With the 2008-'09 NBA season being all but over, and the draft being around the corner, I thought it would be fun to redo the first round of last year's draft. I took into consideration how a player did and what each team needed when revising the draft order.
1. Chicago Bulls—Derrick Rose
Nothing changes here. Rose had a phenomenal rookie season and was the leader of a Bulls team that made some noise in the postseason by nearly taking out the defending champions.
2. Miami Heat—Kevin Love
The Heat went with "B-Easy", who had a great one and done year at Kansas State, but looking back, Love would have been the perfect fit. With his constant crashing for the boards on both ends of the floor, and the range he has for a big man, the Heat could have had a formidable duo of Love-Jermaine playing high and low.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves—Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo
The Wolves did select Mayo, but dealt him to Memphis for Love almost immediately after. With Love off the board, the 'Wolves go with the stud shooting guard they would team up with Al Jefferson for a potent offensive duo.
Only concern is if Randy Foye and/or Mayo will ever acquire skills to split point guard duties while starting together.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder—Russell Westbrook
Again, nothing changes here as Westbrook, like Rose, had a solid season for the Thunder at the point. Even with Beasley still on the board, this should be an easy choice for OKC.
5. Memphis Grizzlies—Michael Beasley
Having drafted Love, and dealing him off to Minnesota for Mayo, I believe the Grizzlies, in this scenario, would draft Beasley. B-Easy would provide the high-low post needed with Gasol and would fit in well with Mike Conley Jr. and Rudy Gay as well.
6. New York Knicks—Danilo Gallinari
Every Knicks fan I talk to says they would remain with Danilo, and pass up on Eric Gordon like they did in the draft. It has me wondering why they would choose that, but as a Clippers' fan I can't really complain.
7. Los Angeles Clippers—Eric Gordon
Another pick just like the original, and there is no doubt anything different would happen. Gordon exceeded the expectations of most scouts and every Clippers' fan ever since they traded Cuttino Mobley, which, opened up playing time for him.
8. Milwaukee Bucks—Marreese Speights
Bucks went with Alexander, who got less burn than their second-round pick (Mbah A Moute), despite both being forwards. They are a team in a weird situation as they seem to like the players they have at each position, but Speights would be perfect for them with Bogut up front.
Big jump from No. 16 to No. 8, but he would be worth it.
9. Charlotte Bobcats—DJ Augustine
Bobcats remain with their original pick as they seemed to like Augustine, and like the Knicks' fans, most agree they would take him if they could redo it. I personally believe that Brandon Rush would have been the better choice.
10. New Jersey Nets—Brook Lopez
No doubt about it here. After the solid season Lopez had, there is no way they could consider taking anyone else.
Picked too high:
Alexis Ajinca—Have no idea what the Bobcats were thinking with this pick. Probably could have had him at No. 38.
Robin Lopez—The No. 14 pick? No way should this have happened as well.
Serge Ibaka—Like the Bobcats with Ajinca, the Thunder could have had him with one of their many second-round picks.
Should have went higher:
Mario Chalmers—Had a hell of a season starting for the Heat. Racked up tons of steals.
DeAndre Jordan—Raw, athletic 20-footer that is around 7' tall. Averaged solid numbers when he started for the Clippers.
Luc Richard Mbah A Moute—He had all the tools to be, at worst, a solid defensive player and drops all the way to round two. Had me scratching my head.