The 2009 NBA Draft was certainly a weekend full of major stories. From a near miss trade between the Warriors and the Suns to the puzzling draft David Kahn and the Timberwolves had, the draft was one to remember.
In a draft labeled as the “draft of the point guards," the rookies have certainly lived up to that expectation, as four of the first five and six of the first eight players taken in my “Draft Redo” are point guards (assuming Tyreke Evans is considered a point guard).
Additionally, this year was one of disappointment for many teams at the top, as three of the first five picks in the draft have contributed little to nothing and other teams are kicking themselves after watching players such as DeJuan Blair fall to the second round only to come in and prove executives wrong with his impressive play.
Certainly many teams would like a crack at a redo for this draft. The Wolves’, Grizzlies’, Knicks’, Nets’, Bobcats’—among others—draftees have all fallen well below expectations each team had for them, losing a great opportunity for those teams to improve themselves after a poor previous year. Unfortunately, because of poor drafting and other personnel moves, many of the lottery teams last year are still stuck in the lottery for this year.
Interestingly enough, seven of the fifteen players that I had teams drafting in the redraft were not drafted in the top 15, with three second-rounders joining the mix. This shows the importance for teams to have good scout evaluations, as many of the top picks who fell out of the top 15 in the redraft were the consensus picks for their spot, but have not performed up to expectations.
Finally, I have one last note. The team needs for the draft were based upon the teams as of now, with midseason trades taken into account, so keep that in mind.