With the Boston Celtics having rights to swap draft picks in 2017 and having full rights to the 2018 draft pick, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has an uphill battle. The challenge is increasingly evident as the Nets have now dropped 16 games in a row, and have not seen the win column since mid-January.
With most teams, the All-Star Break provides the opportunity to hit a reset button. In some cases, the team that comes back after the break looks nothing like the one that entered the break. In the Brooklyn Nets’ case, in terms of competitiveness, there was no such luck. However, in terms of composition, there are a few new faces the Nets can look forward to.
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With the additions of K.J. McDaniels and Andrew Nicholson, the Nets have more project players with potential upside. At just 24 years old, McDaniels has the tools to break out if given a consistent and healthy situation. With Sean Kilpatrick, Spencer Dinwiddie, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert, and Isaiah Whitehead on the roster, the Nets are counting on a diamond in the rough emerging. While it is a long shot, it is their best shot at becoming competitive in the near future.
Furthermore, while it hurts in the short term to lose Bojan Bogdanovic, an additional draft pick in a stacked draft is far more valuable. With two mid first-round draft picks, outside of watching the Celtics use or trade their top three pick for a star, the Nets have some exciting times ahead. Unfortunately, we have to get through this season first.