1. Grant Williams
With two potential max free agents landing in Brooklyn and Caris LeVert up for an extension next season, the Nets need to add cost-controlled assets that can help sooner rather than later. Therefore, excluding the home run swing selection of Kevin Porter Jr, we’ve explored prospects that project as plus role players for the Brooklyn Nets.
Grant Williams is without a doubt the best potential role player in this draft and would be the best possible pick for the Nets. He won back-to-back SEC Player of the Year honors in 2018 and 2019, in addition to being a consensus All-American this past season. Simply put, Williams is a basketball player.
It seems like every year an elite college player gets under-drafted due to size or age concerns. Players like Malcolm Brogdon, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green and Josh Hart were all upperclassmen that fell on draft night, only to blossom into great NBA players.
Williams has a shot to be the steal of the 2019 NBA Draft. At 6’7″, he is undersized as a power forward, plus he lacks great athleticism and is not a threat from deep. However, he is a fantastic finisher around the rim, an elite mid-range shooter, a more than willing defender and can make plays for himself and others out of the post.
If the Brooklyn Nets hypothetically have Russell and Irving (or some other combination of max free agents) in the fold next year, Grant Williams is the ideal glue guy to do the dirty work for that squad. Fans will love his motor and Williams will work extremely hard to improve as an outside shooter. With limited options for Kenny Atkinson in the frontcourt, Williams would prove to be an instant contributor in Brooklyn. The Nets can only hope he is there when pick No. 27 rolls around.