The Official 2013 B/R NBA Re-Draft: Full 12-Round Results
How would you react if I told you that Kobe Bryant was no longer a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, instead joining one of the worst teams in the NBA? What if the Miami Heat suddenly started building around a dominant defensive center, leaving the Big Three in the dust?
What if you learned that LeBron James was taking his talents to Madison Square Garden?
This can only happen when a select group of 30 NBA writers gets together and participates in the second 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 2013-14 season in a magical world where injuries are suddenly healed before the first game.
How much will advancing age drop veteran superstars like Kobe, Tim Duncan and Paul Pierce? Will Damian Lillard follow up his Rookie of the Year campaign by going in the first round? How high can Stephen Curry rise?
Will any members of the lackluster 2013 draft class end up in starting lineups? If so, which ones?
For the answers to all these questions and far more, this is the 2013 Re-Draft, a unique preview of the upcoming NBA season.
This article contains 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. You can see a more in-depth breakdown of the first round from last week's article here.
Note: Massive thanks go out to Geoff Sable, who created all of the Photoshopped images throughout the Re-Draft. For a full list of Geoff's source images, you can click here.
- We were only concerned with the 2013-14 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.
- Team fit does matter. The players selected should be able to work well together, and playing styles should not clash.
- Injuries—like Rajon Rondo's ACL—are automatically healed for the start of the season. However, injury-prone players do remain injury-prone.
- We can form whatever type of team we wanted. If someone wanted five centers in his starting lineup, well then, that was his prerogative.
- 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.
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.
The 12 rounds proceeded in a snake format. For those of you unfamiliar with 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:
These are the results of the first round, from pick No. 1 to No. 30.
You can check back soon for the results of the entire draft, team-by-team breakdowns and the official projected standings.
1. LeBron James, New York Knicks (No change since last year)
2. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (Up one spot)
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors (Down one)
4. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (No change)
5. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (Up one)
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (Up one)
7. James Harden, Phoenix Suns (Up 23)
8. Paul George, Los Angeles Lakers (Up 73)
9. Carmelo Anthony, Utah Jazz (Up seven)
10. Dwight Howard, Denver Nuggets (Down five)
11. Marc Gasol, Miami Heat (Up 12)
12. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs (Up 35)
13. Tony Parker, Atlanta Hawks (Up two)
14. Stephen Curry, Memphis Grizzlies (Up 34)
15. Blake Griffin, Indiana Pacers (Down two)
16. Kobe Bryant, Orlando Magic (Down eight)
17. Kyrie Irving, Philadelphia 76ers (Up two)
18. Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down five)
19. Damian Lillard, Brooklyn Nets (Up 143)
20. DeMarcus Cousins, Detroit Pistons (Up seven)
21. Al Horford, Milwaukee Bucks (Up 33)
22. LaMarcus Aldridge, Washington Wizards (Down 11)
23. Rajon Rondo, New Orleans Pelicans (Down 13)
24. Dirk Nowitzki, Toronto Raptors (Down seven)
25. Deron Williams, Charlotte Bobcats (Down 16)
26. Joakim Noah, Houston Rockets (Up 18)
27. Roy Hibbert, Dallas Mavericks (Up seven)
28. Josh Smith, Boston Celtics (Up three)
29. Anthony Davis, Sacramento Kings (Up 44)
30. Brook Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers (Up 40)
You can view a more detailed breakdown of the first round here.
31. John Wall, Portland Trail Blazers (Up one)
32. Nicolas Batum, Sacramento Kings (Up 25)
33. Pau Gasol, Boston Celtics (Down 15)
34. Jrue Holiday, Dallas Mavericks (Up 31)
35. Kawhi Leonard, Houston Rockets (Up 77)
36. Chris Bosh, Charlotte Bobcats (Down eight)
37. Ricky Rubio, Toronto Raptors (Down four)
38. Greg Monroe, New Orleans Pelicans (Down 17)
39. Zach Randolph, Washington Wizards (Up seven)
40. Kevin Garnett, Milwaukee Bucks (Up nine)
41. Andre Iguodala, Detroit Pistons (Down four)
42. David Lee, Brooklyn Nets (Down 22)
43. Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down 29)
44. Serge Ibaka, Philadelphia 76ers (Up 12)
45. Mike Conley, Orlando Magic (Down four)
46. Goran Dragic, Indiana Pacers (Up 26)
47. Andre Drummond, Memphis Grizzlies (Up 95)
48. David West, Atlanta Hawks (Up 45)
49. Kemba Walker, San Antonio Spurs (Up 41)
50. Ty Lawson, Miami Heat (Down 10)
51. Klay Thompson, Denver Nuggets (Up 18)
52. Iman Shumpert, Utah Jazz (Up 70)
53. Tyreke Evans, Los Angeles Lakers (Up six)
54. Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (Up 120)
55. Larry Sanders, Oklahoma City Thunder (Up 284)
56. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves (Up 260)
57. Tyson Chandler, Los Angeles Clippers (Down 31)
58. Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors (Up three)
59. Anderson Varejao, Chicago Bulls (Up 20)
60. Chandler Parsons, New York Knicks (Up 179)
61. Al Jefferson, New York Knicks (Down 22)
62. Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls (Down seven)
63. George Hill, Golden State Warriors (Up 74)
64. Bradley Beal, Los Angeles Clippers (Up 32)
65. Derrick Favors, Minnesota Timberwolves (Up 20)
66. Manu Ginobili, Oklahoma City Thunder (Down six)
67. Omer Asik, Phoenix Suns (Up 93)
68. Nikola Vucevic, Los Angeles Lakers (Up 201)
69. Nikola Pekovic, Utah Jazz (Down one)
70. Isaiah Thomas, Denver Nuggets (Up 33)
71. Rudy Gay, Miami Heat (Down 49)
72. Paul Pierce, San Antonio Spurs (Down 43)
73. Danilo Gallinari, Atlanta Hawks (Down 11)
74. O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies (Up 21)
75. Andrea Bargnani, Indiana Pacers (Up one)
76. Kenneth Faried, Orlando Magic (Up 16)
77. Jonas Valanciunas, Philadelphia 76ers (Up 69)
78. Paul Millsap, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down 25)
79. Monta Ellis, Brooklyn Nets (Down 41)
80. Jeff Green, Detroit Pistons (Undrafted last year)
81. Steve Nash, Milwaukee Bucks (Down 57)
82. Eric Gordon, Washington Wizards (Down 57)
83. J.J. Hickson, New Orleans Pelicans (Up 43)
84. Kevin Martin, Toronto Raptors (Down 20)
85. Tiago Splitter, Charlotte Bobcats (Up 64)
86. Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets (Down 19)
87. Joe Johnson, Dallas Mavericks (Down 36)
88. Harrison Barnes, Boston Celtics (Up 51)
89. DeMar DeRozan, Sacramento Kings (Down 31)
90. Ersan Ilyasova, Portland Trail Blazers (Up seven)
91. J.R. Smith, Portland Trail Blazers (Up 34)
92. Jeff Teague, Sacramento Kings (Up 23)
93. Jarrett Jack, Boston Celtics (Up 20)
94. Carlos Boozer, Dallas Mavericks (Down 11)
95. Brandon Jennings, Houston Rockets (Down 50)
96. Danny Granger, Charlotte Bobcats (Down 61)
97. Marcin Gortat, Toronto Raptors (Down 45)
98. Tony Allen, New Orleans Pelicans (Up three)
99. Thaddeus Young, Washington Wizards (Down one)
100. Danny Green, Milwaukee Bucks (Up eight)
101. Jose Calderon, Detroit Pistons (Down 14)
102. Emeka Okafor, Brooklyn Nets (Up 17)
103. Kyle Lowry, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down 53)
104. J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers (Up 85)
105. JaVale McGee, Orlando Magic (Down 62)
106. Thabo Sefolosha, Indiana Pacers (Up 41)
107. Tobias Harris, Memphis Grizzlies (Up 228)
108. Victor Oladipo, Atlanta Hawks (Rookie)
109. Wilson Chandler, San Antonio Spurs (Down 34)
110. Arron Afflalo, Miami Heat (Down 44)
111. Carl Landry, Denver Nuggets (Up 69)
112. Mario Chalmers, Utah Jazz (Up 89)
113. Gordon Hayward, Los Angeles Lakers (Down nine)
114. Andrei Kirilenko, Phoenix Suns (Up 55)
115. Shane Battier, Oklahoma City Thunder (Up 84)
116. Greivis Vasquez, Minnesota Timberwolves (Up 70)
117. Nene Hilario, Los Angeles Clippers (Down 33)
118. Dion Waiters, Golden State Warriors (Up 49)
119. Jamal Crawford, Chicago Bulls (Up 35)
120. Ray Allen, New York Knicks (Down 46)
121. Ben McLemore, New York Knicks (Rookie)
122. Tyler Hansbrough, Chicago Bulls (Up 91)
123. Tristan Thompson, Golden State Warriors (Up 100)
124. Wesley Matthews, Los Angeles Clippers (Down 36)
125. Reggie Jackson, Minnesota Timberwolves (Up 222)
126. Ed Davis, Oklahoma City Thunder (Up 151)
127. Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns (Down 85)
128. Moe Harkless, Los Angeles Lakers (Up 130)
129. Taj Gibson, Utah Jazz (Down 18)
130. Shawn Marion, Denver Nuggets (Down three)
131. Enes Kanter, Miami Heat (Up 20)
132. Brandon Knight, San Antonio Spurs (Down 33)
133. Robin Lopez, Atlanta Hawks (Up 116)
134. Metta World Peace, Memphis Grizzlies (Up 80)
135. Jared Dudley, Indiana Pacers (Down three)
136. Kyle Korver, Orlando Magic (Up 76)
137. Martell Webster, Philadelphia 76ers (Up 185)
138. Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers (Rookie)
139. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brooklyn Nets (Down 48)
140. Gerald Henderson, Detroit Pistons (Up one)
141. DeAndre Jordan, Milwaukee Bucks (Down 61)
142. Avery Bradley, Washington Wizards (Down 28)
143. Evan Turner, New Orleans Pelicans (Down 54)
144. Caron Butler, Toronto Raptors (Down 28)
145. Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Bobcats (Down 109)
146. Lance Stephenson, Houston Rockets (Undrafted last year)
147. Gerald Wallace, Dallas Mavericks (Down 76)
148. Kosta Koufos, Boston Celtics (Up 186)
149. Nerlens Noel, Sacramento Kings (Rookie)
150. Tayshaun Prince, Portland Trail Blazers (Down 16)
151. Vince Carter, Portland Trail Blazers (Up 83)
152. Dorell Wright, Sacramento Kings (Up 66)
153. Corey Brewer, Boston Celtics (Up 37)
154. Derrick Williams, Dallas Mavericks (Down 24)
155. John Henson, Houston Rockets (Up 41)
156. Brandon Rush, Charlotte Bobcats (Up 37)
157. Reggie Evans, Toronto Raptors (Up 143)
158. Lou Williams, New Orleans Pelicans (Down five)
159. Chauncey Billups, Washington Wizards (Down 52)
160. Otto Porter, Milwaukee Bucks (Rookie)
161. Alex Len, Detroit Pistons (Rookie)
162. Chris Andersen, Brooklyn Nets (Undrafted last year)
163. Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (Up 92)
164. Jeremy Lamb, Philadelphia 76ers (Up 44)
165. Chris Kaman, Orlando Magic (Down 102)
166. Marcus Thornton, Indiana Pacers (Down 56)
167. Jason Terry, Memphis Grizzlies (Down 90)
168. Nate Robinson, Atlanta Hawks (Up 76)
169. Amir Johnson, San Antonio Spurs (Up 115)
170. Chase Budinger, Miami Heat (Down 42)
171. Gary Neal, Denver Nuggets (Down 21)
172. Patrick Patterson, Utah Jazz (Up 157)
173. Trey Burke, Los Angeles Lakers (Rookie)
174. Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns (Down 29)
175. Luis Scola, Oklahoma City Thunder (Down 75)
176. Marco Belinelli, Minnesota Timberwolves (Up 31)
177. Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers (Undrafted last year)
178. Brandan Wright, Golden State Warriors (Up 181)
179. Aaron Brooks, Chicago Bulls (Up 16)
180. Pablo Prigioni, New York Knicks (Undrafted last year)
181. Raymond Felton, New York Knicks (Down 43)
182. Kelly Olynyk, Chicago Bulls (Rookie)
183. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Golden State Warriors (Up 42)
184. Mike Dunleavy, Los Angeles Clippers (Up 84)
185. Terrence Ross, Minnesota Timberwolves (Down 20)
186. Evan Fournier, Oklahoma City Thunder (Up 64)
187. Quincy Pondexter, Phoenix Suns (Undrafted last year)
188. Thomas Robinson, Los Angeles Lakers (Down 79)
189. Earl Clark, Utah Jazz (Undrafted last year)
190. Antawn Jamison, Denver Nuggets (Down 108)
191. Kirk Hinrich, Miami Heat (Up 94)
192. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, San Antonio Spurs (Rookie)
193. Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks (Down six)
194. C.J. McCollum, Memphis Grizzlies (Rookie)
195. Kris Humphries, Indiana Pacers (Down 117)
196. Jae Crowder, Orlando Magic (Up 114)
197. Terrence Jones, Philadelphia 76ers (Up 46)
198. Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down 25)
199. Michael Beasley, Brooklyn Nets (Down 105)
200. Devin Harris, Detroit Pistons (Down 56)
201. Wayne Ellington, Milwaukee Bucks (Undrafted last year)
202. Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards (Down 79)
203. Glen Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (Up six)
204. Ben Gordon, Toronto Raptors (Down 71)
205. Cody Zeller, Charlotte Bobcats (Rookie)
206. Al-Farouq Aminu, Houston Rockets (Up five)
207. Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks (Rookie)
208. Darren Collison, Boston Celtics (Down 37)
209. Elton Brand, Sacramento Kings (Down 88)
210. Samuel Dalembert, Portland Trail Blazers (Down 79)
211. J.J. Barea, Portland Trail Blazers (Down eight)
212. Nick Young, Sacramento Kings (Down 49)
213. Alonzo Gee, Boston Celtics (Up 16)
214. Jared Sullinger, Dallas Mavericks (Up one)
215. Eric Maynor, Houston Rockets (Up 12)
216. Carlos Delfino, Charlotte Bobcats (Up 22)
217. Jameer Nelson, Toronto Raptors (Down 49)
218. Alec Burks, New Orleans Pelicans (Up 18)
219. Nick Collison, Washington Wizards (Down 34)
220. Andre Miller, Milwaukee Bucks (Down 100)
221. Jason Thompson, Detroit Pistons (Up 25)
222. Chris Copeland, Brooklyn Nets (Undrafted last year)
223. Spencer Hawes, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down 87)
224. Greg Oden, Philadelphia 76ers (Undrafted last year)
225. Marreese Speights, Orlando Magic (Down 64)
226. C.J. Watson, Indiana Pacers (Down 51)
227. Meyers Leonard, Memphis Grizzlies (Up 32)
228. Jason Richardson, Atlanta Hawks (Down 62)
229. Andray Blatche, San Antonio Spurs (Up 33)
230. Bismack Biyombo, Miami Heat (Down 38)
231. Marvin Williams, Denver Nuggets (Down 54)
232. Luke Ridnour, Utah Jazz (Down 13)
233. Dennis Schroeder, Los Angeles Lakers (Rookie)
234. Jerryd Bayless, Phoenix Suns (Down 50)
235. Randy Foye, Oklahoma City Thunder (Down 57)
236. Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves (Rookie)
237. Donatas Motiejunas, Los Angeles Clippers (Up 101)
238. Kent Bazemore, Golden State Warriors (Undrafted last year)
239. Jordan Hill, Chicago Bulls (Up 15)
240. Festus Ezeli, New York Knicks (Up 108)
241. Mirza Teletovic, New York Knicks (Down 59)
242. Steve Novak, Chicago Bulls (Down 37)
243. Anthony Morrow, Golden State Warriors (Down 41)
244. Courtney Lee, Los Angeles Clippers (Down 80)
245. Jeff Taylor, Minnesota Timberwolves (Undrafted last year)
246. Gustavo Ayon, Oklahoma City Thunder (Down four)
247. Mason Plumlee, Phoenix Suns (Rookie)
248. Draymond Green, Los Angeles Lakers (Up 60)
249. Francisco Garcia, Utah Jazz (Undrafted last year)
250. Rodney Stuckey, Denver Nuggets (Down 145)
251. Jimmer Fredette, Miami Heat (Up 24)
252. Jermaine O'Neal, San Antonio Spurs (Up 35)
253. Markieff Morris, Atlanta Hawks (Down 24)
254. John Salmons, Memphis Grizzlies (Up 34)
255. Dante Cunningham, Indiana Pacers (Up 26)
256. Jordan Crawford, Orlando Magic (Down 77)
257. Ramon Sessions, Philadelphia 76ers (Down 171)
258. MarShon Brooks, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down 102)
259. C.J. Miles, Brooklyn Nets (Up 34)
260. John Jenkins, Detroit Pistons (Up 42)
261. Sergey Karasev, Milwaukee Bucks (Rookie)
262. Matt Bonner, Washington Wizards (Down 38)
263. Luigi Datome, New Orleans Pelicans (Rookie)
264. Kendrick Perkins, Toronto Raptors (Down 158)
265. Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats (Down 37)
266. Brandon Bass, Houston Rockets (Down 148)
267. Norris Cole, Dallas Mavericks (Up five)
268. Shabazz Muhammad, Boston Celtics (Rookie)
269. Austin Rivers, Sacramento Kings (Down 110)
270. Mike Miller, Portland Trail Blazers (Up 31)
271. Ivan Johnson, Portland Trail Blazers (Up 34)
272. Joel Przybilla, Sacramento Kings (Undrafted last year)
273. Darrell Arthur, Boston Celtics (Down 43)
274. Ryan Kelly, Dallas Mavericks (Rookie)
275. Alexey Shved, Houston Rockets (Up 69)
276. Jodie Meeks, Charlotte Bobcats (Down 76)
277. DeMarre Carroll, Toronto Raptors (Undrafted last year)
278. Tyler Zeller, New Orleans Pelicans (Down 95)
279. Shannon Brown, Washington Wizards (Down 27)
280. Ian Mahimi, Milwaukee Bucks (Down 92)
281. P.J. Tucker, Detroit Pistons (Undrafted last year)
282. Kenyon Martin, Brooklyn Nets (Down 60)
283. Landry Fields, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down 102)
284. Udonis Haslem, Philadelphia 76ers (Down 126)
285. Kendall Marshall, Orlando Magic (Down 64)
286. Patty Mills, Indiana Pacers (Down 105)
287. Andrew Nicholson, Memphis Grizzlies (Down 36)
288. Marcus Morris, Atlanta Hawks (Undrafted last year)
289. E'Twaun Moore, San Antonio Spurs (Down six)
290. Omri Casspi, Miami Heat (Up 33)
291. Greg Smith, Denver Nuggets (Undrafted last year)
292. Ekpe Udoh, Utah Jazz (Down 45)
293. Anthony Randolph, Los Angeles Lakers (Down 37)
294. Archie Goodwin, Phoenix Suns (Rookie)
295. Beno Udrih, Oklahoma City Thunder (Up four)
296. DeJuan Blair, Minnesota Timberwolves (Down 172)
297. Jason Smith, Los Angeles Clippers (Down 36)
298. Michael Carter-Williams, Golden State Warriors (Rookie)
299. Tony Snell, Chicago Bulls (Rookie)
300. Gerald Green, New York Knicks (Down 143)
301. Al Harrington, New York Knicks (Down 149)
302. Timofey Mozgov, Chicago Bulls (Down 76)
303. Jeff Pendergraph, Golden State Warriors (Undrafted last year)
304. Chuck Hayes, Los Angeles Clippers (Up 29)
305. Will Bynum, Minnesota Timberwolves (Up 51)
306. Cartier Martin, Oklahoma City Thunder (Undrafted last year)
307. Willie Green, Phoenix Suns (Down 30)
308. Kyle Singler, Los Angeles Lakers (Down 37)
309. Ronny Turiaf, Utah Jazz (Up eight)
310. Dahntay Jones, Denver Nuggets (Up 11)
311. Jason Maxiell, Miami Heat (Down 19)
312. Jordan Hamilton, San Antonio Spurs (Undrafted last year)
313. Hasheem Thabeet, Atlanta Hawks (Up 11)
314. Cory Joseph, Memphis Grizzlies (Undrafted last year)
315. Jon Leuer, Indiana Pacers (Undrafted last year)
316. Shaun Livingston, Orlando Magic (Undrafted last year)
317. Reggie Bullock, Philadelphia 76ers (Rookie)
318. Greg Stiemsma, Cleveland Cavaliers (Down 55)
319. Derek Fisher, Brooklyn Nets (Down 31)
320. Dwight Buycks, Detroit Pistons (Undrafted last year)
321. Rip Hamilton, Milwaukee Bucks (Down 115)
322. Ronnie Brewer, Washington Wizards (Down 13)
323. Jarvis Varnado, New Orleans Pelicans (Undrafted last year)
324. Roger Mason Jr., Toronto Raptors (Undrafted last year)
325. Toney Douglas, Charlotte Bobcats (Up 30)
326. Aaron Gray, Houston Rockets (Undrafted last year)
327. Drew Gooden, Dallas Mavericks (Down 198)
328. Leandro Barbosa, Boston Celtics (Down 137)
329. Corey Maggette, Sacramento Kings (Down 174)
330. Nando de Colo, Portland Trail Blazers (Undrafted last year)
331. Nazr Mohammed, Portland Trail Blazers (Down 17)
332. D.J. Augustin, Sacramento Kings (Down 189)
333. Shane Larkin, Boston Celtics (Rookie)
334. Jamaal Franklin, Dallas Mavericks (Rookie)
335. Reggie Williams, Houston Rockets (Down 78)
336. Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats (Down 101)
337. Hedo Turkoglu, Toronto Raptors (Down 189)
338. Jason Collins, New Orleans Pelicans (Up 16)
339. Tracy McGrady, Washington Wizards (Down 145)
340. Luke Walton, Milwaukee Bucks (Up 20)
341. Royce White, Detroit Pistons (Down 100)
342. Kevin Seraphin, Brooklyn Nets (Down 144)
343. Steve Blake, Cleveland Cavaliers (Up seven)
344. Marquis Teague, Philadelphia 76ers (Down 14)
345. Tyrus Thomas, Orlando Magic (Down 141)
346. Hamed Haddadi, Indiana Pacers (Down five)
347. Arnett Moultrie, Memphis Grizzlies (Down seven)
348. Nate Wolters, Atlanta Hawks (Rookie)
349. Austin Daye, San Antonio Spurs (Down 104)
350. Solomon Hill, Miami Heat (Rookie)
351. Josh McRoberts, Denver Nuggets (Undrafted last year)
352. Brian Roberts, Utah Jazz (Undrafted last year)
353. Will Barton, Los Angeles Lakers (Down 28)
354. Lou Amundson, Phoenix Suns (Up three)
355. Charlie Villanueva, Oklahoma City Thunder (Down 19)
356. Perry Jones III, Minnesota Timberwolves (Down 124)
357. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Los Angeles Clippers (Rookie)
358. Byron Mullens, Golden State Warriors (Down 85)
359. Alan Anderson, Chicago Bulls (Undrafted last year)
360. Wesley Johnson, New York Knicks (Down 52)
Biggest Changes from Last Year
- Larry Sanders, Up 284
- Jimmy Butler, Up 260
- Tobias Harris, Up 228
- Reggie Jackson, Up 222
- Nikola Vucevic, Up 201
- Kosta Koufos, Up 186
- Martell Webster, Up 185
- Brandan Wright, Up 181
- Chandler Parons, Up 179
- Patrick Patterson, Up 157
- Drew Gooden, Down 198
- D.J. Augustin and Hedo Turkoglu, Down 189
- Corey Maggette, Down 174
- DeJuan Blair, Down 172
- Ramon Sessions, Down 171
- Kendrick Perkins, Down 158
- Al Harrington, Down 149
- Brandon Bass, Down 148
- Rodney Stuckey and Tracy McGrady, Down 145
- Kevin Seraphin, Down 144
- Victor Oladipo, No. 108
- Ben McLemore, No. 121
- Anthony Bennett, No. 138
- Nerlens Noel, No. 149
- Otto Porter, No. 160
- Alex Len, No. 161
- Trey Burke, No. 173
- Kelly Olynyk, No. 182
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, No. 192
- C.J. McCollum, No. 194
- Jeff Green, No. 80
- Lance Stephenson, No. 146
- Chris Andersen, No. 162
- Patrick Beverley, No. 177
- Pablo Prigioni, No. 180
- Quincy Pondexter, No. 187
- Earl Clark, No. 189
- Wayne Ellington, No. 201
- Chris Copeland, No. 222
- Greg Oden, No. 224
Top Undrafted-to-Drafted Guys
Point Guard: Tony Parker, Nate Robinson, Nate Wolters
Shooting Guard: Victor Oladipo, Jason Richardson
Small Forward: Danilo Gallinari, Marcus Morris
Power Forward: David West, Markieff Morris
Center: Robin Lopez, Zaza Pachulia, Hasheem Thabeet
Starting Point Guard: Tony Parker (No. 13 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 20.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 23.0 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
I was absolutely stunned when Tony Parker was still there for the taking at No. 13, especially since I consider him the second-best point guard in the NBA and the fourth-best overall player, trailing only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.
The French floor general won't guarantee me many appearances on SportsCenter, but he's a two-way stud who in no way limits my later choices. Parker can thrive in just about any setting, and that type of flexibility is vital in the Re-Draft.
Starting Shooting Guard: Victor Oladipo (No. 108 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, 28.9 PER (for Indiana Hoosiers)
At some point, a rookie had to come off the board, so why not make my Rookie of the Year favorite the first one?
Victor Oladipo's defense will immediately translate from Indiana to the NBA, and he showed off some great shooting form during the Orlando Summer League. Color me impressed with his stroke, ability to create his own shot and overall confidence. I'd be shocked if he wasn't a big contributor on both ends (which becomes a theme here).
Starting Small Forward: Danilo Gallinari (No. 73 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks, 16.7 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
If Danilo Gallinari hadn't torn his ACL, the playoffs might have unfolded in amazingly different fashion. Gallo had emerged as the go-to scorer for the Denver Nuggets, but it was his improved perimeter defense that made all the difference.
The Italian forward plays basketball as it's meant to be played offensively, thriving on shots at the rim and triples. And according to Synergy Sports (subscription required), he was the 29th-best isolation defender during the 2012-13 season, holding opponents to just 0.64 points per possession.
Starting Power Forward: David West (No. 48 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.9 assist, 1.0 steals, 0.9 blocks, 20.1 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
The Indiana Pacers allowed 0.8 fewer points per 100 possessions and scored 8.3 more when David West was on the court (per Basketball-Reference). I expect him to have a similar impact on the Hawks.
He's a fantastic defensive player, capable of banging around in the post and showing off his foot speed on the perimeter during the same possession. Additionally, he's one of the league's best pick-and-pop threats, something that he'll be putting on display ad nauseum while playing with Parker.
Starting Center: Robin Lopez (No. 133 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.6 blocks, 18.9 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
Robin Lopez won't ever be asked to do more on offense than finish plays at the rim and grab offensive rebounds. Atlanta has no need for anything more with stellar scoring options at the other four positions.
It's defense where the long-haired center will make his primary impact and prove once and for all that he's one of the Association's most underrated point-preventers. According to Synergy, only six players allowed fewer points when guarding the roll man in pick-and-roll situations, and he was similarly effective guarding players with their backs to the basket.
Bench Guard: Nate Robinson (No. 168 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks, 17.4 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
If someone could explain to me how Nate Robinson was available in the middle of the sixth round, I'd love to understand how I was able to pull off this steal. Quite frankly, I thought about taking Nate Rob in the fifth round, but I'm sure glad I didn't.
Robinson's defense isn't anything special (I'm trying to be nice here), but he's the offensive spark we need off the bench, a guy who can keep the points coming in bunches when either Oladipo or Parker needs a quick breather.
Bench Guard: Nate Wolters (No. 348 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 32.0 PER (for South Dakota State Jackrabbits)
I'm not sure anyone—with the exception of some close friends and Ethan Norof—understands how deep my man-crush for Nate Wolters runs. Let me put it this way. When I drafted Wolters and informed my friend Jacob, I got the following text back from him:
"If Vegas had a bet for whether you were gonna take Nate Wolters with your last pick, I would have bet my life savings."
Bench Guard: Jason Richardson (No. 228 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks, 12.6 PER (for Philadelphia 76ers)
I have some breaking news for NBA fans: Jason Richardson still exists.
It's hard to believe because he disappeared off the face of the earth while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, but he's still a solid player. I'll worry about hiding him on defense later and just thank my lucky stars this much floor spacing was available in the eighth round.
Bench Forward: Markieff Morris (No. 253 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, 12.6 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Who doesn't want a versatile forward who can play either at the 3 or 4 and then both loom large in the post or step outside to spread the court?
Markieff Morris is the better of the two Morris twins, and the Hawks will make good use of his perimeter shooting. He isn't nearly as good defensively as David West, but his pick-and-pop skills will be utilized quite often.
Bench Forward: Marcus Morris (No. 288 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, 11.3 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Bench Center: Zaza Pachulia (No. 193 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.1 PER (for Atlanta Hawks)
Every team needs a guy who's willing to do the little stuff. That's Zaza Pachulia for this version of the Hawks, as the big man has never been afraid to limit himself to physical play in the paint and consistent production on a nightly basis.
Plus, he'll forever be a fan favorite thanks to the hard work he displayed throughout his Atlanta tenure. It's difficult to avoid falling for a player who has completely maximized his physical talent.
Bench Center: Hasheem Thabeet (No. 313 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.9 blocks, 11.6 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
I figured this pick would be greeted with uproarious laughter, but I knew that it would all be unjustified. Few people realize just how good Hasheem Thabeet was on defense for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to Synergy, Thabeet allowed only 0.76 points per possession, a mark topped by just 28 players across the NBA's 30 teams. He was particularly potent closing out on spot-up shooters, and that type of defensive quickness is exactly what the Hawks need from this spot.
-Adam Fromal, Hawks Re-Draft GM
How Will the Hawks Play?
As the Re-Draft proceeded, it was quite clear that positional versatility was a major emphasis for many of the general managers.
Psh. Whatever. The Hawks don't need that.
Instead of throwing out players who can play multiple positions, Atlanta is instead going to completely dictate the tempo with a cast of players who all want to slow down the pace and grind out every possession. Make no mistake about it, as you're going to work hard for points against a starting lineup of Tony Parker, Victor Oladipo, Danilo Gallinari, David West and Robin Lopez.
There is no defensive weakness in that lineup. Period. Good luck finding gaps in it.
Offensively, the first unit will thrive running screen after screen—both Lopez and West set tough picks—to set up shots in the corners for the sharpshooters, pick-and-pop looks for West, attempts in the paint for Parker and absolutely nothing for Lopez.
Nate Robinson will be the Hawks' first man off the pine, but Jason Richardson, Zaza Pachulia and the Morris twins (twin power) will also play significant minutes to create a 10-man rotation. Hasheem Thabeet will work his way off the bench depending on matchups, and Nate Wolters will rack up numbers in garbage times after we've held teams to 50 points through 3.5 quarters.
Again, good luck with the whole scoring thing.
You're going to need it.
-Adam Fromal, Hawks Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Jarrett Jack, Darren Collison, Shane Larkin
Shooting Guard: Corey Brewer, Shabazz Muhammad, Leandro Barbosa
Small Forward: Harrison Barnes, Alonzo Gee
Power Forward: Josh Smith, Darrell Arthur
Center: Pau Gasol, Kosta Koufos
Starting Point Guard: Jarrett Jack (No. 93 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 15.9 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
Coming off a brilliant season as Golden State’s sixth man, Jarrett Jack has proven that he can be a dynamic ball-handler and crunch-time scorer.
He is not a great athlete, but Jack can shoot threes, defend his position and make his teammates better. What more can you ask for in a starting point guard?
Starting Shooting Guard: Corey Brewer (No. 153 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 14.7 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
Corey Brewer is not much of a three-point shooter, but he is a transcendent wing defender who will be able to use his length and 6’9” frame to bother opposing 2-guards.
On offense, as long as he runs the floor in transition and can still finish in the paint, his lack of shooting shouldn’t be too much of a minus.
Starting Small Forward: Harrison Barnes (No. 88 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.0 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
Harrison Barnes broke out in the 2013 playoffs, averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and the Celtics are hoping that’s the player they get from the 2013-14 Re-Draft.
Though he disappears at times, Barnes can guard multiple positions, stretch the floor with his shooting and even handle the ball for short stretches when called upon. As a sophomore, he should be more aggressive in looking for his own shot.
Starting Power Forward: Josh Smith (No. 28 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.8 blocks, 17.7 PER (for Atlanta Hawks)
One of the league’s elite athletes, the holes in Josh Smith’s game makes it easy to forget just how talented he truly is. He can score around the basket, play the point-forward role and protect the rim despite being just 6’9”.
On a team full of players capable of scoring the ball, Smith will be able to focus on attacking the paint, running the floor, blocking shots and generally doing the things that earned him a $54 million deal with Detroit in real life.
Starting Center: Pau Gasol (No. 33 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.2 blocks, 16.7 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
Completely miscast as a stretch-4 under Mike D’Antoni, Pau Gasol will spend most of his time in Boston operating on the block, using his quickness to take advantage of slower centers and running the offense for stretches with his post passing ability.
Though he’ll also be spending some time playing out on the elbows thanks to his mid-range game, Gasol will be the dominant paint player he did not have the opportunity to be with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
Bench Guard: Darren Collison (No. 208 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.3 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
Darren Collison gets criticized for his defensive play, but he is a dynamite third guard who can penetrate the lane, find open teammates and carry a team’s offense for short stretches.
For his career, Collison has averaged 12.1 points and shot 46.3 percent from the field. Not too shabby.
Bench Guard: Shabazz Muhammad (No. 268 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 21.9 PER (for UCLA Bruins)
As a starter, Shabazz Muhammad’s lack of playmaking and poor defense would be an issue, but as an eighth man brought in to space the floor and attack the rim, those flaws will be minimized.
Also, if a teammate ever needs to find a date, they’ll have someone to call.
Bench Guard: Shane Larkin (No. 333 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.1 blocks, 22.6 PER (for Miami Hurricanes)
I’m actually pretty high on Shane Larkin as a player despite his lack of size. He can shoot threes, force turnovers and boasts a 44-inch vertical.
Add to that his 14.5 points and 4.6 assists as a sophomore at Miami and his Barry Larkin lineage, and I think he’ll be a killer third point guard.
Bench Guard: Leandro Barbosa (No. 328 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.2 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 13.5 PER (for Boston Celtics)
If these Celtics have one problem, it’s three-point shooting, and that is something Leandro Barbosa, a career 39.1 percent outside shooter, should be able to provide in spades.
He’s also a great locker-room guy and the only player on this roster who knows what it’s like to be a Celtic.
Bench Forward: Alonzo Gee (No. 213 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks, 10.5 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
An athletic swingman who can guard the 2 and 3, Alonzo Gee is the kind of player you don’t necessarily want starting but who can be a killer two-way player off the bench.
Gee can finish at the rim, rebound from the wings and hit just enough threes to keep a defense honest.
Bench Forward: Darrell Arthur (No. 273 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks, 11.8 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies)
Darrell Arthur is a player who I’ve always irrationally rooted for, and snagging him in the 10th round seems like a steal in this magically healthy league.
He’s not a great rebounder, but Arthur can hit mid-range jump shots (46 percent from 16-23 feet last season per HoopData) and guard opposing bigs well enough to earn 20-plus minutes per game.
Bench Center: Kosta Koufos (No. 148 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, 17.2 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
Kosta Koufos is far from flashy, but the 7-footer proved as a full-time starter last season that he can produce, playoff struggles notwithstanding.
Offensively, Koufos is a decent post-up threat who can create second-chance opportunities, while he’s a good shot-blocker and a surprisingly mobile help defender, too. As the first big off the bench he should complement Gasol and Smith well.
-Grant Rindner, Celtics Re-Draft GM
How Will the Celtics Play?
My overall goal with this team was to have positional flexibility and to be able to adapt to an opponent. Against smaller, mobile teams, a lineup with Smith or Barnes at the 4 and Gasol at the 5 works, but against a bigger club, Smith could move to the 3 with Gasol at the 4 and Koufos at the 5.
Though shooting and floor spacing will be a problem, having four starting players in Jack, Brewer, Barnes and Smith who have all shown they can be effective without the basketball will allow the team to run a more motion-based offense with lots of cutting and slashing into the lane.
Having two big men who can pass and make plays out of the post will make up for some of the spacing issues, while Barbosa, Larkin and Collison will be able to come off the bench and stretch the floor with their shooting.
Additionally, having multiple ball-handlers in the starting lineup at once will allow the Celts to attack in transition after forcing turnovers. Smith and Barnes are both capable of playing the point-forward role for stretches, while Jack can facilitate from the point or the 2, allowing Collison to slide in at the 1.
On defense, having athletic defenders in Brewer, Gee, Smith and Barnes will make it easier for them to find a man in transition without creating glaring mismatches. This will also make it easier to defend pick plays being initiated by 2-guards or small forwards like LeBron James or Kevin Durant.
This team is not going to shoot the lights out every night or slow the pace and wear other squads down, but they will be able to adapt to the playing style of the opponent and consistently run the fast break to create easy buckets.
-Grant Rindner, Celtics Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Damian Lillard, Derek Fisher
Shooting Guard: Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles
Small Forward: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Michael Beasley, Chris Copeland
Power Forward: David Lee, Kenyon Martin
Center: Emeka Okafor, Chris Andersen, Kevin Seraphin
Starting Point Guard: Damian Lillard (No. 19 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, 16.4 PER (for Portland Trail Blazers)
Damian Lillard is the definition of a franchise player.
He’s multidimensional, capable of creating offense for himself and teammates while also lighting up the scoreboard like a mad man. Lillard’s fast-paced play and his shoot-first mentality is at the foundation of the Nets’ fast-paced offense, and he’s the perfect kind of quiet leader the Nets need.
At the heart of the new-look Nets is a perimeter offense that puts fear into the hearts of the other 29 NBA teams, and that’s what Lillard brings to the table.
Starting Shooting Guard: Monta Ellis (No. 79 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 19.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.4 blocks, 16.2 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
If you can’t tell yet, the Nets are going to be an offensively minded team.
Monta Ellis perfectly complements that with his shoot-first, think-second mentality. With Ellis’ 19 points, six assists and 3.9 rebounds per-game averages from last year, taking him in the third round was an easy decision to make. When you add his talent alongside Damian Lillard, the Nets easily have one of the most productive and dangerous backcourts in the newly formed league.
Starting Small Forward: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (No. 139 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.9 blocks, 14.0 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
With all the offensive talent the Nets have on their roster, we can risk having a player on the wing whose jumper isn’t the most consistent.
Kidd-Gilchrist certainly has what it takes to be an explosive small forward, and he can thrive in the Nets' fast-paced offense by getting ahead of defenses and getting to the rim. With guys like Lillard and Ellis he won’t have to rely on creating perimeter offense for himself, which is great news for him.
Starting Power Forward: David Lee (No. 42 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 19.2 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
With Lillard making it rain from deep, the Nets needed a frontcourt player who’s tenacious on the glass on both sides of the ball.
David Lee is exactly that kind of player, and putting up 18 points per game isn’t an issue for the undersized power forward. Lee’s athleticism will compliment Lillard’s explosiveness in the open court. Getting Lee’s production in the second round was an absolute steal that the Nets were thrilled to make.
Starting Center: Emeka Okafor (No. 102 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.0 blocks, 15.8 PER (for Washington Wizards)
With the deadliest backcourt award all but sealed up, the Nets shifted their focus to their frontcourt and decided to add a center with the 102nd pick. Emeka Okafor may not be a household name, but his 12.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per-game career averages make him a steal in the fourth round.
All we need Okafor to do is defend like his life depends on it and grab boards like he has his entire career. He is also athletic enough to be able to run in the fast-paced offense that the Nets will run.
Bench Guard: Derek Fisher (No. 319 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.3 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 7.7 PER (for Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder)
The one thing the Nets didn’t have before this pick was veteran leadership. Well, we took care of that by drafting Derek Fisher.
He won’t necessarily get a lot of playing time, but he’ll be the leader we need on and off the court in practice and in games. Fisher’s leadership and veteran knowledge will be pivotal to the Nets’ success.
Bench Guard: C.J. Miles (No. 259 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 15.3 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
Finding a player who averages more than 10 points per game in the ninth round of the Re-Draft wasn’t easy, but C.J. Miles is exactly that player. Not only does he enhance the backcourt depth, but Miles also brings an impressive ability to scoring in the mid and long-range.
Miles doesn’t bring much to the defensive side of the ball. But he’ll mainly be utilized as a quick scoring option coming off of the bench when the Nets need it.
Bench Forward: Chris Copeland (No. 222 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, 16.8 PER (for New York Knicks)
The Nets are creating a roster full of versatile players, and Chris Copeland is just the next hybrid player on the list.
Copeland is a legitimate deep threat who stretches the floor on a regular basis. When you consider that he averaged 8.7 points in just more than 15 minutes per game, it’s clear to see the serious value that he brings to the floor. Copeland could easily be one of the first guys off the bench as the season continues because of his versatility on both sides of the ball.
Bench Forward: Michael Beasley (No. 199 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks, 10.8 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Michael Beasley may be a loose cannon who doesn’t really play well with teammates, but he can also light up the scoreboard from time to time. Last season he averaged just more than 10 points per game in 20 minutes of action. That’s not awful considering the talent that he was playing with.
The Nets need Beasley to be opportunistic on the wing while getting out in transition to fuel a fast-paced offense. If he can stay out of trouble long enough to get some time on the floor, Beasley will be a great second option coming off the bench.
Bench Forward: Kevin Seraphin (No. 342 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 10.3 PER (for Washington Wizards)
Grabbing a player with Kevin Seraphin’s skills in the 12th round was an absolute steal.
Not only did he average 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season, he's also just a big body who can take up space on the defensive side of the ball. The Nets consider themselves truly 12 deep, with all players being able to contribute at significant levels, and that includes Seraphin.
Bench Forward: Kenyon Martin (No. 282 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, 13.9 PER (for New York Knicks)
The Nets decided to take both players—Chris Andersen and Kenyon Martin—who watched the first half of the 2012-13 season from the comfort of their own homes.
Martin is another physical player who can add intensity and production in the frontcourt. Last season he averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and that’s exactly the kind of production we’ll be looking to Martin to bring off the bench.
Martin is the Nets’ bruiser off the bench, because every legitimate team needs a player like that. Imposing his will should be the main focus of Martin’s game, and in doing so he’ll solidify the Nets’ frontcourt.
Bench Center: Chris Andersen (No. 162 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, 17.4 PER (for Miami Heat)
What better way to bolster a frontcourt than by selecting a player who can grab rebounds like an animal and block shots like nobody's business?
Chris Andersen is exactly the kind of player the Nets need bolstering their second unit. Not only does he bring attitude and energy off the bench, but he can also clean up the offensive glass when guys like Lillard and Ellis are putting up shots at a high rate.
-Peter Emerick, Nets Re-Draft GM
How Will the Nets Play?
To become the best team in the Big Apple, the Nets needed an entirely new identity.
We decided to go with an identity rooted in fast-paced offense, transition opportunities and perimeter shooting. Getting players early in the draft who could fit into that game plan was absolutely key, and Damian Lillard and Monta Ellis are the perfect men for the job.
Let’s get one thing out of the way right away: Defensive intensity isn’t the Nets’ strongest point.
What better way to overcome a lack of defensive pressure than with explosive scoring? The Nets offense, much like the real-life Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets, is rooted in transition offense, and that is aided by both the frontcourt and backcourt.
Guys like David Lee and Emeka Okafor can clean up the glass and get the ball to Lillard, Ellis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the fast break. All of those players running in transition present a wealth of opportunities from finishing around the rim by Lee or Kidd-Gilchrist to outside jumpers from Ellis and Lillard.
When you look at the Nets’ bench play, it mirrors their starting five almost perfectly.
Chris Andersen and Kenyon Martin bolster the frontcourt while Michael Beasley, C.J. Miles and Chris Copeland bring versatility and athleticism on offense. The Nets tried to pick players who would fit into a fast-paced offense, and selecting versatile players was key to that, as was not selecting any big men who couldn’t run in transition.
The Nets may not beat teams by holding them to less than 80 points all that often, but they will dominate the Eastern Conference by outscoring opponents in exciting and fast-paced games.
-Peter Emerick, Nets Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Deron Williams, Jeremy Lin, Toney Douglas
Shooting Guard: Brandon Rush, Jodie Meeks
Small Forward: Danny Granger, Carlos Delfino
Power Forward: Chris Bosh, Cody Zeller, Boris Diaw
Center: Tiago Splitter, Brendan Haywood
Starting Point Guard: Deron Williams (No. 25 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks, 20.3 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
I covered this in-depth during our first-round breakdown, but I loved the value of adding a player who finished tied for eighth in win shares toward the end of the round. D-Will's personality—he's not exactly the easiest dude to get along with, right Jerry Sloan?—gave me some pause about his "franchise face" status, but sometimes talent wins out.
Williams is more versatile than anyone gives him credit, a guy who shot 42.2 percent from beyond the arc after Jan. 1 despite creating most of his looks off the dribble. I liked when he moved off the ball in Brooklyn last season and targeted a certain player later in the draft with the express purpose of allowing D-Will to spot more.
Starting Shooting Guard: Brandon Rush (No. 156 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 11.9 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
Looking back, taking Rush as a guaranteed starter might have been a slight reach. I was in a spot where I needed a 3-and-D style wing and was really impressed with how Rush developed before his knee injury in Golden State.
Rush knocked down 50.1 percent of his shots and averaged 1.12 points per possession in 2011-12—seventh in the league, per Synergy. He was also getting better at using his athleticism as a defender on the wing, though he has a tendency to get a bit jumpy. Basically, it was a need and it felt like folks had completely forgotten about his existence. Looking back, though, he might have been available later.
Starting Small Forward: Danny Granger (No. 96 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 4.0 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
This one is pretty simple: I'm banking on the magically erased injuries turning Granger back into a near-All-Star talent at a point in the draft where it was worth the risk. The NBA reality is that Granger is 30, has balky knees and an ugly contract.
The Re-Draft reality is that Michael Jordan gave me Mikhail Prokhorov's checkbook and told me, "Have at it, big boy."
If Granger is the fourth-best player on your roster, that's not a bad place to be when talent is theoretically evenly distributed. He can still stroke from beyond the arc even if hobbled and won't have nearly the offensive responsibility he had in Indiana on this roster. This team is going to shoot a metric ton of three-pointers and score a lot of points; Granger should help that cause, even if he's a defensive minus.
Starting Power Forward: Chris Bosh (No. 36 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.4 blocks, 20.0 PER (for Miami Heat)
Perhaps this is the rampant narcissism talking, but I felt like a Packers fan meeting Aaron Rodgers when Bosh was available at No. 36. He's one of the most underrated players in the entire league, a guy who has turned into a whirling dervish attacker defensively and developed a Dirk Nowitzki-esque efficiency as a pick-and-pop option in the mid-range.
While he was initially drafted to play a small-ball 5, draft circumstances allowed me to move him to a more natural 4 in the lineup. He would obviously play both spots in a real-life scenario, adjusting effortlessly when the matchups force the issue. But by moving back to the 4, Bosh should be able to assert himself more effortlessly on offense and the glass, the latter issue being more salient to this roster construction.
Starting Center: Tiago Splitter (No. 85 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, 18.7 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Splitter took a ton of criticism during the finals for being basically unusable, but most of it was unjust. His lack of effectiveness versus Miami was almost entirely matchup-based and not reflective of how he performed during the regular season. Win shares isn't the end-all, be-all measure of production, but it's at least noteworthy that he finished 10th in per-48-minute production and 25th overall—mere slivers behind one Timothy Duncan.
Let's put it this way: Duncan's renaissance 2012-13 season didn't happen by accident. Splitter finally developed to the point where he was a usable commodity next to Duncan in the starting lineup, and he made everything easier for the franchise face.
I'm banking on him at least doing the same for Bosh here.
Bench Guard: Jeremy Lin (No. 145 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, 14.9 PER (for Houston Rockets)
It’s only been about a season-and-a-half, but I’m fairly certain we know who Lin is at this point. He’s an excellent off-the-dribble creator, someone who works best in uptempo, pick-and-roll heavy sets where he can use some deceptive moves to get to the rim. Lin is also a mediocre shooter (at best) and a pretty bad defender who gambles way more than he needs to.
I don’t feel great if he’s a starter. But running as a sixth man and allowing D-Will to take some off-the-ball duties? Sure, why not.
Bench Guard: Jodie Meeks (No. 276 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 11.4 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
Meeks doesn’t do much that stands out on highlights. Much of his offensive production comes from spot-up jumpers created by the excellence of others, and he’s not an elite athlete.
But Meeks is a player a lot of people I talk to like because he tries making the most of his role. He’s a career 36.7 percent shooter beyond the arc and is a heady defender—especially on the pick-and-roll. Opposing pick-and-roll ball-handlers shot just 34 percent against him last season, per Synergy. Having that for 15 minutes a night won’t hurt team.
Bench Guard: Toney Douglas (No. 325 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 13.4 PER (for Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings)
You’re not looking for much in the 11th round. Maybe someone who has good towel-swinging technique or who seems like a guy who knows his way around a creative handshake. But lo and behold, a usable basketball player found himself available at No. 325.
Douglas improved to 38 percent from beyond the arc last season, can handle the ball when called upon and will play an integral role on a real-life contender next season (Golden State). He isn’t a good defender, but the team has a hider.
Bench Forward: Cody Zeller (No. 205 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 blocks, 29.8 PER (for Indiana Hoosiers)
I tried avoiding drafting any rookie to play a prominent role for this team—I just don’t trust this draft—but M.J. stole the controls for a pick, apparently.
Zeller went from undervalued to overvalued during the draft process, but he’s not a bad bet for Rookie of the Year this season. His improved jumper has been a revelation, he’s got an array of post moves, and I’m hoping real-life Charlotte uses his athleticism to force activity on the defensive end through pick-and-roll traps.
Fake Bobcats simply see him as a good value—the last top-five pick taken—and another potential hybrid 4-5.
Bench Guard-Forward: Carlos Delfino (No. 216 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks, 13.3 PER (for Houston Rockets)
Dear Bobcats players,
You know that curved painted line between 23.75 and 25 feet away from the basket? Meet it. You’ll be spending plenty of time there.
Delfino shot 37.5 percent from three-point range last season on more than six attempts per game, is a really underrated ball-handler and provides position versatility on a roster full of it. He’s long been one of those players cast off as a spot-up shooter who is actually way more, so I really like this fit—even if (again) we’re sacrificing a bit defensively.
Bench Forward: Boris Diaw (No. 265 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, 11.9 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
This admittedly isn’t going to be the best defensive team in the world. There are enough players on the roster who can defend to where—in an ideal world—we’d be somewhere in the middle of the league in overall defensive efficiency.
Diaw’s versatility is something these fictional Bobcats would rely heavily on. Diaw turned into a surprising LeBron-stopper for a bit during the playoffs, using his big body, quick feet and underrated smarts to somehow at least slow down the game’s best player. He’s also bulky enough—cue the jokes here—to guard more traditional bigs down on the low block and does a great job of using his hands without drawing too high a foul rate.
Plus, since this is the most offense-minded team in the world, it doesn’t hurt he’s a fantastic passer from the elbow.
Bench Center: Brendan Haywood (No. 336 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.8 blocks, 8.7 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
With my last pick, I essentially lined up all seven-footers recess style, spun myself with a dizzy bat and picked when I finally landed on a player. Haywood was the guy—and it’s hard to get much better for a piece whose season will be found mostly on the bench.
He’s still a massive target in the middle, provides some much, much-needed toughness to this team and always has six fouls in his chamber. Can’t ask for much more than that.
-Tyler Conway, Bobcats Re-Draft GM
How Will the Bobcats Play?
When setting out to draft this team—and noticing the relatively late start I’d be getting on building it—the only way I knew how to create a competitor was to judge value and versatility over everything.
In the end, though, what these Bobcats turned into was an offensive juggernaut that will make metrics gurus swoon when we have the ball and cringe when we don’t. The personnel is such that a majority of these players can play multiple positions, leading to a chameleon-like structure that will allow us to adjust and adhere to most situations—though I acknowledge some defensive deficiencies will probably be prevalent regardless of the lineup.
Offensively, there’s only one correct comp for the way I envisioned this team playing—the San Antonio Spurs.
D-Will’s most underrated skill is his ability to work without the ball (which got better in Brooklyn last season), and the Nets’ offense had some motion wrinkles last season that make me think he’d be great running Tony Parker-like sets.
But, based on this personnel, these Bobcats would have to take it a step further. A vast majority of this roster can knock down spot-up jumpers with ease, and it’d be a borderline travesty if this team didn’t lead the league in three-point attempts (and efficiency for that matter).
That’s another reason I really like Lin as a sixth man. His job will solely be to attack and run the drive-and-kick game he did so well in New York. Plus, we plan on fining him $10,000 for every out-of-control shot he takes with 15 seconds left on the clock.
Defensively, the goal will be to hang about league average. Our starting five wouldn’t be a mess on that end, but once we get to the bench all bets are off. Since I’m wearing the GM hat in this scenario I’d fire Bobcats Placeholder X (or Steve Clifford. Whatever.) and replace him with Lionel Hollins. Memphis’ pick-and-roll system was good enough last season that Z-Bo stayed semi-effective and (somewhat) committed to the cause.
-Tyler Conway, Bobcats Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Derrick Rose, Aaron Brooks
Shooting Guard: Jamal Crawford, Tony Snell, Alan Anderson
Small Forward: Luol Deng, Steve Novak
Power Forward: Tyler Hansbrough, Jordan Hill
Center: Anderson Varejao, Kelly Olynyk, Timofey Mozgov
Starting Point Guard: Derrick Rose (No. 2 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: N/A
Picking Derrick Rose second overall in the draft was an easier decision than most people would think. If you’re just looking at who is the second-best player in the NBA, then you take Kevin Durant.
That doesn’t mean he’s the best pick for the Chicago Bulls.
Rose is such a part of the city’s identity—and such a part of the Bulls—that it seemed picking anyone else would be wrong. He’s still a top-five player in the league when healthy, and we were drafting as though everyone was at full health.
Starting Shooting Guard: Jamal Crawford (No. 119 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 16.8 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
A former Bull comes back home to roost.
Crawford will give the Bulls a shooting guard who can stretch the court for Derrick Rose to drive the lane and just generally let Rose be Rose. He also has the ability to create his own shot.
Starting Small Forward: Luol Deng (No. 62 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks, 15.1 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
There were rumors we were going to have to closely monitor Tom Thibodeau's vitals if he didn’t have Luol Deng. That left us without much choice.
And with the no-injuries clause, Deng should have a better year. Sure, he shot just 34 percent from deep over the last two months of the season. But considering he did it with a torn ligament in his wrist and a broken thumb—both on his shooting hand—it’s actually kind of impressive.
Starting Power Forward: Tyler Hansbrough (No. 122 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 15.3 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
He’s not the most likeable guy in the world, but he is a worker, so he fits the Chicago Bulls' mentality.
He’s a better scorer than Taj Gibson and a better defender than Carlos Boozer. He’ll give the Bulls a solid starting power forward with more upside than downside. Plus, without a polarizing figure the Bulls just wouldn’t be the same.
Starting Center: Anderson Varejao (No. 59 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks, 21.7 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
The next job was to replace the second most important player on the Bulls (Joakim Noah) with a center who can do as many of the same things that Noah does as possible.
The closest player available, crazy hair included, was Anderson Varejao.
Bench Guard: Aaron Brooks (No. 179 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.8 PER (for Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets)
Full disclosure, I got my former Houston Rocket breakout point guards mixed up and drafted Aaron Brooks thinking of Kyle Lowry. This is what happens when you draft while you’re watching TV and falling asleep.
Who knows, maybe he’ll bounce back.
Bench Guard: Tony Snell (No. 299 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, 17.0 PER (for New Mexico Lobos)
He’s a ball hawk on defense and a shooter on offense. The kid has a ton of potential.
Maybe he’ll even get on the court occasionally.
Bench Guard: Alan Anderson (No. 359 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 12.6 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
With the last pick, I was just looking for the best player left on the board. Finding a guy that averaged almost 11 points per game last season to fill out the 12th spot on the bench seemed like a no-brainer.
Yeah, his field-goal percentage was horrible, but I’ll settle for that at the end of my bench.
Bench Forward: Steve Novak (No. 242 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 11.3 PER (for New York Knicks)
One of the best in the game when it comes to stretching the court, and you can never have too many shooters in this age.
Bench Forward: Kelly Olynyk (No. 182 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks, 36.2 PER (for Gonzaga Bulldogs)
I am, of course, in favor of any guy named Kelly being on my team. It cuts down on the sheer volume of people asking why I have a girl’s name.
It doesn’t hurt that the kid has an amazingly polished offensive game for a rookie, or that he is a great dark-horse candidate for Rookie of the Year either.
Bench Center: Jordan Hill (No. 239 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 18.5 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
Jordan Hill gives the Bulls the kind of player they like off the bench. He brings lots of energy and can play either big spot. He’s athletic. He can hit the short jumper.
He needs a lot of help on defense, but Thibodeau can help with that.
Bench Center: Timofey Mozgov (No. 302 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.4 blocks, 12.3 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
I was just hoping to get a halfway serviceable center with this draft spot. Getting Timofey Mozgov was an absolute steal. He can certainly be an “Omer Asik-lite,” as he guards centers fairly well and is both a serviceable shot blocker and better than average rebounder.
-Kelly Scaletta, Bulls Re-Draft GM
How Will the Bulls Play?
The cornerstone of any Bulls team is their head coach, Tom Thibodeau. So, based on how he’s prepared the team in the past, I built my team on what he looks for.
I was looking for point guards who could drive and kick, providing both scoring and passing. That’s the basis for his entire offensive setup, and when you don’t have guards who can get into the lane, you don’t have much of an offense.
Derrick Rose fits that bill to a "T," since the entire offense is actually designed to go through him.
When I was looking at shooting guards and small forwards, I was looking for players who could serve as “glue guys,” defend and hit the three. Some only do two of the three, but for the most part I think that those roles are filled. I was particularly happy to get Novak where I did. He’s one of the best pure shooters in the game and should really help open up the court for Derrick.
When it came to the bigs, I was looking for players who could both hit a jumper and defend well. In particular, I wanted athletic bigs who could help to seal out the perimeter. I also wanted a big body who could fill up the lane and not get pushed around to serve as the token “tough guy.” Mozgov fills that quite well.
-Kelly Scaletta, Bulls Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Kyle Lowry, Mo Williams, Steve Blake
Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade, MarShon Brooks
Small Forward: Matt Barnes, Landry Fields
Power Forward: Paul Millsap, Anthony Bennett
Center: Andrew Bynum, Spencer Hawes, Greg Stiemsma
Starting Point Guard: Kyle Lowry (No. 103 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, 17.5 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
A good all-around player, Lowry was actually third among all point guards in rebounding. He shoots an effective three-ball (36.2 percent) and is a solid defender who registered a 17.51 PER last season.
Starting Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade (No. 18 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.9 steals, 24.0 PER (for Miami Heat)
Wade is a proven leader in the NBA with three titles to show for it. He’s a former NBA Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP and scoring champion. Wade is a player others can rally around and a perfect centerpiece for a team.
Starting Small Forward: Matt Barnes (No. 163 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 10.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.0 steals, 15.5 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
At age 33, Barnes is coming off arguably the best season of his career. A strong defensive player who brings a dose of nasty, Barnes is the type of player you hate to play against but love to have on your team.
Starting Power Forward: Paul Millsap (No. 78 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.3 steals, 19.8 PER (for Utah Jazz)
Millsap continues to be one of the most underrated players in the NBA today. A versatile forward who can score in a multitude of ways, Millsap goes to work every night and represents his franchise in the right way.
Starting Center: Andrew Bynum (No. 43 overall)
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, 0.5 steals, 22.9 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
Andrew Bynum is back with healthy knees in this re-draft. The only thing that has stopped Bynum from becoming the best center in the game has been his health. Expect the big man to dominate alongside a healthy Wade for the Cavaliers in 2013-14.
Sixth Man: Mo Williams (No. 198 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 12.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.0 steals, 14.4 PER (for Utah Jazz)
Williams is a sharp-shooter who can play either guard position. A starter for the Jazz at point guard last season, Mo will have an even easier time now that he’s playing against team’s second units.
Bench Guard: MarShon Brooks (No. 258 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.5 steals, 13.5 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
Another scoring option off the bench, Brooks can light it up from almost anywhere. Just 24, Brooks averaged 12.6 points as a rookie for the Nets.
Bench Guard: Steve Blake (No. 343 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 7.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals, 11.7 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
Blake provides insurance at the point guard position, having played in 676 career games. He’ll be relied on mainly for his veteran leadership and overall knowledge of the game.
Bench Forward: Anthony Bennett (No. 138 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.7 steals, 28.3 PER (for UNLV Runnin' Rebels)
Bennett was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and is a scoring machine at either forward position. Compared to former NBA star Larry Johnson, Bennett should have his way against the other backup forwards of the league.
Bench Forward: Landry Fields (No. 283 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 4.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.6 steals, 10.3 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
Fields is a Stanford graduate who can play either wing position. At 6’7”, he gives my team more versatility off the bench and is a strong rebounder for his position.
Bench Forward/Center: Spencer Hawes (No. 223 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.3 steals, 16.0 PER (for Philadelphia 76ers)
Hawes is a terrific big to have coming off the bench. At 7’1”, he has intimidating size and can play power forward or center. A solid rebounder and shot-blocker, Hawes can also knock down the outside jump shot.
Bench Center: Greg Stiemsma (No. 318 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.4 steals, 10.5 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
As the third big off the bench, Stiemsma brings one major skill to the table: swatting away shots. Per 36 minutes of play, Stiemsma has registered a whopping 3.2 blocked shots for his career. He’ll be brought into games to prevent opponents from freely driving the lane.
-Greg Swartz, Cavaliers Re-Draft GM
How Will the Cavaliers Play?
I built my team to be as versatile as possible. Many of the players I selected can play two or more positions and, more importantly, can guard two or more positions. The NBA is becoming much less position-defined, and you need versatility from your roster.
In terms of offense, everything will be run through Dwyane Wade and Andrew Bynum. Wade excels at attacking the basket, drawing double-teams and finding the open man. Bynum is a force down low, and with so many talented outside shooters around him, he can kick it out should he draw an extra defender.
Mo Williams, Kyle Lowry, Wade, Steve Blake and MarShon Brooks are threats to knock down the three-ball, while players like Anthony Bennett, Paul Millsap, Matt Barnes and Landry Fields thrive in the transition game.
From a defensive standpoint, I drafted a plethora of talented wing defenders and shot-blockers. Wade and Barnes lead the charge in terms of on-ball defense, and Bynum, Hawes and Greg Stiemsma will be waiting to make life miserable for any player who dares try get to the rim.
The Cavs roster is designed to be able to match up with anybody’s best lineup and beat them in a number of different ways.
-Greg Swartz, Cavaliers Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Jrue Holiday, Norris Cole
Shooting Guard: Joe Johnson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jamaal Franklin
Small Forward: Gerald Wallace, Derrick Williams
Power Forward: Carlos Boozer, Jared Sullinger, Drew Gooden
Center: Roy Hibbert, Ryan Kelly
Starting Point Guard: Jrue Holiday (No. 34 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.6 steals, 16.7 PER (for Philadelphia 76ers)
Holiday continues to get better and is one of the most diverse point guards in the league. He has incredible range, superb quickness and much improved distribution skills.
He just needs to keep the turnovers down.
Starting Shooting Guard: Joe Johnson (No. 87 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 assists, 14.1 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
For someone that has averaged at least 16 points since 2003-04, this pick has the best value. Johnson is a great scorer off curls on the elbow, but he’s just as good off the dribble in isolation and was one of the most clutch players last season.
The final shot will belong to him a majority of the time.
Starting Small Forward: Gerald Wallace (No. 147 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.4 steals, 11.6 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
Defense is Wallace’s primary job. He’s 31 years old but can still handle most of the elite small forwards.
He won’t be asked of much offensively, but he will take advantage of the opportunities when presented and make all the hustle plays.
Starting Power Forward: Carlos Boozer (No. 94 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.8 steals, 17.1 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
Boozer’s consistency continues, and he's still a solid rebounder at power forward. Offensively, his mid-range shot will be vital in stretching the defense to give Roy Hibbert room to operate down low.
Starting Center: Roy Hibbert (No. 27 overall)
Roy Hibbert 2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.6 blocks, 0.5 steals, 17.3 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
Hibbert’s presence on both ends of the floor is extremely valuable. He blocks every attacker at the rim, and you can’t stop his skyhook.
As long as he stays out of foul trouble, he’s getting 34 minutes per game.
Bench Guard: Norris Cole (No. 267 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.7 steals, 7.9 PER (for Miami Heat)
Cole serves as an ideal backup point guard who can get up the floor quickly and bring the necessary boost. Since this is a young bench and he’s not surrounded by the Big Three, Cole will be given more freedom to get into the paint and score.
Bench Guard: Tim Hardaway Jr. (No. 207 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.7 steals, 17.7 PER (for Michigan Wolverines)
Hardaway was one of the deadliest shooters in college basketball last season.
He fired over five three-pointers per game in his two seasons at Michigan and will have the same green light if he is near 40 percent.
Bench Guard: Jamaal Franklin (No. 334 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.6 steals, 24.8 PER (for San Diego State Aztecs)
For a 12th-round pick, Franklin is a huge steal. He was selected because he does a little bit of everything.
Franklin has a relentless motor, tremendous defensive skill on the perimeter and attacks the basket with no fear. Add that he’s 6’5” and grabbed 9.5 boards in the Mountain West Conference, and Franklin could easily have a full-time role in the rotation.
Bench Forward: Derrick Williams (No. 154 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.6 steals, 14.5 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
The sixth-man responsibility belongs to Williams.
He started 56 games last year and looks like a rising star, but with as much offense that’s at the other positions in the starting five, Williams fits best as the primary spark off the bench.
Bench Forward: Jared Sullinger (No. 214 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals, 13.5 PER (for Boston Celtics)
As Sullinger received more playing time last January, he started dealing some legitimate damage until he was sidelined with a back injury. With a little luck, he will stay healthy and continue to rebound, pound the rock and play some defense.
Bench Forward: Drew Gooden (No. 327 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.3 steals, 7.7 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
Gooden may not get significant playing time, but he is the only veteran on the bench and is a solid player to have in relief. Before last season, Gooden averaged at least 10 points and was a force on the glass.
Bench Center: Ryan Kelly (No. 274 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.6 blocks, 0.7 steals, 23.5 PER (for Duke Blue Devils)
Kelly’s greatest asset to the team is his three-point shooting. If he makes close to the 42.2 percent he averaged at Duke last season, the attacking lanes will be significantly easier for Williams.
He’s not going to put up Ryan Anderson numbers, but if he can also block a few shots and get to the foul line, Kelly will have an efficient rookie season.
How Will the Mavericks Play?
While there is no superstar on the Mavericks, it’s championship or bust. This team isn’t going to jump out of the gym or make a lot of highlight reels, but it’s going to get the job done.
It starts with defense. With Wallace, Boozer and Hibbert in the starting lineup, the Mavs are going to keep opponents out of the lane and not allow any easy baskets.
Offensively, no one will average more than 17 points per game, but the tremendous balance will be tough to stop. Each player in the starting five is used to being one of a few primary scorers, and that understanding should help with this lineup.
The guards and small forwards are going to run off of rebounds and turnovers. Holiday and Cole have the speed to get the ball up the court and throw it up to Wallace, Williams and Franklin while Johnson and Hardaway Jr. float to the wing.
However, most of the offense will be in the half court, focused on getting players involved at the right spots. This means Holiday utilizing pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop sets with Hibbert and Boozer, Wallace setting screens on the baseline to free Johnson and giving the guards space in isolation when they are on fire.
The bench is young, but with guys like Williams and Cole who have a couple years under their belts, they will bring the rookies along just fine.
As long as injuries are minimal, Mavs fans should get excited for an NBA Finals run.
-Nick Juskewycz, Mavericks Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas, Gary Neal
Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson, Rodney Stuckey, Dahntay Jones
Small Forward: Shawn Marion, Marvin Williams
Power Forward: Carl Landry, Antawn Jamison, Josh McRoberts
Center: Dwight Howard, Greg Smith
Starting Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas (No. 70 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.0 blocks, 17.5 PER (for Sacramento Kings)
Since I have Dwight on my side, I can finally get him to incorporate more pick-and-rolls into his game.
Isaiah Thomas was picked up because he was one of the league’s top point guards when it came to running the pick-and-roll. Per Synergy, he ranked 23rd in PPP as the pick-and-roll man last year and has had plenty of experience already in running the PnR with DeMarcus Cousins.
You may not have noticed because he’s in Sacramento, but Isaiah has made a name for himself since being taken with the very last pick in the 2011 draft. He averaged 14 points and four assists last season while shooting 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from three.
Don’t let the average three-percentage fool you. Thomas went off on a number of occasions last year, including 6-of-8 three-point shooting against Miami and 7-of-12 shooting against Golden State.
Starting Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson (No. 51 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks, 12.7 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
Like Dwight’s Orlando Magic, I knew right away I was going to surround the big man with three-point shooters. Unlike those Magic teams, however, I’m going to play young guys who could hold their own on both ends of the floor.
As much as there is made about Thompson’s incredible shooting touch, his defense was underrated last season. He ranked 71st in PPP given up, per Synergy, including holding opponents in isolation settings to 34 percent shooting. At 6’7”, Thompson’s length can pose a problem to shooting guards and even certain small forwards.
There’s not much else that can be said about his shooting that he hasn’t already done himself. He’s shot at least 41 percent from beyond the arc in his first two seasons and was converting nearly three triples per game last year.
With Howard taking up attention, Thompson is going to be able to pick and choose his shots.
Starting Small Forward: Shawn Marion (No. 130 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks, 18.0 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
If my team is going to make it to the NBA Finals, that means most likely having to go through either Kevin Durant and/or LeBron James.
There are few players who can defend either of those effectively, especially when it’s the fifth round and you’re looking for a starting small forward. Fortunately, I was able to find a steal in ageless veteran Shawn Marion.
Marion, who has had postseason success against both James and Durant, is a perfect utility player with championship pedigree. He could give the extra boost to propel past the teams with dominant, high-scoring small forwards.
As a 34-year-old last season, Marion still managed 12 points and eight rebounds per while also shooting 51 percent. Even with his questionable shooting-form, Marion continues to find ways to score through intelligent cuts to the basket, transition opportunities and pick-and-rolls.
Starting Power Forward: Carl Landry (No. 111 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks, 17.5 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
If I’m going to be taking up space in the middle of the floor with Dwight, I’m going to need a stretch 4 to take away the defense’s attention outside of the paint.
Coming off a stellar season from the Golden State Warriors bench, Carl Landry was as dominant in the mid-range as he was under the rim. Per Basketball-Reference.com, Landry shot 41 percent on jumpers, including 43 percent on 152 field-goal attempts in the 16-25 foot range.
He was also one of the league’s most underrated players to have in crunch time, as he shot an impressive 57 percent in fourth quarters last season.
Although another volume rebounder wasn’t necessary with Dwight already on the floor, Landry, who averaged 9.3 boards per 36 minutes last season, provides useful insurance and help.
Starting Center: Dwight Howard (No. 10 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.4 blocks, 19.4 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
Amid all the criticism, Howard still ranked 20th in the league in points per possession given up, per Synergy, including a dominant eighth ranking when it came to defending post-ups. He also ranked 31st when defending pick-and-rolls and 36th defending spot-ups.
With Dwight being the first pick, I knew I could possibly get away with having a weak defender in the backcourt. I’m set on the defensive end as long as I have players who can defend in transition. I’ll usually have the three-time DPOY nesting below the rim and waiting for anyone who dares to challenge one of the league’s most menacing shot-blockers and defenders.
Bench Guard: Gary Neal (No. 171 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 11.5 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
With past Sixth Men of the Year usually falling into the category of high-scoring, low-percentage shot-takers, not taking Gary Neal seemingly would have been a mistake because he’s the epitome of a high-scorer and low-percentage shot-taker.
Neal is not afraid of any challenge, evidenced by his phenomenal Game 3 against the Miami Heat, and ranks among the league’s top shooters, even though his percentages dipped last season.
After shooting 42 percent from three his first two years, Neal shot 36 percent from the same area this past season. We’re expecting a bounce-back year from him, enabled by more open looks courtesy of the inside presence of Dwight.
Bench Guard: Rodney Stuckey (No. 250 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.0 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
Rodney Stuckey has always come across as a player who would be better coming off the bench than as a starter.
Even when he was averaging as many as 17 points with the Detroit Pistons, Stuckey peaked early and has since seen his numbers, minutes and role decrease as the Pistons decide whether or not he’s a starter.
Bench Guard: Dahntay Jones (No. 310 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.6 assist, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 6.4 PER (for Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks)
Seeing as how Neal, Stuckey and Williams may not be the greatest defenders, Dahntay Jones was chosen as the resident nuisance.
He hasn’t been able to shoot the ball or play offense all that well throughout his career but has been able to keep a job because of how well he plays on the other end of the floor.
With the Hawks last season, Jones ranked 87th in PPP given up, including ranking 19th when defending the pick-and-roll man, per Synergy.
Bench Forward: Antawn Jamison (No. 190 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 15.3 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
It feels like Antawn Jamison is going to be that player that you can’t believe is still in the league and still producing at a respectable rate.
As a 36-year-old coming off the Lakers bench last season, Jamison averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per 36 minutes. The 36 percent he shot from three was the highest he’s had from beyond the arc since 2007.
The pick was made for obvious reasons. The roster was in need of a frontcourt scorer that could come off the bench, and few can score as efficiently and from as many places as Jamison.
Bench Forward: Marvin Williams (No. 231 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks, 10.9 PER (for Utah Jazz)
Marvin Williams fell off the map this past year while splitting time with Gordon Hayward on the Utah Jazz, so we’re not going to ask much more from him outside of playing solid defense at the 3 and making some jumpers.
Williams held his own on defense last year, ranking 78th in PPP given up when defending isolation settings, but his offense suffered and he only shot 33 percent from beyond the arc.
We’re hoping Marvin can rekindle memories of the 2011-12 season when he shot 39 percent from three in his final year with the Atlanta Hawks. Perhaps with more room to work with in a spaced lineup, he’ll be able to get better looks that will actually fall this time around.
Bench Forward: Josh McRoberts (No. 351 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks, 12.7 PER (for Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats)
Because he ended up in Charlotte at the end of last season, people sort of forgot Josh McRoberts existed.
It was no surprise that he was still available in the last round, but he finished last season strong, averaging nine points and seven rebounds as a starter for Charlotte, and we're hoping that confidence is still there when he’s used as either the second- or third-string center, depending on the matchups that night.
Naturally, he can run the pick-and-roll, ranking 43rd and shooting 47 percent as the roller in those types of plays.
Bench Center: Greg Smith (No. 291 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.6 blocks, 16.1 PER (for Houston Rockets)
I was holding out a lot of hope that Greg Smith would fall into my lap and, fortunately enough, he did.
Smith was one of the league’s more surprising stories last season, averaging six points and five rebounds per game off the Rockets bench.
His game is limited when anywhere outside of five feet from the basket, but he’s an extremely athletic power forward/center that’s going to help provide the team with an athletic one-two punch at the center position. He’ll also fit in well in the PnR dynamic of this team, as he shot 74 percent last season as the pick-and-roll man.
-John Friel, Nuggets Re-Draft GM
How Will the Nuggets Play?
Immediately upon receiving Dwight Howard, I knew I wanted to make this team similar to the dominant Orlando Magic teams of the late 2000s. The big difference this time around, however, was that the shooters were going to be better, more athletic and better defenders.
Picking up Klay Thompson in the second round had everything to do with the first-round selection of Dwight. Adding a young shooter like Klay, along with other feared gunners in Gary Neal and Isaiah Thomas, as well as a stretch 4 in Carl Landry, leaves plenty of space on the floor for Dwight to do his work near the rim and for the shooters to do their damage from the perimeter.
Picking up a big time pick-and-roll user in Thomas was also key, as I also want to integrate one of Dwight’s more underutilized assets in his pick-and-roll game. Synergy Sports (subscription required) had Howard ranked ninth in points per possession last year when utilized as the pick-and-roll man, garnering 1.29 PPP and shooting nearly 80 percent.
The Nuggets offense is going to feature far more dimensions than dumping it in to Dwight and either having him take it himself or kick out to an open shooter. The pick-and-roll will be integrated to offer another part of Howard’s repertoire.
-John Friel, Nuggets Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Jose Calderon, Devin Harris, Dwight Buycks
Shooting Guard: Gerald Henderson, John Jenkins
Small Forward: Andre Iguodala, P.J. Tucker
Power Forward: Jeff Green, Jason Thompson, Royce White
Center: DeMarcus Cousins, Alex Len
Starting Point Guard: Jose Calderon (No. 101 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 18.8 PER (for Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons)
Premiums were placed on both upside and athleticism in the makeup of this team. In other words, there’s plenty of raw talent in place, if the right conductor can bring it out of them. Calderon can be that player.
He’s finished top four in assist-to-turnover ratio during seven of his eight seasons in the league. When he’s not driving this offense, his shooting ability (career 39.9 three-point percentage) maintains the ideal floor spacing for the slashers and post scorers to attack.
Starting Shooting Guard: Gerald Henderson (No. 140 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 15.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks, 16.4 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
With so many proven scorers around him, Gerald Henderson can shift back into a far more suitable role as a complimentary piece. As the demands placed upon him are decreased, his ability to impact the game in a positive manner should grow exponentially.
Young and athletic, there’s plenty of upward mobility left for the 25-year-old. He has the physical tools to defend anywhere along the perimeter, which will help mask Calderon’s deficiencies at that end.
If his shooting improvement from last season (33.0 percent from beyond the arc) wasn’t a mirage, he’ll have a shot at challenging for the Most Improved Player award.
Starting Small Forward: Andre Iguodala (No. 41 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks, 15.2 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
When DeMarcus Cousins is your franchise cornerstone, the need for putting intelligent, high-character players around him cannot be overstated. Andre Iguodala can be that calming locker room presence, but that only tells part of the story of what he’ll bring to this team.
One of the league’s premier Swiss Army Knives, his versatility was the real driving force behind this selection. Whether it’s scoring, defending, distributing, rebounding or just doing a little of everything, Iguodala will handle whatever challenge is in front of him and continue to do so at an All-Star level.
Starting Power Forward: Jeff Green (No. 80 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks, 15.0 PER (for Boston Celtics)
The simple draft strategy here was to find a stretch forward to help unclog the paint for Cousins to do his damage. What really made Jeff Green a no-brainer selection, though, was the fact that he brings such a unique set of skills to both ends of the floor.
In 17 regular-season starts for the Boston Celtics last season, he averaged over 20 points a night while shooting better than 50 percent both from the field (52.3) and from downtown (51.9). Finding a 20-point scorer in the third round is hard enough; finding one there that also plays elite-level defense borders on impossible.
Starting Center: DeMarcus Cousins (No. 20 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks, 20.2 PER (for Sacramento Kings)
As proven talent flew off the board over the first 19 picks, I felt like I had two options with this pick. The first, less appealing in my mind: Grab an established player who was either on the wrong side of his career or had plateaued at a solid, unspectacular level. The second was to gamble on someone with gobs of potential, and DeMarcus Cousins is limitless in that regard.
He can thrash defenders on the interior with the devastating array of post moves he packs in his 270-pound frame. He’s comfortable shooting from anywhere inside the three-point line and has the handles to break down slower defenders off the dribble.
There’s still some work to do on the defensive end, but his quick hands and the aggressive nature of his helpers will help ease that task. As long as he keeps closing defensive possessions by inhaling errant shots, he can kick-start our transition attack by either finding a streaking guard or running the break himself.
Bench Guard: Devin Harris (No. 200 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, 14.6 PER (for Atlanta Hawks)
Calderon’s high basketball IQ and ball control made him a safe choice for the starting five, but sometimes gambles are needed to get ahead in this league. Enter Devin Harris, whose combination of speed and athleticism was too intriguing to pass up as our first guard off the bench.
His All-Star days may have passed him by, but he’ll have enough available minutes to challenge for the Sixth Man of the Year hardware. Despite coming off the bench, he’s a potential closer for this team as either a defensive replacement for Calderon or an offensive stand-in for Henderson.
Bench Guard: John Jenkins (No. 260 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.0 PER (for Atlanta Hawks)
While plenty of players on this roster can shoot the three-ball, only one of our first eight selections would be labeled as a shooter (Calderon). Spreading the defense is a must for this athletic, undersized bunch, so John Jenkins’ shooting ability (38.4 three-point percentage as a rookie) brought good value in the ninth round.
The fact that the 22-year-old still has plenty of room to grow is the kind of added bonus that could help swing this draft in our favor.
Bench Guard: Dwight Buycks (No. 320 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.1 blocks (for Gravelines-Dunkerque)
Dwight Buycks could struggle to see floor time, and it wouldn’t be the first time that the summer league lied to us all.
But there was one statistic that really caught my eye during Buycks’ dominant Sin City showing, and it wasn’t his league-leading 23 points per game. He also paced the Las Vegas floor generals with seven assists a night, which by my calculation translates to at least 15 per game by regular-season measures.
Gaudy scoring numbers are expected during the NBA’s summer camp. The fact that Buycks made a conscious effort to involve his teammates during these typically me-first exhibitions means he could be something much greater than just a roster filler for the Pistons.
Bench Forward: Jason Thompson (No. 221 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.7 blocks, 14.6 PER (for Sacramento Kings)
Jason Thompson will play the same role for the reserves that Iguodala does for the starters. He’ll be consistently productive and as durable as they come.
He has the versatility to share the floor with any of the players in my frontcourt rotation and the talent to carry my offense or defense in spurts.
The key to any small-ball system is the ability to add size whenever needed. Thompson (6’11, 250 pounds) can supply that necessary bulk, but his athleticism makes him an asset no matter the game’s tempo.
Bench Forward: P.J. Tucker (No. 281 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.6 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
If not for the fact that his suffocating efforts were hidden on a porous Phoenix Suns team last season, he probably doesn’t fall outside of the top 200 picks. I was thrilled to see that he did.
Bench Forward: Royce White (No. 341 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks (for Rio Grande Valley Vipers)
There may not be a more high-risk, high-reward player than Royce White. His anxiety disorder may keep him away from the NBA hardwood for good, but he has superstar potential if he ever makes it onto the floor.
In other words, he’s a dream-like selection in the 12th and final round of the draft.
Bench Center: Alex Len (No. 161 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.2 steals, 2.1 blocks, 24.5 PER (for Maryland Terrapins)
I wanted to add size to my frontcourt without sacrificing speed, and Alex Len (7’1” with a 7’4” wingspan) quickly emerged as the best man for the job.
Offensively, he brings enough weapons to the table as the focal point of the second team’s attack and the necessary mobility to be Calderon’s pick-and-roll partner when he’s sharing the floor with the starters. He’s still filling out his frame, but his strength and athleticism is already good enough to be this team’s rim protector no matter which lineup he’s running with.
His ceiling is ridiculously high, and his basement is higher than most of the 2013 draft class. If he maximizes his potential early on, he’ll play a major role in bringing the Larry O’Brien Trophy back to Motown.
Zach Buckley, Pistons Re-Draft GM
How Will the Pistons Play?
Positional versatility and potential for growth combined to fill the majority of our war-room strategy. Eight of our first 10 choices (the exceptions being Jose Calderon and Alex Len) can play multiple positions and fill multiple roles for this club.
At our core, we’ll be an up-tempo team. Each player on this roster can flourish in a fast-paced system, and we should have an athletic advantage at most positions regardless of which of our 12 players are on the floor.
Out of the half-court set, we’ll be leaning heavily on DeMarcus Cousins’ post scoring and Calderon’s decision-making, leaving Andre Iguodala, Jeff Green and Devin Harris to create something out of nothing when the offense breaks down.
Defensively, this will be a swarming bunch. Traps will be a staple both in half-court and full-court situations, with the rest of our defenders filling the passing lanes and looking for every opportunity to turn defense into offense. Team rebounding is an absolute must for this undersized starting five.
Anticipating some in-game outbursts from Cousins, Iguodala and Green will be leading this team in minutes played by season’s end. Ideally Alex Len sees the most action of all the reserves, but Harris should be nipping at his heels unless Dwight Buycks carries his summer league production into training camp and forces his way into the rotation.
There are some question marks surrounding this roster (Cousins’ maturity, Len’s development, White’s contribution, etc.), but with enough positive answers this has all the makings of a championship contender.
-Zach Buckley, Pistons Re-Draft GM
Golden State Warriors
Point Guard: George Hill, Kent Bazemore, Michael Carter-Williams
Shooting Guard: Dion Waiters, Anthony Morrow
Small Forward: Kevin Durant, Luc Mbah a Moute
Power Forward: Tristan Thompson, Brandan Wright
Center: Andrew Bogut, Byron Mullens, Jeff Pendergraph
Starting Point Guard: George Hill (No. 63 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks, 16.6 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
A criminally underrated defender who can shut down players at either guard spot, George Hill gives the Warriors a stopper in the backcourt to pair with Bogut up front. This team is going to defend.
Plus, Hill is a terrific spot-up shooter who'll thrive as a secondary option behind Durant. Best of all, he brings some real blue-collar toughness to the team.
Starting Shooting Guard: Dion Waiters (No. 118 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, 13.7 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
On principle, I have to admit that I kind of hate Dion Waiters' game. He's not a particularly efficient scorer, and most of his defensive contributions come via steals, which basically means that he gambles too much.
But Waiters can slash off the ball at an elite level, and he's murder in isolation situations. As a pure scorer coming off of a solid rookie season, there's nowhere to go but up for this guy.
Starting Small Forward: Kevin Durant (No. 3 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.3 blocks, 28.3 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
Kevin Durant's mere presence on the roster pretty much guarantees that the Warriors will have a top-10 offense. He gives this team the ability to play some small ball with him at the 4, and there certainly won't be any questions about crunch-time touches.
If you can't have LeBron James, KD is the next best thing. End of story.
Starting Power Forward: Tristan Thompson (No. 123 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.9 blocks, 16.1 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
Rounding out the starting five is Tristan Thompson, a two-year veteran who posted averages of 11.7 points and 9.4 rebounds last year. If he can get his free-throw percentage up to respectable levels, Thompson is going to be a legitimate scoring threat.
Admittedly, there's some concern about Thompson's decision to switch his shooting hand from his left to his right. But maybe that's all it'll take for him to immediately jump up into the upper echelon of power forwards.
Starting Center: Andrew Bogut (No. 58 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.7 blocks, 13.8 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
Interior defense is a must in today's NBA. With the safer options (Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert and Larry Sanders) off the board, the Warriors drafted one of their own, using a second-round pick on Andrew Bogut.
Keep in mind that for purposes of the Re-Draft, we're assuming players are fully healthy. And when Bogut is healthy (admittedly a rare occurrence in the real world), he's an absolute monster on defense. Plus, this team's Australian following just quintupled.
Bench Guard: Michael Carter-Williams (No. 298 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 20.9 PER (for Syracuse Orange)
There's no pressure on the rookie to perform here, which should allow Michael Carter-Williams to blossom as a facilitator without having to take too many early lumps.
Still, in the 10th round, it's nice to get a real lottery pick.
The jumper's not there yet, but MCW already has the unselfish instincts and court vision to crack the rotation at some point.
Bench Guard: Kent Bazemore (No. 238 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.0 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 11.3 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
You heard it here first, guys: If Kent Bazemore gets a few minutes this season, he's going to make everyone realize that he's much more than the league's best sideline celebrator.
After dominating the Las Vegas Summer League and showing an insane amount of growth as a pick-and-roll operator, Bazemore is ready for prime time. Casual observers might not know this, but he's everything you could ever want in a backup point guard. He can defend at an elite level, and the real-life Warriors have been grooming him as a ball-handler from the second he made the team last summer.
This kid is going to break out.
Bench Guard: Anthony Morrow (No. 243 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks, 12.0 PER (for Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks)
Every team needs a three-point specialist. Enter Anthony Morrow, owner of a career mark of 42 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, he's a guy the Warriors will have to hide. But as a floor spacer on the offensive end, it's tough to do better than Morrow.
And if you're wondering, yes, we are pretending that last year never happened.
Bench Forward: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (No. 183 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.2 blocks, 9.1 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
Did someone say "specialist"?
It's ridiculous that Mbah a Moute was still available at this point in the draft. He's a flat-out elite defensive player on the wing who will never be outworked. When LBJ, Carmelo Anthony or Paul George roll into town, he'll be the man to handle them.
A well-established inability to hit from the perimeter will limit Mbah a Moute to very specific matchups, but this guy is a perfect defensive weapon to help take the pressure off of Durant.
Bench Forward: Jeff Pendergraph (No. 303 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.3 blocks, 14.5 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
There are two major points in Jeff Pendergraph's favor.
First, Synergy Sports rated his pregame dancing in the top three percent of all NBA players. He's going to contribute by firing up his squad in the huddle.
And second, the San Antonio Spurs thought he was good enough to sign him to a a contract in real life this past summer. That's a good enough endorsement for me.
Bench Forward: Brandan Wright (No. 178 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.2 blocks, 21.0 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
With the starting lineup complete, it was time to snatch up a key role player in Brandan Wright. This guy posted a PER of 21.03 in 18 minutes per game last season, which goes to show he can provide insane production for short stretches.
There'll be blocked shots, offensive rebounds and awkward jumpers aplenty from Wright, an absolute steal in the sixth round.
Bench Center: Byron Mullens (No. 358 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks, 12.3 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
When your 12th man has the ability to face up defenders and attack the basket as a center, you've really got something. Byron Mullens will certainly have to improve his three-point stroke if he wants to see the court, but there's a lot to like about this guy as a last-round option.
The physical tools are there. Perhaps a new start in Golden State is all Mullens needs to put his game together.
-Grant Hughes, Warriors Re-Draft GM
How Will the Warriors Play?
This Warriors team is built on a few key principles.
First, Durant gets to do whatever he wants whenever he wants. If KD isn't getting up at least 25 shots per game, something has gone horribly wrong. There will be enough spacing on the perimeter to allow Durant the freedom to attack the lane, but there are also plenty of willing passers scattered throughout the roster to get the ball moving.
Second, defense is a priority.
Bogut is an elite defensive center (when healthy), Hill is as good as it gets in the backcourt and Mbah a Moute will function as a secret weapon off the bench. Strategically, we're sending pick-and-rolls to the baseline, daring guards to take mid-range jumpers by having Bogut sag into the lane and running everyone off of the three-point line. Tom Thibodeau is not this team's coach, but we'll be stealing all of his ideas.
Finally, this is a team that features specific role players whose only job is play off of our star. Waiters will slash, Bogut will knock people over and Thompson will crash the offensive boards. They'll fill limited roles, maximizing what they do best without having to stretch themselves outside of their comfort zones.
Meanwhile, Durant will be the sun around which everything revolves.
-Grant Hughes, Warriors Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Brandon Jennings, Eric Maynor
Shooting Guard: Lance Stephenson, Alexey Shved, Reggie Williams
Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard, Al-Farouq Aminu
Power Forward: Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass
Center: Joakim Noah, John Henson, Aaron Gray
Starting Point Guard: Brandon Jennings (No. 95 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.1 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
For all his shortcomings, Brandon Jennings is actually a quality NBA starting point guard. He can create off the pick-and-roll, shoot from distance and penetrate at will.
His shot selection is poor, and his defense is mediocre. But in a situation where he isn’t the focal point of an offense, Jennings can make those around him better while also providing some offense when called upon. As long as he understands his role and recognizes that his usage rate doesn’t need to be on par with Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose or Tony Parker, Jennings’ fearlessness could be a positive.
Starting Shooting Guard: Lance Stephenson (No. 146 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.8 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
Talking about fearlessness, Lance Stephenson has more than enough to go around. (Not always a good thing.) He loves pushing the ball in transition and has the handle and talent to catch the defense sleeping with an easy bucket or two per game. That type of instant offense is great, but I drafted Stephenson because he’s an above-average defensive player on the ball and, for a guard, a great rebounder.
Stephenson’s impact on the glass should do wonders for various units that include Noah, Anderson, Henson, Leonard and Aminu.
Starting Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard (No. 35 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks, 16.4 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Behind LeBron James and Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard was arguably the most consistent two-way player in last year’s NBA Finals, which is an incredible thing to say about a rapidly improving 22-year-old wing. He might already be the best rebounding small forward in the league and is surely in the top five as both an individual and team defender.
With the ball, he’s an above-average shooter from the corners but also has the ability to take defenders off the dribble, with a nice in-between game and explosive athleticism in the open floor. If not a real life All-Star next season, Leonard will find himself in the game sooner than later and for many years to come.
Starting Power Forward: Ryan Anderson (No. 86 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks, 18.1 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
Next to Kevin Love and Dirk Nowitzki, Ryan Anderson is the league’s premier stretch 4, someone who the defense absolutely has to account for in transition and half-court offense.
On top of being incredibly accurate in high volume (he shot 44 percent from deep on a league-leading 422 attempts two years ago), Anderson is also a quality rebounder, especially on the offensive glass (in 2012 he grabbed 224 offensive boards, sixth most in the league). To top it off, Anderson hardly ever turns the ball over, which is always a plus.
Starting Center: Joakim Noah (No. 26 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 2.1 blocks, 18.1 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
Noah allows total flexibility defending the pick-and-roll, with an elite ability to hedge, switch, double and recover. He can pass well for a center (meaning he can initiate offense from the free-throw line, which is huge) battle on the offensive and defensive glass against just about anyone in the league and protect the rim as a sensational defensive anchor.
Joakim never takes plays off and does all the tasks listed above with 100 percent effort for 36 minutes every game. Huge impact. Huge influence.
Bench Guard: Eric Maynor (No. 215 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.5 points, 0.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks (for Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers)
In my personal opinion, Maynor is still an above-average point guard in the league, despite having his difficulties returning from a torn ACL suffered at the beginning of last season.
I picked him because he’s safe as a 15-minute-per-game backup point guard. He won’t need to score one-on-one, but he will need to initiate pick-and-rolls, consistently hit spot-up three-pointers and defend at an average level. He’ll be healthy on this team, and those responsibilities should be realistic.
Bench Guard: Alexey Shved (No. 275 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, 11.0 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
Shved’s rookie season was stunted in part due to Minnesota’s roster instability and him having to play out of position. Thus, the numbers don’t quite reflect the talent.
Despite not showing it last season, Shved can be a devastating shooter from distance, as he regularly shows in international competition. He’s also a true point guard, meaning whenever he’s on the court—beside Jennings, Maynor or Stephenson—this team will have an extra passer with great intuition. He understands how to get others involved and, at 6’6”, is able to defend multiple positions.
Bench Guard: Reggie Williams (No. 335 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks, 13.2 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
It’s now cliché to say but still very accurate: Teams need shooters. By just standing on the court, players like Reggie Williams make life easier for everyone else participating in the offense, and when his man leaves him to help, he’s more than capable of making him pay with a wide-open three.
But Williams was selected last for a reason. He can do little but shoot, making him one-dimensional, and players who are one-dimensional can easily get phased out of game plans by any good defense.
Put him next to Jennings, though, with a unit that also includes Anderson, and those defenses will get very frustrated standing out at the three-point line, making sure no wide-open attempts are launched.
Bench Forward: Al-Farouq Aminu (No. 206 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks, 13.7 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
Aminu can’t shoot, and he can’t dribble all that well either. That’s fine.
He’s on this team for two reasons: defense and rebounding. As elite teams across the league find themselves with multiple sources of attack from the wing, Aminu steps in as secondary depth to help Leonard and Stephenson in case either is in foul trouble or banged up.
He’s young, can score in transition and grab boards with the best of them. But, most importantly, his presence and length should zip shut the seal on a defense-first roster that opposing offenses should have an increasingly difficult time figuring out.
Bench Forward: Brandon Bass (No. 266 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks, 12.3 PER (for Boston Celtics)
Not only might Bass be the best mid-range shooting forward in the league, but he’s an incredibly underrated on-ball defender and a phenomenal athlete.
Not to be mistaken as the best rebounder or team defender who’s ever lived, Bass’ simple yet efficient offense should thrive on a second unit. He’s been the starting power forward on several very good teams, and, here, Bass should excel in a reduced role.
Bench Center: John Henson (No. 155 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 18.2 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
In limited minutes through his rookie season, John Henson was a ferocious rebounder (when on the court, the Bucks grabbed 15.7 rebounds per 48 minutes—a higher figure than any other player on the team) who scored efficiently.
He’s 6’11” with potential as the perfect piece to fill in whenever Noah needs a breather. Henson won’t be called on to carry the second unit’s offense, but he could find himself as the hub here and there. Against opposing backup centers, he might even be able to score a bit with that left-handed touch.
Bench Center: Aaron Gray (No. 326 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.1 blocks, 9.0 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
Size matters, and Aaron Gray is one of the largest human beings in the NBA. As an emergency third big man, Gray possesses a little touch, can rebound, set concrete screens and be immovable in the post.
He won’t see the floor very often, but when he does, Gray should fit right into the team’s defense/rebounding culture.
-Michael Pina, Rockets Re-Draft GM
How Will the Rockets Play?
After taking Joakim Noah with the first pick, I knew this team would probably win (and lose) games based on how well it defended and controlled the glass. My next pick, Kawhi Leonard, further solidified the team's identity.
Having an elite big man like Noah protecting the rim is fantastic, but on most nights he won't be guarding the opponent's best scorer. Leonard adds excellent individual defense out on the perimeter: another essential security measure in contemporary professional basketball thanks to the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden and half a dozen other great scorers from the wing.
On top of already being one of the best rebounders at his position, Leonard also has a nifty offensive game that's been semi-shackled by San Antonio's system. On this team Leonard will have more sets run through him, but there won’t be too much pressure to create for others, given the number of capable ball-handlers and passers surrounding him on the roster.
Lance Stephenson, Al-Farouq Aminu, John Henson and, to a lesser degree, Aaron Gray, all fall in line as above-average rebounders who possess excessive length and ability on the defensive end.
With all the talk of defense, scoring baskets is still important. When Ryan Anderson isn't raining threes and keeping the floor spread, he'll be crashing the offensive glass with Noah.
Brandon Jennings runs the show as scoring point guard who figures to wreak absolute havoc running pick-and-pops with Anderson and Brandon Bass, and the rest of my roster is filled with guys who can help spread the floor and act as a secondary ball-handler when called upon (Eric Maynor, Reggie Williams, Alexey Shved).
-Michael Pina, Rockets Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Goran Dragic, C.J. Watson
Shooting Guard: Thabo Sefolosha, Marcus Thornton, Patty Mills
Small Forward: Jared Dudley
Power Forward: Blake Griffin, Kris Humphries, Dante Cunningham, Jon Leuer
Center: Andrea Bargnani, Hamed Haddadi
Starting Point Guard: Goran Dragic (No. 46 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, 17.5 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
The Pacers will be confident in the flow of their offense with Goran Dragic guiding the ball. He averaged 7.4 assists per game after giving 7.2 per 36 minutes in 2011-12.
He’s incrementally improved his ball control. Dragic went from 3.4 turnovers per 36 minutes in 2010-11 to 3.0 per 36 last season. He had a 16.8 turnover rate.
Dragic will be a liability defensively. His career defensive rating is 109 points allowed per 100 possessions. While he grabbed 1.6 steals per game in the last campaign, he let many scorers past.
But he’ll make up for that with his passing and scoring. His 14.7 points per game last season is fine for what this Pacers team will expect.
Starting Shooting Guard: Thabo Sefolosha (No. 106 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks, 12.8 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
Thabo Sefolosha is the classic “three and D” player. He’s a great three-point shooter, having shot better than 41 percent from the field the past two seasons.
He’s also a spectacular all-around shooter. He had a 61.7 percent true shooting percentage. His field-goal percentage was a career-high 48.2 percent last season. He’s effective at the rim, having hit 72.9 percent there in 2012-13.
This Swiss guard will be the key to the perimeter defense. Sefolosha allowed a career-best 103 points pe