We’ve now had three years to evaluate the 2012 NBA Draft class, and it’s finally time for a redraft! For those that don’t know how a redraft works, you take into account team needs, fit, long-term potential and their current progress in the league after three years when assessing what player should be picked where.
The 2012 draft has its fair share of “busts” and successes throughout, and perhaps that’s the most interesting part about a redraft. Seeing where players were projected, looking at player comparisons and using the redraft as a tool to improve as a draft analyst is what makes redrafting so fun. With that being said, who rounds out the top 10 in a 2012 redraft?
10. New Orleans Hornets – Dion Waiters
The Pelicans picked a similar player in Austin Rivers at this spot, so Dion Waiters is a more talented option with even more versatility as a combo guard. Waiters is a ball-dominant guard who hasn’t been in ideal situations to succeed playing next to other more talented ball-dominant players like Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook. Waiters is a really streaky shooter, but could be used as a sixth man off the bench in New Orleans.
9. Detroit Pistons – Jared Sullinger
Sullinger provides a low post presence and intriguing stretch ability for the Pistons at pick No. 9. The red flags surrounding his back are definitely a concern, but Sullinger has shown since his return that he can be a successful big man in the NBA.
Sullinger is a good passer, but isn’t exactly efficient near the rim thanks to his lack of explosion and length. The Pistons would need to surround Sullinger with a defensive big man to help hide his deficiencies, but with that being said, Sullinger has shown enough the past three years to be picked in the top 10 of the redraft.
8. Toronto Raptors – Terrence Jones
The Raptors get a solid power forward with some shooting ability to put alongside Jonas Valanciunas at center. Terrence Jones has shown tremendous promise despite being in a loaded frontcourt in Houston. He has good size for a playmaking 4, and with a more consistent perimeter jump shot, could be in line for a big pay day next summer.
We still haven’t seen Jones at his best, but the flashes he’s shown thus far make him an intriguing fit in Toronto’s redraft.
7. Golden State Warriors – Draymond Green
The Warriors were gift-wrapped Green at pick No. 35, as he’s turned into an All-NBA defender capable of defending all five positions on the floor. Green’s offensive game has shown steady growth, but it’s his playmaking that separates him as a difference maker.
In the new era of positionless NBA basketball, Green fits the mold as a do-it-all talent who can play in a variety of different schemes. Green’s performance this past season more than warrants his redraft selection in the top 10.
6. Portland Trail Blazers – Khris Middleton
The Blazers select Khris Middleton, who was picked No. 39 in the second round by the Pistons in 2012, and gives Portland a scoring and shooting boost on the perimeter.
Middleton has proved himself in Milwaukee as arguably the No. 1 scoring option on a team that lacks spacing. Middleton joins a solid core of Wesley Matthews, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum on the Blazers.
5. Sacramento Kings – Damian Lillard
The 2012 Rookie of the Year finally gets selected with the fifth pick, giving the Kings their point guard of the future – while also ending their point-guard carousel which has gone on for years. Lillard is the only other All-Star on this list aside from Davis, and can really shoot the ball from deep.
It’d be interesting to see how Lillard would develop in an organization that’s lacked stability like the Kings, but Lillard’s talent should bring the Kings a much-needed building block at the point-guard position.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes was the pick many were clamoring for at the time, but the Cavaliers selected an inefficient combo guard in Waiters, shocking many who thought it was a big time reach. The Cavs are better off with Barnes, who slides into the starting small forward spot sans LeBron James. Barnes also has the size to play a number of positions when James eventually returns home.
3. Washington Wizards – Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal still gets picked at No. 3 by the Wizards, providing a shooting threat and backcourt partner next to point guard John Wall. The Wizards could’ve gone with Barnes, but Beal has done a good enough job the last three years to warrant this pick.
2. Charlotte Bobcats – Andre Drummond
MJ takes Drummond to pair him with another Connecticut product in Kemba Walker. MJ could’ve gone with Lillard – trading Walker in the process – or possibly Harrison Barnes, who went to North Carolina a la Jordan. But Drummond’s potential alone had some people screaming he should be picked second overall in 2012, and after three productive years with Detroit after sliding to No. 9, he’s looking like one of the biggest steals of the 2012 draft.
1. New Orleans Hornets – Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is the clear-cut No. 1 pick in this draft, and might be the No. 1 overall pick among all teams if they were picking one player in the NBA to build their franchise around.
Davis is simply a superstar in today’s game; an elite two-way big man with excellent athleticism, length and versatility. At only 22, Davis is already a two-time NBA All-Star, making appearances on the All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive Second Team this past season. Davis had the most talent in this draft and has certainly warranted that selection in the past three years.