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NBA Draft Do-Overs

In all sports there are always teams who make great draft picks and horrible draft picks. After listening to the Bulls game on ESPN 1000 last night, Bill Wennington and Chuck Swirsky began to do this when talking about Kevin Love. Although hindsight is 20/20, it is still intriguing to see what could have been for some teams if they made a different pick.

Here are the top 10 draft picks of the ’08 & ’09 and top 5 of ’10 in the NBA and how they should have in parentheses gone based on the players performance thus far in their young careers. (It’s too early to tell for the 2011 draft)

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

2008 NBA Draft

1. Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose (No Change)

2. Miami Heat: Michael Beasley (Kevin Love – 5th overall)

3. Minnesota Timberwolves: O.J. May0 but was traded to Memphis for Love (Russell Westbrook – 4th overall)

4. Seattle/Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook (Eric Gordon – 7th overall)

5. Memphis Grizzlies: Kevin Love, traded to Min for Mayo (Brook Lopez – 10th overall)

6. New York Knicks: Danilo Gallinari (Roy Hibbert – 17th overall)

7. Los Angeles Clippers: Eric Gordon (Michael Beasley – 2nd overall)

8. Milwaukee Bucks: Joe Alexander (DJ Augustin – 9th overall)

9. Charlotte Bobcats: DJ Augustin (Serge Ibaka – 24th overall)

10. New Jersey Nets: Brook Lopez (DeAndre Jordan – 35th overall)

(Rocky Widner/Getty Images/NBAE)

2009 NBA Draft

1. Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin (No Change)

2. Memphis Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet (James Harden – 3rd overall)

3. Oklahoma City Thunder: James Harden (Stephen Curry – 7th overall)

4. Sacramento Kings: Tyreke Evans (No Change)

5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Ricky Rubio (Brandon Jennings – 10th overal)

6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Johnny Flynn (DeMar DeRozan – 9th overall)

7. Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry (Darren Collison – 21st overall)

8. New York Knicks: Jordan Hill (Taj Gibson – 26th overall)

9. Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan (Ty Lawson – 18th overall)

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Brandon Jennings (Jeff Teague – 19th overall)

(Duane Burleson / AP)

2010 NBA Draft

1. Washington Wizards: John Wall (Evan Turner – 2nd overall)

2. Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner (John Wall – 1st overall)

3. New Jersey Nets: Derrick Favors (Greg Monroe – 7th overall)

4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson (DeMarcus Cousins – 5th overall)

5. Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins (Eric Bledsoe – 18th overall)


About J.B. Blanchard

I am senior journalism major at DePaul University using this blog as a launching pad hopefully for a career as a sports writer. I am very passionate about all sports and always up to date on the latest sports scores, news and hot topics.

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