Drafting is one of the most important aspects of managing an NBA franchise, as it’s the best chance to get a top-tier talent or a diamond in the rough that may take the team to a whole new level for the future.
Obviously, scouting is a two-way street and what may seem like a no-brainer choice can sometimes wind up being a major mistake and vice versa, with not so highly ranked prospects taking the league for assault at times.
More often than not, teams with poor scouting stay as bad teams for the long run, as they don’t make the most of the Draft picks they get after a mediocre season, and the Brooklyn Nets are a prime example of that.
Throughout their history, the Nets have made several questionable decisions, the latest of them being the blockbuster trade that pretty much left them without 1st round picks for ages. Today, we’re going to let you know about their top 5 Draft Mistakes.
5. Derrick Favors (2010) – 3rd Overall Pick
Derrick Favors looked like a lock to be a top-tier big man coming out of college due to his scoring and rebounding abilities, but he’s struggled to stay healthy and establish himself as a consistent player in both ends of the court, especially over the last couple of years.
Throughout 8 NBA seasons, Favors has averaged 11.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, and after spending just one season with The Nets, it’s pretty safe to assume they regret drafting him 3rd overall, especially considering they could’ve gone with DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, Paul George or Eric Bledsoe instead.
4. Eddie Griffin (2001) – 7th Overall Pick
Coming out of Seton Hall University, Eddie Griffin looked like an extremely talented player, but due to his misconduct, he slipped all the way to the 7th overall pick, being immediately dealt to the Rockets in exchange of Armstrong, Collins and Jefferson with the Nets trying to put together a competitive squad.
It’s pretty hard to call this a flat-out mistake, as Collins and Jefferson thrived with the team, but he was a waste of a pick and only played for 5 seasons with a one year suspension due to substance abuse, while the Nets could’ve gone with Joe Johnson, Tony Parker, Gilbert Arenas or Zach Randolph instead of him.
3. Chris Morris (1988) – 4th Overall Pick
Way back then, they decided to go with Chris Morris with the 4th overall pick, something that looked like a sure pick considering how much the guard/forward had dominated at the NCAA level with Auburn.
Still, Morris struggled to become a consistent volume scorer and only managed to average roughly 11 points per game, while the Nets could have drafted Mitch Richmond, Rod Strickland or Rex Chapman with that high pick.
2. Kerry Kittles (1996) – 8th Overall Pick
Kerry Kittles had a very decent 8 season tenure with the Nets organization, being an instant offense kind of explosive shooting guard they could always rely on to, especially from beyond three-point territory.
Sadly, besides being a part of the All-Rookie team, he didn’t accomplish anything relevant whatsoever, while the Nets had the chance to Draft Steve Nash, Peja Stojakovic and one of the best players in NBA History – Kobe Bryant with that 8th overall pick.
1. Dennis Hopson (1987) – 3rd Overall Pick
The 1987 NBA Draft is remembered for being one of the most talented classes, featuring David Robinson as the 1st overall pick. Also, Brooklyn had the chance to get Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, Muggsy Bogues, Horace Grant, Chris Dudley or Mark Jackson, btu they went with Dennis Hopson instead.
Hopson was only able to play in the league for 5 seasons, and even though he managed to win an NBA Championship, with the 90-91 Chicago Bulls, he only logged 10 total minutes as a member of the team, and his career averages of 10.9 points, 2.8 boards and 1.6 dimes are far from impressive for a guard/forward going as high as 3rd.