Blowing Up the NBA and Re-Drafting: Who'd Go Where and Why (Round Two)
Welcome to Round Two of the NBA Re-Draft.
To get caught up, take a quick look at the first round of the re-draft.
The second round will give a much clearer picture of what a team is going to play like, given the meshing of two big talents. Some teams keep the old philosophy going, while others opt for a new perspective.
Going with the snake format, the draft order has been reversed for the second round. This will continue until we get through six rounds of the draft, at which point teams will be free to use the remaining talent pool to fill their rosters as free agents.
Here we go with round two. Cleveland is on the clock.
31. Cleveland Cavaliers: Zach Randolph
Randolph fared well in Portland, failed in New York and Los Angeles, and revitalized his career in Memphis. Sounds to me like keeping Zach away from the big city is the way to go.
With a developing Evan Turner learning the ropes, Randolph can work the inside and give him some space. Cleveland has to hope this Zach Randolph is the one we've seen this year, not the one of previous years.
32. Los Angeles Lakers: Kevin Garnett
So, Kevin Garnett has lost a step. He is still a marquee name, an energizing team leader, and a pretty decent basketball player.
The Lakers want a guy that can control this team until Rubio is ready to take over. It doesn't hurt that that guy will be your top-selling jersey for the next few years.
33. Orlando Magic: Al Jefferson
After the risky pick of Gilbert Arenas in the first round, the Magic play it safe in the second round. Al Jefferson has become a force in the league, but you wouldn't know it because he plays in Minnesota.
Orlando now has a potentially lethal inside-outside game with some flexibility. With a head case like Arenas on the team, you need an anchor like Jefferson.
34. Dallas Mavericks: Tyreke Evans
Wasting no time in picking Tyreke Evans, Dallas might have gotten the biggest steal of the re-draft thus far. Evans has proven, in Sacramento, that he doesn't need much around him to score.
Teamed up with a veteran leader like Paul Pierce, Evans can craft his game a little better and learn how to win. Mark Cuban just lit a cigar.
35. Denver Nuggets: OJ Mayo
With a pesky point guard that passes and plays defense in Rajon Rondo, the Nuggets go for an athletic slasher that can shoot, OJ Mayo. In the thin air of Denver, you can never have enough athleticism.
In high school, Mayo was hyped as "the next LeBron."While that may never be true, Denver is happy to have "the only OJ Mayo."
36. Boston Celtics: Kevin Love
In the tradition of Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, the Celtics take Kevin Love. Boston fans love the pick and see yet another return to glory for the Celts.
Teams will face a world of trouble trying to defend the Rudy Gay/Kevin Love duo. Wait a minute, Gay/Love in Boston? Celtics fans are starting to blush.
37. Atlanta Hawks: Derrick Favors
Atlanta goes with local hero Derrick Favors of Georgia Tech. Favors puts the power back in power forward and will be a hometown hero for the Hawks' few fans.
With Danny Granger lurking on the wing, Favors can thrive without the spotlight shining too brightly on him. Atlanta is starting their revamped team with two 6'9" players. Again, some things never change.
38. Utah Jazz: Kevin Martin
Utah goes for a guy that's going to be putting up big points, Kevin Martin. In Sacramento, Martin proved that he can fill the box score with little media attention.
With a force like Brook Lopez up front, Martin should get back to putting up 25 points a night. K-Mart is just happy to be the primary scorer again.
39. Phoenix Suns: Chris Kaman
The Phoenix Suns snatch up "Caveman" Chris Kaman to give them a big man that can score points and become a fan favorite. Kaman also gives the Suns something they are not used to having,defense.
With Monta Ellis taking care of the majority of the scoring duties, Kaman can make some noise up front. Let's just hope "Captain Caveman" doesn't have any incidents with the Suns Gorilla.
40. Oklahoma City Thunder: Andrew Bynum
The Thunder continue to focus on the defensive game with athletic 7'0" Andrew Bynum. Not only will Bynum block shots and grab boards, but he can score in the post as well.
Teamed with defensive beast Josh Smith, Bynum will have some pressure taken off of him. As for their opponents, the pressure couldn't be much tougher.
41. San Antonio Spurs: Andre Iguodala
The Spurs are relieved to see that Andre Iguodala has somehow fallen into their laps. Because of typically low draft picks, San Antonio rarely gets the chance to pick up such a physical specimen as Iggy, relying instead on international players to develop.
Iguodala will serve as the future for the Spurs, as Tim Duncan enters the final years of his illustrious career. Andre will bring San Antonio something they aren't accustomed to—exciting play.
42. Portland Trail Blazers: Brandon Jennings
Portland picks the kid with the high-top fade, Brandon Jennings. Jennings has the ability to create for himself, as evidenced by his 55-point performance early in the year.
After seeing how well Jennings has worked with Andrew Bogut, he might be just what Yao Ming needs to get back to form. Jennings will try to get the most out of the 7'6" center, if not some clear English.
43. Toronto Raptors: Michael Beasley
The Raptors surprise some fans by picking Michael Beasley, the oft-troubled forward. If he had a drinking problem in the States, imagine what the high alcohol content in Canadian beer will do to him.
Toronto is more concerned with what Steve Nash will do for him. Nash has the ability to bring the best out of his teammates. With Beasley, we know that his best will be quite good.
44. Milwaukee Bucks: David West
The Hornets decide on David West to help establish their frontcourt. West boasts a versatile game and can put up major points.
With Joe Johnson, Milwaukee will look to capitalize on having to of the most underrated stars in the NBA. Too bad they will be playing in the appropriately low rated city of Milwaukee.
45. Miami Heat: Stephen Curry
Deciding to take one of the most promising offensive talents in the NBA, the Heat select Stephen Curry. Many fans have him pegged as the best rookie in last year's crop and the more he scores, the more possible that sounds.
Teamed up with Amar'e Stoudemire, Curry will have to hone his passing skills and share the ball with the big man. The Heat are shaping up to be a team that will be scorching their opponents with lots of buckets.
46. Chicago Bulls: DeMarcus Cousins
It's not always a great idea to bring in two big-name rookies at the same time. When they were teammates in college, it's a different story. Chicago does just that buy selecting DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins and John Wall make a powerful one-two punch that will be young and develop together. They already play well together; add in some veteran role players, and you have a recipe for success.
47. Houston Rockets: Andrew Bogut
Keeping in the tradition of getting guys the rest of the league has undervalued, the Rockets take Andrew Bogut. The big Aussie can play the four or the five, giving Houston some flexibility up front.
Bogut has played extremely well with Brandon Jennings running the point. One can only imagine how much better he will be with Deron Williams feeding him the ball.
48. Memphis Grizzlies: Chauncey Billups
The Memphis Grizzlies, tired of being at the bottom, go for a win-now approach. Bringing on Chauncey Billups is a good way to make that happen.
Paired up with Pau Gasol, Billups will get straight to trying to get wins as he has done in Detroit and Denver. The Grizz are putting the future on hold, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.
49. New Orleans Hornets: Al Horford
The Hornets look like they are trying to build the team they had, with some slight tweaks. Al Horford serves as their David West-type, but with more emphasis on defense.
With Derrick Rose playing the Chris Paul role with more emphasis on being a slasher, the new-look Hornets are already more versatile than the old model. Let's just hope Rose won't be hurt as much as Paul.
50. Charlotte Bobcats: Russell Westbrook
New owner Michael Jordan is putting together his own Team Nike in Charlotte. Russell Westbrook is an underrated and well-rounded point guard and should make the most of this opportunity.
The Bobcats now look extremely promising with Chris Bosh and Westbrook playing off of each other. This idea of getting Nike guys is working better than the original idea of drafting UNC grads.
51. Los Angeles Clippers: Vince Carter
Speaking of UNC grads, the Clippers grab one that's been out of school for a while, Vince Carter. Hoping to cash in on the big-name superstar in LA, Carter will love the limelight.
Blake Griffin may be young, but he's already been warned about Vinsanity. Griffin will focus instead on rehabbing his knee and working toward becoming a superstar himself.
52. Philadelphia 76ers: Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah will try to bring his energetic brand of play to Philly and restore the glory the Sixers have lost over the years. Noah is a fireplug that can get fans to fill the seats and bring out the best in the team.
Coupling Noah's pesky defense with Brandon Roy's instant offense, the Sixers have a nucleus for a contending team right out of the gate. Let's just hope they don't have a problem with practice.
53. Washington Wizards: Gerald Wallace
By bringing rebound machine Gerald Wallace into the mix, the Wizards are shaping into a decent team early on. They already have two more stars than they did before the re-draft.
With Chris Paul running the show, Wallace should be able to maximize his offensive skills. I think the Washington fans will be voting for the Paul/Wallace ticket for years to come.
54. Sacramento Kings: Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer should be fine in Sacramento, as long as he gets paid. He blew his chance to run with LeBron James in order to grab a quick paycheck, maybe he can focus on his game now.
With Dwyane Wade taking charge of the team, Boozer makes for a great second option on offense. Now about that defense, Carlos...
55. Detroit Pistons: Devin Harris
The Pistons go with the speedy Devin Harris to play the point. Harris has shown flashes of brilliance with Dallas and in New Jersey, the challenge is to keep it up.
Carmelo Anthony will take the pressure off of Harris to create shots for himself. Detroit will take his mind off playing for the worst team ever in New Jersey.
56. Indiana Pacers: Tony Parker
The Pacers nab veteran guard Tony Parker to make things happen in Indiana. Parker knows how to shine in a city that people perceive as boring.
Parker will use Dirk Nowitzki to take the focus off of himself, something that Duncan did in San Antonio. What the Pacers lack in defense will be made up on the offensive end of the court.
57. Golden State Warriors: Jameer Nelson
Golden State is ready to play some Nellie-ball, now with Jameer Nelson playing the point. Fast breaks should come often for the Warriors new team.
With Kevin Durant posting 30 points a night, Nelson will serve as a more mature Russell Westbrook with a better shot and handle. Nelson should be back in the All-Star Game in no time.
58. New York Knicks: Johnny Flynn
Johnny Flynn may not be a household name, but when he is paired up with Dwight Howard in New York, that should change. The gifted young guard will have a field day getting the ball inside to the big man.
Howard will take Flynn under his wing and make him look like a seasoned vet. Flynn will need to work on running down swatted shots and turning them into easy buckets.
59. Minnesota Timberwolves: Troy Murphy
Sure, Troy Murphy isn't the most flashy name in the sport, but he's just what the T-Wolves will need to execute their master plan. Team up a versatile big man with now desire to be the focal point of the team with alpha-dog Kobe Bryant.
Murphy is like a low-key Pau Gasol with better defense, less offense, and quieter persona. This could work out better that Kobe might think.
60. New Jersey Nets: Stephen Jackson
One thing that Stephen Jackson needs is a running mate to counter his personality. Enter LeBron James.
New Jersey will look to LeBron to run the show, counting on S-Jax to score points and hustle. Jackson can't handle being "the man" for his team, but as second banana, he could be one of the best.