A brief, informal update on this year’s Brooklyn Nets draft picks:
- The Nets will control the rights to the 29th and 41st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, after finishing with a 38-44 record. They originally landed 15th in the draft, but gave the Atlanta Hawks the right to swap 2015 first-round picks when they acquired Joe Johnson in 2012. The Hawks improved from 38-44 last season to 60-22, earning the top seed in the East and the NBA’s second-best record.
- The 41st pick is the last draft pick they have total control over until 2019. Read more here on future draft details.
- It would be a surprise if the Nets ended the draft with those picks. Nets general manager Billy King is no stranger to buying second-round picks. The Nets have $3 million to spend to facilitate trades per season, and he’s used it: last season, King bought the 44th, 59th, and 60th pick to select Markel Brown, Xavier Thames, and Cory Jefferson, respectively; in 2013, King bought the 41st and 54th draft picks to take Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia.