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Nets add a second-round pick, draft Tyshawn Taylor

Thomas Robinson, left, and Tyshawn Taylor of the

Thomas Robinson, left, and Tyshawn Taylor of the Kansas Jayhawks look on in the first half while taking on the Kentucky Wildcats in the National Championship Game. (April 2, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

Billy King didn’t sit tight last night, acquiring an extra second-round draft pick so he could select Tyshawn Taylor.

The Nets made a trade with Portland to get the 41st overall selection, using it to pick up Taylor, a native of Hoboken, N.J. Yahoo! reported the Nets sent cash considerations to Portland as part of the deal.

Taylor averaged career 15.8 points and 5.7 assists in his four-year career at Kansas. A three-year starter, who played both guard positions, Taylor helped the Jayhawks reach the NCAA title game this past season and two Elite Eights in his tenure in Manhattan, Kansas.

He also was a part of four Big 12 regular-season titles and two Big 12 tournament championships.

Taylor posted 13 games of 20 points or more in his senior season and started all by one game last season, averaging a team-high 33.4 minutes per contest. The 6-4, 185-pounder finished fifth in the Big 12 in scoring, sixth in assists, seventh in steals and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Against the eight ranked teams the Jayhawks squared off against last season, Taylor played pretty well, averaging 19.1 points and 4.9 assists, nailing 48 percent of his shots from the field and canning 50 percent of his attempts from three-point range. 

Taylor did turn the ball over at an alarming rate, though, averaging 3.5 per game.

The Nets aren’t done for the night, however. They also hold the 57th selection.

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