NBA Redrafts from Me and BR (9/29/21)

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Recently, there has been a lot of chatter on Twitter about NBA re-drafts. The 3 main drafts being talked about are 2016, 2017, and 2018. So, because it’s such a hot topic, I figured I’d give you my redrafts and compare them with Bleacher Report’s along the way. Here we go!

(Note: I decided my order by who I would rather have on my team based on a combination of current ranking and future potential.)

2016 Re-Draft: Bleacher Report

1 Ben Simmons

2 Jamal Murray

3 Jaylen Brown

4 Domantas Sabonis

5 Brandon Ingram

6 Pascal Siakam

7 Fred VanVleet

8 Malcolm Brogdon

9 Buddy Hield

10 Jakob Poeltl

11 Dejounte Murray

12 Ivica Zubac

13 Caris LeVert

14 Alex Caruso

15 Derrick Jones Jr.

16 Malik Beasley

17 Dorian Finney-Smith

18 Tauren Prince

19 Furkan Korkmaz

20 Georges Niang

21 Danuel House

22 Yogi Ferrell

23 David Nwaba

24 Kris Dunn

25 Marquese Chriss

26 Shaquille Harrison

27 Cheick Diallo

28 Damian Jones

29 Denzel Valentine

30 Juan Hernangomez

2016 Re-Draft: Me

1 Jaylen Brown

2 Domantas Sabonis

3 Brandon Ingram

4 Jamal Murray

5 Ben Simmons

6 Malcolm Brogdon

7 Pascal Siakam

8 Fred VanVleet

9 Dejounte Murray

10 Caris LeVert

11 Buddy Hield

12 Malik Beasley

13 Jakob Poeltl

14 Ivica Zubac

15 Alex Caruso 

16 Dorian Finney-Smith

17 David Nwaba

18 Derrick Jones Jr.

19 Georges Niang

20 Furkan Korkmaz

21 Taurean Prince

22 Kris Dunn

23 Marquese Chriss

24 Juan Hernangomez

25 Damion Lee

26 DeAndre’ Bembry

27 Danuel House

28 Yogi Ferrell

29 Abdel Nader

30 Gary Payton II

Here’s a list of thoughts and explanations:

  • I’m not sure how BR managed to not have the obvious number one guy at number one. Jaylen Brown, in my opinion, is the clear cut guy for the first overall pick.
  • I don’t know why BR still has Simmons at one. Their argument was he does everything besides shoot, people focus on his weaknesses too much, etcetera. That’s a valid point, but it doesn’t tell me why you would take him over Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, or Domantas Sabonis. As of now, if I’m trying to win a lot of games, I’m taking all three of those guys over Simmons to be my best player. 
  • Jamal Murray at 2 is a little high, which is why I have him at 4. People have been a little too high on him since the bubble. I feel like Jamal couldn’t be the number one guy on a really good team, but I think my top 3 could (Well, maybe not Ingram, but JB and Sabonis probably). 
  • I’m taking Dejounte over LeVert. I think LeVert’s a good player, but I think Dejounte will be better in the next few seasons.
  • BR having Derrick Jones Jr. over Malik Beasley is weird. The NBA is a shooter’s league, and Malik is a knockdown shooter. DJJ is not. 
  • I have Damion Lee, DeAndre’ Bembry, Abdel Nader, and Gary Payton II on my list, BR did not. All are decent depth guys who I think provide value to teams. BR does have Cheick Diallo (who is out of the league) and Denzel Valentine (who should probably be out of the league). 

2017 Re-Draft: Bleacher Report

1 Jayson Tatum

2 Donovan Mitchell

3 Bam Adebayo

4 Lonzo Ball

5 John Collins

6 De’Aaron Fox

7 Jarrett Allen

8 OG Anunoby

9 Jonathan Isaac

10 Derrick White

11 Lauri Markkanen

12 Monte Morris

13 Kyle Kuzma

14 Luke Kennard

15 Josh Hart

16 Thomas Bryant

17 Chris Boucher

18 Markelle Fultz

19 Dillon Brooks

20 Malik Monk

21 Josh Jackson

22 Tony Bradley

23 Isaiah Hartenstein

24 Luke Kornet

25 Dennis Smith Jr.

26 PJ Dozier

27 Zach Collins

28 Frank Jackson

29 Harry Giles

30 Jordan Bell

2017 Re-Draft: Me

1 Jayson Tatum

2 Donovan Mitchell

3 Bam Adebayo

4 De’Aaron Fox

5 John Collins

6 OG Anunoby

7 Jarrett Allen

8 Derrick White

9 Jonathan Isaac

10 Dillon Brooks

11 Lonzo Ball

12 Chris Boucher

13 Markelle Fultz

14 Monte Morris

15 Kyle Kuzma

16 Josh Hart

17 Thomas Bryant

18 Lauri Markkanen

19 Malik Monk

20 Luke Kennard

21 PJ Dozier

22 Josh Jackson

23 Tony Bradley

24 Isaiah Hartenstein

25 Zach Collins

26 Frank Jackson

27 Sterling Brown

28 Semi Ojeleye

29 Dennis Smith Jr.

30 Frank Ntilikina

Thoughts and explanations:

  • I’m glad Bleacher Report got the gimme top 2 correct.
  • I have zero clue why BR put Lonzo at 4. Having him over De’Aaron Fox alone is a criminal offense. John Collins, Jarrett Allen, OG Anunoby, Jonathan Isaac, Derrick White, and Dillon Brooks are all also better than Lonzo in my opinion. 
  • I’m not very high on Lauri Markkanen. I feel like he isn’t that good. He’s obviously an efficient stretch four, but when he’s not hitting the three he’s not doing anything else. That’s why I have him lower than BR does. 
  • I think Markelle Fultz is still solid. When he’s healthy, I’m taking him over guys like Monte Morris and Kyle Kuzma.
  • I had to give my boy Sterling Brown his respect. He’s become a decent NBA player.

2018 Re-Draft: Bleacher Report

1 Luka Doncic

2 Trae Young

3 Michael Porter Jr.

4 Deandre Ayton

5 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

6 Mikal Bridges

7 Jaren Jackson Jr.

8 Robert Williams III

9 Mitchell Robinson

10 Collin Sexton

11 Donte DiVincenzo

12 Duncan Robinson

13 Miles Bridges

14 Wendell Carter Jr.

15 Devonte’ Graham

16 De’Anthony Melton

17 Jalen Brunson

18 Kevin Huerter

19 Jae’Sean Tate

20 Jevon Carter

21 Kendrick Nunn

22 Marvin Bagley III

23 Jarred Vanderbilt

24 Bruce Brown

25 Grayson Allen

26 Mo Bamba

27 Gary Trent Jr.

28 Hamidou Diallo

29 Drew Eubanks

30 Moritz Wagner

2018 Re-Draft: Me

1 Luka Doncic

2 Trae Young

3 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

4 Deandre Ayton

5 Michael Porter Jr.

6 Collin Sexton

7 Mikal Bridges

8 Jaren Jackson Jr.

9 Miles Bridges

10 Donte DiVincenzo 

11 Wendell Carter Jr.

12 Gary Trent Jr.

13 Mitchell Robinson

14 Duncan Robinson

15 Robert Williams III

16 Devonte’ Graham

17 Kevin Huerter

18 De’Anthony Melton

19 Jalen Brunson

20 Marvin Bagley III

21 Kendrick Nunn

22 Grayson Allen

23 Jae’Sean Tate

24 Jarred Vanderbilt

25 Bruce Brown

26 Shake Milton

27 Hamidou Diallo

28 Jevon Carter

29 Lonnie Walker IV

30 Kenrich Williams

Thoughts and explanations:

  • 2018 is the most talented draft out of the three in this article. 
  • I think Shai is the clear cut third guy in this draft class. BR had him below Ayton and MPJ, but I don’t think those two guys are ever going to be better than Shai. 
  • I had Collin Sexton at 6, BR had him at 10. I don’t care if some random advanced stat hates him, I’m taking Collin on my team over Robert Williams or Mitchell Robinson every time.
  • Due to pure talent, I couldn’t leave Miles Bridges out of the top 10. 
  • BR disrespected Gary Trent. Their argument against having him higher was that he was only really good at one thing. Duncan Robinson is only really good at one thing, and they had him at 12. I gave Gary the respect he deserves. 
  • I love that BR gave Drew Eubanks some love, but he didn’t crack my list. Instead, Spurs teammate Lonnie Walker takes his spot at 29.
  • Mo Bamba falls outside of my top 30. 2018 is a talented class, and Mo hasn’t done anything in his career so far that would put him over anybody on my redraft.

So, those are my redrafts for 2016, 2017, and 2018! I know that the redrafts aren’t a trend on Twitter anymore (I started this article while working on my top 100, so it wasn’t my main priority for a while), but I hope you still enjoyed this article. Do you agree with my lists? What would you change? Let me know! Thanks for reading, and see you next time!

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