Undrafted Free Agents Who Would Be Steals for Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets have the potential to add youth and cheap talent to their roster with the bevy of intriguing prospects that have been passed over.
Some players could step in and contribute right away, like DeAndre Kane, while others will need seasoning on the court and patience from the front office.
Brooklyn could improve its roster and outlook by adding a tough defender and rebounder like Patric Young at a reasonable price without worrying too much about salary-cap restrictions.
Let's take a look at which steals are currently available for the Nets.
DeAndre Kane, SG/PG
The biggest knock on DeAndre Kane is his age. At 25 years old, he doesn't have the high ceiling like some of the other players on the market, but he's ready to contribute on day one.
Kane is a good playmaker with a nice handle who could become Brooklyn's sixth man.
Due to Kane's size and versatility as a combo guard, head coach Jason Kidd will be able to still use Deron Williams off the ball as a shooting guard in spurts and not be vulnerable to a defensive mismatch or lull in offensive efficiency.
The Iowa State standout is a good passer and slasher, and he could be relied upon to score against second units consistently. If Brooklyn does not re-sign Shaun Livingston, Kane will be a solid consolation prize.
C.J. Fair, SF
C.J. Fair is a long and athletic left-handed 3 who could slot in and contribute off the bench right away for the Nets.
He's a good slasher and finisher who moves fluidly and possesses a soft touch. His perimeter jumper stands to improve, but over time, it should become consistent enough for defenders to respect his ability.
Fair checks in at 6'8", and he would provide Brooklyn with some length on the perimeter. He should be an OK defender if he gets stronger, and he has the potential to be decent in the passing lanes. Fair should thrive in transition alongside Mason Plumlee.
JaKarr Sampson, SF
JaKarr Sampson received a ton of flack for leaving St. John's University early, but the talented forward from Akron, Ohio, should find himself on an NBA team eventually.
He may need to spend a year in the D-League, especially if playing time in the NBA isn't available, but he could potentially become a solid rotation player for many years to come and is worth signing.
The biggest knock on Sampson is his rawness, but had he stayed for another season with the Red Storm, his growth may have been stunted beyond repair.
Under head coach Steve Lavin, Sampson had been asked to play power forward, and the natural 3 spent a lot of time out of position and away from developing in the triple threat and on the perimeter—where he would need to excel in order to reach his potential in college and succeed at the next level.
Sampson has potential to be reliable slasher and shooter off the dribble. He's got a nice frame that he will continue to grow into, and he will be serviceable defensively as he becomes stronger and more familiar with the physicality and pace of the NBA.
This is someone with first-round talent in him, and although patience will be needed, the reward is well worth the effort.
Patric Young, PF
Patric Young gives the Nets something they lost when general manager Billy King shipped away Reggie Evans: tenacity on the glass and defensive end.
Young is a glue guy who can step in right away and be the big, tough body Brooklyn needs in the paint. He plays through contact and has an excellent IQ.
The Nets won't need to worry about developing Young defensively—his body, motor and abilities are primed for the NBA—but he could see some growth offensively.
Although he needs to improve his mid-range shot and in the post, Young can make jump hooks consistently with both hands, and he's a good passer for his size.
Jordan Bachynski, C
Jordan Bachynski is a 7'2" left-handed center who the Brooklyn Nets should take a long look at.
With Brook Lopez's status in the air, Brooklyn will need to add more depth in the middle, and the tall and long Canadian provides the Nets with an option that can score the rock and block shots.
Bachynski has good footwork in the post and possesses a solid mid-range jumper thanks to his soft touch. The center could find himself eventually excelling in pick-and-pop situations as well.
He's not overly explosive, and he will need to get stronger to be more effective in the paint, but he's talented enough to eventually be a rotation player. Bachynski is crafty in the post, and if he continues to improve his handle and range, he'll be worth signing.