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Note To Nets Fans

Meaning you lot: anyone who thinks Derrick Favors is going to be either the savior of the franchise or the doom of the franchise for sure at this moment needs to reevaluate their prognostication abilities- a lot. He’s a developmental pick who will take several years to reach his peak, whatever that peak is. That’s fine for the Nets who like virtually every 70 loss team in history are collectively years away from real relevance as well. With luck, the player and the team can grow together. There was a legitimate argument for Cousins in this slot and only time will tell which would have been the better pick, but anyone who thinks they know for certain is fooling themselves; a lot of what goes into developing a player to his potential has yet to be done on both of those gentlemen.

It’s worth remembering as well that the last two weeks before and one week after the NBA draft is one of the stupidest moments in sports. Every little thing about these guys is magnified far, far beyond its actual importance; rumors spread unchecked, often actively circulated by the team, players, agents and media; and many of those same sources engage in active misinformation to further their own ends. There’s probably 100 rumored trades for every one which is actually talked about, and 100 get talked about for every one which is completed. That’s just the nature of the league. Believe half of what you read and none of what you hear right now and you’ll save yourself a lot of irritation.

For my part, I’m satisfied with what the Nets did tonight. Favors has the chance to be something special, and if the Nets really are looking at him more as an asset than as a player (as per Chad Ford) than at least the Nets acquired the asset with the greatest perceived value at their draft position. The 27 & 31 for Damion James trade seems fine to me as well given that James was in the teens on many draft projections and is described as the kind of rugged banger-with-a-motor which a team can always use as a backup in the forward slots. People love to complain, but Rod Thorn has a generally solid draft record and as a fan I’m completely fine with what he did tonight. Both of the new guys should play meaningful roles on next year’s Nets.

June 24, 2010 - Posted by | The Nets

1 Comment »

  1. I agree, I think it would have been a mistake to take Wesley Johnson at #3. They can wait to find the right 2/3 shooter/slasher that they need.

    Great job bud!

    Comment by Chris Ross | June 24, 2010 | Reply

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