Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets 2004 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson is a nice
threesome to have to build a franchise around. The New Jersey Nets will try to
add to their core of players with the 22nd and 51st overall selections in the
2004 NBA Draft.

The Nets, who fell in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the
Detroit Pistons, also have shooting guard Kerry Kittles, who can knock down a
three and fits in well with head coach Lawrence Frank’s offensive and
defensive schemes.

Kidd, who was bothered by a nagging knee injury at the end of the regular
season and in the playoffs, had another excellent year for the Nets. He
averaged 15.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 9.2 assists in 67 contests during the
regular season.

The 26-year-old Martin, who played in his first All-Star Game, led New Jersey
in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and was second on the squad in scoring (16.7 ppg),
while Jefferson was the Nets’ top scorer at 18.5 points per game.

Jason Collins in New Jersey’s man in the middle. He is not dangerous
offensively, but he is solid defensively and can grab some rebounds.

New Jersey can afford to take a player that is a “project.” The Nets should
enter next season with their same core of players who eat up most of the
minutes. Whomever the Nets select will not have to be thrust into the
spotlight and should get a real chance at developing into an NBA player.

Key Player(s): Jason Collins (center), Lucious Harris (guard), Richard
Jefferson (forward), Jason Kidd (guard), Kerry Kittles (guard), Kenyon Martin
(forward), Rodney Rogers (forward).

Team Needs: Depth up front, a low-post scorer and a backup point guard.

Draft picks: 1st round (22nd overall), 2nd round (51st overall).