Beyond a meager second-rounder, Brooklyn Nets fans will be left to dwell on draft days past this year. Which is why we’re running down the five best and worst picks Brooklyn (nee New Jersey) has made since 2000.
Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.
If the 2014 NBA draft were a party—the biggest and best in years, by most estimations—the Nets didn’t get the invite.
Actually, they somehow managed to disinvite themselves.
After trading a slew of picks and oodles of cap space to the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce last summer, the Nets gave themselves little in the way of a consolation prize in the event they didn’t win a title.
Well, they didn’t, and now Brooklyn stands to be on the outside looking in when Adam Silver takes the podium Thursday night. Unless, that is, it's somehow able to buy its way into Round 1, a scenario Nets Daily's Reed Wallach sees as highly unlikely:
With many teams looking to acquire a pick, it becomes even more difficult for the Nets to acquire one. In the last few days alone, the Pelicans are said to be "aggressively" trying to get into the first round. As noted before the Knicks are "desperate" and are working out prospects slated for the mid-20's in the first round. Gary Washburn reports that from what he has gathered,"expect the Celtics to trade to get back into the second round."
Moreover, the Nets only have $2 million to spend on a pick this season, and the more valuable a pick becomes, the higher the price. Despite all that, the Nets can still acquire a pick, Billy King has said. There are several teams with a substantial amount of picks and could be looking to get better now.