Hardaway Jr. Highlights Nets’ Monday Pre-Draft Workouts

Josh Newman, Field Reporter

While many of the potential draft picks the Nets have worked out this spring do not legitimately fit into their plans with the No. 22 overall pick, that is about to change on Monday with the NBA Draft scheduled for Thursday.

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In what will be one of their final publicly known pre-draft workouts, the Nets are bringing in University of Michigan junior shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to work out. Hardaway Jr. is the oldest child of 5-time NBA All-Star guard Tim Hardaway. 

Hardaway Jr. has seen his stock rise after a strong showing at the NBA Draft Combine in May, followed by approximately 15 workouts with NBA teams in the last five weeks. Once a fringe first-round pick projected by some as low as the mid-30’s, Hardaway Jr. is slotted at No. 20 overall to the Chicago Bulls by DraftExpress.

Among the needs expected to be addressed by General Manager Billy King this offseason, one is more bench scoring, specifically in the backcourt. If Hardaway Jr. is still available when the Nets pick at No. 22, he theoretically makes sense.

As a junior, he averaged 14.5 points per game, shot 43.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range for the 31-8 Wolverines, who advanced to the national championship game.

Along with Hardaway Jr., the Nets will work out point guard Erick Green (Virginia Tech), small forward Dennis Tinnon (Marshall), small forward Demetrius Conger (St. Bonaventure), small forward Giovan Oniangue (Paris-Levallois) and power forward Dwayne Davis (Southern Mississippi).

DraftExpress currently has Green, a high-scoring 6-foot-3 combo guard, as the No. 31 overall pick, which is the first pick of the second round. He averaged 25.o points per game for the Hokies as a senior.

Josh Newman is SNYNets.com’s Field Reporter. Follow him on Twitter for up to the minute news and banter on all things related to the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA