Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – New Jersey needs to select a player that can play power
forward with the 15th overall pick in the draft.

The Nets, who were eliminated by Miami in four straight games in the first
round of the playoffs, missed having Kenyon Martin, who was dealt to Denver
last offseason in a sign-and-trade deal, at the big forward spot.

Vince Carter, who was acquired from Toronto last December, fit in very well
with point guard Jason Kidd. Carter averaged 27.5 points in 57 games with the
Nets, while Kidd registered 14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 66
games.

Forward Richard Jefferson was having an All-Star type year until he suffered a
wrist injury that cause him to miss the team’s final 49 games of the regular
season. Jefferson averaged 22.2 points and 7.3 boards in the 33 contests that
he did play in.

Center Nenad Krstic had a strong finish to the 2004-05 campaign, and should be
a solid contributor next season. He posted 10.0 points and 5.3 boards in 75
contests.

New Jersey has some pieces to its puzzle in place, but it lacks a big forward
who can score down low and rebound. Carter, Jefferson and Kidd would all
benefit if the Nets can land a power forward that can play immediately at No.
15.

Spaniard Fran Vazquez, who is 6-11, could be what the Nets are looking for.
Vasquez is athletic and can play defense. If Vazquez is available, New Jersey
will think hard about selecting him.

Key Player(s): Vince Carter (Forward/Guard), Jason Collins (Center/Forward)
Richard Jefferson (Forward), Jason Kidd (Guard), Nenad Krstic (Center).

Team Needs: A power forward to fill the void that was created when Kenyon
Martin was traded to the Nuggets last offseason.

Draft picks: 1st round (15th overall), 2nd round (43rd overall).

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