2010-2017 Re-Draft

Re-drafting the top five picks from every draft between 2010 and 2018

As the game began its transition in the 2000’s to become a guard dominant league, the draft saw a shift in how much value those guards bring to a franchise. The trend has also been to become a star big man in the NBA today, you need to also have skill to go with your size, and that was evident throughout re-drafting these years. We re-drafted the top five picks from each draft between 2010 and 2018, team needs were taken into account, but not a major factor.

Original draft position in parentheses

2010:

  1. Wizards-Paul George (10) George came out of non traditional powerhouse Fresno State, so it should not be too much of a surprise that he did not get selected until pick #13. He has been a five time all star, and has averaged 19.2 points over his career.
  2. 76ers-John Wall (1)
  3. Nets-Demarcus Cousins (3)
  4. Timberwolves-Gordon Hayward (9)
  5. Kings-Eric Bledsoe (18)

2011:

  1. Cavaliers-Kawhi Leonard (15) The San Diego State product was similar to Paul George in the fact that he did not come from your traditional blue blood program, which leads to questions about competition. Since the draft, Leonard has been selected to 2 all star teams, won 2 Defensive Player of The Year awards, and a Finals MVP during his championship run in San Antonio.
  2. Timberwolves-Kyrie Irving (1)
  3. Jazz-Klay Thompson (11)
  4. Cavaliers-Jimmy Butler (30)
  5. Raptors-Kemba Walker (9)

2012:

  1. Hornets-Anthony Davis (1) Davis was the number 1 recruit in the country coming out of high school, won a championship at Kentucky in his college season, and was National Player of the year as well all leading to an easy #1 overall selection for New Orleans. He is a 5 time all star, and has led the league in blocks 3 times. His team success has not reached the individual success yet, but he has lived up the hype.
  2. Bobcats-Damian Lillard (6)
  3. Wizards-Draymond Green (35)
  4. Cavaliers-Bradley Beal (3)
  5. Kings-Andre Drummond (9)

2013:

  1. Cavaliers-Giannis Antetokounmpo (15) The “Greek Freak” is one of those picks that on paper you cannot understand how 14 teams would pass on him. It is easier said than done when grading out international prospects and Antetokounmpo was no different. He took a couple of years to get acclimated to the league, but since has become on the best players in the game. Coming off back to back all star selections, he has been well above his counterparts from the draft class.
  2. Magic-Victor Oladipo (2)
  3. Wizards-Rudy Gobert (27)
  4. Bobcats-Otto Porter (3)
  5. Suns-Tim Hardaway Jr. (24)

2014:

  1. Cavaliers-Joel Embiid (3) After sitting out with injuries, Embiid looked like a possible bust due to not being able to get on the floor. Since becoming healthy he has arguably been the best big man in the game, averaging 23.5 Points and 11 Rebounds while being selected to his first all star game last season.
  2. Bucks-Andrew Wiggins (1)
  3. 76ers-Zach Lavine (13)
  4. Magic-Julius Randle (7)
  5. Jazz-Aaron Gordon (4)

2015:

  1. Timberwolves-Karl Anthony Towns (1) Towns was the consensus #1 overall pick, and for the most part the pick has had the value you would expect. His career averages of 21.7 points and 11.8 rebounds put him in the conversation for one of the best centers in the league. Booker would be an option here, but as of now we still have to give the nod to Towns.
  2. Lakers-Devin Booker (13)
  3. 76ers-Kristaps Porzingis (4)
  4. Knicks-Josh Richardson (40)
  5. Magic-Myles Turner (11)

2016:

  1. 76ers-Ben Simmons (1) Much like his 76ers teammate Embiid, Simmons sat out his true rookie year due to injury, leading to questions about his overall health. He has since shown that is not an issue averaging 16 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.1 assists. Simmons appears to be headed towards averaging around a triple double for many seasons to come.
  2. Lakers-Jamal Murray (7)
  3. Celtics-Buddy Hield (6)
  4. Suns-Jaylen Brown (3)
  5. Timberwolves-Malcolm Brogdon (36)

2017:

  1. 76ers-Donovan Mitchell (13) Since this draft class only has a couple of seasons under it’s belt, it is a little less clear about how each picks career has turned out. Having said that, Mitchell has been the star of the class thus far averaging 20.5 points per game over his first year and a half with Fox, Tatum, and Kuzma all having bright futures judging by their solid starts.
  2. Lakers-De’Aaron Fox (5)
  3. Celtics-Jayson Tatum (3)
  4. Suns-Kyle Kuzma (27)
  5. Kings-Dennis Smith Jr. (9)

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