Brooklyn Nets 2012 NBA Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2012

Brooklyn Nets 2012 NBA Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

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    Bleacher Report will be providing NBA draft updates and analysis to fans of all 30 NBA franchises.

    Stay right here for everything you need to know about the Brooklyn Nets.

    Slides will be added for each and every pick or move made by general manager Billy King and the Nets front office as they look to significantly bolster Brooklyn's roster. Be sure to check often often for all updates, including information and analysis on every drafted or acquired player.

    And don't forget to look at the final slide. It is there you will find draft grades for each selection and every transaction, along with a final overall grade for the Nets' 2012 draft. 

Nets Trade for No. 41 Pick: Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas

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    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Nets have struck a deal to acquire the 41st overall pick from the Trail Blazers, which turned out to be Tyshawn Taylor.

    The 6'3" point guard is one of the most athletic players coming in and adds depth to a Brooklyn backcourt that could become decimated quickly should Deron Williams sign elsewhere.

    Regardless of where Williams signs, though, Taylor brings lock down perimeter defense and explosive offensive drives to a Nets team that desperately needs two-way players.

    It's a small victory for Brooklyn, but at this stage, a win is a win.

    Grade: A-

Nets Purchase No. 54 Pick: Tornike Shenglia, F (Georgia)

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    The Nets purchased the 54th overall pick of the draft from the Dallas Mavericks (via 76ers), and brought Tornike Shenglia, a forward out of Georgia—the country, not the college.

    Though Shenglia is in need of same major work on the offensive end, he's a ferocious rebounder with impeccable footwork and a workhorse to boot.

    While the forward is unlikely to be able to make an immediate impact, he's the type of diligent talent that could have a future as marginal role. a Jared Jeffries type if you will.

    That renders him a low-risk, high-reward selection for Brooklyn.

    Grade: B+

Nets Select Ilkan Karaman, F, Turkey with No. 57 Pick

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    Ilkan Karaman is incredibly athletic with a freakishly long wingspan, but it's a coin-toss as to whether he'll ever see the light of the NBA.

    That said, Karaman does have range on the offensive end and has proven to be a solid defender. So while he may need to hone his ability to execute, the tools are clearly there.

    This is yet another low-risk, high-reward pick for the Nets as they made the most out of a string of second round selections.

    Grade: B-

Overall Grade for Nets 2012 Draft

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    The Nets weren't in a position to make any significant picks, but they found a gem in Tyshawn Taylor.

    While Tornike Shenglia and Ilkan Karaman are solid, low-risk acquisitions, Taylor has the potential to develop into an everyday starter.

    Brooklyn will hold out hope that he settles into a role behind Deron Williams, but should the Nets get burned, they have a heck of a safety net in Taylor.

    For what they had to work with, the Nets did an exceptional job finishing out the draft.

    Grade: B+

Nets Draft Plans

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    What the Nets need most is a roster that convinces Deron Williams to re-sign with the team long-term.

    Unfortunately, that's a need Brooklyn cannot satisfy through the draft, especially considering it doesn't make a selection until the end of the second round.  

    Instead, the Nets may look to make a splash outside of the draft.

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Dwight Howard continues to push for a trade from Orlando to Brooklyn before the completion of the draft. While that's an acquisition the Nets will continue to pursue, such a deadline may not give them enough time to assemble a package the Magic accept.

    Brooklyn has the salary cap to make some serious moves this offseason, but it also has the assets and the drive to make something happen. As for whether that involves it moving up or pulling the trigger on an unforeseen trade, we'll just have to wait and see.

Nets' Biggest Needs

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    Grades and analysis for the Nets' draft night transactions will be generated based off the following area of concern:

    1. A star sidekick for Deron Williams

    2. Depth in the frontcourt

    3. Additional shooters

    Stay tuned.