With the draft coming up, the Nets have started to narrow their focus a bit. According to the most recent Nets team report on Yahoo!, New Jersey is currently targeting about ten players, including JaJuan Johnson, Josh Selby, Nikola Vucevic, Trey Tompkins, and Nolan Smith.
I have mixed feelings on all of these guys. If I had to pick one, I would have to go with Selby. Johnson is athletic but he is a tweener and lacks the immense strength needed to dominate in the paint. Is his ceiling really higher than a poor man’s Tyrus Thomas? As for Smith, the Nets are currently loaded at point guard. I understand the need to take the best player available, but when picking at 27 & 36 you have to account for team need.
Selby is a combo guard, but more on the shooter’s side: he’s a sub-par ballhandler and a pretty good outside shooter. At 6-3, he could become a good penetrating scorer of the bench (like JJ Barea, except bigger). On top of that, Selby is a pretty good defender and from what I’ve seen of him, he closes out on shooters well.