NBA Mock Draft Round-Up, Vol. 2: The Picture Begins To Crystallize


Last week, The Brooklyn Game searched all corners of the web to find out who the Nets might pick in this month’s NBA Draft. The results were mixed: at 29, there are tons of moving pieces around Brooklyn and their pick, leaving a mystery bag of available players at the end of the round.

But with the draft creeping closer and closer, things have started to settle down a little bit. Here’s attempt number two at nailing down a consensus pick for the Brooklyn Nets. Three players are mentioned in multiple mock drafts, including one the Nets worked out last week.

Terry Rozier, Louisville: Steve Alexander, Yahoo! Sports: “Rozier looks like a career backup point guard, but hustles and plays good defense. And every team has at least one of those guys on their bench.”

Terry Rozier, Louisville: Nicholas Goss, NESN:  “Veteran point guard Deron Williams eventually will need to be replaced and Rozier is a good playmaker with a high basketball IQ.”

Chris McCullough, Syracuse: Doug Haller, The Arizona Republic: “McCullough last season played only 16 games before tearing his ACL. Even so, he showed off an ability to run the court and stick mid-range jumpers.”

Chris McCullough, Syracuse: Ben Rohrbach, WEEI: “Syracuse freshman power forward Chris McCullough. Even as a ‘€˜Cuse fan, I know little of McCullough, who tore his ACL 16 games into his freshman season, so it’€™s safe to say the Nets aren’€™t all that familiar, either, so he’€™s an ideal fit for a Billy King draft pick.”

Chris McCullough, Syracuse: DraftExpress: (Check out their informative scouting report on McCullough here.)

Jarell Martin, LSU: Paul Coro, The Arizona Republic: “Martin is a tweener who is good at a few things but rebounding might be his immediate way to make the cut because he is strong and mobile.”

Jarell Martin, LSU: Chad Ford, ESPN: “Martin is a great athlete, but his lack of elite size, length or shooting ability have given him the dreaded ‘tweener’ label. Still, the talent is there and the Nets could use his versatility to help them at both the 3 and 4.”

Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse: Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report: “With an NBA body consisting of a 7’5″ wingspan, Christmas has the physical tools to match a refined back-to-the-basket post game. He also appears to have a more threatening jumper than he showed at Syracuse.”

Rashad Vaughn, UNLV: Trevor Lowry, RantSports: “Rashad Vaughn’s stock would be much higher if he didn’t go down to an injury last season. Assuming he has a full recovery and is able to hit the pros running, Vaughn’s future team is going to be very happy.”

My take: is Riley Curry on the board?