New Jersey Nets
C Emeka Okafor
PF Taj Gibson
SF Hedo Turkoglu
SG Dwyane Wade
PG Aaron Brooks
Bench #1 Marvin Williams
Bench #2 Udonis Haslem
Bench #3 Chris Duhon
Bench #4 Chris Douglas-Roberts
Bench #5 Aaron Gray
Bench #6 Antonio McDyess
Bench #7 Sam Young
First, and foremost, the Nets were lucky enough to draft in the top 6. With Dwyane Wade as the "face" of the franchise, everything else falls into place. We decided, with our, next two picks, to go with balance at two very important positions: Center and Point Guard. With Emeka Okafor at Center and Aaron Brooks at Point Guard, we feel that we have a good foundation to build upon with both offensive and defensive skills at both the inside and outside areas of the floor. As a bonus, these two players give us consistency and stability with recent injury-free seasons. Their strong-character personalities probably were formed during their extensive college careers (a combined 7 years of NCAA experience). With our next two positions, the Nets needed to select a pair of Forwards. At Power Forward, Taj Gibson's youth and energy at the defensive end of the court will solidify our paint while providing a reliable 8 to 12 points at the offensive end. Hedo Turkoglu at Small Forward completes our starting five by giving us experience at the highest level while becoming our third capable ball-handler in our starting unit while being a legit scoring threat from the outside.
When drafting Wade with your first pick, you have to form your team around the concept that you are trying to win right away. However, his age (only 28) still allows us the flexibility to build and work towards that goal for the next five years. With a relatively young lineup (Turkoglu is the oldest) we feel that we have a great starting lineup to compete to win both this year, and for the next five years.
Generally, the Nets do not believe in first and second string units, especially in this large format where every team will start from scratch. So, we will not be drafting our bench with the idea that we are looking for a "second team of five." Rather, a rotation of X amount of players seems appropriate.
This strategy, therefore, calls for versatility off of the bench. The first player coming off the bench is Marvin Williams. He is certainly no superstar and perfectly suited for this role. His ability to come off the bench and provide reliable offense and defense at both Forward positions will go a long way.Draft AnalysisRound 1
Following Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard... the New Jersey Nets were delighted with the opportunity to select Dwyane Wade
as its franchise player.
Wade will instantly put a "face" to the team with his personality, charisma, leadership, and determination while giving the team a legit superstar in his prime who also happens to have an NBA Championship ring on his finger. At 28 years old, Wade positions the Nets to be in serious consideration to win this year as well as for the next 5 to 7 years.
The last time the Nets were in the NBA Finals, it was primarily due to the outstanding play of Jason Kidd. While not a point guard, we feel that Wade gives us a similar skill-set (i.e. ball handling, defense, and a team-oriented style of play) while providing more scoring. That style of play resonated with the fans of New Jersey then, and it will continue to do so for the next few years. Going to a new building in downtown Newark for the 2010-11 season and then preparing for a move to Brooklyn in a few years, a player of Wade's caliber will help attract much-needed new fans in a brand new market.Round 2
With the 25th pick in the 2nd Round, the Nets are going to pair Dwyane Wade with Emeka Okafor
. Generally speaking, this gives the Nets great balance right off the bat in three key areas. First, on defense, he can dominate the paint while Wade dominates the perimeter. Second, on offense, as Wade generally needs the ball to be successful, Okafor can be effective without needing the ball or without the offense needing to go through him. And third, born in 1982 (just as Wade) he is perfectly positioned for the balance that the Nets are looking for in the "win now" and "win for the next 5 years" approach.
Okafor's presence will be felt in many ways. First, he comes to work every day. 3 straight years of 82 games played, having started all but one of those (and that non-start was in the season finale, at that). This iron-man, work-horse mentality meshes perfectly with Wade and will allow the team to put its best two players on the court on a consistent basis. Second, he's a double-double machine, averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds over his 412 game career. Third, he's a presence at the defensive end and will anchor our team at the center position.
There are some things against Okafor, however. First, he's never been in the playoffs. While he doesn't have that playoff experience, the Nets are taking this as a positive, as he hasn't played in extra games every year while putting extra miles on his body. Second, he doesn't spread the floor very well with a lack of a credible outside shot. This could hurt initially, as Wade is adept at driving to the basket. However, the flip side here is that Wade succeeded with an even bigger cog in the middle (i.e. Shaq) to go on to win a championship. And third, his free throw shooting (59% career) could prove to be a liability at crunch time.Round 3
After drafting Dwyane Wade and Emeka Okafor, the Nets are afforded a luxury as we feel we are well balanced after our first two picks. However, there are a few holes to fill. The most glaring weakness the team has is a lack of outside shooting. Next, while both Wade and Okafor are in their primes (28 and 29 years old, respectively) the team would like to inject a bit of youth into their lineup. Finally, while Okafor has the ability to score between 10 and 15 points a game on a consistent basis, we feel that he isn’t a “go-to” scorer. A second player who can score points would be fantastic. So, after looking at the options available…
With the 6th pick of the Third Round, the New Jersey Nets select the reigning Most Improved Player… Aaron Brooks
. The Nets are very excited that Brooks fell to this spot. We feel that he is a solid addition to the team for many reasons.
First, he seems to fit perfectly on the team. The Nets now boast a dynamic scorer (Wade), a low-post presence (Okafor), and a great outside shooter (Brooks). Brooks led the league in Three-Point Attempts last year (525) while hitting them at a solid clip (just under 40%) for a league-leading 209 three-pointers.
Second, Brooks scores points. Without the addition of Kevin Martin for 24 games, Brooks would have led the Rockets last year in points-per-game. That being said, he scored the most total points for Rockets last year. He was very consistent at putting up points… with 19.4 PPG before the ASB and 19.9 after… 20.6 PPG at home and 18.5 PPG on the road… and 21.2 PPG in wins and 17.9 PPG in losses.
Third, he is a point guard, but clearly more of a “scoring” PG than a “distributing” PG. This is perfectly fine, as we envision the team’s offense to go through Wade. Having a PG like Brooks is a perfect scenario for the team, as when the team can also play through Brooks when Wade needs a breather (as evidenced by being #16 in the NBA in assists last year). He has the potential to be the best PG that Wade has been paired with.
Fourth, he played in all 82 games last year after playing in 80 the year before. The stability this affords the team cannot be discounted. Imagine Brooks coming to the team where he will play with an iron-man at center (Okafor) after having gone through the "Misery of Yao" for the past few years. Imagine Okafor’s delight when he goes from two teams in two years, and then with an injured Chris Paul last year to Aaron Brooks, who will be there… every day. Imagine Brooks' delight seeing the tough Wade after playing with a more brittle McGrady over the past few years. These three will feed off each other... just wait and see.
Fifth, he injects youth into the lineup. Entering his age-26 season, he should be a great player to have on the team for the next 5 to 10 years.
And finally, he won some hardware last year: the Most Improved Player this year. The Nets hope that he goes on to a more successful career as past winners (i.e. Danny Granger won the award last year, and he was a First Round selection in this reshuffle).
Brooks’ major weakness is the fact that he is not a “shut-down” PG. This is off-set because of the defensive abilities the Nets already have with Wade and Okafor. Perhaps another year of experience, learning from Wade, and finally having a stable defensive force playing behind him will allow Brooks to become the defensive stopper we envision he will be.Round 4
The New Jersey Nets are essentially locked into looking for a Forward. Possessing a relatively balanced (albeit small) roster so far, the Nets have some freedom in regards to what we are looking for from the first of our Forward pairing. So, without further delay…
With the 25th pick of the Fourth Round, the New Jersey Nets select Taj Gibson
. The Nets are ecstatic with this pick for a few reasons.
First, Taj gives us youth and energy at the Power Forward position. This isn’t your typical inexperienced 2nd year player. Taj is coming off of a wonderful rookie season and made the 1st Team All-Rookie Team. The other four players who made that team (Darren Collison, Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans, and Brandon Jennings) were already drafted (Collison in the Third, and the other three in the First!). Being able to select Taj towards the end of the 4th round is a gift. And, while it was only his first season in the NBA, Taj did gain experience as a starting player (he started 70 of 82 games) while having also experienced a small taste of the Playoffs (5 games).
Second, while Okafor is not even close to the end of his career (only three years older than Taj), we feel that he will be able to teach Taj the ropes of being a solid presence on the defensive end while remaining competent and reliable on the offensive end. Pairing Gibson and Okafor will enable us to have a dynamic low-post presence on the defensive end. While Okafor mans the paint, Gibson will be able to stray from the basket on help with the knowledge that he has a solid player to back him up. On offense, while Okafor is slightly limited in range, we feel that Taj has the ability to grow into a reliable option 10 to 15 feet from the basket. They shouldn’t get in each other’s way, and will only serve to complement each other.
Third, Gibson is a fine player in his own right already. In only 27 minutes a game, Gibson had some pretty impressive numbers as a rookie placing 14th in Offensive Rebounds and 17th in Blocks with a per-36 minute averages of a double-double (12 and 10) with almost 2 blocks a game. These numbers clearly show that Taj is what we want him to be: a solid, young, and energetic presence from the #4 position at the defensive end with some hustle (i.e. offensive rebounds).
Fourth, with an imminent move to Brooklyn for this franchise, adding this Brooklyn native is a great public relations move. While Taj played high-school and college ball in California, coming back home to Brooklyn will be a great decision for both Taj and the Nets.Round 5
To fill out our starting unit, the Nets need a Small Forward. The only thing we ask about our SF is that he is able to stretch the floor out with some outside shooting due to the fact that our bigs (Okafor, Taj) have no outside shooting ability and Wade is not a pure three-point shooter. Anything else would be a bonus. So...
With the 6th Pick of the Fifth Round... the New Jersey Nets select Hedo Turkoglu
. The most important thing that the Nets needed was a Three Point Shooter. What better player to have, at this juncture in the draft, than Turkoglu? He is 70th ALL-TIME in Three-Pointers Made and 71st ALL-TIME in Three-Point Field Goal Percentage.
But, Turkoglu is more than just an outside shooter. The Nets feel that Hedo also gives us the following:
- Playoff Experience. He's played exactly 82 games, almost a full NBA season, in the playoffs. This includes a run with the Magic all the way to the Finals just two years ago.
- Height. At 6'10" he helps our slightly undersized front-court (Okafor at 6'10" and Taj at 6'9")
- Ball Handling. Even though Aaron Brooks is our PG, the offense will run through Wade. That being said, Turkoglu is a capable ball-handler and distributor when needed to do so.
- Relative Stability. Although not perfect (i.e. Brooks, Okafor, Taj with 82 games played last year) Hedo hasn't played less than 73 games the past five years (having played in 78, 73, 82, 77, and 74) and started the overwhelming majority of those games. This is key to the Nets' success in having a stable and relatively healthy team.
- He Matters. The Magic let go of Turkoglu... They went from a Finals team to a non-Finals team. Enough Said.
Entering his age-31 season, we feel that we have another 3 years of solid production as a starting SF in the NBA with an additional 2 to 3 years of good production as a starter (similar to the slightly older Peja or even older Michael Finley). For a team built to win now and over the next 5 years (Wade's window), Hedo is a great final piece to our starting lineup.
Finally, as a random tidbit... Turkoglu hails from Turkey (yes, the country). Did you know that Brooklyn (the soon-to-be home of the Nets) is the #2 hotspot for Turkish Americans? They will flock to see "one of their own" playing in their backyard.
Turks in the Americas
The US Census reported in 2006 that approximately 170,000 Americans identify as having at least partial Turkish ancestry, while the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History states that there is an estimated 500,000 Turks living in the United States; the largest Turkish communities are found in Paterson, New York City (i.e. Brooklyn
and Staten Island), Long Island...
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_peopleRound 6
Late in the 6th Round, the New Jersey Nets are looking for the first player to come off the bench. After careful analysis, we have decided that our two weakest starters (if you can even call them weak) are at the Forward spots. We are supremely confident in the abilities of Taj Gibson and Hedo Turkoglu at the #4 and #3 spots. However, we want the first person off of our bench to be a forward. Hedo is our oldest player so we would like to keep him as fresh as possible for all of our playoff runs. Taj is our youngest player so there is always the risk that he might not develop into the player we envision him to be. Taj also has a tendency to get into foul trouble. With all that in mind...
The New Jersey Nets, with the 25th Pick in the 6th Round... select... Marvin Williams
. We are delighted to select "Marvelous" Marvin.
First off, we'll start off with the biggest negative. How will a player used to starting in the NBA (81 games last year) adapt to being the first one off the bench? With Turkoglu's advancing age in mind, Marvin will clearly become our starting Small Forward in the near to intermediate future. However, for this year at the least, Marvin is our Sixth Man. This situation is clearly the most interesting thing to watch when the Nets open up camp.
The main selling point that we pitched to Marvin is that we envision him getting his 30 to 34 minutes a game which he has been used to. Last year's NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Jamal Crawford, played 31 minutes a game. Marvin will be able to get his time because he is capable of playing both forward spots. Yes, you read that right. The Nets' biggest weakness is at our two forward spots which Marvin will be able to capably fill, coming off the bench, as he did on the Hawks last year. When Taj gets into foul trouble, Marvin comes in. When Turkoglu needs more rest to stay fresh for the playoffs, Marvin plays more. When Turkoglu is overmatched by the super Small Forwards (i.e. Durant) Marvin plays more.
There are a lot qualities which we liked about Marvin. In a quick, easy-to-read, bullet-style approach:
- Versatility: He is able to play both Forward positions (see paragraph above)
- Youth: Born in June 1986 he is entering his age-24 season and his 6th NBA season
- Experience: While young, Marvin has 365 games of NBA experience under his belt while being a starter for the last 4 years
- Playoff Experience: He has played in the playoffs the past three seasons
- Winning Experience: In his only year at college (UNC) he was the Sixth Man on an NCAA Championship team
- Offensive Skills: Marvin should be able to provide offense coming off the bench at both Forward spots. He is able to hit the occasional three (basically a 33% shooter the past two years) and can hit his free-throws (80% career).
- Defensive Skills: Not a shut-down defender by any means. However, we feel that he has the ability to adequately cover most Forwards in the NBA with his size (6'9") and quickness.
- Dependable: He played in 80, 61, and 81 games the past three years.
In a nutshell: Marvin provides instant offense off the bench at both Forward spots. While young, he has enough NBA experience where we feel he fits perfectly for our team which is ready to win now. He is also young enough to be productive for the next 10 years.Round 7
The New Jersey Nets will continue with our theme of drafting for flexibility from the bench. After drafting the much-debated Marvin Williams, we are looking for a player who can play either Guard positions or a player who can fill in at either the Power Forward or Center spots.
So… with the 6th Pick of the 7th Round… the New Jersey Nets select… Udonis Haslem.
Haslem brings many things to the Nets. First, and most importantly for our team, he is able to play at both the 4 and 5 spots at the NBA level. Last year, for example, he was able to play at the Power Forward spot next to Jermaine O’Neal or Joel Anthony while sliding over to Center to play small-ball with Michael Beasley at the PF spot.
Second, Haslem has plenty of experience in his career as a starter. How is he coming off the bench, though (which is where we will use him)? Well, last year, he played in 78 games having started in none of them. He did pretty well, as he attained career-high numbers in Total Rebounds and Points on a per-36 minute basis. Haslem’s ability to be used as a starter or from the bench affords the Nets additional flexibility should we encounter injuries or if Taj Gibson does not develop at the PF spot. We also are not dealing with a starting player who is not used to playing off the bench, which helps build unity on a new team. A player who understands his role is important to have.
Third, entering his age-30 season Haslem is ready to win now. We feel like we have a window of about 3 to 5 years of typical “Haslem” production. He is primed for the Nets and our “win now and in the next five years” approach. Haslem’s playoff experience, as well as that NBA Championship ring on his finger, is also extremely valuable to our front-court.
Fourth, while he may be undersized to play the Center position at times, we feel that his tenacious ability to rebound the ball makes up for any “he’s too short” criticism. As an example, Haslem was 27th in the league in Total Rebounds last year. Not on a per-game or per-36 minute basis; just pure Total Rebounds. The 26 players in front of him all have one thing in common: they all started at least 22 games while most of them were starters all year long. The ability to come off the bench and be a productive rebounder is essential to bolstering our front-court whether we play him at the PF or C spots.
Fifth, while no offensive great, we feel that Haslem is can deliver a consistent and reliable 10 points a game without hurting us from the Free Throw line. Our starting front-court unit (Okafor and Taj) are weak at the line. Bringing Haslem in will allow us to have a career 76% free-throw shooter from a big man. In a close game, where we are getting fouled a lot, a front-court combination of Marvin Williams (career 80% from the charity stripe) and Udonis Haslem will not be a liability.
Finally, Haslem loves playing with Wade and vice-versa. He has played with Wade in every year of Wade’s career. He signed a below-market contract to stay with Wade. This familiarity will be key in this type of league, where we are throwing players around to new teams and cities with reckless abandon. The love of playing with Wade will, hopefully, overcome Haslem’s desire to play in Miami where he grew up and went to college.Round 8
In the 8th Round, the Nets felt that we needed a backup Point Guard. In selected Chris Duhon, we feel feel that we have a capable Point Guard who will not hurt us when he is in the game. There really are very few positive things to say about him, so I will stop there.Round 9
The Nets are happy to go with Chris Douglas-Roberts who was actually drafted by the Nets in 2008. Entering his age-24 year, we believe that CDR has enough youth on his side to continue to improve in the NBA. At 6'7", CDR is able to play both the SG and SF positions. This flexibility is key to our team's success.Round 10
Aaron Gray in the 10th Round. Oh well. He's a legit 7-footer which is what we need the most at this point in the draft.
Aaron is entering his age-26 season and has only 149 games under his belt; he still has room to improve. The Nets love the fact that his Rebounding and Shot Blocking have increased, on a per-36 minute basis, in all three years that he's been in the NBA. Gray has started 19 games in his brief NBA career. In those games, he has averaged 18 minutes, 6.6 boards and 4.8 points a game while shooting 46% from the field and 85% from the line.
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