Even a very cursory examination of Brooklyn’s film from last year showed that they need some extra muscle down low. In Sharpe, the Nets would get more than just an old-school bruiser, as his combination of nimble movement in the open court and raw power make him an ideal rebounder and interior finisher.
Sure, Sharpe’s lack of tremendous production in college could set off some alarm bells in the scouting world, but given all of the firepower that the Nets have at their disposal, they can afford to take on a player like Sharpe and wait for him to develop into a star. Sharpe has starter potential despite being picked this late.
With or without a Ben Simmons trade, Doc Rivers and the 76ers could stand to add a player in the backcourt, especially a ball-handler. Butler was a steady hand next to Davion Mitchell in the Baylor backcourt, and now that he has been cleared and healthy, his shooting and ability to control a game have been cleared for takeoff.
Butler might need to reign in a chaotic style of play that has a propensity to get him in turnover trouble, but there is a ton to like about him from an offensive perspective. Rather than continuously trading assets for veterans like George Hill, Butler could be a solid second-unit player for years to come.