Billy King has made some beyond questionable moves as the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets. These moves left Nets fans thinking of what could’ve been. They lost out some amazing future talents and other serviceable pieces that can contribute to team success.
In this article, I will go over the top players that the Brooklyn Nets lost because of dealing them away in packaged deals. This should help bring a clarifying answer to the question of why the Brooklyn Nets are the worst team in the NBA? Revisiting these players that the Nets lost in trades should serve to illustrate why this franchise continues to be known as the laughing stock of the NBA.
5. Jaylen Brown
Jaylen was one of the many lottery picks that Danny Ainge robbed from the Brooklyn Nets during the KG and Pierce trade. This one has to hurt because of the potential a player like Jaylen Brown has. Easily the most athletic in the 2016 draft by far and he possesses a rarity in being able to create his own shot. Brown was a key bench piece this season for the number one seeded Boston Celtics and projects to be an absolute stud in 2-3 years.
A guy like Jaylen Brown would a the very least make Brooklyn watchable with his highly acrobatic layups and dunks on the fast break. picks that Danny Ainge robbed from the Brooklyn Nets during the KG and Pierce trade. This one has to hurt because of the potential a player like Jaylen Brown has. Easily the most athletic in the 2016 draft by far and he possesses a rarity in being able to create his own shot. Brown was a key bench piece this season for the number one seeded Boston Celtics and projects to be an absolute stud in 2-3 years.
Instead, the Nets were left with two former All-Stars on the back nine of their careers in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Looked good on paper but underachieved in the long term.
4. Enes Kanter
Kanter was traded as a part of a package trade to the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams during the 2011 NBA trade deadline. Little did Brooklyn know at the time that they were trading a future sixth man of the year candidate in Kanter for Deron Williams who only had as much as 2 really good years left in him. Williams’s years of being right beside Chris Paul as the elite point guards in the game were far behind him.
This past season, Kanter put up 14.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg on 55% shooting overall from the field in only 21.3 mpg.
Imagine how great it would’ve been to have Kanter is an injury insurance for the ever fragile Brook Lopez all these years or play them together for that matter.
Then again, if you are a mourning Nets fan, don’t think about it too much. It might only cause more agony.
3. Derrick Favors
In addition to Kanter, Derrick Favors was a future pick that was traded in the package deal to the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams. Favors went on to blossom into a nightly double-double guy that would be heavily appreciated by any franchise. This is an example of another big man that would’ve been a match made in heaven to partner up with Brook Lopez in the frontcourt during all these years.
Billy King opted for the win now approach when he would have reaped of the benefits of a guy like Derrick Favors a few years down the line. He played only 23 games for the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Favors was traded as a part of a package trade to the Jazz for Deron Williams during the 2011 NBA trade deadline.
In the 2014-15 season, Favors would break out and become one of the most promising young bigs in the NBA. Favors averaged 16 ppg and 8.2 rpg on 53% shooting overall from the field. I highly doubt Favors has even reached his ceiling as a player. After all, he is only 25 years old.
2. Markelle Fultz
In most of the mock drafts you’ll see, they have the Boston Celtics taking Markelle Fultz first overall. Claiming him to be the most NBA ready out of any of the prospects in this upcoming draft. Fultz is a 6’5 guard with a 6’10 wingspan that plays both sides of the court. I guarantee Brooklyn fans will be crying over not having this player in the many years to come.
Fultz projects as a franchise player and the playmaker the Brooklyn Nets would greatly appreciate. Instead, thanks to Billy King there only hope is for Jeremy Lin to go full-blown Linsanity level and play like he did briefly for the Knicks. You can tell Boston Celtics are trying to reach out to Billy King to thank him for being this foolish.
1. Damian Lillard
The Brooklyn Nets straight up traded soon to be All-Star Damian Lillard to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gerald Wallace. No, no need for correction. It was indeed Gerald Wallace. Wallace wasn’t even an All-Star caliber player anymore, so this really is a head-scratcher of a trade to make. The very next season, Wallace would average some of his worst numbers since his beginning years in Sacramento.
Meanwhile, Damian Lillard would go on to become Rookie of the Year with averages of 19 ppg, 6.5 apg, and 3.1 rpg on 43% shooting from the field including 37% from beyond the arc, which is amazing for any rookie. Damian Lillard would go on to become Portland’s franchise player and a two-time All-Star. At 26 years of age, there is no telling what else Brooklyn will miss out on in the coming years.
Yeah, there is no way Billy King made any fans in Brooklyn with these pathetic moves.