Draft Day Grades: New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets


 

Brooklyn Nets – Mason Plumlee PF Duke – 22nd overall

After shocking the NBA with a blockbuster trade that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, the Nets selected Duke PF Mason Plumlee with the 22nd overall pick in last nights draft.  Plumlee is an athletic big man who can run the floor and finish above the rim.  Expect to see Plumlee play an important backup role for Brooklyn next season as he’ll look to add some energy off the bench to a team that just got a lot older.

Strengths

- Mobile, athletic big man

- Plays with great energy

- Solid midrange jumper shooter

- Can put the ball on the floor

Weaknesses

- Needs to add strength

- Weak low-post game

Draft Grade: B -

New York Knicks – Tim Hardaway Jr. SG Michigan – 24th overall

With the recent news that the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to make JR Smith a big offer, the Knicks went on the defensive in last nights draft, landing Michigan SG Tim Hardaway Jr. with the 24th overall pick. Hardaway Jr., who had an up and down career at Michigan, is a good shooter who has the ability to create his own shot.  Hardaway will most likely be the fourth guard off the bench for the Knicks next season, and play important minutes for a team that has very little flexibility to make the kind of splash in free agency that the cross town rival Nets were able to pull off last night.

Strengths

- Scoring wing who can shoot or get to the basket

- Very good at getting his shot off the dribble

- Good passer, sees the floor well

- Can be a good defender when he wants to be

Weaknesses

- Shot selection is sometimes questionable

- Needs to improve his handle

Draft Grade: B

 

 

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