2001 NBA Re-Draft

I have decided to re-draft every NBA Draft since 2000.  Going in order, it’s time for the 2001 NBA Re-Draft, Bobby edition.  I will be using Composite Score for my judgments on draftees, and I will now use both statistics to draw conclusions about teams.  There are three Undrafted Free Agents that I could find: Andres Nocioni, Didier-Ilunga Mbenga, and Linton Johnson III.  As before, I only used seasons in which the player exceeded 500 minutes.  Here goes nothing.

  1. Washington PF Pau Gasol FC Barcelona (ESP) 1980  At this point, the Wizards could have drafted anybody and been immensely better.  Richard Hamilton was their lone bright spot, and the analytics aren’t as fond of him as conventional wisdom is.  As for best player available, it’s a toss-up between Pau Gasol, Tyson Chandler, and (drumroll, please) Shane Battier!  However, Gasol was the best of the three in his rookie season and over the first nine years, so we’ll select him.  Besides, Christian Laettner wasn’t a terrible center.
  2. Clippers (traded to Chicago) SF Shane Battier Duke Sr.  With the selection of Gasol by the Wizards, the Bulls have come to a real quandary.  Chandler and Battier are clearly the best players on the board, but the Bulls already have Brad Miller and Metta World Peace.  Miller was really good for about five or six years, while Metta is overrated (probably because of his reputation as a stopper).  Therefore, I would have selected Battier since Metta could slide over to shooting guard.
  3. Atlanta (traded to Memphis) C Tyson Chandler Dominguez HS (CA) Having traded Mike Bibby and Shareef Abdur-Rahim in separate draft-day trades, the Grizzlies didn’t really have anything of value.  Chandler has been a franchise center for years, and having a cornerstone center is crucial to becoming a contender.  This would be a no-brainer for any team unless they already had a franchise center, in which case it would be Chandler or Richard Jefferson but probably still Chandler.
  4. Chicago PG Gilbert Arenas Arizona So.  This pick would give the Bulls a Starting Five of Arenas, Metta World Peace, Shane Battier, Pau Gasol, and Brad Miller.  This is a formidable line-up by either means of analysis, although for different reasons for the two systems.  I am a bit squeamish about picking Agent Zero because of his high-volume scoring since they already have Metta and Gasol, but then I’d really be reaching for Earl Watson or waiting for Samuel Dalembert to develop.  Yeah, I’ll go with The Hibachi.
  5. Golden St. PG Tony Parker Paris Basket Racing (FRA) 1982  Yes, Tony Parker is overrated.  However, he is still a very good point guard (except for one off-year in 08-09) who can put the ball in the basket.  The Warriors were another one of those teams who just needed help all over the place, and there are a lot of players with similar skill levels at this stage.
  6. Memphis C Brendan Haywood North Carolina Sr.  Unlike some of the players still on the board, Haywood had a solid rookie season, and he maintained that solidity for seven years, got injured, then had another good season.  He was a very dependable player at a key position.  Other players to consider are Richard Jefferson, Mehmet Okur, and Joe Johnson.
  7. New Jersey (traded to Houston) SF Richard Jefferson Arizona Jr.  This is the third-straight team that basically needs the best player available.  Jefferson has had his ups and downs, but he was mostly up during his rookie contract.  His second and third seasons are both among the top three in this class, and his fifth season (which was outside of the rookie deal) was absolutely awesome.  Maybe you couldn’t build a champion around him, but in this draft, Gasol, Chandler, and maybe Parker are the only ones who you could.
  8. Cleveland SG Joe Johnson Arkansas So.  This team had Andre Miller, Matt Harpring, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.  It would be a couple of years, but Big Z would become a solid center.  However, his presence meant that the Cavs could not draft a center or a stretch four (the former because of competition, the latter because they’d have no one in the paint).  That whittled the list of possibilities to Gerald Wallace, J-Rich, Johnson, Earl Watson, and Jamaal Tinsley.  However, Miller and Harpring eliminate Wallace, Watson, and Tinsley.  Through the course of their rookie contracts, Johnson was the better between him and Richardson, particularly in the first two years.  This team would score a lot.
  9. Detroit Jamaal Tinsley Iowa St. Sr.  This team was basically Ben Wallace, although Corliss Williamson and Jerome Williams were not bad players.  However, Jerry Stackhouse was vastly overrated, so this team needs a point guard.  Earl Watson was more consistent, but Tinsley was better in Years 2, 3, and 4 (the ones which really count when drafting, in my opinion).  There will be some really nice centers left on the board late; I can feel it.
  10. Boston C Samuel Dalembert Seton Hall So.  This pick is complicated.  The Celtics’ best players are Paul Pierce and Tony Battie.  Battie has two really good seasons ahead of him before dropping below average.  Dalembert played a grand total of 177 minutes in his first two seasons, but then he blossomed into a consistent, successful center.  The other positions are somewhat thin, and it would have been a disaster to have Zach Randolph and Paul Pierce on the same team at that point.  Troy Murphy and Mehmet Okur would have been good here, too.  This is just a weird pick.
  11. Boston PF Troy Murphy Notre Dame Jr.  Now they pick Murphy.  With this pick, they would shore up their frontcourt for years to come with Pierce, Murphy, and Battie/Dalembert.  Murphy’s rookie season was really rough, but he was a solid player.  Earl Watson consistent, but Murphy has six seasons better than Watson’s best through the first nine.  Still, I’m not going to go and call this one a no-brainer.
  12. Seattle SF Gerald Wallace Alabama Fr.  I looked at this team and wondered how on God’s green earth they missed the play-offs.  Then, I saw that their rebouding leader was thirty-eight year-old Patrick Ewing who played barely half the game.  This team needed rebouding.  Wallace can provide that in bunches.  If Seattle can pretty-please Wallace into a year or two of Euro ball, I think this would work.  Wallace would provide boards this team sorely lacked.
  13. Houston (traded to New Jersey) PG Earl Watson UCLA Jr.  Stephon Marbury was a pretty good point guard, Keith Van Horn would be a pretty good power forward, and Aaron Williams was a pretty good center.  On the other hand, Marbury was both a whack job and more of a combo guard than a true point.  Earl Watson has been a true point, and he was remarkably consistent in his first nine years, with the exception of an off-year in his eighth season.  You knew you would get solid, approximately average play from him year-in and year-out.  In real life, the Nets drafted Richard Jefferson, swapped Starbury for Jason Kidd, and went to the Finals.  Eddy Curry, Eddie Griffin, and Rodney White had already been drafted, though, leaving more room for good players to slip through the cracks.
  14. Golden St. (from Indiana) C Mehmet Okur Efes Pilsen (TUR) 1979  Wow, Golden St. shores up the two most important positions with very solid players!  The reason Okur hadn’t gone higher is that there were a lot of teams that already had either passable centers or stretch fours.  Okur is a stretch five who only had average rebounding stats twice, so the latter teams might have lacked in rebounding.  However, Okur performed well in his first eight years after an extra season in Turkey, and he would be a welcome addition to any team.  (Not anymore, though, as he has definitely hit the wall).
  15. Orlando C Jason Collins Stanford Sr.  This is definitely a reach, but it is a defendable reach.  This team had one star  year left from Darrell Armstrong and two superstar years from T-Mac.  However, their 2000-01 centers were Andrew DeClerq, Michael Doleac, and John Amaechi.  Ouch.  Collins was almost average in each of his first three years before regressing.  Orlando should have been gearing for a deep run, and Collins has the best rookie season on the table (and ninth-best in the draft).  J-Rich and Zach Randolph are still available.
  16. Charlotte SG Jason Richardson Michigan St. So.  Other than Baron Davis, this team’s core was aging, and Davis peaked early in his career.  This Hornets squad would not need instant help, but they would need help eventually.  Either Richardson or Spartans teammate Randolph could provide that, although Richardson was more reliable.  Richardson’s first two years were not great, but he really become a solid player who was consistently above average.  This guy probably could have gone earlier, but I won’t sweat it too much.
  17. Toronto PF Zach Randolph Michigan St. Fr.  This is a best available non-small forward move; this team had Vince Carter.  Overall, Randolph had a better first nine than Watson, Tinsley, and Jason Collins (who were already picked), but he’s had a lot of ups and downs.  Hopefully, this team wouldn’t implode when Carter stopped caring about being a Raptor because Randolph might wreck the chemistry even further.  Then again, who am I kidding, chemistry’s not that important, right?
  18. Houston (traded to New Jersey) SG Trenton Hassell Austin Peay Sr.  If the Jason Kidd trade hadn’t happened and this had, this team would play a lot of small ball with Hassell at the 3 and Marbury at the 2.  Hassell had some good years and some bad years, but he marks the point where the quality of the draft starts to really decline.  This draft was good in that it had three stars and about twelve or fifteen decent starters, some of whom had a year or two where they were really, really good.  Well, Hassell marks the end of that.  You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.
  19. Portland PF Eddie Griffin Seton Hall Fr.  I know he died in an alcohol-related car crash, but he was good player.  Despite being dead for the last four seasons of the range. his 9-year average is still .040.  His 4-year average is .087.  This guy had some decent seasons, and I really think that was a solid player.  Other possibilities were Carlos Arroyo, Kwame Brown, and Andres Nocioni.
  20. Cleveland (traded to Orlando)  SF Andres Nocioni Basquet Manresa (ESP) 1979  Like I said before, the Magic should have been in a win-now mode.   However, there are no player remaining who posted a Composite Score above .070 before 2003, so I’m going with the import.  Nocioni spent three years in Spain playing for Tau Ceramica, then he come over.  He played decently in his first year (.059) and well in the next three seasons (.122, .090, .094).  Since then, he has declined severely, but that was beyond the scope of this rookie contract.
  21. Boston PG Carlos Arroyo Florida International Sr.  Now that the Celtics had their frontcourt shored up, now it was time to work on the backcourt.  Arroyo is by far the best guard left in this draft, and he had a handful of good years.  I’m sure the Celtics would have wanted him to spend a couple year s in Europe developing, but Arroyo could play basketball well.  He was around average in even-numbered years and well below that in odd-numbered years, though, so this is not a franchise point guard here.  But he does have Paul Pierce to pass to.
  22. Orlando C Kwame Brown Glynn Academy HS (GA)  Unfortunately, I don’t think there would be any way to convince this guy to play in Europe.  However, his Year 3 was very solid (.127).  On the other hand, his first and fourth were not (.008 and -.001, respectively).  Other possibilities include Steven Hunter.
  23. Houston (traded to New Jersey) C DeSagana Diop Oak Hill Academy HS (VA)  This is another guy who you would want playing in Europe for two or three years.  However, that probably shouldn’t have been unexpeceted since this is a high school player now known for his horrific contract.  This guy did rack up three consecutive good years from 2005-2008, and he was good enough then to be the starting center on a play-off contender.  But like Nocioni and Arroyo, this guy fell far because he took a long time to develop.  This draft is definitely better than the previous year’s was.
  24. Utah SF Bobby Simmons DePaul Jr.  This aging team could no longer find the long-term replacements it needed for Karl Malone and John Stockton, nor could it find pieces for one last Finals push.  That leaves Bobby Simmons, the best player on the Big Board, as the Jazz’s selection.  Utah could have stashed this guy in Europe for three years, then received three years of approximately average ball.  He then disappeared for a couple years before posting a .116 Composite Score in 2008-09.  This is where the draft really starts to get hairy, though.
  25. Sacramento C Steven Hunter DePaul So.  This Kings team was built for two more years of greatness only to see Stojakovic and Bibby try to hold up the pieces after their older players declined.  Even after acquiring the latter on draft day, this way still an old team.  Steven Hunter’s Years 4-6 would provide solid center play good enough to start or Sixth Man for a play-off team.  A couple of years in Europe would extend the team’s control over him, and he would provide the Kings a passable replacement for Scot Pollard and Vlade Divac, who would both decline.
  26. Philadelphia C Loren Woods Arizona Sr.  Like Sacramento, Philadelphia was a team in decline at all positions.  Woods had a couple of good years under the rookie contract window before disappearing.  Other possibilities are Eddy Curry, Brian Scalabrine, and Vladimir Radmanovic.
  27. Memphis SF Vladimir Radmanovic FMP Zeleznik (SRB) 1980  Memphis drafted a twin towers with Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood.  Radmanovic is the best non-big available.  Even though he had no seasons where he was at the league average, you knew exactly what you would get from him year-in and year-out.  Furthermore, he is a shooter, which analytics tend to discriminate against.
  28. San Antonio C Eddy Curry Thornwood HS (IL)  Because of the Joe Smith situation, this is the final pick of the first round.  Curry was  solid player in three of his first five years, and he was slightly better than Jarron Collins and Brian Scalabrine over that span.  Besides, a guess this might be a symphathy pick for a nice guy who never developed.

So that ends my 2001 Re-Draft.  Here are the first rounders who weren’t first round in my redo:

  1. SF Rodney White Charlotte Fr. (9-Detroit)
  2. SF Kedrick Brown Okaloosa-Walton CC So. (11-Boston)
  3. PF Kirk Haston Indiana Jr. (16-Charlotte)
  4. PF Michael Bradley Villanova Jr. (17-Toronto)
  5. SG Joseph Forte North Carolina So. (21-Boston)
  6. SG Jeryl Sasser SMU Sr. (22-Houston)
  7. SG Brandon Armstrong Pepperdine Jr. (23-Houston-New Jersey)
  8. PG Raul Lopez Real Madrid (ESP) 1980 (24-Utah)

Come back soon.  This is not meant to end discussions; it is meant to start them.  Please comment with your opinions.  2001DraftSpreadsheet is where you can find my data.

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One thought on “2001 NBA Re-Draft

  1. After publshing this re-draft, I learned that Maurice Evans was a member of this draft class. Despite some very time-consuming searching, I somehow missed him. If I were to redo this draft, I would have put him at about 18, where Trenton Hassell currently is.

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