This is an ideal re-running of the 2013 NBA Draft based on the performances of players from that class and their fits with teams as their needs were. Drafting never works out perfectly, but it is fun to think about what could have been.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
Well, this pick would be going to the Timberwolves, but Oladipo is better than Anthony Bennett, would be a very nice fit in Minnesota and should have gone first in the draft. Oladipo is a defender, a scorer, a distributor and an excellent two-way player with all-star potential.
Orlando Magic: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
Carter-Williams looks to be the best player from this draft and a multiple NBA All-Star Game player, but the Cavaliers have Kyrie Irving. Well, the Magic, which lacked a franchise point guard, would be laughing today if the team was able to get him here. He is an excellent distributor, scorer and rebounder, and can be one of the best point guards in the league. Carter-Williams would give Orlando the franchise player it lacks and give the team an elite point guard and center combo with Nikoka Vuvevic, who is one of the best young big men in the NBA.
Washington Wizards: Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke
Plumlee isn't the best prospect, but he is a perfect fit on the Wizards, giving them an athletic and elite third big man who can become a starter for them when Nene is a free agent. He is the steal of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
Bennett shouldn't have the designation of being the first pick in an NBA Draft, but that isn't his fault, and he is an excellent talent. Bennett is a strong stretch four who is a solid rebounder and scorer that can become a 15+ points, 8+ rebounds per game player. The Bobcats - now Hornets - picked Cody Zeller, who is solid, but Bennett is a similar player and just a better talent.
Phoenix Suns: Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece
A long, athletic, skilled small forward to play with Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic; there isn't a team that fits Antetokounmpo better than the Suns. The fit is just perfect.
New Orleans Pelicans: Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
There were a lot of very talented centers in this draft, and Dieng so far is the best. His problem was that he was 23 on draft day. Dieng is an elite shot-blocker and rebounder who is also a solid scorer. The Pelicans traded this pick for Jrue Holiday, but trades aren't part of this, and Dieng would be very nice with Anthony Davis in the frontcourt, just like Anthony Davis and Omer Asik, who are just playing excellent together this season. Davis and Dieng would be the best rebounding and shot-blocking duo in the league, just like Davis and Asik, plus be a lot cheaper. The Pelicans could trade Austin Rivers for Holiday - joke.
Sacramento Kings: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Isaiah Thomas had a big season for the Kings, but he isn't a pure point guard, so they decided to let him go as a free agent. This was a mistake, but it seems Sacramento would like a floor general instead of just a scorer, hence signing Darren Collison. Trey Burke was the best point guard prospect in the draft, and although Michael Carter-Wiliams has proven that he is the better player, Burke is still an excellent value with the seventh selection. He is a winner; a pure point guard who can score and distribute equally well. Burke was also arguably the nation's best player as a sophomore at Michigan. He would have given the Kings exactly what they spent too much money on Collison for.
Detroit Pistons: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G/F, Georgia
Hey, the one pick that actually happened. Caldwell-Pope is a starter for the second season, and yes, he isn't playing too well for the Pistons (who is?), but he was excellent in Summer League and has a lot of potential. He should become a key part of their franchise.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana
The Timberwolves were losing Kevin Love - it wasn't a secret. Yes, Zeller isn't the three-point shooter that Love is or the same type of scorer, rebounder, or talent, but he would give the Timberwolves a young offensive big man with the potential to become a strong starter.
Portland Trail Blazers: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
The Trail Blazers have looked for bench help for three seasons now but are still mediocre at best. Hardaway Jr. is a shooter and scorer who could have played as Portland's sixth man as a rookie in the playoffs.
Philadelphia 76ers: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Adams or Noel? Adams is a starting center on a contender (when healthy), while Noel has played four NBA games. Yes, the 76ers have this fun little flaw where they hate to win, but even they would take Adams.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
Noel is very talented, but a lot of the teams picking in the first 11 wouldn't draft centers, and Dieng and Adams, the two centers drafted in my No. 1-11 have showed that they can be starting centers, while Noel is still just about potential. However, he could be the best big man in this draft. The Thunder would love to have him (well, the franchise would rather have Adams), and he would be playing for a team that can get the most of his talent.
Dallas Mavericks: Alex Len, C, Maryland
The Mavericks started Samuel Dalembert when Len was a rookie and are starting Tyson Chandler today. Granted, Len isn't an NBA starter yet and learning from Chandler would be the best teaching he could get. Len is an excellent prospect; he just has to mature.
Utah Jazz: Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown
With Porter's versatile game, he would be a nice starting small forward for the Jazz and pair nicely with the versatile Gordon Hayward, Utah's franchise player.
Milwaukee Bucks: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
The Bucks would take the best prospect they can, which is McLemore. Yes, he is kind of a mess in the NBA so far, but he is an excellent athlete and scorer who can become a premier starting shooting guard if he puts his talents together. McLemore would be a nice fit with Milwaukee as the team could give him a featured role, plus he could be having trouble because he is part of a system of selfishness in Sacramento and isn't asserting himself.
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