Losing Out on Wall and Turner May Be A Blessing in Disguise for the Nets

May 18th, 2010 by Jon Presser Leave a reply »
(This article was originally posted on my personal blog, MetsJetsNetsBlog , and can be found here)


The Nets went into the NBA Draft Lottery with the best chance of any team to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and presumably the right to draft Kentucky guard John Wall.

But with a 25 percent chance of getting the first pick, clearly it was far from a guarantee.

The Nets instead wound up with the third overall selection, which means that the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers will likely draft Wall and Ohio State guard Evan Turner with the first two picks, respectively.

For a Nets team coming off of a 12-win season, most people believed that getting Wall or Turner was going to be a huge step in rebuilding a franchise that has a lot of cap space to work with, and a new billionaire Russian owner who’s willing to make a splash.

But I like what I see from the Nets roster, although a lot of it is likely to change. Center Brook Lopez is an All-Star caliber player who will continue to develop in his third season next year. After Lopez though, most of the young talent worth keeping aro ...

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