The Official B/R NBA Re-Draft: Full 12-Round Results

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 27, 2012

The Official B/R NBA Re-Draft: Full 12-Round Results

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    How does LeBron James end up back on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kobe Bryant on the Atlanta Hawks and Blake Griffin on the Boston Celtics?

    That can only happen when a select group of 30 NBA writers and super-fans get together and participate in the first official NBA re-draft.

    Completely redistributing all of the league’s talent across the 30 current teams, these basketball minds built 12-man rosters geared to compete with each other during the 2012-2013 season in a magical world where injuries are suddenly healed before the first game. 

    Was Chris Paul or Derrick Rose considered the best point guard to build around? How much did age hurt Kobe, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen?

    Where will Jeremy Lin end up? How good will Anthony Davis and the rest of the 2012 rookie class be?

    Is Brian Scalabrine even worth drafting?

    For the answers to all these questions and far more, this is the 2012 re-draft, a unique preview of the upcoming 2012-13 season.

    This article will contain the full results of the 12-round selection process, complete with a description of each pick, as written by the team's make-believe general manager. Additionally, you'll find round-by-round picks, descriptions of each team's hypothetical playing style and the final standings and playoff results.  

    Trust me. You're going to want to spend all day reading this. 

The Process

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    If you're wondering how the re-draft worked, wonder no longer. 

    Once all 30 participants had selected which teams they would control, a random number generator determined the order of the draft (although I guarantee you that Jesse Dorsey will think it was rigged). 

    The 12 rounds proceeded in a snake format. For those of you unfamiliar with the fantasy lingo, that means that the 30th team in the first round picked first in the second round. Essentially, the draft order snakes back and forth to allow for a more even playing field. 

    The 30 of us selected 12-man rosters, keeping quite a few things in mind: 

    1. We were only concerned with the 2012-13 season, so how these players develop in the future is completely and utterly irrelevant. A player is only as good as he'll be during the next campaign. 

    2. Team fit does matter. The players selected should be able to work well together, and playing styles should not clash.

    3. Injuries—like Derrick Rose's ACL—are automatically healed for the start of the season. However, injury-prone players do remain injury-prone. 

    4. We can form whatever type of team we want. If someone wanted five centers in his starting lineup, well then, that was his prerogative.

    5. Players are only eligible if they're going to play in the NBA next season. Foreign players, collegiate athletes and retired stars are not available to be selected.  

    These are the results of the first round, from pick No. 1 to pick No. 30.

    You can check back soon for the results of the entire draft, team-by-team breakdowns and the official projected standings.  

1st Round

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    1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

    2. Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers

    3. Derrick Rose, Washington Wizards

    4. Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder

    5. Dwight Howard, Phoenix Suns

    6. Kevin Love, New Orleans Hornets

    7. Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets

    8. Kobe Bryant, Atlanta Hawks

    9. Deron Williams, Chicago Bulls

    10. Rajon Rondo, Utah Jazz

    11. LaMarcus Aldridge, Miami Heat

    12. Dwyane Wade, Charlotte Bobcats

    13. Blake Griffin, Boston Celtics

    14. Andrew Bynum, Toronto Raptors

    15. Tony Parker, Golden State Warriors

    16. Carmelo Anthony, San Antonio Spurs

    17. Dirk Nowitzki, Minnesota Timberwolves

    18. Pau Gasol, Portland Trail Blazers

    19. Kyrie Irving, Dallas Mavericks

    20. David Lee, Memphis Grizzlies

    21. Greg Monroe, Indiana Pacers

    22. Rudy Gay, Los Angeles Clippers

    23. Marc Gasol, New York Knicks

    24. Steve Nash, Brooklyn Nets

    25. Eric Gordon, Philadelphia 76ers

    26. Tyson Chandler, Milwaukee Bucks

    27. DeMarcus Cousins, Detroit Pistons

    28. Chris Bosh, Sacramento Kings

    29. Paul Pierce, Orlando Magic

    30. James Harden, Denver Nuggets


    You can view a more detailed breakdown of the first round here. 

2nd Round

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    31. Josh Smith, Denver Nuggets

    32. John Wall, Orlando Magic

    33. Ricky Rubio, Sacramento Kings

    34. Roy Hibbert, Detroit Pistons

    35. Danny Granger, Milwaukee Bucks

    36. Jeremy Lin, Philadelphia 76ers

    37. Andre Iguodala, Brooklyn Nets

    38. Monta Ellis, New York Knicks

    39. Al Jefferson, Los Angeles Clippers

    40. Ty Lawson, Indiana Pacers

    41. Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies

    42. Amar'e Stoudemire, Dallas Mavericks

    43. JaVale McGee, Portland Trail Blazers

    44. Joakim Noah, Minnesota Timberwolves

    45. Brandon Jennings, San Antonio Spurs

    46. Zach Randolph, Golden State Warriors

    47. Tim Duncan, Toronto Raptors

    48. Stephen Curry, Boston Celtics

    49. Kevin Garnett, Charlotte Bobcats

    50. Kyle Lowry, Miami Heat

    51. Joe Johnson, Utah Jazz

    52. Marcin Gortat, Chicago Bulls

    53. Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks

    54. Al Horford, Houston Rockets

    55. Luol Deng, New Orleans Hornets

    56. Serge Ibaka, Phoenix Suns

    57. Nicolas Batum, Oklahoma City Thunder

    58. DeMar DeRozan, Washington Wizards

    59. Tyreke Evans, Los Angeles Lakers

    60. Manu Ginobili, Cleveland Cavaliers

3rd Round

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    61. Andrew Bogut, Cleveland Cavaliers

    62. Danilo Gallinari, Los Angeles Lakers

    63. Chris Kaman, Washington Wizards

    64. Kevin Martin, Oklahoma City Thunder

    65. Jrue Holiday, Phoenix Suns

    66. Arron Afflalo, New Orleans Hornets

    67. Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets

    68. Nikola Pekovic, Atlanta Hawks

    69. Klay Thompson, Chicago Bulls

    70. Brook Lopez, Utah Jazz

    71. Gerald Wallace, Miami Heat

    72. Goran Dragic, Charlotte Bobcats

    73. Anthony Davis, Boston Celtics

    74. Ray Allen, Toronto Raptors

    75. Wilson Chandler, Golden State Warriors

    76. Andrea Bargnani, San Antonio Spurs

    77. Jason Terry, Minnesota Timberwolves

    78. Kris Humphries, Portland Trail Blazers

    79. Anderson Varejao, Dallas Mavericks

    80. DeAndre Jodan, Memphis Grizzlies

    81. Paul George, Indiana Pacers

    82. Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Clippers

    83. Carlos Boozer, New York Knicks

    84. Nene Hilario, Brooklyn Nets

    85. Derrick Favors, Philadelphia 76ers

    86. Ramon Sessions, Milwaukee Bucks

    87. Jose Calderon, Detroit Pistons

    88. Wesley Matthews, Sacramento Kings

    89. Evan Turner, Orlando Magic

    90. Kemba Walker, Denver Nuggets

4th Round

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    91. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Denver Nuggets

    92. Kenneth Faried, Orlando Magic

    93. David West, Sacramento Kings

    94. Michael Beasley, Detroit Pistons

    95. O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee Bucks

    96. Bradley Beal, Philadelphia 76ers

    97. Ersan Ilyasova, Brooklyn Nets

    98. Thaddeus Young, New York Knicks

    99. Brandon Knight, Los Angeles Clippers

    100. Luis Scola, Indiana Pacers

    101. Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies

    102. Brandon Roy, Dallas Mavericks

    103. Isaiah Thomas, Portland Trail Blazers

    104. Gordon Hayward, Minnesota Timberwolves

    105. Rodney Stuckey, San Antonio Spurs

    106. Kendrick Perkins, Golden State Warriors

    107. Chauncey Billups, Toronto Raptors

    108. Danny Green, Boston Celtics

    109. Thomas Robinson, Charlotte Bobcats

    110. Marcus Thornton, Miami Heat

    111. Taj Gibson, Utah Jazz

    112. Kawhi Leonard, Chicago Bulls

    113. Jarrett Jack, Atlanta Hawks

    114. Avery Bradley, Houston Rockets

    115. Jeff Teague, New Orleans Hornets

    116. Caron Butler, Phoenix Suns

    117. Marcus Camby, Oklahoma City Thunder

    118. Brandon Bass, Washington Wizards

    119. Emeka Okafor, Los Angeles Lakers

    120. Andre Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers

5th Round

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    121. Elton Brand, Cleveland Cavaliers

    122. Iman Shumpert, Los Angeles Lakers

    123. Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards

    124. DeJuan Blair, Oklahoma City Thunder

    125. J.R. Smith, Phoenix Suns

    126. J.J. Hickson, New Orleans Hornets

    127. Shawn Marion, Houston Rockets

    128. Chase Budinger, Atlanta Hawks

    129. Drew Gooden, Chicago Bulls

    130. Derrick Williams, Utah Jazz

    131. Samuel Dalembert, Miami Heat

    132. Jared Dudley, Charlotte Bobcats

    133. Ben Gordon, Boston Celtics

    134. Tayshaun Prince, Toronto Raptors

    135. Stephen Jackson, Golden State Warriors

    136. Spencer Hawes, San Antonio Spurs

    137. George Hill, Minnesota Timberwolves

    138. Raymond Felton, Portland Trail Blazers

    139. Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks

    140. Lamar Odom, Memphis Grizzlies

    141. Gerald Henderson, Indiana Pacers

    142. Andre Drummond, Los Angeles Clippers

    143. D.J. Augustin, New York Knicks

    144. Devin Harris, Brooklyn Nets

    145. Channing Frye, Philadelphia 76ers

    146. Jonas Valanciunas, Milwaukee Bucks

    147. Thabo Sefolosha, Detroit Pistons

    148. Hedo Turkoglu, Sacramento Kings

    149. Tiago Splitter, Orlando Magic

    150. Gary Neal, Denver Nuggets

6th-12th Rounds

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    Sixth Round

    151. Enes Kanter, Denver Nuggets

    152. Al Harrington, Orlando Magic

    153. Lou Williams, Sacramento Kings

    154. Jamal Crawford, Detroit Pistons

    155. Corey Maggette, Milwaukee Bucks

    156. MarShon Brooks, Philadelphia 76ers

    157. Gerald Green, Brooklyn Nets

    158. Udonis Haslem, New York Knicks

    159. Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers

    160. Omer Asik, Indiana Pacers

    161. Marreese Speights, Memphis Grizzlies

    162. Damian Lillard, Dallas Mavericks

    163. Nick Young, Portland Trail Blazers

    164. Courtney Lee, Minnesota Timberwolves

    165. Terrence Ross, San Antonio Spurs

    166. Jason Richardson, Golden State Warriors

    167. Dion Waiters, Toronto Raptors

    168. Jameer Nelson, Boston Celtics

    169*. Andrei Kirilenko, Charlotte Bobcats

    170. Richard Jefferson, Miami Heat

    171. Darren Collison, Utah Jazz

    172. C.J. Watson, Chicago Bulls

    173. Mo Williams, Atlanta Hawks

    174. Eric Bledsoe, Houston Rockets

    175. Landry Fields, New Orleans Hornets

    176. Delonte West, Phoenix Suns

    177. Marvin Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder

    178. Randy Foye, Washington Wizards

    179. Jordan Crawford, Los Angeles Lakers

    180. Carl Landry, Cleveland Cavaliers


    Seventh Round

    181. Patty Mills, Cleveland Cavaliers

    182. Mirza Teletovic, Los Angeles Lakers

    183. Tyler Zeller, Washington Wizards

    184. Jerryd Bayless, Oklahoma City Thunder

    185. Nick Collison, Phoenix Suns

    186. Greivis Vasquez, New Orleans Hornets

    187. Zaza Pachulia, Houston Rockets

    188. Ian Mahinmi, Atlanta Hawks

    189. J.J. Redick, Chicago Bulls

    190. Corey Brewer, Utah Jazz

    191. Leandro Barbosa, Miami Heat

    192. Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Bobcats

    193. Brandon Rush, Boston Celtics

    194. Tracy McGrady, Toronto Raptors

    195. Aaron Brooks, Golden State Warriors

    196. John Henson, San Antonio Spurs

    197. Jason Kidd, Minnesota Timberwolves

    198. Kevin Seraphin, Portland Trail Blazers

    199. Shane Battier, Dallas Mavericks

    200. Jodie Meeks, Memphis Grizzlies

    201. Mario Chalmers, Indiana Pacers

    202. Anthony Morrow, Los Angeles Clippers

    203. J.J. Barea, New York Knicks

    204. Tyrus Thomas, Brooklyn Nets

    205. Steve Novak, Philadelphia 76ers

    206. Rip Hamilton, Milwaukee Bucks

    207. Marco Belinelli, Detroit Pistons

    208. Jeremy lamb, Sacramento Kings

    209. Glen Davis, Orlando Magic

    210. Jan Vesely, Denver Nuggets


    Eighth Round

    211. Al-Farouq Aminu, Denver Nuggets

    212. Kyle Korver, Orlando Magic

    213. Tyler Hansbrough, Sacramento Kings

    214. Metta World Peace, Detroit Pistons

    215. Jared Sullinger, Milwaukee Bucks

    216. D.J. White, Philadelphia 76ers

    217. Mickael Pietrus, Brooklyn Nets

    218. Dorell Wright, New York Knicks

    219. Luke RIdnour, Los Angeles Clippers

    220. Grant Hill, Indiana Pacers

    221. Kendall Marshall, Memphis Grizzlies

    222. Kenyon Martin, Dallas Mavericks

    223. Tristan Thompson, Portland Trail Blazers

    224. Matt Bonner, Minnesota Timberwolves

    225. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, San Antonio Spurs

    226. Timofey Mozgov, Golden State Warriors

    227. Eric Maynor, Toronto Raptors

    228. Boris Diaw, Boston Celtics

    229*. Markieff Morris, Charlotte Bobcats

    230. Darrell Arthur, Miami Heat

    231. Joel Anthony, Utah Jazz

    232. Perry Jones III, Chicago Bulls

    233. Trevor Booker, Atlanta Hawks

    234. Houston Rockets, Vince Carter

    235. Brendan Haywood, New Orleans Hornets

    236. Alec Burks, Phoenix Suns

    237. Jonas Jerebko, Oklahoma City Thunder

    238. Carlos Delfino, Washington Wizards

    239. Chandler Parsons, Los Angeles Lakers

    240. Rodrigue Beaubois, Cleveland Cavaliers


    Ninth Round

    241. Royce White, Cleveland Cavaliers

    242. Gustavo Ayon, Los Angeles Lakers

    243. Terrence Jones, Washington Wizards

    244. Nate Robinson, Oklahoma City Thunder

    245. Austin Daye, Phoenix Suns

    246. Jason Thompson, New Orleans Hornets

    247. Ekpe Udoh, Houston Rockets

    248. Terrence Williams, Atlanta Hawks

    249. Robin Lopez, Chicago Bulls

    250. Evan Fournier, Utah Jazz

    251. Andrew Nicholson, Miami Heat

    252. Shannon Brown, Charlotte Bobcats

    253. Rashard Lewis, Boston Celtics

    254. Jordan Hill, Toronto Raptors

    255. Matt Barnes, Golden State Warriors

    256. Anthony Randolph, San Antonio Spurs

    257. Reggie Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves

    258. Maurice Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers

    259. Meyers Leonard, Dallas Mavericks

    260. Michael Redd, Memphis Grizzlies

    261. Jason Smith, Indiana Pacers

    262. Andray Blatche, Los Angeles Clippers

    263. Greg Stiemsma, New York Knicks

    264. Lavoy Allen, Brooklyn Nets

    265. Fab Melo, Philadelphia 76ers

    266. Tony Wroten, Milwaukee Bucks

    267. Ed Davis, Detroit Pistons

    268. Mike Dunleavy, Sacramento Kings

    269. Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic

    270. Cole Aldrich, Denver Nuggets


    10th Round

    271. Kyle Singler, Denver Nuggets

    272. Norris Cole, Orlando Magic

    273. Byron Mullens, Sacramento Kings

    274. James Johnson, Detroit Pistons

    275. Jimmer Fredette, Milwaukee Bucks

    276. Raja Bell, Philadelphia 76ers

    277. Willie Green, Brooklyn Nets

    278. DeShawn Stevenson, New York Knicks

    279. Chris Singleton, Los Angeles Clippers

    280. Daequan Cook, Indiana Pacers

    281. Dante Cunningham, Memphis Grizzlies

    282. Daniel Gibson, Dallas Mavericks

    283. E'Twaun Moore, Portland Trail Blazers

    284. Amir Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves

    285. Kirk Hinrich, San Antonio Spurs

    286. Darko Milicic, Golden State Warriors

    287. Jermaine O'Neal, Toronto Raptors

    288. John Salmons, Boston Celtics

    289. Chris Duhon, Charlotte Bobcats

    290. Andris Biedrins, Miami Heat

    291. Anthony Tolliver, Utah Jazz

    292. Jason Maxiell, Chicago Bulls

    293. C.J. Miles, Atlanta Hawks

    294. Jeremy Evans, Houston Rockets

    295. Josh Howard, New Orleans Hornets

    296. Kwame Brown, Phoenix Suns

    297. Linas Kleiza, Oklahoma City Thunder

    298. Derek Fisher, Washington Wizards

    299. Beno Udrih, Los Angeles Lakers

    300. Reggie Evans, Cleveland Cavaliers


    11th Round

    301. Mike Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers

    302. John Jenkins, Los Angeles Lakers

    303. Doron Lamb, Washington Wizards

    304. Jared Jeffries, Oklahoma City Thunder

    305. Ivan Johnson, Phoenix Suns

    306. Shawne Williams, New Orleans Hornets

    307. Josh Selby, Houston Rockets

    308. Draymond Green, Atlanta Hawks

    309. Ronnie Brewer, Chicago Bulls

    310. Jae Crowder, Utah Jazz

    311. Keyon Dooling, Miami Heat

    312. Jeffery Taylor, Charlotte Bobcats

    313. Devin Ebanks, Boston Celtics

    314. Nazr Mohammed, Toronto Raptors

    315. Gilbert Arenas, Golden State Warriors

    316. Jimmy Butler, San Antonio Spurs

    317. Ronny Turiaf, Minnesota Timberwolves

    318. Wesley Johnson, Portland Trail Blazers

    319. Baron Davis, Dallas Mavericks

    320. Darius Johnson-Odom, Memphis Grizzlies

    321. Dahntay Jones, Indiana Pacers

    322. Martell Webster, Los Angeles Clippers

    323. Omri Casspi, New York Knicks

    324. Hasheem Thabeet, Brooklyn Nets

    325. Will Barton, Philadelphia 76ers

    326. Hakim Warrick, Milwaukee Bucks

    327. Quentin Richardson, Detroit Pistons

    328. John Lucas III, Sacramento Kings

    329. Patrick Patterson, Orlando Magic

    330. Marquis Teague, Denver Nuggets


    12th Round

    331. Dexter Pittman, Denver Nuggets

    332. Kim English, Orlando Magic

    333. Chuck Hayes, Sacramento Kings

    334. Kosta Koufos, Detroit Pistons

    335. Tobias Harris, Milwaukee Bucks

    336. Charlie Villanueva, Philadelphia 76ers

    337. Von Wafer, Brooklyn Nets

    338. Donatas Motiejunas, New York Knicks

    339. Larry Sanders, Los Angeles Clippers

    340. Arnett Moultrie, Indiana Pacers

    341. Hamed Haddadi, Memphis Grizzlies

    342. Brian Scalabrine, Dallas Mavericks

    343. Quincy Miller, Portland Trail Blazers

    344. Alexey Shved, Minnesota Timberwolves

    345. Bernard James, San Antonio Spurs

    346. Robbie Hummel, Golden State Warriors

    347. Reggie Jackson, Toronto Raptors

    348. Festus Ezeli, Boston Celtics

    349. Kurt Thomas, Charlotte Bobcats

    350. Steve Blake, Miami Heat

    351. Sam Young, Utah Jazz

    352. Jonny Flynn, Chicago Bulls

    353. Travis Leslie, Atlanta Hawks

    354. Jason Collins, Houston Rockets

    355. Toney Douglas, New Orleans Hornets

    356. Will Bynum, Phoenix Suns

    357. Lou Amundson, Oklahoma City Thunder

    358. JaJuan Johnson, Washington Wizards

    359. Brandan Wright, Los Angeles Lakers

    360. Luke Walton, Cleveland Cavaliers


    Kirilenko Corollary for picks No. 169 and No. 229

    When the Charlotte Bobcats selected Andrei Kirilenko at No. 169, no one was sure whether or not AK47 would be playing in the NBA. If he didn't come stateside, Kirilenko would have been ineligible for this league, leaving the Bobcats with an 11-man roster.

    To remedy that, the Bobcats were granted the ability to select two players at No. 229, two rounds after Kirilenko was drafted. Charlotte picked Alonzo Gee and Markieff Morris. 

    Once Kirilenko signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Bobcats had too many players on the roster and were forced to choose two of the three players selected with the two picks in question. Gee was cut from the team and sent to the undrafted free-agent pool, while Kirilenko and Morris remained on the Charlotte roster. 

Atlanta Hawks

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    Jarrett Jack, Kobe Bryant, Chase Budinger, Paul Millsap, Nikola Pekovic



    Trevor Booker, Draymond Green, Travis Leslie, Ian Mahinmi, C.J. Miles, Mo Williams, Terrence Williams


    Starting Point Guard: Jarrett Jack (No. 113 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    Jarrett Jack will be asked to spot up from the three-point line far more often than he did last season now that Kobe Bryant is playing alongside him and dominating the ball.

    After shooting 34.8 percent on 2.5 attempts per game from downtown, I have full confidence in his ability to rack up the triples while playing alongside far more potent offensive options than the 2011-12 New Orleans Hornets rostered. 


    Starting Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant (No. 8 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 27.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Los Angeles Lakers)

    While I wanted one of the UCLA products—Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook—to fall to me at No. 8, I can't exactly complain about grabbing a five-time NBA champion and one of the top 10 players in league history outside of the top five picks, especially when he's still playing like he's in his prime. 

    If you hadn't guessed already, Kobe will be the No. 1 offensive option on this team, and he'll be given free rein to do as he pleases when Atlanta has possession of the basketball. 


    Starting Small Forward: Chase Budinger (No. 128 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Houston Rockets)

    Through four picks in the re-draft, my team was missing two things: athleticism and a small forward. Chase Budinger fills both of those roles with ease. 

    He'll throw down his fair share of highlight-reel dunks when Kobe and Jack find him cutting to the basket, but he'll also serve as a defensive stopper on the perimeter after holding opposing small forwards to a 13.1 PER, according to 


    Starting Power Forward: Paul Millsap (No. 53 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.8 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    Although he's challenged in the height department, Paul Millsap is a hard worker and a physical presence who thrives when he makes contact with opposing players. 

    A terrific rebounder with deadly accuracy from mid-range, Millsap also possesses passing skills that should belong to a player with far less height than he. His versatility and mentality fit in perfectly with this version of the Hawks. 


    Starting Center: Nikola Pekovic (No. 68 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    The single most underrated player in the league, Nikola Pekovic gives my team the rebounding and toughness it needs next to Millsap in the paint. 

    According to, Pekovic posted a 21.9 PER while holding opposing centers to just 13.4.

    Only seven centers produced a plus-21 PER last season while playing more than 25 minutes per game, and just Tim Duncan (22.8 for, 14.0 against), Andrew Bynum (23.5 for, 14.2 against), Dwight Howard (25.2 for, 14.0 against) and Pekovic also held their opponents below 15.     


    Bench Guard: Mo Williams (No. 173 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    I almost didn't take Mo Williams at the end of the sixth round, but only because I was too shocked that Dion Waiters, Jameer Nelson, Darren Collison and C.J. Watson had all been taken before he was off the board. Surely I was missing something and he'd declared that he wasn't ever going to pass the ball again.

    After some quick research, I learned that wasn't the case and immediately snatched up the best sixth man in the re-draft. 


    Bench Guard: Travis Leslie (No. 353 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 1.4 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.2 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    This dunk (and the fact that I'm a Georgia boy) is pretty much the only reason that Travis Leslie wasn't doomed to the undrafted free-agent pool in the re-draft. If Leslie can throw down on DeMarcus Cousins, then he can dunk on almost anyone.

    Seriously though, Leslie is only on the Hawks so he can bring home the Slam Dunk title to his hometown and keep the bench warm. He's a 12th man. He ain't playing.  


    Bench Guard:  C.J. Miles (No. 293 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    Miles was more effective guarding shooting guards than small forwards last year, so that's exactly what he's going to do now that he's in Atlanta. Whenever Kobe needs a brief respite from the rigors of carrying the offensive load, Miles will step in and the team won't miss a beat defensively. 


    Bench Forward: Terrence Williams (No. 244 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings)

    When you go into a re-draft like this, there are certain players you just know you're going to end up getting because you like them so much more than everyone else. Terrence Williams is one of those guys for me. I thought Alec Burks was another, but apparently Conor Naughton and I talk about basketball together a little too much. 

    T-Will allows my team to remain some modicum of athleticism when Budinger is taking a breather, and his versatility will pay dividends as he finishes the leap forward that he began last year with the Sacramento Kings. 


    Bench Forward: Draymond Green (No. 304 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Michigan State Spartans)

    With my 11th pick of the re-draft, I was looking for a man who simply oozed "winning." Other than Charlie Sheen, Richard Branson, Jay-Z, Tyrion Lannister, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Russell, I'm not sure anyone else in the world better embodies that trait than Draymond Green, even if he didn't actually take home a title at Michigan State. 

    Green's versatility will undoubtedly help the Hawks out, but I'm far more concerned with the intangibles that are flowing out of his pores instead of sweat. 


    Bench Forward: Trevor Booker (No. 233 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Washington Wizards)

    I seriously considered taking Chandler Parsons with this pick, but Michael Tumey (New York Knicks re-draft GM) told me that between Parsons and Budinger, he wouldn't be able to tell whether I had a basketball team or a boy band. In Tumey's opinion (via a Facebook chat), Millsap would be the bassist, but the band would be doomed for failure: 

    Millsap is definitely a bassist. Kobe would be the lead singer but would constantly try to have 12-minute guitar solos even though Jarrett Jack is really good at guitar. Also, he'd leave the group after the first album to chase his solo career.

    As I didn't want my band—I mean team—splitting up too soon, I decided to take Booker, the athletic, underrated, constantly-giving-110-percent power forward. 


    Bench Center: Ian Mahinmi (No. 188 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    Pekovic's tendency to play too physically and get into early foul trouble forced me to draft a backup center a bit earlier than I would have liked. As a result, Ian Mahinmi became my seventh-round pick. 

    Mahinmi is a great hustle player and another sorely needed athlete, but he'll have to curtail the fouls as well. 


    -Adam Fromal, B/R FC/Hawks Re-Draft GM

How Will the Hawks Play?

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    My team is going to be on the Kobe System in more ways than one, with every player on the roster serving as the different animal and the same beast.

    If you don't know what that means, please don't ask Kanye West.

    The offense will run through Kobe Bryant whenever he's on the court, as the squad lacks many other go-to scorers. Instead of focusing on offense, I drafted players who would play tough and always leave it all out on the court. The Black Mamba will accept nothing less, and I'm trying not to upset him here. 

    Every player on the team is fully capable of playing solid defense, and they'll be expected to at all times. If athleticism is necessary, that's when the bench comes into play and joins Chase Budinger on the court to turn Phillips Arena into The Highlight Factory once more.

    Other than Mo Williams and Kobe, the strength of these Hawks lies in the frontcourt, which ended up becoming a collection of underrated and relatively unknown players. Don't doubt the collective efforts of Paul Millsap, Nikola Pekovic, Trevor Booker and Ian Mahinmi, though. You'll regret it if you do.

    My Hawks won't sell many jerseys, but they will win games and blow out enough teams that Travis Leslie will become a YouTube sensation in garbage time. 

    Most importantly, Kobe and his supporting cast will truly be able to achieve success at success at success

    You're welcome. 


    -Adam Fromal, B/R FC/Hawks Re-Draft GM

Boston Celtics

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    Stephen Curry, Ben Gordon, Danny Green, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis



    Boris Diaw, Devin Ebanks, Festus Ezeli, Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson, Brandon Rush, John Salmons


    Starting Point Guard: Stephen Curry (No. 48 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Golden State Warriors)

    Curry is the poster child for the kind of offense we will run. He's a terrific shooter from all over the court and he thrives on a helter-skelter type of fast break.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Ben Gordon (No. 133 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Detroit Pistons)

    Instant offense and toughness is what Gordon brings. He's our guy that we'll entrust to take a back seat with the starters then shift into full speed when the reserves come in.


    Starting Small Forward: Danny Green (No. 108 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.9 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    A flat-out shooter. We're going to want the floor to be spread so Griffin and Davis can use their athleticism in the paint. Green is killer from the corners and will get a ton of opportunities.


    Starting Power Forward: Blake Griffin (No. 13 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 20.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    Griffin was drafted with the idea that he would be encouraged to get out and run. He won't be put into spots that he isn't comfortable with, like shooting a mid-range jumper.


    Starting Center: Anthony Davis (No. 73 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 4.7 blocks, 1.4 steals (for Kentucky Wildcats)

    Davis will have to provide some defensive support, but he's here as the mirror to Blake Griffin. With Griffin on one side and Davis on the other, defenses will have no choice but to play them straight up, leaving the advantage to us.


    Bench Guard: Jameer Nelson (No. 168 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    Pick-and-roll, rinse and repeat. Nelson will get a ton of opportunities to shoot over the pick-and-roll because of our athletic forwards. Sag, and be drained upon.


    Bench Guard: Brandon Rush (No. 193 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Golden State Warriors)

    I'll be surprised if he crosses either three-point line this year. He'll be expected to defend on the wing to an extent, but the main reason he's here is to spread the floor and shoot the ball. No more, no less.


    Bench Guard: John Salmons (No. 288 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Sacramento Kings)

    Salmons will be a guy who plays a lot one night and sparingly the next. We have a couple of streaky players on the bench, and whoever has the hot hand will get the playing time that night.


    Bench Forward: Boris Diaw (No. 228 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats and San Antonio Spurs)

    A hybrid forward/center that can do a little bit of everything. He provides some flexibility with lineups. He isn't as athletic as the rest of the team, but what he lacks there, he makes up in skill.


    Bench Forward: Rashard Lewis (No. 253 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Washington Wizards)

    Another shooter to expand the lane. Lewis can help out on the defensive glass for the second team and get down the court to spot up in his favorite spot for three.


    Bench Forward: Devin Ebanks (No. 313 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Los Angeles Lakers)

    He'll be our defensive specialist off the bench. He's long and lean and will be the answer to smaller shooting guards and small forwards who get hot.


    Bench Center: Festus Ezeli (No. 348 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 2.0 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Vanderbilt Commodores)

    We needed a little beef, and here he is. He doesn't fit the profile of the offense, but he's an enforcer who will bring attitude when called upon. He'll only play in blowouts and in case of a major injury.


    -Michael Dunlap, B/R FC/Celtics Re-Draft GM

How Will the Celtics Play?

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    These won't be the Boston Celtics that you've grown accustomed to in the past few years.

    While defense isn't a bad word, it's certainly something we don't want to waste much time on.

    We're relying on our athleticism to defend and get us out on the break.

    Mike D'Antoni called it the "Seven Seconds Or Less" offense, and that's the mantra we will live by. All of our guards were taken with the idea that they would be able to shoot the three.

    Our forwards were selected with the idea that they would be athletes that crave getting out in the open court. Our centers will be able to block shots on one end, get the break started and hustle back down the floor.

    Get used to seeing drive and dish as I introduce Lob City East: Mid-Range Jumpers Prohibited.


    -Michael Dunlap, B/R FC/Celtics Re-Draft GM

Brooklyn Nets

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    Steve Nash, Gerald Green, Andre Iguodala, Ersan Ilyasova, Nene Hilario



    Lavoy Allen, Willie Green, Devin Harris, Mickael Pietrus, Hasheem Thabeet, Tyrus Thomas, Von Wafer


    Starting Point Guard: Steve Nash (No. 24 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    I'm building a supreme sports car of a team: fast, athletic and unrelenting. However, it needs a driver for it to realize its full potential. Steve Nash is that driver.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Gerald Green (No. 157 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals (for New Jersey Nets)

    Green finally figured out how to play basketball this last season. He was a force to end the season and has earned a spot in my starting lineup because of it.


    Starting Small Forward: Andre Iguodala (No. 37 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.7 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    Athleticism, defense and swag are not Steve Nash's strengths. Iggy, however, has them in spades, making them perfect complements. Also, Nash-Iguodala alley-oops are going to be legen—wait for it—dary.


    Starting Power Forward: Ersan Ilyasova (No. 97 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    The severely underrated Turk is going to thrive in this fast-paced offense that feeds off of shooting and athleticism. Ilyasova also thrives on defense and is a veracious rebounder. He's my steal of the draft.


    Starting Center: Nene Hilario (No. 84 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards)

    The perfect pick-and-roll partner for Nash, Nene can shoot the pop and finish at the hole with power. He can also add his solid rebounding to start the fast break.


    Bench Guard: Devin Harris (No. 144 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    He was still on the board in the fifth round, which I thought was a steal even though I already had Nash. Harris is going to be the sixth man in the rotation so that the Nets can rest Nash while still having a very quality point guard on the floor.


    Bench Guard: Willie Green (No. 277 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    Every team needs some irrational confidence guy that explodes for 20 points once every few weeks and wins a game by himself.


    Bench Guard: Von Wafer (No. 337 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    His full name is Vakeaton Quamar Wafer. That's basically why I drafted him, but the shooting ability and Mohawk are icing on the cake. He's also going to be the cool handshake guy.


    Bench Guard: Mickael Pietrus (No. 217 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    Pietrus is solely a shooter and defensive stopper to spell Iggy and Green


    Bench Forward: Tyrus Thomas (No. 204 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    The first big man off the bench will be Thomas, who has all the physical tools to be a starter but lacks the basketball I.Q. at times. Just know that he will not be allowed to emulate Dirk by shooting isolation jump shots.


    Bench Center: Lavoy Allen (No. 264 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    Allen had a great playoff run and can provide toughness, rebounding and heart off the bench.


    Bench Center: Hasheem Thabeet (No. 324 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 1.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.1 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets)

    He's 7'3". 


    -Marvin Barge, Nets Re-Draft GM

How Will the Nets Play?

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    The Brooklyn Nets are going to attack hard and fast.

    Green, Iguodala, Ilyasova and Thomas are all have physical gifts that will make opposing coaches cringe. The fast break is going to be unstoppable with the mix of finishers and shooters at Nash's and Harris' disposal.

    This team can also slow it down and work the offense with Nash, Iggy and Harris creating for everyone else.

    The bench makes the team 10-deep in the rotation and is full of tough defenders and shooters to provide quality depth and minutes. Defensively, Green, Iguodala, Ilyasova, Thomas and Pietrus can play the passing lanes and help Nene on the boards, which will start the fast break.

    Offense can get you deep into the playoffs, but defense wins championships.

    The Nets have both and are legitimate title contenders.


    -Marvin Barge, Nets Re-Draft GM

Charlotte Bobcats

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    Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Jared Dudley, Thomas Robinson, Kevin Garnett



    Bismack Biyombo, Shannon Brown, Chris Duhon, Andrei Kirilenko, Markieff Morris, Jeffery Taylor, Kurt Thomas


    Starting Point Guard: Goran Dragic (No. 72 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Houston Rockets)

    The southpaw point guard had a stunning second half of last season, averaging 15 points (on 49.7 percent shooting), 7.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in March and 18.9 points (on 46.4 percent shooting), 7.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in April.

    The guy simply eviscerated opponents in the last two months of the season.

    As my starting point guard, I’m confident he’ll put up fantastic numbers, similar to the stats he put up in March and April of this past year.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade (No. 12 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 22.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.7 steals (for Miami Heat)

    With my first-round draft pick at No. 12 overall, I selected a guy who has already proven that he can be the alpha dog on a championship team. Also, Wade is arguably the best shooting guard in the NBA right now (sorry, Kobe Bryant fans—actually I’m not, I hate the Lakers).

    The “alpha dog on a championship team” label can only be applied to two of the 11 picks prior to mine at No. 12 (only Kobe and the newly crowned LeBron James can say they have that designation). Overall, I’m thrilled that Wade fell to me at No. 12 because he has proven in the past that he can lead a championship squad.


    Starting Small Forward: Jared Dudley (No. 132 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    As a Phoenix Suns fan, I can appreciate what Jared Dudley brings to the table more than most.

    Although Dudley doesn’t have the athletic ability of a DeMar DeRozan or Paul George, JD3 works his rear end off to be competitive in this league. He uses his basketball IQ and work ethic to outplay opponents who have higher athletic ceilings

    Rounding out my top five picks, Dudley is a great glue guy who does all the little things to help a team win.


    Starting Power Forward: Thomas Robinson (No. 109 overall)

    2011-2012 Per Game Stats: 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Kansas Jayhawks)

    The former Kansas Jayhawk had a brilliant junior season in college averaging a comfortable double-double of 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds. Robinson makes a good basketball living by snatching rebounds at an elite level, and he stands out to me as a cross between Amar’e Stoudemire and LaMarcus Aldridge when they entered the NBA as rookies.

    Even as a worst-case scenario, Robinson will rebound like a beast and get some easy garbage points under the basket. He’ll also be learning under Kevin Garnett in this scenario, which is a dream situation for a young power forward.


    Starting Center: Kevin Garnett (No. 49 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    In Round 2 I added another player with championship pedigree in Kevin Garnett.

    Because this NBA re-draft is only meant for next season and not for building a dynasty, I think that taking Garnett, who had a terrific postseason this year averaging 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 20 playoff games, is a great move.

    D-Wade and KG will create an ultra-competitive (and downright scary) one-two punch.


    Bench Guard: Chris Duhon (No. 289 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    Chris Duhon is a veteran presence (although he’s still just 29 years old) and at the very least, he’s a point guard who can handle the ball and organize the offense when Goran Dragic isn’t out there running the show.

    I needed at least one player from the hated Duke University, and Duhon fits that bill. Having played under Coach K at Duke, I’m confident in his high basketball I.Q. and leadership qualities.


    Bench Guard: Shannon Brown (No. 256 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    I could have gone with a backup point guard for Goran here, but the overall talent of Shannon Brown as the 262nd player taken in the draft was too good to pass up.

    He’s a hyper-athletic shooting guard who can defend and create his own shot off the dribble. Moreover, he can shoot the three-ball and excite the crowd with his dunking ability. He provides instant offense and energy off the bench.


    Bench Guard: Andrei Kirilenko (No. 199 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 steals (for CSKA Moscow)

    Andrei Kirilenko (AK-47) is a do-everything small forward who will wreak havoc off the bench in the role of sixth man on this team.

    Kirilenko is on the verge of joining an extremely elite group of players who have notched 4,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 blocks (just in the NBA, not including his numbers while playing in Europe).

    Only 14 players in the history of the NBA have that accomplishment. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Julius Erving are just some of the names who have those career numbers.

    That’s elite company to say the least, and Kirilenko could soon become No. 15.


    Bench Forward: Jeffery Taylor (No. 312 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Vanderbilt Commodores)

    I feel as if I’ve been driving the Jeffery Taylor bandwagon for months now, so it’s only fitting that I get to pick him up in Round 11.

    Charlotte Bobcats beat writer Rick Bonnell tweeted this of Taylor during Summer League:

    Jeff Taylor an absolute steal at No. 31. Can't imagine how he lasted that long.

    — Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 20, 2012

    He also relayed that Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap compared Taylor to Shane Battier because of Taylor’s great defensive capabilities. I’ve always felt he’d be a great glue guy for any NBA team.


    Bench Forward: Markieff Morris (No. 229 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    Markieff Morris is a fearless competitor for his age. He’s not afraid to defend the likes of Blake Griffin and Tim Duncan and usually does a very respectable job on the defensive end of the court.

    What really surprised me about Markieff’s game at the NBA level, though, is his range. As a 6’10” power forward, Morris shot 34.7 percent from three-point land on 106 attempts. It’s shocking to see a power forward as young as Morris shoot the ball as efficiently as he did as a rookie.

    As a big who can come off the bench and spread the floor with his outside shooting, Morris would be a solid asset to any NBA team.


    Bench Center: Bismack Biyombo (No. 192 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    I needed a true center to bring off the bench, and the 19-year-old Bismack Biyombo is a great big man to have in that role.

    Although he’s still a raw NBA talent, his defensive shot-blocking prowess is rivaled by few.

    Last season as a teenager, Biyombo ranked eighth in the NBA with 1.83 blocks per game and fifth in the NBA in blocks per 48 minutes (3.79). How many 19-year-olds do you know who could rank in the top 10 in the NBA in blocks per game?

    Biyombo has a chance to be a defensive force in the NBA in the near future.


    Bench Center: Kurt Thomas (No. 349 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers)

    Rounding out my 12-man roster in the NBA re-draft is the consummate professional, 39-year-old veteran, Kurt Thomas.

    Thomas has always handled himself with class both on and off the court, so bringing in a guy who can act as an assistant coach who puts on a uniform is never a bad fit.


    -Ben Leibowitz, B/R FC/Bobcats Re-Draft GM

How Will the Bobcats Play?

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    Basically, my team is built around the mantra that both Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade will use their skills to either penetrate to the basket and score or penetrate to the basket and pass.

    The Dragic/Wade backcourt sports two tremendous finishers at the basket, and if they’re met with opposing defensive threats in the post, they can kick the ball out to Jared Dudley, Shannon Brown and Markieff Morris (who are all solid perimeter threats) or dump the ball away to Thomas Robinson or Kevin Garnett for easy dunks.

    Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko and Bismack Biyombo act as the team’s defensive backbone to rack up numerous blocks and steals.

    AK-47 should thrive in the role of sixth man, coming into the game and wreaking havoc on both offense and defense.

    Thomas Robinson and Jeffery Taylor are the two question marks as rookies, but Robinson at the very least will be a phenomenal rebounder beside Garnett in the paint, and Taylor can knock down open jump shots while being a defensive specialist.

    Overall, the two-headed monster of Wade and Garnett will lead the team as alpha dog and second banana. All of the other players on the roster fill a specific role and have different skill sets that complement one another very well.


    -Ben Leibowitz, B/R FC/Bobcats Re-Draft GM

Chicago Bulls

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    Deron Williams, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Drew Gooden, Marcin Gortat



    Ronnie Brewer, Jonny Flynn, Perry Jones III, Robin Lopez, Jason Maxiell, J.J. Redick, C.J. Watson


    Starting Point Guard: Deron Williams (No. 9 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 21.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.2 steals (for New Jersey Nets)

    One of the premier point guards in the league, he'll have a chance to prove it yet again this year now that he has teammates in New Jersey. Williams has the ability to shred teams with either his passing or his scoring. He's also one of the best defensive PGs in the game. 


    Starting Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson (No. 69 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Golden State Warriors)

    As a starter, Thompson averaged 18 points per game and had .545 TS% on the season. Thompson showed the Warriors enough that they felt comfortable trading away Monta Ellis. That's good enough to take him with a third-round pick. 


    Starting Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard (No. 112 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.3 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    Kawhi Leonard is the new-look Luol Deng, the kind of player that does everything well, especially defense, even if he doesn't do everything great. He'll be the new darling of Tom Thibodeau.


    Starting Power Forward: Drew Gooden (No. 129 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    Drew Gooden might be the most overpaid power forward in Chicago Bulls history, but he'll get a second chance to prove himself. As we're getting deep into the draft now, Gooden should do enough to justify his selection. 


    Starting Center: Marcin Gortat (No. 52 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    A highly underrated player last year, as he was in Phoenix and a huge part of their late-season push, literally and figuratively. Gortat was one of only seven players to score 15 points and grab 10 boards. The other six went in the first round.


    Bench Guard: C.J. Watson (No. 172 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    C.J. Watson will resume his role as the backup point guard with Chicago in our mythical world. He did a great job last year until he started to have feet problems. He should be more early-season Watson than late-season Watson now that he's healthy. 


    Bench Guard: Jonny Flynn (No. 352 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.2 steals (for Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers) 

    Flynn has shown flashes during his oft-injured tenure. Of the players on the board, he has the best chance of far exceeding the type of production you want from a 12th man.


    Bench Guard: Ronnie Brewer (No. 309 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    Really, I was surprised to see a player with so much defensive ability still on the board. Brewer is a top wing defender in the league, and you can't go deep in the postseason without one. An absolute steal with an 11th-round pick, he was a no-brainer.


    Bench Guard: J.J. Redick (No. 189 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    We need a three-point specialist, so why not take another stab at the player who we tried to get originally two years ago?


    Bench Forward: Perry Jones III (No. 232 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Baylor Bears)

    Perry Jones was taken way too late in the NBA draft, and he was taken way too late in the re-draft. IF he can be motivated, he can be a huge pick, and Thibs is a great motivator. 


    Bench Forward: Jason Maxiell (No. 292 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Detroit Pistons)

    Maxiell is a good find here. He can play either power forward or center, and he'll probably fit in well with Thibodeau's system. 


    Bench Center: Robin Lopez (No. 249 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.3 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    What can I say? We need someone to play backup center and take the role of "crazy hair dude," so who better than the human pencil troll, a.k.a Robin Lopez?


    -Kelly Scaletta, B/R FC/Bulls Re-Draft GM

How Will the Bulls Play?

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    The Chicago Bulls had one advantage over most of the NBA (though not all of it) before the draft even began, namely Tom Thibodeau.  

    My thought in drafting the Bulls was twofold. First, draft players who played both ways (as those who don't play D wouldn't see the court in the fourth quarter). Second, draft players who would fit in Thib's defense.  

    Deron Williams would capably fill the role of Derrick Rose as the most important player. He's a versatile scorer and a tremendous passer. He's a great player to build around.  

    Marcin Gortat would be a really nice fit into a Thib's style of system. He's a very solid low post defender, if not just plain good. He also is an outstanding rebounder.  

    Klay Thompson will stretch the floor and be a better shooting gaurd than the Bulls have had in a while. His length will make him tough to shoot over.  

    Kawhi Leonard, who is the next Luol Deng anyway, will be a perfect fit in Chicago.  

    Finally, Drew Gooden, in his second stint, won't be the greatest player in Bulls history, but he'll be a reasonably good facsimile of Carlos Boozer in the pick-and-pop role.  

    Watson and Brewer will provide their roles from last year. J.J. Reddick will fill in Korver's role. Perry Jones could provide some oohs and ahs off the bench and would have a chance to take over the starting job from Gooden if he gets motivated. He'd be in the Taj Gibson role.  

    Finally, Maxiell and Robin Lopez will provide some depth off the bench from the bigs. Lopez will also fill the "crazy hair" role left by Noah. 

    So pretty much this is the same team that won the most games in the NBA the last two years, with a better shooting guard.  

    Defensively, they'll still dominate, but with more balance on the offensive end. 


    -Kelly Scaletta, B/R FC/Bulls Re-Draft GM

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Andre Miller, Manu Ginobili, LeBron James, Elton Brand, Andrew Bogut



    Rodrigue Beaubois, Reggie Evans, Carl Landry, Mike Miller, Patty Mills, Royce White


    Starting Point Guard: Andre Miller (No. 120 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    I wanted someone to run the point who wouldn't be heartbroken if he didn't have the ball in his hand all the time, plus I wanted someone who could play solid defense.

    Miller is going to run the offense when LeBron's not doing his LeBron thing, and he's going to play well in a defensive system, even if he has lost a step or two guarding guys one-on-one.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Manu Ginobili (No. 60 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.7 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    The thinking here was to grab an offensive player who is both pesky and completely different from LeBron James.

    Ginobili is the same as LeBron in that he gets to the rim with ease, but the way he does it is so different that defenses are going to be wishing they had two similar players to defend. Plus, eurosteps. So many eurosteps.


    Starting Small Forward: LeBron James (No. 1 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.9 steals (for Miami Heat)

    While I'm convinced that the lottery was rigged so that I would have to swallow my pride and draft LeBron James with the top overall pick, I decided not to argue and take the best player in the game.

    LeBron James is back in a Cavaliers jersey whether he likes it or not. Needless to say, he'll be the key to the offense and the defense, but with Byron Scott running the offense rather than Mike Brown, there'll actually be some semblance of a plan.

    The diehards might not like seeing him back so soon, but it was the only pick to make in this instance, and I can't imagine anyone arguing otherwise.


    Starting Power Forward: Elton Brand (No. 121 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    We've got plenty of scoring in the lineup, so there wasn't much worry with that. However, that's not to say we won't be feeding a hot Elton Brand when he's got those low-post bobs and weaves working well.

    When he's not on on the offensive end, he's a big body who is legitimately still a great defender, despite slowing down over the past few years. He should thrive even more on defense now that he's playing next to Andrew Bogut instead of Spencer Hawes.


    Starting Center: Andrew Bogut (No. 61 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    It's a risky pick given his injury history, but I chose to look at them as freak incidents more than chronic injury problems.

    With a healthy Bogut, the Cavaliers will have one of the most dominant defensive big men in the game, swatting shots and putting fear into anyone coming into the lane. 


    Bench Guard: Rodrigue Beaubois (No. 240 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    Paired with Patty Mills coming off the bench, these two aren't going to be huge in terms of size, but the speed and the relentlessness of the two is going to aggravate defenses.

    Plus, he's still quite a young man with room to grow.


    Bench Guard: Patty Mills (No. 181 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    We've seen Patty Mills explode from time to time offensively, and we've seen him play defense like a pesky lap dog nipping at the jowls of a bigger dog.

    Mills is going to get the chance to play real minutes for the first time in his career with minutes to be had at the guard spots. Plus, we've seen him hit some big shots for Australia in the Olympics, and that's never a bad thing.


    Bench Guard: Mike Miller (No. 301 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Miami Heat)

    There's only one reason Mike MIller's coming onto this team: He's going to stand in the corner and shoot threes if he ends up on the floor.

    MIller isn't going to see much playing time, but if we're desperate for a three there are worse guys to have than Miller.


    Bench Forward: Luke Walton (No. 360 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 1.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.2 steals (for Cleveland Cavaliers)

    Brian Scalabrine was off the board, so it was between Luke Walton and Brian Cardinal, the only guys who would make sense picked with the final pick in our draft.

    In the end, Walton already warmed the Cleveland bench for half the season, so we might as well keep his butt-groove in that pine.


    Bench Forward: Royce White (No. 241 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Iowa State Cyclones)

    He's not going to be knocking down any jumpers, but to have a dude like this on the bench when bigs get tired or in foul trouble he's going to be an interesting player.

    His ability to pass the ball along with his stellar defense in college has made him one of the more interesting rookies for the upcoming season, and I'm putting money on him bringing more to the table than he takes off.


    Bench Forward: Carl Landry (No. 180 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.3 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    I've always had love for Carl Landry and the little things he does on the floor along with his ability to score from time to time.

    He's not going to bring down the house on either end of the floor, but he's a hustler when he's happy, his help defense is better than his reputation—especially one coming off the bench—and he can put the ball on the floor and score with regularity.


    Bench Forward: Reggie Evans (No. 300 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 1.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    I need some nasty with this lineup, and Reggie Evans is just the guy to give it to me. If I need a big rebound or a guy punched in the mouth, Evans is coming to the floor and the other team is going to be afraid.


    -Jesse Dorsey, B/R FC/Cavaliers Re-Draft GM

How Will the Cavaliers Play?

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    We're going to let Byron Scott continue to run the game he runs, most likely still a form of the Princeton Offense, keeping players moving all the time and concentrating on backdoor cuts, which LeBron, Ginobili and Mills should be terrific at, and low-post scoring, which we can get from LeBron, Bogut and Brand.

    Defensively, this team is going to be monstrous.

    They won't need LeBron to defend post players like the Heat needed this past season, which means he's free to roam the perimeter and deny open jumpers and drives to the lane.

    Help defense will be solid with Bogut down low, who can be extremely mobile, and any weaknesses from Miller on defense will be more or less negated.

    We'll regularly go eight players deep with Evans, Miller and White seeing some playing time, and we could see a super-small lineup to the tune of LeBron-Landry-Ginobili-Mills-Beaubios if we want to outrun the defense.


    -Jesse Dorsey, B/R FC/Cavaliers Re-Draft GM

Dallas Mavericks

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    Starters: Kyrie Irving, Brandon Roy, Harrison Barnes, Amar'e Stoudemire, Anderson Varejao

    Bench: Shane Battier, Baron Davis, Daniel Gibson, Meyers Leonard, Damian Lillard, Kenyon Martin, Brian Scalabrine


    Starting Point Guard: Kyrie Irving (No. 19 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Cleveland Cavaliers)

    Irving is quickly becoming one of the game's best. He single-handedly rejuvenated the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise and was the 2011-2012 NBA Rookie of the Year.

    He's already shown the ability to win games in the clutch and has better shooting numbers for his career than fellow point guards Derrick Rose, Deron Williams and Chris Paul.   


    Starting Shooting Guard: Brandon Roy (No. 102 overall)

    2010-2011 Per-Game Stats: 12.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers)

    Since all players are presumed healthy for this draft, getting a player like Roy in the fourth round is an incredible steal.

    Regaining the form that had him averaging 22.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists with the Portland Trail Blazers, pairing Roy with Irving makes for a lethal backcourt.


    Starting Small Forward: Harrison Barnes (No. 139 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 steals (for North Carolina Tar Heels)

    Rounding out the starting five is Barnes, the lottery pick out of North Carolina by the Golden State Warriors.

    A silky-smooth scorer, Barnes averaged 17.1 points per game for the Tar Heels last season and had an excellent summer league, shooting 57 percent on three-pointers on his way to 16.8 points a contest.


    Starting Power Forward: Amar'e Stoudemire (No. 42 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 steals (for New York Knicks)

    One of the more explosive players in the game, some forget how good Stoudemire can be. In his first season with the Knicks before the Carmelo Anthony trade, Stoudemire was an MVP candidate averaging 25.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Playing the pick-and-roll with Irving, much like he did with Steve Nash in Phoenix, Stoudemire should return to his MVP form.


    Starting Center: Anderson Varejao (No. 79 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.4 steals (for Cleveland Cavaliers)

    At 29, Varejao is coming off a career year where he averaged a double-double with 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.

    One of the best post defenders in the league, Varejao's offensive game has tremendously improved as evidenced by his 53.5 percent shooting from the field the past four years. His 17.6 rebounds per 48 minutes of play ranked third in the entire NBA last season.  


    Bench Guard: Damian Lillard (No. 162 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Weber State Wildcats)

    The Co-MVP of the NBA's Summer League, Lillard is an explosive scorer and distributor set to take over the starting point guard job for the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Coming off a senior season at Weber State in which he averaged a gaudy 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, Lillard will do an excellent job running my second-team offense.


    Bench Guard: Baron Davis (No. 319 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.2 steals (for New York Knicks)

    Davis now moves into more of a mentorship role behind rising stars Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard as the third point guard on my team. Still able to play at a high level when healthy, Davis brings 13 years of NBA knowledge and experience to the team to share with the younger players.


    Bench Guard: Daniel Gibson (No. 282 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Cleveland Cavaliers)

    Adding some offense off the bench is Gibson, one of the NBA's elite three-point shooters. For reference as to just how good Gibson really is, his 41.6 career percentage from deep ranks sixth among all active players and 12th overall in NBA history.

    Byron Scott has also called Gibson the Cavaliers' best perimeter defender.


    Bench Forward: Shane Battier (No. 199 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Miami Heat)

    Battier is the ultimate team player, able to play and defend three different positions on the court.

    Besides his on-court production, Battier provides an excellent dose of leadership, experience and a new championship ring to show off to and motivate his new teammates.


    Bench Forward: Brian Scalabrine (No. 342 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 1.1 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.2 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    Coming in with the final pick is the ultimate 12th man, Brian Scalabrine. This fan favorite is a great teammate and should keep guys loose in practice and during a grueling season with his humor and theatrics.

    On his off days, Scal will continue his work training baby manatees.


    Bench Forward: Kenyon Martin (No. 222 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    Martin brings toughness and 12 years of NBA experience off the bench for the Mavericks. Able to fill in at either power forward or center, Martin will make sure no one pushes my team around.


    Bench Center: Meyers Leonard (No. 259 overall) 

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.9 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Illinois Fighting Illini)

    Providing the perfect compliment to Martin off the bench, Leonard is an athletic 7'1” lottery pick of the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Playing just two seasons at Illinois before turning pro, Leonard averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game during his sophomore season. Adding Leonard gives the Mavericks great size off the bench and should match up favorably against other teams' backup bigs.


    -Greg Swartz, B/R FC/Mavericks Re-Draft GM

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    I designed the Dallas Mavericks to have little to no weaknesses.

    For every role from scorers to rebounders to defenders to young guns and veterans, we have it all.

    On offense, we'll run a lot of pick-and-roll sets with Kyrie Irving and Amar'e Stoudemire. Harrison Barnes and Daniel Gibson provide lights out shooting from deep, while Anderson Varejao, Kenyon Martin and Meyers Leonard give us excellent size to compete with down low.

    Damian Lillard will ignite the second-team offense, and Shane Battier, Brandon Roy and Baron Davis will bring their skills, knowledge and experience to keep a winning culture in Dallas. Brian Scalabrine brings a shiny championship ring and lots of high fives.

    I feel my team is extremely versatile and can go head-to-head with anybody's best and beat them.


    -Greg Swartz, B/R FC/Mavericks Re-Draft GM

Denver Nuggets

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    Starters: Kemba Walker, James Harden, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh Smith, Enes Kanter

    Bench: Cole Aldrich, Al Farouq-Aminu, Gary Neal, Dexter Pittman, Kyle Singler, Marquis Teague, Jan Vesely


    Starting Point Guard: Kemba Walker (No. 90 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    An up-and-coming floor general, Walker will run the fast break and the pick-and-roll. A very accomplished scorer in college, Kemba will get into the lane and either kick to an adept three-point shooter or set up himself or a teammate at the rim.


    Starting Shooting Guard: James Harden (No. 30 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    My first pick, James Harden, will shoulder most of the offensive and facial-hair load. I was extremely pleased to check both of these boxes in the first round with this two-for-one selection. 

    Look for Harden to establish himself as one of the league’s most dominant scorers.


    Starting Small Forward: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (No. 91 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Kentucky Wildcats)

    MKG will be a shutdown defender and guard the opposing team’s best player, as well as become a potent finisher in transition. 

    He will complete the foursome that will strike fear into an opponent’s heart after defensive rebounds 


    Starting Power Forward: Josh Smith (No. 31 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.4 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    Smith will be that explosive do-it-all guy on this team.  He rebounds, blocks shots and finishes with ferocity at the rim unmatched by most. 

    He fits in perfectly with the run-and-gun offensive style that this team will play.


    Starting Center: Enes Kanter (No. 151 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    Young and raw but full of energy and talent, Kanter will provide the size and athleticism down low. 

    Possessing great ability for his size, Kanter won’t slow this team down and is capable of making positive contributions on both sides of the ball


    Bench Guard: Marquis Teague (No. 330 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Kentucky Wildcats)

    Teague ran the pick-and-roll effectively at Kentucky and will continue to do so here as he learns the role of an NBA floor general.  

    He possesses talent that has been described as similar—or even better—than his older brother, Jeff.


    Bench Guard: Gary Neal (No. 150 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    Gary Neal is a very underrated point guard who will split starter’s minutes with Walker. 

    He is an excellent three-point shooter, will complement Walker and is capable of running the break or slowing the game down and running a half-cout set


    Bench Forward: Kyle Singler (No. 271 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Lucentum Alicante)

    After an impressive season overseas, look for Singler to surprise some people offensively. 

    Possessing talent and determination that could make him a late-round steal, look for Singler to use his all-around game and basketball IQ to make a difference.


    Bench Forward: Al Farouq-Aminu (No. 211 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points, 4.7 assists, 1.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    Aminu does a lot of things well and can provide valuable minutes off the bench at the 2 or 3—and even against some smaller 4s. 

    While not great at anything yet, he can contribute in any category on a given night.


    Bench Forward: Jan Vesely (No. 210 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Washington Wizards)

    Vesely possesses the size at small forward that few can claim. 

    He can take smaller defenders down low or take a big guy on the perimeter.  He’ll be an offensive mismatch off the bench, and if his shot develops, watch out!


    Bench Center: Cole Aldrich (No. 270 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    Aldrich provides depth down low. His size will be an asset in the rotation, and he will be expected to rebound and play defense.


    Bench Center: Dexter Pittman (No. 331 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.2 steals (for Miami Heat)

    Pittman is just a banger down low.  He will be effective clogging up the middle and guarding larger opposing big men.


    -Jacob Newcomer, Nuggets Re-Draft GM

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    Offensive style: Run-and-Gun

    Nobody can hang with this team in transition. 

    The squad is full of undersized but good ball-handlers and finishers both from the three-point line, and especially at the rim. 

    This team will try to avoid a slow and boring half-court game and get ours in transition as much as possible. Look for this athletic squad to generate turnovers and win games in a high-scoring shootout fashion.  


    -Jacob Newcomer, Nuggets Re-Draft GM

Detroit Pistons

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    Starters: Jose Calderon, Thabo Sefolosha, Michael Beasley, DeMarcus Cousins, Roy Hibbert

    Bench: Marco Belinelli, Jamal Crawford, Ed Davis, James Johnson, Kosta Koufos, Metta World Peace, Quentin Richardson


    Starting Point Guard: Jose Calderon (No. 87 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Toronto Raptors)

    With two of the best big men in the game in our frontcourt, the next logical step was to select an elite passer. Considering Jose Calderon has found himself within the top five in assists in the past two seasons, it's clear that he qualifies as just that. 

    Calderon will be masterful in his execution of the pick-and-roll with DeMarcus Cousins. He'll also do wonders with Roy Hibbert, as he works the give-and-go to perfection. Throw in the fact that he's solid from distance, and we've found ourselves our floor general.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Thabo Sefolosha (No. 147 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    To round out our starting lineup, the Detroit Pistons opted to select one of top five perimeter defenders in the NBA. Thabo Sefolosha has a long history of postseason success and is not afraid to take on elite players from Kobe Bryant to Dwyane Wade.

    We're confident that his presence will secure our spot as an elite team in this league on both ends of the floor.


    Starting Small Forward: Michael Beasley (No. 94 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    True to form, the Detroit Pistons used our fourth draft choice to add additional size to the frontcourt. This time around, however, we've added a 6'10" small forward who, with the proper opportunity, is capable of putting up 20 points per game.

    With two elite frontcourt options and a top-tier pass-first point guard, the next logical step was to find someone who could light it up from the perimeter. Michael Beasley is just who we were looking for, and the Detroit brass expects big things out of this young man. A first career All-Star appearance is certainly in store.


    Starting Power Forward: DeMarcus Cousins (No. 27 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Sacramento Kings)

    With the Detroit Pistons' first pick in the 2012 NBA Re-Draft, the decision was an easy one. Our gameplan is to build from the inside out, and DeMarcus Cousins is the most promising young big man in the NBA. He's an outstanding scorer with range out to the three-point line. He's also one of the most dominant low-post scorers around.

    On defense, DMC is one of the few players who averaged greater than 1.0 blocks and steals simultaneously. We expect that out of him for years to come as Cousins emerges into the best power forward in the game today.


    Starting Center: Roy Hibbert (No. 34 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Indiana Pacers)

    Building off our first-round draft choice, the Detroit Pistons instantly created the most dominant frontcourt in game.

    Roy Hibbert is an elite interior presence on both ends of the floor due to his fundamentally-sound offensive attack and dominant shot-blocking ability. He's also an outstanding passer who should set up slashing teammates and DeMarcus Cousins quite often.


    Bench Guard: Jamal Crawford (No. 154 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers)

    Arguably the most important player on a roster is a sixth man. He's the guy who keeps the pace of the starters and makes sure that the second unit does not fall behind and kill the momentum. Jamal Crawford just so happens to be one of the best in the business at doing just that.

     We fully expect Crawford to play both the point and 2-guard position coming off of the bench. In turn, 12-15 points per game is certainly in store for the former Sixth Man of the Year.


    Bench Guard: Marco Belinelli (No. 207 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.7 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    It is the Detroit Pistons' belief that two qualities lead to championships: top-flight defense and elite three-point shooting. To solidify our status in the latter department, we've brought in one of the best pure shooters this game has to offer. 

    Marco Belinelli will split time at the 2 with Thabo Sefolosha as they balance dominant defense and unstoppable scoring. With this pairing, our perimeter is as strong as any.


    Bench Forward: Quentin Richardson (No. 327 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    Quentin Richardson will bring a veteran presence to this team that is very much-needed. He's been a solid postseason contributor and has always had a positive influence on his teammates.

    We expect Q to mentor Michael Beasley.


    Bench Forward: Metta World Peace (No. 214 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.1 steals (from Los Angeles Lakers)

    He may not be the athlete he one was, but Metta World Peace is still an outstanding defender. We trust that Jose Calderon will provide him with opportunities for the proper shot selection as well, which will maximize the still-great ability. 

    Coming off of the bench, MWP will take the defensive load off of Michael Beasley. He'll also pair with Thabo Sefolosha in some rotations for the best 1-2 defensive punch a perimeter could offer.


    Bench Forward: James Johnson (No. 274 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Toronto Raptors)

    Versatility is key to success in the NBA, and that's exactly what the Detroit Pistons have landed with James Johnson. He's capable of playing both the 3 and 4, playing solid defense at either position.

    Much like DeMarcous Cousins, Johnson was one of the few players average both 1.0 steals and blocks in 2012.


    Bench Forward: Ed Davis (No. 267 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Toronto Raptors)

    With depth on our perimeter, it's time move back to our strongest area. To replace DeMarcus Cousins in second unit situations, we have selected one of the better young rebounders in the game: Ed Davis. 

    Davis pulled down an average of 6.6 rebounds per game in just 23.2 minutes of play in 2012. Expect those types of numbers for the Detroit Pistons, as he adds to an already elite frontcourt.


    Bench Center: Kosta Koufos (No. 334 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    To round this draft out, the Detroit Pistons opted to place another big body in the paint.

    Koufos will learn from Roy Hibbert and discover how to use his giant frame, which will only add to his promising rebounding and shot-blocking abilities.


    -Maxwell Ogden, B/R FC/Pistons Re-Draft GM

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    The Detroit Pistons built a team that preaches defense.

    With DeMarcus Cousins and Roy Hibbert in the paint, we believe that teams will have a tough time scoring on us. With Thabo Sefolosha and Metta World Peace on the perimeter, that becomes even more difficult.

    Defense alone won't win, though.

    Our offense will be all about motion as we run pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop and baseline screens for Cousins, Hibbert and Michael Beasley. This will also open the doors for Jamal Crawford to drive off of screens, with Marco Belinelli setting up shop on the perimeter for drive-and-dish execution.


    -Maxwell Ogden, B/R FC/Pistons Re-Draft GM

Golden State Warriors

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    Starters: Tony Parker, Wilson Chandler, Stephen Jackson, Zach Randolph, Kendrick Perkins

    Bench: Gilbert Arenas, Matt Barnes, Aaron Brooks, Robbie Hummel, Darko Milicic, Timofey Mozgov, Jason Richardson


    Starting Point Guard: Tony Parker (No. 15 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.0 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    I picked TP in round 1 because I think having an All-NBA-level point guard is essential to winning in this league. This guy brings it every year in the regular season and playoffs (check his numbers).

    He's exactly the kind of guy you build a team around.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Wilson Chandler (No. 75 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    Chandler simply has the ability to fill up the stat sheet while not "needing" the ball. He has great size for his position and shoots a solid percentage from the field.

    I needed a defender to go with my offensive tandem, and he fits that need perfectly.


    Starting Small Forward: Stephen Jackson (No. 135 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs)

    Captain Jack is a veteran leader who is extremely versatile on the court.

    He also brings a defensive presence to my team and rounds out my starting five to have a great balance on both sides of the court.

    He also helps make my team the most likely in the league to get into a brawl on any given night. I wouldn't have it any other way.


    Starting Power Forward: Zach Randolph (No. 46 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    Zach has turned his career around, averaging a double-double while playing at least 75 games in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He is a force inside, rebounding and scoring despite his lack of a vertical.

    Pairing him with Parker is a great combination for my team offensively.


    Starting Center: Kendrick Perkins (No. 106 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    Perk makes my team pretty formidable inside. While he doesn't score a ton of points, he's not needed to.

    Perkins is in the starting lineup to clog the middle, guard the likes of Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum and catch the occasional alley-oop from TP.


    Bench Guard: Aaron Brooks (No. 195 overall)

    2010-2011 Per-Game Stats: 10.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns)

    Brooks brings a ton of energy off the bench as a backup to TP. His game isn't entirely different either, which is a benefit for everyone on my team.

    This kid is quick, can score around the basket and is also an excellent passer.


    Bench Guard: Gilbert Arenas (No. 315 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.2 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    The player formally known as Agent Zero still has the potential to get hot in a game and go on a run by himself. This is a nice risk-reward pick this late in the draft.


    Bench Guard: Jason Richardson (No. 166 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    I consider this pick one of the steals of the draft.

    This guy is another versatile player who knocks down shots and plays hard all the time. Despite being somewhat of a journeyman, he always gets his points and shoots a good percentage.

    In this single-season-fantasy-league format, he's the kind of guy you want coming off your bench.


    Bench Forward: Matt Barnes (No. 255 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Los Angeles Lakers)

    Here's a very athletic guy—again, kind of a steal in this draft—who can defend several positions.

    Getting someone in the ninth round who has been known to guard the likes of Kobe, LeBron, etc. tough is a big benefit.


    Bench Forward: Robbie Hummel (No. 346 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Purdue Boilermakers)

    This was 95 percent a nostalgia pick. As a Boilermaker, I could not leave my favorite college player of all-time toiling in NBA Re-Draft purgatory.

    He's a great leader, hustles on every play and is a knock-down shooter. Why not have him on your bench?


    Bench Center: Timofey Mozgov (No. 226 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    Mozgov gives me more size and brings his high-upside to my team. While he hasn't lived up to expectations so far in his NBA career, he has proven at times to be an NBA-quality player.

    At 7'1", he's always a good asset to have on your team.


    Bench Center: Darko Milicic (No. 286 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    Steal of the draft!

    Darko is a former No. 1 overall pick who adds to my interior defensive presence.

    I was actually excited to get a player of this quality in the 10th round of the draft.


    -Bretton McIlrath, Warriors Re-Draft GM

How Will the Warriors Play?

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    Well, first off, my starting five is big.

    Other than TP, they are all over 6'8". This will allow me to play a more traditional, grind-it-out style of basketball despite TP's ability to slash and score (or kick). Everyone except Perk can get their own shot in some way, so offense will not be a problem.

    On defense, again, my team's size will be an asset. We will be able to clog the middle and also challenge shooters with our athleticism.

    None of this really changes with my bench guys. The guards are slightly smaller, but still able to score, and the frontcourt bench players are actually bigger, though more defensive-minded than my starters.

    This team can really play fast or slow; slower is probably the preferred approach. (Sorry, no D'Antoni-ball here.)

    Playing against the Warriors in a famously loud arena will be tough for any team in this Re-Draft league. This won't change on the road, as we are full of seasoned veterans as well.

    The roster is filled with big, athletic, hard-working and versatile players.

    And don't expect to push them around or have them back off from confrontation.

    This team can (and will) be MEAN.


    -Bretton McIlrath, Warriors Re-Draft GM

Houston Rockets

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    Starters: Russell Westbrook, Avery Bradley, Shawn Marion, Ryan Anderson, Al Horford

    Bench: Eric Bledsoe, Vince Carter, Jason Collins, Jeremy Evans, Zaza Pachulia, Josh Selby, Ekpe Udoh


    Starting Point Guard: Russell Westbrook (No. 7 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 23.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.7 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    This pick came down to Westbrook or Kobe Bryant, and even in a single-season setting, Westbrook’s youth and upside won out. If he can put it all together, there’s no PG in the league I’d rather have.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Avery Bradley (No. 114 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    Bradley emerged late last year as a terrific on-ball defender and a capable corner three-point shooter. Assuming full health for the purposes of this exercise, Avery should continue to progress and be a shut-down defender at the two.


    Starting Small Forward: Shawn Marion (No. 127 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    The hope for the Matrix is to be the steady contributor he’s been for the past few years. The Rockets will be more than happy if Marion continues to play solid defense and chips in around 10 points per game in an efficient manner.


    Starting Power Forward: Ryan Anderson (No. 67 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    Despite his performance last year, Anderson continues to be underrated.

    Anderson shot 44 percent from distance on a ridiculous seven attempts per game last season, and his presence creates mismatches for opposing defenses. Additionally, Anderson was fifth in the league in offensive rebounding rate for those playing 30 minutes a night or more, though the majority of his minutes came alongside Dwight Howard.


    Starting Center: Al Horford (No. 54 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    As an Atlanta Hawks fan, I’m biased towards Big Al, but his performance more than backs up this selection. He’s just extremely solid all around and fits my need for a big who doesn’t need the ball to do his thing.


    Bench Guard: Eric Bledsoe (No. 174 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    Bledsoe had a breakout of sorts during the 2012 playoffs, averaging eight points and two assists per game in 17 minutes per game off the bench while shooting 59 percent from the field. While that kind of shooting is obviously unsustainable, Bledsoe can definitely be a top sixth man in a league with much parity if he can continue to bring similar energy off the bench.


    Bench Guard: Josh Selby (No. 307 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.3 points, 0.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    His Summer League averages were 24.2 points and 2.4 steals per game with 64.0 percent shooting from behind the three-point arc. With reports of an improved attitude, there was no good reason not to take a flier on Selby.


    Bench Guard: Vince Carter (No. 234 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    Despite his reputation for never quite living up to his potential, Carter has been a superstar in the past and can still contribute to winning teams.

    VC360 averaged 10 points per game last season, shot 36 percent from deep and made the Mavericks much better (both offensively and defensively) when he was on the floor.


    Bench Forward: Jeremy Evans (No. 294 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.2 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    The main idea between the Evans pick was to add some pure athleticism to the team, but Evans has sleeper breakout potential to boot. He was extremely efficient in limited time on the floor last season, and that’s all he’ll need to be to contribute to the Rockets.


    Bench Forward: Ekpe Udoh (No. 247 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.7 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks)

    A bit of an enigma, Udoh has some trouble staying on the floor, but his teams have performed significantly better with him on it.

    Between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks, Udoh’s teams were 12.8 points per 100 possessions better with him in the game. Udoh’s results from 2010-2011 are similar, making him well worth a ninth-round pick.


    Bench Center: Zaza Pachulia (No. 187 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    Outside of my desire to not break up the dynamic duo of Horford and Pachulia, I picked Zaza because he brings exactly what a backup big needs to: energy, effort, hustle and toughness. Tough on the boards and possessing decent touch around the basket, Zaza is certainly a valuable asset.


    Bench Center: Jason Collins (No. 354 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 1.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.1 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    Collins was picked to complete the power triumvirate of Horford, Pachulia and Collins and to serve his primary role of Dwight Howard stopper.


    -Shashank Bharadwaj, Rockets Re-Draft GM

How Will the Rockets Play?

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    Offensively, the Rockets will rely heavily on the creative ability of Russell Westbrook. His ability to get to the basket will largely determine the success of the offense given that the rest of the starters haven’t traditionally been shot creators for themselves.

    In half-court situations, the primary goal of the offense will be to get Westbrook into the paint, where he can score at the rim, get fouled or kick out to Anderson or Bradley.

    Horford will be used as a pick-and-roll partner for Westbrook, as his ability to pop-out and consistently hit mid-range jumpers provides great value.

    The Rockets will also look the run when the opportunity presents itself, countering the disadvantage of being smaller up front by being quicker up the court.

    Off the bench, Eric Bledsoe will serve as the sixth man and will look to create instant offense.

    Defensively, the Rockets will try to pressure the ball as much as possible and look to generate turnovers. Avery Bradley, with his full-court, hounding style of defense, will play a large role. Admittedly, the Rockets do have a size disadvantage on the interior, but given that Horford has held his own at center in the past, the Rockets have confidence in him moving forward.


    -Shashank Bharadwaj, Rockets Re-Draft GM

Indiana Pacers

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    Starters: Ty Lawson, Paul George, Grant Hill, Luis Scola, Greg Monroe

    Bench: Omer Asik, Mario Chalmers, Daequan Cook, Gerald Henderson, Dahntay Jones, Arnett Moultrie, Jason Smith


    Starting Point Guard: Ty Lawson (No. 40 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    Having gotten the star inside foundation, I needed the floor general next. Point guards were quickly disappearing off the board (as expected), but I couldn't have been happier to snag Lawson.

    He pushes the tempo, is tough, can shoot and gets to the basket with ease. He fits in perfectly with a still-developing, yet already-proven lineup. 


    Starting Shooting Guard: Paul George (No. 81 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.6 steals (for Indiana Pacers)

    This is where the roster really got exciting. George has legit NBA three-point range, but is an absolute terror on the fast break as well. He'll be the perfect running mate with Lawson and Monroe.

    He's also actually 6'10" (though listed as two inches shorter), is a matchup nightmare at shooting guard and gives my team the "freak athlete" it needs.


    Starting Small Forward: Grant Hill (No. 220 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    He'll be my clubhouse leader and the fifth starter. In order to save his legs for the postseason, he'll likely only play the first six to eight minutes of each first half and never on back-to-backs.

    Yet I know I can absolutely count on him in crunch time if need be. Hill's defense and three-point shooting ability pair extremely well with a Lawson, George, Scola and Monroe starting lineup, but it's his leadership I'm especially excited about. Not bad for an eighth-round pick!


    Starting Power Forward: Luis Scola (No. 100 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Houston Rockets)

    With all these budding stars, I needed a veteran glue guy who would be just as content being the leading scorer on one night as he would be taking a back seat offensively the next. Scola is perfect.

    He's a fantastic passer, a "tough guy" and a proven winner who can score inside and out. Plus, he's an above-average rebounder and defender. He's everything I needed from this pick.


    Starting Center: Greg Monroe (No. 21 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Detroit Pistons)

    Competent post players are one of the league's toughest commodities to find. Monroe has some of the best footwork in the game, is mobile and plays at both ends of the floor. He's still developing, but is already one of the NBA's dominant low-block forces.

    I love that he can play either the 4 or 5 and am confident in building around him as my star player.


    Bench Guard: Mario Chalmers (No. 201 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Miami Heat)

    Any time you can grab the starting point guard from the defending world champs to BE YOUR BACKUP, you do it.

    Chalmers isn't afraid to take big shots, is an absolutely pesky defender, can play both on and off the ball and brings some great experience to my team. He's the eighth man in the rotation, but will play huge moments.

    I have all the confidence in the world when handing the keys from Lawson to Chalmers at the point. (They could even play together in certain lineups too.)


    Bench Guard: Gerald Henderson (No. 141 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    Henderson is an all-around solid player who broke out with the woeful Bobcats last year. He's not a great outside shooter, but the rest of his game lacks any real holes.

    Initially drafted to be my fifth starter, I like his versatility as my sixth man. He'll end up playing starter's minutes by backing up both wing spots, and I expect him to duplicate last season's starting numbers (15 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg) while coming off the bench for my MUCH better team.


    Bench Guard: Daequan Cook (No. 280 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    While I have plenty of solid outside shooters, I recognized my lack of a true deep-ball specialist. Cook is one of my favorite guys who never gets enough minutes.

    While I can't guarantee him a ton of time either, his ability to instantly go "bombs away" is critical for this second unit. My backcourt has a ton of solid defenders to mask Cook's weaknesses, so he'll be on the floor to shoot and shoot some more.


    Bench Guard: Dahntay Jones (No. 321 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Indiana Pacers)

    I needed one more "tough" guy with some irrational confidence. Jones is a swingman that thrives on defense, but who also can knock down the three-ball consistently as well.

    To keep him happy when it comes to playing time, I'll confidently start Jones instead of Grant Hill on back-to-backs. He's a fantastic veteran weapon to have in my arsenal.


    Bench Forward: Arnett Moultrie (No. 340 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Mississippi State Bulldogs)

    It will be a developmental year for my fifth big man and only rookie. However, this is by no means a dead spot on the bench. Moultrie's shot-blocking and rebounding abilities, shooting range and versatility at either front-line position means he'll find plenty of opportunities to contribute.


    Bench Forward: Jason Smith (No. 261 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    He fits all the qualifications for a perfect fourth big man and front-line insurance policy. Smith can play either the 4 or 5, but is a legit seven-footer (the only other one besides Asik on this roster).

    He is comfortable spotting up from 15-20 feet, but is also a highly-underrated finisher. Plus, he rebounds and blocks shots consistently. He won't get a ton of minutes in this lineup, but I can count on solid production every time he does.


    Bench Center: Omer Asik (No. 160 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    He wouldn't have gotten that ridiculous contract from me, but I've been running a tight fiscal ship to this point and can afford to splurge.

    Asik is the perfect lead big man off my bench. He'll play near-starter's minutes so that Monroe and Scola can alternate at power forward during the middle of halves. Asik's defense and rebounding will anchor my interior, and he won't have to worry about his offensive deficiencies with so many scorers around him.


    -Joel C. Cordes, B/R FC/Pacers Re-Draft GM

How Will the Pacers Play?

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    This team is so deep and well-balanced that it's guaranteed to win 50 games next season and be a playoff contender.

    It may not have enough experience at all the star spots just yet, but the group's average age is only 26.5 years old. With nine of my 12 players entering their prime years and a roster that only costs a staggeringly-low $39.2 million next season, I can afford to sign extensions AND bring in additional help.

    This is a dangerous team next year and a flat-out title hunter for the next decade...


    -Joel C. Cordes, B/R FC/Pacers Re-Draft GM

Los Angeles Clippers

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    Starters: Brandon Knight, Austin Rivers, Rudy Gay, Antawn Jamison, Al Jefferson

    Bench: Andray Blatche, Andre Drummond, Anthony Morrow, Luke Ridnour,  Larry Sanders, Chris Singleton, Martell Webster


    Starting Point Guard: Brandon Knight (No. 99 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 assists (for Detroit Pistons)

    B-Knight had an excellent rookie season, making the All-Rookie First Team, and is only going to improve. He finished the year top-five out of all rookie guards in points, assists and rebounds.

    It will be extremely difficult to stop Knight from scoring when the opposing team already needs to worry about stopping Gay, Jefferson and Jamison, who all averaged over 17 points per game last year.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Austin Rivers (No. 159 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.0 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Duke Blue Devils)

    Just like I will say about Gay, Austin Rivers is a lethal scorer.

    He has infinite range on his jump shot and will be able to create his own shot, even as a rookie. Rivers thrives in both pick-and-roll and isolation situations and will form one of the best young backcourts in the NBA with Brandon Knight.


    Starting Small Forward: Rudy Gay (No. 22 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    Rudy Gay was a steal at pick No. 22.

    The man is a lethal scorer and has proven he can come up clutch when his team needs him to at the end of games. He also uses his length very well to defend any small forward in the NBA and grab a ton of rebounds.


    Starting Power Forward: Antawn Jamison (No. 82 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Cleveland Cavaliers)

    Antawn Jamison scored more points last season than any other player selected in the third round of our draft.

    He is also the perfect compliment to Jefferson since he likes to step out to the three-point line, and Jefferson likes to play down low. Even though he likes to stay on the perimeter, Jamison has always been an excellent rebounder as well.


    Starting Center: Al Jefferson (No. 39 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.7 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    Al Jefferson was the only player in the NBA last season to finish in the top 15 in the league in points, rebounds and blocked shots. He is also extremely versatile and can play either the power forward or center position.

    Jefferson always makes major contributions on both ends of the floor.


    Bench Guard: Luke Ridnour (No. 219 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    It’s always nice to have a point guard coming off the bench who has started nearly 400 games in his career.

    Going into his 10th season, Ridnour will be an excellent mentor for Knight, as well as make solid contributions scoring and distributing the ball when he’s in the game.

    Every player drafted on my team so far, except the rookies of course, averaged at least 12 points per game last season.


    Bench Guard: Anthony Morrow (No. 201 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.7 steals (for New Jersey Nets)

    Anthony Morrow is capable of coming off the bench and putting up huge point totals on any given night. He is also a deadly free-throw shooter, averaging 93.3 percent from the line last season.

    Morrow can play with either of my starting guards since Rivers has the capability of sliding over to the point guard spot.


    Bench Forward: Martell Webster (No. 322 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    Webster and Singleton will split the time at small forward when Gay needs a breather or is in foul trouble. Webster has never really gotten the chance to be a go-to scorer in the NBA, but still has always put up respectable numbers, averaging 8.4 points per game for his career.

    He was definitely the best scorer taken this late in the draft, as well as the player with the craziest hair.


    Bench Forward: Chris Singleton (No. 279 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Washington Wizards) 

    Chris Singleton was known as a defensive specialist coming out of college and proved why during his rookie season. Even though he only played 21.7 minutes per game, Singleton still averaged 1.1 steals and 3.6 rebounds per game.

    He will need to play even less than that now with Rudy Gay in front of him, but will still keep up the defensive pressure whenever he does get on the court.


    Bench Forward: Andray Blatche (No. 262 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Washington Wizards)

    Blatche only played in 26 games last season, but the year prior to that, he was one of the most dominant big men in the game. Blatche was scoring on everybody, averaging 16.8 points per game, as well as grabbing rebounds, 8.3 per game, and playing great defense, averaging 1.5 steals per game.

    When he comes back strong and is in 2010 form once again, he will be considered one of the steals of this draft. My bench is loaded with size, having one player on it who is 6’11” and one who is 7’0”.


    Bench Center: Andre Drummond (No. 142 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 2.7 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Connecticut Huskies)

    He might not play like him yet, but Andre Drummond is built like Dwight Howard. He is a physical freak who has the potential to become one of the best centers in the NBA since he can score, rebound and defend.

    Drummond will fit in perfectly with my lineup since he can come off the bench and play center with either Jefferson or Jamison at power forward.


    Bench Center: Larry Sanders (No. 339 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    Larry Sanders has the potential to put up huge rebounding and blocks totals if he ever gets the chance to play significant minutes. Sanders was 20th in the NBA last season in blocks per game with 1.5, even though he only played a meager 12.4 minutes per game. He also averaged just over three rebounds per game in such a short time.

    He is a terrific player to have as the 12th man on your squad.


    -Adam Friedgood, B/R FC/Clippers Re-Draft GM

How Will the Clippers Play?

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    My draft strategy was very simple. Get enough scorers in the lineup so the opposing team can’t double-team any of my players when I’m on offense. If this happens, players like Gay and Jefferson will be able to score at will.

    I believe I went above and beyond expectations with my starting five. Are you going to double-down on Jefferson and leave B-Knight or Rivers open at the three-point line? I don’t think so!

    Will you bring a big man out to double Gay on the perimeter and leave Jamison or Jefferson open down low? Definitely not!

    My team should be one of the highest scoring teams in the league with ease.

    Defense was not forgotten either. We will be playing high-pressure man-to-man defense. Gay is one of the best on ball defenders in the league and can guard the opposing team’s best perimeter scorer. Jefferson is a great interior defender and will keep opposing players out of the paint.

    My bench is filled with players who can come in and specialize in a specific area. For added offense, I can bring in Anthony Morrow or Andray Blatche. For extra defense against the most talented teams, I have Andre Drummond to help down low and Chris Singleton to defend the perimeter.


    -Adam Friedgood, B/R FC/Clippers Re-Draft GM

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Starters: Tyreke Evans, Iman Shumpert, Danilo Gallinari, Kevin Durant, Emeka Okafor

    Bench: Gustavo Ayon, Jordan Crawford, John Jenkins, Chandler Parsons, Mirza Teletovic, Beno Udrih, Brandan Wright


    Starting Point Guard: Tyreke Evans (No. 59 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Sacramento Kings)

    Evans is welcomed with open arms into the Los Angeles family. He will serve as a dynamic point guard for us, capable of overwhelming the opposition with his impressive versatility and natural ability to acclimate to the landscape of a game.


    Starting Shooting Guard: Iman Shumpert (No. 122 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.7 steals (for New York Knicks)

    Shumpert's defensive ability and versatility to guard multiple positions is absolutely outstanding for a player of his age. We look forward to years of success with Iman being a very important piece to our puzzle not only defensively, but offensively as well.


    Starting Small Forward: Danilo Gallinari (No. 62 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    Possibly the most underrated player in the NBA, Gallo gives us an impressive frontline next to Kevin Durant. Gallinari will serve as a scorer on this team who is eager to prove that he does far more than just shoot the three-point ball.


    Starting Power Forward: Kevin Durant (No. 2 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 28.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    Durant is everything that we sought in a top pick, and we couldn't be more thrilled that he fell to us with the No. 2 overall selection. He is athletic, a pure scorer, a leader and a franchise cornerstone who we can build the future around.


    Starting Center: Emeka Okafor (No. 119 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.6 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    Okafor is a solid veteran who will bring stability to the center position. Although he will not be asked to play a huge role offensively, we feel Okafor's true value is in his ability to protect the rim, and that is vital for our overall success.


    Bench Guard: Beno Udrih (No. 299 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    Udrih will serve as Tyreke's primary backup and will be an asset to some of our younger contributors in the second unit. He is a hard-working professional who is perfectly tailored for that role.


    Bench Guard: John Jenkins (No. 302 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Vanderbilt Commodores)

    We are stoked about what Jenkins brings to the team, and his shooting ability is for real. While John understands that it will be tough to crack the rotation during his rookie season, he is putting in all of the hard work necessary and could very well surprise a lot of people as the year moves on.