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Nets plan to sift through NBA Draft for their choices

Nets general manager Billy King, left, speaks with

Nets general manager Billy King, left, speaks with Deron Williams during training camp in Durham, N.C.. on Oct. 1, 2013. Credit: AP

Nets general manager Billy King said the Nets won't be selecting anyone who's projected to excel in a certain aspect of the game in the future. His staff has focused on closely examining each player now ranked 1-60 on their draft board, studying their tendencies and skill sets in order to better determine how they will translate to the pro level. Immediately, not long-term.

Over the last three weeks, the Nets conducted several workouts, taking a look at a variety of players with differing strengths and weaknesses. While scouring for talent, getting an up-close look at a prospect is invaluable, allowing the organization to measure their reliability and dedication.

"You can take a lot from it," Hollins said. "In the interview process, you see the maturity, you see whether a guy has been groomed to answer a question a certain way versus [if] he's just being himself. I try to get through that and get them to be themselves, and get them to tell the truth because there's really no wrong answer. We are just trying to find out who you are.

"You can tell, the guys from a maturity standpoint [who] are probably going to struggle. Even the guys who were expected to be drafted in a certain spot, you can tell a little bit that unless they grow up, unless they change their attitude, they are going struggle."

Sifting through the talent and making that perfect pick is an inexact science, and the uncertainty regarding what to expect Thursday among the lottery teams hasn't made things any easier. Other than Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns likely going to the Timberwolves with the first pick, everything else is murky.

It's all adding up to what could be another wild evening loaded with twists and turns that will be dissected for years to come.

"Obviously, there's some guys at the top that are pretty good," King said. "In talking to those teams, I told one of the GMs, I said, 'Well, you are going to get one of the top players. Which one is it?' Because they are trying to figure it out just as we are.

"The draft, it's always invariable. There will be guys that will be taken in the second round that people pass and miss on, guys taken late in the first or middle of the first. So the only thing you can do is do your best and all your information -- psych testing, working him out and background -- try to do they best you can. But invariably, you are going to miss on guys."

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