The NBA Draft is less than a month away, which means mock season is officially in full swing.
After making the playoffs in 2019-20, the Nets are looking at the 19th pick on Nov. 18. Here’s a look at who they could select…
SG R.J. Hampton (USA)
Hampton probably won't help the Nets' goal of becoming a title contender next season, but general manager Sean Marks will never pass up an opportunity to build for the future. An elite athlete with All-Star-level scoring potential, Hampton could benefit from getting into Brooklyn's strong culture of player development. He has things you can't teach, but now he needs to work on the things you can.
PG Theo Maledon (France)
Maledon will have plenty of things to work on to adapt to the NBA after his stint in France. He needs to bulk up in strength and expand his offensive game, but his defense looks promising. He's the type of international point guard who could be the diamond in the rough of the draft.
SG R.J. Hampton (USA)
Hampton was a five-star recruit out of Dallas who decided to play in New Zealand rather than at a college hoops power program like Kansas or Memphis. The 6’5 combo guard flashed his skill as an aggressive downhill attacker and competitive defender before a hip injury shutdown his season after 15 games. Hampton remains a work in progress as an outside shooter, and still hasn’t proven he can score efficiently in the halfcourt. He’s certainly more of a scoring guard than a natural floor general. Hampton still has enough tools to bet on in the mid-to-late first round. The star-power Brooklyn has at the top of the roster would benefit him by letting him develop at his own pace.
G Tyrell Terry (Stanford)
Kyrie Irving’s injury history shouldn’t be overlooked; whether he misses one week or one month, it’s critical that the Nets have a backup who can slide into the starting role. Terry would be more of a developmental project, but with his strong shooting ability and feel for the game, he fits the profile off the bench. Selecting a guard like Terry would also allow the Nets to dangle Spencer Dinwiddie in trade talks for an established wing.