It has been a decade since the 2009 NBA Draft took place. 10 years later, we have seen star players come out on top while some selections definitely did not go as planned. If teams had a chance to re-do their selections, how would it pan out? Here is how I think the 2009 NBA Draft would have gone down […]
It has been a decade since the 2009 NBA Draft took place. 10 years later, we have seen star players come out on top while some selections definitely did not go as planned.
If teams had a chance to re-do their selections, how would it pan out? Here is how I think the 2009 NBA Draft would have gone down 10 years later.
#1 – Los Angeles Clippers
- Re-draft selection: Stephen Curry (selected 7th to Golden State)
- Original selection: Blake Griffin
This one is an obvious pick. While Griffin had a successful tenure in Los Angeles, Curry has had a better NBA career thus far. It took him a few years but with multiple All-Stars, two MVPs, and two Championships later, it is hard to argue that Curry is the best player in this class.
Griffin is great and won’t drop far in this re-draft.
#2 – Memphis Grizzlies
- Re-draft selection: James Harden (selected 3rd to Oklahoma City)
- Original selection: Hasheem Thabeet
Thabeet was a can’t miss prospect out of UConn and at 7’3″, he looked to be one of the next best defenders. Obviously, that did not pan out, so we go with the former Arizona State Sun Devil.
A league MVP as well as Curry, Harden is one of the top players in the NBA right now. Imagine him teaming up with guys like Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol? A scary lineup and while his defense at times is questionable, the previously mentioned guys can more than make up for it.
#3 – Oklahoma City Thunder
- Re-draft selection: Blake Griffin (selected 1st to LA Clippers)
- Original selection: James Harden
The former Oklahoma Sooner would have teamed up nicely with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to form a nice young trio in OKC. They had that already with Harden but the Thunder decided to disband it before it even began.
#4 – Sacramento Kings
- Re-draft selection: DeMar DeRozan (selected 9th to Toronto)
- Original selection: Tyreke Evans
Evans was solid his rookie year and even won Rookie of the Year honors averaging 20 points a game and seemed to have a bright future. Sadly, he fell out of the rotation and his production dropped right after his first season.
DeRozan has had a fantastic career thus far, being a multiple-time All-Star during his time with the Toronto Raptors. He would have been a nice building block in Sacramento.
#5 – Minnesota Timberwolves
- Re-draft selection: Jrue Holiday (selected 17th to Philadelphia)
- Original selection: Ricky Rubio
The first of back-to-back picks for Minnesota. Rubio was solid but never developed into the scoring guard the Timberwolves had hoped for.
Holiday has had a better career and not only has been a nice scoring option but he could also defend opposing guards.
#6 – Minnesota Timberwolves
- Re-draft selection: Taj Gibson (selected 26th to Chicago)
- Original selection: Jonny Flynn
Minnesota went with another point guard right after selection Rubio but unlike Rubio, Flynn never panned out and was traded after not even two full seasons with the Timberwolves.
Gibson may not be an eye-popping selection but would have been a nice pairing with Kevin Love and Al Jefferson in the forward/center rotation.
#7 – Golden State Warriors
- Re-draft selection: Jeff Teague (selected 19th to Atlanta)
- Original selection: Stephen Curry
It is crazy to see how lucky Golden State was in 2009 having Curry fall to them at seven.
Teague is nowhere near close to the talent of their original selection but is still a solid option at the point guard slot. The Warriors, however, are more than happy with how things have turned out here.
#8 – New York Knicks
- Re-draft selection: Ty Lawson (selected 18th to Minnesota)
- Original selection: Jordan Hill
The Knicks hoped that Curry fell to them at eight but missed it by one pick. They selected the Arizona big man in Hill but he was traded away halfway through his rookie season and left a lot of fans wondering why they selected Hill in the first place.
In this re-draft, I have them taking Lawson. Lawson at the time was one of the most underrated point guards when he was in the NBA, averaging as high as 17 points a game. A nice scoring option and building block the Knicks could have definitely used.
#9 – Toronto Raptors
- Re-draft selection: Brandon Jennings (selected 10th to Milwaukee)
- Original selection: DeMar DeRozan
DeRozan is gone in this re-draft so the Raptors take Jennings here. Jennings took a gamble and decided to play overseas for one year rather than spend a year in college to develop his game.
Jennings at the time had flashes of brilliance, scoring as much as 55 points in his rookie season. It would have been a nice option for Toronto to build around but they are probably happy with their original selection here.
#10 – Milwaukee Bucks
- Re-draft selection: Ricky Rubio (selected 5th to Minnesota)
- Original selection: Brandon Jennings
Rubio is an excellent passer but has never developed a jump shot. He did not come into the NBA until the following year but it’s still a solid selection with Rubio.
#11 – New Jersey Nets
- Re-draft selection: Tyreke Evans (selected 4th to Sacramento)
- Original selection: Terrence Williams
Williams had the potential with his incredible athleticism but never developed into the star player that New Jersey had hoped for and was traded halfway through his sophomore season.
I have the Nets taking the former Rookie of the Year in Evans here. His production may have dropped after his incredible rookie season but may have developed differently in another season, for the better.
#12 – Charlotte Bobcats
- Re-draft selection: Danny Green (selected 46th to Cleveland)
- Original selection: Gerald Henderson
Green was a second-round selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers and was a non-factor during his time in Cleveland. It was not until his time in San Antonio where he developed into a solid role player where he can shoot the three as well as defending opposing guards. The two-time NBA Champion moves up a lot higher than his original selection in this re-draft.
Henderson had his moments and averaged as high as 15.5 points a game in 2012-13 but never developed into the star player the then-Bobcats had hoped for.
#13 – Indiana Pacers
- Re-draft selection: Patrick Beverley (selected 42nd to LA Lakers)
- Original selection: Tyler Hansbrough
Hansbrough was a star in North Carolina where he was a four-year starter and led the Tar Heels to a 2009 National Championship. The Pacers drafted him in hopes to bring his star power to Indiana but never panned out and turned into a role player for four years before being shipped to Toronto.
Beverley was a second-round selection by the Lakers but spent a few years overseas before joining the NBA in 2012. During his time in the NBA, he has been one of the best defenders in the point guard position. He would have developed nicely in Indiana, fitting in well as a tough defender to build the team around.
#14 – Phoenix Suns
- Re-draft selection: Darren Collison (selected 21st to New Orleans)
- Original selection: Earl Clark
Clark only played in 61 games for the Suns in one and a half seasons before being shipped to Orlando and bounced around the league, last playing in 2015 with the Brooklyn Nets.
Collison was a nice backup to Chris Paul during his rookie season and had been a starter in certain stretches when Paul was out with injury. He has bounced with multiple teams but has always been a reliable scorer wherever he played.
#15 – Detroit Pistons
- Re-draft selection: Joe Ingles (went undrafted)
- Original selection: Austin Daye
Ingles went undrafted in 2009 and did not join the NBA until 2014 with the Utah Jazz and has become a reliable starter and three-point shooter with the team.
Daye played in Detroit from 2009-2013 but never averaged more than eight points a game and last played in the NBA in 2015 with the Atlanta Hawks.
#16 – Chicago Bulls
- Re-draft selection: DeMarre Carrol (selected 27th to Memphis)
- Original selection: James Johnson
Carroll moves up 11 spots in this re-draft. It took time for Carroll to develop but he has been a nice defender/role player with multiple teams, most notably with the Hawks from 2013-2015.
#17 – Philadelphia 76ers
- Re-draft selection: Patty Mills (selected 55th to Portland)
- Original selection: Jrue Holiday
Holiday is long gone in this re-draft so I have the 76ers taking the St. Mary’s point guard.
Mills was drafted 55th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers but it was not until he was traded to San Antonio where he developed into a reliable role player for the team, helping them win a Championship in 2014.
#18 – Minnesota Timberwolves
- Re-draft selection: Hasheem Thabeet (selected 2nd to Memphis)
- Original selection: Ty Lawson (pick traded to Denver)
As stated earlier, Thabeet never lived up to his #2 selection. With Minnesota having multiple picks in the first round, they could have taken a gamble with Thabeet here. He would not need to start and play right away and maybe could have been a reliable player for the then-struggling T-Wolves.
#19 – Atlanta Hawks
- Re-draft selection: James Johnson (selected 16th to Chicago)
- Original selection: Jeff Teague
We get to the point of the draft where teams may not need a right away star but more of a role player that can contribute right away.
Johnson may have bounced around the league but always contributed wherever he played. A good selection at this point.
#20 – Utah Jazz
- Re-draft selection: Gerald Henderson (selected 12th to Charlotte)
- Original selection: Eric Maynor
Maynor only played 26 games his rookie season for Utah before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Henderson may not have been worth the lottery selection here but a solid choice in the 20s.
#21 – New Orleans Hornets
- Re-draft selection: Jodie Meeks (selected 41st to Milwaukee)
- Original selection: Darren Collison
Much like Maynor, Meeks was traded midway through his rookie season. He is still in the league today, becoming a great three-point shooter wherever he has played.
#22 – Portland Trail Blazers
- Re-draft selection: Marcus Thornton (selected 43rd to Miami)
- Original selection: Víctor Claver
Claver was a draft and stash player for Portland and did not come into the NBA until 2012. He only lasted three seasons in the league before heading back overseas.
Thornton was a second-round selection by New Orleans and even earned a Second-team All-Rookie selection in 2010. Thornton averaged as high as 21 points a game, showing that he could score on any given night. A nice selection here for Portland.
#23 – Sacramento Kings
- Re-draft selection: DeJuan Blair (selected 37th to San Antonio)
- Original selection: Omri Casspi
Another second-round selection moves up in this re-draft. Blair was a nice role player in San Antonio, earning All-Rookie Second team honors in 2010.
#24 – Dallas Mavericks
- Re-draft selection: Jonas Jerebko (selected 39th to Detroit)
- Original selection: Byron Mullens (pick traded to Oklahoma City)
Dallas traded their pick here but no draft night trades take place in the re-draft, so the Mavericks stick with their selection. Jerebko was also an All-Rookie Second Team selection in 2010 and is still in the league today, most recently playing for the Golden State Warriors.
Mullens played only 26 games in his first two seasons in the league and was out of the NBA by 2014.
#25 – Oklahoma City Thunder
- Re-draft selection: Omri Casspi (selected 23rd to Sacramento)
- Original selection: Rodrigue Beaubois (pick traded to Dallas)
Beaubois was an overseas player from France and looked to have a lot of untapped potential. He spent only four years in the NBA, all with the Mavericks, but injuries limited him to 182 games. He is currently overseas once again, now with Anadolu Efes S.K. in Turkey. He does have a ring with the Mavericks 2011 season but never played a game in their playoff run.
Casspi was a reliable role player during his time in the NBA and could have contributed to Dallas.
#26 – Chicago Bulls
- Re-draft selection: Dante Cunningham (selected 33rd to Portland)
- Original selection: Taj Gibson
Gibson is long gone here so we go with another second-round selection here with Cunningham. He has been on seven teams in his 11-year career.
A quality role player today and would have been a nice rotational player with the Bulls.
#27 – Memphis Grizzlies
- Re-draft selection: Jordan Hill (selected 8th to New York)
- Original selection: DeMarre Carroll
Hill did not live up to the #8 pick but was a decent backup big man, most notably with the Lakers.
#28 – Minnesota Timberwolves
- Re-draft selection: Wayne Ellington (selected 28th to Minnesota)
- Original selection: Wayne Ellington
The only player in this re-draft that stays in the same spot. Ellington is still in the league today and has been a reliable three-point shooter for any team he has played for. The fourth selection for the T-Wolves, nothing wrong with taking a role player to boost the second team here.
#29 – Los Angeles Lakers
- Re-draft selection: Tyler Hansbrough (selected 13th to Indiana)
- Original selection: Toney Douglas (pick traded to New York)
Douglas was traded to the Knicks on draft night but with no trades, Los Angeles sticks with their pick but selects another player here.
As a late first-round pick, Hansbrough is a better choice here. Laker fans would have loved to have a guy like him here who can crash the boards while giving you a few points on the offensive end.
#30 – Cleveland Cavaliers
- Re-draft selection: Aron Baynes (went undrafted)
- Original selection: Christian Eyenga
Eyenga was a draft and stash player here and did not play for the Cavaliers until the following year. His career was short, only playing in 51 games in two years before going back overseas.
Baynes went undrafted and did not join the NBA until 2013 with San Antonio and could have fit nicely in Cleveland as a backup big man.