View Full Version : The 2001 NBA Draft: Re-Drafted

06-14-2011, 06:02 PM
Well, the Finals are now finished, and I think we have dissected and psychoanalyzed LeBron James everyway possible. So, instead of contributing another HEAT-centric column, I figured I'd go in a different direction. The plan is this: over the next few weeks, I'll go back over previous drafts and "re-draft" all the players. Of course, I'll have the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, based on all that we now know everyone that came into the league years ago.

Admittedly, this is a bit of a frivolous exercise (and I assume others have done it elsewhere in cyberspace so I apologize ahead of time); nonetheless, I thought it'd be interesting to see how the talent would shake out and who would get selected where. (Also, if there is a prolonged lockout, we are going to need to find a way to keep ourselves entertained…)

Here is how we'll approach this project: Every pick will be made pretending each organization is a first year expansion franchise and has no other players on its roster, so there is no need to factor roster needs as of June 2001 into any discussion. Selections will be made simply based on pure production – i.e. best player available.

I'll list each pick, and then post their career averages and their original draft slot.

We'll begin with the 2001 draft. It has been 10 years since these guys entered the NBA. This draft class was remarkable in several respects, including an inordinate number of recent high school graduates near the top and a few incredible the second round steals.

As a refresher, here is a link to the actual 2001 NBA draft.

Without further adieu, let's start selecting…

#1 -With the first pick in the 2001 NBA Re-Draft, the Washington Wizards select: Pau Gasol
(Career averages: 18.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.2 apg – Originally drafted 3rd overall by Atlanta)
The premiere player from the 2001 draft, Gasol has emerged as one of the best big men to come into the league over the last decade. Gasol put up great numbers early on in his career for the Grizzlies. (On draft night, the Hawks traded Gasol – along with Brevin Knight and Lorenzen Wright - to the Grizz for Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Jamaal Tinsley). Gasol was considered a great player in Vancouver/Memphis – he won the Rookie of the Year award in 2002 - but truly emerged as a superstar playing alongside Kobe Bryant once he landed in L.A. Gasol is a two-time NBA champion, a four-time All-Star, and has received all-NBA honors on three occasions (3rd team twice and 2nd team once).

#2 – Los Angeles Clippers select: Joe Johnson
(Career averages: 17.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.5 apg – Originally drafted 10th overall by Boston)
Of all the great players (LeBron, Wade, Amar'e, Bosh, etc.) that became free agents in the epic Summer of 2010, the player that walked away with the richest contract was Joe Johnson. While not an elite superstar like the aforementioned studs, Johnson is one of the most talented and well-rounded guards in the NBA today. He can score from anywhere on the floor due to a lethal jumper and great handle. In addition, Johnson is an unselfish playmaker and solid rebounder. He's made five straight All-Star games and received a 3rd team All-NBA nod following the 2010 season. His contract will be an albatross for Atlanta in years to come, but there is no denying Joe is an impact player.

#3 – The Atlanta Hawks select: Tony Parker
(Career averages: 16.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5,7apg – Originally drafted 28th overall by San Antonio)
The Spurs netted another incredible steal back in 2001, snagging TP with the final pick in the first round. (This was two years after that nabbed Manu Ginobili with the 57th overall pick in the 1999 draft.) Parker's numbers won't wow you, but he was an integral piece of three championships in San Antonio – in fact, Tony has an NBA Finals MVP trophy on his resume due to his incredible play in 2007.

#4 – The Chicago Bulls select: Zach Randolph
(Career averages: 17.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.2 apg - Originally drafted 19th overall by Portland)
Z-Bo's roller-coaster career has seen some dramatic ups-and-downs. He rode the pine in Portland before finally receiving minutes and then put up huge numbers. But after wearing out his welcome with the Blazers, Randolph bounced around, was traded three times in less than two years, and was essentially viewed and stat-accumulator on a bad team. However, Z-Bo appears to have found a home in Memphis. He put together what was undoubtedly his best professional season in 2010-2011, which was culminated by leading the Grizz past the Spurs in an electrifying first-round series.

#5 – The Golden State Warriors select: Gilbert Arenas
(Career averages: 21.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.2 apg - Originally drafted by 30th overall by Golden State)
Arenas is one of the best second-round picks in NBA history. The Warriors selected Gillie with the second pick in the second round in 2001, and the rest of the league immediately realized they had missed out on a special player. In fact, because Arenas was a second-round pick, he didn't have a 'rookie scale' contract and became a free agent after just his second NBA season. The Warriors couldn't keep him in Golden State, as they didn't have his Bird Rights. This actually led to the NBA revising its salary structure for incoming second-round picks and undrafted rookies. Arenas is now know more for his idiotic prank in the Wiz locker room and his awful contract, but let's not forget the dude was a stud in Washington before he tore up his knees. Check out his stats from the 2005-2006 season: 29.3 ppg, 6.1 apg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 threes, and 2.0 steals.

#6 – Vancouver Grizzlies select Gerald Wallace
(Career averages: 13.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg - Originally drafted 25th by Sacramento)
Wallace was a rarely used reserve on the bench for Sacramento over his first three NBA seasons, but got an opportunity to shine once the Bobcats grabbed him in the expansion draft. "Crash" has been injury-prone throughout his career, but has developed in one of the league's more versatile and respected defenders. Wallace was named NBA All-Defensive 1st team in 2009-2010.

#7 – New Jersey Nets select: Jason Richardson
(Career averages: 18.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.8 apg - Originally drafted 5th by Golden State)
J-Rich came into the league as an elite athlete (he's got the slam-dunk title to prove it) and excellent scorer. Big things were expected from Richardson, and although he's never quite lived up to the hype, he's still in the middle of a productive NBA career.

#8 – Cleveland Cavaliers select: Shane Battier
(Career averages: 9.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.0 apg - Originally drafted 6th by Vancouver)
Battier was winner at Duke and continued to find ways to help teams in the NBA. He'll never be a big scorer or volume shooter, but Battier has had an undeniably positive impact on every team he's ever player for.

#9 – The Detroit Pistons select: Memo Okur
(Career averages: 13.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 apg - Originally drafted 37th by Detroit)
Another phenomenal second-round pick from the 2001 draft class, Okur fell into a great situation in Detroit. Okur won a title with the Pistons in 2004, and then cashed in with a big contract with the Jazz the following offseason. Injuries have limited Okur's production the last couple of seasons, but Memo was a good player in his prime.

#10 – The Boston Celtics select: Richard Jefferson
(Career averages: 16.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg - Originally drafted 13th by Houston)

The Nets walked away with Jefferson and Jason Collins (two valuable starters) in a draft day trade with the Rockets (Houston got the late Eddie Griffin in the deal). RJ got to spend the early part of his career playing alongside PG extraordinaire Jason Kidd. Kidd, Jefferson, and Kenyon Martin helped guide the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances. Jefferson was at his best in the Net's free-following offense, with the game's best point guard running the show.

#11 – The Boston Celtics select: Tyson Chandler
(Career averages: 8.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 0.8 apg - Originally drafted 2nd LA Clippers)
Chandler was at a bit of a career crossroads before being traded to Dallas last year. Injuries had severely limited his effectiveness, and the Bobcats basically gave him to the Mavs as a part of a salary dump. However, Chandler emerged as a beast in the 2011 postseason (particularly the Finals), which will undoubtedly net him a nice contract when he hits free agency this summer.

#12 – The Seattle Supersonics select: Samuel Dalmbert
(Career averages: 8.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 0.8 apg - Originally drafted 26th by Philadelphia)
Slammin' Sammy has been solid if unspectacular throughout his nine-year NBA career. Dalembert has been remarkably consistent and dependable – he's missed a total of just two games over the previous five seasons.

#13 – The Houston Rockets select: Troy Murphy
(Career averages: 11.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 apg - Originally drafted 14th by Golden State)
For much of the past decade, Murphy had been a nightly double-double threat with an excellent outside touch that extended out to the three-point line. However, T-Murph was hobbled by nagging injuries last season. He is currently a free-agent; it will be interesting to see if he can revive his career.

#14 – Golden State Warriors select: Eddy Curry
(Career averages: 13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.6 apg - Originally drafted 4th by Chicago)
Unfortunately, at this stage of the game, Curry has essentially become a punch-line to endless bad Twitter jokes. It's a shame because, when healthy and properly motivated, the big guy could ball. He had an incredibly rare combination of size and skill, and possessed a terrific touch around the basket. During the 2006-2007 season, when the Knicks made a concerted effort to feature Curry down low, Eddy was a beast. The Knicks played 16 times in December of 2006, and Curry averaged 21.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. As the calendar flipped to the New Year, Curry's rampage continued. In January, he scored over 22 points per night (while shooting a remarkable 63.3% from the field), and chipped in 6.6 boards. In April, he put a cherry on top of his breakout season by hanging 43 points and 13 rebounds on the Bucks in Milwaukee – including a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. That season, Curry led the NBA in 'points in the paint' and finished fourth in the league in field-goal percentage at 57.6%, just ahead of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer. Eddy Curry was just 24 years old. Sadly, it was pretty much all downhill for Eddy from there. His weight ballooned, which wreaked havoc on his knees and overall health. He couldn't stay in shape and became one of those infamous "expiring contracts." (To this day, one of my favorite bar room trivia stumpers is this question: Other than Patrick Ewing and Amar'e Stoudemire, name the only other Knick since 1985 to record 10 straight 20-point games?)

#15 – Orlando Magic select: Brendan Haywood
(Career averages: 4.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.3 apg - Originally drafted 20th by Cleveland)
Haywood came into the league with legit size and strength, yet never quite delivered the production expected of him. However, he strung together a few quality seasons in Washington prior to being traded to Dallas and becoming a free agent, which earned him a huge payday from the Mavericks. Haywood lost his starting spot on the Mavs to Tyson Chandler, but still provided decent minutes off the bench – and now has a NBA title to show for it.

#16 – Charlotte Hornets select: Vladimir Radmanovic
(Career averages: 8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 apg - Originally drafted 12th by Seattle)
Vlad Rad had his moments; was always a good shooter, especially from distance. But he rarely brought more than inconsistent offense too the table.

#17 – Toronto Raptors select: Kwame Brown
(Career averages: 6.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.9 apg - Originally drafted 1st by Washington)
Kwame is an interesting example of why being drafted #1 overall can be both a blessing and curse. If you look at Brown's career numbers, they are certainly respectable for a journeyman center, especially in this day and age where big men than can walk and chew gum at the same time are prized commodities. However, Kwame entered the league as Michael Jordan's first pick as an executive and as a result, was immediately placed under an intense microscope. In addition, he had all the tools to become a great player. Blessed with incredible athleticism, size, and strength – big things were expected. Ultimately, Brown flamed out in Washington. Some blamed MJ, who came back as a player for the Wizards and put intense pressure on Kwame to succeed as a teenager. Brown has become a serviceable center at a few stops since leaving DC, but will still be rememebered as one of the worst #1 overall picks in the history of the draft…

#18 – Houston Rockets select: Jamaal Tinsley
(Career averages: 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.6 apg - Originally drafted 27th by Vancouver)
Tinsley's basketball skills were never in doubt, but the reason he slipped all the way down to the tail end of the first round back in 2001 were character issues. Eventually, that's what cost him his career in the NBA as well. Still, before he wore out his welcome in Indiana, he proved he could ball at high level and put up some great stats. He averaged 8.1 assists as a rookie in 2001-2002. His best season was 2004-2005, when he averaged 15.4 points, 6.4 dimes, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.

#19 – Portland Trail Blazers select: Earl Watson
(Career averages: 7.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.5 apg - Originally drafted 11 by Seattle)
Watson has been a terrific on-ball defender throughout his NBA career, and continuously earned minutes as a valuable role player for a number of different coaches and organizations.

#20 – Cleveland Cavaliers select: Jason Collins
(Career averages: 3.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.9 apg - Originally drafted 18th by Houston)
Collins rarely scores more than a few points a game, but that doesn't mean he doesn't make an impact. Early on in his career, he was the starting center on a Nets team that advanced to back-to-back NBA Finals. Collins is a guy that will be asked to set hard screens and rebound. And he does it willingly. Just this past postseason, he help the Hawks defeat the Magic but somewhat limiting Dwight Howard's domination.

#21 – Boston Celtics select: Bobby Simmons
(Career averages: 9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg - Originally drafted 41st by Seattle)
Simmons was a rarely-used reserve before exploding on the scene in L.A. for the Clippers in 2004. He averaged just 3.5 ppg during his first two NBA seasons (in Washington), but then, out of nowhere, enjoyed a career-season for the Clipps – averaging 16.4 points and 6 boards in the 2004-2005 season. He was awarded the NBA's Most Improved Player Award, and parlayed that into a monster contract in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, he slipped back towards mediocrity during his days with the Bucks. He played in only two games last season for San Antonio and failed to score a single point.

#22 – Orlando Magic select: DeSagana Diop
(Career averages: 2.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.4 apg - Originally drafted 8th by Cleveland)
Despite obviously limited basketball skills, the Cavs drafted Diop based solely due to his size, hoping he'd someday learn how to play center in the NBA. Amazingly, the Dallas Mavericks signed Diop to a $30+ million contract seven years later thinking the same exact thing!

#23 – Houston Rockets select: Brian Scalabrine
(Career averages: 3.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.9 apg - Originally drafted 34th by Chicago)
Scalabrine actually put up decent numbers when he saw significant minutes, but he is probably best know for his days in Boston when he became a fan-favorite as the human victory cigar.

#24 – Utah Jazz select: Trenton Hassell
(Career averages: 5.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg - Originally drafted 29th by Chicago)
Showed plenty of promise as a rookie, playing 28 minutes a night for the Bulls and providing decent offensive production and solid defense. His best all-around season was for the Wolves in 2005-2006, when he averaged 9.2 ppg. He spent three seasons in New Jersey from '08-'10, but didn't play in the league last year.

#25 – Sacramento Kings select: Steven Hunter
(Career averages: 4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.2 apg - Originally drafted 15th by Orlando)
Hunter was a raw, but high-upside prospect coming out DePaul. He had a couple of decent seasons with the Sixers in the middle of the decade, posting averages of 6.4 points and nearly 5 boards for Philly in 2006-2007.

#26 – Philadelphia 76ers select: Jarron Collins
(Career averages: 3.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.8 apg - Originally drafted 24th by Utah)
Collins actually put up better numbers than his brother early on in his career, playing for the Jazz. However, Jarron was never as good a defender as Jason. Collins is still bouncing around the NBA – he played 23 games for the Clippers and 5 for the Blazers last season.

#27 – Vancouver Grizzlies select: Terence Morris
(Career averages: 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.7 apg - Originally drafted 33rd by Atlanta)
Morris was one of those unfortunate cases of a player staying in school too long. He entered the University of Maryland as a highly touted prospect and was considered a surefire lottery pick had he left after his sophomore season – which saw him star alongside Steve Francis for the U of M. But Morris went back to school, and by the time he graduated, much of the luster had been lost. He slid into the second round and never established himself as an NBA player.

#28 – San Antonio Spurs select: Rodney White
(Career averages: 7.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.1 apg - Originally drafted 9th by Detroit)
White obviously never lived up to the hype coming into the 2001 draft. The Pistons traded him to the Nuggets after just one season. He spent a couple of unproductive seasons in Denver, and then had a cup of coffee with the Warriors before being waived in 2005. He never played in the NBA again.

Player drafted highest in 2001 not to appear on this list:Eddie Griffin (drafted 7th overall by New Jersey)
It could be easily argued that Griffin was blessed with more sheer talent than any other individual in this draft class. He was the nation's #1 recruit coming out of high school, and spent a season dominating the Big East as a freshman at Seton Hall before entering the draft. If it weren't for some red flags related to off-the-court problems, Griffin may have been selected #1 overall. However, Eddie could never shake his demons. He missed years at a time due to treatment for alcoholism. In August of 2007, Griffin died in a fatal car crash, in which he was hit by a train while driving under the influence.

Best Value Pick in the 2001 draft: Gilbert Arenas (Second pick in the second round)
As noted above, Arenas is one of the most prolific offensive forces ever to slip into the second round…

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06-14-2011, 06:18 PM
Such a horrific draft.

06-14-2011, 06:43 PM
A good re-draft has to include undrafted guys as well.
Andres Nocioni, Jamario Moon, Charlie Bell, Maurice Evans...
There were some great role players that deserve a 1st round pick instead of some of the garbage time guys listed here.

06-14-2011, 07:18 PM
I think Tyson Chandler would go before J-Rich, Battier, Okur, and Richard Jefferson.

06-14-2011, 08:22 PM
probably Tyson would go ahead, but remember RJ used to be a monster back when NJ mader the finals

06-14-2011, 10:29 PM
Yeah, I couldn't believe Okur went before Tyson.