The NBA draft is without a doubt one of the best basketball related nights during the year. It is where teams and fans find hope. With a single pick a whole franchise can be changed. Just look at what LeBron James did to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Over the next few weeks we are going to look back at the past 7 NBA drafts and re-draft the top 10 picks for each year. This week let’s start with 2010.
- Washington Wizards: John Wall (original pick: John Wall)
John Wall in a Wizards uniform has been nothing but positive, so why change that? Honestly, the top three players in this draft can be interchangeable talent wise, but Wall clearly fits the D.C very well. He may not have completely lived up to the hype coming out of college, but Wall is a top tier point guard in the league, who will continue to play at an All-Star level.
- Philadelphia 76ers: Paul George (original pick: Even Turner)
How lucky were the Pacers to land Paul George at 10 in this draft? George has been a fantastic player, and one of the best small forwards in the East. He is the clear pick here for the 76ers, who will always regret taking Even Turner. Paul has shown that he can lead a team to a conference Finals, and by going to the Philadelphia, he could have saved them many years of grief.
- Brooklyn Nets: DeMarcus Cousins (original pick: Derrick Favors)
Arguably the most talented player from the 2010 draft, DeMarcus Cousins is needs to be a top three pick. If not for his locker room problems, Cousins would be the first pick in this re-draft. However, there is no doubt about how talented he is. A fresh start in Brooklyn would give him a much better chance to win than in Sacramento.
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Gordon Hayward (original pick: Wesley Johnson)
With the top three off the board at this point it gets tricky. Minnesota drafted Wesley Johnson because he filled a need. Their roster already consisted of Kevin Love and an overseas Ricky Rubio, so a forward made sense. Unfortunately, picking Johnson over Hayward was a huge mistake. Gordon Hayward has continued to improve, and just made his first All-Star game this year.
- Sacramento Kings: Greg Monroe (original pick: DeMarcus Cousins)
Pick your favorite big man left, because you really can’t go wrong with any of the next three. With DeMarcus Cousins already gone, the Kings need to fill the center position. Greg Monroe would thrive in this system because the Kings would allow him to be the focal center, unlike Monroe’s time in Detroit and Milwaukee.
- Golden State Warriors: Derrick Favors (original pick: Ekpe Udoh)
Picking Ekpe Udoh can be seen as both a positive and a negative for the Warriors. Obviously, he was a bust and only ended up averaging 4 points per game in his career. However, the fact that he was a bust allowed the Warriors to go on and draft Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Derrick Favors may not have been worthy of the 3rd pick, but taking him at 6 seems like a lot better fit. Inserting Favors into the Warriors lineup with Steph Curry would be lethal.
- Detroit Pistons: Hassan Whiteside (original pick: Greg Monroe)
Instead of Greg Monroe falling to the Pistons at 7 here, they get Hassan Whiteside, another dynamic big man. Whiteside jumps up in the re-draft here after being a second round pick in 2010. Hassan is one the best blockers in in the NBA, and in this situation he potentially matures a lot quicker. The only downside to this move is that it threatens the Pistons drafting Andre Drummond.
- Los Angeles Clippers: Avery Bradley (original pick: Al-Farouq Aminu)
At this point the LA Clippers already had Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on the roster, so getting guard play would be ideal. Al-Farouq Aminu has proven to be a solid man off the bench in the NBA, but you want more value from the 8th pick in the draft, and with CP3 not in LA just quite yet, the Clippers were in need of a solid guard. Avery Bradley is exactly that. He plays tremendous defense and efficient shooting, Bradley could be a great addition to LA.
- Utah Jazz: Eric Bledsoe (original pick: Gordon Hayward)
Unable to get Hayward at this point in the draft, the Jazz are in a tough situation. I have them getting Eric Bledsoe, solely because he is electric and athletic. With Deron Williams on his way out of Utah, and the frontcourt already crowded, Bledsoe would provide additional scoring to the team that needs it.
- Indiana Pacers: Jeremy Lin (original pick: Paul George)
Paul George may have been the best value pick in the 2010 draft, so the Pacers would definitely not be too happy with this re-draft. At 10, you can go multiple directions, so I chose the surprise one. Jeremy Lin, who went undrafted in 2010, would provide a spark to a dull Indiana team lead by Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert. Now, I’m not too sure how well this marriage would work, I would definitely be extremely interesting to see. Pacers needed guard play, and Jeremy Lin is the best option available.