In his Weekend Dime, colleague Marc Stein reveals that the Brooklyn Nets likely would've taken Tyler Zeller -- not Rookie of the Year favorite Damian Lillard -- with the No. 6 pick in the NBA draft had they not traded it to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gerald Wallace.
It's true that the pick Brooklyn surrendered in last season's Gerald Wallace trade became Damian Lillard, but it's a misnomer to flatly conclude that the Nets would have wound up with the overwhelming Rookie of the Year favorite instead of Portland had they simply kept the pick. It's believed that the Nets, if they hadn't dealt their lottery pick for Wallace, likely would have drafted Cavs big man Tyler Zeller at No. 6, since point guard -- with Deron Williams presumed to be re-signing -- wasn't a position of prime need.
The Nets visit Portland on Wednesday, March 27.
HIT THE ROAD, NETS: Brooklyn's eight-game, 17-day road trip, which will begin following Sunday night's game, is the longest in team history in terms of games (tied) and consecutive days between home games. The Nets have won 16 road games this season, their most since 2006-07.