#3 Pick No. 44: Kessler Edwards (Pepperdine)
The Brooklyn Nets selected 6' 8" Kessler Edwards with the 44th pick. In his junior year at Pepperdine, he averaged 17.2 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds, which helped earn All-WCC first-team honors last season.
Additionally, Edwards swatted away opposition missiles at the rate of 1.22 blocks per game, finishing third in the WCC. He made 45 3-pointers, which was most among his teammates and had the highest 3-point field-goal percentage (37.8) at Pepperdine last season.
Edwards could learn a lot from playing behind Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, when given the opportunity.
#4 Pick No. 49: Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton)
In need of more guard help with the possible departure of free agent guard Spencer Dinwiddie, the Brooklyn Nets selected Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski with the No. 49 pick in Thursday’s draft. Zegarowski is the younger brother of 2013-14 Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams.
In his third year as a starter for Creighton, Zegarowski averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 29 games.
He shot 42.3% from the three-point range, which should translate well at the NBA level, especially as he would be left wide open for threes in the Brooklyn Nets’ offense as defenses focus on Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
#5 Pick No. 59: RaiQuan Gray (Florida State)
RaiQuan Gray will add size and heft to the Brooklyn Nets as their final pick of the 2021 draft. The 6' 8", 269 pounds,Gray averaged 11.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 26.3 minutes of playing time while starting in 24 of 25 games last season.
For his exploits, he earned All-ACC third-team honors while helping the Seminoles reach the Sweet Sixteen. Gray will be joining a Brooklyn Nets squad that will benefit from his physicality and defensive prowess.
Having played under head coach Leonard Hamilton’s positionless style of play, Gray should find it easier playing under Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash’s system.