Sorry for the delay- I was at the Draft and had work early on Friday morning, but have no fear, my draft grades are here! That was a really bad joke, but still, here are my grades on Brooklyn’s (still weird to write that) three picks in this past draft.
I’m not going to penalize the Nets in their draft grades for the Gerald Wallace trade. It was obviously a remarkably dumb move that will potentially set the Nets’ franchise back for years, and anyone who thinks otherwise probably just dropped $1,000 on Walter White’s meth. But, the trade does not affect how I grade what the Nets did at the Draft specifically.
Tyshawn Taylor- As the first round winded down, it became clear the Nets were not going to buy a pick in the first round. However, with so much depth in this draft, buying a high second round pick had much more value than in other years. As big names like Quincy Miller and Jae Crowder flew off the board, the Nets used some of the three million dollars each team is allotted to trade per year to buy the 41st pick in the draft, and used it to select Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor. First off, I’m thrilled the Nets didn’t trade any future picks to get Taylor. One of the advantages of having Prokhorov as an owner is that he can buy picks, as we saw last year with Bojan Bogdanovic and this year with Taylor.
As for Taylor, I think he is a good fit with the Nets and was excellent value in the second round. Chad Ford had him ranked 30th on his big board, and many saw him as a lock to go with the 29th pick to the Bulls. Taylor has awesome size for a point guard (6’4) and is a fabulous defender, something the Nets sorely need out of their guards. If Deron Williams re-signs, Taylor will be the perfect combo guard off the bench to compliment Deron. At the beginning of last season, Sundiata Gaines was starting with D-Will, a good idea, as the Nets would have two ball handlers on the court, but could not work because of both Deron’s and Gaines’ height. With Taylor on board, the Nets could play him with Deron, so his main weakness (poor decision making as a point guard) would be negated. Deron would still be the main point guard, but having the versatility of two ball handlers on the court would be nice for the Nets in some stretches of the game. Now, this would all be moot if D-Will goes to Dallas, but lets pretend for my mental stability that that won’t happen. Tyshawn Taylor fits the need of the ball-handling combo guard the Nets need, and his great defense will certainly help Brooklyn.
Torkine Shengalia and Irkan Kamaran- The Nets took both Shengalia and Karaman in the second round as well, and both combo are combo forwards who are not expected to play in the NBA next year. Karaman is a bruising rebounder, while Shengalia has a nice all-around game, albeit no jumper. Shengalia also wowed at this year’s Eurocamp, coming in second in the event’s MVP voting. However, I think the Nets should have used one of these two picks to take a college player. With the roster in such flux, it would be nice to have filled one more spot on the team with a cheap contract. Had the Nets taken Kevin Jones instead of Karaman, Brooklyn would have gotten a better prospect and one who could contribute for the Nets next season. Now, it was the 54th 57th pick, but I think the Nets could have used their two late second rounders more efficiently.
Grade- Shengalia B Karaman- C