The Nets have a log jam at both guards positions so it makes no sense to. select another guard. If you look at the roster, Brooklyn also lack a back up center. Jahlil Okafor and Timofey Mozgov are traditional centers and do not fit the offensive or defensive scheme Atkinson has deployed. Okafor is an offensive juggernaut but can’t play a lick of defense.
Mozgov is a decent interior defender but doesn’t possess an offensive game to speak of. With small ball a common strategy in today’s NBA, Marks is best to select a power forward that can play a small ball five.
No big surprises here — the Brooklyn Nets have the most depth in the backcourt almost to a fault. That factor will offer Sean Marks flexibility when it comes to trades. Conversely, up front there are limited options. Jarrett Allen is a solid center who the Nets could look to build around and utilize in a role similar to Clint Capela is in Houston.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is a special talent, but his range is limited. DeMarre Carroll had a career season, but is on the downside of his prime and will be in the final season of his contract. Joe Harris proved to be a pleasant surprise, but perhaps is best suited in the small forward role (plus is a free agent). And, Quincy Acy who was the only Brooklyn Nets big capable of shooting treys is also a free agent. Therefore, Marks should be seeking to add a stretch power forward and backup center with range.
If you are Marks do you take best player on board or best fit (to fill a specific position)?
Nick Agar Johnson:
Best player on the board, unless they’re a guard. The Nets still could use help at pretty much every position other than in the backcourt. Taking a positional fit seems unnecessary–especially since player development is Kenny Atkinson’s biggest strength. Furthermore, this draft is not exactly that great in terms of guard depth anyway so there might not be that many times when Marks could opt for positional fit and not take a player close to the top of their board.
The Nets are in no place to be picky over positional needs. They have solid players at every position, sure, but they don’t have anyone good enough to consider irreplaceable. Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell are solid guards but if an opportunity presents itself, Collin Sexton could be a viable option.
The Brooklyn Nets have a nice wing group in RHJ, Allen Crabbe, Carroll and Caris LeVert, but a Troy Brown or De’Anthony Melton would be welcome additions. Every single position could be upgraded in the draft, and even if there’s not a better player available, it couldn’t hurt if for the team to get deeper. The point is, they don’t have the talent to be picky about positional designations.
The Nets definitely should prioritize taking the best player available in this current rebuilding plan. The preference is a forward but, if the best point guard or center in the draft class fell to 28, I would not sob or complain if Marks took him in.
If I am Marks, I am taking players that fit the vision. Space and pace is the offensive scheme so you pick the players that fit the vision. I am an advocate for selecting players that fit the system much like the San Antonio Spurs. Brooklyn are best to build the empire from the ground up rather than selecting the best player on the board that doesn’t fit. While the Nets haven’t made a first round selection in quite some time, they’re better off to make smart choices rather than shooting for the stars straight off the bat.
When you are a lottery team it’s a priority to take the best talent on the board. Sean Marks has demonstrated adeptness at acquiring and assessing talent. Following a season where the 13th pick (Donovan Mitchell) and 27th pick (Kyle Kuzma) each proved to be better talents than their selection indicated.