Nets and Knicks brass sat among each other yesterday, watching Vanderbilt shooting guard Derrick Byars. But it will be the Nets with first crack at Byars on NBA Draft night, June 28.
Because of the shorter window for individual workouts, and because the cross-river rivals pick in a similar range of the first round, the Nets and Knicks are holding pre-draft workouts together in unprecedented fashion. The Nets select 17th, the Knicks 23rd. Yesterday was the first date teams were allowed to work out players.
Byars, who led the unsung Commodores to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 before a controversial last-second loss to Georgetown, has been projected as a mid-first-round pick who may not reach No. 23. Byars, (6 feet, 7 inches) is not considered a great outside shooter, something Isiah Thomas has said the Knicks need.
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