A look at what’s trending in the NBA:
Building in Brooklyn
When Sean Marks took the Brooklyn general manager job less than two years ago, he inherited what seemed to be an impossible mess. He was charged with rebuilding one of the league’s worst teams without losing’s its biggest benefit — high draft picks.
The Nets’ awful 2013 Boston trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the one with no protection on the dealt picks, left Brooklyn without its first-round draft choices in Marks’ first three drafts (including 2018). The Celtics have turned the past two draft spots into Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Ouch.
Creatively, Marks still has landed top draft picks. He...