Monday, April 13, 2015

2011 Re-Draft

1 - Cleveland Cavaliers (via LAC) - Kawhi Leonard (Kyrie Irving)
Picking between Leonard and Irving is a tough call.  Kawhi probably isn't the Kawhi we all know if he doesn't start his career in San Antonio.  That being said, he's an NBA Finals MVP and a much better defensive player than Kyrie Irving.  That gives him the nod, although Irving's play this season makes the choice much more difficult than it would have been eight months ago.

2 - Minnesota Timberwolves - Kyrie Irving (Derrick Williams)
The Wolves had already drafted Ricky Rubio at this point, but he had yet to come stateside.  With Irving they could have easily moved Rubio, or tried some kind of two PG backcourt.  It's not hard to beat the original pick here; Derrick Williams has been a bust.

3 - Utah Jazz (via NJN) - Klay Thompson (Enes Kanter)
Another tough call in the three spot: Jimmy Butler or Klay Thompson?  While Butler's breakout year is going to get him a max deal in restricted free agency this summer, Thompson has been a valuable contributor since entering the league.  Butler is a better defender, but not by as much as you would think, and Thompson is the more explosive, efficient scorer.  Simply put, you couldn't go wrong with either.

4 - Cleveland Cavaliers - Jimmy Butler (Tristan Thompson)
A Jimmy Butler-Kawhi Leonard wing pairing would be downright unfair.  Instead of getting one star player, like they did in real life, the Cavs get two in this re-draft.  Butler could simply be in the midst of a contract year, but even if he does have an efficiency regression in his next contract, his defense and versatility still has plenty of value.

5 - Toronto Raptors - Chandler Parsons (Jonas Valanciunas)
Small forwards who saw playing time for the Raptors in the season before the 2011 NBA Draft: Sonny Weems, Linas Kleiza, James Johnson, Ronald Dupree and 33-year old Peja Stojakovic.  Even though they miss out on Butler and Leonard, they still get a very good SF to put ahead of that sorry crew.  A Parsons-DeRozan wing pairing would fit nicely.

6 - Washington Wizards - Nikola Vucevic (Jan Vesely)
The Wizards only had one fixture on the roster at the time of this draft, that being John Wall.  Adding Vucevic, the best player left on the board who isn't a PG, seems to make the most sense.

7 - Sacramento Kings - Kenneth Faried (Bismack Biyombo)
The Kings could have done the 2011 first round much better than they did.  Giving up Biyombo and Beno Udrih for Jimmer Fredette and John Salmons turned out to be a horrible mistake.  Biyombo is far from a star, but he's got some value, and he gets regular minutes, which is more than you can say for Fredette.  The Kings have been looking for a PF to pair with DeMarcus Cousins for quite some time.  Faried wouldn't be the perfect pairing, but it would work better than what they've tried.

8 - Detroit Pistons - Isaiah Thomas (Brandon Knight)
Despite the defensive shortcomings caused by his lack of size, Thomas is still a valuable asset.  He's one of the most efficient scoring PGs in the league and that would have fit in nicely with the Pistons.  The fact that he's already played for three different teams is a bit of a cause for concern.

9 - Charlotte Bobcats - Enes Kanter (Kemba Walker)
The Bobcats roster was a mess going into the 2011 draft.  Case in point, Gerald Henderson is the only player who remains from the 2010-11 squad.  That means the Bobcats had flexibility in this draft.  While Walker turned out to be an okay selection, he's not efficient and his defense leaves a lot to be desired at an important position.  Kanter's uptick in OKC shows that he may still have some upside, although his defense is also flawed.

10 - Milwaukee Bucks - Tobias Harris (Jimmer Fredette)
The Bucks used this pick to trade for Tobias Harris, who fit a need at SF at the time.  Looking back, they made a great deal moving this pick for Harris and other pieces.

11 - Golden State Warriors - Jonas Valanciunas (Klay Thompson)
The Warriors had Steph Curry to build around at this point, with David Lee and Monta Ellis also on the roster.  That leaves SF and C with holes that needed to be filled and Valanciunas is head and shoulders above the SFs available.

12 - Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight (Alec Burks)
The Jazz had a solid core entering the 2011 draft.   Gordon Hayward was on the perimeter and the frontcourt of Millsap, Jefferson and Favors had great depth.  With their first pick being spent on the SG position, they go with the best non-frontcourt player available.

13 - Phoenix Suns - Nikola Mirotic (Markieff Morris)
Mirotic would fit perfectly in the Suns' uptempo offense, serving as a floor stretcher in the frontcourt.  In only his first year in the league, Mirotic may be several spots higher if you do a re-draft three years from now.

14 - Houston Rockets - Tristan Thompson (Marcus Morris)
The Rockets were still a year away from truly shaping their roster by trading for James Harden at this point.  The only position where they absolutely didn't need another good player was PG, where Kyle Lowry, Aaron Brooks and Goran Dragic held serve.  Thompson is the best player available on the board.

15 - Indiana Pacers - Kemba Walker (Kawhi Leonard)
Technically, the Pacers did use this pick to get a PG.  They did so by trading Kawhi Leonard to the Spurs for George Hill.  That didn't work out ideally for the Pacers.

16 - Philadelphia 76ers - Alec Burks (Nikola Vucevic)
The 76ers really could have used a C in this draft, which they selected appropriately at the time.  However, in this re-draft, there isn't another C worth taking, as the next best one on the board is Bismack Biyombo.

17 - New York Knicks - Reggie Jackson (Iman Shumpert)
The Knicks had Carmelo Anthony and a whole lot of nothing at this point, after the trade for Anthony depleted the team's assets.  That gives them the flexibility to take the best player available here.  Jackson and Melo playing pick-and-roll/pop would be awfully fun to watch.

18 - Washington Wizards (via ATL) - Markieff Morris (Chris Singleton)
The Wizards fixed their C issue with their lottery pick and use this one to grab their other frontcourt starter.

19 - Charlotte Bobcats (via NOH) - Donatas Motiejunas (Tobias Harris)
The Bobcats got their starting C earlier and add the PF to go along with him here.  Motiejunas would provide space for Kanter to operate, while offering additional low-post scoring.

20 - Minnesota Timberwolves (via MEM) - Marcus Morris (Donatas Motiejunas)
The Wolves get a player who is much closer to what they were hoping Derrick Williams would be.  Morris can play both forward positions and stretch the floor when he is at PF.

21 - Portland TrailBlazers - Cory Joseph (Nolan Smith)
The Blazers were right to take a PG with this pick, they just went with the wrong one.  Reggie Jackson, Norris Cole, Joseph and Shelvin Mack all went after Smith and have had better careers.  Although I think they ended up alright at the position in the long run.

22 - Denver Nuggets -  Derrick Williams (Kenneth Faried)
We would probably all feel a lot different about how Williams turned out if he hadn't been the pick right after Kyrie Irving.  While Williams is definitely a bust, you could argue that he's an okay role player who just had too much hype.

23 - Houston Rockets (via ORL) - Kyle Singler (Nikola Mirotic)
Much like the Tristan Thompson pick earlier, the Rockets get the best player who isn't a PG.

24 - Oklahoma City Thunder - Bismack Biyombo (Reggie Jackson)
The Thunder had their whole starting lineup set entering this draft, although Kendrick Perkins was a major liability at C.  Going with a dynamic combo guard wasn't a bad move, but you can never have too many rim protectors on a contender.

25 - Boston Celtics - Jon Leuer (MarShon Brooks)
The Celtics traded Brooks for JaJuan Johnson and a 2nd rounder, signaling their need for a big man.  Unfortunately, they got the wrong one, as Johnson only appeared in 36 NBA games and is now playing professionally in Turkey.

26 - Dallas Mavericks - Iman Shumpert (Jordan Hamilton)
Although often injured, Shumpert has value as a defender and a guy who can play three positions if need be.

27 - New Jersey Nets (via LAL) - Bojan Bogdanovic (JaJuan Johnson)
Bogdanovic ended up with the Nets in the second round, but has played above that level in his first NBA season.  His scoring efficiency (55.2 TS%) is valuable off the bench, but at 25 years old, he may already be nearing his ceiling.

28 - Chicago Bulls (via MIA) - Shelvin Mack (Norris Cole)
The Bulls needed depth at both guard positions entering this draft.  Mack can play both guard positions, and has provided solid depth for Atlanta the last two seasons.

29 - San Antonio Spurs - Lavoy Allen (Cory Joseph)
The Spurs really could have used a SF in this draft, which they got in real life with the Kawhi Leonard deal.  There's no viable options in this range, so they get the most productive player available.

30 - Chicago Bulls - MarShon Brooks (Jimmy Butler)
Brooks had a solid rookie season and never had a horrible year, but immaturity issues have limited his NBA opportunities.  He's playing in Italy.

31 - Miami Heat - Jan Vesely (Bojan Bogdanovic)

32 - Cleveland Cavaliers - Norris Cole (Justin Harper)

33 - Detroit Pistons (via TOR) - Jordan Hamilton (Kyle Singler)

34 - Washington Wizards - E'Twaun Moore (Shelvin Mack)

35 - Sacramento Kings - Jimmer Fredette (Tyler Honeycutt)

36 - New Jersey Nets - Greg Smith (Jordan Williams)

37 - Los Angeles Clippers (via DET) - Josh Harrellson (Trey Thompkins)

38 - Houston Rockets - (via LAC) - Jeremy Tyler (Chandler Parsons)

39 - Charlotte Bobcats - Justin Holiday (Jeremy Tyler)

40 - Milwaukee Bucks - JaJuan Johnson (Jon Leuer)

41 - Los Angeles Lakers (via GSW) - Davis Bertans (Darius Morris)

42 - Indiana Pacers - Chris Singleton (Davis Bertans)

43 - Chicago Bulls (via UTA) - DeAndre Liggins (Malcolm Lee)

44 - Golden State Warriors (via PHX) - Charles Jenkins (Jenkins)

45 - New Orleans Hornets (via PHI) - Malcolm Lee (Josh Harrellson)

46 - Los Angeles Lakers (via NYK) - Jordan Williams (Andrew Goudelock)

47 - Los Angeles Clippers (via HOU) - Darius Morris (Travis Leslie)

48 - Atlanta Hawks - Nolan Smith (Keith Benson)

49 - Memphis Grizzlies - Chris Wright (Josh Selby)

50 - Philadelphia 76ers (via NOH) - Vernon Macklin (Lavoy Allen)

51 - Portland TrailBlazers - Malcolm Thomas (Jon Diebler)

52 - Detroit Pistons (via DEN) - Tyler Honeycutt (Vernon Macklin)

53 - Orlando Magic - Julyan Stone (DeAndre Liggins)

54 - Cleveland Cavaliers (via OKC) - Andrew Goudelock (Milan Macvan)

55 - Boston Celtics - Diante Garrett (E'Twaun Moore)

56 - Los Angeles Lakers - Josh Selby (Chukwudiebere Maduabum)

57 - Dallas Mavericks - Justin Harper (Tanguy Ngombo)

58 - Los Angeles Lakers (via MIA) - Cory Higgins (Ater Majok)

59 - San Antonio Spurs - Kalin Lucas (Adam Hanga)

60 - Sacramento Kings (via CHI) - Trey Thompkins (Isaiah Thomas)

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