Not that the Bucks would like or want or ask to do a re-draft, please.
They found maybe (SPOILER) the best player in the draft at #15. But most other teams would be happy to re-do the 2013 NBA Draft. And it seemed the right time to re-visit the latest draft after Giannis was among the rookies picked to play in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Last summer, we looked at re-drafts for the previous three drafts. That we keep wanting to do this, is a good sign.
Here is one attempt at the first round, if the draft was today.
Note 1: Miroslav Raduljica sports a dapper beard and the top PER among all rookies. Alas, went undrafted in 2010, making him an unrestricted free agent, and thus not eligible for this re-draft. Similar stories for quality rookies like Pero Antic, Vitor Faverani, Nick Calathes, Hollis Thompson, etc.
Note 2: Rob Mahoney beat me to this, naturally, and penned a fine, fine re-draft story last week that you should read. You can/should also follow Rob here and colleague Ben Golliver here. Like in Rob’s story, I have updated the draft order to reflect draft day trades, not a perfect solution but better than the alternative.
1. Cavaliers – Giannis Antetokounmpo (#15)
Actual: Anthony Bennett
If any team is in the mood for re-drafts it is the Cavaliers, and Giannis
could have been could be can never be the co-star to pair with Kyrie Irving, at long last.
2. Magic – Michael Carter-Williams (#11)
Actual: Victor Oladipo
Carter-Williams could make a nice case for top overall pick in the re-draft for most teams, but the Cavaliers are set at point guard with Irving, so he is the easy choice here with all due respect to the next in line.
3. Wizards – Victor Oladipo (#2)
Actual: Otto Porter
Sure, the Wizards have a nice young backcourt already with John Wall and Bradley Beal, but Oladipo is rather clearly the best player and prospect on the board and they could not, would not pass on that when given a second chance.
4. Bobcats –Trey Burke (#9)
Actual: Cody Zeller
Like above: Yes, the backcourt is crowded, with Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions both very capably running the point, but no one else is quite tempting enough, and Burke is the best asset here, so you add him and you have a good problem.
5. Suns – Nerlens Noel (#6)
Actual: Alex Len
Not playing only helps Noel’s value, relative to other guys in the class actually playing.
6. 76ers – Tim Hardaway Jr. (#24)
Actual: Nerlens Noel
Already a competent and composed shooting guard making 41.7 % from outside, he is no Carter-Williams, but the 76ers can perhaps cope with this selection here by having Carter-Williams in real life.
7. Kings – Ben McLemore (#7)
Actual: Ben McLemore
He is still 20 and can still shoot and is still the pick.
8. Pistons – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (#8)
Actual: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Once upon a time projected as Milwaukee’s first round pick, Caldwell-Pope moved up a bit and for good reason, and he is still lauded for his defensive potential and adaptable offensive game.
9. Jazz – Anthony Bennett (#1)
Actual: Trey Burke
There is still some hope, some potential for some hope, if he was the #9 pick instead then things wouldn’t be so bad.
10. Blazers – Steven Adams (#12)
Actual: C.J. McCollum
The seven-foot New Zealander is already a competent contributor and quality rebounder at 20 years old for one Finals contender (Thunder) in the West.
11. 76ers – Alex Len (#5)
Actual: Michael Carter-Williams
Len looked a few things, mostly massive and surprisingly fluid, in perhaps the best game of his young career in Milwaukee last week, when he went for 7 points and 10 rebounds.
12. Thunder – Mason Plumlee (#22)
Actual: Steven Adams
Plumlee has been a real plus off the bench for the Nets, he was a real steal at #22, and he is a reasonable alternative to actual draft pick Steven Adams, who went a couple spots prior in the re-draft.
13. Celtics – C.J. McCollum (#10)
Actual: Kelly Olynyk
McCollum broke a bone in his foot in December, but he is back now and showing bits and flashes of that scoring prowess that landed him in the lottery.
14. Timberwolves – Otto Porter (#3)
Actual: Shabazz Muhammad
The number three overall pick has hardly made it to the court due to a hip injury and various other ailments, and it has been an uneven 200 minutes or so when healthy, but this is a value play for potential.
15. Bucks – Dennis Schroeder (#17)
Actual: Giannis Antetokounmpo
16. Hawks – Lucas Nogueira (#16)
Actual: Lucas Nogueira
Last seen rehabbing from tendinitis in his knee, Nogueira built on his stellar draft day haircut with intriguing Summer League averages: 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 62.0 FG%.
17. Hawks –Sergey Karasev (#19)
Actual: Dennis Schroeder
It’s been a struggle for Karasev in his few NBA minutes, but he is 20 so at least we don’t know.
18. Mavericks – Cody Zeller (#4)
Actual: Shane Larkin
He is almost always overmatched it seems, which is not a great first impression, but there is time for this fourth overall pick to make an NBA rotation in a meaningful way.
19. Cavaliers – Nate Wolters (#38)
Actual: Sergey Karasev
The Cavaliers choose another Buck and end up in a better place.
20. Bulls –Tony Snell (#20)
Actual: Tony Snell
Snell shows enough hints of the coveted three-and-d blueprint to make this a pick worth repeating in Chicago.
21. Timberwolves – Kelly Olynyk (#13)
Actual: Gorgui Dieng
Olynyk is a seven-footer who likes to shoot threes and doesn’t shoot them very well, but there are some nicer offensive pieces to work with here.
22. Nets – Shane Larkin (#18)
Actual: Mason Plumlee
Another popular pick pre-draft among some crowds in Milwaukee, he is recovering from injury and still working on that jumper.
23. Pacers – Allen Crabbe (#31)
Actual: Solomon Hill
Minutes are hard to come by in Portland’s backcourt this year, but there is still optimism surrounding the sharpshooter.
24. Knicks – Gorgui Dieng (#21)
Actual: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway Jr. is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise calamitous season in New York, while the jury is still out, somewhere, on Dieng.
25. Clippers – Ryan Kelly (#48)
Actual: Reggie Bullock
Kelly is easily second in minutes played among second rounders, behind Wolters, though he has cooled off a bit after a promising first month.
26. Thunder – Matthew Dellavedova (undrafted)
Actual: Andre Roberson
I was a touch confused after seeing him in the starting five in a box score a month or so ago, but the undrafted rookie is just about the only player exceeding expectations in Cleveland this season, and he could contribute in a pinch to the title hopefuls in Oklahoma City.
27. Jazz – Rudy Gobert (#27)
Actual: Rudy Gobert
At 27, at seven-two, still the tallest.
28. Spurs – Livio Jean-Charles (#28)
Actual: Livio Jean-Charles
Right because approximately always right.
29. Suns – Andre Roberson (#26)
Actual: Archie Goodwin
Had a nice time defending Kobe Bryant in a December game, actually started a few games in Oklahoma City, and is an upgrade here over Goodwin.
30. Warriors – Jeff Withey (#39)
Actual: Nemanja Nedovic
Exactly seven feet worth of Andrew Bogut + Jermaine O’Neal Insurance.
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