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Nets hire more scouts. But they'll report to Billy King.

Aug 4, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for nets-logo.gifInteresting note from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated on one of the changes Mikhail Prokhorov has already brought to the New Jersey Nets.

Nets spending heavily on scouting. Retain entire staff, move Roy Rogers to advance scout and hire three new scouts. Aggressive moves.

More information, more opinions, more voices can be a good thing. More teams should spend on scouting.

But what will the Nets do with those voices. King made some good decisions in Philadelphia — he drafted well — but some bad ones as well, usually overpaying for veterans (oversized contracts for Dikembe Mutombo, Aaron McKie, Kenny Thomas and more).

Those scouts can help him make more good decisions with young players, which is what the Nets need. Hopefully someone can talk him out of those veteran deals.

  1. Paul G - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Good track record at drafting?
    Hmmmm. Please explain.
    1997 – Keith Van Horn – Life time role player
    1998 – Larry Hughes – Lots of wasted potential
    1999 – Todd MacCulloch – Good content Center nothing outstanding
    2000 – Speedy Claxton – Life time backup low end PG
    2001 – Samuel Dalembert – Average starting center that has lots of wasted talent.
    2002 – Jiri Welsch – Euro that wasn’t that highly though of and never became anything
    2003 – Paccelis Morlende – Who?
    2004 – Andre Iguodala – Good pick
    2005 – Louis Williams – Decent but nothing outstanding for that late of a pick.
    2006 – Thabo Sefolosha – Traded to another team, good player though.
    2007 – Thaddeus Young – Good pick.

  2. Paul G - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Good track record at drafting?
    Hmmmm. Please explain.
    1997 – Keith Van Horn – Life time role player
    1998 – Larry Hughes – Lots of wasted potential
    1999 – Todd MacCulloch – Good content Center nothing outstanding
    2000 – Speedy Claxton – Life time backup low end PG
    2001 – Samuel Dalembert – Average starting center that has lots of wasted talent.
    2002 – Jiri Welsch – Euro that wasn’t that highly though of and never became anything
    2003 – Paccelis Morlende – Who?
    2004 – Andre Iguodala – Good pick
    2005 – Louis Williams – Decent but nothing outstanding for that late of a pick.
    2006 – Thabo Sefolosha – Traded to another team, good player though.
    2007 – Thaddeus Young – Good pick.

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