Nolan Smith, PG, Duke.
I’m not a huge fan of this pick (this is a prediction, not a preference), but I’m not a fan of most picks in this draft after #2. With Justin Harper going off the TrueHoop Mock board to Dallas just before this pick, I can see the Nets taking Smith instead. He fits the bill: he’s an intelligent, high-character senior who succeeded at the highest level in college. We’ve already discussed Nolan Smith to the Nets a bit here, so I won’t go too much further in-depth.
With that said, I’d also like to note that Billy King is one of the biggest draft-day dealers in the NBA, and I would be very surprised if the Nets stood pat during this draft.