2006 NBA Draft Re-Visit: How the Draft Would Go Today

Ethan WeiserCorrespondent IJune 29, 2011

2006 NBA Draft Re-Visit: How the Draft Would Go Today

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    PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23:  Brandon Roy #7 high fives LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2011 at the Rose Garden in Port
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    This was not going to be a very good draft from the get go. There wasn't a whole lot of promise in a lot of the players, and despite a few All-Stars emerging, this was not a very good draft class.

    If the teams would have known then how good the players in the 2006 draft would be, here's how the draft would have gone four years ago.

1. Toronto Raptors: Rajon Rondo

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    BOSTON - JANUARY 23:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics passes the ball over Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors during the game on January 23, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Raptors won 114-112.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    Originally Drafted: 21st overall

    While Rondo may not be the centerpiece of a franchise, he's definitely the best player available in this draft.

    He is the league's best pure point guard, and on a team that already had a few established players that year, Toronto could've used a dynamic duo like Rondo and Chris Bosh.

2. Chicago Bulls: Brandon Roy

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    CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 26: Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks to pass under pressure from Loul Deng #9 and Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Trail Blazer
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    Originally Drafted: Sixth overall

    He's been in more All-Star games, and more MVP talks than Rajon Rondo, but he's also had more season-ending injuries, and reasons that he was drafted sixth overall in the league in the first place.

    Roy's recent career has been defined by injuries and a lot of time spent recovering from them, but before then, he was a star.

    The Blazers, I'm sure, just wish he'd return to those earlier days. 

3. Charlotte Bobcats: Rudy Gay

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 08:  Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns  at US Airways Center on December 8, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or usin
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    Originally Drafted: Eighth overall

    Rudy Gay is a terrific NBA scorer.

    Anyone know anything else to say about him? Nobody? Okay.

    But really, Rudy is a very good NBA player all around, it's just that he's not the most versatile player in the league, and as he develops more of his skill, he'll become a better all-around player. That just may not happen for a while. 

4. Portland Trailblazers: LaMarcus Aldridge

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    PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 14:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 14, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 115-111. NOTE TO USER:
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    Originally Drafted: Second overall

    LaMarcus had a breakout year this season after playing second fiddle to Brandon Roy ever since this draft.

    The Blazer's forward spent most of the year trying to prove that he was more improved and more All-Star worthy than Kevin Love, but lost in both of those categories (when really, he should have gotten ONE of those).

    Now he's just hoping the role that he's made for himself will carry over into next season.

5. Atlanta Hawks: Andrea Bargnani

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks defends a shot by Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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    Originally Drafted: First overall

    Well, now that Chris Bosh is off of the Raptors, it was time for Andrea to finally shine last season, and he did, okay.

    He's not living up to the original expectations that people had of him when he first came into the league, but he's not a bad player anymore. The Raptors probably won't want to keep him around as their star player anymore, but I'm sure most NBA teams would be more than willing to take him off their hands.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Paul Millsap

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    SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30:  Paul Millsap #24 of the Utah Jazz celebrates after making a dunk during their game against the Denver Nuggets during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 30
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    Originally Drafted: 47th Overall

    Think that Paul really deserves to be in the second round? Of this draft?

    No. Not even close.

    Paul stepped up his game a few seasons ago to the point that it made Carlos Boozer some major trade bait for the Jazz, and he eventually left the team. Now he's trying to work himself a better role among Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors.

    Even among that group, Millsap may come out on top.

7. Boston Celtics: Thabo Sefolosha

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 23:  Thabo Sefolosha #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts late in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 23
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    Originally Drafted: 13th Overall

    13 is where Thabo would be in most NBA drafts. 2006 has proved to be one of the weaker years in the history of the draft, however.

    Thabo was almost a steal at 13 because he actually has a specialty: Defense.

    He starts for a playoff team, and that isn't a bad place to be in the NBA. He's improving in a lot of other areas, but for the most part, he's the Thunder's lockdown defender. And he's good at it.

8. Houston Rockets: Randy Foye

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    BOSTON - FEBRUARY 01:  Randy Foye #4 of Minnesota Timberwolves heads for the net as Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics defends on February 1, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves 109-101. NOTE TO U
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    Originally Drafted: Seventh overall

    What? Could it even be suggested that Randy was the right pick at No. 7? 

    Well, it's by comparison.

    Randy has not lived up to the expectations that people had for the combo guard, but as you'll see in the next few slides, there's not much of a competition after Randy.

9. Golden State Warriors: JJ Redick

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    ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26:  J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic looks on against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 26, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ack
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    Originally Drafted: 11th Overall

    JJ has become a pretty good role player for the Magic. He had a very good run in the playoffs this season for Orlando. Will he ever be a starting PG for an NBA team? No.

    But, he might have a full-length career as a Rafer Alston type of player.

10. Seattle Sonics: Tyrus Thomas

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Tyrus Thomas #12 of the Charlotte Bobcats reacts to scoring against the Denver Nuggets during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    Originally Drafted: Fourth overall

    You never really can tell if Tyrus Thomas is playing well. He will for some games, then he won't for a while, then he'll pick up his defense, then he'll collapse, then he'll have an amazing dunk.

    For the most part though, Tyrus has not lived up to his expectations as the fourth-overall pick in the draft. 

Picks 11-20

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    BOSTON - JUNE 10:  (L-R) Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Adam Morrison, Luke Walton and Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers look on dejected from the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celltics during Game Four of the 2010 NBA Finals on
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    11. Orlando Magic: Ronnie Brewer (originally 14th)

    12. New Orleans Hornets: Jordan Farmar (originally 26th)

    13. Philadelphia 76ers: Kyle Lowry (originally 24th)

    14. Utah Jazz: Daniel Gibson (originally 42th)

    15. New Orleans Hornets: Shannon Brown (originally 25th)

    16. Chicago Bulls: Sergio Rodriguez (originally 27th)

    17. Indiana Pacers: Craig Smith (originally 36th)

    18. Washington Wizards: Shelden Williams (originally fifth)

    19. Sacramento Kings: Ryan Hollins (originally 50th)

    20. New York Knicks: Leon Powe (originally 49th)

    The talent here is not so quality. The good news is that most of these players still see playing time in the NBA, and that's more than you can say for a number of players in the next slide.

Picks 21-30

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 11:  Hilton Armstrong #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish posts up Josh Boone #21 of the Connecticut Huskies during their Quarterfinal game of the Big East Championship Tournament on March 11, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York Ci
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    21. Phoenix Suns: Hilton Armstrong (originally 12th)

    22. New Jersey Nets: Josh Boone (originally 23rd)

    23. New Jersey Nets: Rodney Carney (originally 16th)

    24. Memphis Grizzlies: Renaldo Balkman (originally 20th)

    25. Cleveland Cavaliers: Adam Morrison (originally third)

    26. Los Angeles Lakers: Patrick O'Bryant (originally ninth)

    27. Phoenix Suns: Quincy Douby (originally 19th)

    28. Dallas Mavericks: Marcus Williams (originally 22nd)

    29. New York Knicks: Steve Novak (originally 32nd)

    30. Portland Trailblazers: Mardy Collins (originally 29th)

    These players still play in the league, so they're up here. Unfortunately, the only picture in existence of more than one of them was in college.