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NBA Mock Draft: Brooklyn Nets Select Grayson Allen

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. With the 24th pick, the Nets take Grayson Allen.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #24 — Grayson Allen, Guard, Duke

SB Nation’s Brooklyn Nets blog Nets Daily explains the pick:

Grayson Allen is a divisive figure in basketball. He has a reputation as a “dirty player” and his emotional outburst two years ago after being tagged with a technical for tripping an Elon player was seen as a prima facie example of his immaturity. We didn’t see it that way. We saw it as an example that Grayson Allen wants to win, wants to be great. The Nets have a good guy culture and that’s terrific, but they could also use someone who’s a bit of, dare we say it, a jerk.

He also is a good basketball player, a very good basketball player with an NCAA championship and a lot of big moments in his four years at Duke. He is also a hell of an athlete, with a 40” max vertical to go with his 7’0” wingspan. He has wowed NBA executives in interviews with his maturity and intelligence -- he was Academic All-American after all.

That’s not say he’s all humble. After he blew up the measurement portion of the Combine, he was asked to compare himself with J.J. Redick, a Duke alumnus and his mentor.

”I don’t think J.J. jumped 40 inches,” he said with a smile.

These are the terms of the trade in our Blogger Mock Draft between the Brooklyn Nets and Portland Trailblazers:

Nets receive: 24th pick

Blazers receives: 29th and 45th picks

  1. Suns DEANDRE AYTON
  2. Kings LUKA DONCIC
  3. Hawks JAREN JACKSON
  4. Grizzlies MARVIN BAGLEY III
  5. Mavs WENDELL CARTER JR.
  6. Magic MO BAMBA
  7. Bulls MICHAEL PORTER JR.
  8. Cavaliers TRAE YOUNG
  9. Knicks MIKAL BRIDGES
  10. Sixers ZHAIRE SMITH
  11. Mavs MILES BRIDGES
  12. Clippers SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER
  13. Magic ELIE OKOBO
  14. Nuggets KEVIN KNOX
  15. Wizards ROBERT WILLIAMS
  16. Suns COLLIN SEXTON
  17. Bucks LONNIE WALKER IV
  18. Spurs TROY BROWN
  19. Hawks DE’ANTHONY MELTON
  20. Wolves KEVIN HUERTER
  21. Jazz CHANDLER HUTCHISON
  22. Bulls JOSH OKOGIE
  23. Pacers KEITA BATES-DIOP
  24. Nets GRAYSON ALLEN
  25. Lakers AARON HOLIDAY
  26. Sixers JACOB EVANS
  27. Celtics JEROME ROBINSON
  28. Warriors KHYRI THOMAS
  29. Blazers DONTE DIVINCENZO
  30. Hawks MELVIN FRAZIER