The New Jersey Nets have one of the best point guards in the NBA in Deron Williams. They have a young big man who can score in Brook Lopez. They have a quality power forward in Kris Humphries. What they lacked in 2010-2011 were perimeter players who could knock down shots and score consistently.
Having obtained former Providence guard Marshon Brooks in swap of picks with the Boston Celtics Thursday night (the Nets selected JaJuan Johnson and sent him to Boston with a future second-round pick) the Nets hope they have found a player who can do just that.
ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford graded the Nets' overall draft a B+. He likes the Brooks selection:
The Nets grabbed one of the best scorers in the draft in Brooks. He has NBA length and athleticism and is very aggressive with the ball. Given the Nets' need at the 2 position and their desire to compete right now, he's a really good fit.
SB Nation's Tom Ziller gave the Nets a B+ for the Brooks selection and said landing a scorer like that at No. 27 means New Jersey "came out looking pretty smooth." Whatever that means.
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