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NBA Draft: Brooklyn First Round Picks Analysis

29. Brooklyn Nets – Chris McCullough (F, Syracuse)

Analysis: McCullough missed most of the 2014-15 season with an ACL injury. But boy, did he have upside before that. He’s a big player (6-10 with a 7-3 wingspan), but isn’t resigned to just a low-post mover role. He can use a strong leaping ability in the rebounding game, and he does have a bit of an edge when it comes to scoring off the dribble. The Nets really need all the help they can get after some big roster changes (and likely some more upcoming) this offseason, and if McCullough can develop and move past the torn ACL injury, he’ll be a nice upside player.

23. Portland Trailblazers – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (F, Arizona) <Traded to Nets with Steve Blake for Mason Plumlee and rights to Pat Connaughton>

Analysis: Excellent value pick here at No. 23. Hollis- Jefferson falls into a category with Justise Winslow and former teammate Stanley Johnson as a transformative small forward headed to the NBA. He’s on the larger side (6-7) with a big wingspan, and is hyper athletic with a dangerous ability to drive the lane and score the ball at the rim. The former Wildcats player doesn’t possess a strong outside game, but he makes up for it with top-notch transition skills and a defensive effort that is second to none. He’s still very raw, especially on offense, but Hollis-Jefferson has the ability to develop into a versatile pro player.



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