By Charles Maniego
Here are another five prospects that could fit the Nets’ schemes. Whether right away or a few years down the road, these players could be Atkinson-style big ball handlers, or versatile bigs. In particular, the Nets’ need for rebounding and frontcourt shooting can be addressed in the draft. The beauty of having two second round draft picks (for now) is Brooklyn’s ability to go for both upside and reliability. They could draft a Landry Shamet, a reliable shooter, while also swinging for the fences and choosing Jarred Vanderbilt because of his upside. “System fit” is a term that could be applied to all of these players.
Omari Spellman, Big, Villanova (CMP: 36.50)
We have ourselves a stretch big. A player that could fit in at either big position, Spellman is a solid shooter with a high release. He has range to three-point line, and could be a really strong pick-and-pop option. He’s able to shoot in the mid-post as well, showing a developing faceup game. Spellman also runs the floor hard and sprints off of screens when not looking for a perimeter jumper. He fights on the glass on both ends, grabbing 2.25 offensive boards per game in his freshman season. On the defensive end, Spellman moves pretty decently (but not great) defending the pick and roll. He has solid timing blocking shots from the weak side. Playing on a team-oriented defensive system at Villanova, Spellman showed proficiency making reads, understanding cuts, and recognizing the need to switch at points....