The Brooklyn Nets have been hosting a slew of NBA draft workouts, investigating prospects of all different positions, but as draft day approaches, the Nets’ list will get shorter and shorter. This process has already begun as a few prospects start to stand out from the crowd. It can be valuable to compare different mock drafts, and see who the Nets are taking with pick number 29.
Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports has the Nets selecting Rashad Vaughn, a shooting guard out of UNLV in his mock draft. However, looking at recent trends due to Vaughn’s strong performances in pre-draft workouts, he could potentially be off the board by the time it is Brooklyn’s time to choose.
Vaughn had a fantastic freshman season, earning the Mountain West Conference’s Freshman of the Year award, and was a McDonald’s All-American the year before that.
The Minnesota native averaged 18.3 ppg along with 4.8 rpg. He shot 45% from the field along with 38% from deep.
Vaughn is a raw talent, and is still only 18-years-old so he has plenty of room to improve. His greatest asset to an NBA team is undoubtedly his scoring prowess. He can score for the perimeter at will and has the ability to make tough shots. Vaughn will be a solid athlete at the NBA level so that is not the issue.
He has slipped down many team’s draft boards after tearing his meniscus mid-February but his stock is slowly recovering after strong workouts.
Vaughn would be a great player for the Nets to draft, and if he is still on the board when it’s pick number 29, his name should be called.
Christian Wood is a 6’11 power forward, and also had a strong Sophomore year at UNLV. Wood averaged 15.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.6 bpg on 49 FG% and 29 3PT%.
Similar to his UNLV running mate Vaughn, Wood is still very young at 19-years-old, and will take time to develop. His main issue right now is his frame, at 6’11, 216 pounds Wood needs to add bulk if he expects to bang down low with NBA power forwards such as Zach Randolph and Kevin Love.
Wood has a unique blend of athleticism and skill set that is valuable at the power forward position. As Givony mentions in his analysis of Wood, he is one of the few power forwards that have the ability to shoot from the perimeter and block shots on the defensive end.
Looking at his skillset, Wood is actually a similar player to Thaddeus Young in the fact that they are both versatile, athletic power forwards who can contribute on both ends.
However Wood seems to be two or three years from contributing and will be a fringe rotation player to start off his career wherever he goes. He could be a strong pick for the Nets if he does get drafted, but cannot be expected to contribute right away. He will need time to mature.
ESPN’s Chad Ford has the Nets selecting Jarell Martin with their pick in ESPN’s mock draft (subscription necessary). As you can by the picture above and the video below, Martin is an athlete, there is no denying that.
Martin has the size of an typical at 6’9, 235 and has the athleticism to match up with the NBA’s best power forwards. He will be a solid defender at the NBA level.
However what Martin lacks is polish. His jump shot leaves a lot to be desired as he struggles to score outside five feet from the basket. A power forward in the NBA must be able to spread the floor or else the paint get clogged up. Martin has experimented with the three point shot, and shot 33% from behind the arc in his Freshman year but dropped to 27% in his Sophomore season. He could become much more valuable on the offensive end if that percentages jumps up into the high 30’s.
Martin also has a habit of getting into foul trouble, but that shouldn’t be a major issue in the NBA as he projects to be a role player who will not accumulate an exorbitant amount of minutes.
Overall, it may not be the best choice for the Nets to draft Martin as he projects to be a similar player to Cory Jefferson, and the Nets need more help in the backcourt than the frontcourt at this moment. However, as a fan watching the games Martin would have the potential to light up the crowd at Barclays Center with his athleticism.