NBA Draft Do-Over: 2008

How would the 2008 NBA Draft go if owners and GMs knew then what they know now?

Here’s my take…

#1 Chicago: Derrick Rose
The Bulls don’t want a mulligan. They are perfectly happy with their franchise point guard.

#2 Miami: Brook Lopez
Michael Beasley isn’t a bust, no matter what anyone says. But if the Heat had it all to do over again, they’d go with Lopez here, who posted 13.0 points and 8.1 rebounds in about 31 minutes of playing time.

#3 Minnesota: O.J. Mayo
I don’t think the T-Wolves would do anything differently. They’d still draft Mayo and trade with Memphis for Love. Why not?

#4 Seattle/OKC: Russell Westbrook
Likewise, the Thunder have to be happy with what they have in Westbrook, who averaged 20.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists in February.

#5 Memphis: Kevin Love
Like I said, this deal would still go down here. I don’t think anyone left on the board would convince the Grizzlies to take someone other than Love, whom they would once again trade for Mayo.

#6 New York: Michael Beasley
Danilo Gallinari didn’t do much in his rookie season to dissuade Donnie Walsh from drafting the Kansas State product here. He’d be a nice fit in Mike D’Antoni’s up tempo attack.

#7 LA Clippers: Eric Gordon
16.1 points on 46% shooting from a rookie off guard? Can’t ask for much more than that.

#8 Milwaukee: D.J. Augustin
Joe Alexander may eventually turn out to be a player, but if John Hammond had this pick again, I think he’d go in another direction. Jason Thompson and Anthony Randolph are possibilities, but how about Augustin, who posted 11.8 points and 3.5 assists playing for the notoriously hard-to-please Larry Brown?

#9 Charlotte: Mario Chalmers
With Augustin off the board, the Bobcats might have gone with Chalmers, who averaged 10.0 points and 4.9 assists en route to an appearance on the All-Rookie Second Team.

#10 New Jersey: Courtney Lee
With Lopez long gone and Vince Carter’s career on the downswing, the Nets might have gone with Lee, an athletic do-it-all off guard who shot better than 40% from long range, and averaged almost 11 points per game in February and March. Javale McGee, Jason Thompson and Anthony Randolph would be possibilities as well.

Honorable mention: Jason Thompson, George Hill, Anthony Randolph, JaVale McGee, Marreesse Speights, Kosta Koufos, Anthony Morrow, Nicolas Batum, Roy Hibbert and Luc Mbah a Moute

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