The Brooklyn Nets are going to have options when they are picking in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.
The Nets could trade that pick for a veteran, package some assets to move up, or surprise us by making the pick at No. 27.
Let’s take a look at what the experts expect the Nets to do on Thursday.
ESPN — Jonathan Givony
#27 — Tre Mann, PG, Florida
Excerpt: “The Nets’ timetable could very well cause them to explore trading out of the first round — as they have in each of the past two years — as it’s difficult to project anyone in this range helping them compete for a championship next season. Mann is a promising pick-and-roll ball handler whose size, fluidity and 40% 3-point shooting should allow him to play in a variety of lineup configurations, and whose upside will likely be attractive at this stage of the first round.”
Yahoo — Jeremy Woo
#27 — Miles McBride, PG, West Virginia
Excerpt: “McBride has earned a number of fans around the league with his toughness, on-ball defense and shot-making skills, and will enter draft night in the mix for teams all over the 20s. He’s undersized, but has off-the-charts length and a reliable pull-up jumper that gives him a little more to offer than your typical defensive-minded college guard. Optimistic scouts think he has the chops to anchor bench units, and the Nets should be in the market for more NBA-ready talent if they keep this pick, making McBride’s poised, no-frills game a nice fit here.”
Bleacher Report — Jonathan Wasserman
#27 — Day’Ron Sharpe, C, North Carolina
Excerpt: “After skipping the NBA combine, Sharpe has seemingly gone into dark mode, as teams have little information about his workouts or schedule. It’s led to some talk about a promise, though his name hasn’t been tied to any specific team.”
The Athletic — Sam Vecenie
#27 — Ziaire Williams, F, Stanford
“The Nets are competing for a title and can afford to take a home run swing on a late first-round pick if only because it’s unlikely many of these guys would be able to hold down a rotation spot on a title contender right now. Williams has a long way to go, but it’s hard to imagine someone better for his game to be around every day than Kevin Durant. He’s definitely seen as a wild card who could go all over the board on draft day.”
Elite Sports NY — Danny Small
#27 — Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky
Excerpt: “Although the Nets are leaning into small-ball and five-out basketball, they need to add some brute strength to the roster. Bassey is a rim-running big who can do everything a modern center should: protect the rim, catch lobs, and rebound.”