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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    Starters

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

     

    Bench

    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 82games.com. 

     

    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 82games.com, 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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    Starters

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

     

    Bench

    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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    Starters

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

     

    Bench

    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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    ATHLETICISM!!!

    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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    Starters

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

     

    Bench

    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

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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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    Starters

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

     

    Bench

    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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    Starters

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

     

    Bench

    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

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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.

     

    Bench Guard: Jordan Crawford (No. 179 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Washington Wizards)

    Crawford will serve as the anchor of our second unit. We expect Jordan to thrive in that role, where he'll be able to play his game in familiar rhythm and capitalize on his offensive abilities.

     

    Bench Forward: Chandler Parsons (No. 239 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Houston Rockets)

    Arguably the most looked-over player after his rookie season, Parsons was phenomenal after entering the NBA and showed that he belongs in a starting lineup. Fortunately, our team is very deep, and Chandler has shown a willingness to come off the bench.

    We have big plans for him, and he will get every opportunity to contribute with meaningful minutes.

     

    Bench Forward: Mirza Teletovic (No. 182 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Caja Laboral)1

    We are absolutely psyched that we were able to add Mirza to the squad. We expect him to play both power forward and center for us, and it's imperative that we found a big man who could shoot it off the bench.

     

    Bench Forward: Brandan Wright (No. 359 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    We feel Brandan established himself as a legitimate NBA player at this stage in his career, and his shot-blocking ability will be a welcomed addition to our second unit.

     

    Bench Forward: Gustavo Ayon (No. 242 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.0 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    Some might not be familiar with Ayon's game, but this kid can absolutely play. We really liked that he was able to averaged almost a full steal and block per game in his rookie season despite the fact he only played 20 minutes per game.

     

    -Ethan Norof, B/R FC/Lakers Re-Draft GM

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    Although we don't use a traditional lineup, the one word that describes our team most aptly is versatility.

    We have players like Gallo, Tyreke and Iman, all of whom can play multiple positions in our starting lineup. While we don't plan to tinker with the lineup drastically on a consistent basis, we anticipate having matchup advantages across the board, and in the changing landscape of the NBA, we feel that was a core idea to build around as we attempt to assemble a winning culture in Los Angeles.

    With athleticism really leaving its mark on the league, we wanted to be sure we had guys who could challenge the opposition not only offensively, but defensively as well.

    Our team will play an up-and-down style of game, and it shouldn't be difficult for all of our guys to get out and run with their teammates. Assuming everyone stays healthy and contributes up to their potential, we don't feel there will be many teams capable of sticking with us on a nightly basis.

    We're very confident in our roster.

     

    -Ethan Norof, B/R FC/Lakers Re-Draft GM

Memphis Grizzlies

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    Starters: Mike Conley, Jodie Meeks, Tony Allen, David Lee, DeAndre Jordan

    Bench: Dante Cunningham, Hamed Haddadi, Darius Johnson-Odom, Kendall Marshall, Lamar Odom, Michael Redd, Marreese Speights

     

    Starting Point Guard: Mike Conley (No. 41 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 2.2 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    Upon seeing that 11 point guards had been taken by the time the Grizzlies stepped up for their second selection, it was evident that picking a point guard was a must.

    Conley is a sharp, fairly efficient floor general who is excellent in transition and makes plays in half-court sets. He also locks it down on the defensive end.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Jodie Meeks (No. 200 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    The Grizzlies were desperately in need of backcourt scoring at this point, and Jodie Meeks seemed like a steal who could balance out a defense-heavy lineup. Meeks shoots effectively and handles the ball well. His defense complements that which the other Grizzlies starters display.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Tony Allen (No. 101 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.8 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    The essential player to the Grizzlies' defensive attack returns.

    Cutting off passing lanes, swiping the ball away from ball-handlers and generally locking down the perimeter, Tony Allen is the major reason why the Grizzlies are the “Grindhouse.”


    Starting Power Forward: David Lee (No. 20 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 20.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Golden State Warriors)

    At No. 20, the Grizzlies saw David Lee as the best player available. Lee has great scoring and rebounding skills, as he’s been a regular double-double threat the past four years.

     

    Starting Center: DeAndre Jordan (No. 80 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 2.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    By the time the Grizzlies were on the clock in the third round, several centers had been taken, and the “grit and grind” of Memphis needed a tough inside defender like DeAndre Jordan to square up the post. Jordan’s a terrific shot-blocker and plays his man tough.

     

    Bench Guard: Kendall Marshall (No. 221 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 9.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.2 steals (for North Carolina Tar Heels)

    Without hesitation, Lionel Hollins will be able to say that he can confidently go to his bench for a capable young backup to relieve Mike Conley for 15 or 20 minutes each game.

    Kendall Marshall is a smart, efficient point guard who can dazzle from the start at the pro level.

     

    Bench Guard: Darius Johnson-Odom (No. 320 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Marquette Golden Eagles)

    Darius Johnson-Odom is a nice shooter to pop in for short spurts. The rookie from Marquette is aggressive and has a sure eye from outside.

     

    Bench Guard: Michael Redd (No. 260 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.2 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    This veteran sharpshooter hasn’t seen his end yet. After averaging 8.2 points in just 15.1 minutes per game in 2011-12, Michael Redd showed that he still has the energy and athleticism to score well in the NBA.

     

    Bench Forward: Dante Cunningham (No. 281 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    Dante Cunningham is a very reliable big man to bring off the bench. He’s athletic and long, capable of guarding anyone on the inside.

     

    Bench Forward: Lamar Odom (No. 140 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    Memphis might not be Los Angeles, but Lamar Odom should feel alright playing with this amiable group. The Grizzlies are counting on Odom to bounce back from his unhappy year in Dallas to provide a nice scoring punch off the bench like he did prior to 2011-12.

     

    Bench Forward: Marreese Speights (No. 161 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    Marreese Speights was the third player to return to Memphis in just the first six rounds. He’s a strong rebounder and turned into a deft jump shooter late last season.

     

    Bench Center: Hamed Haddadi (No. 341 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.0 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    The 27-year-old Iranian center is a valuable piece to place at the end of the bench. He can pile up rebounds quickly in the five or 10 minutes that he plays each game.

     

    -Tom Firme, B/R FC/Grizzlies Re-Draft GM

How Will the Grizzlies Play?

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    This Memphis Grizzlies team will play very much like the team in real life. Like the crew that dominates FedEx Forum, this team will be dedicated on defense while scoring just enough to win games.

    The starting lineup of David Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Jodie Meeks, Tony Allen and Mike Conley is mostly made up of guys who are slick defenders, but don’t score a ton of points.

    Allen and Conley will pair up as usual to shut things down on the perimeter, this time with help from a reliable Meeks. They’ll be able to spark action in transition with steals. Meeks and sometimes Allen will jump out to finish on fast breaks.

    On offense, the Grizzlies will rely on Lee and Meeks to come up with scoring. Conley might be needed to provide a bit more than the 13.5 points per game he scored in 2011-12. Memphis will find scoring from backups like Lamar Odom, Marreese Speights and Michael Redd.

     

    -Tom Firme, B/R FC/Grizzlies Re-Draft GM

Miami Heat

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    Starters: Kyle Lowry, Marcus Thornton, Gerald Wallace, LaMarcus Aldridge, Samuel Dalembert

    Bench: Darrell Arthur, Leandro Barbosa, Andris Biedrins, Steve Blake, Keyon Dooling, Richard Jefferson, Andrew Nicholson

     

    Starting Point Guard: Kyle Lowry (No. 50 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.6 steals (for Houston Rockets) 

    To get Aldridge into his groove, the Miami Heat need a star point guard to help get there. While Kyle Lowry isn't exactly an All-Star yet, he knows how to run an offense as a facilitator and a passer.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Marcus Thornton (No. 110 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.4 steals (for Sacramento Kings) 

    I've been a huge fan of Thornton's since his days at LSU. He's not yet receiving recognition—mostly because he's in Sacramento—but he's easily one of the league's top offensive talents.

    Adding a perimeter threat like him will only allow more room for Aldridge to work with within the perimeter. 

     

    Starting Small Forward: Gerald Wallace (No. 71 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets) 

    If I'm going to be playing against LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, I need a good defensive stopper at the three, thus the reason why Gerald Wallace is on the team.

    His defensive versatility is going to keep this game in a half-court setting by slowing down the opposing team's top player, and his offense will add some help outside the perimeter.

     

    Starting Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 11 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers) 

    His offensive capabilities have him near the top amongst big men. With his ability to shoot from as far out as the perimeter as well as the ability to drive, Aldridge is a dual threat who can be incredibly difficult to stop when in a fluid offensive groove.

     

    Starting Center: Samuel Dalembert (No. 131 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.7 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Houston Rockets) 

    Even in his later years, Dalembert is still holding the fort down as one of the league's top shot-blocking centers. Plus, being paired up with a facilitator like Lowry should allow him to get involved in the offense.

     

    Bench Guard: Keyon Dooling (No. 311 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.0 points, 0.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Boston Celtics) 

    To fit the need for a third guard, Keyon Dooling was taken for his solid perimeter defense and his ability to hit from beyond the perimeter. 

     

    Bench Guard: Steve Blake (No. 350 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Los Angeles Lakers)

    I had to pick up Steve Blake just because I was shocked he was still left over in the final round. While he may be lacking several key traits—like being a good defender—Blake makes up for it with stellar perimeter shooting.

     

    Bench Guard: Leandro Barbosa (No. 191 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers)

    Barbosa is a combo-guard who can play at the 1 or 2, reducing the team's need for a pure player at either position. Barbosa can aid his team as a passer, but is mostly known for his shooting and crafty ability to get to the rim.

     

    Bench Forward: Richard Jefferson (No. 170 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.6 steals (for San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors) 

    Another solid defensive player, Jefferson was chosen to be the team's sixth man. His versatility on both sides of the ball and his ability to hit from beyond the arc will play key parts for a team that revolves heavily around its No. 1 pick.

     

    Bench Forward: Darrell Arthur (No. 230 overall) 

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    The Heat needed a solid big man off the bench, and after a great run in the 2011 postseason with Memphis, Arthur was deserving of a spot for his mid-range game and toughness around the rim.

     

    Bench Forward: Andrew Nicholson (No. 251 overall) 

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, 0.7 steals (for St. Bonaventure Bonnies) 

    The lone rookie I drafted, Nicholson is a threat on offense who can drive and score from the perimeter. In other aspects of the game, Nicholson can use his size to help in the rebounding department.

     

    Bench Center: Andris Biedrins (No. 290 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 1.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Golden State Warriors)

    In the trend of keeping things big, Andris Biedrins joins the team as a key defender off the bench. When Dalembert hits the bench, Biedrins' defense will be right there as if nobody ever left.

     

    -John Friel, B/R FC/Heat Re-Draft GM

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    LaMarcus Aldridge will obviously be the focal point of this team, which is why Kyle Lowry was drafted directly after.

    Aldridge's offensive versatility opens up the floor, and his scoring ability inside should open up the perimeter for the likes of Marcus Thornton and Gerald Wallace to thrive. His rebounding and defensive capabilities will only aid Samuel Dalembert under the rim, as Aldridge will be expected to leave his footprint in just about every aspect of this team.

    On offense, this team is going to want to force the issue of slowing it down to a half-court setting. With so many playmakers at nearly every position and a great point guard leading the way, the team should be confined to working the offense out in the half-court and relying on fundamental passing to be the better team that night.

    On defense, we're going to rely on man-to-man defense. With so many solid individual perimeter and post defenders, the Heat don't have a need to play any type of zone defense.

     

    -John Friel, B/R FC/Heat Re-Draft GM

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Starters: Ramon Sessions, O.J. Mayo, Danny Granger, Jonas Valanciunas, Tyson Chandler

    Bench: Jimmer Fredette, Rip Hamilton, Tobias Harris, Corey Maggette, Jared Sullinger, Hakim Warrick, Tony Wroten

     

    Starting Point Guard: Ramon Sessions (No. 86 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers)

    Sessions is just entering the prime of his career, and surrounded with the right group, he could blossom into one of the best point guards in the league.

    He's a terrific three-point shooter who can get into the teeth of the defense and facilitate or finish.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: O.J. Mayo (No. 95 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    As Mayo went undrafted into the fourth round, his age, athleticism and playmaking abilities were too good to pass up.

    The four-year pro improved in his role off the bench for Memphis last year, proving that he's ready to assume starting shooting guard duties for the Bucks. 

     

    Starting Small Forward: Danny Granger (No. 35 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Indiana Pacers)

    One of the best small forwards in the game, Danny Granger can light it up from outside and take the ball to the rim. At 29 years old, he's become a savvy scorer who plays solid defense as well.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Jonas Valanciunas (No. 146 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.6 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Lietuvos Rytas)

    Picked for his size and potential, Lithuanian sensation Jonas Valanciunas has taken Europe by storm the last couple years and is poised to thrive in the NBA.

    He'll be an efficient scorer in the paint, a perfect complement to Tyson Chandler on the opposite block.

     

    Starting Center: Tyson Chandler (No. 26 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.9 steals (for New York Knicks)

    Late in the first round, I wanted to get size and defense. Tyson Chandler represents an athletic combination of both.

    His toughness and championship-caliber post defense is the perfect backbone for Milwaukee's frontcourt.

     

    Bench Guard: Tony Wroten (No. 266 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.9 steals (for Washington Huskies)

    A selection based on upside, Tony Wroten is a dynamic guard who can create for his teammates or finish at the rim. His ball-handling and athleticism will allow him to be a prolific point guard, provided he works on his perimeter shooting.

     

    Bench Guard: Jimmer Fredette (No. 275 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Sacramento Kings)

    He didn't see much playing time his rookie year, but Jimmer Fredette's per-minute totals suggest he could score 12-15 points off the bench for the Bucks if given the opportunity. There are question marks about his ability to be a floor general, but his skills made him an easy choice in the 10th round.

     

    Bench Guard: Rip Hamilton (No. 206 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    No longer a star player in the league, Hamilton is a role player who will stretch opposing defenses with his shooting skills. Not only will he keep defenses honest, but he'll also give offenses trouble with his energy on the other end.

     

    Bench Forward: Corey Maggette (No. 155 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    There's no denying he's past his prime, but Corey Maggette is still capable of providing offense as a reserve. He could come off the bench and provide double-digit scoring in relief of Mayo or Granger.

     

    Bench Forward: Tobias Harris (No. 335 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    Re-drafted to his original team, versatile youngster Tobias Harris doesn't have to put his house up for sale.

    In his second year in the league, Harris will attack the rim, step out for mid-range jumpers and develop into a solid all-around forward.

     

    Bench Forward: Hakim Warrick (No. 322 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.2 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    In need of a veteran reserve power forward, the Bucks chose high-flying journeyman Hakim Warrick. He doesn't stand out in any one area, but his long wingspan and agility allows him to score in the post, defend and run the floor fluidly.

     

    Bench Forward: Jared Sullinger (No. 215 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Ohio State Buckeyes) 

    The Ohio State standout will be the first post player off the bench for the Bucks, using his combination of strength and technique to wear down opponents. If his summer-league stints are indicative of his NBA potential, Jared Sullinger will have a highly productive career.

     

    -Daniel O'Brien, B/R FC/Bucks Re-Draft GM

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    No single player on the Milwaukee Bucks stands out as a megastar, but the group will mesh together as a team that can play several styles of basketball. With players like Ramon Sessions, O.J. Mayo and Tyson Chandler, they'll be able to run the floor or slow it down. 

    The blend of youth and veteran leadership should result in a roster that has clearly-defined roles and solid chemistry. The three-headed monster of Chandler, Jonas Valanciunas and Jared Sullinger will hold down the paint while a deep lineup of guards takes care of the perimeter.

    What about that cast of guards? Sessions, Mayo, Rip Hamilton, Jimmer Fredette and Tony Wroten form an endless rotation that will keep defenses honest and give forwards like Danny Granger room to work.

    In all honesty, the 2012-13 re-drafted Bucks probably won’t hoist the trophy, but their defense and variety of scoring options will propel them to the playoffs.

     

    -Daniel O'Brien, B/R FC/Bucks Re-Draft GM

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Starters: Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Gordon Hayward, Dirk Nowitzki, Joakim Noah

    Bench: Matt Bonner, George Hill, Amir Johnson,  Courtney Lee, Alexey Shved, Ronny Turiaf, Reggie Williams

     

    Starting Point Guard: Jason Kidd (No. 197 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.7 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    Even though he was selected two rounds after George Hill, Jason Kidd earns the starting point guard nod for a plethora of reasons—he’s got more experience, he’s better defensively even in his old age and, well, he’s Jason Kidd.

    Isn’t that a good enough reason as it is?


    Starting Shooting Guard: Jason Terry (No. 77 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Dallas Mavericks) 

    The sixth man on the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks (albeit the third best player), Jason Terry probably didn’t expect to have his name called as high as 77th in the Re-Draft.

    I don’t care in the slightest; I’ll take a guy who has the heart, soul and quickness of the 12-year vet.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Gordon Hayward (No. 104 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    Here’s a guy who’s primed for a breakout season, so why not take him on the Timberwolves?

    Gordon Hayward (who still looks 15 tops if you cancelled out the fact that he’s 6’8", by the way) averaged 12 points, three boards and three assists for a playoff team last year. His defense often goes unnoticed, but it should be noted that he’s great on the ball.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki (No. 17 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 21.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    With the 17th pick, how the heck could I pass up the greatest European to ever play the game of basketball?

    Dirk might be climbing the age ladder a bit, but don’t forget that he was an NBA Finals MVP just 14 months ago. I’ll take this steal of a pick even if he’s a mediocre defender. That’s what my next pick was for!

     

    Starting Center: Joakim Noah (No. 44 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    This was a pick that created a “nasty” frontcourt, as Atlanta Hawks owner Adam Fromal said. Joakim Noah complements the star of the team, Dirk Nowitzki, with his defensive intensity and relentlessness on the hardwood.

    The self-proclaimed Cleveland hater also joins his counterpart Nowitzki in the "repulsive in looks" category. Regardless, he’s a top-five center, and I couldn’t resist.

     

    Bench Guard: George Hill (No. 137 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Indiana Pacers)

    He’s the only guy that overtook his point guard counterpart for a starting job heading into the postseason.

    He’s also one of the only players to ever come out of IUPUI (which actually stands for Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, naturally). I’ll take him as a backup to Jason Kidd and he can-play student.

     

    Bench Guard: Alexey Shved (No. 344 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for CSKA Moscow)

    If you watched the Olympics, you'll love this pick. Shved and fellow Russian Andrei Kirilenko have been on a tear for their homeland. Shved’s strengths include, but are not limited to, his passing, size (a 6’6" combo guard ain’t hard on the eyes) and decent scoring abilities.

    I’m loving this as a 12th-round pick.

     

    Bench Guard: Courtney Lee (No. 164 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Houston Rockets)

    The second new real-life Boston Celtic I have selected, joining the Jet, Courtney Lee can be a deadly shooter.

    I like him and Jason Kidd in the backcourt together because, well, it balances out the fact that Kidd doesn’t know how to score anymore. Lee is also the first guy whose 2K form you would take on your team. Don’t lie and say you wouldn’t.

     

    Bench Forward: Reggie Williams (No. 257 overall) 

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    I’ll bet not many of you knew that Reggie Williams has averaged better than 10 points per game in his 137-game career.

    In 2008, he became the state of Virginia’s all-time college basketball scoring leader. So there’s that. He’s a serviceable backup to the young Gordon Hayward.

     

    Bench Forward: Matt Bonner (No. 224 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.2 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    I have nothing but respect for “The Red Rocket." The only NBA player to ever call New Hampshire home, Bonner has long been a mainstay in the San Antonio Spurs’ rotation. That’s good enough for me.

    Also, have you seen the guy stroke a three-pointer? If you hate the pick, then you probably haven’t.

     

    Bench Forward: Ronny Turiaf (No. 317 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Washington Wizards and Miami Heat)

    Ronny Turiaf averaged 3.5 points and just over a block per game for the NBA champions last season. That’s good enough for me as a fifth option in the post. 

    In related news, he’s all smiles on the bench.

     

    Bench Center: Amir Johnson (No. 284 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Toronto Raptors)

    I know he’s only 6’9", but Amir Johnson sure plays like a center. He’s an efficient rebounder, not a bad defender and he can score from time to time.

     

    -Joseph Fafinski, B/R FC/Timberwolves Re-Draft GM

How Will the Timberwolves Play?

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    The team itself is very diverse.

    On one hand, you have offensive specialists like Dirk Nowitzki, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry; on the other hand, you have defensive stalwarts like Joakim Noah and Gordon Hayward. I like the vast array of scorers, defenders and just overall good ballplayers on the team.

    Just like the Timberwolves in real life, the Re-Draft Pups have a lot of talent, but much to prove.

    With veterans like Dirk and Jason Kidd, it's easy to see why experience will be key in the upcoming season.

    Kidd and fellow point guard George Hill are both capable passers (and even at his age, Kidd is still a solid defender) and can both be solid floor generals. One of the steals of the draft in my opinion, Alexey Shved, will be the biggest question mark. He can play three positions and might cost Kidd/Lee/Reggie Williams some playing time.

    Then again, he could be a big bust.

    There's a lot of questions to be answered on the team, but I love the nucleus, and it's not hard to see why I think the club would hold a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    United We Run.

     

    -Joseph Fafinski, B/R FC/Timberwolves Re-Draft GM

New Orleans Hornets

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    Starters: Jeff Teague, Arron Afflalo, Luol Deng, Kevin Love, J.J. Hickson

    Bench: Toney Douglas, Landry Fields, Brendan Haywood, Josh Howard, Jason Thompson, Greivis Vasquez, Shawne Williams

     

    Starting Point Guard: Jeff Teague (No. 115 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.6 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    I'll be honest. Losing out on Jrue Holiday broke my heart a little, but being able to grab Teague here eased the pain.

    He had a solid first season as a starter, ran Atlanta's offense well and has tremendous speed in the open court. Most importantly, though, he's a great on-ball defender and can force turnovers consistently.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Arron Afflalo (No. 66 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    Taking Afflalo here gives me a very nice defensive tandem on the outside. He's physical, disciplined and is simply one of those players who doesn't make a lot of mistakes.

    He can attack the basket, space the floor and is athletic enough to play well in transition. With the dearth of quality two-guards out there, I knew I needed to snatch one up pretty early in the draft. 

     

    Starting Small Forward: Luol Deng (No. 55 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    To win in the modern NBA, you need to be able to defend the perimeter, and Luol Deng is one of the best in the game. He regularly contains elite wing players and can guard multiple positions.

    Offensively, he's a great slasher, can hit the three and, most importantly, is capable of playing superhuman minutes and being the quintessential glue guy. Fully healthy, Deng is easily one of the best two-way small forwards around.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Kevin Love (No. 6 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 26.0 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves) 

    Unless Chris Paul miraculously fell to me, I knew that Kevin Love was the guy here. He's the league's best power forward, one of the few guys who is as good on the perimeter as he is in the post and an absolute nightmare on the glass.

    I wanted a player I could tailor a team around, and Love has that franchise pedigree. I'll happily take a guy who's having an off night when he throws up a 23-12. 

     

    Starting Center: J.J. Hickson (No. 126 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings)

    I needed a center with this pick, and despite being 6'9", Hickson can play bigger than his size and line up at the 5.

    He barely played with Sacramento, but averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 boards in 19 games with Portland. He's a great rebounder, extremely active in the paint and doesn't try to do anything more than he is capable of. 

     

    Bench Guard: Greivis Vasquez (No. 186 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.9 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    Vasquez actually had a very solid season for New Orleans, playing in all 66 games and running the team's offense well for stretches. He is not a great shooter, but can attack off the dribble and has great size for a lead guard at 6'6".

    He runs the pick-and-roll pretty well and is a true pass-first point guard.

     

    Bench Guard: Toney Douglas (No. 355 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.8 steals (for New York Knicks)

    For my final pick, I wanted a player with experience riding the bench, giving enthusiastic high-fives and playing crucial garbage time minutes.

    Just kidding.

    Douglas provides good perimeter defense, streaky three-point shooting and can give me some depth at both the 1 and 2. 

     

    Bench Guard: Landry Fields (No. 175 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.2 steals (for New York Knicks)

    Fields was mired in a bit of a sophomore slump, but he is still a quality role player who could thrive in certain situations.

    He gets up and down the court extremely well and is another physical defender on the perimeter. He's a great cutter and an improved passer who normally can space the floor quite effectively. 

     

    Bench Forward: Josh Howard (No. 295 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    I still had a bit of a hole at backup small forward, and this far down in the draft, Josh Howard seemed like a worthy option. When healthy, he's a consistent scorer that can hit threes and attack off the dribble, and he actually played fairly well for Utah last season. 

     

    Bench Forward: Shawne Williams (No. 306 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.4 steals (for New Jersey Nets)

    Every team needs a guy who consistently drills threes. In this case, Shawne Williams is that guy.

    He can play both forward spots, run the floor and even contribute on the glass, but most importantly, he is a great catch-and-release option from beyond the arc. 

     

    Bench Forward: Jason Thompson (No. 246 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Sacramento Kings)

    Playing alongside DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson was certainly overshadowed, but he's athletic, can play both power forward and center and shot a career-high 53.5 percent from the field last season.

    He's a good strong interior defender and rebounder who can score around the basket and hit his midrange shots when they are available. 

     

    Bench Center: Brendan Haywood (No. 235 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    I needed a true center that can clog the lane, dole out hard fouls and hit the glass while not trying to shoot too much, and Brendan Haywood seemed like an ideal candidate for that role.

    He's a terrible foul-shooter and can't score much in the post, but he can protect the basket and occasionally finish at the rim.

     

    -Grant Rindner, B/R FC/Hornets Re-Draft GM

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    The main thing I wanted was to have options as far as what style of basketball to play. With Kevin Love as the first option, the team can run both half-court offense and in transition. All my starters can slash and create scoring opportunities for themselves too.

    Because of the attention Love demands, I needed to fill my roster with three-point shooters. Deng, Afflalo and Jeff Teague are all capable shooters who can also put the ball on the floor and react to closeouts.

    By drafting J.J. Hickson to play center, I created a somewhat undersized but extremely mobile lineup. This team can run off of misses and create easy baskets in transition thanks to Teague's explosiveness in the open court. Love and Hickson may both be natural power forwards, but they are physical rebounders and inside players.

    Though I don't have one outstanding passer in my starting five, the ball movement should be good throughout the game. Vasquez and Fields can play multiple positions, giving me the option to play a small-ball lineup with Love, Hickson or even Thompson lining up at center.

    Defensively, this team is built to protect the perimeter, but is not vulnerable in the post. Teague, Deng and Afflalo make a great defensive trio that can bother any opposing wings. Love is an average defender, but with Hickson, Thompson and Haywood behind him, that weakness will be tough to exploit.

    Shawne Williams, Toney Douglas and Josh Howard won't get a ton of burn, but all of them can score consistently and help stretch a defense.

     

    -Grant Rindner, B/R FC/Hornets Re-Draft GM

New York Knicks

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    Starters: D.J. Augustin, Monta Ellis, Thaddeus Young, Carlos Boozer, Marc Gasol

    Bench: J.J. Barea, Omri Casspi, Udonis Haslem, Donatas Motiejunas, DeShawn Stevenson, Greg Stiemsma, Dorell Wright

     

    Starting Point Guard: D.J. Augustin (No. 143 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    Augustin is a good point guard who can rack up assists and keep a team focused.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Monta Ellis (No. 38 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 20.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks)

    Monta is a score-first guard that can play the 1 or 2. We now know who is taking the last shot for these Knicks.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Thaddeus Young (No. 98 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    Thaddeus is a young, big, fast forward who is about to be one of the top players at his position in the league.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Carlos Boozer (No. 83 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Chicago Bulls) 

    Even as he gets older, Boozer is a solid—if not more than solid—power forward who can get his own buckets.

     

    Starting Center: Marc Gasol (No. 23 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Memphis Grizzlies)

    Talented big men are scarce in the league, and he has become one of the premier ones. Still getting better, he will anchor the Knicks in the paint and provide a steady head to Monta Ellis when he gets a little overconfident.

     

    Bench Guard: J.J. Barea (No. 203 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    This diminutive point guard will serve as my shoot-first guard off the bench.

     

    Bench Guard: DeShawn Stevenson (No. 278 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 steals (for New Jersey Nets)

    Stevenson is a defensive-minded shooting guard who can also shoot three-poitners for my Knicks. 

     

    Bench Forward: Omri Casspi (No. 323 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Cleveland Cavaliers)

    Still young, Omri Casspi serves as a forward who can both shoot and rebound. 

     

    Bench Forward: Dorell Wright (No. 218 overall) 

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Golden State Warriors)

    Talented enough to be a starter, Wright will provide three-point shooting and athleticism off the bench.

     

    Bench Forward: Udonis Haslem (No. 158 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Miami Heat)

    A veteran power forward, Haslem provides intensity and rebounding in droves.

     

    Bench Forward: Donatas Motiejunas (No. 338 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Prokom)

    Although he's unproven, Motiejunas is an offensively-talented seven-footer

     

    Bench Center: Greg Stiemsma (No. 263 overall) 

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    Stiemsma is a defensive-minded center who will block shots and disrupt offenses. 

     

    -Michael Tumey, Knicks Re-Draft GM

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    With Marc manning the paint and Monta serving as our primary backcourt player, this team has a nice inside-outside one-two punch.

    We will run a few isolation sets for Monta because with Gasol, Boozer, Young, Haslem and Stiemsma rebounding, we can afford to take those chances.

    There would be many post sets for Gasol and Boozer as well.

    D.J. could handle the point and run a few pick-and-rolls with Gasol or Boozer.

    Young would be our uber-athletic slasher and really scare teams from committing too far inside or outside. Dorell would be our go-to three-point specialist, but also fill Thad’s role off the bench. We could even start Dorell and have Thad come off the bench as our sixth man.

    We will definitely compete for the NBA championship.

     

    -Michael Tumey, Knicks Re-Draft GM

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Starters: Chris Paul, Kevin Martin, Nicolas Batum, DeJuan Blair, Marcus Camby

    Bench: Lou Amundson, Jerryd Bayless, Jared Jeffries, Jonas Jerebko, Linas Kleiza, Nate Robinson, Marvin Williams

     

    Starting Point Guard: Chris Paul (No. 4 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 2.4 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers) 

    In my eyes, the most important position on a team is the point guard, as he runs—and effectively sets the tone for—the offense.

    Paul is perhaps the best two-way point guard in the league and has proven before he can carry a team on his own, which is crucial if some of my other picks don't work out. I value his efficiency, admire his court-vision and love the tenacity he brings on defense.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Kevin Martin (No. 64 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Houston Rockets)

    Though I love Nicolas Batum, Martin is a better outside shooter. Paul attacks the rim frequently, so I thought it was important to draft a proven scorer who could be the benefactor of his drive-and-kicks.

    He doesn't bring much defensively, but he's a third guy who could score 20 or more points per game.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Nicolas Batum (No. 57 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers)

    What I've always felt Paul has lacked is a versatile swingman he can depend on. Batum is prolific scorer who can score anywhere from the floor and plays great off the ball.

    He's a pretty tough defender to pass on the perimeter as well, and I really wanted to start my roster off with at least two guys who could make a prolific impact on either side of the ball. 

     

    Starting Power Forward: DeJuan Blair (No. 124 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.9 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    Versatility is incredibly important to me, and while Blair isn't exceptionally athletic, he does a variety of different things on either end of the floor. He can spend time at both the 4 and 5, is a great rebounder and has a nice touch around the rim.

    He's undersized, but he's a workhorse, and there's always room for one of those on a roster that preaches versatility. 

     

    Starting Center: Marcus Camby (No. 117 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers)

    While I think teams can operate without a star-caliber center, having a highly functioning one is important. Plus, this team is going to run, so it was important I draft an athletic big.

    He doesn't do much on offense, but at this point, I already had plenty of that, so his overall defense and rebounding prowess are welcomed commodities. 

     

    Bench Guard: Jerryd Bayless (No. 184 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Toronto Raptors)

    Jerryd Bayless could start for a number of NBA teams right now, which is why I jumped at the chance to make him my backup. Though his playmaking abilities are far from refined or consistent, he's a good enough stop-gap to have when Paul is on the bench.

    He's a terrific scorer who utilizes drive-and-kicks well and ensures we won't miss too much of a beat on the defensive end either.

     

    Bench Guard: Nate Robinson (No. 244 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.0 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Golden State Warriors)

    I don't care that he's only 5'9". I wanted my team to be built to score, and that's exactly what Robinson was made for.

    Despite his size, he's able to finish strong at the rim and even hit shots from the outside. He also gives me a third option at point guard, as he has taken great strides toward improving his distributing abilities over the last two years. 

     

    Bench Forward: Marvin Williams (No. 177 overall) 

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    Stretch forwards are awesome, and that's exactly what Williams is. He feasts off corner threes, but also isn't afraid to take the rock to the hole.

    His conditioning is underwhelming, as is his attitude, but he can shoot, and again, alongside Paul, you need plenty of players who can do that.

     

    Bench Forward: Linas Kleiza (No. 293 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Toronto Raptors) 

    Kleiza brings even more offensive prowess to the team. He can score from anywhere on the floor—which again is essential with Paul as the point guard—and isn't too shabby of a rebounder.

    Plus, without a surplus of centers, I needed to at least ensure I had plenty of guys who could play both forward spots.

     

    Bench Forward: Jared Jeffries (No. 304 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.7 steals (for New York Knicks)

    I hardly drafted for defense up until this point, making Jeffries' selection almost imperative. He's offensively limited, a lot like Camby, but he brings intangibles—i.e. drawing charges, diving for loose balls, etc—to the table on the defensive end.

    He's also proved unafraid and capable of locking down big men much more powerful than he. 

     

    Bench Forward: Jonas Jerebko (No. 233 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Detroit Pistons)

    Like I said, I love stretch forwards, and Jerebko brings another one of those into the fold. He proved he could put up points in bunches early on last season and brings some more size to what is an undersized roster.

    He's also extremely diligent on both ends of the floor, and while he doesn't always execute well, at 25, he's got plenty of potential. 

     

    Bench Center: Lou Amundson (No. 353 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Indiana Pacers)

    Here I drafted yet another offensively limited athlete, yet with so much firepower at the top, I felt confident in doing that.

    Amundson plays with great energy and will be a valued defender and rebounder off the bench. It also didn't hurt that, even though he's 6'9", he's listed as a center, and I only technically had one of those up until now. 

     

    -Dan Favale, B/R FC/Thunder Re-Draft GM

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    Our offense is going to run through Paul. He'll be starting at point guard alongside Martin at the 2, Batum at the 3, Blair at the 4 and Camby at the 5.

    We'll expect him to attack the basked in order to draw defenders away from our bigs down low—which should result in some easy dunks—or away from our two shooters/slashers up top.

    Defensively, we'll rely heavily on Camby to man the rim and passing lanes in the low post. He, not unlike Tyson Chandler, who will be expected to dictate our defensive culture by being vocal and holding his teammates accountable.

    Williams and Bayless will be the first ones off the bench, as they can each play two different positions. Jeffries, Kleiza, Robinson and Jerebko will follow, and Amundson will be used sparingly.

    Offense will be our team's bread and butter, as we're laden with scorers. Expect to see a lot of pick-and-rolls, drive-and-kicks and catch-and-shoots.

    Defense is a priority, but with some limited performers on that end, we will opt to run a lot of zone sets to force the opposition into contested jumpers.

    Our team is extremely versatile and should be a matchup nightmare for every other team in the league, regardless of which players it boasts.

     

    -Dan Favale, B/R FC/Thunder Re-Draft GM

Orlando Magic

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    Starters: John Wall, Evan Turner, Paul Pierce, Kenneth Faried, Tiago Splitter

    Bench: Norris Cole, Glen Davis, Kim English, Al Harrington, Kyle Korver, Patrick Patterson, Nikola Vucevic

     

    Starting Point Guard: John Wall (No. 31 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.4 steals (for Washington Wizards)

    With 58 picks between my second- and third-round selections, I had to make sure to grab a secondary scoring option to complement Paul Pierce.

    John Wall fit the bill perfectly and should blossom given the fact that he doesn't have to carry the entire load on offense. After two solid campaigns with the Wizards, Wall figures to take his game to the next level in 2012-13.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Evan Turner (No. 89 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    The 6'7" Turner is just beginning to come into his own in the NBA and is the perfect complement to Pierce and Wall. Defensively, Turner is more than capable of checking the best wing player on the opposing team, and his versatility gives the Magic a plethora of options on offense.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Paul Pierce (No. 29 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    An experienced, battle-tested veteran is a requirement for postseason success, so Paul Pierce was the perfect player to select with the No. 29 pick. Not only does Pierce have an NBA title to his credit, but the 10-time All-Star continues to be one of the league's more prolific scorers even at the age of 34.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Kenneth Faried (No. 91 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    With all of the wing positions taken care of, it only made sense to address the frontcourt with the next two selections.

    Kenneth Faried probably isn't the 92nd-best player in the Association, but his rebounding prowess and seemingly limitless energy are much-needed traits on a team that will look to get out in transition early and often. Most importantly, unlike the Magic's first three selections, Faried doesn't need the ball in his hands in order to be effective.

     

    Starting Center: Tiago Splitter (No. 149 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.4 steals (for San Antonio Spurs)

    Most of the established centers were off of the board at the end of the fifth round, but fortunately, Tiago Splitter fell to the 149th pick.

    Splitter shot 61.8 percent from the field in 2011-12 and was one of the league's more productive big men last season. His per-36 minute averages of 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds were too much to pass up, and if Splitter is given starter's minutes (as he will have with the Magic), he could be one of the top eight centers in the NBA.

     

    Bench Guard: Norris Cole (No. 211 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Miami Heat)

    Norris Cole will serve as the backup point guard for the Magic, but he also has the ability to go off for 20 points on any given night. Cole excels at getting to the basket, and his ability to attack the rim will lead to spot-up opportunities for Korver and Harrington on the second unit.

     

    Bench Guard: Kim English (No. 331 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Missouri Tigers)

    It's hard to pass up shooters late in the draft, and even harder to dismiss a player who shot 45.9 percent from beyond the arc last year. That's exactly what Kim English did in his senior season at Missouri, and the 6'6" shooting guard gives Orlando yet another long-range option off of the bench.

     

    Bench Forward: Kyle Korver (No. 271 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    Harrington and Pierce are decent shooters, but when Orlando needs someone to knock down a long-range shot or two, Kyle Korver will ultimately get the nod.

    With Pierce, Turner and Wall drawing the attention of the defense, all Korver needs to do is set up behind the three-point arc and wait for the ball to come to him.

     

    Bench Forward: Patrick Patterson (No. 329 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Houston Rockets)

    It never hurts to go with size late in a draft, so Patrick Patterson was picked in the 11th round. He had a down season last year, but as long as the 6'9" forward plays solid defense and knocks down the mid-range jumper, he should average about eight to 10 minutes per night.

     

    Bench Forward: Al Harrington (No. 151 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Denver Nuggets)

    Every team needs a do-it-all type player on their bench, and Al Harrington is that guy for the Orlando Magic. Harrington is a solid rebounder. He can play both forward positions and also happens to be a decent three-point shooter who will free up space for Wall, Turner and Pierce to operate in the halfcourt.

     

    Bench Forward: Glen Davis (No. 209 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    Glen Davis' game isn't pretty, but it's strangely productive and intriguing enough for the Magic to pick him in the seventh round.

    After a slow start to the 2011-12 season, Davis—who is capable of playing both power forward and center —came on strong after Dwight Howard was injured near the end of last year. In the playoffs, Davis averaged 19.0 PPG and 9.2 RPG, impressive figures for a 6'9" player who supposedly lacks athleticism.

     

    Bench Center: Nikola Vucevic (No. 269 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    Nik Vucevic is capable of starting at either the 4 or the 5 spot, so he was a great value pick in the ninth round. The second-year player is still learning the intricacies of the NBA game, but he's a good rebounder who can knock down a 16-footer whenever called upon.

    Talented big men are in short supply in the NBA, so being able to use a late pick on a 6'10", 240-pound forward who was selected No. 16 overall in the 2011 NBA draft is a borderline steal.

     

    -Roy Burton, B/R FC/Magic Re-Draft GM

How Will the Magic Play?

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    Versatility was the guiding principle for drafting this team, and with the exception of four players (Wall, Faried, Patterson and English), most of the roster is capable of playing multiple positions. While the starting lineup will be Wall-Pierce-Turner-Faried-Splitter, there are various combinations that can be rolled out given the opponent and the situation.

    Since Turner can play the 1, 2 and 3 positions, he will ultimately be the key to what the Magic do on offense whenever Wall and/or Pierce are out of the game. Given the different backcourt options that are available, it wouldn't be all that surprising for Norris Cole, Kyle Korver or even Kim English to emerge as the team's best reserve wing player.

    Harrington or Davis will be the first big off of the bench in most cases, but Vucevic and Patterson will log a fair amount of minutes banging in the low post.

    With a proven champion (Pierce), a emerging superstar (Wall), an on-the-cusp talent (Turner) and perhaps the best high-energy player in the NBA (Faried), the new-look Orlando Magic are poised to make a serious run at an NBA title.

     

    -Roy Burton, B/R FC/Magic Re-Draft GM

Philadelphia 76ers

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    Starters: Jeremy Lin, Eric Gordon, Bradley Beal, Derrick Favors, Channing Frye

    Bench: Raja Bell, Will Barton, MarShon Brooks, Fab Melo, Steve Novak, Charlie Villanueva, D.J. White 

     

    Starting Point Guard: Jeremy Lin (No. 36 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.6 steals (for New York Knicks) 

    Drafting Jeremy Lin in the second round was a no-brainer. He compliments Eric Gordon’s elite scoring ability, and he gives this 76ers team a point guard who can truly facilitate offense.

    Lin and Gordon form one of the most dangerous backourts in the NBA.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon (No. 25 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 20.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.4 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    Eric Gordon’s athleticism and versatility in the backcourt is exactly what I was looking for with my first-round pick. Gordon is capable of dominating at the shooting guard position, and he’s also more than capable of running the point if necessary.

    Gordon not only solidifies this team’s backcourt, he also adds versatility on both sides of the ball, which is something only an elite few can truly do.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Bradley Beal (No. 96 overall) 

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.4 steals (for Florida Gators)

    Bradley Beal has the potential to be the next Ray Allen, and being able to get that kind of potential in the fourth round was another no-brainer for me.

    Having Beal in the lineup forces this 76ers team to go with a small lineup, but it’s a lineup that will be extremely difficult to stop in transition, which will feed into our half-court offense.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Derrick Favors (No. 85 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    Derrick Favors in the third round was certainly my biggest stretch, but his 2011-12 postseason production of 11.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in just 29.0 minutes per game was just too enticing to pass up.

    Having Favors solidify our frontcourt continues the theme of having one of the most athletic and dynamic rosters in the league.

     

    Starting Center: Channing Frye (No. 145 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Phoenix Suns)

    Selecting Channing Frye in the fifth round even further solidifies this team’s theme of “versatility."

    His seven-foot frame will fill out the frontcourt nicely on defense, and his ability to spread the floor will create offensive opportunities for guys like Eric Gordon and Jeremy Lin.

     

    Bench Guard: Raja Bell (No. 276 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    Raja Bell is this team’s cagey veteran. He will be an enforcer coming off the bench, and he certainly adds a level of defensive intensity that other teams will undoubtedly lack.

    Bell understands the game extremely well, and imparting that knowledge on the younger talent on the team will be key to our success.

     

    Bench Guard: MarShon Brooks (No. 156 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.9 steals (for New Jersey Nets)

    MarShon Brooks will be the first man off the bench, and having his scoring ability leading the second unit further enhances this team’s offensive potential. While Brooks doesn’t add much, defensively speaking, his sole purpose will be to drive the second-unit offense, and he’s certainly capable of that.

     

    Bench Guard: Will Barton (No. 325 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks (for Memphis Tigers)

    If I didn’t have enough depth in the backcourt, drafting Will Barton certainly rounds things out in relation to scoring potential coming out of the backcourt.

    Barton was an absolute stud during the 2012 Summer League, and if he lives up to his potential, he could be one of the biggest steals of this draft. Barton is a downgrade defensively, but a major upgrade on the offensive side of the ball.

     

    Bench Forward: Steve Novak (No. 205 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.3 blocks (for New York Knicks)

    What better way to focus on offense only than by drafting Steve “Novocaine” Novak?

    Not only will Novak be able to help spread the floor, he will also enhance the transition offense by being a spot-up option for guys like Eric Gordon and Jeremy Lin as they cut into the paint.

     

    Bench Forward: Charlie Villanueva (No. 336 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks (for Detroit Pistons) 

    Getting a seven-year NBA veteran with career averages of 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the 12th round was an absolute steal.

    Assuming Villanueva rebounds this season after missing a majority of the 2011-12 season with injuries, he will even further solidify the 76ers frontcourt.

     

    Bench Forward: D.J. White (No. 216 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    The young and athletic D.J. White is a perfect compliment to the frontcourt tandem of Derrick Favors and Channing Frye. White is tenacious on the defensive side of the ball and on the glass, and that will be his primary focus.

     

    Bench Center: Fab Melo (No. 265 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 2.9 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Syracuse Orange)

    Filling out the 76ers frontcourt is Fab Melo, the seven-foot center with a ridiculous amount of potential.

    Melo impressed in his summer league action, specifically on the defensive side of the ball, and that’s where he will earn his paycheck on this team. Having defensive depth in the paint is key, and that’s what Melo brings.

     

    -Peter Emerick, B/R FC/76ers Re-Draft GM

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    If you can’t tell by looking at the roster, the 76ers have a deep and versatile set of players, specifically on the offensive side of the ball.

    I’ll be the first to admit that the 76ers won’t be the toughest defensive team in the league, but that won’t be how this team wins games.

    Much like the 2011-12 NBA Champions, the Miami Heat, the 76ers will win games in transition, and with a starting five of Jeremy Lin, Eric Gordon, Bradley Beal, Derrick Favors and Channing Frye, it’s easy to see how that will work.

    Defense won’t win this team championships, but offense sure will.

     

    -Peter Emerick, B/R FC/76ers Re-Draft GM

Phoenix Suns

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    Starters: Jrue Holiday, J.R. Smith, Caron Butler, Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard

    Bench: Kwame Brown, Alec Burks, Will Bynum, Nick Collison, Austin Daye, Ivan Johnson, Delonte West

     

    Starting Point Guard: Jrue Holiday (No. 65 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.6 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    After establishing a menacing frontcourt, choosing a floor general was my priority. Holliday is one of the brightest, most complete young point guards in the league and will run a devastating pick-and-roll with Dwight Howard.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: J.R. Smith (No. 125 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.5 steals (for New York Knicks)

    To round out my starting 5, I needed a shooting guard, with one particular skill set in mind: long-range shooting.

    J.R. is one of the best in the league and will find himself open all day with the attention Howard will draw inside.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Caron Butler (No. 116 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    At this point, I was looking for a player who could complement my first three picks. Butler can score if needed (as well as being a strong shooter), plays great defense and was the best available small forward at this point in the draft.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Serge Ibaka (No. 56 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 3.7 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    I could’ve gone a few ways with this, but defense wins championships, and the Ibaka-Howard partnership gives me the most imposing frontcourt in the league.

    I hope the opposition is fine with settling for jump shots all day.

     

    Starting Center: Dwight Howard (No. 5 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.1 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    This was pretty much a no-brainer.

    Easily the best big man in the league, he affects the game more than anyone not named LeBron. Every truly great center has won at least one championship, and with Dwight just entering his prime, he was a perfect choice to build around.

     

    Bench Guard: Will Bynum (No. 356 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Detroit Pistons)

    Bynum has quietly had a very serviceable career in the NBA, often as a starting point guard. I was thrilled to pick up someone with that level of talent, starting experience and versatility.

     

    Bench Guard: Delonte West (No. 176 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Dallas Mavericks)

    With this pick, I was looking for a traditional sixth man—that is, a combo-guard who can come off the bench and either run the offense or get some quick buckets. Delonte has thrived in this role and was a fairly easy choice.

     

    Bench Guard: Alec Burks (No. 236 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Utah Jazz)

    Some may say this was a little early, but anyone who’s followed Burks since his days at Colorado knows that he can absolutely light it up. He’ll continue to develop as a scorer and will thrive with all of the open looks he’ll get while playing with Dwight.

     

    Bench Forward: Austin Daye (No. 245 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Detroit Pistons)

    Daye has shown great promise in his short career, and with the right opportunity, this versatile forward could really blossom with this team.

    If his dominance in the Summer League and new-found attitude are signs of things to come, then Daye will see important minutes as a good scoring forward off the bench.

     

    Bench Forward: Ivan Johnson (No. 305 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    Ivan the Terrible showed just what he was capable of last season in a very limited role, and more often than not, he stole the show whenever he was on the floor.

    His tenacity will give our team a competitive edge and will assure that there will be no dropoff in intensity as the second unit takes the floor.

     

    Bench Forward: Nick Collison (No. 185 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    When it comes to backup big men, they don’t get much better than the plus-or-minus wizard, Collison.

    He can play either the 4 or the 5, plays strong defense and is extremely smart on both ends of the floor.

     

    Bench Center: Kwame Brown (No. 296 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Golden State Warriors)

    While he will never live up to the No. 1 overall pick hype that will unfortunately always follow him, Brown has found his niche in the NBA as an effective defender and quietly efficient finisher around the rim.

    He will undoubtedly provide some strong relief off the bench.

     

    -Conor Naughton, Suns Re-Draft GM

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    Clearly, our offense will revolve around Howard, and this will be shown in several ways (demonstrating just how monumental his impact is on a game).

    First, he’ll obviously be a force to be reckoned with in the low post. Second, Holliday has proven to be an extremely effective pick-and-roll point guard, so that will also be a staple in the offense. Third, Howard draws so much attention inside that every other player is guaranteed to have plenty of open shots.

    Holliday and Butler are both good shooters, Ibaka has developed a deadly mid-range jumper and J.R. Smith can shoot the lights out. Bench players like Delonte West and Alec Burks can also provide great shooting off the bench.

    If we want to play at a faster pace, we can go smaller with Ibaka at the 5 and play more of an up-and-down game.

    On defense, we simply will not allow anything remotely easy inside—the Howard-Ibaka combination down low promises to be one of the most menacing defensive partnerships of all time. Teams better get used to shooting contested jumpers against these Phoenix Suns.

     

    -Conor Naughton, Suns Re-Draft GM

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Starters: Raymond Felton, Nick Young, Kevin Seraphin, Pau Gasol, JaVale McGee

    Bench: Maurice Harkless, Kris Humphries, Wesley Johnson, Quincy Miller, E'Twaun Moore, Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson

     

    Starting Point Guard: Raymond Felton (No. 138 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers)

    While Isaiah Thomas has limited experience, Felton has plenty. He's not flashy, but he's not a trainwreck. 

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Nick Young (No. 163 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers)

    Young is a young shooting guard who should benefit from second-chance points, given my team's rebounding strength, as well as open looks from a solid inside-outside game with Pau Gasol passing out of the low-post. 

     

    Starting Small Forward: Kevin Seraphin (No. 198 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Washington Wizards)

    Another player I was surprised to see slip so far, Seraphin was very impressive post-trade deadline last season.

    He should really benefit from the rebounders on the floor around him. He's a raw talent that is just now developing into a top small forward. 

     

    Starting Power Forward: Pau Gasol (No. 18 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Los Angels Lakers)

    I picked 18th overall, so I knew that I would be picking from a tough spot. In a snake draft, I would never really have two picks remotely close to each other.

    Gasol was the simply the best overall player on the board at No. 18. He was also a player who filled a need that is somewhat tough to fill in the NBA.

    There aren't too many top big men in the league, and Gasol qualifies. 

     

    Starting Center: JaVale McGee (No. 43 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 2.2 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets)

    After watching McGee play for quite some time, I have little doubt that he is a fairly talented player. Maturity is an issue, and he may never develop into a Tim Duncan or Hakeem Olajuwon, but he has great potential.

    With Gasol on board as one of the best passing seven-footers since Bill Walton, McGee could flourish. 

     

    Bench Guard: Isaiah Thomas (No. 103)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Sacramento Kings)

    By now, I needed a point guard, or any guard for that matter. Thomas looks like a solid point guard, and with Gasol's passing ability and my team's rebounding, he won't need to work as hard as some point guards do. 

     

    Bench Guard: E'Twaun Moore (No. 283 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.9 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    A summer-league standout, the Boston Celtics took advantage of his rising stock to parlay him into the Courtney Lee deal.

    For my team, he will be nothing more than a decent backup at shooting guard. 

     

    Bench Guard: Wesley Johnson (No. 318 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points. 2.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    Another former lottery pick, Johnson needs a fresh start.

    Here, he will be able to compete with Nick Young for minutes, so now can he find the skills that made him the No. 4 pick in the 2010 NBA draft? 

     

    Bench Forward: Maurice Harkless (No. 258 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.6 steals (for St. John's Red Storm)

    He's raw, but very talented. That's pretty much my entire small forward crew.

    Harkless won't be great this season, but surrounded by solid point guards and very good low-post players, he could get some chances to shine. 

     

    Bench Forward: Quincy Miller (No. 243 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Baylor Bears)

    On a team that is weak at small forward, Miller will get minutes. How many he earns will be determined by Kevin Seraphin's play and Miller's own production.

     

    Bench Forward: Kris Humphries (No. 78 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.8 steals (for New Jersey Nets)

    While other teams were drafting based on positional need, I was drafting based on talent.

    There were eight players in the NBA who averaged double-doubles last season in rebounds and points. Humphries was one of them, too tough to pass up in the third round. 

     

    Bench Center: Tristan Thompson (No. 223 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Cleveland Cavaliers)

    Although Thompson was not as good last season as many thought he would be, he was solid.

    On this team, he can learn from Gasol, Humphries and McGee, and he won't ever be the focal point of a defense while those guys are on the floor. As a backup, he should get weak-side rebounds and build his confidence. 

     

    -Ben Shapiro, B/R FC/Trail Blazers Re-Draft GM

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    Obviously, we're going to stress rebounding and ball control with our starting five of Gasol, McGee, Seraphin, Young and Felton.

    We will bring Humphries and Thomas in for liberal minutes and rely on Gasol for scoring and passing more than rebounding. McGee will anchor the middle, but if he gets into foul trouble, we can move Gasol to the center and bring in Humphries. All that rebounding should negate other teams' abilities to run on us and allow us to control the pace of games. 

    No team is perfect.

    The Blazers are weak at shooting guard and small forward. But as I've mentioned, we can control the boards, negate a lot of dribble penetration and still knock down some outside shots with Young. 

     

    -Ben Shapiro, B/R FC/Trail Blazers Re-Draft GM

Sacramento Kings

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    Starters: Ricky Rubio, Wesley Matthews, Hedo Turkoglu, David West, Chris Bosh

    Bench: Mike Dunleavy, Tyler Hansbrough, Chuck Hayes, Jeremy Lamb, John Lucas III, Byron Mullens, Lou Williams

     

    Starting Point Guard: Ricky Rubio (No. 33 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 2.2 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves) 

    After going big with my first pick, I wanted a good, young playmaker with my second.

    There were quite a few guards available at this point, but I liked the ability to pair the young Rubio with Bosh in pick-and-roll situations. In addition, Rubio’s defensive abilities will be big for this team.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Wesley Matthews (No. 88 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Portland Trail Blazers)

    With my third pick, I was eyeing production from the 2-guard or small forward spot and couldn’t pass on Matthews here. Paired with Rubio, we will have a very good defensive backcourt, and Matthews is a guy with a quick first step and the ability to knock down open jumpers, which he should get a lot of.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Hedo Turkoglu (No. 148 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Orlando Magic)

    Without a ton of size, Turkoglu in the fifth round was a steal for me.

    He adds some size to our front-line, but his versatility and the ability to be a “point forward” gives us some options with our rotations.

     

    Starting Power Forward: David West (No. 93 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Indiana Pacers)

    Considering how the draft went, I think West was a steal in the fourth round.

    While we don’t have a traditional center, adding some toughness with West should make Bosh’s job in the middle easier. He proved to be healthy last season, and his mid-range jumper will prevent defenders from collapsing the paint.

     

    Starting Center: Chris Bosh (No. 28 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Miami Heat)

    Honestly, I was really holding out for DeMarcus Cousins here, but he went the pick before, leaving Bosh as a no-brainer for me.

    He has size and versatility and showed that he can win a ring playing the 5, which is where he will play in this lineup. The seven-time All-Star will thrive in this offense, as he will no longer be a third scoring option.

     

    Bench Guard: John Lucas III (No. 328 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    Lucas gives us a solid third point guard with a good outside shot that won’t hurt us when he’s forced into action.

     

    Bench Guard: Lou Williams (No. 153 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    I loved getting Williams in the sixth round, as he’s a top sixth man who can bring instant backcourt scoring off the bench, playing either guard spot.

     

    Bench Guard: Jeremy Lamb (No. 208 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Connecticut Huskies)

    Lamb gives us a solid young shooting guard with a bright future.

    While he will start the season coming off the bench, he’s talented enough to eventually push Matthews for the starting spot. I love Lamb’s quick first step and mid-range game, but he can extend his shot behind the arc, which will be big for us.

     

    Bench Forward: Mike Dunleavy (No. 268 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    If we are talking value picks, Dunleavy in the ninth round is exactly that for us. There will be a lot of talent on the floor and his job is to knock shots down. He can do that very well.

    The 10-year veteran is coming off a season in which he shot 40 percent from behind the arc and averaged 12.3 points per game. This late in the draft, that’s good production coming off the bench.

     

    Bench Forward: Tyler Hansbrough  (No. 213 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Indiana Pacers) 

    Needing size and toughness without much talent on the board this late, Hansbrough is a nice fit for this team. Hansbrough brings strength and energy and can play a big role coming off the bench.

     

    Bench Forward: Byron Mullens (No. 273 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Charlotte Bobcats)

    I think I did very well getting value in each round instead of drafting for specific needs in each one. Mullens is no exception as he adds size off the bench.

    He’s a seven-footer who is a decent athlete and can contribute scoring and rebounding off the bench.

     

    Bench Center: Chuck Hayes (No. 333 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Sacramento Kings)

    Perhaps the steal of the draft for us, getting Hayes with our final pick.

    He is a tough defender who can guard any position and is a high character player. Adding a guy who doesn’t mind doing the little things necessary to win with this pick will pay dividends.

     

    -Matt Shetler, B/R FC/Kings Re-Draft GM

How Will the Kings Play?

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    This version of the Sacramento Kings will be primarily a half-court team, but we have enough youth and athleticism that we will be able to push the tempo when we need to.

    We aren’t the biggest team in the world, but I feel we have talent at every position on the roster and can play matchups with almost every team we have to.

    Having a playmaker like Rubio is big, as he can be trusted to get people into the right spots and get them the rock in their comfort zones. We will be a balanced team that can score from both the inside and outside, and with the quality of depth and the versatility that we have, we should be able to create matchup problems, especially with our bench.

    Defensively I think we are fine, as the backcourt of Rubio and Matthews should be tough to play against, and we can bring guys like Hansbrough, Hayes and Mullens off the bench to defend opposing bigs.

    This team is based on overall talent, excellent depth and execution.

    If we play smart, we will be a tough team to beat on a nightly basis.

     

    -Matt Shetler, B/R FC/Kings Re-Draft GM

San Antonio Spurs

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    Starters: Brandon Jennings, Terrence Ross, Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Barganani, Spencer Hawes

    Bench: Jimmy Butler, John Henson, Kirk Hinrich, Bernard James, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Anthony Randolph, Rodney Stuckey

     

    Starting Point Guard: Brandon Jennings (No. 45 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.6 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    Point guards were flying off the draft board in the first round, and Jennings was the best available.

    He can spread the floor for Carmelo Anthony with his perimeter game and should excel as a second or third option. Jennings has improved steadily in each of his three seasons both in his production and efficiency, averaging over 19 points a game last season—reasons that he'd take another step forward playing off of Carmelo.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Terrence Ross (No. 165 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Washington Huskies)

    Yes, he's a rookie, but he has the defensive chops to improve the starting lineup and match up against elite perimeter scorers. He's also a good athlete and an incredibly smooth perimeter shooter. If he scores 10 or more points per game for this team, it will be a potent group of scorers.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony (No. 16 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 22.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.1 steals (for New York Knicks)

    Anthony remains a sometimes unstoppable scorer, a menace in the paint on offense and the guy who you want on your side in late-game situations. He can shoot, rebound, score in the paint against larger opposition and has a quick, strong first step to the basket.

    His ability to go off for 30 to 40 points on any given night makes him impossible to pass up midway through the first round.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Andrea Bargnani (No. 76 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Toronto Raptors)

    No, he won't defend or rebound, but the idea of pairing a poor man's Dirk Nowitzki with Anthony makes a lot of sense.

    He won't clog up the paint, instead spreading the floor so that Carmelo can go to work in isolation. Thanks to injury, Bargnani was a bit off last season, but he averaged over 21 points the year before that and is typically a consistent three-point shooter.

     

    Starting Center: Spencer Hawes (No. 136 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    It's always nice to get a guy with a PER over 18 at this point in the draft. He can hit mid-range shots, rebound and play solid defense.

    You can't ask for much more from a center playing a supporting role, and like Bargnani, Hawes can vacate the paint when Carmelo wants to go to work.

     

    Bench Guard: Kirk Hinrich (No. 285 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    I was thrilled to get this guy so late in the draft.

    He provides insurance at the point behind Jennings and Stuckey, and he's still a heck of a perimeter defender when matched up against smaller shooting guards or combo-types. It doesn't hurt that Hinrich can still shoot from mid and long-range alike.

     

    Bench Guard: Rodney Stuckey (No. 105 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Detroit Pistons)

    You can't overestimate the value of a premium sixth man.

    Stuckey can play both guard positions and excels at getting to the free-throw line, ensuring a steady flow of points from the second unit. He can also play alongside Jennings, and his passing ability should help the point guard spot up for threes and focus on his scoring.

     

    Bench Guard: Jimmy Butler (No. 316 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    This 22-year-old swingman had a standout Summer League showing, and he's proving that he's ready for a prominent bench role. He'll be pretty low on this depth chart, but he plays well enough on both ends of the floor to potentially win some minutes away from Ross, Stuckey or Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

     

    Bench Forward: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (No. 225 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    ESPN's John Hollinger describes this 25-year-old as "one of the league's elite defensive players." When facing top-shelf wing scorers, San Antonio will have the option of moving Anthony to power forward and bringing Mbah a Moute in as a stopper.

    A guy like Carmelo should be focused on scoring anyway, so having a premium defensive specialist to take pressure off the franchise player makes sense.

     

    Bench Forward: Anthony Randolph (No. 256 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves) 

    When the Spurs want to push the tempo for stretches, Randolph can play the 5 in a pinch. He'll struggle against stronger players in half-court sets, but he can score around the rim, handle the ball, rebound and block shots.

    The 23-year-old is raw, but he's already proven his ability to be productive.

     

    Bench Forward: John Henson (No. 196 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.9 blocks, 0.6 steals (for North Carolina Tar Heels)

    Given Bargnani's defensive limitations, Henson will be asked to help out in the paint by doing what he does best: swat shots, rebound and use his length and energy to cause havoc.

    Henson was exceptional in Summer League play, and he could easily contribute 20 minutes a game to this rotation.

     

    Bench Center: Bernard James (No. 345 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 2.3 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Florida State Seminoles)

    Sure, it might have been nice to have another veteran instead of another rookie, but James is 27 after all.

    His Air Force background would be a huge sell in a city that's home to several large military bases. He's also a great defender and rebounder, so he could body up against low-post scorers when needed.  

     

    -Stephen Babb, B/R FC/Spurs Re-Draft GM

How Will the Spurs Play?

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    If Amar'e Stoudemire isn't who you want to pair with Carmelo Anthony, then who is? My instinct was to surround him with shooters who could spread the floor. Brandon Jennings, Andrea Bargnani and Terrence Ross can all strike from range, and Spencer Hawes has a decent mid-range game for a big man.

    The nice thing about Jennings and Bargnani is that they can score 20 points without having the ball in their hands all the time, so they're solid complements for Carmelo.

    Because Bargnani is a terrible defender and Anthony has some issues with his defensive consistency, the bench is composed of guys who can hide those problems, namely Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, John Henson, Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler.

    San Antonio may not be a stellar defensive club in the final analysis, but it has enough stoppers to rise to the occasion on key possessions.

    Meanwhile, it has a combination of perimeter shooters and guys who can get to the free-throw line, making for a dangerous offense.

    This team is also built for versatility. Anthony does some of his best work at the 4, so I'd expect to see these Spurs play stretches of small-ball with a lineup composed of Jennings at the 1, Stuckey at the 2, Ross or Mbah a Moute at the 3, Anthony at the 4 and Henson or Randolph at the 5.

     

    -Stephen Babb, B/R FC/Spurs Re-Draft GM

Toronto Raptors

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    Starters: Chauncey Billups, Ray Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Tim Duncan, Andrew Bynum

    Bench: Jordan Hill, Reggie Jackson, Eric Maynor, Tracy McGrady, Nazr Mohammed, Jermaine O'Neal, Dion Waiters

     

    Starting Point Guard: Chauncey Billups (No. 107 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    Point guard was a tough position to fill.

    Chauncey Billups has played with a balanced group of stars before and been very successful. I expect him to do the same here. He will help Ray Allen space the floor and get the ball where it needs to go.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Ray Allen (No. 74 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.1 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    Three-point shooting is critical when you have talent down low because you need to be able to space the floor and prevent teams from collapsing inside.

    Ray Allen is another older player, but he will satisfy that long-range shooting criterion better than anyone else.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Tayshaun Prince (No. 134 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Detroit Pistons)

    I chose one of the most forgotten players in the NBA to round out my starting unit.

    Tayshaun Prince is still a very good wing defender, which is something I needed. He also can shoot and has good length.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Tim Duncan (No. 47 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.7 steals (for San Antonio Spurs) 

    Tim Duncan is still an elite big man in the NBA, even at age 36. Paired with Andrew Bynum, he will give the Raptors an even better twin towers than the Los Angeles Lakers have had.

    Most importantly, Duncan is a player who can mentor Bynum and help him be as good as possible.

     

    Starting Center: Andrew Bynum (No. 14 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Los Angeles Lakers)

    At this point in the draft, getting a superstar center seemed like a good idea.

    Andrew Bynum has maturity issues, but those will evaporate when he does not have to share the ball with Kobe Bryant and is surrounded by players who know he is the No. 1 option.

     

    Bench Guard: Eric Maynor (No. 227 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder)

    Not wanting to rely on Dion Waiters to run the point exclusively for the second unit, I decided to get a more traditional point.

    Eric Maynor is coming off a major knee injury, but he is worth the risk. He has been one of the best backup point guards in the NBA.

     

    Bench Guard: Dion Waiters (No. 167 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.8 steals (for Syracuse Orange) 

    The primary advantage of taking Dion Waiters is his versatility. He is a combo-guard who can run the point or play off the ball, allowing him to be on the court with Billups or Allen in specific situations. He also adds a much-needed dose of youth.

     

    Bench Guard: Reggie Jackson (No. 347 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder) 

    I did not feel like I had any major needs remaining, so I chose a pick with upside. Reggie Jackson is an extremely athletic guard who has shown flashes of talent with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    A third point guard is never a bad thing.

     

    Bench Forward: Tracy McGrady (No. 194 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Atlanta Hawks) 

    Reliable bench scoring is hard to come by in the NBA. Tracy McGrady can still put the ball in the hoop when given the chance, and he can play multiple positions.

     

    Bench Forward: Jordan Hill (No. 254 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers)

    I need size and youth. Jordan Hill is a very capable backup big man who is young.

    He can also spell Tim Duncan, who will be able to save himself for a playoff run with Andrew Bynum around.

     

    Bench Forward: Jermaine O'Neal (No. 287 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.7 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    Jermaine O’Neal was not the best pick I could have made at this point in the draft, but I figured he was not bad for where I was taking him. He will not play much at all, but will serve as insurance in case of injury.

     

    Bench Center: Nazr Mohammed (No. 314 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.3 steals (for Oklahoma City Thunder) 

    A bit ashamed of picking Jermaine O’Neal in the previous round, I decided to pick a replacement in Nazr Mohammed. He has more left in the tank than O’Neal and is a better role player.

     

    -Brad Ross, B/R FC/Raptors Re-Draft GM

How Will the Raptors Play?

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    Compiling a starting five that boasts nine combined NBA titles, the Toronto Raptors have built their roster on veteran experience and championship pedigree with a small touch of youth on the bench. An unselfish commitment to winning will be their biggest advantage over other teams.

    Andrew Bynum is the centerpiece of the team. His maturity issues do cause concern, but he will shed that reputation when he is faced with the responsibility of carrying a team. The rest of the starting five is built around him.

    Tim Duncan will mentor him and help protect the rim. Tayshaun Prince will be the team’s best wing defender. Chauncey Billups and Ray Allen will anchor the backcourt. Each of those players can hit threes, and Duncan can float outside to hit a jumper. Floor spacing will be huge to help Bynum.

    Dion Waiters, Tracy McGrady, Eric Maynor, Jordan Hill and Nazr Mohammed make up the primary second unit. This group has scoring potency and youth, which are things the starting unit will struggle with. Jermaine O’Neal and Reggie Jackson will fill the 11th and 12th man roles.

    This team, built around the dominance of Bynum in the paint, will be a balanced squad that plays defense and has the experience to perform in big moments.

     

    -Brad Ross, B/R FC/Raptors Re-Draft GM

Utah Jazz

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    Starters: Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Derrick Williams, Taj Gibson, Brook Lopez

    Bench: Joel Anthony, Corey Brewer, Jae Crowder, Darren Collison, Evan Fournier, Anthony Tolliver, Sam Young

     

    Starting Point Guard: Rajon Rondo (No. 10 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 11.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.8 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    The undisputed best passer in the game right now, Rondo is the cornerstone of the new team in Utah.

    His court vision, fiery attitude and toughness built on the same hinges that Kevin Garnett taught him will come in handy as he matures as a player and as a closer, which he figures to improve upon in addition to all of his other intangibles.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: Joe Johnson (No. 51 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Atlanta Hawks)

    Call him Iso-Joe or whatever the heck you want, but give me this man with the ball in his hands and the game on the line nine times out of 10.

    The contract doesn’t really matter here, so he’s definitely in any conversation for top-five shooting guards. Playing off of Rondo will lead to higher percentage shots and hopefully, a better percentage.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Derrick Williams (No. 130 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    The No. 2 pick of the 2011 NBA draft wasn’t as solid as Irving or some others in his class, but there is a lot of room for growth for the 3-4 tweener. He’s shown flashes of being a very good defender and made Michael Beasley expendable this offseason.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Taj Gibson (No. 111 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    Aside from the general hate for Carlos Boozer in Chicago, can anyone understand why NOW isn’t Gibson time in the starting lineup via Boozer amnesty?

    He’ll be a welcomed starter in Utah, where his underrated jumper and high basketball IQ make him a great compliment to Brook Lopez and the defensive leader of a team that won’t be able to stand on Lopez for defensive support.

     

    Starting Center: Brook Lopez (No. 70 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.2 steals (for New Jersey Nets)

    As a third-round selection, I like the offensive prowess Lopez brings to the table. He’s been oft injured and is a sub-par man-to-man defender, but that’s why guys like Kris Humphries are brought in: to do the dirty work in the post.

    His game is still expanding, and whether he’s worth a max contract or not, he’s still one of the better centers this league has to offer.

     

    Bench Guard: Darren Collison (No. 171 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Indiana Pacers) 

    The young point guard lost his job to George Hill, but as only a 24-year-old, there is plenty of time to rectify that for this team.

    The lightning-quick guard can get to the basket well, and while undersized, is also a quick defender at the position. He's a nice compliment to Rondo off the bench or in a small-guard tandem.

     

    Bench Guard: Evan Fournier (No. 250 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 2.3 steals (for Potiers)

    The upside is there for the young Frenchman, who is only 19 years old and is already one of the more established players to enter the NBA from abroad.

    He drives the paint and finishes well, and his jump shot will improve working with distributors like Rondo and Collison.

     

    Bench Forward: Sam Young (No. 351 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 2.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Philadelphia 76ers)

    Rounding out the rotation is Young, who has what I believe to be the best pump fake in the entire NBA. Other than that, he’s an underrated defender and shows some promise in stretches.

     

    Bench Forward: Corey Brewer (No. 190 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Denver Nuggets) 

    I have nothing but good things to say about this guy. He works hard, is a tenacious defender and is improving his jump shot to where people have to guard him from the perimeter.

    All the intangibles are there, and he’s a guy that could have a very Bruce Bowen-esque career if he continues onward.

     

    Bench Forward: Jae Crowder (No. 310 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.5 steals (for Marquette Golden Eagles)

    I loved the Summer League play of Crowder, who brings toughness, a winning mentality and a bunch of youth and athleticism to the table.

    He showed a nice outside shot and mid-range game at Summer League, both of which were considered weak points. Though those will take time to improve, he won’t need time to run the floor with Rondo and play great defense.

     

    Bench Forward: Anthony Tolliver (No. 291 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 4.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.4 steals (for Minnesota Timberwolves)

    Strictly around to give spot minutes and stretch the floor, Tolliver can hit the three-pointer with the best of the big men in the league and knows his role is to get hot and make a few shots when open.

     

    Bench Center: Joel Anthony (No. 231 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Miami Heat)

    Every good team has someone to protect the rim, bang their body around and grab the dirty rebounds. Lucky for any team that nabs Anthony, he does that with gusto and has no qualms about his role or wanting more out of it.

    He’s a great team player and a world champion to boot.

     

    -Ethan Grant, B/R FC/Jazz Re-Draft GM

How Will the Jazz Play?

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    This group has the ability to play slow with the “Big Three” of Rondo, Johnson and Lopez and speed it up in the full-court game with Collison, Brewer, Gibson, Anthony, Crowder and Young all ready and willing to get to the rim and finish in transition.

    From the start, we’ll have a defensive-minded approach to the game, hoping to use Gibson and Lopez as the face of the next twin towers down low on both offense and defense. While shooting guard is a concern off the bench, Collison, Brewer, Young and Fournier will all be counted on for minutes.

    One of the keys to this team is also versatility, which I think is huge when you look at all the different lineups and strategies played in the NBA today. You could go really big with Rondo, Johnson, Williams, Anthony and Lopez. Throw in an athletic look, and it’s Rondo and Collison paired with Brewer, Williams and Gibson.

    Need to get a team out of the 2-3 zone or doubling off on Brook Lopez? Bring in Tolliver, Collison and Johnson to play off the ball.

    There is lots of depth at the wing position, which is key in defending some of the league’s better players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Throwing different looks at superstars isn’t going to make them cave, but it helps to have different guys who can guard multiple positions.

    Look for this team to get out and run, be aggressive in attacking the rim and avoid the three-point shot until those first two things are clicking.

    This is certainly not the jump-shooting group, but a solid assortment of athletic, young pieces with three guys that have championship rings already (Rondo, Brewer, Anthony) and a slew of other former collegiate players that hail from the Big East and Pac-12 (Crowder, Young, Gibson, Williams, Collison) who have bred off winning for the majority of their post high school careers.

    The Utah Jazz won’t be the same team coached by Jerry Sloan, but they’ll be fun to watch and should be an instant contender in the West with their Big Three and supporting cast of young talent.

     

    -Ethan Grant, B/R FC/Jazz Re-Draft GM

Washington Wizards

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    Starters: Derrick Rose, DeMar DeRozan, Trevor Ariza, Brandon Bass, Chris Kaman

    Bench: Carlos Delfino, Derrick Fisher, Randy Foye, JaJuan Johnson, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Tyler Zeller

     

    Starting Point Guard: Derrick Rose (No. 3 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 21.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.9 steals (for Chicago Bulls)

    Coach Tom Thibodeau deserves his due credit, but the Bulls wouldn’t be where they are today without the help of Rose.

    He is as good a scorer as he is a passer and is a born leader. If there’s anyone who can lead Chicago (and now Washington) out of Michael Jordan’s shadow, it’s him.

     

    Starting Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan (No. 58 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals (for Toronto Raptors)

    This former USC Trojan has his critics, but I’m proud to say that I’m a huge fan. Not only are his dunks phenomenal, but he’s slowly turning into a reliable scorer. Once he can make jumpers more consistently, he’ll be just fine.

     

    Starting Small Forward: Trevor Ariza (No. 123 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.7 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    I drafted Ariza for three reasons: defense, defense and more defense. He is an absolute pest when covering his man, and on the other side of the floor, we all know how great he is at dunking.

    Oh, and the clutch three-point shooting doesn’t hurt either.

     

    Starting Power Forward: Brandon Bass (No. 118 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.6 steals (for Boston Celtics) 

    I look at Bass, and I see a less athletic Amar’e Stoudemire. With Kevin Garnett on the decline, this man really stepped up last year, and despite seeming undersized at 6’8”, 250 pounds, he puts the “power” in power forward.

    Expect him to have a great season!

     

    Starting Center: Chris Kaman (No. 63 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 blocks, 0.5 steals (for New Orleans Hornets)

    Having Kaman on any team is a roll of the dice, as he gets injured very easily.

    Still, when healthy, he is an absolute beast in the middle. With his long arms, he has a distinct advantage under the basket in scoring, rebounding and especially shot-blocking.

     

    Bench Guard: Derrick Fisher (No. 298 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.2 steals (for Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder) 

    Fish is definitely getting old and his best years are behind him, but I built a team with the intention of winning a championship. Seeing as how Fisher has five rings, his experience and leadership are most welcome on my team, even though his minutes may not be that significant.

     

    Bench Guard: Doron Lamb (No. 303 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.5 steals (for Kentucky Wildcats)

    Never before have I seen a player, save for Ray Allen, be so deadly from behind the three-point line. Not only did Lamb average 13.7 points for Kentucky last year, but he also shot an astounding 47 percent from long range.

    He may not make an immediate impact, but he’s a deadly shooter in the making. The fact that he and I are both New Yorkers may also have factored in my decision to draft him.

     

    Bench Guard: Randy Foye (No. 178 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.7 steals (for Los Angeles Clippers)

    Foye is the ultimate sixth man, as he is great for providing a spark of shooting right off the bench. More importantly, his heart and attitude are what coaches dream of. He just wants to play, regardless of minutes, and more players like him are needed.

     

    Bench Guard: Carlos Delfino (No. 238 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.5 steals (for Milwaukee Bucks)

    This Argentinian veteran allows me to kill two birds with one stone: three-point shooting and tough defense. Think of him as a poor man’s Bruce Bowen. When he’s healthy, the sky’s the limit.

     

    Bench Forward: Terrence Jones (No. 243 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals (for Kentucky Wildcats)

    Let me put it this way: I LOVE TERRENCE JONES.

    Not only does he have a great NBA body, but his explosive presence on defense is just phenomenal. He was impressive in the NBA Summer League and will continue to be once the season starts.

    Oh, and he WILL win the Slam Dunk Contest at some point.

     

    Bench Forward: JaJuan Johnson (No. 358 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 3.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.1 steals (for Boston Celtics)

    Long story short, I needed a big body at the end of the bench. Though Johnson will only get garbage minutes on my team, I expect him to play tough defense under any circumstances.

     

    Bench Center: Tyler Zeller (No. 183 overall)

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.9 steals (for North Carolina Tar Heels)

    In terms of a backup center, Zeller is the way to go if you choose to go with a rookie.

    He has great size and a positive attitude, and his willingness to learn how to be the best on the professional level will only help him in his career. Why the Dallas Mavericks chose to trade his rights is a mystery to me.

     

    -Josh Benjamin, B/R FC/Wizards Re-Draft GM

How Will the Wizards Play?

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    I’m a huge fan of team play, but not at the cost of defense.

    Thus, this Wizards team won’t be running a Mike D’Antoni-like system that relies heavily on the pick-and-roll and taking each shot in seven seconds or less. Rather, we will play an isolation system, with each player knowing his role.

    Rose is there to dish the ball and score points, and when he isn’t doing the scoring, chances are it will be either DeRozan or Kaman.

    Every player fills a certain role, be it as a starter or a backup. I drafted this team in such a way so that if one starter got hurt, for example, his backup could step right in and pick up the slack.

    In using this approach, the Wizards fully expect to be perennial contenders.

     

    -Josh Benjamin, B/R FC/Wizards Re-Draft GM

Western Conference Playoffs

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    First Round

    (1) Los Angeles Lakers defeat (8) Minnesota Timberwolves 

    Led by Kevin Durant, the Lakers take down Dirk Nowitzki and the new-look Timberwolves.


    (2) Houston Rockets defeat (7) Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook is simply too much for the Thunder to handle and knocks OKC out in the first round.

     

    (3) Phoenix Suns defeat (6) Dallas Mavericks

    Amar'e Stoudemire fails to contain Dwight Howard and the other new members of his old team as the Suns advance. 

     

    (5) Golden State Warriors defeat (4) Utah Jazz

    The Dubs—only seeded lower because the Jazz were the Mountain Division champions—use their collective toughness and defensive presence to knock Utah out of the postseason.


    Second Round

    (1) Los Angeles Lakers defeat (5) Golden State Warriors

    Durant, Tyreke Evans and Danilo Gallinari simply offer too much length for Golden State and advance to the Western Conference finals.  

     

    (2) Houston Rockets defeat (3) Phoenix Suns

    Ryan Anderson hits three-pointer after three-pointer and earns revenge on his old teammate, Dwight Howard. 

     

    Western Conference Finals

    (1) Los Angeles Lakers defeat (2) Houston Rockets

    Durant proves that it doesn't matter which team he's on in the Western Conference. He's simply bound for the NBA Finals. 

Eastern Conference Playoffs

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    First Round

    (1) Cleveland Cavaliers defeat (8) Miami Heat

    No one knows how to feel in this matchup as LeBron James dominates his old/new team with his new/old one. If your head hurts, fear not. Mine does too. 

     

    (2) Atlanta Hawks defeat (7) Chicago Bulls

    Where in the world is Nikola Pekovic? He's advancing to the next round with the Atlanta Hawks. 

     

    (3) Brooklyn Nets defeat (6) Toronto Raptors

    Toronto's age and excess size fails to keep up with the Nets' transition game. 

     

    (4) Charlotte Bobcats defeat (5) Boston Celtics

    Led by Dwyane Wade, the Bobcats complete their ridiculous transformation from bottom-feeder to titan-killer in just one season. 

     

    Second Round

    (1) Cleveland Cavaliers defeat (4) Charlotte Bobcats

    The Bobcats' magical run ends at the hands of Wade's former teammate, LeBron. 

     

    (2) Atlanta Hawks defeat (3) Brooklyn Nets

    Switching teams simply doesn't matter, as Kobe Bryant knocks Steve Nash out of the playoffs one more time. 

     

    Eastern Conference Finals

    (1) Cleveland Cavaliers defeat (2) Atlanta Hawks

    LeBron is headed back to the Finals after dispatching of Kobe and the Hawks. 

NBA Finals

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    (1) Cleveland Cavaliers defeat (1) Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James takes down Kevin Durant once more in a kind-of rematch of last year's NBA Finals. He's the best player in the world and proves it yet again. 

    Between Durant, Tyreke Evans and Danilo Gallinari, the Lakers have plenty of mismatches to work with, but those advantages aren't enough to overcome a roster that is perfectly suited to complement LeBron's game. 

    Thanks to the whims of a random number generator, we now get to see just how happy or sad Cleveland Cavaliers fans would be about winning a title with LeBron back on the roster. 

Final Standings

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    1. Cleveland Cavaliers, 72-10

    2. Los Angeles Lakers, 71-11

    3. Houston Rockets, 59-23

    4. Atlanta Hawks, 57-25

    5. Phoenix Suns, 55-27

    6. Brooklyn Nets, 54-28

    7. Charlotte Bobcats, 54-28

    8. Boston Celtics, 51-31

    9. Toronto Raptors, 51-31

    10. Golden State Warriors, 47-35

    11. Utah Jazz, 46-36

    12. Chicago Bulls, 45-37

    13. Miami Heat, 44-38

    14. Indiana Pacers, 42-40

    15. Dallas Mavericks, 41-41

    16. Oklahoma City Thunder, 41-41

    17. Minnesota Timberwolves, 40-42

    18. New Orleans Hornets, 39-43

    19. New York Knicks, 36-46

    20. Detroit Pistons, 36-46

    21. San Antonio Spurs, 35-47

    22. Sacramento Kings, 34-48

    23. Orlando Magic, 34-48

    24. Washington Wizards, 31-51

    25. Los Angeles Clippers, 25-57

    26. Milwaukee Bucks, 23-59

    27. Denver Nuggets, 20-62

    28. Portland Trail Blazers, 19-63

    29. Philadelphia 76ers, 16-66

    30. Memphis Grizzlies, 14-68

     

    Upon completion of the re-draft, all 30 general managers were asked to submit their power rankings of the 30 teams, ranked from No. 1 through No. 30. Twenty-nine ballots were returned and contributed to the final standings of this project. 

    A first-place vote received one point, a second-place vote received two points and so on and so forth. The total points were added up with the lowest point total serving as the ultimate goal. 

    Instead of simply ranking the teams at the end, I felt as though it added something to see how big the gaps between the teams were. We're more familiar with win-loss records than make-believe point compilations, so I calculated these win-loss records based on the standings. 

    With 29 ballots and 30 spots on each ballot, the total number of points handed out to the Re-Draft league was 13,485. The team's percentage of those points was multiplied by the total number of losses in a full NBA season (1,230), essentially prorating the point totals into loss totals. 

    Take Jesse Dorsey's league-leading Cavs for example. He received 115 points (with an astounding 10 first-place votes), so (115/13,485)*1,230 = 10.489. After rounding down to 10, I simply set that as the number of losses, and Cleveland ended up with a 72-10 record.

    Rounding errors caused the total number of losses in the league to equal 1,228, leaving two losses unaccounted for.

    Regardless, these records not only show the final rankings, but also how close—or far apart—the teams were from each other.