A lot of things have happened over the last decade in basketball, with several guys making things interesting against most of the stars from the past, while others become major flops after struggling to adapt to the NBA.
Over the course of the years, we’ve seen major busts in the NBA Draft, with prospects struggling with injuries, inconsistency or lack of playing times, while other players that wind up being drafted late become very productive NBA players.
And one of the most interesting classes of the past decade came precisely 10 years ago, in that intriguing 2007 NBA Draft that gave us several of the players that are currently dominating the Association. So today, we’ll go ahead and redraft that class, choosing all players exactly where they were actually supposed to land based on what they’ve shown so far in their careers.
1. Portland Trail Blazers:
Original Pick: Greg Oden
Re-draft Pick: Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has to be, hands down, the biggest mistake in Portland Trail Blazers History after Michael Jordan, as they could’ve have the latest NBA Finals MVP instead of a guy that seems like he’s made out of glass instead of flesh and bones.
Now, 10 years later, Durant’s definitely one of the greatest players in the history of the game, a fierce scorer and underrated defender, an MVP and NBA Champion, posting career averages of 27.2 points, 7.2 boards and 3.8 assists on almost 50% from the floor despite being “too skinny” to be drafted 1st overall a decade ago.
2. Seattle SuperSonics:
Original Pick: Kevin Durant
Re-draft Pick: Al Horford
Well, the Sonics / Thunder can’t be thrilled about this, but with Kevin Durant already out of the question, the obvious go-to-guy here is Al Horford, the big man out of Florida that flourished as one of the most versatile forward-centers in the NBA.
Averaging 14.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3 dimes and 1.2 blocks per contest, the Dominican has made it to 4 All-Stars and is currently one of the best on his position in the Eastern Conference, leading the Boston Celtics alongside Isaiah Thomas to their first conference finals in a very long while.
3. Atlanta Hawks
Original Pick: Al Horford
Re-draft Pick: Marc Gasol
On the other hand, the Hawks would be delighted with this, as they already know what it’s like to have a Gasol and lose him, as they were the team that actually drafted his older brother Pau when he first got into the NBA.
Gasol is a former Defensive Player of the Year while also blossoming as a very versatile offensive player either in the paint or even from downtown, leading the Memphis Grizzlies to contention on a yearly basis.
4. Memphis Grizzlies
Original Pick: Mike Conley Jr.
Re-draft Pick: Mike Conley Jr.
For years, this pick and the Grizzlies organization were the laughing stock of the league considering how badly Conley was doing in the league during his first couple of years, just to become one of the best and more underrated players in the Association nowadays.
Conley has grown into a way above the average defender while also being a very reliable scorer and facilitator from everywhere on the court, constantly getting snubbed from the All-Star teams despite his averages of 20+ points and 6+ dimes per game.
5. Seattle SuperSonics
Original Pick: Jeff Green
Re-draft Pick: Joakim Noah
Noah had an awful year with the New York Knicks this season, but no so long ago he was actually one of the most versatile big man in the league due to his great basketball IQ and his outstanding playmaking ability for a center.
Besides, the Frenchman out of Florida was one of the best rim protectors in the league, winning the DPOY, making it to a couple of All-Star games and 3 All-Defensive squads as a member of the Chicago Bulls.
6. Milwaukee Bucks
Original Pick: Yi Jianlian
Re-draft Pick: Thaddeus Young
We all expected a bit more out of Thad Young when he first got into the league, but he’s still managed to be a very reliable option for teams in need of depth at the 4, although he was kind of a disappointing signing for the Pacers this prior campaign.
Still, the Georgia Tech product has leave career averages of 13.6 points, 5.9 boards and 1.5 assists per game despite not seeing that much playing time, and he could be a very interesting asset off the bench for a team looking to contend this upcoming season.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
Original Pick: Corey Brewer
Re-Draft Pick: Arron Afflalo
Afflalo has quietly been one of the most consistent and productive shooting guards whenever he’s played, although he’s never been a super talented scorer or defender, but that hasn’t stopped him from always leaving everything on the court to try and help his team.
Now, he’s set to have a lot of offers as a veteran presence off the bench, either to mentor youngsters or to provide some scoring in the second unit, averaging 11.3 points on over 45% from the floor through his career.
8. Golden State Warriors
Original Pick: Brandan Wright
Re-draft Pick: Jeff Green
Jeff Green has been one of the major flops the league has seen over the past few years, going 5th overall in this talent loaded Draft but never being able to actually live up to that hype that surrounded him out of Georgetown.
Still, his offensive talent can’t be denied and even if he’s never been able to be a consistent scorer, he’s a very streaky shooter that can put a lot of points on a heartbeat, and he would have thrived in a lousy Golden State team where he could hog all the shots.
9. Chicago Bulls
Original Pick: Joakim Noah
Re-draft Pick: Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler’s career has been plagued with constant injuries and nagging pains, but he’s been a huge stud whenever he’s been actually healthy and capable of lacing them up, showing great versatility due to his ability to shift from the 2 to even the 4.
Besides, he’s an underrated scorer and even a pesky defender, although he’s never shined in that particular area, posting career averages of 14 points, 5.5 boards and 1.8 dimes per game in over 44% from the floor.
10. Sacramento Kings
Original Pick: Spencer Hawes
Re-draft Pick: Corey Brewer
Brewer was never known for his offense, but his defense on the backcourt and the wing has always been off the charts, being a very productive player any time he’s been called to step up for his squad.
In fact, it’s kind of surprising that he has only surpassed the 24 minutes per game barrier twice in his career considering how good of a defender he is, winning the 2011 Championship with the Mavs with a very modest role on Carlisle’s team.
11. Atlanta Hawks
Original Pick: Acie Law
Re-draft Pick: Glen Davis
This big guy seemed like he was poised for stardom thanks to his outstanding and dominant physique, but he never actually became a productive member of a team, and he’s not even in the league anymore. Still, averaging 8 points and just over 4.4 boards per game, he became a part of the 2008 NBA Champions squad.
12. Philadelphia 76ers
Original Pick: Thaddeus Young
Re-draft Pick: Ramon Sessions
Sessions has always been a very reliable backup point guard as an instant offense kind of player, although his lack of defense has also always been a major liability. Still, being a more than capable pg to lead the second unit, he’s managed to stay in the league averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 boards and 4.1 assists per game in just over 23 minutes per game.
13. New Orleans Pelicans
Original Pick: Julian Wright
Re-draft Pick: Jared Dudley
The veteran forward has never amazed with athleticism or ability, but his craftiness and leadership has never been doubted. Besides, he was a quite reliable scorer from beyond the arc at some point of his career, and now he’s called to mentor the young talents of the Phoenix Suns during his second stint at the desert, averaging 8.3 points and 3.4 boards through his career on 46.8/ from the field and almost 40% from downtown.
14. Los Angeles Clippers
Original Pick: Al Thornton
Re-draft Pick: Carl Landry
Landry got off to an incredible start of his career, even making it to the All-Rookie squad as a very interesting prospect at the 4, but his development stalled and he’s not even in the Association anymore. Still, the veteran left career averages of over 10 points and almost 5 boards per contest in more than 53% from the court.
15. Detroit Pistons
Original Pick: Rodney Stuckey
Re-draft Pick: Rodney Stuckey
Another member of the All-Rookie squad is picked just next, as we believe Stuckey should be on the very same spot as he was during this draft. Rodney has never been a good defender, but he’s a streaky shooter with 6th man of the year potential at this stage of his career, averaging 12.6 points and almost 4 dimes per game on 42% from the field.
Original Pick: Nick Young
Re-draft Pick: Tiago Splitter
Splitter came into the league as one of the best international talents in the world at the time as a very dominant two way center out of Brazil, and he actually became a very important member of the 2014 NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs locking down the paint alongside Tim Duncan. Struggling with injuries, his best years are far behind him, averaging 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
17. Brooklyn Nets
Original Pick: Sean Williams
Re-draft Pick: Marco Belinelli
Belinelli’s also a Champion as a member of the 2014 Spurs, being one of the most reliable scorers from beyond the arc in the recent history of the league as a member of the Warriors, Raptors, Hornets, Bulls, Spurs, Kings and Hornets, averaging 9.6 points and 1.7 assists per game in 42.5% from the court.
18. Golden State Warriors
Original Pick: Marco Belinelli
Re-draft Pick: Nick Young
Well, Nick Young recently committed to play for the defending champions, but they could’ve have him over 10 years ago, and perhaps he wouldn’t be the active player with more defeats in the NBA as he currently is. A streaky shooter and not much more, Swaggy P has averaged 12 points, 2 boards and 1 dime per game in over 37% from three point land.
19. Los Angeles Lakers
Original Pick: Jarvis Crittenton
Re-draft Pick: Spencer Hawes
Hawes made a name for himself as nothing more than a big guy who could shoot from downtown, and even considering how much that’s valued in today’s NBA, he’s never managed to be a consistent scorer or a productive player in any other aspect of the game, and he barely sees some playing time at this point of his career as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
20. Philadelphia 76ers
Original Pick: Jason Smith
Re-draft Pick: Aaron Brooks
Brooks is a Nate Robinson type of player, a guy that can shoot lights out on any given night and mess everybody’s plans, but that can also go 0-10 the very next night. Besides, his lack of size and strength made him a huge liability on defense. Still, he managed to win the 09-10 Most Improved Player of the Year and has career averages of 10.1 points and 3.1 helpers per contest on over 41% from the floor.
21. Miami Heat
Original Pick: Daequan Cook
Re-draft Pick: Brandan Wright
Well, Wright has always been a very productive backup big guy and has even managed to step up when one of the main guys have struggled with injuries, being a guy that’s willing to do what’s best for the team and take a hard hit if needed. Now, as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, he’s averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 boards per game through his 9 year NBA career.
22. Charlotte Hornets
Original Pick: Jared Dudley
Re-draft Pick: Greg Oden
Nobody could blame a team for taking a vow of confidence on Greg Oden considering how much of a beast he looked like he’d become. Playing just over 100 games through his NBA Career as a member of the Blazers and the Heat, Oden averaged 8 points and 6.2 boards per game in just over 19 minutes per night.
23. New York Knicks
Original Pick: Wilson Chandler
Re-draft Pick: Josh McRoberts
McRoberts was playing the best ball of his career when he switched sides to become a member of the post-LeBron Miami Heat, but he’s never been able to shake off his constant injuries and now Riley’s just trying to get rid of him after that huge paycheck he handed him. Averaging 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 34.1% from beyond the arc, it’s pretty safe to say that this guy’s career most likely over at this point.
24. Portland Trail Blazers
Original Pick: Rudy Fernandez
Re-draft Pick: Aaron Gray
Rudy Fernandez was an incredibly talented player out of Spain, but he wasn’t comfortable while doing his transition to the NBA, so instead the Blazers should’ve gone with Gray, the best available talent, although his NBA journey only lasted for 6 seasons, leaving career averages of 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds at center.
25. Utah Jazz
Original Pick: Morris Almond
Re-draft Pick: Al Thornton
Thornton’s NBA career was a major flop that only lasted 3 years, playing for the same number of teams and making it to the All-Rookie squad during his first campaign, averaging 11.9 points and 4.2 boards per game at both forward spots.
26. Houston Rockets
Original Pick: Aaron Brooks
Re-draft Pick: Joel Anthony
The big man out of Canada has won a couple of Championships despite barely seeing any playing time whatsoever, as a guy that’s not good at pretty much any aspect of the game. Averaging 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, Anthony has just been a very lucky guy in the right place at the right time.
27. Detroit Pistons
Original Pick: Arron Afflalo
Re-draft Pick: Anthony Tolliver
Tolliver’s NBA career started on 2009 and since then, he’s been on 9 different teams, struggling to find consistency and some actual playing time. Averaging 6.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game, this mediocre shooter could just retire and nobody would even notice.
28. San Antonio Spurs
Original Pick: Tiago Splitter
Re-draft Pick: Jason Smith
This 7 footer is pretty much a waste of an outstanding physique, although he could be a very streaky scorer on any given night but lacks aggressiveness and explosiveness, averaging 6.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in just over 500 career games.
29. Phoenix Suns
Original Pick: Alando Tucker
Re-draft Pick: Daequan Cook
The chef stayed in the league for 5 seasons playing for 4 different teams, being a very inconsistent player on offense while playing no defense whatsoever. Having his last season as a Bull, Cook left career averages of 6.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
30. Portland Trail Blazers
Original Pick: Petteri Koponen
Re-draft Pick: Dominic McGuire
McGuire was just another player that couldn’t last for long in the Association, playing for the Wizards, Kings, Bobcats, Warriors, Raptors, Hornets and Pacers in just 5 years, averaging 2.7 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 dimes per game in 41.1% from the floor and an embarrassing 18.8% from three.