The stability of a teams strength and toughness starts from up-top. Before the players themselves can be categorized as tough or weak both mentally for themselves and for the image of the team, the GM's are the people who make these assumptions possible. The NJ Nets have spent the last 5 seasons with the unfortunate slogan of "soft talent." If Brook Lopez falls to the Nets at pick #10, that will all end Thursday night. A legit 7'0 260 lb monster inside, who averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks a game during his senior season is the ideal fit. Something that Brook brings to the table, which not many other big men (if any) do in this draft, is he's NBA ready the second he hears his name called. The Nets are a team that needs a presence inside, A strong sturdy message to be sent that this team will bang, crash, hustle and compete on a COMPETITIVE level with the rest of the big men crop in this league. Josh Boone and Sean Williams are decent complimentary role players (at best). Perhaps the excellent late season move to unload a disgruntled Jason Kidd for Devin Harris and a slue of draft picks are a sign of good things to come. I expect the Nets to have one of the more successful draft days of any team on Thursday night.
(keep in mind, a draft day trade for the Nets to move up and acquire Brook is very much another possibility if they are certain he would be taken before pick #10.)