2017 NBA Draft preview: Brooklyn Nets

2017 NBA Draft preview: Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez, left, slaps hands with Jeremy Lin, right, who scored during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

NBA.com draft preview by Lang Whitaker

2017 Draft picks: 22, 27, 57
2016-17 record: 20-62, fifth place in the Atlantic division, did not make the Playoffs

Areas of Strength

The Nets' strongest areas may be off the court, as coach Kenny Atkinson and GM Sean Marks are two of the league's most heralded young front office members. With the Nets deep into a rebuild, and with Brooklyn still paying out draft picks to Boston, the franchise is focused on developing their younger players and hoping to make a splash in free agency.

Needs Work

Everything. The two veterans who hold value around the NBA are Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez, although Lin was injured for most of last season. The Nets can use help at just about every other position.

Two Stats That Matter

103.6 -- Brooklyn may not have been very good last season, losing a league-worst 62 games, but they did manage to play with pace, as their 103.6 pace rating was the best in the NBA.

2 -- Number of first round picks the Nets have this season, belonging to Boston and Washington.

The Way to Go

“The Celtics will be spending the No. 1 pick paid for in Nets black-and-blue marks, thanks to a Boston-Brooklyn trade, in the draft that will be held in Barclays Center. So, excuse the Nets for not being in such a good mood on June 22 (June 23, PHL time). Brooklyn picks 27th, the Celtics’ spot, with roster holes just about everywhere and no reason to get excited anyone picked that late will be immediate help. That is the range for several centers – Ike Anigbogu, Bam Adebayo, Anzejs Pasecniks, Jonathan Jeanne – which just happens to be a position the Nets are set with Brook Lopez.” - Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com

2016-17 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank) 
Offensive: 101.9 (28th)
Defensive: 108.0 (23rd)

Under Contract 
G: Sean Kilpatrick
G: Jeremy Lin
G: Isaiah Whitehead
G: Spencer Dinwiddie
G: Archie Goodwin
G/F: Joe Harris
F: Trevor Booker
F: Quincy Acy
F: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
F: Caris LeVert
F: Andrew Nicholson
C: Justin Hamilton
C: Brook Lopez

Free Agents 
G: Randy Foye (unrestricted)
G/F: KJ McDaniels (team option)

Recent Draft History

2016: Marcus Paige (55), traded to Utah
2015: Chris McCullough (29); Pat Connaughton (41), traded to Portland
2014: No picks
2013: Mason Plumlee (22)
2012: Ilkan Karaman (57)

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