B/R's 2017 NBA Re-Draft: Who's Got the Best Roster from Top to Bottom?

Bleacher Report NBA StaffFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2017

B/R's 2017 NBA Re-Draft: Who's Got the Best Roster from Top to Bottom?

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    B/R: Brian Konnick

    We made it, folks! Twelve rounds and 360 players later, Bleacher Report's NBA re-draft is complete!

    If you haven't been following this series, you've got some catching up to do. Round 1 saw Kyrie Irving get exactly what he wants. Round 2 is when Andrew Wiggins and DeMarcus Cousins started their own Process out East.

    Most recently, all 30 general managers broke down their strategies when implementing new starting lineups.

    Who are these GMs? They're B/R's roundball experts put in charge of running the league's 30 franchises ahead of our single-season simulation.

    The results from that simulation will be revealed Friday. Until then, it's time for each participant to explain what went right—and in some cases, what they could've done better—throughout this project. 

How It Works

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    Before we dive into the results and analysis, it's important we lay down a few ground rules and guidelines.

    • The draft order was determined in the most sophisticated manner known to humankind: online randomized number generation
    • All GMs are drafting with the 2017-18 season in mind. We’re not building a dynasty. We’re assembling squads for next season—and next season only
    • Every NBA player and free agent is eligible for this draft (with one notable exception explained momentarily)
    • All current injuries are healed; however, injury history and injury-proneness are relevant knowing they impact current skill sets/ability to stay on the court

    (The aforementioned exception comes into play here, as Chris Bosh has been excluded from the process with a potentially career-ending health condition.)

    • GMs are responsible for making their picks in an allotted five-minute time period. They snooze? They lose. After that five minutes, auto-draft would select the player with the top Estimated Wins Added, according to ESPN.com

    Got it? Let’s do this.

Round 1 Results

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    Here are the full results from Round 1:

    1. LeBron James, New York Knicks

    2. Kawhi Leonard, Indiana Pacers

    3. Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers

    4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

    5. Anthony Davis, Atlanta Hawks

    6. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sacramento Kings

    7. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

    8. James Harden, Dallas Mavericks

    9. Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers

    10. Isaiah Thomas, Phoenix Suns

    11. Nikola Jokic, Chicago Bulls

    12. Karl-Anthony Towns, Washington Wizards

    13. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

    14. Jimmy Butler, San Antonio Spurs

    15. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

    16. Joel Embiid, Brooklyn Nets

    17. Paul George, Detroit Pistons

    18. Damian Lillard, Houston Rockets

    19. John Wall, Boston Celtics

    20. DeMarcus Cousins, Philadelphia 76ers

    21. Draymond Green, Milwaukee Bucks

    22. Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers

    23. Kyrie Irving, Portland Trail Blazers

    24. Kristaps Porzingis, Minnesota Timberwolves

    25. Klay Thompson, Memphis Grizzlies

    26. Mike Conley, Miami Heat

    27. DeMar DeRozan, Charlotte Hornets

    28. Kyle Lowry, New Orleans Pelicans

    29. Gordon Hayward, Orlando Magic

    30. Devin Booker, Toronto Raptors

Round 2 Results

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    Here are the full results for Round 2:

    31. Ben Simmons, Toronto Raptors

    32. Bradley Beal, Orlando Magic

    33. CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans

    34. Hassan Whiteside, Charlotte Hornets

    35. Marc Gasol, Miami Heat

    36. Blake Griffin, Memphis Grizzlies

    37. Paul Millsap, Minnesota Timberwolves

    38. DeAndre Jordan, Portland Trail Blazers

    39. Kemba Walker, Los Angeles Lakers

    40. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

    41. Andrew Wiggins, Philadelphia 76ers

    42. Markelle Fultz, Boston Celtics

    43. Kevin Love, Houston Rockets

    44. LaMarcus Aldridge, Detroit Pistons

    45. Myles Turner, Brooklyn Nets

    46. Jabari Parker, Denver Nuggets

    47. Eric Bledsoe, San Antonio Spurs

    48. Otto Porter, Utah Jazz

    49. Goran Dragic, Washington Wizards

    50. Jae Crowder, Chicago Bulls

    51. Andre Drummond, Phoenix Suns

    52. Avery Bradley, Cleveland Cavaliers

    53. Dwight Howard, Dallas Mavericks

    54. Danilo Gallinari, Golden State Warriors

    55. Al Horford, Sacramento Kings

    56. Jrue Holiday, Atlanta Hawks

    57. Jusuf Nurkic, Oklahoma City Thunder

    58. Brook Lopez, Los Angeles Clippers

    59. Clint Capela, Indiana Pacers

    60. Serge Ibaka, New York Knicks

Round 3 Results

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    Here are the full results for Round 3:

    61. George Hill, New York Knicks

    62. Dennis Schroder, Indiana Pacers

    63. Dwyane Wade, Los Angeles Clippers

    64. JJ Redick, Oklahoma City Thunder

    65. Gary Harris, Atlanta Hawks

    66. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Sacramento Kings

    67. Greg Monroe, Golden State Warriors

    68. Nicolas Batum, Dallas Mavericks

    69. Harrison Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers

    70. Josh Jackson, Phoenix Suns

    71. Dennis Smith Jr., Chicago Bulls

    72. Lou Williams, Washington Wizards

    73. Andre Iguodala, Utah Jazz

    74. Nerlens Noel, San Antonio Spurs

    75. De'Aaron Fox, Denver Nuggets

    76. D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets

    77. Jeff Teague, Detroit Pistons

    78. Steven Adams, Houston Rockets

    79. Willie Cauley-Stein, Boston Celtics

    80. Zach LaVine, Philadelphia 76ers

    81. Jonathan Isaac, Milwaukee Bucks

    82. Aaron Gordon, Los Angeles Lakers

    83. Jayson Tatum, Portland Trail Blazers

    84. Brandon Ingram, Minnesota Timberwolves

    85. Ricky Rubio, Memphis Grizzlies

    86. Wilson Chandler, Miami Heat

    87. Patty Mills, Charlotte Hornets

    88. Willy Hernangomez, New Orleans Pelicans

    89. Enes Kanter, Orlando Magic

    90. Tobias Harris, Toronto Raptors

Round 4 Results

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    Here are the full results from Round 4:

    91. Mason Plumlee, Toronto Raptors

    92. Tristan Thompson, Orlando Magic

    93. James Johnson, New Orleans Pelicans

    94. Buddy Hield, Charlotte Hornets

    95. Andre Roberson, Miami Heat

    96. Malcolm Brogdon, Memphis Grizzlies

    97. Norman Powell, Minnesota Timberwolves

    98. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Portland Trail Blazers

    99. Robin Lopez, Los Angeles Lakers

    100. Robert Covington, Milwaukee Bucks

    101. Dirk Nowitzki, Philadelphia 76ers

    102. Dion Waiters, Boston Celtics

    103. Victor Oladipo, Houston Rockets

    104. Rodney Hood, Detroit Pistons

    105. Jamal Murray, Brooklyn Nets

    106. Seth Curry, Denver Nuggets

    107. Evan Fournier, San Antonio Spurs

    108. Pat Beverley, Utah Jazz

    109. Julius Randle, Washington Wizards

    110. Eric Gordon, Chicago Bulls

    111. Tim Hardaway Jr., Phoenix Suns

    112. Jonas Valanciunas, Cleveland Cavaliers

    113. Marcus Smart, Dallas Mavericks

    114. Will Barton, Golden State Warriors

    115. Danny Green, Sacramento Kings

    116. Joe Ingles, Atlanta Hawks

    117. Trevor Ariza, Oklahoma City Thunder

    118. Elfrid Payton, Los Angeles Clippers

    119. Markieff Morris, Indiana Pacers

    120. Wesley Matthews, New York Knicks

Round 5 Results

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    Here are the full results from Round 5:

    121. Patrick Patterson, New York Knicks

    122. Tyler Johnson, Indiana Pacers

    123. Thaddeus Young, Los Angeles Clippers

    124. Ryan Anderson, Oklahoma City Thunder

    125. Derrick Favors, Atlanta Hawks

    126. JaMychal Green, Sacramento Kings

    127. Marcus Morris, Golden State Warriors

    128. Rudy Gay, Dallas Mavericks

    129. Nikola Vucevic, Cleveland Cavaliers

    130. Pau Gasol, Phoenix Suns

    131. Dario Saric, Chicago Bulls

    132. TJ Warren, Washington Wizards

    133. Nikola Mirotic, Utah Jazz

    134. C.J. Miles, San Antonio Spurs

    135. JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets

    136. Jaylen Brown, Brooklyn Nets

    137. Derrick Rose, Detroit Pistons

    138. Terrence Ross, Houston Rockets

    139. Kenneth Faried, Boston Celtics

    140. Jeremy Lin, Philadelphia 76ers

    141. Reggie Jackson, Milwaukee Bucks

    142. Gorgui Dieng, Los Angeles Lakers

    143. Zach Randolph, Portland Trail Blazers

    144. Dejounte Murray, Minnesota Timberwolves

    145. Cody Zeller, Memphis Grizzlies

    146. Kelly Olynyk, Miami Heat

    147. Nick Young, Charlotte Hornets

    148. Marquese Chriss, New Orleans Pelicans

    149. Tony Parker, Orlando Magic

    150. Jordan Clarkson, Toronto Raptors

Rounds 6-9 Results

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    Here are the full results from Round 6:

    151. Dewayne Dedmon, Toronto Raptors

    152. Frank Kaminsky, Orlando Magic

    153. Thon Maker, New Orleans Pelicans

    154. Joe Johnson, Charlotte Hornets

    155. Richaun Holmes, Miami Heat

    156. Malik Monk, Memphis Grizzlies

    157. Jonathon Simmons, Minnesota Timberwolves

    158. Bojan Bogdanovic, Portland Trail Blazers

    159. Maurice Harkless, Los Angeles Lakers

    160. Chandler Parsons, Milwaukee Bucks

    161. Tony Allen, Philadelphia 76ers

    162. Marcin Gortat, Boston Celtics

    163. Skal Labissiere, Houston Rockets

    164. John Henson, Detroit Pistons

    165. Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets

    166. Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Denver Nuggets

    167. Allen Crabbe, San Antonio Spurs

    168. Manu Ginobili, Utah Jazz

    169. Taj Gibson, Washington Wizards

    170. PJ Tucker, Chicago Bulls

    171. Darren Collison, Phoenix Suns

    172. Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers

    173. Al-Farouq Aminu, Dallas Mavericks

    174. Shaun Livingston, Golden State Warriors

    175. Tony Snell, Sacramento Kings

    176. Vince Carter, Atlanta Hawks

    177. Nene, Oklahoma City Thunder

    178. Ersan Ilyasova, Los Angeles Clippers

    179. Tyler Ulis, Indiana Pacers

    180. Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks


    Here are the full results from Round 7:

    181. Kent Bazemore, New York Knicks

    182. Alan Williams, Indiana Pacers

    183. Tyreke Evans, Los Angeles Clippers

    184. JR Smith, Oklahoma City Thunder

    185. Milos Teodosic, Atlanta Hawks

    186. Justise Winslow, Sacramento Kings

    187. Cory Joseph, Golden State Warriors

    188. Courtney Lee, Dallas Mavericks

    189. Kyle Korver, Cleveland Cavaliers

    190. Marvin Williams, Phoenix Suns

    191. Josh Richardson, Chicago Bulls

    192. Ish Smith, Washington Wizards

    193. Amir Johnson, Utah Jazz

    194. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, San Antonio Spurs

    195. Caleb Swanigan, Denver Nuggets

    196. Jerami Grant, Brooklyn Nets

    197. Jahlil Okafor, Detroit Pistons

    198. Sam Dekker, Houston Rockets

    199. Kyle O'Quinn, Boston Celtics

    200. Marreese Speights, Philadelphia 76ers

    201. Donovan Mitchell, Milwaukee Bucks

    202. Marco Belinelli, Los Angeles Lakers

    203. Frank Ntilikina, Portland Trail Blazers

    204. Davis Bertans, Minnesota Timberwolves

    205. Trevor Booker, Memphis Grizzlies

    206. Dante Exum, Miami Heat

    207. David Lee, Charlotta Hornets

    208. Juancho Hernangomez, New Orleans Pelicans

    209. DeMarre Carroll, Orlando Magic

    210. Jamal Crawford, Toronto Raptors


    Here are the full results from Round 8:

    211. Bismack Biyombo, Toronto Raptors

    212. Ty Lawson, Orlando Magic

    213. Patrick McCaw, New Orleans Pelicans

    214. T.J. McConnell, Charlotte Hornets

    215. Thabo Sefolosha, Miami Heat

    216. Zach Collins, Memphis Grizzlies

    217. Kelly Oubre Jr., Minnesota Timberwolves

    218. Iman Shumpert, Portland Trail Blazers

    219. Bobby Portis, Los Angeles Lakers

    220. Lucas Nogueira, Milwaukee Bucks

    221. Matt Barnes, Philadelphia 76ers

    222. Montrezl Harrell, Boston Celtics

    223. Justin Holiday, Houston Rockets

    224. Taurean Prince, Detroit Pistons

    225. Al Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets

    226. Mario Hezonja, Denver Nuggets

    227. Luc Mbah a Moute, San Antonio Spurs

    228. Jared Dudley, Utah Jazz

    229. Ian Clark, Washington Wizards

    230. Matthew Dellavedova, Chicago Bulls

    231. Justin Anderson, Phoenix Suns

    232. Rajon Rondo, Cleveland Cavaliers

    233. Andrew Bogut, Dallas Mavericks

    234. Kyle Anderson, Golden State Warriors

    235. Alec Burks, Sacramento Kings

    236. Garrett Temple, Atlanta Hawks

    237. Austin Rivers, Oklahoma City Thunder

    238. David West, Los Angeles Clippers

    239. Luke Kennard, Indiana Pacers

    240. Yogi Ferrell, New York Knicks


    Here are the full results from Round 9:

    241. Zaza Pachulia, New York Knicks

    242. Evan Turner, Indiana Pacers

    243. Brandon Knight, Los Angeles Clippers

    244. Kyle Kuzma, Oklahoma City Thunder

    245. Anthony Tolliver, Atlanta Hawks

    246. Ian Mahinmi, Sacramento Kings

    247. Sean Kilpatrick, Golden State Warriors

    248. J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks

    249. Shabazz Muhammad, Cleveland Cavaliers

    250. E'Twaun Moore, Phoenix Suns

    251. Cristiano Felicio, Chicago Bulls

    252. Jon Leuer, Washington Wizards

    253. Jerian Grant, Utah Jazz

    254. Ed Davis, San Antonio Spurs

    255. Dwight Powell, Denver Nuggets

    256. Lance Stephenson, Brooklyn Nets

    257. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Detroit Pistons

    258. Jameer Nelson, Houston Rockets

    259. Michael Beasley, Boston Celtics

    260. Joakim Noah, Philadelphia 76ers

    261. Omri Casspi, Milwaukee Bucks

    262. Tim Frazier, Los Angeles Lakers

    263. Ivica Zubac, Portland Trail Blazers

    264. Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves

    265. Doug McDermott, Memphis Grizzlies

    266. Channing Frye, Miami Heat

    267. Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets

    268. Emmanuel Mudiay, New Orleans Pelicans

    269. Alex Len, Orlando Magic

    270. Tyus Jones, Toronto Raptors

Rounds 10-12 Results

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    Here are the full results for Round 10:

    271. Justin Jackson, Toronto Raptors

    272. Jason Terry, Orlando Magic

    273. John Collins, New Orleans Pelicans

    274. Lance Thomas, Charlotte Hornets

    275. Luol Deng, Miami Heat

    276. Nik Stauskas, Memphis Grizzlies

    277. Terry Rozier, Minnesota Timberwolves

    278. Josh Hart, Portland Trail Blazers

    279. Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers

    280. Mario Chalmers, Milwaukee Bucks

    281. Hollis Thompson, Philadelphia 76ers

    282. Jordan Bell, Boston Celtics

    283. Lauri Markkanen, Houston Rockets

    284. Willie Reed, Detroit Pistons

    285. Brandon Jennings, Brooklyn Nets

    286. Brandon Bass, Denver Nuggets

    287. D.J. Augustin, San Antonio Spurs

    288. Solomon Hill, Utah Jazz

    289. Jodie Meeks, Washington Wizards

    290. Stanley Johnson, Chicago Bulls

    291. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Phoenix Suns

    292. Deron Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers

    293. Noah Vonleh, Dallas Mavericks

    294. Tyler Zeller, Golden State Warriors

    295. Delon Wright, Sacramento Kings

    296. Mike Muscala, Atlanta Hawks

    297. Jeff Green, Oklahoma City Thunder

    298. Bam Adebayo, Los Angeles Clippers

    299. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

    300. Gerald Henderson, New York Knicks


    Here are the full results for Round 11:

    301. Jonas Jerebko, New York Knicks

    302. James Ennis III, Indiana Pacers

    303. Monta Ellis, Los Angeles Clippers

    304. Ben McLemore, Oklahoma City Thunder

    305. Langston Galloway, Atlanta Hawks

    306. Alex Abrines, Sacramento Kings

    307. Kosta Koufos, Golden State Warriors

    308. Tarik Black, Dallas Mavericks

    309. Darrell Arthur, Cleveland Cavaliers

    310. Corey Brewer, Phoenix Suns

    311. DeAndre' Bembry, Chicago Bulls

    312. Gerald Green, Washington Wizards

    313. Luke Babbitt, Utah Jazz

    314. Rodney McGruder, San Antonio Spurs

    315. Devin Harris, Denver Nuggets

    316. D.J. Wilson, Brooklyn Nets

    317. Arron Afflalo, Detroit Pistons

    318. Aron Baynes, Houston Rockets

    319. Salah Mejri, Boston Celtics

    320. Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia 76ers

    321. Jason Smith, Milwaukee Bucks

    322. Glenn Robinson III, Los Angeles Lakers

    323. Shelvin Mack, Portland Trail Blazers

    324. Boban Marjanovic, Minnesota Timberwolves

    325. Richard Jefferson, Memphis Grizzlies

    326. Mirza Teletovic, Miami Heat

    327. Michael Carter-Williams, Charlotte Hornets

    328. Ron Baker, New Orleans Pelicans

    329. Terrence Jones, Orlando Magic

    330. Tyler Ennis, Toronto Raptors


    Here are the full results from Round 12:

    331. Dante Cunningham, Toronto Raptors

    332. Leandro Barbosa, Orlando Magic

    333. Dragan Bender, New Orleans Pelicans

    334. Joe Harris, Charlotte Hornets

    335. Boris Diaw, Miami Heat

    336. Rodney Stuckey, Memphis Grizzlies

    337. Jarrett Allen, Minnesota Timberwolves

    338. Justin Patton, Portland Trail Blazers

    339. Nemanja Bjelica, Los Angeles Lakers

    340. Jerryd Bayless, Milwaukee Bucks

    341. Isaiah Canaan, Philadelphia 76ers

    342. Trey Burke, Boston Celtics

    343. Troy Daniels, Houston Rockets

    344. Jarrett Jack, Detroit Pistons

    345. Anthony Morrow, Brooklyn Nets

    346. Beno Udrih, Denver Nuggets

    347. Meyers Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

    348. Spencer Dinwiddie, Utah Jazz

    349. Isaiah Whitehead, Washington Wizards

    350. Zhou Qi, Chicago Bulls

    351. Troy Williams, Phoenix Suns

    352. Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers

    353. Raymond Felton, Dallas Mavericks

    354. Denzel Valentine, Golden State Warriors

    355. Jakob Poeltl, Sacramento Kings

    356. Brandan Wright, Atlanta Hawks

    357. Joffrey Lauvergne, Oklahoma City Thunder

    358. Jose Calderon, Los Angeles Clippers

    359. Guerschon Yabusele, Indiana Pacers

    360. Quincy Acy, New York Knicks

Atlanta Hawks

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    Full Roster (and overall picks)

    Guards: Jrue Holiday (56th), Gary Harris (65th), Milos Teodosic (185th), Garrett Temple (236th), Langston Galloway (305th)

    Forwards: Joe Ingles (116th), Derrick Favors (125th), Vince Carter (176th), Anthony Tolliver (245th), Brandan Wright (356th)

    Centers: Anthony Davis (5th), Mike Muscala (296th)

    Starting Lineup: 

    • Jrue Holiday
    • Gary Harris
    • Joe Ingles
    • Derrick Favors
    • Anthony Davis

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Look, this team isn't going to put fans in seats at the start of the season—until the wins start pouring in, of course.

    It isn't a glamorous squad, and its identity will remain in constant flux as it picks apart the weaknesses of its opponents. But the benefit of avoiding star power for understated production, particularly for the second unit, is retaining flexibility and immense value at all positions.

    Especially in a re-draft world, few teams can legitimately go 12 deep. These Atlanta Hawks can, which opens up all sorts of lineup combinations that otherwise would be unimaginable.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    If a true rim-protecting specialist becomes available, these Hawks could easily attempt to ship off Milos Teodosic and let Garrett Temple or Langston Galloway (shockingly still on the board in the 11th round) assume more ball-handling responsibilities for the second unit.

    I'm immediately calling Bryan Toporek's Milwaukee Bucks and seeing if he has any interest in a package that centers around Lucas Nogueira and Teodosic, ideally with him throwing in a bit of a sweetener to help level the deal.

    Adam Fromal

Boston Celtics

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: John Wall (19th), Markelle Fultz (42nd), Dion Waiters (102nd), Trey Burke (342nd)

    Forwards: Kenneth Faried (139th), Montrezl Harrell (222nd), Michael Beasley (259th), Jordan Bell (282nd)

    Centers: Willie Cauley-Stein (79th), Marcin Gortat (162nd), Kyle O'Quinn (199th), Salah Mejri (319th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • John Wall
    • Markelle Fultz
    • Dion Waiters
    • Kenneth Faried
    • Willie Cauley-Stein

    The Case for My Squad: 

    OK, now I'm terrified. You know how you maybe get a little dizzy from looking at a computer for too long and everything around you seems smaller? Well, I'm feeling that right now.

    Why did I draft Montrezl Harrell? Who thinks Michael Beasley is going to contribute major minutes to this team? Was Jordan Bell a smart risk? I don't even trust myself anymore. Do I have any real wing defense? Maybe my depth isn't what it should be, but I ride or die with my starting lineup.

    We'll at least be fun in a "Don Nelson in Golden State" kind of way. 42-40, here I come.  

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Can I offer you a dentist's office treasure chest filled with Trey Burke, Kyle O'Quinn, Marcin Gortat and Markelle Fultz for Kawhi Leonard?

    Dave Schilling

Brooklyn Nets

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: D'Angelo Russell (76th), Jamal Murray (105th), Lance Stephenson (256th), Brandon Jennings (285th), Anthony Morrow (345th)

    Forwards: Jaylen Brown (136th), Caris LeVert (165th), Jerami Grant (196th), D.J. Wilson (316th)

    Centers: Joel Embiid (16th), Myles Turner (45th), Al Jefferson (225th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • D'Angelo Russell
    • Jamal Murray
    • Jaylen Brown
    • Myles Turner
    • Joel Embiid

    The Case for My Squad: 

    This is a young, athletic team with wild versatility. We have the players to make anything work defensively. We can run anything from two bigs to four bigs to four guards to Lance at the 5—anything. There's an exciting offense in there somewhere, too—don't sleep on that backcourt.

    And I also like to dream of the intangibles. The team's core is young, but Jefferson, Morrow and Jennings are renowned teammates.

    In Brooklyn, Big Al can teach Embiid and Turner how to cook with just a single, perfected post move. Morrow can work with Murray beyond the arc. Jennings can help Russell—a fellow lefty—have the career that Jennings should have had but didn't. And Stephenson can mentor Brown and LeVert, each of whom has a heavy dose of Young Lance in his game. After all, it is destiny for Stephenson to return to Brooklyn where it all started for him.

    Maybe this team couldn't topple a more conventionally built, proven group. But it'd be a heartwarming thrill to watch them try.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Embiid is pounding the table for T.J. McConnell. 

    Leo Sepkowitz

Charlotte Hornets

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: DeMar DeRozan (27th), Patty Mills (87th), Buddy Hield (94th), Nick Young (147th), T.J. McConnell (214th), Jeremy Lamb (267th), Michael Carter-Williams (327th), Joe Harris (334th)

    Forwards: Joe Johnson (154th), David Lee (207th), Lance Thomas (274th)

    Centers: Hassan Whiteside (34th) 

    Starting Lineup:

    • Patty Mills
    • Buddy Hield
    • DeMar DeRozan
    • Joe Johnson
    • Hassan Whiteside

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Aside from having a straight-fire starting five, we've loaded up our roster with strong two-way wings. DeRozan, Johnson, Nick Young, Lance Thomas—we're all in on positionless basketball.

    Seeing as we also have a bucket-getter like DeRozan and a rim protector like Whiteside, and you have a tough team to match up with.

    Also, we have a brilliant owner/GM.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Deals? We don't need no stinkin' deals. 

    Yaron Weitzman

Chicago Bulls

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Dennis Smith Jr. (71st), Eric Gordon (110th), Josh Richardson (191st), Matthew Dellavedova (230th), DeAndre' Bembry (311th)

    Forwards: Jae Crowder (50th), Dario Saric (131st), P.J. Tucker (170th), Stanley Johnson (290th)

    Centers: Nikola Jokic (11th), Cristiano Felicio (251st), Zhou Qi (350th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Dennis Smith Jr.
    • Eric Gordon
    • Jae Crowder
    • Dario Saric
    • Nikola Jokic

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Rounding out the bench with versatile defenders and three-point shooters, Tucker, Richardson, Dellavedova, Johnson and Bembry can be inserted into any combination of lineups while addressing my squad's potential defensive shortcomings.

    Cult hero Felicio gives the Bulls have a mobile, rim-running center who can catch lobs and stay in front of point guards on switches as he spells Jokic. He and Zhou Qi will also provide spacing and rim protection from the center position, which opens up the floor and draws opposing centers from the lane. That will allow the primary offensive initiators to run wild and make plays.

    With length, speed, athleticism, depth, playmaking and floor spacing, this team checks all the boxes of what a modern NBA squad should be.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    This roster has the foundation for a great team both in the short-term and the future, but there is always space for improvement. With the two primary offensive initiators age 22 or younger, it would be nice to improve the point guard position or at least add another pick-and-roll guard.

    I would not be opposed to taking on a misfit player from another team in order to upgrade from Smith. Not because he isn’t good, but because the front office should have an elite player in that role in order to win now, and rookie point guards can be difficult to project.

    Will Gottlieb

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Chris Paul (9th), Avery Bradley (52nd), Kyle Korver (189th), Rajon Rondo (232nd), Deron Williams (292nd)

    Forwards: Harrison Barnes (69th), Larry Nance Jr. (172nd), Shabazz Muhammad (249th), Darrell Arthur (309th)

    Centers: Jonas Valanciunas (112th), Nikola Vucevic (129th), Timofey Mozgov (352nd)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Chris Paul
    • Avery Bradley
    • Harrison Barnes
    • Jonas Valanciunas
    • Nikola Vucevic 

    The Case for My Squad: 

    As good as my starting five is, the Cavaliers' bench is definitely one of the best in this league. With Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, Kyle Korver, Shabazz Muhammed, Darrell Arthur, Nikola Vucevic and Timofey Mozgov all on board, we can bring in playmaking, shooting, slashing, size and rebounding to match up with whatever an opponent throws at us.

    I didn't want this team to be one-dimensional or rely on one to two players to carry the scoring load. Paul, Rondo and Deron Williams will spread the love around while Korver, Bradley and Barnes bring the heat from the outside. Valanciunas and Vucevic are some of the league's top rebounders who can get buckets inside.

    This is definitely among the best LeBron James-less Cavs teams ever constructed. 

    Not Done Dealing: 

    My only regret is not getting a true rim protector, and I'm hoping Nance. Jr. can take the next step in his third year. I would be willing to package Nance and one of my two starting-caliber centers for a shot-blocker to improve the overall team defense. Maybe even a Dwight Howard. Maybe...

    Greg Swartz

Dallas Mavericks

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: James Harden (8th), Marcus Smart (113th), Courtney Lee (188th), J.J. Barea (248th), Raymond Felton (353rd)

    Forwards: Nicolas Batum (68th), Rudy Gay (128th), Al-Farouq Aminu (173rd), Noah Vonleh (293rd)

    Centers: Dwight Howard (53rd), Andrew Bogut (233rd), Tarik Black (308th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • James Harden
    • Marcus Smart
    • Nicolas Batum
    • Rudy Gay
    • Dwight Howard 

    The Case for My Squad: 

    You might as well ship the Larry O'Brien Trophy to Dallas right now. I bolstered my otherworldly starting five with yet another versatile defender (Al-Farouq Aminu), a 40.1 percent three-point sniper (Courtney Lee) and a point guard who, per NBA.com, has ranked in the upper quarter of the league in derived offense from pick-and-rolls each of the past two seasons (J.J. Barea).

    Add in a healthy Andrew Bogut to protect the rim in relief of Dwight Howard, and we can beat you with offense or defense by running or walking the ball up.

    The Mavs are loaded.  

    Not Done Dealing: 

    So, I might be offering Dwight Howard around to 29 other teams hoping someone will bite. And I wouldn't mind landing a big man with deep range. Perhaps the Pistons might be wiling to discuss LaMarcus Aldridge for Howard and Noah Vonleh.

    Jordan Brenner

Denver Nuggets

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: De'Aaron Fox (75th), Seth Curry (106th), Devin Harris (315th), Beno Udrih (346th)

    Forwards: Carmelo Anthony (15th), Jabari Parker (46th), Mindaugas Kuzminskas (166th), Caleb Swanigan (195th), Mario Hezonja (226th), Brandon Bass (286th)

    Centers: JaVale McGee (135th), Dwight Powell (255th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • De'Aaron Fox
    • Seth Curry
    • Jabari Parker
    • Carmelo Anthony
    • JaVale McGee

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Defense? Where we're going, we don't need defense.

    The last time the Denver Nuggets were legitimately competitive, they could run and shoot you out of the building. With a team that puts the ball in the hands of a lightning-fast De'Aaron Fox, certified bucket-getters in Hoodie Melo, Parker and Seth Curry and a long athletic center in McGee, that starting five gives you a puncher's chance against anybody when their shots are falling.

    With assistance from the mile-high altitude, we will let the natural elements of Colorado handle what Melo's lack of lateral movement cannot. My bench of solid veterans like Brandon Bass, Devin Haris and Dwight Powell give the entire team a mental and physical toughness that will benefit potential rookie steal Caleb Swanigan. We'll count on Kuzminskas for some versatile scoring when Melo and Parker take a seat.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Gut feeling? Carmelo ups his value early in the season by going on an absolute tear, as he tends to do. I wouldn't be against moving him if he brought back a stronger shooting guard and if Jabari Parker is a younger, less dramatic Melo in the making.  

    Kazeem Famuyide

Detroit Pistons

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Jeff Teague (77th), Derrick Rose (137th), Bogdan Bogdanovic (257th), Arron Afflalo (317th), Jarrett Jack (344th)

    Forwards: Paul George (17th), LaMarcus Aldridge (44th), Rodney Hood (104th), Taurean Prince (224th)

    Centers: John Henson (164th), Jahlil Okafor (197th), Willie Reed (284th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Jeff Teague
    • Derrick Rose
    • Rodney Hood
    • Paul George
    • LaMarcus Aldridge

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Don't cheer for us. Don't gamble on us. Don't respect us. We don't need it. This is a family, and we're about to handle family business. We don't need random bandwagon fans who come around for the glory years. It's going to get dirty in the D.

    Paul George is about to secure his first MVP award while LaMarcus and D-Rose return to the All-Star Game. And while we're at it, Bogdan Bogdanovic, go get your Sixth Man of the Year award. I don't even feel like I need to sell anything here. The real ones will know...


    Not Done Dealing: 

    I'm looking to trade Jahlil Okafor to Chino Hills High School for LaMelo Ball. Like they say in the books, an Okafor always pays his debts.

    Adam Nofflett

Golden State Warriors

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Stephen Curry (7th), Will Barton (114th), Shaun Livingston (174th), Cory Joseph (187th), Sean Kilpatrick (247th), Denzel Valentine (354th)

    Forwards: Danilo Gallinari (54th), Marcus Morris (127th), Kyle Anderson (234th)

    Centers: Greg Monroe (67th), Tyler Zeller (294th), Kosta Koufos (307th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Stephen Curry
    • Will Barton
    • Danilo Gallinari
    • Marcus Morris
    • Greg Monroe

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Last time I checked, Steph Curry was a two-time (and counting) NBA champion. Last time I checked, he changed the game.

    Not only do these Warriors have elite talent, but they have solid depth as well. Shaun Livingston is maybe the best backup point guard around, while Cory Joseph and Sean Kilpatrick are solid off-the-bench scorers. Kyle Anderson is a bright, young role player who should only improve. Backup bigs Tyler Zeller and Kosta Koufos will spell Monroe when needed.

    This team can adapt but also dictate. 

    Not Done Dealing: 

    This roster has a monopoly of legit point guards. Packaging Cory Joseph and a big for another stretch 4 or defensive stopper might not be a bad idea. 

    Sean Jordan

Houston Rockets

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Damian Lillard (18th), Victor Oladipo (103rd), Justin Holiday (223rd), Jameer Nelson (258th), Troy Daniels (343rd)

    Forwards: Terrence Ross (138th), Sam Dekker (198th), Lauri Markkanen (283rd)

    Centers: Kevin Love (43rd), Steven Adams (78th), Skal Labissiere (163rd), Aron Baynes (318th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Damian Lillard
    • Victor Oladipo
    • Terrence Ross
    • Kevin Love
    • Steven Adams

    The Case for My Squad: 

    In completing my team, I kept looking for shooters. Everyone on my squad with the exception of Adams and Aron Baynes has a jumper, even the bigs like Skal Labissiere and Lauri Markkanen.

    I can exhaust defenses by keeping them running all over the court. Stumbling into Justin Holiday in the eighth round felt like a steal. He’s a bonafide two-way player who can guard multiple positions.

    Jameer Nelson is a capable and underrated veteran who can lead the second unit well.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    My biggest concern is not have a designated stopper on the perimeter. I'd be willing to offer up a package around Oladipo or Ross for someone like Danny Green or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to get that shut-down defender.

    Kelly Scaletta

Indiana Pacers

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Dennis Schroder (62nd), Tyler Johnson (122nd), Tyler Ulis (179th), Luke Kennard (239th)

    Forwards: Kawhi Leonard (2nd), Markieff Morris (119th), Evan Turner (242nd), Domantas Sabonis (299th), James Ennis III (302nd), Guerschon Yabusele (359th)

    Centers: Clint Capela (59th), Alan Williams (182nd)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Dennis Schroder
    • Tyler Johnson
    • Kawhi Leonard
    • Markieff Morris
    • Clint Capela

    The Case for My Squad: 

    I rounded out my roster with perfect role players. Thrust into the lineup at season's end, Ulis exploded to average 18.0 points and 9.1 assists over the Phoenix Suns' final nine games. Even better, he did it with my guy—rebounding machine Alan Williams—in the pick and roll.

    Evan Turner is two years removed from the Sixth Man of the Year mix and provides valuable playmaking and defensive versatility. Rounding it out is the sweet-shooting Luke Kennard, valuable Grizz reserve James Ennis III, bounce-back candidate Domantas Sabonis and the "Dancing Bear," Guershon Yabusele.

    Combined with my stacked starting five, I have shooting, defense and athleticism in droves. 

    Not Done Dealing: 

    What do you get for the team that needs nothing? Well, I could see myself getting a veteran backup point guard or shooting guard to offset some of my youth there. With both Yabusele and Sabonis, I could dangle one of them to grab a Jameer Nelson/Jamal Crawford type to mentor my young backcourt and get some big buckets in the playoffs.

    Noah Jampol

Los Angeles Clippers

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Dwyane Wade (63rd), Elfrid Payton (118th), Brandon Knight (243rd), Monta Ellis (303rd), Jose Calderon (358th)

    Forwards: Kevin Durant (3rd), Thaddeus Young (123rd), Ersan Ilyasova (178th), Tyreke Evans (183rd), David West (238th)

    Centers: Brook Lopez (58th), Bam Adebayo (298th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Elfrid Payton
    • Dwyane Wade
    • Kevin Durant
    • Thaddeus Young
    • Brook Lopez

    The Case for My Squad: 

    This is a veteran squad with championship experience. Durant and Wade will motivate Lopez and form a Big Three you never saw coming.

    This team can also easily shift to a small-ball lineup that brings veteran and versatile players like Ilyasova, Knight, Ellis and Evans into the fold.

    Mentoring the young and improving Payton is Jose Calderon, who will play important minutes come playoff time. David West will take Bam Adebayo under his wing; it’s scary to think how well that could work out. This team thrives on depth and versatility.

    And also Kevin Durant. 

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Some rival GMs were quick to jump on Elfrid Payton as a weakness here. But no, I am not buying it. He’s been in a bad situation in Orlando and has performed admirably. He’s also a hell of a defender. What my team needs is snipers off the bench to back up Wade.

    I currently have a call out to Thunder GM Jackie Shepard about a JR Smith for Tyreke Evans swap and another to Raptors GM Jeremy Los for a Jamal Crawford for Tyreke Evans swap.

    Kellin Bliss

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Lonzo Ball (22nd), Kemba Walker (39th), Marco Belinelli (202nd), Tim Frazier (262nd), Wayne Ellington (279th)

    Forwards: Aaron Gordon (82nd), Maurice Harkless (159th), Bobby Portis (219th), Glenn Robinson III (322nd), Nemanja Bjelica (339th)

    Centers: Robin Lopez (99th), Gorgui Dieng (142nd)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Lonzo Ball
    • Kemba Walker
    • Maurice Harkless
    • Aaron Gordon
    • Robin Lopez

    The Case for My Squad: 

    The Lakers have the potential to light up the league. The starting five is rounded out by a strong mix of shooters and defenders. The squad has the experience needed to handle the 82-game grind with young, fresh legs. Walker will score over 20 points a night, but Ball needs to help create another 40 with his playmaking and spot-up shooting.

    That may be asking a lot from a rookie, but Ball will show out quickly with his contagious style of unselfish basketball. If the Lakers buy in, they will stun the league.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    If a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves were willing to give up defensive wing Kelly Oubre, emerging power forward Bobby Portis can be had in a trade.

    Eric Pincus

Memphis Grizzlies

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Klay Thompson (25th), Ricky Rubio (85th), Malcolm Brogdon (96th), Malik Monk (156th), Nik Stauskas (276th), Rodney Stuckey (336th)

    Forwards: Blake Griffin (36th), Trevor Booker (205th), Doug McDermott (265th), Richard Jefferson (325th)

    Centers: Cody Zeller (145th), Zach Collins (216th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Ricky Rubio
    • Klay Thompson
    • Malcolm Brogdon
    • Blake Griffin
    • Cody Zeller 

    The Case for My Squad: 

    I'll circle back to lineup versatility. I can pull Rubio and plug Malik Monk into my starting 5 for added shooting, or sit Zeller for stretches and go super small-ball with Rubio-Monk-Brogdon-Klay-Griffin.

    I loved stealing Trevor Booker, another quality defender, in Round 7 to add an energy guy who rebounds at a great clip. (He averaged eight boards in 24.7 minutes per game last season.)

    Rookie Zach Collins is a 7'0", athletic wild card who should help address my rim-protection concerns for limited stretches, while Doug McDermott and Nik Stauskas provide additional shooting and can be hidden defensively by only playing them alongside two of my Rubio-Brogdon-Klay perimeter core. 

    Not Done Dealing: 

    While I like Collins' long-term upside, I fear he won't have the immediate impact I hope as a rookie. Then again, only asking him to be an eighth man playing the 15-20 minutes a game he was accustomed to last season at Gonzaga gives me reason for optimism.

    Since this is only a one-year exercise for the 2017-18 season and Collins is my best shot-blocking threat, I'm in the market for a more imposing rim protector I can rely upon.

    Zach Moretti

Miami Heat

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Mike Conley (26th), Andre Roberson (95th), Dante Exum (206th), Thabo Sefolosha (215th)

    Forwards: Wilson Chandler (86th), Kelly Olynyk (146th), Richaun Holmes (155th), Luol Deng (275th), Mirza Teletovic (326th), Boris Diaw (335th)

    Centers: Marc Gasol (35th), Channing Frye (266th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Mike Conley
    • Andre Roberson
    • Wilson Chandler
    • Kelly Olynyk
    • Marc Gasol

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Adding balanced depth to that perfect starting five is going to be a scary proposition for the rest of the league.

    The Heat have 48 minutes of wing defense with Thabo Sefolosha platooning with Roberson. Ten of the 12 players have three-point range. Channing Frye and Boris Diaw bring rings along with range. Richaun Holmes will only keep getting better (6MOY alert), a healthy Luol Deng is a sure-fire bounce-back candidate and Mirza Teletovic is a perfect bench scorer for a team that can compensate for his defense. Dante Exum will only keep getting better.

    There's depth on offense and defense at every position of this roster. Veteran leadership: check. Exciting young prospects: check. Past, present and future All-Stars: check.

    Just give Miami the Larry O'Brien Trophy already. 

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Dante Exum straight up for Matthew Dellavedova. Delly is a win-now backup 1. Any team would be fortunate to have him running the second unit. He brings offensive acumen, shooting touch, defensive reckless abandon and six fouls to use in 20 minutes.

    Jacob Bourne

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Khris Middleton (40th), Reggie Jackson (141st), Donovan Mitchell (201st), Mario Chalmers (280th), Jerryd Bayless (340th)

    Forwards: Draymond Green (21st), Robert Covington (100th), Chandler Parsons (160th), Omri Casspi (261st)

    Centers: Jonathan Isaac (81st), Lucas Nogueira (220th), Jason Smith (321st)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Reggie Jackson
    • Khris Middleton
    • Robert Covington
    • Draymond Green
    • Jonathan Isaac

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Versatility on both ends of the floor? Check. Defensive switchability? Check. Balanced scoring, akin to the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons? Check.

    With Chandler Parsons, Omri Casspi, Donovan Mitchell, Jerryd Bayless, Jason Smith and Mario Chalmers coming off my bench, I can survive an injury to one of my starters without suffering too significant a drop-off. Just about every one of my players is an above-average three-point shooter—a necessity in today's NBA—and the passing ability of Green, Middleton and Parsons allows Jackson, Chalmers and Bayless to operate off-ball at times.

    The lack of a traditional rim-protector center and go-to scorer may be my squad's Achilles' heel, but I'm confident in my reserves patching over those holes by further bolstering our organizational strengths.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    If a rim protector went on the market, I'd dangle Isaac as my primary trade bait. As much as I'm intrigued by the rookie's long-term upside, he projects to be far less useful in a win-now scenario such as this.

    That said, Green has proved plenty capable of soaking up minutes at the 5, so I'd also be willing to head into the season with this Frankenstein's monster of a starting five and reassess my options approaching the trade deadline as need be.

    Bryan Toporek

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Norman Powell (97th), Dejounte Murray (144th), Jonathon Simmons (157th), Kris Dunn (264th), Terry Rozier (277th)

    Forwards: Paul Millsap (37th), Brandon Ingram (84th), Davis Bertans (204th), Kelly Oubre Jr. (217th)

    Centers: Kristaps Porzingis (24th), Boban Marjanovic (324th), Jarrett Allen (337th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Dejounte Murray
    • Norman Powell
    • Brandon Ingram
    • Paul Millsap
    • Kristaps Porzingis

    The Case for My Squad: 

    This long, youthful team begins with Porzingis' burgeoning superstardom and bets hard on Ingram making a 'Most Improved' leap as a sophomore. Millsap's veteran versatility glues together athletic wings who can shoot, drive and get a stop. Powell, Jonathon Simmons and Kelly Oubre Jr. are all studs in their own way.

    Davis Bertans provides even more lanky frontcourt floor spacing while Boban Marjanovic and Jarrett Allen ensure useful heft and grit, respectively. A trio of young point guards—Murray, Kris Dunn and Terry Rozier—is oozing with upside, but each has already proven enough to warrant major minutes as a dangerous running platoon.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    If a star veteran point guard became available, I'd think about it if only for this team's collective youth being a potential issue and Millsap's not being known as a vocal leader. However, Murray and Dunn could wind up becoming stars, while Rozier is a solid rotation player. I'm perfectly fine not trading anyone while running and shooting everyone out of the building instead.

    Joel Cordes

New Orleans Pelicans

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Kyle Lowry (28th), CJ McCollum (33rd), Patrick McCaw (213th), Emmanuel Mudiay (268th), Ron Baker (328th)

    Forwards: James Johnson (93rd), Marquese Chriss (148th), Juancho Hernangomez (208th), John Collins (273rd), Dragan Bender (333rd)

    Centers: Willy Hernangomez (88th), Thon Maker (153rd)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Kyle Lowry
    • CJ McCollum
    • Marquese Chriss
    • James Johnson
    • Willy Hernangomez

    The Case for My Squad: 

    The Pelicans have two potential All-Stars in Lowry and McCollum to carry the squad. The starting lineup could potentially have four three-point threats if Chriss continues to develop as a shooter. Even Hernangomez has shown good touch in the mid-range.

    The big question is whether the supporting cast is strong enough, though depth isn't a problem. Otherwise, this squad touts a strong mix of youth, veteran leadership, scoring and perimeter defense.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Searching for shot-blocking and even more shooting, Myles Turner will be a trade target for the Pelicans. The offer would include Hernangomez plus either Chriss or a bench player.

    Jonathan Wasserman

New York Knicks

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: George Hill (61st), Wesley Matthews (120th), Yogi Ferrell (240th), Gerald Henderson (300th)

    Forwards: LeBron James (1st), Patrick Patterson (121st), Kent Bazemore (181st), Jonas Jerebko (301st), Quincy Acy (360th)

    Centers: Serge Ibaka (60th), Tyson Chandler (180th), Zaza Pachulia (241st)

    Starting Lineup:

    • George Hill
    • Wesley Matthews
    • LeBron James
    • Patrick Patterson
    • Serge Ibaka

    The Case for My Squad: 

    To paraphrase Monta Ellis, this team have it all: shooting, passing, defense, rim protection and versatility.

    This team is built to contend in today’s NBA. We’ve got the greatest player on Earth. We’re surrounding him with three-point shooters at every position, all of whom can defend. We have excellent depth and lineup flexibility.

    If we need more size, we can bring in Tyson Chandler or Zaza Pachulia and shift Ibaka to power forward in place of Patterson. If we want to go super-small, we can plug in Kent Bazemore or Yogi Ferrell.

    If we need stretch bigs, we’ve got Jonas Jerebko and Quincy Acy.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    I’m reasonably satisfied with the roster as is. Ideally, you want another All-Star, preferably another big-time scorer, to take some of the load off LeBron James. But that’s nearly impossible to do in this type of exercise.

    I’d like another versatile big, like Danilo Gallinari, to pair with LeBron. But I don’t see any urgent needs.

    Howard Beck

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Russell Westbrook (4th), JJ Redick (64th), JR Smith (184th), Austin Rivers (237th), Ben McLemore (304th)

    Forwards: Trevor Ariza (117th), Ryan Anderson (124th), Kyle Kuzma (244th), Jeff Green (297th)

    Centers: Jusuf Nurkic (57th), Nene (177th), Joffrey Lauvergne (357th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Russell Westbrook
    • JJ Redick
    • Trevor Ariza
    • Ryan Anderson
    • Jusuf Nurkic

    The Case for My Squad: 

    The first step in rounding out the bench was drafting a tenacious veteran center in Nene to solidify the reserve unit and help solidify OKC's locker room culture.

    Austin Rivers provides microwave scoring both on and off the ball. JR Smith is JR freaking Smith. Jeff Green is switchable on the wing, and who knows, maybe this will be his year. Kyle Kuzma infuses this squad with some youth and potential while Ben McLemore and Joffrey Lauvergne are more than capable 11th and 12th men.

    This team has spacing, defense and reserve scoring to surround the core, which is exactly what a modern NBA team needs.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    In today's NBA, no team can have enough of a three-and-D presence. Adding long, athletic three-point shooting wings who can guard multiple positions without sacrificing anything on offense would be a great complement to Westbrook.

    More transition offense would result in easier baskets, and scrappy defenders who can switch onto point guards would take pressure off Westbrook. Someone like Danny Green or Kent Bazemore could improve the overall aesthetic, add to the spacing and lift the team's defensive potential.

    Jackie Shepard

Orlando Magic

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Bradley Beal (32nd), Tony Parker (149th), Ty Lawson (212th), Jason Terry (272nd), Leandro Barbosa (332nd)

    Forwards: Gordon Hayward (29th), DeMarre Carroll (209th), Terrence Jones (329th)

    Centers: Enes Kanter (89th), Tristan Thompson (92nd), Frank Kaminsky (152nd), Alex Len (269th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Tony Parker
    • Bradley Beal
    • Gordon Hayward
    • DeMarre Carroll
    • Tristan Thompson

    The Case for My Squad: 

    We are all in for 2018, Orlando. Enough compiling draft picks and assets and trading them for (worse) draft picks and assets. The team is built for right now. 

    Only a handful of teams can score with us, and we possess enough versatility to compete with any lineup in the modern NBA from top to bottom. Our least experienced player has been in the league for four seasons. We can play small with Thompson and four perimeter players, or we can go with a traditional lineup anchored by our half-court scorers.

    This team can zig or zag. Get those Magic puns ready. 

    Not Done Dealing: 

    We'll probably chill, but we could use a three-and-D point guard or a good defensive power forward. But we'll be OK either way.

    Zach McCann

Philadelphia 76ers

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Zach LaVine (80th), Jeremy Lin (140th), Tony Allen (161st), Hollis Thompson (281st), Isaiah Canaan (341st)

    Forwards: Andrew Wiggins (41st), Dirk Nowitzki (101st), Matt Barnes (221st)

    Centers: DeMarcus Cousins (20th), Marreese Speights (200th), Joakim Noah (260th), Spencer Hawes (320th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Jeremy Lin
    • Zach LaVine
    • Andrew Wiggins
    • Dirk Nowitzki
    • DeMarcus Cousins

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Superstars win championships, but when you can't get your hands on a LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, etc., your squad needs to have an identity. And these Philadelphia 76ers are about three things: intensity, spacing and intensity.

    Ignore for a moment how amazing it is that every starter is a better-than-average three-point shooter and look at the personalities on this team—Matt Barnes, Tony Allen, Boogie Cousins, Joakim Noah. Imagine these personalities together in a one-year, superteam-less playoffs.

    Imagine how much they would frustrate and anger opposing players. Imagine how their passion would elevate the defense of younger players like Wiggins and LaVine. Imagine Dirk as a third or fourth option, free to fill a role instead of having to carry an offense.

    This is a dangerous squad, and it's going to be amazing to see Hollis Thompson get a ring as a Sixer.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Could probably use another (a?) scorer and/or a rim protector. *Looks longingly at Joel Embiid*

    Maurice Peebles 

Phoenix Suns

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Isaiah Thomas (10th), Tim Hardaway Jr. (111th), Darren Collison (171st), E'Twaun Moore (250th)

    Forwards: Josh Jackson (70th), Marvin Williams (190th), Justin Anderson (231st), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (291st), Corey Brewer (310th), Troy Williams (351st)

    Centers: Andre Drummond (51st), Pau Gasol (130th)

    Starting Lineup:

    • Isaiah Thomas
    • Tim Hardaway Jr.
    • Josh Jackson
    • Pau Gasol
    • Andre Drummond

    The Case for My Squad: 

    The Suns' greatest asset may be their depth. The bench is brimming with players who can fill and defend multiple positions, particularly on the wing. Marvin Williams might emerge as the better option to start at power forward, be it alongside Drummond or Gasol. Justin Anderson and Corey Brewer are all heart and hustle, while E'Twaun Moore, Troy Williams and Darren Collison can fill it up from the perimeter.

    That versatility, more than anything, will afford Phoenix the opportunity to hang with just about anyone in the NBA.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Is it wrong to want to trade my No. 1 pick? As great as Thomas can be, his limitations, particularly on defense, are too glaring to ignore. And while scoring point guards may be the all the rage, it's probably better for the team as a whole if the person running the offense isn't also the offense itself.

    A deal with Dave Schilling's Celtics that would send Thomas and, say, Justin Anderson and Corey Brewer to Boston in exchange for John Wall and Dion Waiters would allow Phoenix to split its playmaking and scoring duties more evenly between two audacious guards while moving Hardaway Jr. to the second unit.

    Josh Martin

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Kyrie Irving (23rd), Frank Ntilikina (203rd), Iman Shumpert (218th), Josh Hart (278th), Shelvin Mack (323rd)

    Forwards: Jayson Tatum (83rd), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (98th), Zach Randolph (143rd), Bojan Bogdanovic (158th)

    Centers: DeAndre Jordan (38th), Ivica Zubac (263rd), Justin Patton (338th)


    • Kyrie Irving
    • Iman Shumpert
    • Jayson Tatum
    • Bojan Bogdanovic
    • DeAndre Jordan

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Building around Irving is simple in theory, but it comes with a lot of moving parts. You need perimeter defense, which the Blazers have whether Tatum or MKG is on the floor (not to mention Shump in one-on-one situations). You also need help at the rim. Enter DeAndre Jordan.

    Additionally, you want players who can hit open jumpers when Uncle Drew needs a bailout at the end of an isolation. Last season, Bogdanovic knocked down 40.7 percent of his wide-open three-pointers and 39 percent of his catch-and-shoot treys, per NBA.com. And Josh Hart, who may end up seeing more time on this roster than in real life because of how late we drafted 2s, was a 40.4 percent shooter from deep a year ago at Villanova.

    Knowing Irving will play a ton of minutes, we were able to take a risk with Ntilikina as his understudy. Drafting rookies at both backup guard positions may be bold, but we like Shelvin Mack being the voice of experience behind both of them. 

    Overall, we hit everything needed to accommodate Irving. Knowing we would, we also drafted two reserves (MKG, Randolph) early for ensured depth. There's just one thing we kind of forgot about...

    Not Done Dealing: 

    The problem with drafting for depth and defense is that you seriously miss out on reliable secondary and tertiary scoring options. Catering so specifically to one player doesn't help, either. Perhaps we could reach a deal with the Houston Rockets involving Victor Oladipo and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist/Iman Shumpert. I'd still have Jayson Tatum to help hide Irving, and Houston would get a reliable defender to play alongside Damian Lillard.

    Bryant Knox

Sacramento Kings

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (66th), Danny Green (115th), Tony Snell (175th), Alec Burks (235th), Delon Wright (295th), Alex Abrines (306th)

    Forwards: Giannis Antetokounmpo (6th), JaMychal Green (126th), Justise Winslow (186th)

    Centers: Al Horford (55th), Ian Mahinmi (246th), Jakob Poeltl (355th)

    Starting Lineup: 

    • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    • Danny Green
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    • JaMychal Green
    • Al Horford

    The Case for My Squad: 

    My roster is deeper than anyone's at the wing spots, where everyone can either shoot threes or defend several positions at an elite level. Most guys do both.

    I've put a ton of playmaking responsibility on Giannis' shoulders, but he can handle it. I envision him taking another step toward LeBron James' level of total game control. Nobody needs conventional point guards when you have a 7-footer who runs the offense from the wing.

    I'm trusting KCP to run some secondary pick-and-roll, and I'll need Tony Snell to prove last year's two-way play wasn't a fluke. Mahinmi is healthy in our hypothetical re-draft world, and he's a top-notch rim protector who'll spell Horford off the bench whenever we're not going small.

    Wings who can defend and hit treys are the future, and I have the best collection.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    I'd be willing to move Burks or even JaMychal Green for a backup ball-handler. Giannis and Horford can both take up minutes at the 4, and I'd like a more proven facilitator off the bench.

    Grant Hughes

San Antonio Spurs

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Eric Bledsoe (47th), Evan Fournier (107th), Allen Crabbe (167th), D.J. Augustin (287th), Rodney McGruder (314th)

    Forwards: Jimmy Butler (14th), CJ Miles (134th), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (194th), Luc Mbah a Moute (227th)

    Centers: Nerlens Noel (74th), Ed Davis (254th), Meyers Leonard (347th)

    Starting Lineup: 

    • Eric Bledsoe
    • Evan Fournier
    • Jimmy Butler
    • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    • Nerlens Noel

    The Case for My Squad: 

    People will sleep on the inaginary Spurs. You might already be napping. Good. We prefer to fly under the radar.

    Aside from perhaps the Sacramento Kings, no group comes remotely close to matching our top-to-bottom versatility. Our best players work on or off the ball. Our most talented scorers are also above-average passers. We have plus stoppers at every damn position—and that includes shooting guard, where Rodney McGruder, a friggin' steal in Round 11, is already a stud. We switch everything, and then some.

    Good luck outmaneuvering this team. You're going to need it.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Scouring the market for more grit on the glass is a tempting venture. I'm definitely calling Howard Beck over in the Big Apple about Patrick Patterson. I'm also phoning Grant Hughes of the Sacramento Kings to talk shop on JaMychal Green.

    Ultimately, though, the Spurs are leaning into a switching spree, and they have eyes for Khris Middleton of Bryan Toporek's Milwaukee Bucks. Aiming for someone's second-round pick is bold, but offering Evan Fournier and CJ Miles for Middleton and a filler (Jerry Bayless?) should, I'm hoping, be enough to get him on the phone. 

    Dan Favale

Toronto Raptors

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Devin Booker (30th), Jordan Clarkson (150th), Jamal Crawford (210th), Tyus Jones (270th), Tyler Ennis (330)

    Forwards: Ben Simmons (31st), Tobias Harris (90th), Justin Jackson (271st), Dante Cunningham (331st)

    Centers: Mason Plumlee (91st), Dewayne Dedmon (151st), Bismack Biyombo (211th)

    Starting Lineup: 

    • Jordan Clarkson
    • Devin Booker
    • Ben Simmons
    • Tobias Harris
    • Mason Plumlee

    The Case for My Squad: 

    When you look at my squad, you may laugh or underestimate us...good. We're the underdogs. We have young, hungry, future NBA stars ready to take the next leap in the NBA.

    We're going to play fast, score a lot of points and do just enough on the defensive end to win games. Ben Simmons and Devin Booker will be an unguardable duo that will drive defenses crazy, and Jamal Crawford will be the veteran sixth man that can get us buckets when we need it.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    We'd love a veteran point guard who could play some defense and shoot it well from three-point range. 

    Jeremy Los

Utah Jazz

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Andre Iguodala (73rd), Pat Beverley (108th), Manu Ginobili (168th), Jerian Grant (253rd), Spencer Dinwiddie (348th)

    Forwards: Otto Porter (48th), Nikola Mirotic (133rd), Amir Johnson (193rd), Jared Dudley (228th), Solomon Hill (288th), Luke Babbitt (313th)

    Centers: Rudy Gobert (13th)

    Starting Lineup: 

    • Patrick Beverley
    • Andre Iguodala
    • Otto Porter
    • Nikola Mirotic
    • Rudy Gobert

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Playing the Jazz will be an unrelenting test of every opponent's will. With the possible exception of Manu Ginobili, the nine or 10 guys who will play are both capable and willing defenders. And even Ginobili, who just turned 40, has been schooled by the defensive wisdom of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich for 15 years and has a top-50 career steal percentage.

    Opposing teams will never get a break. Every single possession will be a grind. And they'll play up that tension by slowing things down on the offensive end. Most games will be a war of attrition, where toughness is critical. And that's an attribute this team has in abundance.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    The Jazz are all-in on the defense-always philosophy, but going from eight or nine stoppers to seven or eight probably wouldn't cost them that. A young scorer who's proven he can be a No. 1 option could be a target. Something like Otto Porter or Andre Iguodala for Orlando's Bradley Beal could be interesting for both sides.

    Andy Bailey 

Washington Wizards

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    Full Roster (and overall picks):

    Guards: Goran Dragic (49th), Lou Williams (72nd), Ish Smith (192nd), Ian Clark (229th), Jodie Meeks (289th), Isaiah Whitehead (349th)

    Forwards: Julius Randle (109th), TJ Warren (132nd), Taj Gibson (169th), Jon Leuer (252nd), Gerald Green (312th)

    Centers: Karl-Anthony Towns (12th)

    Starting Lineup: 

    • Goran Dragic
    • Lou Williams
    • Julius Randle
    • TJ Warren
    • Karl-Anthony Towns 

    The Case for My Squad: 

    Like any team with championship aspirations, the X-factors are on the marquee outside the Verizon Center. The Wizards need KAT to be a top-five player in his third season; otherwise, we're a playoff team hoping for injury luck. If Towners can be the 28-point, 13-rebound, 40-plus percent three-point shooter his trajectory suggests, we have a chance.

    Investing top-five-round draft picks in Randle and Warren is a gamble on development. They're each heading into make-or-break years, and we can't afford any breaks. 

    Our veteran depth makes us a serious threat for 50 wins and a deep playoff run, but nothing is given when you're betting on yet-to-be-realized potential.

    Not Done Dealing: 

    Should a team approach us with a skilled, starting-caliber veteran forward, we'd be remiss not to listen. A vet like OKC's Trevor Ariza or Miami's Wilson Chandler could go a long ways towards shoring up our wing rotation. Teams with a need in the backcourt would be wise to call about Ish Smith, Ian Clark or Jodie Meeks, or maybe even Lou Williams for the right price. But don't waste your time with KAT or Dragic. 

    Chris Trenchard

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