Chicago Bulls: Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, So.
Original Pick: James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.
Hill struggled during his rookie season, but is the best power forward of the remaining candidates. Chicago used both of their first-round picks on forwards so that is clearly the way they go again. Maybe Hill has more success playing alongside Joakim Noah than he did being stuck on a Knicks team with no direction other than cutting salary.
Philadelphia 76ers: Marcus Thornton, SG, LSU, 6-4, Sr.
Original Pick: Jrue Holiday, G, UCLA, 6-3, Fr.
I thought Thornton would have been a good get late in the first round last year, but he fell into the second. Philly was one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league and Thornton's arrival would definitely add a shooter to the fray.
A second-round pick who cashed in on his opportunity when injuries forced him into the starting lineup. His athleticism and hustle would have been a welcomed addition to the re-building Timberwolves (who dealt this pick during the 2010 NBA Draft so technically, I am still giving them credit as owning the pick.)
Atlanta Hawks: Rodrigue Beaubois, PG, France, 6-2, 1988
Original Pick: Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest, 6-1, So.
Beaubois showed more potential in his rookie season than Teague did, and seems like a better future successor of Mike Bibby at the point.
Utah Jazz: Wesley Matthews, SG, Marquette, 6-5, Sr.
Original Pick: Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, 6-3, Sr.
Matthews was definitely better than the 20th best rookie this past season despite going undrafted, but only because he found the perfect fit on the Jazz. You don't think Jerry Sloan would take him in a heartbeat with this pick if given the opportunity?
New Orleans Hornets: Terrence Williams, SF, Louisville, 6-6, Sr.
Original Pick: Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, 6-0, Sr.
Hard to believe Williams falls this low, but he had an inconsistent season on the worst team in the league so it's hard to get a true gauge on where his potential lies as a pro. The Hornets need some sort of answer on the wing and Williams' versatility would be a nice fit alongside a healthy Chris Paul.
Portland Blazers: Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, 6-9, Sr.
Original Pick: Victor Claver, F, Spain, 6-11, 1988
Early-season injury issues got Tyler Hansbrough off to a rough start in his NBA career. He could have be a Juwan Howard-type player in Portland and provided depth in a frontcourt that was beat up with injuries last season.
Sacramento Kings: Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona, 6-7, Jr.
Original Pick: Omri Casspi, F, Isreal, 6-9, 1988
Budinger dropped into the second round, but proved to be a valuable bench player in Houston due to his outside shooting. Sacramento could have used him off the bench (remember Kevin Martin would have still been on the team) or they could have taken another point guard as insurance in case Rubio didn't come to the NBA.
Dallas Mavericks: Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, 6-3, Sr.
Original Pick: B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
The Mavs moved down one spot to acquire Beaubois which seems like a steal after one year. Pick Maynor as a backup and protege to Jason Kidd, and the Mavs still find themselves in a winning position.
Oklahoma City Thunder: B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
Original Pick: Rodrigue Beaubois, PG, France, 6-2, 1988
I still think the Thunder take the chance on a project like Mullens rather than taking an undersized potential role player like Jon Brockman or James Johnson. Even though Mullens is destined to be a bust.
Chicago Bulls: Jon Brockman, PF, Washington, 6-7, Sr.
Original Pick: Rodrigue Beaubois, PG, France, 6-2, 1988
Brockman's size and physicality complements their earlier pick of the lengthy and athletic Hill. By the way, I am pretty sure Bulls fans would hate this draft if it actually happened ending up with Hill and Brockman last summer instead of Gibson and Johnson.
Memphis Grizzlies: Sam Young, G/F, Pittsburgh, 6-6, Sr.
Original Pick: DeMarre Carroll, F, Missouri, 6-8, Sr.
Young was the most productive bench player for the Grizzlies this past season despite being a second-round pick. I think they happily take him here and get that same sort of productivity.
With four first-round picks, the Timberwolves take the best foreign player to stash overseas, and that is Claver.
New York Knicks: Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, 6-10, So.
Original Pick: Toney Douglas, PG, Florida State, 6-2, Sr.
The Knicks bought this draft pick prior to the first selection so they still get to draft here. Since they already took a point guard in Flynn earlier, they roll the dice on an upside guy like Clark who was a non-factor in Phoenix but is still a very skilled, versatile 6-10 forward.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, 6-5, Jr.
Original Pick: Christian Eyenga, G/F, Congo, 6-6, 1989
I still don't get why the Cavs went with a foreign player rather than trying to find a role player who could help out LeBron. Ellington would be a three-point threat and likely only see sparing minutes in Cleveland, but could still be a spark off the bench at times.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.