The Nets threw away the 2016 NBA Draft three years ago when they traded for the corpses of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, but Brooklyn is back in the game.
The Nets will pick No. 20 overall in Thursday night's draft as they traded away Thad Young to the Indiana Pacers. Brooklyn will also acquire a future second round pick, according to The Vertical.
In Metro's latest mock, here are the players who will likely go in that range:
16. Boston Celtics: Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey: The Celtics need shooters like you read about and Korkmaz would help ail that situation. The C’s have plenty of guards who can guard and that’s Korkmaz’s weakness.
17. Memphis Grizzlies: Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State: The difference between Valentine and Buddy Hield is that Valentine’s Spartans were knocked out in the first round of the NCAA tournament and Hield’s Sooners went to the Final Four.
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18. Detroit Pistons: Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky: Many mocks have Ulis sliding big time after a report that he had some issues with his hips. He’s also only 5-foot-9. But talent wins out. Expect him to still go in the first round.
19. Denver Nuggets: Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor: The Hawks are said to be highly interested in Prince but we have Denver snagging him here at No. 19. Prince has a tough time creating for himself, which is worrisome for any player at this level.
20. Brooklyn Nets: Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse: Richardson was a stud at the NBA Combine and also had a monster NCAA tournament.
21. Atlanta Hawks: Thon Maker, C, Australia: The headline writer’s dream, it’s time for the Hawks to meet their Maker (get it?). His body is a concern as any big man worth his salt would be able to bump the fragile Maker off the block.
22. Charlotte Hornets: Wade Baldwin, SG, Vanderbilt: Baldwin is your classic “solid” guard. He’s never going to make an All-Star team, but he might stick around in the league for 10 years.
23. Boston Celtics: Diamond Stone, C, Maryland: Another great name, but he’s one of those lumbering-type centers that just don’t get jobs in the NBA anymore
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame: The Notre Dame product is great in the open floor. The young 76ers might actually be able to get up and down next season. Could be a fit.