The Nets are coming off a poor season where they finished 3rd in the lottery standings. Unfortunately their pick is going to the Celtics as part of the trade that sent Garnett and Pierce to Brooklyn. The Nets have a few good players in Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, and rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. They also have a few decent role players in Jarrett Jack, Sean Kilpatrick, and Bojan Bogdanovic. Overall their roster is bad and could use some major upgrades. They will have some free agents, but none of which are really worth bringing back. They will have a good amount of cap space to fill out their roster, and could use help at pretty much every position, but have more immediate needs at the SG and PF positions. They have one very late draft pick, but value can be found at any point. At the 55th pick there will be some serviceable NBA players available.
(Updated 7/16/16) The Nets were busy on draft day and traded Thaddeus Young to Indiana for the 20th pick. With the 20th pick they selected Caris LeVert out of Michigan. LeVert is a first round talent, but has had some injury history all throughout college. However he adds some play making, length, and versatility to the Nets. Later in the draft the Nets traded the 55th pick and cash to the Jazz for the 42nd pick. At 42 they selected a hometown product in Isaiah Whitehead. Whitehead is a very talented player who started to put things together during his Sophomore season at Seton Hall and he brings some depth, size, and versatility to the PG/SG positions. With the Nets porous roster both LeVert and Whitehead will be key rotational players this season.
Draft Grade: B-/C+
Estimated Cap Space
Sergey Karasev SF, Shane Larkin PG (player option), Thomas Robinson PF (player option), Henry Sims C, and Donald Sloan PG
Willie Reed PF and Markel Brown PG/SG