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Choose Your Own Adventure: a look at the talent depth of past drafts

Who would be drafted where in 2002, if we all knew, what we know now?

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In preparation for the upcoming NBA Draft, I thought it might be fun to comb over recent drafts and try to determine exactly what type of talent we can expect to get on June 26th.  To do this, I looked over the drafts from 2002 to 2011 and wondered how those teams might draft, if they had the power of hindsight, knowing everything we know today.  I debated about this order, specifically with Peter J Novak and now it is time for you, loyal (or occasional) reader of slcdunk to chime in with your opinion.

We will start with the 2002 redraft and post two years every day until next Friday.  These redrafts are basically a collective effort by Peter and I to rewrite draft history.  Are we way off?  Do you agree?  Do you just need an online place to disagree and start an online argument?  You've come to the right place.

Note: Each of the redraft graphics were engineered by the insanely talented Amar.


Actual 2002 Draft Order

1. Rockets - Yao Ming

2. Bulls- Jay Williams

3. Warriors - Mike Dunleavy Jr.

4. Grizzlies - Drew Gooden

5. Nuggets - Nikoloz Tskitishvili

6. Cavaliers - Dejuan Wagner

7. Knicks - Nene Hilario

8. Clippers - Chris Wilcox

9. Suns - Amare Stoudemire

10. Heat - Caron Butler

11. Wizards - Jared Jeffries

12. Clippers - Melvin Ely

13. Bucks - Marcus Haislip

14. Pacers - Fred Jones