With the 2011 NBA Draft rapidly approaching, I decided to take a look at the New Jersey Nets' recent track record of first round picks.
What I found was a mix of abysmal and brilliant picks that often shaped what direction the franchise was headed.
Unfortunately, poor drafting from 2002-2007 most definitely helped elongate the rebuilding process for the team (see Viktor Khryapa).
However, the Nets have been on a hot streak, so to speak, and hopefully they can keep it up this year with the 27th pick.
Here is a quick evaluation of the Nets' last ten years of selections.