NBA, NBA Draft / May 19, 2008 / 12:00 pm

2006 NBA Draft Do-Over

IMAGE DESCRIPTIONBrandon Roy (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

We haven’t done one of these in a while, so here’s a reminder on the ground rules:

(1) The idea is that while each team has the same roster it had at the time of the Draft, they have the added benefit of knowing how each potential draftee will turn out as of today. For example, the Blazers go into this 2006 do-over knowing that Brandon Roy is a future All-Star and potential franchise player, but not knowing they’d eventually land Greg Oden. As far as Portland knows, getting B-Roy means he’d team up with Zach Randolph as their 1-2 punch.

(2) You can’t predict injuries. Teams looking at Adam Morrison in ’06 would know that he’s something of a one-note scorer who initially struggles to adjust to the pro game. They don’t know that he’ll blow out his knee going into his second season.

(3) Potential still matters. As of today, we know Rajon Rondo has the tools to be a Top-10, perhaps Top-5 point guard in the League down the road, but hasn’t yet hit his peak. Teams looking at him in ’06 would know Rondo’s a 10-point, 5-assist guy by his second year, but — just like us — don’t know how much better (or worse) he’ll get.

(4) Lastly, you can’t predict how the rest of your roster will turn out. The Raptors had Jose Calderon in ’06, but since they don’t know he’ll turn into a borderline All-Star, might still be interested in a point guard.

All clear? Now, going into the ’06 Draft, Toronto had the top pick and was beginning a rebuilding project. Bryan Colangelo had just been brought in to turn things around, and with Chris Bosh already established as the primary building block, they needed a Kobe to his Shaq. Knowing then what they know now, that would leave Roy, Rudy Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge as the most viable candidates.

With that, here’s my ’06 Lottery do-over:

1. Toronto — Brandon Roy, SG, Washington. A foundation of Roy and Bosh makes the Raptors relevant in the Eastern Conference for the next decade (or at least until one of them wants to leave Canada). A definite upgrade over Jalen Rose and Mo Pete.

2. Chicago — LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, Texas. Before the great implosion of ’07-08, the Bulls’ one missing piece was a low-post scorer. It’s still an issue today, only now it’s just one of many.

3. Charlotte — Rudy Gay, SF, UConn. Coming off their second season as a franchise, the ‘Cats were in the mode of acquiring talent now and working out the rotation later.

4. Portland — Adam Morrison, SF, Gonzaga. After Z-Bo, their best offensive player was Darius Miles. Morrison’s local-kid appeal would also be good for marketing.

5. Atlanta — Rajon Rondo, PG, Kentucky. He’s not Chris Paul. Or Deron Williams. He might not even be Ray Felton. But he’s a talented point guard, which the Hawks didn’t need to pass up.

6. Minnesota — Randy Foye, PG/SG, Villanova. Some needed scoring punch and someone who can play the point to help KG.

7. Boston — Tyrus Thomas, PF, LSU. The C’s had no shot-blockers, and Raef LaFrentz was getting quality minutes up front. At this point they didn’t know exactly how good Al Jefferson would become.

8. Houston — Andrea Bargnani, SF/PF, Italy. Always desperate for a scorer with range to compliment T-Mac and Yao, the Rockets take a chance on the poor man’s Dirk..

9. Golden State — Paul Millsap, PF, Louisiana Tech. Doesn’t need the ball to be effective, provides defense and rebounding, and athletic enough to fit into Nellie Ball.

10. Seattle — Daniel Gibson, PG, Texas. Another shooter to compliment Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, and another guard to provide depth behind Luke Ridnour.

11. Orlando — Ronnie Brewer, SG, Arkansas. With Steve Francis beginning the quick descent, the Magic needed backcourt depth. We’ve since found out that Brewer isn’t exactly the 6-7 point guard he was hyped up to be at the time, but he’s still a solid starter.

12. New Orleans — Josh Boone, C/PF, UConn. Pre-Tyson Chandler, N.O. was desperate for big men. Boone is at least serviceable.

13. Philadelphia — Jordan Farmar, PG, UCLA. A true point guard that allows A.I. to play his natural two-guard spot. Otherwise Kevin Ollie is taking the reigns.

14. Utah — J.J. Redick, SG, Duke. As a team the Jazz shot 33% beyond the arc, with rookie Deron Williams (not even a full-time starter) being the only player connecting over over 40% of his threes.

OTHER NOTABLES: Rodney Carney, Hilton Armstrong, Jorge Garbajosa, Kyle Lowry, Leon Powe, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams, Marcus Williams, Thabo Sefolosha, Shawne Williams, Mardy Collins, Steve Novak, Oleksiy Pecherov, Patrick O’Bryant, Sergio Rodriguez, Quincy Douby, Saer Sene, Shannon Brown, Maurice Ager, Craig Smith, Dee Brown, Gerry McNamara, Allan Ray, James White, Rod Benson.

DRAFT DO-OVERS: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005

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  • Sam I Am

    Seattle would have been nice with that line up at Guard

    Toronto would have been very hard to match up in the East…

    I don’t much care for the others, weak draft

  • Sam I Am

    Celtics would have sucked again!

  • imung lolo upaw

    There is NO way Grabajosa is left out of the lottery!!

  • imung lolo upaw

    There is NO way Garbajosa is left out of the lottery!!

  • MoxWestCoastRep

    Wow, millsap is EXACTLY what the Warriors need! Damn!
    Oh and Chicago, how’s that Tyson Chandler trade working out for you??

  • D.I. Dollar

    Yo, that Houston lineup with T-Mac, Yao, and Bargnani would be sick.

    And Jordan Farmar playing the point for A.I. would be ridiculous.

    The top of this draft was week but there were a lot of late round gems.

  • Brado

    Anyone think Dee Brown will make it back to the NBA? I hope so…the dude is all around cool.

  • http://psinapticapotheosis.org Amar

    Dee is playing professionaly in Turkey right now. He may be able to make it back in the L if he doesn’t get injured (keeps his speed) and improves on his pure PG skills.

  • MSkittle

    Morrison over Rondo and Foye?

  • http://charismaproject.com Jeremy

    Holla! Blazers in the first two picks. Man I love that!

  • Brado

    Happy to see Milsap getting some respect…the dudes dope!

  • Myrie

    Randy Foye over Rajon Rondo.
    And Daniel Gibson is NOT a lottery pick. I don’t care how many 3pt’ers he hit in the Sophs/Rook game.

  • http://www.luckylester.com luckylester

    Leon Powe would be a good low post scorer on most teams. He’d get 30 minutes a night in Cleveland. Give the kid some love.

  • kobeef

    The undisputable rules of draft
    #1 You can’t teach height
    #2 You pick the most talented player, regardless of position.

    1. Lamarcus Aldridge – very advanced low post skills give the Raps the foundation for years to come and the second coming of the twin towers.

    2. Rudy Gay – He’s Tyrus with a jumpshot and playmaking skills. Rudy and Deng form the froncourt the Bulls wish they had today.

    3. Brandon Roy – Charlotte gets to keep Brandon Wright in 2007 because they already have Wallace and Roy at the wings.

    4. Tyrus Thomas – Tyrus fills in well beside Greg Oden when he finally plays in 2008 – making them the best young froncourt defensive combo in the west.

    After that I pretty much lose interest in this draft.

    Bargs is a 7 foot jumpshooter and not the guy who was supposed to be able to make his own shot

    Patrick O’Bryant might still turn into a useable centre but has been in pretty much the worst situation a big rookie could ask for since coming into the league.

    Ronnie Brewer would have really helped the Magic.

    Rondo is pretty much what he was expected to be – a fast playmaker who can’t shoot from outside.

  • miamiVIS3

    pretty good redraft some of those teams would be sick it’s crazy how long ago this draft seems i guess its cuz the league has canged so much.

  • dickey simpkins

    LaMarcus Aldridge is NOT a low-post behemoth. He is a superior version of Joe Smith, and most of his baskets come from jump shots. So, if Chicago drafts him, they still rely on Gordon, Deng, Aldridge, and Hinrich knocking down 15-20 ft. jumpers consistently to win. Also, Aldridge means no Thabo Sefolosha, who is a very serviceable backup SG/SF, who brings length and defense to a backcourt thats short as hell. With proper coaching, Tyrus Thomas will be a very good player in this league.

  • Blazer Fan

    dickey simpkins-

    Your analysis of Aldridge is wrong. Most of Aldridge’s points do NOT come off of jumpshots. In the latter part of the season he made an effort to grind in the paint, and did very well. You might know that if you bothered to watch him more rather than making your uneducated guess.

  • doc

    anybody on the Cavs would get 30 minutes.

  • Eric

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Boobie Gibson should switch places with Morrison. Morrison is the next Jiri Welch. His buddy Reddick shouldn’t be on this list because you never see him play, move Garbage josa man up. I’d move Aldridge above Roy because Roy seems at his ceiling while Aldridge is a beast, but they’re on the same team.

    Most of you haven’t seen Boobie play on a regular basis. Dude is fearless and hits big shots. Last years Eastern Conference finals he was avg like 15 and scored 31 in a close-out Game 6 against Rip Hamilton and the best defense in the league as a 20 year old. He not being in was the reason Cavs lost Game 7 this year. His big game and fearlessness will end up being one of the best shooter of all time.

  • D

    Garbajosa wasn’t eligible for the draft – he signed as a free agent. No credibility here.

  • Augie

    Kevin Pritchard (the GM of Portland) is a absolute genius! He landed the two best players in the draft. He basically set the Blazers up for a bright future with the 06 draft, and then the Blazers got extremely lucky and were able to get the best player in the draft in 07. Oden, Roy, and Aldridge is the best young trio in the league!