The NBA Draft is coming up, which means The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for each NBA team. Each day, a new team will be analyzed for their past season, their team needs and targets. Today, the Brooklyn Nets will be evaluated.
Brooklyn exceeded all expectations and qualified for the 2019 NBA Playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. They finished the season with a 42-40 record thanks to major contributions from D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie, who both had career years. They lost to the 76ers in the first round of the playoffs, but have a lot to build off of for the future.
The Nets ranked 15th in points per game at 112.2 and 18th in points allowed per game at 112.3. They were seventh in rebounds per game, 21st in assists per game and 14th in three-point shooting as a team.
Allen Crabbe, Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, Caris Levert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs and Treveon Graham are all under contract for next season. Shabazz Napier has a team option for the 2019-2020 season. DeMarre Carroll, Jared Dudley, D’Angelo Russell, Ed Davis and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are all free agents.
Brooklyn has three picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
First Round: Picks No.17, 27
Second Round: Pick No. 31
Power Forward- Jarrett Allen is a promising young player at center, but the Nets need a good player to put next to him in the starting lineup.
Wings- The Nets have some good guards and players on the interior, but need to get some good players on the wing to really take the team to the next level.
Three-point shooting- They did rank 14th in the league in three-point shooting, but improving that will space the floor out more.
First Round: Pick No. 17: P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
Washington was one of the most improved players in the country last season in college basketball. He was more fit, added a three-point shot and was more solid in the post. With his ability to be physical in the post and stretch the floor with his shooting, he could be a valuable asset in the NBA. The Nets could use him next to Allen and he would help give them a solid starter at each position of the starting lineup if he develops well enough.
Pick No. 27: Dylan Windler, SG/SF, Belmont
To help fill their wing need and the desire to shoot the ball even better from three-point range, the Nets could select Windler at the end of the first round. Windler was a star at Belmont and had a polished offensive game. He could play on the wing for the Nets next year next to Russell and Dinwiddie. Last season at Belmont, Windler shot 42.9 percent from behind the three-point line. His shooting will help open the floor for Russell and Dinwiddie to make more plays.
Second Round: Pick No. 31: Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee
Williams was a physically tough and gifted player at Tennessee. He will be undersized for the NBA, but he plays hard and can shoot from deep. While he may never be able to become a star in the NBA, Williams should be able to turn into a solid role player.