The Brooklyn Nets open up their workouts for NBA Draft prospects on June 1st, armed with the 29th and 41st picks in the draft.
The Nets will work out upwards of 50 prospects across ages and positions, but the first two players reportedly working out with the team share similar traits: they’re small scorers.
Michael Scotto of RealGM reports that the Nets will work out St. John’s senior Phil Greene IV. Greene IV, an undersize (6’2″) shooting guard, averaged 12.9 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting (39.4% from three-point range) with St. John’s in his senior season. The Nets have made a habit of drafting seniors with late draft picks, but Greene is not expected to be drafted.
Along with Greene IV, Oregon’s Joseph Young and PAC-12 Player of the Year told local media he would work out at the Nets practice facility on June 11, according to NetsDaily. Young, like Greene IV, is a 6’2″ shooting guard, but projects as a late second-rounder after averaging 20.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game in his senior year. The Nets bought three second-round picks last season, and might look to grab a few late steals.
The Nets might be looking to the draft for a body to fill in for Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack, and Joe Johnson, who are all reportedly on the trading block. Or, as Billy King said at the end of the season, they’re just hoping to find the best available player. It’s a difficult task for a basketball operations group that doesn’t hold a pick higher than 29th.