New Jersey Nets’ Rod Thorn and His Swamped Drafts

July 24th, 2010 by Stephen Dyell Leave a reply »
Starting in September, the New Jersey Nets will start their first season in ten years with a general manager not named Rod Thorn.

Thorn, who is often credited for acquiring Michael Jordan and Jason Kidd, is a legendary basketball general manager who has made poor decisions on draft night for the past decade.


2000 – Kenyon Martin and Soumaila Samake

The Nets held the No. 1 overall pick and senior Kenyon Martin was the clear-cut choice, even coming off a broken leg. He went on to be a key player during the Finals' runs and a big fan favorite.

One All-Star appearance with the help of Kidd, and Martin won his very own lottery by ending up with the Nuggets.

It turned out to be a smart move by Thorn as Kenyon has played in limited games since then because of two knees that won’t seem to get the job done.

Soumaila Samake didn’t do much other than “accidental” steroid use. It is believed he fell on the needle much like Barry Bonds.


2001 – Eddie Griffin and Brian Scalabrine

Thorn made his second-best move as Nets GM, trad ...

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