely be a dream situation for a player with these attributes.
Ron Lewis of Ohio State and Trey Johnson of Jackson State have probably seen enough of Taurean Green lately. The trio – along with nineteen year old Peteri Koponen of Finland – were together to work out for the Nets and Knicks today at New York’s Tarrytown practice facility.
The first week of Nets-Knicks pre-draft workouts concluded today at the Nets facility with Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker, Colorado State’s Jason Smith, Wake Forest’s Kyle Visser, and Blake Schilb of Loyola.
The 2006-07 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year was on hand in Tarrytown for Day 4 of the Nets-Knicks joint workouts today. A self proclaimed “junk yard dog,” Jared Dudley is a player whose skills can be unquantifiable at times. Yes, he averaged a very tangible 19.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in his senior year at Boston College, but it is the little things that he does and which help his teams win that cannot be measured in the “Anthropometric Testing Results” that many teams rely on. Tests can tell you who the inborn athletes are; height, reach, and wingspan are all things that can be measured. And while Dudley won’t win any awards in those categories – he self-admittedly has a lack of athletic ability – it is his knowledge and intuition on the court that make up for a lot of comparative deficiencies. Jared is what Nets General Manager Ed Stefanski simply called “a basketball player.”
The third day of Nets-Knicks pre-draft workouts took place today in East Rutherford; it was the second straight day in New Jersey before the teams move back to Tarrytown for workouts tomorrow. On display were four potential first round picks: big men Josh McRoberts of Duke and Glen “Big Baby” Davis of LSU, and guards Nick Young of USC and Morris Almond of Rice.
The scene shifted to East Rutherford this morning as the Nets-Knicks joint workouts continued for the second straight day. Participating in the workouts were two smallish guards, in DeShaun Wood of Wright State and Jamar Wilson of Albany, and two defensive-oriented and athletic big men, in Stephane Lasme of UMass and Brandon Wallace of South Carolina.
The Nets kicked off their pre-draft individual player workouts today. Because of new rules instituted by the NBA – effectively not allowing teams to work out potential draftees until after the Orlando pre-draft camp, shortening the window of time for workouts – New Jersey is teaming with the Knicks to consolidate the process. The close proximity in location and draft number made the partnership a practical one.
The first of 12 workout days began this morning at the Knicks practice facility in Tarrytown, New York. The participants were Demetris Nichols of Syracuse, Curtis Sumpter of Villanova, Derrick Byars of Vanderbilt, and Sammy Mejia of Depaul.
Draft Special: Diamonds in the Rough Posted by Matt Tumbleson 4:55 pm 6/4/07
In recent NBA history general managers and team presidents have proven on countless occasions that you don’t have to be in the lottery to find a gem of a player in the draft. Since the 1990 NBA Draft alone there have been 22 players who have been drafted with the 17th pick or lower and gone on to become NBA all-stars.
Who Will the Nets Pick with 17? Posted by Matt McQueeny 1:07 pm 6/4/07
It's less than a month until the draft and the mock draft boards are lighting up. Josh McRoberts of Duke, Rudy Fernandez of Spain, and Jason Smith of Colorado State are all players coming up more than once for the Nets at the 17th pick.
Trail Blazers Win the Lottery Posted by Matt McQueeny 12:00 pm 5/27/07
The ping-pong balls bounced the Blazers' way at the 2007 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, as Portland won the top pick in the June 28 NBA Draft in New York. Coming in to the lottery, the Blazers had the sixth-best chance at getting the No. 1 pick. The Sonics moved up from the fifth spot to second and the Hawks advanced from fourth to third. The Grizzlies, who had the best chance at getting the top pick coming in to the lottery will select fourth.
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