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.
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:
- 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.
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)
- 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
Top Undrafted-to-Drafted Guys
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 per 100 possessions. He had 1.3 steals per game.
Starting Small Forward: Jared Dudley (No. 135 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.1 blocks, 14.9 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Along with Thabo Sefolosha, Jared Dudley will form a great pair of complementary shooters. Dudley is a superb shooter who doesn’t demand the ball. He shot 46.8 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range. He scored 10.9 points on 8.5 shots per game.
Dudley is a solid ball-handler. He has a career 12 percent turnover rate and has turned it over 1.4 times per 36 minutes for his career.
Starting Power Forward: Andrea Bargnani (No. 75 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.7 blocks, 11.2 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
Andrea Bargnani is believed to be able to piece his body together and dump the ball in the hoop regularly. Bargnani averages 18 points per 36 minutes for his career. Before last season, he shot 44.4 percent from the field. His mid-range shooting will stretch opposing defenses.
Bargnani hasn’t played great overall defense, but he does play some. While he won’t provide help on that end, he’ll do well one-on-one. As long as he can stop the players in front of him, he’ll be fine. Blake Griffin will take care of the rest.
Starting Center: Blake Griffin (No. 15 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks, 22.4 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
Blake Griffin is a scary player around whom opponents must do intense planning. He shocks his man with powerful inside moves and thunderous slams. On the other end, Griffin breaks down ball-handlers and protects the paint.
The Pacers were fortunate to find such a fabulous game-changer at No. 15. This Edmond, Okla., native placed ninth with 0.196 win shares per 48 minutes last season. He’s made three straight All-Star appearances since entering the league.
Bench Guard: Patty Mills (No. 286 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.1 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 14.1 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
The Pacers will inject Patty Mills a little bit each game for outside shooting and some measure of defense. He’s a 38.7 percent career three-point shooter. Mills shot 40 percent or better the past two years.
His defense is somewhat helpful. Mills allowed 105 points per 100 possessions the past two seasons but picked up 1.4 steals per 36 minutes both years.
Bench Guard: C.J. Watson (No. 226 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.8 points, 1.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.9 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
Playing between 15 and 18 minutes per game, C.J. Watson will be a steady presence backing up Goran Dragic. Watson plays with great discipline. He averaged 1.6 turnovers per 36 minutes last season and fewer than 2.5 per 36 in five of his six seasons.
Watson has great three-point aim. He’s a 38 percent career long-range shooter and has knocked down 39 percent or better the past five years.
Bench Guard: Marcus Thornton (No. 166 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.3 PER (for Sacramento Kings)
The Pacers are expecting instant scoring from Marcus Thornton off the bench. Thornton put up 19.1 points per 36 minutes while playing 24 per game. He’s a fine shooter all around, having hit 42.9 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from long range and 88.1 percent from the line last season.
His ball control is excellent for a player who touches the ball often. Last season, he had a 7.6 percent turnover rate while posting a 23.1 percent usage rate and takes 16.1 shots per 36 minutes.
Bench Forward: Kris Humphries (No. 195 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.5 blocks, 13.6 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
A full turnaround is expected from Kris Humphries so that he can effectively serve as the main backup big man. Humphries pulled down 9.9 rebounds per game during the last three months of last season after grabbing 11.3 per 36 in 2011-12.
This power forward is expected to use his impressive strength better than he's done. He’s expected to pull down upwards of 11 rebounds per 36 minutes.
Humphries plays decent defense, as he has allowed between 104 and 106 points per 100 possessions in seven of the last eight seasons.
Bench Forward: Dante Cunningham (No. 255 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks, 13.3 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
No native Virginian available in the ninth round deserved as much confidence when it comes to patrolling the inside as Dante Cunningham. This long power forward is a fair rebounder. He pulled down 7.3 boards per 36 minutes having made it to 25.1 minutes per game.
Cunningham can be a good shooter as long as he stays near the rim. He shot 46.8 percent from the field but hit 69 percent at the rim.
He’s expected to play defense. After allowing 101 points per 100 possessions in 2011-12 for the Memphis Grizzlies, he gave up 105 last season.
Bench Forward: Jon Leuer (No. 315 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.0 blocks, 10.4 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies)
Jon Leuer is a charming inside guy who can provide a fair amount of rebounding and decent shooting. He had at least three rebounds during the last four games in which he played 10 minutes or more.
Leuer is a 50.2 percent career field-goal shooter.
At 6’10” and 228 pounds, he has good size and shows some instincts for interior defense.
Bench Center: Hamed Haddadi (No. 346 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.9 blocks, 10.2 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns)
Tucked at the end of the Pacers’ bench is a lethal defensive weapon that will crush any object that approaches. Hamed Haddadi is unathletic but is an imposing figure near the rim.
Haddadi will give between 10 and 13 minutes per game, in which he’ll swat away multiple shots, swipe a few rebounds and seal the rim from attackers. He showed promise with the Phoenix Suns after they picked him up in February, blocking 1.2 shots and pulling down 5.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game.
-Tom Firme, Pacers Re-Draft GM
High scoring will drive the success of this Pacers squad. Blake Griffin will be counted upon for 20 points per game. Andrea Bargnani will pitch in with 15 per game. Goran Dragic will post close to that amount while feeding dimes to his teammates. Marcus Thornton will jump off the bench to put up 13 per game.
This will be a deadly three-point shooting team. Five players on the roster shot upwards of 37 percent from beyond the arc last season. When Sefolosha and Jared Dudley fall flat, Patty Mills, Thornton and C.J. Watson can make up for them.
This group has plenty of balance in the locations from which it scores. While the aforementioned three-point shooters light up from long distance, Griffin makes it happen in the restricted area and Andrea Bargnani mixes his shots between the three-foot range and mid-range.
The coaching staff will work to prevent their No. 1 scorer from taking bad outside shots.
Turnovers won’t be an issue. Dragic and Watson are excellent caretakers.
Defense may be an issue. Griffin and Sefolosha will anchor the post and perimeter defense, respectively. While Sefolosha is capable of making up for his mates’ lapses, he’ll only be able to do it in around 26 minutes per game. Leaks will occur with Thornton checking in for him, but that’s a tradeoff Indiana is will to make.
Stoppage on the second unit may come and go, as a few of the backups allow around 105 points per 100 possessions.
-Tom Firme, Pacers Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Chris Paul, Patrick Beverley
Shooting Guard: Bradley Beal, Courtney Lee
Small Forward: Wes Matthews, Mike Dunleavy, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Power Forward: Nene Hilario, Donatas Motiejunas
Center: Tyson Chandler, Jason Smith, Chuck Hayes
Starting Point Guard: Chris Paul (No. 4 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 0.1 blocks, 2.4 steals, 26.4 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
Is there a player in the league who would be worse off playing next to Chris Paul?
Give CP3 any sort of talent, and he’ll find a way to churn out a top offense. Outside of LeBron James, I’m not sure there’s a better two-way player in the league.
Starting Shooting Guard: Bradley Beal (No. 64 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals, 13.6 PER (for Washington Wizards)
I can hear the “reach!” shouts from here, but Beal is precisely the kind of wing that can thrive next to Chris Paul.
He’s already a knockdown three-point shooter (38.6 percent last year), he’s a great athlete who can make plays in transition and defend, and he’s a player who prefers to work off the ball.
Starting Small Forward: Wesley Matthews (No. 124 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.3 steals, 14.1 PER (for Portland Trail Blazers)
We’re willing to go small and dare teams to post up a bulldog like Wesley Matthews and see how that works out for them. Matthews is a "three and D" stud who shot 39.8 percent from behind the arc last year.
He’s a role player, and that’s just fine at this point in the draft.
Starting Power Forward: Nene Hilario (No. 117 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 12.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.9 steals, 17.0 PER (for Washington Wizards)
Nene provides some extra size to help account for the small backcourt, but more importantly, he brings a high-skill level as a pick-and-roll partner. With teams “icing” so many pick-and-rolls, your 4-man has to be a threat as a mid-range shooter and as an adept passer.
Nene is all those things.
Starting Center: Tyson Chandler (No. 57 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 10.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.6 steals, 18.9 PER (for New York Knicks)
Reunited and it feels so good.
Chris Paul loved having Tyson Chandler as a roll man, lob catcher and rim protector. This iteration of the Los Angeles Clippers will also appreciate his unparalleled efficiency and solid work on the glass, which was desperately needed given the sacrifices made for shooting elsewhere.
Bench Guard: Patrick Beverley (No. 177 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals, 15.4 PER (for Houston Rockets)
Good luck breathing, opposing point guards. We’re looking to recreate some of the Chris Paul-Eric Bledsoe defensive magic by adding Patrick Beverley, a hyper-athletic guard who should force plenty of turnovers.
Bench Guard: Courtney Lee (No. 244 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 steals, 11.7 PER (for Boston Celtics)
I’ll buy incredibly low on Courtney Lee, a guy who is coming off his worst season as a pro. We won’t ask him to handle the ball or try and be something he’s not. Just sit in the corner, knock down tons of threes and play solid defense. It’s that easy.
Bench Forward: Mike Dunleavy (No. 184 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals, 13.6 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
More shooting, please!
Mike Dunleavy hit 42.8 percent of his threes last season, and he’s a guy you can build an entire offense around in the second unit because of how he can run off screens. Also a fun fact: The Clippers' deepest playoff run in franchise history prominently featured a Dunleavy.
Bench Forward: Donatas Motiejunas (No. 237 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 5.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.2 steals, 12.2 PER (for Houston Rockets)
I love the awkward post moves and surprising scoring instincts, but I’m more interested in Donatas Motiejunas’s ability to be a stretch big man. A lefty 7-footer who bombs from deep? Sounds a little like Sam Perkins, and I dig that.
Bench Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 357 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: N/A
Given the level of competition he played against overseas, I have no idea what to expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to look like in his first year. He’s a wild card as a 12th man, but at the very least, it would be fun listening to Ralph Lawler try to pronounce his name.
Bench Center: Jason Smith (No. 297 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 8.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.3 steals, 16.8 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
We want him solely for his ability to be a pick-and-pop threat. Jason Smith has hit over 47 percent of his attempts from 16-23 feet the last two seasons. It’s by far his biggest weapon, and it’s an important one to have on the roster.
Bench Center: Chuck Hayes (No. 304 overall)
2012-13 Per Game Stats: 2.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .2 blocks, 0.4 steals, 10.7 PER (for Sacramento Kings)
You want specialists coming off the bench, and Chuck Hayes may be the best post defender in basketball. He is an immovable object that never gives up his ground, and he’s actually a really nice passer out of the high post as well.
-D.J. Foster, Clippers Re-Draft GM
First and foremost, the Clippers will never sacrifice floor spacing or perimeter defense. We want to shoot lots of corner threes and cut off penetration on the other end, and we have the pieces (Bradley Beal, Wesley Matthews, Patrick Beverley and Courtney Lee) to do just that.
Offensively, this is a pick-and-roll oriented team because of Chris Paul's wizardry in that setting.
Whether it's Tyson Chandler diving down the lane and making the defense collapse, or any of the pick-and-pop options at the 4, Paul will always have space to operate and a capable finisher at the other end of his passes.
Defensively, we're all about forcing turnovers. We can afford to be aggressive in passing lanes and take risks on the ball, which should appeal to this insane defensive backcourt. We want to lure teams into mid-range shots and isolation basketball whenever possible.
As for rim protection? In Tyson Chandler we trust.
With all the shooting and high-percentage scoring in the frontcourt, this is a top-five offense in terms of efficiency. We'll give up our fair share of offensive rebounds, but this is a team that will wear down the opponent in a long playoff series.
The Clippers, finally, are championship contenders.
-D.J. Foster, Clippers Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Tyreke Evans, Trey Burke, Dennis Schroeder
Shooting Guard: Gordon Hayward, Will Barton
Small Forward: Maurice Harkless, Draymond Green, Kyle Singler
Power Forward: Paul George, Thomas Robinson
Center: Nikola Vucevic, Anthony Randolph
Starting Point Guard: Tyreke Evans (No. 53 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks, 18.1 PER (for Sacramento Kings)
Tyreke is a guy who we felt gave us versatility. He’ll serve as our starting point guard, but he’ll also play on the wing and defend multiple positions.
With Tyreke and Paul at the forefront of our perimeter defense, we feel very comfortable that we’ll be able to establish ourselves at that end of the floor. Tyreke will have no issues exceeding the production he enjoyed during his Rookie of the Year season.
Starting Shooting Guard: Gordon Hayward (No. 113 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, 16.8 PER (for Utah Jazz)
Gordon is not someone who’s talked about often enough in NBA circles. He's another player who fits with what we’re trying to do on the wing, and we feel very good about his addition.
Starting Small Forward: Maurice Harkless (No. 128 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, 12.5 PER (for Orlando Magic)
Maurice is a rapidly improving young player in the NBA whom we know will be an asset to us both in the short and long term. He’s still incredibly young and has a tremendously bright future ahead.
Starting Power Forward: Paul George (No. 8 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks, 16.8 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
Paul is a player we feel very comfortable with both now and in the future. His ability to play and defend multiple positions is something that drew us to him immediately as the NBA is becoming an increasingly versatile league.
Further, we feel Paul fits the type of culture we’re trying to build in Los Angeles as he can usher in the new era of Lakers basketball.
Starting Center: Nikola Vucevic (No. 68 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks, 17.8 PER (for Orlando Magic)
With the need for big men to have an increasingly versatile game on the offensive end, we feel blessed to have selected Nikola in the third round.
He’s an improving passer and already an excellent shooter for someone of his size. He continues to improve on the interior and will be vital to our future.
Bench Guard: Trey Burke (No. 173 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.5 blocks, 28.7 PER (for Michigan Wolverines)
Make no mistake about it, we’re thrilled to welcome Trey to the Lakers. As he gets more experience, his abilities on the floor will allow us to further diversify the types of lineups we can play on the floor.
Bench Guard: Dennis Schroeder (No. 233 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: N/A
Dennis is a player we’ve watched for some time now, and we feel he'll be an integral contributor in the future. His skill set at the point guard position has the chance to become something special.
Bench Guard: Will Barton (No. 353 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 9.1 PER (for Portland Trail Blazers)
Will’s combination of skill, athleticism and size are far too great to overlook. We think he can develop into a very valuable player for the Lakers.
Bench Forward: Kyle Singler (No. 308 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 10.0 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
Kyle began to show what he was capable of in Spain when he played abroad, and we feel he has the chance to develop into an excellent three-point shooter.
Bench Forward: Draymond Green (No. 248 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks, 7.1 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
Draymond comes in with a no-nonsense attitude, and we love that. His work ethic on both sides of the ball is something we want from all of our players, and he gives us some energy in the second unit.
Bench Forward: Thomas Robinson (No. 188 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, 10.9 PER (for Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings)
We feel very confident that this is the place for Thomas to blossom in the NBA. He’s the type of physical presence we need inside and has a chance to play very meaningful minutes for our club.
Bench Center: Anthony Randolph (No. 293 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks, 15.6 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
Anthony is going to be someone we spend a lot of time working with. Our player development coaches feel very confident that they can get Anthony playing at the level he’s shown multiple times in his brief NBA career.
-Ethan Norof, Lakers Re-Draft GM
Versatility. That’s the theme of the Los Angeles Lakers. If it wasn’t evident after our first two picks in Paul George and Tyreke Evans, it certainly should be when looking at our full roster.
We’re going to trot out all sorts of different lineups designed to create matchup nightmares at multiple positions. We’re going to push the opposition to the brink of their comfort zone, and it’s important that we have players who are capable of being difficult to match up with at both ends of the floor.
Because of the roster makeup, we’re going to play a fast style of basketball that is not solely reliant on the fast break. Transition basketball will be a big part of what we’re going to do night in and night out to be successful.
With the combination of guys who can attack the rim as well as guys who can fill it up from the perimeter, our athleticism is going to present a challenge for some of the other teams around the league.
There’s no doubt that there will be an acclimation period as our players adjust alongside their new teammates, but we’re confident that once we have the chemistry, it will be an issue for our opposition on a regular basis.
-Ethan Norof, Lakers Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Stephen Curry, C.J. McCollum, Cory Joseph
Shooting Guard: O.J. Mayo, Jason Terry
Small Forward: Metta World Peace, John Salmons
Power Forward: Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson, Arnett Moultrie
Center: Andre Drummond, Meyers Leonard
Starting Point Guard: Stephen Curry (No. 14 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 22.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 21.3 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
He's one of the top lead guards in the NBA with the sweetest stroke since Ray Ray. At No. 14 overall, I was happy to take Curry as my franchise centerpiece.
Starting Shooting Guard: O.J. Mayo (No. 74 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks, 13.9 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
With Curry and Mayo, I now have a pretty potent backcourt. Both can handle the ball or play off it. I like how they complement each other.
Starting Small Forward: Metta World Peace (No. 134 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks, 12.5 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
I needed a wing, experience and toughness. So I took Metta World Peace and felt great about it.
Starting Power Forward: Tobias Harris (No. 107 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, 16.0 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic)
Harris is my most-improved player pick entering the year. He's got the versatility to play on the perimeter as a 3 or down low as a 4.
And he's from my hometown in Dix Hills, Long Island. Represent.
Starting Center: Andre Drummond (No. 47 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.6 blocks, 21.6 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
I'm riding the Drummond train. He's an absolute monster ready to break out and emerge as a star. I wouldn't be surprised if he ate someone this year.
Bench Guard: Jason Terry (No. 167 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 12.8 PER (for Boston Celtics)
In the sixth round, I was naturally searching for a sixth man. Terry might not be the scorer he used to be, but with Mayo and Curry in the backcourt, I just need his stability.
Bench Guard: C.J. McCollum (No. 194 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 23.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 34.7 PER (for Lehigh Mountain Hawks)
McCollum is one of the deadliest scoring rookies in his class. And he's NBA-ready. He'll give my second unit a jolt of offense off the bench.
Bench Guard: Cory Joseph (No. 314 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 13.5 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Joseph can defend and knock down shots. His role on this team is to harass opposing point guards whenever he's in the game.
Bench Forward: John Salmons (No. 254 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks, 10.2 PER (for Sacramento Kings)
Salmons is a reliable veteran wing who can put the ball in the hole. This late in the draft, I'll take any offense I can get.
Bench Forward: Andrew Nicholson (No. 287 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.4 blocks, 15.1 PER (for Orlando Magic)
Nicholson is one of the few natural post players in the league right now. He can't jump or rebound, but he's a solid back-to-the-basket option for a half-court team like this one.
Bench Forward: Arnett Moultrie (No. 347 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 16.7 PER (for Philadelphia 76ers)
I thought Moultrie slid too far in the 2012 draft. He didn't get much burn as a rookie, but he's got upside. Any 6'11'' stud athlete is cool with me this deep in the Re-Draft.
Bench Center: Meyers Leonard (No. 227 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.6 blocks, 12.1 PER (for Portland Trail Blazers)
Leonard is gigantic, muscular, athletic and has a real soft touch around the key. If he had gotten more time as a rookie, he probably wouldn't have been around this late.
Solid backup here.
-Jonathan Wasserman, Grizzlies Re-Draft GM
There's no doubt this Grizzlies team is going to slow down the pace. With Curry, Mayo, World Peace, Harris and Drummond, I've got a half-court squad on my hands.
I'm giving Curry the freedom to dominate the ball. He might have the greenest light in the league. Pull-up threes, high-ball screens, isolation—the plan is to free up Curry any way we can.
This team will also be physical. World Peace, Harris and Drummond take no prisoners up front. This frontcourt should lead the NBA in personal fouls.
At the end of the day, this is a team who wants to keep games low scoring. And I think O.J. Mayo becomes the X-factor as the half-court go-to option.
-Jonathan Wasserman, Grizzlies Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Ty Lawson, Kirk Hinrich, Jimmer Fredette
Shooting Guard: Arron Afflalo, Chase Budinger
Small Forward: Rudy Gay, Omri Casspi, Solomon Hill
Power Forward: Enes Kanter, Jason Maxiell
Center: Marc Gasol, Bismack Biyombo
Starting Point Guard: Ty Lawson (No. 50 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 17.9 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
Few would mistake Ty Lawson for an elite point guard overall, but perhaps no player at his position blends speed, quickness and strength quite like Lawson does.
He’s great at pushing the pace but is heady enough as a slasher and a shooter to thrive in the half court with a slow-footed big like Gasol. He’s a 38 percent three-point shooter for his career and has sliced his turnover percentage little by little over the course of his career.
Moreover, at the age of 25, Lawson still has yet to play his best ball. He had the benefit of appearing on a deep Denver squad in years past, one that didn’t need him to dominate the ball or log more than 35 minutes per game. But Ty’s capable of carrying a heftier load and would form an intriguing inside-out tandem with Gasol on South Beach.
Starting Shooting Guard: Arron Afflalo (No. 110 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.0 PER (for Orlando Magic)
Afflalo is the consummate pro. He’s been known as a great character guy and a program builder, which will come in handy with a brand-new roster coming together all at once.
Afflalo’s shooting percentages have dipped over the years, though; like Gay, that may be more a function of increased responsibility overall and more frequent shooting in particular. Slot Afflalo into a tertiary role, and he becomes a hard-working “three and D” type guy who can choreograph your stopping schemes on the perimeter.
Starting Small Forward: Rudy Gay (No. 71 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.7 blocks, 15.6 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors)
Rudy Gay gets a ton of guff for his poor shooting percentages. But, when you consider how many bad shots he had to take for the Grizzlies and the Raptors and how bad his vision was prior to this summer, it’s easy to see why there’d be such room for improvement.
In Miami, Gay would be united with Gasol, by whose side he’s played borderline-All-Star ball as recently as 2010-11.
Gay’s not a great defender by any stretch, but his athleticism and relative youth (26) suggest that he’s far from a lost cause and could even be an impact guy on the perimeter thanks to his length and leaping ability.
Starting Power Forward: Enes Kanter (No. 131 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks, 17.6 PER (for Utah Jazz)
The real upside of this lineup comes from Enes Kanter. All signs point to this 21-year-old developing into a double-double machine who can bang in the paint and knock down shots when necessary. In 70 games last season, he averaged 16.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per 36 minutes while converting his free throws at nearly an 80 percent rate.
He’s still a bit turnover-prone, but with willing passers both in the post and on the outside, Kanter should get plenty of looks that require little more than leaping after the ball and flushing it home.
Starting Center: Marc Gasol (No. 11 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.7 blocks, 19.5 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies)
Gasol’s versatility makes him the perfect building block when wading through a long, uncertain, snake-style draft. His soft, mid-range jumper allows him to clear space for other bigs inside, and his proficiency in the post (high or low) positions him perfectly to play in the middle of a bunch of shooters.
But defense, too, is no less than 50 percent of the game, and Gasol plays it so well. The Grizzlies gave up nearly seven points per 100 possessions fewer whenever Marc was on the floor last season—or, approximately the difference between Indy’s top-ranked defense and New York’s 16th-ranked unit.
Bench Guard: Kirk Hinrich (No. 191 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks, 10.8 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
Hinrich can no longer handle full-time starting point guard duties, but he’s still got enough left in the tank to contribute meaningfully off the bench. He remains an above-average three-point shooter and is as hard-nosed of a defender as he’s ever been.
Hinrich’s there when you need to give Lawson a rest and is just as available to play next to Lawson if small ball is the way to go.
Bench Guard: Jimmer Fredette (No. 251 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.2 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 14.6 PER (for Sacramento Kings)
Don’t judge Jimmer by what little he accomplished with the Sacramento Kings. He was drafted WAY earlier than he should’ve been and was misused left and right. He’s not a starting guard by any stretch, nor should he be entrusted with running an offense.
Ask Fredette to stretch a defense with shooting, though, and he becomes a key cog in your nightly attack. Think of Jimmer on the Heat the way you would of Eddie House on the 2008 Celtics: a “microwave” scorer off the bench who can single-handedly win you a game or two with his shooting, particularly come playoff time.
Bench Guard: Chase Budinger (No. 170 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, 12.6 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
If “three and D” is the key to success in today’s NBA, then Chase Budinger is your man. A knee injury limited him to just 21 games last season, during which he posted career-worst shooting numbers.
But a healthy “Air Bud” is a legitimate threat to whom opposing defenses must commit their resources, and he can be a terror in transition from time to time.
Bench Forward: Omri Casspi (No. 290 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, 12.9 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
How could Micky Arison, the Israeli-born owner of the Heat, pass up the opportunity to employ Casspi, the NBA’s first Israeli-born player?
It doesn’t help Casspi’s case that his efficiency and productivity have plummeted over the years. But shuttling between subpar situations in Sacramento and Cleveland is hardly the way to go, as Omri could surely attest. He seems a much stronger fit as another shooting wing, a Rudy Fernandez clone, who can give you quality minutes in a pinch if need be.
Bench Forward: Jason Maxiell (No. 311 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.3 blocks, 11.3 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
I’m not suggesting that Jason Maxiell was, is or will ever be as good as Corliss Williamson once was. I’m just saying that Maxiell is about as close to Williamson as you’ll see in the league today.
Which is to say, Maxiell is an undersized post with a nifty offensive game who’s not afraid to fuse footwork and finesse with pure power from time to time. Chances are, he wouldn’t see many minutes in Miami, due in some part to the deleterious effect that Father Time has had on his now-waning athleticism at the basket.
Bench Forward: Solomon Hill (No. 350 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks, 20.1 PER (for Arizona Wildcats)
No team would be complete without a rookie, especially one with jack-of-all-trades potential like Solomon Hill. He was a mid-sized bruiser during his three seasons at Arizona, where he kept the Wildcats afloat post-Derrick Williams. He boards well for a player his size and might be able to score a bit in the pros, albeit not on his own.
If we’re going to start the team with a glue guy, in Gasol, we might as well end it with one, in Hill.
Bench Center: Bismack Biyombo (No. 230 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.8 blocks, 10.1 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
Defense and rebounding are the names of the game for Bismack Biyombo. He can’t shoot a lick, and his hands don’t always stick to the ball, but the kid plays hard and isn’t afraid to send a soft look sailing into the seats.
You want intimidation at the rim? Bismack’s your man...so long as you don’t ask him to do too much.
-Josh Martin, Heat Re-Draft GM
It’s tough to pin down exactly how this team will play, if only because there are so many ways in which it could.
Lawson and Gay give the Heat a talented tandem to score easy buckets in transition, though the foundation of the offense would rely on the half-court stylings of Gasol and Kanter on the interior, with Afflalo providing spacing from the outside.
Miami could also opt for smaller lineups from time to time, with Hinrich and/or Fredette stepping in at shooting guard, Gay/Budinger sliding over to power forward and Biyombo attacking the rim out of some basic screening action.
Above all, this team’s identity will be built on defense.
With Gasol as the captain, the Heat will work together to clog the lane, overload the strong side and rotate to help properly, thanks in no small part to Marc barking out instructions on every play. The offense may not be great, but if the defense pans out as a top-five unit, the Heat will compete for some significant hardware.
-Josh Martin, Heat Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Steve Nash, Andre Miller
Shooting Guard: Danny Green, Wayne Ellington, Rip Hamilton
Small Forward: Otto Porter, Sergey Karasev
Power Forward: Al Horford, Ian Mahinmi, Luke Walton
Center: Kevin Garnett, DeAndre Jordan
Starting Point Guard: Steve Nash (No. 81 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.0 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
Don't buy into the hype! Steve Nash is not quickly slipping toward retirement, he simply had a bad season. After all, he was just three-10ths of a percent from the floor away from putting together his fifth 50/40/90 season.
The thought here is that, paired with two skilled post players, a few three-point shooters and given the opportunity to be the primary ball-handler, he'll be dazzling once again.
Starting Shooting Guard: Danny Green (No. 100 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks, 14.1 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Like everybody else on the planet, Danny Green may have me smitten after his amazing run in the playoffs.
At the very least, Green is two things: a solid defender and a great spot-up shooter. So long as he can get open five times a game, he's going to be able to hit two or three from range.
Starting Small Forward: Otto Porter (No. 160 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.9 blocks, 27.3 PER (for Georgetown Hoyas)
He's long, he can shoot and he can rebound. That's basically the exact player I'd hope to put into an offense that's going to be based around spacing and ball movement.
Porter isn't going to need the ball in his hands too much, but he should be able to fill in the same role that Harrison Barnes did for the Golden State Warriors in 2013.
Starting Power Forward: Al Horford (No. 21 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.1 blocks, 19.8 PER (for Atlanta Hawks)
Upon drafting Al Horford, I immediately wanted to drop him down a position and make him a power forward once again.
No longer will he have to jostle between two roles, matching up against stronger guys in the post and hoping he won't get his head blocked off going into a bigger defender.
So who is joining him in the frontcourt? Only one of the best partners a big man could ask for.
Starting Center: Kevin Garnett (No. 40 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks, 19.2 PER (for Boston Celtics)
Don't worry, we're not going to rely on Garnett for more than 28-32 minutes per game, so he shouldn't wear down too much as the season drags on. However, we will expect that classic herculean effort on the defensive end, which should be no problem.
Offensively, pairing him with Nash should give him plenty of opportunities to hit that silky baseline jumper.
Backup Guard: Andre Miller (No. 220 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.1 blocks, 15.7 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
Short of calling him a mini-Nash, Miller will be able to come on the court and run the offense with very few hiccups. Plus, Miller brings a bit of irrational confidence that could be fun.
He's getting old, but you'll realize that most of the lineup is a bit older.
Backup Guard: Wayne Ellington (No. 201 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.0 blocks, 12.2 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers)
Another three-point shooter with an idea of what to do on the defensive end; the goal was to fill the team up with a boatload of these guys.
Ellington may not be the most physical guy, but he doesn't stop on defense and he can get hot from beyond the arc.
Backup Guard: Rip Hamilton (No. 321 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.6 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
He's old, injury-prone and was barely useful as a spot-up shooter in 2013, but hopefully an extremely diminished role should help him squeeze the last few drops out of his career.
At the very least, he's another veteran presence on the bench and can help flesh out the backcourt.
Backup Forward: Sergey Karasev (No. 261 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: N/A
It may seem a bit shaky to have two rookies platooning the small forward spot, but we should have a bit of roster flexibility with guys stepping in to play different positions.
Grabbing Karasev was influenced by two things: the desire to have as many wing shooters as possible, and his amazing performance in the World University Games completely selling me on the young Russian.
Backup Forward: Luke Walton (No. 340 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 11.3 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
I was in control of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2012 Re-Draft, and I'm fairly certain that this dude was responsible for a huge chunk of the team's success.
When he does make it on the court, Walton is truly capable of being a point forward, which could prove useful every once in a while. Don't be surprised when he starts droppin' dimes to a sprinting DeAndre Jordan on fast breaks.
Backup Forward: Ian Mahinmi (No. 280 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks, 10.6 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
Strictly speaking, he's not a true power forward, but he is a big man who can play defense and isn't an idiot when he grabs an offensive rebound.
Mahinmi is smart enough to help the team out in stretches, and Nash might just be able to get him a few more productive touches on offense.
Backup Center: DeAndre Jordan (No. 141 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.4 blocks, 17.2 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
Jordan gets to come in and take a ton of pressure off Kevin Garnett's shoulders, take on backup big men and have a ton of fun as Nash and Miller scoop alley-oops up to him.
His defense may be sloppy, and his free-throw shooting is enough to keep him from the waning minutes of games, but we won't need him to do much so long as the team stays healthy. This should be the perfect scenario for Jordan to bring as much to the table without taking anything away.
-Jesse Dorsey, Bucks Re-Draft GM
Consider the brand new Milwaukee Bucks to be a weird combination of the old Phoenix Suns and the recent San Antonio Spurs. There's not going to be a ton of running or gunning (I'm not keen on Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash having their knees fall off), but a combination of ball movement and perimeter play will reign supreme.
Obviously Nash will be the offensive initiator, running a pick-and-roll-heavy offense with Horford, who should be euphoric going from Jeff Teague to Nash as his PnR partner. From there, smart passes will be the cornerstone of the offense, whether it be to a popping Garnett as the defense rotates, or to one of the many shooters as the defense collapses.
Mid-range attempts will come from that golden 10-to-15-foot area, just deep enough to keep the defense honest, but not deep enough to make them frustrating wastes of possessions.
Defensively, the team is going to be weak at times with Nash and Andre Miller manning the point guard spot, but with three smart big men (Garnett, Horford and Mahinmi), as well as another frightening big (Jordan) and a few capable wing defenders (Green and Ellington), it shouldn't be enough to sink the ship.
The hope is that Nash is still able to run the game when it's his to run (and not to share with Kobe), while Garnett should be able to teach Mahinmi and Jordan a thing or two about playing in the post.
From there, the only thing that needs to appear is a hefty dose of the long ball, which should be no problem with this group of snipers that I've mashed together.
-Jesse Dorsey, Bucks Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Greivis Vasquez, Reggie Jackson, Will Bynum
Shooting Guard: Jeff Taylor, Marco Belinelli
Small Forward: Jimmy Butler, Terrence Ross
Power Forward: Kevin Love, DeJuan Blair, Perry Jones III
Center: Derrick Favors, Gorgui Dieng
Starting Point Guard: Greivis Vasquez (No. 116 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.3 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
Feeling good about my team defense and satisfied with their overall scoring ability, I'm a little worried that my top three guys can have trouble creating shots for themselves. Nabbing last year's total assists leader is a dream come true at this spot.
Vasquez may not be flashy, but he sets up teammates with the best of them and is no slouch when having to score either. Sure, he's a little slow-footed defensively, but that's where Jimmy Butler comes in.
My favorite part? The fact that Vasquez is 6'6". My backcourt is gonna be absolutely huge and sneaky effective.
Starting Shooting Guard: Jeff Taylor (No. 245 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 10.3 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
He may not be a well-known name, and he sure has a lot of Charlotte Bobcats stink to wash off, but Jeff Taylor still projects to be a fantastic "three and D" guy. I'm ecstatic to "hide" him in my starting lineup as the fifth player. He won't log huge minutes, but will be tasked with initially checking the opposition's best wings, thereby saving Butler and Vasquez for the heavy lifting later in the game.
He struggled as a rookie but really improved his shooting during summer league, and he'll be a nice glue guy. Think: my version of Thabo Sefolosha or Lance Stephenson. Not bad for the ninth round!
Starting Small Forward: Jimmy Butler (No. 56 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks, 15.2 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
This choice ensures my strategy: reaching a bit when necessary, but getting the guys I want before the competition does. I'm banking on Jimmy "Buckets" to make "the leap" this season, as Paul George did last year, becoming a legit two-way threat and a rising star.
He showed by the end of last season that he's more than capable of hanging with the league's elite wings defensively, and his ability to play above the rim and knock down threes is fantastic. His athleticism and awareness will be heavily utilized, though I hope his ceiling is as high and near as it appeared last season.
Starting Power Forward: Kevin Love (No. 5 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 17.9 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
Video game-like points and rebounds, along with a boatload of threes make this an easy choice when picking a building block, even if it's a slight reach. Yes, he'll need some protection defensively, and he might not be the No. 1 scoring option every night, but his passing and unselfishness are highly underrated.
He's the kind of guy you can build any style of team around, and before last year's freak hand injuries, he was considered a fringe MVP candidate. The box score is gonna be overflowing on a nightly basis.
Starting Center: Derrick Favors (No. 65 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.7 blocks, 17.5 PER (for Utah Jazz)
Another guy who I'm assuming will make the "the leap" already, Derrick Favors' shot-blocking and above-the-rim presence will pair incredibly well with Kevin Love's lack thereof. What's more, Favors can do a little bit of everything, both from the low block and the high post, meaning he can play alongside Love or anchor the front line when Kevin's resting.
He'll start at center but play a lot at the 4 as well. Most importantly, he's mobile and the focal point of our defense. He and Jimmy Butler are nice complementary scorers to Love, but Derrick will lead the way on the other end.
Bench Guard: Reggie Jackson (No. 125 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 14.2 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
Still searching for my fifth starter, it was an easy reminder to recall that "you don't put your best five on the floor to start the game." With that, nabbing Reggie Jackson became a no-brainer. There were more accomplished sixth men still available, but Jackson's star began to shine brightly during the end of last season.
He verified his ascent during summer league.
This kid is a mid-sized scoring guard who can flat-out fly while lighting up the bucket. With Vasquez being so big, it's conceivable that Reggie could be in the crunch-time backcourt, though I wish he could stretch the floor a little better. Still, the upside is real, and this was one of my favorite picks.
Bench Guard: Marco Belinelli (No. 176 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.4 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
It was time to go a little safer again, and Belinelli fits the bill. His floor-stretching is badly needed, but he's an underrated playmaker and defender since his stop with the Chicago Bulls last year.
He would be fine as a spot starter but will be even more effective as a high-minute sub at multiple positions, potentially even finishing games at the shooting guard spot. There's no upside left here, but he's a proven commodity and a veteran presence, something we're short on up to this point. His ability to play any style with any collection of guys is highly valuable to me.
Bench Guard: Will Bynum (No. 305 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9..8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.6 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
I still want a little more scoring, and Will Bynum has proven more than capable of that during his low-key career, even if it's not always that efficient. His compact and powerful physique is a bowling-ball style I don't yet have in the backcourt, and his ability to create shots for himself and others will also be useful in a pinch.
I know I can trust him with minutes if need be, but his main job will be to stay ready in the bullpen while mentoring the young guys.
Bench Forward: Terrence Ross (No. 185 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 10.4 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
Regretting this pick almost immediately after making it, I had to remind myself why I liked Ross so much. His sheer athleticism is sorely needed on my team, and the thought of him running the fast break with Reggie Jackson and the second unit was absolutely tantalizing.
He settles for too many threes, is lost on both ends of the floor at times and could still be a flame-out, but there are few wings who fly as high. We'll call him the team's wild card. He could be a key rotation cog and highlight machine by the end of the season or be shelved at the end of the bench.
Just like in real life.
Bench Forward: DeJuan Blair (No. 296 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 14.6 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Blair's ability to play either frontcourt spot, along with his high-motor rebounding, finishing ability and respectable mid-range jumper make him the perfect fit. He's interchangeable with Favors, Love or even Dieng, and he's been around the block long enough in San Antonio to have become a reliable, cagey veteran.
He's lately struggled to get consistent minutes under Gregg Popovich, but that won't be a problem with my team. Though undersized, he'll be a key cog in the rotation and the hedge against Dieng needing more-than-expected time to develop.
Bench Forward: Perry Jones III (No. 356 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, 7.8 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
I needed someone who can spot time as the third small forward or the fifth big. Perry Jones can do both, even if everyone is still trying to figure out where his future lies.
Still considered one of the most athletic players in the league, he learned a lot with the Thunder and their D-League team last year, and I still love his upside and versatility. Even if he won't see a ton of time for me this season, he's a great prospect and, like Terrence Ross, could wind up becoming a surprise contributor of more than just sweet highlights.
Bench Center: Gorgui Dieng (No. 236 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.5 blocks, 23.8 PER (for Louisville Cardinals)
Dieng may be a rookie, but his fantastic shot-blocking and sneaky mid-range jump shooting should have no problem translating to the pro level. I needed a true center so that either Love or Favors can play the power forward spot when paired with this backup, and Dieng fits nicely with both.
He'll protect the rim while keeping defenses honest on the other end. Hopefully, he'll improve his finishing ability throughout the year too. Best case, if he can live up to that Serge Ibaka comparison everyone is touting, this will be an absolute steal. I'll cover for the worst-case scenario with a later pick.
-Joel Cordes, Timberwolves Re-Draft GM
Our starting five will be rather conventional pace-wise, running a ton of pick-and-rolls with Greivis Vasquez and Kevin Love or Derrick Favors. Jimmy Butler and Favors will also be great off back-door cuts and lobs, while Butler, Love and Jeff Taylor will stretch the floor whenever Favors has the ball down low or the pick-and-roll initiates kick-outs.
Taylor, Butler and Favors will anchor the first unit's defense while taking the tough assignments away from Love and Vasquez.
We'll really dial up the tempo with the second unit. With Vasquez, Love and Taylor heading to the bench first, Reggie Jackson, Marco Belinelli and Gorgui Dieng or DeJuan Blair will open a run-and-gun, slashing style on offense and a much more high-pressure defense.
As Butler and Favors are still on the floor, our athleticism will be off the charts. The key will be Reggie Jackson's ability to attack the defense, though hopefully Terrence Ross sightings will be increasingly frequent, exciting and productive with this group too.
Jackson, Belinelli and Dieng/Blair will see a high number of minutes from the bench, with Love and Vasquez checking back in down the stretch (though Taylor won't return unless the matchup dictates).
Crunch time should eventually see Jackson, Belinelli, Butler, Love and Favors, though Vasquez and Blair may tenaciously hold onto similar roles early in the season. With tons of upside and versatility, along with a staggeringly low $38.3 million roster price, we're poised to be an exciting regular-season team and mid-level playoff seed this year, then a legit contender the following season and beyond.
-Joel Cordes, Timberwolves Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Rajon Rondo, Alec Burks
Shooting Guard: Tony Allen, Lou Williams
Small Forward: Evan Turner, Luigi Datome
Power Forward: J.J. Hickson, Glen Davis, Jarvis Varnado
Center: Greg Monroe, Tyler Zeller, Jason Collins
Starting Point Guard: Rajon Rondo (No. 23 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, 18.1 PER (for Boston Celtics)
I had my sights set on a point guard. After the rush on the position in Round 1, I felt lucky to grab Rondo at No. 23.
Having Rondo first sets up the rest of the draft. He is a perfect style of player to build a fictional team around. Since he does a little bit of everything, you know you have a decent start across your stat sheet.
Starting Shooting Guard: Tony Allen (No. 98 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks, 13.2 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies)
Shooting guard is a notoriously slim position in the NBA. By the time the fourth round rolled around, there weren't many experienced scorers at the position available.
So I went the opposite route and grabbed Tony Allen. He and Rondo form a fearsome defensive duo that has experience sharing the court with each other. Also, a First Team All-Defense player in Round 4 is a pretty good grab.
Starting Small Forward: Evan Turner (No. 143 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.1 PER (for Philadelphia 76ers)
For starters, does anyone remember when Evan Turner went No. 2 overall in the NBA draft? Turner has been budding with potential for a few years now, but he has been in an unfortunate position for most of his career.
The Philadelphia 76ers are a mess right now, but Turner is staring at the prime opportunity to put up insane numbers on a bad team. He has improved his overall numbers in each of his three seasons and should continue to grow at the NBA level.
Starting Power Forward: J.J. Hickson (No. 83 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks, 19.7 PER (for Portland Trail Blazers)
I had no trouble grabbing J.J. Hickson in Round 3. Averaging a double-double in the NBA is no joke, and that is what Hickson accomplished last season.
I had minor hesitation about starting him over Glen Davis, due to the lack of shooting in my starting five, but Hickson is in a position to succeed here. He reverts back to his original power forward position, swapping LaMarcus Aldridge for Greg Monroe, a more traditional center and frontcourt partner. Hickson gets his points on put-backs and can also run pretty well with Rondo.
Starting Center: Greg Monroe (No. 38 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 19.5 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
I was thrilled to find Greg Monroe available just a few short picks after grabbing Rajon Rondo. I have to believe that trading the Brandon Knight/Rodney Stuckey combo for Rondo will push Monroe into an All-Star season. With that distribution improvement, Monroe could become a 20-10 guy in the NBA.
While I keep my fingers crossed for this pairing in real life, I'll revel in this fictional pick-and-roll ecstasy.
Bench Guard: Lou Williams (No. 158 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks, 15.9 PER (for Atlanta Hawks)
Pretty obvious choice here, as none of Rondo, Allen or Turner are quality shooters.
I toyed with the idea of starting Lou Williams, but he has always been so good off the bench. He gives me a sixth man who can actually shoot with decent range. I'd love to see him run offensive sets with Rondo for a lot of minutes as well.
Bench Guard: Alec Burks (No. 218 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.5 PER (for Utah Jazz)
At this point in the draft, I had yet to really take a chance on anyone with monster improvement potential. Alec Burks gave me just that at No. 218 overall.
In two seasons, he has been held back by playing time yet produced pretty decent numbers. On this team he will be given first crack at backing up Rondo and even see some minutes at shooting guard. Burks could score in bunches at Colorado, and he's a good rebounder for his position.
Bench Forward: Luigi Datome (No. 263 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: N/A
Even with Lou Williams on the roster, the Pelicans were lacking shooting depth from the wing. Evan Turner can’t yet be trusted to carry the position alone, so I went after import Luigi Datome.
In case you haven’t heard, he finished last season in Italy averaging close to 50/40/90 shooting splits. While not a ton of stuff translates from European to NBA style, shooting certainly can.
Bench Forward: Glen Davis (No. 203 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, 15.0 PER (for Orlando Magic)
As with the Lou Williams pick, my team was looking fairly offensively challenged.
Glen Davis has the same experience as Tony Allen in playing with Rajon Rondo. He provides a nice contrast to J.J. Hickson at the power forward spot. While both are a tad undersized, Davis brings a nice offensive touch and mid-range jumper, while Hickson is an interior rebounding machine.
Bench Forward: Jarvis Varnado (No. 323 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 0.6 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, 1.2 PER (for Boston Celtics and Miami Heat)
Gazing over this roster, there was one glaring item missing.
Neither Greg Monroe nor Tyler Zeller are what you’d call rim protectors. Both power forwards on the roster are undersized for the position. So, I really needed a shot-blocker here. Maybe I watch too much D-League in Maine and on YouTube, but Jarvis Varnado can swat shots.
Bench Center: Tyler Zeller (No. 278 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.9 blocks, 11.0 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
Hunting the player pool for a legitimate 7-footer to back up Greg Monroe, I found Tyler Zeller still available. This surprised me a tad, as he did some really good things for the Cleveland Cavaliers in his rookie year.
Zeller is much more than just another big body to use fouls in the paint. He provides decent interior skill and footwork off the bench. He also allows me to mix and match my four main frontcourt players.
Bench Center: Jason Collins (No. 338 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, 3.0 PER (for Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards)
As my final pick was nearing, I wrote out my roster by hand and searched for what might be missing. I realized that Tony Allen was by far my oldest player and that I had next to no frontcourt leadership.
Enter Jason Collins, a center on his last legs but with a wealth of NBA big-man experience. He provides excellent value that late in the draft, even if he doesn’t see a minute of game action.
-Mike Walsh, Pelicans Re-Draft GM
I tried to build a young and athletic team around Rajon Rondo and Greg Monroe as cornerstones. I would be positively giddy to see what Rondo could do with a legitimate interior scorer.
Surrounding Rondo with an athletic defensive shooting guard was a must. Tony Allen allows Rondo to play the style of defense that landed him on four All-NBA Defensive teams. Together they provide an outstanding front line of defense.
I also tried to grab athletic players who can finish in transition. Both Evan Turner and J.J. Hickson fit this bill, along with reserves like Alec Burks and Tyler Zeller. It was also important to find some shooting to bring our potentially weak offense up. In Lou Williams, Luigi Datome and Glen Davis, we have a very dangerous scoring second unit.
We will have a fairly obvious weakness at the small forward position. Unless Turner starts living up to his lofty potential and Datome transitions seamlessly, we will have a considerable hole there. Defensively, we will be extremely susceptible to talented wings that are too big for Allen to smother.
What we have to counter that is a pair of wide-bodied power forwards and quality 7-footers to clog the lane. Along with the ability to clean the glass, this will hopefully prevent those players from getting into the paint for easy opportunities.
I did take three players who suffered season-ending injuries last year. However, all three were of the rare, freak type. Rondo, Davis and Williams are all fairly durable.
Overall, this is a young, athletic team that will put plenty of points on the board and defend very well on the perimeter. We have some talented offensive bigs and plenty of size to clog the lane.
-Mike Walsh, Pelicans Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton
Shooting Guard: Ben McLemore, Ray Allen, Wesley Johnson
Small Forward: Chandler Parsons, Gerald Green
Power Forward: LeBron James, Mirza Teletovic, Al Harrington
Center: Al Jefferson, Festus Ezeli
Starting Point Guard: Pablo Prigioni (No. 180 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.9 steals, 13.0 PER (for New York Knicks)
Prigioni? Starting? Over Felton? You bet.
When playing next to LeBron, you need a point guard who can play off the ball and distribute. Prig is that guy. He can hit the spot-up three and drop some nifty times. That he's also a full-court press machine is exciting as well.
Starting Shooting Guard: Ben McLemore (No. 121 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, 23.2 PER (for Kansas Jayhawks)
Ray Allen 2.0 has me smitten. McLemore finds the bottom of the net from the outside with ease, and he's wildly athletic, kind of like Allen used to be. While he excels as a spot-up shooter, people tend to underrate his ability to create for himself. At least, that's what he told me.
Seriously, he did.
Starting Small Forward: Chandler Parsons (No. 60 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 steals, 15.3 PER (For Houston Rockets)
Because I wanted ALL the shooters, Parsons seemed like the perfect get in the second round. He knocked down 38.5 percent of his treys last season and is just the guy LeBron should be kicking out to.
Though I was tempted to run him at the 4, he's better suited to defend small forwards. Not because he's über-athletic or anything, just because he lacks the defensive fortitude to guard in the post.
Starting Power Forward: LeBron James (No. 1 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.7 steals, 31.6 PER (for Miami Heat)
You can't teach greatness, and LeBron is great. He excels at the power forward position courtesy of his refined low-post sets, and his honed jumper renders him the ideal stretch 4 as well.
He'll primarily serve as point forward, though, like he does in real life. Going that route will space the hell out of the floor and provide Prig, Parsons and McLemore with plenty of outside scoring opportunities.
Starting Center: Al Jefferson (No. 61 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.0 steals, 20.9 PER (for Utah Jazz)
When I saw that Jefferson was still available in the third round, I snatched him up.
He's not the most skilled of defenders, but he's a good rebounder and superb scorer. Also, he has nice range for a big man. That will work well when LeBron decides to post up and he's free to hover 13-16 feet from the basket.
Opposing defenses won't know what hit them.
Bench Guard: Raymond Felton (No. 181 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.4 steals, 15.2 PER (for New York Knicks)
Once again, I needed point men who can play off the ball next to LeBron. Felton can do that, though not as well as Prig, hence him being relegated to bench duty.
Defense is a concern, but the pick-and-rolls he'll initiate with Jefferson, LeBron, Ezeli and maybe even McLemore (if we're feeling crazy) left me foaming at the mouth.
Bench Guard: Ray Allen (No. 120 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.8 steals, 14.7 PER (for Miami Heat)
I wanted some sharp-shooting experience coming off my bench, so Allen seemed like the ideal sixth man. He can help groom his protege in McLemore, and I envision him raining down threes all day.
Also, his familiarity with the sixth-man role was huge. I didn't want to task McLemore with carrying such a burden as the leading supporting cast member.
Bench Guard: Wesley Johnson (360 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.4 steals, 10.3 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Mr. Irrelevant himself.
I'm not sure how much playing time he'll get, but he gives our team a strong perimeter defender who can also knock down threes when he keeps his elbows in. The ability to run the floor and finish at the rim on our squad is imperative too, and Johnson can certainly do all those things.
Bench Forward: Mirza Teletovic (No. 241 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.2 steals, 12.3 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
I took a little bit of a risk here, but this late in the draft, I really wasn't too worried. Teletovic keeps our outside-shooting theme alive as he's yet another player who stretches opposing defenses wafer thin.
I question his commitment to defense but liked what I saw from him last season when guarding stretch forwards like himself. Given how common they're becoming, I believe he'll be an integral piece to our championship puzzle on both ends of the court.
Bench Forward: Al Harrington (No. 301 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 steals, 10.3 PER (for Orlando Magic)
Provided he's healthy, Harrington is another floor-spacing fiend who can score and rebound. He should be a great influence on Teletovic.
Defense will be an issue, but what he lacks in awareness on that end of the floor, he more than makes up for on offense.
Bench Forward: Gerald Green (No. 300 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.3 steals, 9.9 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
This version of the Knicks is betting on Green being a little more 2011-12 and a lot less 2012-13.
Green, like a few others on this team, is super athletic. He can also knock down the three and defend pretty well. Did I mention he's athletic too? I did?
Good. Because he is, and this team is going to run.
Bench Center: Festus Ezeli (No. 240 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.3 steals, 9.3 PER (for Golden State Warriors)
Jefferson left me no choice.
I needed someone not named LeBron who could defend the 5 while also grabbing tons of rebounds. Ezeli fits that bill. He's limited offensively, but we tend not to care here in New York. There's already plenty of offensive firepower to go around.
-Dan Favale, Knicks Re-Draft GM
It's going to be all LeBron everything in the concrete jungle.
We're going to rely heavily on his playmaking abilities in half-court sets. We'll ask him to drive-and-kick, post up and run some pick-and-rolls with Big Al so he doesn't feel too left out.
Deep balls are going to be hoisted. A lot. Like more than the Rockets and actual Knicks combined for last season. Even in transition, players like LeBron, Allen, McLemore and Parsons will be encouraged to pull up for triples.
Our conventional point guards—Felton and Prig—will be asked to play off the ball significantly, not unlike Mario Chalmers of the real Heat. They'll be expected to shoot threes but also distribute and create through dribble penetration when The King is off the ball.
And we're going to run. All the time. Jefferson isn't the most conditioned of centers, but we're a team with agility at just about every other position.
We're also going to be one of the more underrated defensive teams. Jefferson is going to hurt us down low, but we have one of the best help defenders and understated shot-blockers in LeBron.
More importantly, credit needs to be given to the diligent defense Prig can play. And when we're in spotty situations, we have a slew of athletic specialists in Green, Johnson and Ezeli who can come in with the sole purpose of locking it down.
Full-court press quarters one through four. That's how we're going to defend.
That's how we're going to win.
-Dan Favale, Knicks Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Russell Westbrook, Beno Udrih
Shooting Guard: Manu Ginobili, Evan Fournier, Randy Foye
Small Forward: Shane Battier, Cartier Martin
Power Forward: Ed Davis, Luis Scola, Gustavo Ayon, Charlie Villanueva
Center: Larry Sanders
Starting Point Guard: Russell Westbrook (No. 6 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.8 steals, 23.9 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
Westbrook is 24 years old and already one of the best all-around players in the league. He may not be the most stylish point guard in the league (on the court, anyways)—he can't shoot from deep like Stephen Curry or run a pick-and-roll like Chris Paul.
But when he's at his best, there's not a player in the league who can stay in front of him. He's an overwhelming athlete.
Starting Shooting Guard: Manu Ginobili (No. 66 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.3 steals, 19.0 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Manu Ginobili's getting up there in years, and obviously his minutes will have to be heavily regulated. But even if I can only squeeze 25 or so minutes a game out of him, he still has tons of value.
Ginobili's a very good spot-up shooter, a dynamite passer and, more importantly, he could work as the primary ball-handler in some intriguing sets that feature Russell Westbrook off the ball.
Starting Small Forward: Shane Battier (No. 115 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals, 10.7 PER (for Miami Heat)
This was probably too early for Shane Batter, but there aren't many great wing defenders who double as knockdown shooters and can play the 3 and 4 interchangeably.
Like Ginobili, Battier's getting up there in years, but that shouldn't be a problem so long as he gets slightly reduced minutes and doesn't have to do too much banging with opposing 4s.
Starting Power Forward: Ed Davis (No. 126 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals, 18.1 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
Ed Davis was more or less a value pick—he's a productive young big who could make a leap in his fourth season—but he's also a very solid fit with the team I've assembled.
Davis can hit mid-range jumpers at a decent clip (44 percent per Basketball-Reference) so he doesn't cause any kind of spacing problems. He's also a solid pick-and-roll big and a plus defender who should pair well with Larry Sanders on both sides of the floor.
Starting Center: Larry Sanders (No. 55 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.8 blocks, 0.7 steals , 18.7 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
A rebounding/rim-protecting big is vitally important to almost every title team, and Larry Sanders is growing into the league's best. The Milwaukee Bucks finished 12th defensively last season (per Basketball-Reference), but when Sanders wasn't on the court, they were tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for 26th (per 82games.com).
If Sanders can make that kind of a defensive difference on a team with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, imagine what he could do surrounded with competent defenders.
Bench Guard: Evan Fournier (No. 186 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.3 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.5 steals, 13.8 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
Probably my favorite pick of the draft. Evan Fournier only got about 11 minutes per game last season, but his per-36 numbers are fantastic.
Fournier looks like a very good pick-and-roll player (he ranked first in the league per Synergy Sports [subscription required], though it was admittedly a small sample size) and shot 41 percent from three to boot. He should be instant offense coming off the bench, and I very much look forward to a fun two-man game between him and Luis Scola.
Bench Guard: Randy Foye (No. 235 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals, 11.7 PER (for Utah Jazz)
Randy Foye can shoot the heck out of the ball. That's literally the only reason I drafted him.
Foye's not a great defender, but as long as he can shoot 40 percent from deep on five or six attempts per game, who cares?
Bench Guard: Beno Udrih (No. 295 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.6 steals, 14.2 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic)
My team has a fair amount of bench scoring, so with my backup point guard, I was just looking for a steady veteran. Beno Udrih fits the bill nicely.
Unfortunately, Udrih's three-point shot has been pretty erratic over the past few years, but the important thing is just knowing that he won't play hero ball and throw up 20-footers with 15 seconds left on the shot clock.
Basically, he won't be Nick Young (zing!).
Bench Forward: Luis Scola (No. 175 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.8 steals, 16.7 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Luis Scola isn't much of a defender, but he does give me someone who can rebound and create his own shot off the bench, and that's very important. Scola's also a solid passer and a good jump shooter, so the offense could even be run through him at the elbow for short bursts.
Bench Forward: Cartier Martin (No. 306 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.5 steals, 9.7 PER (for Washington Wizards)
Everything I wrote about Randy Foye can be applied to Cartier Martin—he's a knockdown three-point shooter who won't kill my team defensively.
Martin also has enough size that I could run him out in combination with Foye or Evan Fournier, which could make for some dangerous offensive lineups (and they'd be survivable defensively so long as Larry Sanders is on the floor).
Bench Forward: Charlie Villanueva (No. 355 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.4 steals, 14.0 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
For the 355th overall pick, Charlie Villanueva could be a pretty useful player.
Stretch 4s like Villanueva are valuable (even if he did only shoot 35 percent from three last season), and since he's a 12th man, the pick isn't exactly a risk.
The Detroit Pistons put together some very dangerous offensive lineups when Villanueva and Andre Drummond were on the floor last season, and I'm hoping that Villanueva and Larry Sanders can pull off something similar, per NBA.com.
Bench Center: Gustavo Ayon (No. 246 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.4 steals, 12.8 PER (for Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks)
I'm rolling the dice a bit on Gustavo Ayon.
He's probably not going to get all that many minutes, but his per-36 numbers are very, very good, and his teams have always done better when he's on the floor, per Basketball-Reference. Larry Sanders is going to be logging some heavy minutes, so Ayon only has to play spot minutes (if at all) anyways, and he should have no problem delivering solid production in those cases.
-Luke Petkac, Thunder Re-Draft GM
My whole idea going into this draft was to create a versatile team—one that could play big or small depending on the opponent, and I think this team can do it.
Russell Westbrook and Manu Ginobili are obviously the keys on offense. Westbrook and Ginobili will both be running a lot of pick-and-rolls in the half court and should be able to get to the rim or find open shooters with relative ease.
Larry Sanders is already a good roll man and might even be due for an offensive leap this season—he has Tyson Chandler-lite potential in the pick-and-roll. It's also worth mentioning that Ed Davis is an effective roll man and could be part of a potent pick-and-pop game.
Evan Fournier, Luis Scola and Randy Foye are my guaranteed off-the-bench players—Fournier and Scola because they can both create offense and Foye for his shooting alone. Almost everyone else can, and will, be used situationally.
Cartier Martin is a given if I need a shooter with some size. Charlie Villanueva is necessary if opponents are taking advantage of spacing issues caused by the Sanders-Davis pairing. Beno Udrih gives me a steady hand at the point, and Gustavo Ayon provides insurance for any time Sanders gets into foul trouble.
Offensively, the team has enough playmakers and shooting to excel. Defensively is a bit tougher to predict—Sanders is going to have to do a lot of heavy lifting, and if Shane Battier wears down, then there's no great wing defender to take on the league's best scorers.
Still though, the pieces are there to play almost any style of basketball, and that kind of versatility is tough to beat.
-Luke Petkac, Thunder Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Mike Conley, Kendall Marshall, Shaun Livingston
Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant, Jordan Crawford
Small Forward: Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder
Power Forward: Kenneth Faried, Marreese Speights, Tyrus Thomas
Center: JaVale McGee, Chris Kaman
Starting Point Guard: Mike Conley (No. 45 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.3 blocks, 18.3 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies)
Mike Conley and Kobe Bryant in the same backcourt may sound crowded at first, but the tandem is going to be lethal once it clicks. Conley is fast enough to make plays in transition, but he’s also more than capable of hitting jumpers when Bryant passes out of double-teams.
Don’t forget about defense, either. Conley has become one of the best two-way point guards in the entire NBA, and following his 2013 postseason performance, most fans should agree that that’s no longer an exaggeration.
Starting Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant (No. 16 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 23.0 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
If this doesn’t go down as one of the best picks in the draft, it’s going to be a shame for the NBA.
Bryant may be getting up there in the age department, but his leadership and scoring abilities have yet to decline. This is a star-driven league, and when it comes to Bryant, he has all the qualities of a superstar even at 34 years old.
Drafting Bryant at No. 16 was a no-brainer.
Starting Small Forward: Kyle Korver (No. 136 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks, 13.9 PER (for Atlanta Hawks
In today’s NBA, it’s vital that you spread the floor and challenge defenses with three-point shooting. Kyle Korver was the second-best deep-range shooter in 2012-13, and he’s going to play an important role alongside two isolation guards who can dish and kick.
Starting Power Forward: Kenneth Faried (No. 76 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, 18.5 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
Kenneth Faried plays with an infectious energy, which is all Bryant can ask for from any of his teammates. He’s not going to be a primary option on offense, but with Conley and Bryant running the show, the Magic won’t need him to be a scorer outside of putback opportunities.
The biggest knock on Faried up to this point is defense, but the truth is that he’s improved quite a bit. He’s not going to body up most centers around the league, but according to 82games.com, he held opposing power forwards to a PER of just 15.9.
Starting Center: JaVale McGee (No. 105 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.0 blocks, 20.7 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
JaVale McGee has been ready to break out for a while now, and with more than 20 minutes per game, he should prove to be a valuable commodity.
Shot-blocking and scoring above the rim are his specialties, but Bryant should whip him into shape when it comes to making smart decisions. If McGee can stay disciplined on both sides of the floor, he’ll finally hit the scene as a top-caliber center.
Bench Guard: Kendall Marshall (No. 285 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.0 points, 0.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 assists, 7.8 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Kendall Marshall’s rookie season was rather disappointing, but the hope is that a roster full of talent will push him in the right direction. He has brilliant court vision, and now he has a squad that will make him look good night in and night out.
Bench Guard: Jordan Crawford (No. 256 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 13.8 PER (for Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics)
In an ideal world, Bryant and Jordan Crawford will rarely see the floor at the same time. That said, the Magic need a scoring threat when the Black Mamba is on the bench, and Crawford gives that despite his questionable shot selection.
Bench Guard: Shaun Livingston (No. 316 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 13.0 PER (for Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers)
On the off chance that Marshall can’t develop right away, Shaun Livingston will be a more-than-adequate backup to Conley. His recent stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers proved he’s still got game, and with his size, he’s sure to bother reserves across the league on both ends of the floor.
Bench Forward: Jae Crowder (No. 196 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, 10.2 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
Defense, defense, defense. That’s the mindset when it comes to Jae Crowder.
With Korver specializing from long range, Crowder’s primary responsibility is to be a defensive menace. Anything else is simply a bonus.
Bench Forward: Marreese Speights (No. 225 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 17.3 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers)
Following a productive 2012-13 season, Marreese Speights will help the Magic spread the floor. He’s also going to be a solid rebounding presence, which will make him valuable even if his shot isn’t falling.
Bench Forward: Tyrus Thomas (No. 345 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks, 9.6 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
Tyrus Thomas has gone from the fourth pick in 2006 to the 12th round of this Re-Draft. He’s struggled to reach the potential fans once hoped for, but in the final round, his athleticism and shot-blocking history make him a solid option at the end of the bench.
Bench Center: Chris Kaman (No. 165 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.8 blocks, 16.3 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
As confident as the Magic are with McGee, “proceed with caution” is a phrase that still comes to mind. For that reason, having a starting-caliber center off the bench is a necessity.
If McGee finally reaches his potential, Kaman will still provide a veteran presence. However, if McGee struggles with more minutes, Kaman will be ready to step up and take the starting spot if need be.
-Bryant Knox, Magic Re-Draft GM
At 34 years old, Kobe Bryant is going to be a leader, motivator and the Orlando Magic’s No. 1 option.
Virtually every pick following Bryant was made with the superstar in mind. Mike Conley will take the pressure off on both offense and defense, and he’s used to being a secondary scoring option. Kenneth Faried is as hard a worker as it comes, and he doesn’t need touches to be a monster on the glass.
Conley and Bryant can both get to the rim, and they’re both good passers—despite Bryant’s reputation as a scorer. For that purpose, Kyle Korver will fit in at small forward. He’ll knock down threes, and while he won’t help defensively, that’s where Jae Crowder comes into play.
At the center position, McGee will be given the chance to start right away. Odds are he’ll drive Bryant insane at times, but the hope is that the superstar can knock some sense into a player with huge potential.
Taking on McGee is a risk, which is why Chris Kaman off the bench will give the team confidence. The big man will challenge McGee for the starting spot, and while making that change would be less than ideal, he can surely step up if needed.
When Bryant is on the bench, Jordan Crawford will enter. Crawford can score, but he struggles with shot selection. Playing him behind Bryant will limit his minutes, while still giving Orlando the bench threat it needs.
This team will play at a fairly neutral pace. An eclectic group of forwards will spread the floor and attack the glass, while the guard positions will feature playmakers and scorers.
Behind Conley is Kendall Marshall and Shaun Livingston. Following a disappointing year, Marshall will be a pure facilitator on a talented roster. Following a promising year, Livingston will be insurance if Marshall flops.
Finding balance and keeping Bryant happy were two goals for the Magic during the Re-Draft—two goals that were met with certainty by the ones making the picks.
-Bryant Knox, Magic Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Kyrie Irving, Ramon Sessions, Marquis Teague
Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick, Jeremy Lamb
Small Forward: Martell Webster, Reggie Bullock
Power Forward: Serge Ibaka, Terrence Jones, Udonis Haslem
Center: Jonas Valanciunas, Greg Oden
Starting Point Guard: Kyrie Irving (No. 17 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.4 blocks, 21.4 PER (for Cleveland Cavaliers)
Once Bryant Knox and the Orlando Magic grabbed Kobe Bryant with the No. 16 pick, selecting Irving was a no-brainer. With his ability to shoot the rock from long range and break defenders' ankles in the meantime, Irving looks well on his way to becoming a legitimate superstar.
The real Sixers haven't had a player like him since the heyday of Allen Iverson.
Starting Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick (No. 104 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 14.7 PER (for Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks)
With Danny Green going off the board a few picks before mine, I went with the next best thing in Redick.
Irving should soak up a majority of possessions in my backcourt, so Redick can mostly camp out on the perimeter and serve as a release valve for Irving. He's also an underrated defender and can run the pick-and-roll when Irving needs a breather.
Starting Small Forward: Martell Webster (No. 137 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.9 PER (for Washington Wizards)
Needing to fill out my starting five, all of the elite 3s were long gone by the time my fifth-round pick rolled around. I went with Webster, hoping that he'd become a poor man's Redick—a decent defender whose main role on the team will be drilling corner 3s.
Starting Power Forward: Serge Ibaka (No. 44 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 3.0 blocks, 19.4 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
Sensing a run on big men coming in the late second and early third rounds, I wanted to grab someone with my No. 2 pick who could help anchor my team's defense. Ibaka still needs some work on guarding pick-and-rolls, but four years into his NBA career, he's already one of the league's most feared shot-blocking forces.
Starting Center: Jonas Valanciunas (No. 77 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 15.6 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
Crushed that the two Nikolas (Vucevic and Pekovic) were taken a few picks before mine, I bought into the summer league hype and grabbed Valanciunas in Round 3 to be Ibaka's frontcourt partner in crime.
J.V. had a strong finish to the 2012-13 season, and now, with his added bulk, he should be able to hold his own in the paint against any opposing center.
Bench Guard: Jeremy Lamb (No. 164 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.1 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, 11.2 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
Based on his 2012-13 per-game stats, drafting Lamb to be my sixth man looks like a huge gamble. I'm relatively convinced that he's due for a breakout season with the real Oklahoma City Thunder, however, and trust that his sweet shooting ability isn't just contingent on playing alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Bench Guard: Ramon Sessions (No. 257 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 17.7 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
Unconvinced that Irving will make it through the entire season without getting dinged up a few times, I wanted a backup point guard who could foreseeably keep my team afloat if Kyrie did miss some games. Sessions isn't elite by any means, but he's a veteran PG who excels at running pick-and-rolls, something which Ibaka and Valanciunas both need.
Bench Guard: Marquis Teague (No. 377 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.1 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.1 blocks, 6.0 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
If Irving does get injured, Sessions can't possibly run my team's offense for an entire 48 minutes each game. I needed Teague, therefore, as a third-string point guard with plenty of room to grow into his game as he matures. (He doesn't even turn 21 until February 2014.)
Bench Forward: Terrence Jones (No. 197 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.0 blocks, 17.1 PER (for Houston Rockets)
Let the record reflect, first and foremost, that I picked Jones before he allegedly stomped on the leg of a homeless man.
While he may have his flaws off the court, he's got the chance to develop into my team's best stretch 4 option playing alongside either Ibaka or Valanciunas in the frontcourt.
Bench Forward: Reggie Bullock (No. 317 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, 23.7 PER (for North Carolina Tar Heels)
Much like the real Los Angeles Clippers, my Sixers might not need much from Bullock, but his talent was too tantalizing to pass up in the 11th round of our Re-Draft.
He's one of my team's most pure shooters, and, as a rookie, he's unlikely to push the boundaries of his role (in a negative way) very often.
Bench Forward: Udonis Haslem (No. 284 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 9.9 PER (for Miami Heat)
Because of whom I picked as a backup center, I eventually needed to grab a player like Udonis Haslem who could slide to the 5 in a pinch. God help my team if he's our leading scorer most nights, but he's a solid pick-and-pop player whom also shouldn't give up too many easy buckets defensively.
Bench Center: Greg Oden (No. 224 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: N/A
Should I have opted for a safer backup center with my starter only going into his sophomore season? Probably.
But, on the off chance that Greg Oden can come anywhere close to returning to his previous form, this pick may just be the steal of the draft. I won't need him to do much more than rebound and block shots, although I'd certainly love seeing the occasional Irving-to-Oden alley-oop, too.
-Bryan Toporek, 76ers Re-Draft GM
After my first few picks went by, it became clear what the backbone of my 76ers would be: three-point field goals and defense.
Don't tell Doug Collins, but it's become clearer than ever over the past few seasons that long two-point shots are the least efficient method of scoring in the NBA. (Thank you, basketball sabermetricians.)
Logically, this makes perfect sense. The further you drift away from the basket, the more difficult it becomes to score. Twenty-foot jumpers aren't worth a greater number of points than a simple lay-up or dunk, unfortunately.
Despite this, the real 76ers led the league in mid-range shots during the 2012-13 season, according to NBA.com/stats.
Don’t expect my fake Sixers to repeat that inglorious distinction in the fake 2013-14 season.
Instead, we're modeled after the real 2012-13 Houston Rockets offensively. We'll be pushing the ball in transition as much as possible and looking for open three-point shots whenever they're available (particularly in the corners).
Otherwise, we'll work to earn shot attempts as close to the basket as possible. Both Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas can knock down the occasional mid- or long-range jumper, but I'd much prefer to see Kyrie Irving feeding them down low for the East Coast version of Lob City.
Defensively, I'm expecting Ibaka and Valanciunas to serve as our anchors. Ibaka is one of the most prodigious shot-blockers in the league, and Valanciunas, with his added mass, should help cut off driving lanes for guards who blow by our backcourt.
Defense isn't necessarily a strong point of my starting backcourt, however, particularly when it comes to Irving. J.J. Redick and Martell Webster should be able to hold their own on that side of the court, but opposing point guards could prove extraordinarily problematic for my fake Sixers.
-Bryan Toporek, 76ers Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe, Jerryd Bayless
Shooting Guard: James Harden, Archie Goodwin, Willie Green
Small Forward: Andrei Kirilenko, Quincy Pondexter
Power Forward: Amar'e Stoudemire, Channing Frye, Lou Amundson
Center: Omer Asik, Mason Plumlee
Starting Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe (No. 54 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks, 17.5 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
Needless to say, Eric Bledsoe has earned the moniker “mini-LeBron” for a reason.
While the nickname is certainly hyperbolic, Bledsoe has a lot of the same skills as King James. He can score, rebound, pass, shoot from deep and defend. His defense is the main selling point, but his overall impact should skyrocket as a full-time starter.
Starting Shooting Guard: James Harden (No. 7 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, 23.0 PER (for Houston Rockets)
During the 2012-13 campaign, James Harden finished fifth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 25.9 points per game. He’s a consistent volume scorer who attacks the basket relentlessly—which led to him attempting a league-leading 792 free throws.
In addition to the scoring, though, Harden dished out 5.8 assists, snagged 4.9 rebounds and swiped 1.8 steals per game. He could stand to increase his killer instinct, but he’s precisely what you want in an NBA alpha dog.
Starting Small Forward: Andrei Kirilenko (No. 114 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.4 points, 5. rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks, 17.6 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
Andrei Kirilenko is a special NBA talent as he brings the entire box score to the table.
After 11 years in the NBA, AK-47 joined an elite list of players who have notched at least 4,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 blocks. Only 14 other players in the history of the NBA have accomplished that. Among the names that have are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone and Julius Erving. That’s elite company to say the least.
Kirilenko brings a defensive mentality and a steady amount of offense as well.
Starting Power Forward: Amar’e Stoudemire (No. 127 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 22.1 PER (for New York Knicks)
Considering that this NBA Re-Draft provides each player with a clean bill of health, picking up Amar’e Stoudemire in Round 5 is an absolute steal.
Injuries have derailed Stoudemire’s promising career more than once. However, the last time he stayed healthy throughout the regular season, he averaged 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. Now that he’ll no longer be playing beside an offensive black hole named Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire should thrive on offense by running pick-and-rolls with Eric Bledsoe and/or James Harden.
Starting Center: Omer Asik (No. 67 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.1 blocks, 14.9 PER (for Houston Rockets)
When Omer Asik signed a three-year, $25.1 million deal with the Houston Rockets, many pundits were deeming the Turkish big man overpaid. After a breakout season as a starter in Houston, I’d argue that Asik is actually underpaid.
Asik scored 10.1 points (on 54.1 percent shooting), grabbed 11.7 rebounds (third best in the league) and swatted 1.1 blocks per game—while playing fantastic interior defense—during his first season as a full-time starter.
Perhaps most impressive of all, though, was the fact that Asik played all 82 regular-season games and all eight postseason games. His durability was nothing short of incredible. As you all know, durable big men are difficult to find in this league.
Bench Guard: Jerryd Bayless (No. 234 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.5 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies)
As far as backup point guards go, NBA teams could do far worse than Jerryd Bayless.
His game isn’t all too consistent, but the Phoenix native can shoot the ball (35.3 percent from three-point range last season) and distribute (3.3 assists per game versus just 1.5 turnovers per game).
If nothing else, Bayless is a serviceable backup who will have the occasional 20-point game to take pressure from the offense.
Bench Guard: Archie Goodwin (No. 294 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks, 16.9 PER (for Kentucky Wildcats)
At just 18 years old, Archie Goodwin showed flashes of being a tremendous player during summer league in Las Vegas. He averaged 13.1 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point range.
He likely won’t get huge minutes behind James Harden, but he’s a promising youngster who can hang with the pros despite his age.
Bench Guard: Willie Green (No. 307 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.8 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
With my 11th-round draft pick, I decided to grab a safety net for Goodwin, as well as a veteran locker room presence to instill team chemistry. Willie Green was the obvious choice.
Green didn’t play huge minutes for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, but he accepted his role and went about his business like a true professional. It doesn’t hurt that he shot 42.8 percent from beyond the arc.
If Goodwin proves not to be ready for the NBA level, Green can step in as Harden’s backup, knocking down treys with the second unit.
Bench Forward: Quincy Pondexter (No. 187 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 11.0 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies)
Since Andrei Kirilenko isn’t the best three-point sniper in the world (putting it lightly), adding an outside shooter to back him up was a priority. Getting Quincy Pondexter, who shot a blazing 45.3 percent from downtown during the 2013 playoffs, was a perfect fit in Round 7.
In addition to his consistent outside shooting, Pondexter’s length and versatility allow him to bother opponents as a defender.
As a rotational bench player, Pondexter is a great “three and D” addition.
Bench Forward: Lou Amundson (No. 354 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 9.3 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets)
Lou Amundson was a fan favorite in Phoenix not too long ago. He endeared himself to the fans by hustling his rear end off during each and every second he played.
He’s a solid rebounder and adequate shot-blocker given his size (6’9”). He helped anchor the Suns’ tremendous second unit when the team made the Western Conference Finals in 2010 (the full unit: Goran Dragic, Leandro Barbosa, Jared Dudley, Lou and Channing Frye). These Suns will look to emulate that great bench, even though Amundson will likely be overshadowed.
Bench Forward: Channing Frye (No. 174 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks, 14.9 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Many fans associate Channing Frye with his great outside shooting (39 percent from beyond the arc in his career). But while Frye’s main job will be spreading the floor on offense, he’s also an underrated interior defender.
When Frye last suited up, the Phoenix Suns finished with a 3-1 record against the superior Los Angeles Clippers. A major reason for that was Frye’s defense against Blake Griffin, who was frustrated into poor offensive performances.
Bench Center: Mason Plumlee (No. 247 Overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.4 blocks, 26.3 PER (for Duke Blue Devils)
I was apprehensive to target incoming rookies too early in this year’s Re-Draft, but adding Mason Plumlee as a backup center in Round 9 seemed like a safe choice that will pay big dividends.
Plumlee, who averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game last season at Duke, will be the offense to starter Omer Asik’s defense. He made a living in summer league by cutting to the basket and finishing above the rim with dunks. For chunks of minutes off the bench, he’ll be a valuable asset.
-Ben Leibowitz, Suns Re-Draft GM
The revamped Phoenix Suns are built around a harmonious balance of offense and defense. Eric Bledsoe, Andrei Kirilenko and Omer Asik provide a tremendous trio of defensive talent, while James Harden and a healthy Amar’e Stoudemire provide much of the scoring punch.
My team will rely heavily on one of the most skilled and athletic backcourts ever assembled: Harden and Bledsoe. Those two can orchestrate pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop situations with Stoudemire, or they can isolate and score by pulling up for jump shots. Their greatest strength, however, will be driving to the basket and finishing, dishing the ball to teammates for open looks or drawing contact to go to the free-throw line.
Off the bench we have Jerryd Bayless, a confident backup point guard who doesn’t turn the ball over—just 1.5 turnovers per game versus 3.3 assists—and shoots a respectable percentage from three-point land.
In the second unit at shooting guard, we have the combination of veteran Willie Green and rookie Archie Goodwin. If Goodwin doesn’t live up to the flashes he showed during summer league, the Suns can rely on Green to provide leadership, team chemistry and three-point shooting off the bench (he shot 42.8 percent from deep last season).
Quincy Pondexter provides great depth at small forward. He’s a versatile defender much like Kirilenko, but he covers the Russian’s glaring weakness because he’s a sharpshooter from deep (he shot a ridiculous 45.3 percent from three-point land in the 2013 playoffs).
Finally, we have Channing Frye, Mason Plumlee and Lou Amundson. Frye is an underrated interior defender who can spread the floor with outside shooting—a huge plus for a big man—while Plumlee is a wild card as a rookie who can at least finish around the rim off of pick-and-rolls.
Harden is the alpha dog who will lead this team, but Bledsoe, Asik, Kirilenko, Stoudemire and the entire second unit provide a rock-solid supporting cast.
-Ben Leibowitz, Suns Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: John Wall, J.J. Barea, Nando de Colo
Shooting Guard: Vince Carter, J.R. Smith
Small Forward: Tayshaun Prince, Mike Miller
Power Forward: Ersan Ilyasova, Ivan Johnson
Center: Brook Lopez, Samuel Dalembert, Nazr Mohammed
Starting Point Guard: John Wall (No. 31 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.3 steals, 20.8 PER (for Washington Wizards)
John Wall looks to be on the verge of cracking into the top-five point guard club. In fact, the owner of a brand new max contract thinks he is the best PG in the NBA. I don’t know about that, but he can slaughter opponents in transition and knows myriad routes to the rim. He also averaged 8.0 dimes and 4.4 boards a game over his first three seasons.
The only major limitation—aside from his high turnover rate—is his atrocious shooting. In 2011-12, Wall shot 7.1 percent from three-point range. Yes, 7.1. Let that sink in. On the plus side, he's a kleptomaniac on defense with the quickness to defend any point in the league.
Starting Shooting Guard: Vince Carter (No. 151 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals, 17.8 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
Though he won’t be dunking up to his elbow ever again, Carter can still bring “Vinsanity” to the Rose Garden. He shot 40.6 percent from three-point range last season, his best mark with the “VC3” since 2004-05; he drained an average of two treys per game, yielding a robust 13.4 points a night.
VC flourished in his first season coming off the bench; that’s basically what he’ll be doing with J.R. Smith right behind him on the depth chart. I’ll emulate Mike Woodson by subbing out my starting SG after about five minutes. Carter will effectively serve as the veteran anchor for the second unit after Smith comes off the bench. He’s an underrated defender who can play at the 2 or the 3, and he has a nose for rebounds to boot.
Starting Small Forward: Tayshaun Prince (No. 150 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.6 steals, 11.5 PER (for Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies)
Even at 33 years old, Tayshaun Prince remains a 30-minute starter who can hurt you with his mid-range game and get to the hoop, averaging 10.4 points per game. He can handle the ball very well for a forward and rarely commits mistakes.
Prince’s lanky arms offer disciplined defense without being foul prone. His 11 years of experience and championship pedigree will give the few younger Blazers someone to look up to.
Starting Power Forward: Ersan Ilyasova (No. 90 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 13.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals, 18.3 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
Ilyasova is fairly unheralded, partly because he’s Turkish and partly because he plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. He measures 6’10” but shoots like an agile swingman. In 2012-13, Ilyasova shot 46 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc, averaging 13.2 points a game, he will compensate for John Wall’s poor outside shooting.
Though he shoots like a wing, he’s too slow to defend out there. But this stretch 4 is no slouch down low. He can use his big frame in the paint to make up for Brook Lopez’s rebounding deficiency. Though Ilyasova is not a shot-blocker, he’s tall enough to defend the interior, and Lopez will be all too eager to swat shots from the help side.
Starting Center: Brook Lopez (No. 30 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 19.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 2.1 blocks, 0.4 steals, 24.7 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
Shaquille O’Neal thinks Brook Lopez is the best big man in the league (not Robin Lopez, Shaq), and who am I to argue? Brook stands at 7’0” and weighs 265 pounds, but he moves with good agility for his size. While he’s not possessed with great quickness, his footwork and shooting touch power him to around 20 points a night.
Lopez is one of the league’s best shot-blockers, but his defense is lacking in many other respects. He struggles to defend the pick-and-roll, and his rebounding numbers are paltry for a 7-footer. By surrounding him with a complementary players, however, his weaknesses will not be as exposed
Bench Guard: J.J. Barea (No. 211 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.4 steals, 14.1 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
Barea is a diminutive Puerto Rican point guard with a knack for scoring. He can dissect defenses on the pick-and-roll, and his slight frame helps him draw copious charges, deservedly or not. He has a soccer player’s mentality about drawing contact, but hey, he’s the one paying the flopping fines.
We’ll be keeping a short leash on J.J. and his me-first tendencies, especially with J.R. also on the roster. There isn’t much room for two chuckers. But the 6’0” Barea can play at the 2 alongside the 6’4” John Wall (or the 6’5” Nando de Colo) in certain rotations, and they can switch assignments on D.
Bench Guard: J.R. Smith (No. 91 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.3 steals, 17.6 PER (for New York Knicks)
Sometimes fans call J.R. Smith “J.R. Swish,” and sometimes they call him “J.R. Starks.” It all depends on whether or not his shot is falling. Both the good and the bad were on display in the playoffs last year, but he’s one of the best scorers in the league when hot.
In March, Smith furiously attacked the rim, efficiently pouring in points and drawing contact. That helped garner him the Sixth Man of the Year, as he averaged 18.1 points per game. He’ll offer something similar in Portland. Smith provides limitless range and irrational confidence. When in the mood, he also plays solid defense, gambling enough to average 1.3 steals per game last year.
Bench Guard: Nando de Colo (No. 330 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 3.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.6 steals, 11.1 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Just like the Coneheads, De Colo comes from France. He’s a 6’5” combo guard who was good enough for 12.8 minutes per game off the Spurs bench, so he’s good enough for me.
De Colo is a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none. He can shoot, distribute and defend decently well. He could even challenge Barea for the backup PG spot.
Bench Forward: Mike Miller (No. 270 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 steals, 13.5 PER (for Miami Heat)
The term sharpshooter doesn’t really come close to describing Mike Miller. He is a long-range shooter par excellence, averaging 40.6 percent from downtown in his 13-year career.
Miller has been even better under the brightest lights. Over 40 postseason games in the Miami Heat's back-to-back championships, Miller drained 42.3 percent of his treys.
The 33-year-old is a bit slow at this stage to run with most shooting guards, but his 6’8” frame makes him a solid backup at the 3.
Bench Forward: Ivan Johnson (No. 271 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.8 steals, 15.7 PER (for Atlanta Hawks)
Ivan the Terrible is like a slightly poorer man’s Reggie Evans, only drafted four rounds later. Per 36 minutes last season, Johnson averaged 15.7 points, 9.3 boards and 1.9 steals. He also averaged 2.5 turnovers and 4.6 fouls per 36, but we’ll take the good with the bad.
Johnson is either a bruiser or an enforcer, depending on how mean he’s feeling that night. And he’s got some finesse in his game, as he knocked down 40.2 percent of his shots from 16 to 24 feet last year.
Bench Center: Samuel Dalembert (No. 210 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.4 steals, 18.6 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
Slammy D. What more can a general manager want? Yes, the Trail Blazers dipped another toe into the lakes of Milwaukee. Dalembert has good quickness for his size, and this helps him clean the glass with the best of them. He’s also capable of knocking down a 15-foot jump shot, which is a good thing, because he has virtually no ability as a ball-handler.
Sure, sometimes he makes you want to tear your hair out, but that’s just when we put in Nazr Mohammed. Per 36 minutes, here are Slammy D’s stats for 2012-13: 14.7 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks. Yes please!
Bench Center: Nazr Mohammed (No. 331 overall)
2012-2013 Per-Game Stats: 2.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.3 steals, 10.8 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
Perhaps the highlight of Mohammed’s career came against the Heat in the playoffs. Nazr’s triumphant shove of LeBron James and his subsequent ejection each drew cheers from the Bulls faithful, regardless of how unwise it may have been.
I want that guy on my team. Anyone who can shove LeBron 15 feet across the hardwood gets to be my 12th man.
-Sean Hojnacki, Trail Blazers Re-Draft GM
The composition of the re-drafted Trail Blazers was partially dictated by the limitations of our first two selections—Brook Lopez’s poor rebounding and John Wall’s poor shooting.
Thus, the Blazers are stacked with good rebounders (Wall, Carter, Smith, Prince, Ilyasova, Johnson, Dalembert and Mohammed), as well as skilled shooters from mid-range (Lopez, Prince, Johnson, Dalembert) and long range (Smith, Carter, Miller, Ilyasova).
This is a collection of mostly competent defenders, with the notable exception of Barea. His secret weapon is a slight frame that hits the deck whenever touched.
And if your team is slow, my speedy point guards will assault you all day, driving and kicking, knifing to the hoop and drawing contact. If you touch them up, we’ll throw J.R. Smith’s elbows at you.
The rotation has a lot of versatility to it, with combo guards (Barea, De Colo), swingmen (Carter, Prince, Miller) and combo forwards (Ilyasova, Johnson).
I can't wait to play Smith, Miller and Ilyasova together to make it rain 3s in the re-drafted parallel universe. Also, look out for the Triplet Towers lineup of Brook, Slammy D and Ersan.
Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince underpin the entire roster. Those renowned veterans will be required to wear their Olympic gold medal and 2004 championship ring in the locker room to motivate the young guys. Thanks to some shrewd general managing, there is a top-five team in Rip City once again!
-Sean Hojnacki, Trail Blazers Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Jeff Teague, Austin Rivers, D.J. Augustin
Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young
Small Forward: Nicolas Batum, Dorell Wright, Corey Maggette
Power Forward: Anthony Davis, Elton Brand
Center: Nerlens Noel, Joel Przybilla
Starting Point Guard: Jeff Teague (No. 92 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 14.6 points, 7.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 0.4 blocks, 16.8 PER (for Atlanta Hawks)
My strategy to take the best all-around players on the board began to hurt the team when point guards started flying off. Still, Teague is one of the more underrated floor generals in the game. He's a capable scorer that knows how to get others involved.
I wanted a point guard that wouldn't dominate the ball and knew how to facilitate. I also wanted someone who could the stop the ball on the defensive end. Teague can do all of those things. He was an absolute steal in Round 4 and was far better than a number of the other guys at his position that were drafted ahead of him.
Starting Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan (No. 89 overall)
2012-13 Stats: 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks, 14.7 PER (for Toronto Raptors)
DeMar DeRozan wasn't an ideal fit for the kind of shooting guard I was looking for in the backcourt. He's not a great shooter from long range (28 percent from three last season), and he doesn't force a lot of turnovers.
What DeRozan does do is get to the basket and put points on the board. He's an athletic slasher that can finish at the rim. He also knows how to get to the line, as he was eighth in free-throw attempts last year. He gives my team a reliable scoring option and gives Jeff Teague a fun running partner on the fast break.
Starting Small Forward: Nicolas Batum (No. 32 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks, 15.7 PER (for Portland Trail Blazers)
The general theme to my team was to find guys that can contribute all over the stat sheet. Nicolas Batum is one of those kind of players. He's a 37 percent shooter from behind the arc, and he finds a way to get his hands on the ball on the defensive end.
He's a decent rebounder, and his assist numbers suggest he likes to get others involved. His outside shooting touch complements DeMar DeRozan's ability to attack the rim. Plus, his ability to force turnovers will give the team more scoring opportunities in transition.
Starting Power Forward: Anthony Davis (No. 29 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.8 blocks, 21.7 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
It isn't every day that a team can add a 20-year-old big man that can beat opponents off the dribble, protect the rim and dominate the boards. At the end of the first round, Anthony Davis' uncanny collection of talents was just too good to pass up.
Davis nearly averaged a double-double in the final month of his rookie season (16.2 points and 9.6 rebounds) while also contributing just under two steals and two blocks per game. That was at the tender age of 19. If he continues to develop his jump shot, he'll be even tougher for opposing bigs to defend.
With a year of experience under his belt and some bulk to his lanky frame, "The Unibrow" will be a force in his second season.
Starting Center: Nerlens Noel (No. 149 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.1 steals, 4.4 blocks, 27.3 PER (for Kentucky Wildcats)
The thought process behind this selection was very simple: I wanted to do what Dell Demps refused to do and unite two of the greatest collegiate shot-blockers of all time. With the provision that every player got a clean slate, the concern over Noel's troublesome knee is no longer a hurdle.
Offensively, Noel is rawer than sushi. Who cares? Do you want to attack the basket with Noel and Anthony Davis patrolling the paint? The chance to put a manhole cover over the basket on the defensive end outweighed the lack of a proven scorer in the post. With many of the proven centers gone, I went with the kid with a 7'4" wingspan and 9'2" standing reach.
Bench Guard: Austin Rivers (No. 269 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 6.2 points, 2.1 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 5.9 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
Austin Rivers is coming off one of the worst statistical debut seasons in the sport's history. It was a dreadful rookie year that was cut short by a broken hand in March. Those two sentences make it tough to justify this selection.
However, Rivers was starting to come along before his season-ending injury and recently showed improvement in the summer league (18.2 points a game on 48 percent shooting). In all honesty, there's nowhere for Doc's son to go but up. At just 21 years old and entering his second season, he's worth a flier as the backup point guard.
Bench Guard: Nick Young (No. 212 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.3 PER (for Philadephia 76ers)
Simply put, Nick Young's presence on this team is to provide an offensive spark off of the bench. As a gunner with limited defensive ability, that's basically all we can ask for from the man known as "Swaggy P."
His ability to shoot from the outside is a nice change of pace from current starter DeMar DeRozan.
Bench Guard: D.J. Augustin (No. 332 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 4.7 points, 1.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 11.0 PER (for Indiana Pacers)
D.J. Augustin's role on this team is either to provide insurance in case Austin Rivers continues to flop or make Rivers look very good by comparison. It really depends on your opinion on both players.
At the very least, he's a veteran point guard who still has some upside at 25 years old.
Bench Forward: Corey Maggette (No. 329 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 5.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 7.9 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
Corey Maggette's a selfish gunner with absolutely no regard for defense. He's also currently unemployed. Still, he can play a couple positions and has provided a double-digit scoring average in 12 of his 14 seasons in the NBA.
As the 12th man on this team, you could do a lot worse.
Bench Forward: Dorell Wright (No. 152 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks, 16.0 PER (for Philadelphia 76ers)
The San Antonio Spurs proved in the NBA Finals that you can never have enough outside shooters. The ability to stroke it from deep is the one thing Dorell Wright does well. He's a career 37 percent three-point shooter that is only a couple years removed from averaging 16.4 points per game for the Warriors.
That's more than enough for him to be the first guy off of the bench.
Bench Forward: Elton Brand (No. 209 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.3 blocks, 15.2 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
When you have two string beans as your starting big men, you need to have a guy with some girth to back them up. Elton Brand isn't the double-double machine he once was, but he's still a reliable scorer in the post. He also finds a way to block some shots every now and then, despite being undersized for a power forward.
As an added bonus, he's a veteran presence on a very young team that doesn't have a ton of NBA experience in the starting lineup.
Bench Center: Joel Przybilla (No. 272 Overall)
2012-13 Stats: 0.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.1 steals, 3.3 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
Once upon a time, Joel Przybilla was a decent shot-blocker with a knack for pulling down rebounds. Granted, that was six years ago when he played for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Still, he's an adequate defender when he gets the right minutes, and the team could use a rim protector on the second unit.
-Dave Leonardis, Kings Re-Draft GM
The key to the Sacramento Kings' success will be defense.
With the exception of DeMar DeRozan, every member of the starting five has the capability to defend their position. Nerlens Noel and Anthony Davis will make opponents think twice about coming into the paint, while Nicolas Batum locks guys down on the perimeter.
We are going to take advantage of the starting lineup's youth and speed by constantly pushing the tempo. Every chance we get, we are going to run. I want to turn every defensive rebound, blocked shot and stolen pass into a foot race.
I want to wear opponents down.
In the half court, Jeff Teague's decision-making will be key. This Kings team doesn't have a primary scoring option that will command a large chunk of the possessions. We will make defenses pick their poison. We can run the pick-and-roll with Teague and Davis or attack the rim with DeRozan.
With Noel on the glass, Davis can venture out and show off his mid-range jumper. There's also Nicolas Batum to help space the floor.
When the veteran-heavy second unit comes in, we'll slow down the pace. The offense will consist mainly of dumping the ball down low to Elton Brand. If the defense tries to close in, we can make them pay with our bevy of outside shooters.
Transition scoring and exposing mismatches will be our bread and butter.
-Dave Leonardis, Kings Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Kemba Walker, E'Twaun Moore
Shooting Guard: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Knight
Small Forward: Paul Pierce, Jordan Hamilton
Power Forward: Amir Johnson, Wilson Chandler, Austin Daye
Center: Tim Duncan, Andray Blatche, Jermaine O'Neal
Starting Point Guard: Kemba Walker (No. 49 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.4 blocks, 18.8 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
Point guards fly off the board fast in these drafts, so I wasn't eager to go beyond the second round without one. Ty Lawson and Brandon Jennings were both still available, but I like the well-roundedness of Walker's game.
I'm also pretty sold on his upside after the strides he made last season—especially given that he's played so well for the Bobcats. Sometimes bad teams make players look good, but it's harder for a bad team to make point guards look good. Where do those assists even come from?
Like Tony Parker, Walker gives my lineup great speed, a solid mid-range game and the willingness to look for his own shot. He doesn't need to facilitate all of the offense for this team, so I'm not concerned he isn't less unselfish. Surrounded by talent, I think we'd see Walker's game blossom further.
Starting Shooting Guard: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (No. 192 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.5 blocks, 27.7 PER (for Georgia Bulldogs)
Having Caldwell-Pope start for me might sound a little risky, but I think he'll be just fine as a fourth option playing maybe 25 minutes a night. Most importantly, I'm intrigued by what he does for my starting lineup—not just as another shooter—but as a guy who can run the break with the speedy likes of Walker and Knight (and finish).
And while he won't be a defensive ace from Day 1, I'm confident enough in Caldwell-Pope's size and athletic ability to cover some of the initial slip ups.
He was a great rebounder at Georgia, and while that won't come as naturally at the pro level, I like having a guard who's willing to use his size around the basket. For a great perimeter shooter, Caldwell-Pope doesn't mind getting his hands dirty in the paint.
Starting Small Forward: Paul Pierce (No. 72 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks, 19.1 PER (for Boston Celtics)
The next item on the to-do list was taking the best wing available. Pierce not only fit that description pretty well, he fit my team concept even better. Though he'll start, I see him doing a lot of the things Manu Ginobili has over the years, both as a clutch shooter and second facilitator.
It's Pierce's ability to initiate offense that ultimately makes me feel even better about taking a scorer like Walker. He's also another ball-handler who gives San Antonio a number of versatile options when running the pick-and-roll.
Bottom line: Come the fourth quarter, having someone like Pierce is a must. His experience and leadership should complement Duncan's nicely in this locker room and serve as an anchor for an otherwise spry and youthful roster.
Starting Power Forward: Amir Johnson (No. 169 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.4 blocks, 17.3 PER (Toronto Raptors)
Snagging Amir Johnson is ultimately what gives me the flexibility to sometimes bring Wilson Chandler off the bench. You don't hear a lot of talk about Johnson, but playing for the Toronto Raptors has been partially to blame. He also doesn't wow you with any one thing, but he's an excellent offensive rebounder, has long arms on an otherwise mobile and athletic 6'9" frame and uses those physical tools to block a lot of shots.
He can finish with power or a range of little push shots in the paint and—better yet—this guy isn't a terrible shooter from some spots.
Playing most of his minutes alongside better mid-range-shooting bigs (Duncan, Blatche), Johnson won't have to test that range too often. His job will be to clean up as many offensive boards as possible and get some putbacks along the way. He's basically what the Spurs wanted DeJuan Blair to be, but with the size and defensive impact to justify consistent minutes.
Starting Center: Tim Duncan (No. 12 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.7 blocks, 24.4 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Bench Guard: Brandon Knight (No. 132 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 12.0 PER (for Detroit Pistons)
I wouldn't want Knight to be my starting point guard on an everyday basis, but he's a perfect fit for sixth-man action. He's fast and can shoot off the dribble, so putting him in a pick-and-roll heavy system should bring out the best, especially when he's playing alongside other playmakers like Walker and/or Pierce.
Knight should thrive in a game plan where the ball moves and he's not responsible for creating offense for everyone else. And in the spirit of keeping this floor spaced, Knight is another fine three-point shooter.
I also like that he's a better-than-advertised defender, especially in pick-and-roll situations. He may not be the ball hawk Kemba is, but he's got nice length at the point and enough of that length to credibly guard a fair number of 2-guards.
Bench Guard: E'Twaun Moore (No. 289 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks, 10.7 PER (for Orlando Magic)
Might not be the sexiest of picks, but I liked the versatility afforded by another combo guard. When playing alongside Knight, for example, Moore's ball-handling ability allows Knight to look for shots off the ball. Even better, a 6'9" wingspan means Moore can check shooting guards while Knight guards the point, so that they essentially switch roles on the defensive end.
Moore got some solid experience last season with the Orlando Magic, and though he's not a great shooter right now (especially from some areas), he's shown some versatility as a scorer and has his moments. His issue has been consistency, and that's not all that surprising on a team like Orlando.
Bench Forward: Jordan Hamilton (No. 312 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 16.9 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
Hamilton didn't get a ton of playing time for George Karl in his first two seasons, but he made the most of his minutes.
On a team with a slightly less crowded wing, he could make a lot with his opportunities. To me, the big selling points are that he can shoot, he can dribble a little bit, he rebounds well and he plays with energy. Not a polished product just yet, but good for 10-15 minutes a game when needed.
Bench Forward: Wilson Chandler (No. 109 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, 16.6 PER (for Denver Nuggets)
This is when I started to get excited about my lineup options. Chandler could either start when it reasons to go small or come off the bench and fill any number of needs on the wing and/or as a spread 4. He's a fantastic corner-three shooter, which plays especially well in San Antonio's system.
Most importantly, Chandler's a versatile defender. He allows Pierce to guard some smaller 4s (e.g. Carl Landry) while he covers the perimeter. His build, quickness and tenacity make him the ideal three-and-D candidate, especially for a team needing a little extra size and muscle.
Bench Forward: Austin Daye (No. 349 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.4 blocks, 12.9 PER (for Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies)
I think Daye was a steal for the last round.
By this point in the draft, I felt comfortably deep at every position—especially with Knight and Chandler's ability to play multiple positions and big minutes off the bench. So I was looking to take the best player available while also finding someone who could fill a specific role off the bench. To that end, Daye becomes my Matt Bonner.
He's had some on-and-off moments from behind the arc over his short career, but the fact he's shot in the 40 percent range before has me cautiously optimistic.
Bench Center: Andray Blatche (No. 229 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, 21.9 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
Blatche had exactly the kind of rebound season he needed with the Brooklyn Nets, suggesting that he'll be just fine in the right role so long as he's also playing around talented players. He's a nice resource to have on the bench because he can back Tim Duncan up at center or play alongside Duncan (or Jermaine O'Neal) thanks to his mobility and range.
Getting a player who can rebound, protect the rim and score from the mid-range at this point in the draft always feel good. When opposing lineups feature a couple of big 7-footers, Blatche can start in a pinch (in place of Johnson) and keep the machine running smoothly.
Bench Center: Jermaine O'Neal (No. 252 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.4 blocks, 16.7 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Getting a guy who can do all those things the round after Blatche feels even better. In an effort to preserve Duncan for the postseason, having both Blatche and O'Neal around to play quality minutes in the middle should do the trick. Like Blatche, O'Neal made a huge statement last season off the bench. He's not a fantastic mid-range shooter, but he's capable when compared to most bigs.
The reason I really like this pick, though, is that O'Neal preserves some semblance of interior defense if I want to sit Duncan for any extended period of time
-Stephen Babb, Spurs Re-Draft GM
After landing Tim Duncan at No. 12, I decided I'd more or less employ the principles used to build the actual Spurs roster, further assuming my team adhere to San Antonio's real-life system. To that end, I wanted a combination of experienced veterans and emerging young players, a group who shares the ball and the versatile personnel to support a range of lineup options.
Like the real Spurs, my roster doesn't have a superstar of the LeBron James or Kevin Durant variety. It can count on All-Star-caliber seasons from Duncan and Pierce, and I think Walker is close to playing at that level and could make the jump on a really good team.
But it would be a mistake to focus on what any one player can do for this team, because it really will be about the team. It may be the case that no one averages over 20 points a game, but I can be fairly confident at least three guys on this team will come within a couple of points at the very least.
I'm also confident that between Knight, Chandler and Caldwell-Pope, I have at least another three players who can score 10-20 points in any given game. And none that takes into account consistent production from guys like Johnson and Blatche.
Of course, depth doesn't mean much if the pieces don't fit—both with each other and with the system in which they're placed. In my attempt to build a team that would move the ball and play at a good pace, I wanted to add shooters without sacrificing athleticism or defense. That's where guys like Caldwell-Pope and Chandler come in handy. They can shoot, defend the wing, run the floor and finish.
And alongside them, playmakers like Walker, Pierce, Knight and even—to some degree—Duncan can all facilitate for some of those role players whose primary responsibilities on the offensive end will be moving without the ball, cutting to the basket or catching and shooting.
One knock on Caldwell-Pope, for example, is that he's not yet very good at breaking his man down off the dribble. But that won't matter nearly as much in a system where he's been asked to do Danny Green things.
Knowing how heavily San Antonio relies on the pick-and-roll (and how successful it's been), I also wanted a combination of bigs (Duncan, Johnson, Blatche, O'Neal) and ball-handlers (Walker, Knight, Pierce, Moore) who'd bring value to the play.
That means bigs who set good picks, can score effectively at the basket and/or from mid-range and—ideally—who can also make one more pass to an open shooter (along those lines, check out how Duncan and Johnson's assist ratios stack up against other bigs).
It also means ball-handlers who can penetrate, shoot off the dribble (hopefully with a little range) and make good decisions. I don't have a Tony Parker or Derrick Rose to cover all of those bases, but Walker and Knight's speed and shooting abilities make up for their inexperienced playmaking to some degree. And what Pierce lacks in speed, he makes up for with craftiness, shooting and ability to get to the line.
The one other thing that helps the pick-and-roll, of course, is floor spacing. Pierce, Chandler and Caldwell-Pope will provide the bulk of that, and it's worth noting Knight shot the three better than Gary Neal last season.
The final key to this team is its versatility, especially on the defensive end. The only sure things in the starting lineup are Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce and Kemba Waker.
The front line can feature any number of looks depending on matchup needs, pairing Duncan with either Johnson, Chandler or Blatche. Johnson's scrappiness makes him a nice everyday fit, but Chandler instantly gives San Antonio a dangerous, up-tempo, two-way lineup.
Blatche creates a much bigger lineup without sacrificing much spacing (note that he can spread the floor along that right baseline even as Duncan stays around that left elbow). Similarly, we have a range of solid perimeter defenders to deploy against backcourts large and small, and the option of throwing Chandler at stronger wing scorers of the LeBron or Durant variety (for whatever good that does). Even Pierce remains a deceptively good defender on the wing.
But of course, Duncan remains the foundation for San Antonio's defense. While each of this team's bigs contributes something important to rim protection, Duncan's one of the very best in the business.
-Stephen Babb, Spurs Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Ricky Rubio, Jameer Nelson
Shooting Guard: Kevin Martin, Ben Gordon, Roger Mason Jr.
Small Forward: Caron Butler, Hedo Turkoglu, DeMarre Carroll
Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Evans
Center: Marcin Gortat, Kendrick Perkins
Starting Point Guard: Ricky Rubio (No. 37 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.2 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
With an elite interior presence in place, it became a matter of going with a scorer or a facilitator. I like the idea of having a reliable player to run the show.
Heading into his third year in the league, you can't name many two-way point guards better than Ricky Rubio, which is why I selected him. He's a maestro while running the pick-and-roll and led the league—3.89 to Chris Paul's 3.47—in steals per 48 minutes.
Starting Shooting Guard: Kevin Martin (No. 84 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.0 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
Ricky Rubio can facilitate and Dirk Nowitzki can carry a team in clutch situations. What I needed, however, was an efficient scorer who can shoot the three-ball at an elite rate and work off of the ball.
That's Kevin Martin, who shot 42.6 percent from three in 2012-13 without any form of a low-post presence to collapse the defense. A career 38.5 percent shooter from distance with an average of 17.8 points per game, Martin is the perfect player to cap off our offensive trio.
Starting Small Forward: Caron Butler (No. 144 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 12.4 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
Caron Butler isn't the most flashy name, but he remains one of the better "three and D" players in the NBA.
He shot 38.8 percent from three-point range in 2012-13 and has cut down on the gambling defensively, giving top-tier scorers fits with his strength and length. Plus, who doesn't like 0.9 turnovers per game?
Starting Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki (No. 24 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks, 19.8 PER (for Dallas Mavericks)
Dirk Nowitzki is a genuine superstar capable of carrying the scoring load for a team and shining during clutch situations. More importantly, he's the 2011 NBA Finals MVP and, with a full offseason to rest, will come back in 2013-14 and dominate the opposition.
You may have some high-quality players that other teams started with, but this late in the draft, there's no value better than Nowitzki.
Starting Center: Marcin Gortat (No. 97 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.6 steals, 15.4 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
Marcin Gortat is a very skilled finisher around the basket who rebounds well and blocks shots. He isn't elite, but you couldn't name many "second interior options" better than this.
He'll work out of the post to collapse the D opposite Dirk, run high screens for Ricky Rubio and protect the rim. He and Dirk will be near impossible to stop offensively.
Bench Guard: Jameer Nelson (No. 217 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 14.4 PER (for Orlando Magic)
If you told me before the draft that my backup point guard would be coming off of a season in which he averaged 14.7 points and 7.4 assists, I would've laughed.
Well, I lucked out by drafting veteran Jameer Nelson, who can facilitate, score and shoot the three at a clip of 38.0 percent for his career. Plus, he's been to the NBA Finals.
Bench Guard: Ben Gordon (No. 204 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.7 PER (for Charlotte Bobcats)
If one thing is clear, it's that we're going to be a balanced offensive team that thrives in every single half-court area. We can work out of the post, run the pick-and-roll or shoot the three-ball.
Ben Gordon may be losing brownie points in terms of name value, but he's a career 40.4 percent shooter from three-point range and hit 38.7 percent in 2012-13 when opposing defenses knew he was the Charlotte Bobcats' only outside option.
Bench Guard: Roger Mason Jr. (No. 324 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 10.0 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
Like I said, I'm going to shoot the three.
Roger Mason Jr. shot 41.5 percent from beyond the arc in 2012-13, and for my 11th man, I could do a lot worse.
Bench Forward: DeMarre Carroll (No. 277 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks, 15.5 PER (for Utah Jazz)
He may not be the biggest name in basketball, but DeMarre Carroll is one of the better defenders. He has size and length at 6'8" with a 6'10" wingspan and does an excellent job of staying in front of his man.
Assuming Mike Budenholzer can help him develop a jump shot—Kawhi Leonard, anyone?—Carroll will break out as a "three and D" player in 2013-14, similar to Danny Green.
Bench Forward: Reggie Evans (No. 157 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.8 PER (for Brooklyn Nets)
My interior is strong, and my perimeter is more than capable of providing supporting fire. This gave me the choice of a sixth man or an extremely valuable role player.
I went with the latter, as Reggie Evans led the NBA in rebounds per 48 minutes—21.7 to second-place Omer Asik's 18.6—and is a physical defender. We needed some grit down low, and Evans provides that.
Bench Forward: Hedo Turkoglu (No. 337 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 3.4 PER (for Orlando Magic)
When you draft a player to be your 12th man, there's a high probability that they will never see the floor. I just so happened to luck out and select Hedo Turkoglu, who has career averages of 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 38.1 percent shooting from three-point range.
Controversial or not, the man can do it all offensively, and that fits my team identity.
Bench Center: Kendrick Perkins (No. 264 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.1 blocks, 8.2 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
Many fans have confused Kendrick Perkins not fitting the Oklahoma City Thunder's system with his being an ineffective player. The truth of the matter is, he remains one of the league's elite interior defenders, dominating low-post scorers and helping to protect the rim with his mere presence.
I've effectively mixed finesse—Dirk and Gortat—with power—Perkins and Evans.
-Maxwell Ogden, Raptors Re-Draft GM
The Toronto Raptors have a little bit of everything. We have a superstar in Dirk Nowitzki who can shoot with three-point range or work out of the post. We have an elite pick-and-roll facilitator, a reliable pick-and-roll dive man, a knockdown three-point shooter and a quality "three and D" guy.
And that's just our starting lineup.
The Raptors will be a half-court team, lacking the elite athleticism to run, but that doesn't concern us. Our bench is filled with defensive-minded big men and three-point marksmen, while our starting lineup has a perfect amount of low-high balance.
We won't run like the 2012-13 Denver Nuggets, but we have every tool to match their point-per-game output and still slow the opposition down defensively.
-Maxwell Ogden, Raptors Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Mario Chalmers, Luke Ridnour, Brian Roberts
Shooting Guard: Iman Shumpert, Francisco Garcia
Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony, Earl Clark
Power Forward: Taj Gibson, Patrick Patterson
Center: Nikola Pekovic, Ekpe Udoh, Ronny Turiaf
Starting Point Guard: Mario Chalmers (No. 112 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.5 steals, 13.3 PER (for Miami Heat)
I wasn't interested in a traditional distributor running the point, but rather someone to hound guards on the perimeter and knock down threes. Chalmers won't create for himself or others, but he'll help space the floor around 'Melo and play lockdown defense.
This team doesn't need much more from him.
Starting Shooting Guard: Iman Shumpert (No. 52 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.0 steals, 11.7 PER (for New York Knicks)
When healthy, Shumpert can be one of the best wing defenders in the league. Plus, he's accurate enough from beyond the arc and athletic enough to make the opposition respect him with the ball in his hands.
Now that he's over a year removed from his torn ACL, my worst-case scenario for Shump is that he plays up to his strengths and progresses a bit as a passer and scorer off the bounce. Best case, he's going to make a leap offensively and become a borderline All-Star.
Starting Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony (No. 9 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 28.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, 24.8 PER (For New York Knicks)
It's not half bad when you can build your team around the NBA's reigning scoring champ. He needs a lot of help around him in terms of defense and spacing to lead a winner, but it should be possible with the proper complements.
Starting Power Forward: Taj Gibson (No. 129 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.4 steals, 14.4 PER (for Chicago Bulls)
He's going to be no help for 'Melo on the offensive end, but Taj will be a stalwart inside on D.
Gibson is superb when it comes to moving on defense, snuffing out the pick-and-roll and rotating to the weak-side man like clockwork.
It's unlikely he'll play over 30 minutes per game so that the Jazz can get more scoring on the floor, but he'll soften the opposition by throwing his weight around right out of the gate.
Starting Center: Nikola Pekovic (No. 69)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.7 assists, 20.2 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
Pek is an absolute bull inside, pairing with Gibson to give this team unparalleled strength in the frontcourt. He'll give this team a second guy who can score at will when he gets to the rim, while he can use his massive frame to seal out opposing defenders and create more room for 'Melo to operate.
Bench Guard: Luke Ridnour (No. 232 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.0 steals, 13.0 PER (for Minnesota Timberwolves)
As the real-life Knicks have shown, a 'Melo-led offense works best with as much ball movement as possible.
Enter Luke Ridnour, who can stroke it from deep and play both guard positions. He also carries the added bonus of being able to dish the ball well, allowing him to lead the second unit when Anthony sits.
Bench Guard: Brian Roberts (No. 352 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.1 points, 1.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.5 steals, 14.6 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
Roberts is essentially a poor man's version of both other point guards on his roster. Once again, he can hit some threes, play a little defense and handle the ball. Think of it as a philosophy, not just redundancy.
Bench Guard: Francisco Garcia (No. 249 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals, 11.0 PER (for Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets)
It's not exactly precise to label Garcia a guard. At 6'7", he's a true swingman, capable of playing solid defense at both wing spots. On this team, he'll see more time at shooting guard, giving the Jazz some more size in the backcourt.
Oh, and he can hit threes, but that shouldn't come as a surprise at this point.
Bench Forward: Earl Clark (No. 189 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 7.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.6 steals, 12.4 PER (for Los Angeles Lakers)
Clark just makes a big team bigger.
Though he's not the greatest shooter (gasp), he's very rangy as a 6'10" small forward. With that height, Clark will also be able to play down a spot as a small-ball big, allowing Utah to throw out multiple different looks as the game goes on.
Bench Forward: Patrick Patterson (No. 172 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.4 steals, 15.2 PER (for Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings)
Patterson is my giant sixth man.
He'll be manning the power forward position for the majority of the time Gibson sits, providing offense all the way out beyond the arc. That said, he won't necessarily be providing the instant scoring himself, but opening up the floor enough for Anthony and company to do so.
Bench Center: Ekpe Udoh (No. 292 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.5 steals 12.0 PER (for Milwaukee Bucks)
Gibson will also see some time at center, but you can never have enough plus rim protectors on your roster.
Udoh is essentially a non-factor on the offensive end, but he's a staunch defender who can come off the bench, play physically and contest shots. For a few minutes here and there, you don't need much more.
Bench Center: Ronny Turiaf (No. 309 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 1.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.3 steals, 9.4 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
As an extension of that thinking, Turiaf is not a particularly good defender, but he is certainly decent on that end. He's here because he's another big body to throw at opponents, and because you always want this guy on your bench.
-Josh Cohen, Jazz Re-Draft GM
In this small-ball era, you’d think Carmelo Anthony could never play full time at small forward again. I’m out to prove that notion wrong, though not to dispute it entirely.
First off, this group is enormous and has physical players at every position. Between Pekovic and the defense-first bigs, these Jazz have enough strength to keep anyone out of the paint and to protect their star teammate from being bullied on the other end. Also, 'Melo is the league’s toughest small forward, while Chalmers, Shumpert and Garcia won’t get pushed around in the backcourt.
On the other hand, the floor-spreading mentality of 'Melo’s Knicks is still around. Every guard on the roster is a three-point threat, while Anthony, Clark and Patterson can all play the stretch forward spot on offense.
With that multifaceted team composition, my Utah Jazz can go both big and small in both the backcourt and the frontcourt.
Against an opponent lacking inside scoring, we can lean on Patterson to pull the big men out of the middle and let Anthony and company drive. Similarly, Clark can play inside against particularly slow forwards and burn them with his athleticism.
Those types of offensive-minded strategies are the usual for 'Melo-led teams. The difference is these Jazz can stick with Pek and Taj to muscle their way to victory or lean on Gibson, Udoh and Garcia to double down on defense.
Here in Utah, we won’t commit to size or small ball. We won’t be bound to a half-court offense when pushing the ball in transition is best. We are adaptable, and we can win any which way. The only constant is that we will not back down from anyone.
-Josh Cohen, Jazz Re-Draft GM
Point Guard: Chauncey Billups, Avery Bradley
Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon, Shannon Brown
Small Forward: Thaddeus Young, Trevor Ariza, Ronnie Brewer, Tracy McGrady
Power Forward: Zach Randolph, Matt Bonner
Center: LaMarcus Aldridge, Nick Collison
Starting Point Guard: Chauncey Billups (No. 159 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 8.4 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.0 blocks, 15.0 PER (for Los Angeles Clippers)
After waiting and then waiting some more to select my starting point guard, I finally settled on Chauncey Billups.
He’s not a young gun with serious upside, but Billups is a steady game manager with loads of postseason experience who’s hit on 38.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc over 16 seasons. He will also serve as player-coach.
Starting Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon (No. 82 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, 15.4 PER (for New Orleans Hornets)
Time to add some scoring. Given his injury history, Gordon is certainly a risk with my third-round pick, but at pick No. 82, he’s looking like a pretty nice value. Monta Ellis was considered but was drafted just three picks earlier.
If Gordon can regain his form from 2010-11 (22.3 points per game on 45 percent shooting) and stay healthy (admittedly a very big if), the Wizards have a steal on their hands.
Starting Small Forward: Thaddeus Young (No. 99 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.7 blocks, (for Philadelphia 76ers)
Thaddeus Young is criminally underrated, and that’s just fine, because the Wizards are thrilled to see the lanky tweener still on the board at pick No. 99.
Young possesses the physical tools and drive necessary to become one of the game’s elite defenders. And, unlike Doug Collins and the Sixers, I don’t plan on stifling Young’s offensive capabilities and playing him exclusively at the 4. Young slots in as an oversized 3 and will have free reign to stretch the floor and knock down threes.
Starting Power Forward: Zach Randolph (No. 39 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks, 17.9 PER (for Memphis Grizzlies)
After drafting Aldridge, I was intent on adding a wing. Andre Iguodala and Kawhi Leonard were both there for the taking, but in the end I couldn’t shake the idea that having a one-two punch of Aldridge and Randolph in the frontcourt would instantly be the league’s best 4-5 combo.
Randolph’s mean streak and motor make him an ideal pick, as he can do the heavy lifting down in the post while Aldridge makes a living from eight-to-15 feet.
Starting Center: LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 22 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks, 20.4 PER (for Portland Trail Blazers)
My original plan was to go with a point guard, but I wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of building a team around Rajon Rondo, John Wall or Deron Williams.
The decision to go with LaMarcus Aldridge stemmed from the fact that I wanted my first-round pick to be an offensive rock, and Aldridge is certainly that. For his career, Aldridge converts on 49.3 percent of his field goals. That’s the sort of consistency we’re looking for.
Aldridge has a reliable mid-range game, and seriously, who can resist those turnaround jumpers down on the blocks?
Bench Guard: Avery Bradley (No. 142 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks, 8.8 PER (for Boston Celtics)
Sensing a theme? The last few picks were all made with defense in mind. Avery Bradley won’t start at point guard, but he’s a great complementary piece to have come off the bench as an energy player who brings a certain intensity to the table.
Should Bradley find his three-point stroke from the corner, well, that’s an added bonus.
Bench Guard: Shannon Brown (No. 279 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, 13.1 PER (for Phoenix Suns)
In desperate need of a backup to Eric Gordon at shooting guard, the Wizards reluctantly went with Shannon Brown. Brown doesn’t bring much to the table from a scoring standpoint, but he’ll throw down a few highlight-reel dunks that will mask his inefficiencies.
Bench Forward: Ronnie Brewer (No. 322 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.0 PER (for New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder)
In the 11th round, I wasn’t exactly drafting for upside.
Instead, I went with stability on the wing, snagging another quality defender in the form of Ronnie Brewer. Just one more body who will fit in well with this team’s defense-first philosophy.
Bench Forward: Matt Bonner (No. 262 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 4.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, 11.8 PER (for San Antonio Spurs)
Guess what? More threes.
I long had my eyes on Bonner, and there was no way I was going to pass on a player who hit on 44.2 percent of his treys last season. But that’s not the only reason I drafted the Red Rocket. Remember how solid Bonner’s defense was in the post against the Memphis Grizzlies?
The Wizards certainly do and will count on him to back up Randolph at the 4.
Bench Forward: Trevor Ariza (No. 202 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks, 14.0 PER (for Washington Wizards)
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add more length.
It’s easy to knock Trevor Ariza for his questionable shot selection, but his strong second half last season has me encouraged. After the 2012-13 All-Star break, Ariza hit on 41.5 percent of his threes, compared to just 31.1 percent prior to the break. More length and more shooting.
If nothing else, this team is going to hit its threes and play stingy D.
Bench Forward: Tracy McGrady (No. 339 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: N/A
Nothing more than a sentimental pick here. Inspired by the San Antonio Spurs’ willingness to sign T-Mac prior to last year’s playoffs, the Wizards select the 34-year-old to be the last man off the bench.
Bench Center: Nick Collison (No. 219 overall)
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 5.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, 13.6 PER (for Oklahoma City Thunder)
More defense and more hustle. The Wizards have a soft spot for players like Nick Collison, making him the obvious pick at this late stage in the draft.
We won’t ask him to shoulder any of the scoring burden, but Collison will be tasked with blocking shots and rebounding like mad.
-Alec Nathan, Wizards Re-Draft GM
Considering the simulation is good for only one season, I didn’t feel the need to place a ton of stock in up-and-coming players. Instead, I chose to build around proven vets, especially in the frontcourt and at point guard.
At first glance, the frontcourt looks rather thin behind Zach Randolph and LaMarcus Aldridge, but that’s why Thaddeus Young was such a key pick for this team. Young’s natural position is power forward, so there’s no doubt that he can flex between the 3 and the 4 to give the Wizards a few different looks.
If we choose to go big, Young can play the 3, and if we prefer to go small, Young can slide up to the 4. Young’s flexibility was another reason I jumped on Trevor Ariza as a backup 3, as he’s more than capable of playing the role of a three-and-D wing if Young is forced into duty as a big.
The one thing my team is lacking is an abundance of shot creators. Eric Gordon is our only off-the-dribble playmaker, which could make for some ugly floor spacing.
However, I wanted to model my team after the Memphis Grizzlies, making defense a top priority.
We’ll lean on Randolph and Aldridge to carry the offense, but it’ll be pieces like Avery Bradley, Nick Collison, Matt Bonner and Ariza who are imperative to the team’s success on the defensive end.
-Alec Nathan, Wizards Re-Draft GM
1. Kobe Bryant, No. 16 (Four votes)
2. Dwight Howard, No. 10; Brandon Jennings, No. 95; John Henson, No. 155 (Two votes)
3. Kevin Durant, No. 3; Marc Gasol, No. 11; Chris Bosh, No. 36; Nikola Pekovic, No. 69; Paul Pierce, No 72; Kenneth Faried, No. 76; Joe Johnson, No. 87; Danny Granger, No. 96; Gordon Hayward, No. 113; Wesley Matthews, No. 124; Amar'e Stoudemire, No. 127; Lou Williams, No. 158; Raymond Felton, No. 181; Austin Daye, No. 349 (One vote)
1. Damian Lillard, No. 19 (Five votes)
2. Isaiah Thomas, No. 70 (Four votes)
3. Iman Shumpert, No. 52 (Three votes)
4. Derrick Rose, No. 2; Kevin Love, No. 5; Paul George, No. 8; DeMarcus Cousins, No. 20; Nicolas Batum, No. 32; Serge Ibaka, No. 44; Anderson Varejao, No. 59; George Hill, No. 63; Manu Ginobili, No. 66; Gerald Wallace, No. 147; Chauncey Billups, No. 159; Bismack Biyombo, No. 230 (One vote)
1. New York Knicks, 71-11
2. Los Angeles Clippers, 62-20
3. Golden State Warriors, 58-24
4. Atlanta Hawks, 56-26
5. Orlando Magic, 56-26
6. Cleveland Cavaliers, 54-28
7. Dallas Mavericks, 52-30
8. Miami Heat, 50-32
9. Oklahoma City Thunder, 48-34
10. Phoenix Suns, 47-35
11. Chicago Bulls, 45-37
12. Utah Jazz, 44-38
13. Charlotte Bobcats, 43-39
14. Memphis Grizzlies, 43-39
15. Houston Rockets, 42-40
16. Milwaukee Bucks, 39-43
17. Philadelphia 76ers, 39-43
18. Los Angeles Lakers, 38-44
19. Portland Trail Blazers, 38-44
20. San Antonio Spurs, 37-45
21. Minnesota Timberwolves, 35-47
22. Detroit Pistons, 32-50
23. Denver Nuggets, 31-51
24. Washington Wizards, 30-52
25. New Orleans Pelicans, 29-53
26. Toronto Raptors, 29-53
27. Boston Celtics, 27-55
28. Brooklyn Nets, 23-59
29. Sacramento Kings, 18-64
30. Indiana Pacers, 13-69
Upon completion of the re-draft, all 30 general managers were asked to submit their power rankings of the 30 teams, ranked from No. 1 through No. 30. Twenty-eight ballots were returned and contributed to the final standings of this project.
A first-place vote received one point, a second-place vote received two points and so on and so forth. The total points were added up with the lowest point total serving as the ultimate goal.
Instead of simply ranking the teams at the end, I felt as though it added something to see how big the gaps between the teams were. We're more familiar with win-loss records than make-believe point compilations, so I calculated these win-loss records based on the standings.
With 28 ballots and 30 spots on each ballot, the total number of points handed out to the Re-Draft league was 13,020. The team's percentage of those points was multiplied by the total number of losses in a full NBA season (1,230), essentially prorating the point totals into loss totals.
Take Dan Favale's league-leading Knicks for example. He received 117 points (with an impressive seven first-place votes), so (117/13,020)*1,230 = 11.053. After rounding down to 11, I simply set that as the number of losses, and New York ended up with a 71-11 record.
Rounding errors caused the total number of losses in the league to equal 1,231.
Regardless, these records not only show the final rankings, but also how close—or far apart—the teams were from each other.