This week, SBNation is doing a What If Week. As part of that theme week, the NBA league site managers conducted a wild and crazy re-draft of 3 different draft classes...all at the same time! My head was spinning to be honest. I’m not super proud of all my picks, but I did the best I could.
No trades were permitted (there wasn’t enough time) but that was about the only guidance provided. For the purposes of my drafting, I focused mostly on best player available and ignored the makeup of the roster (in particular knowing how quickly that makeup changed from year-to-year).
Without further adieu, here’s the draft (at least the part that matters to Celtics fans):
First of all I can’t tell you how heartbroken I was to see Marcus Smart (correctly) be picked ahead of where the Celtics had a pick and to the Sixers of all teams as well! Of course, Smart would have wrecked The Process by winning too many games by sheer force of will.
But I digress. My pick came up and I went with Zach LaVine...who is pretty much the photographic negative of Marcus Smart. No defense and a natural born scorer. The hope is that he would be a weapon to put next to Isaiah/Kyrie/Kemba/whomever. The defense will just have to come from other places. I just hate the idea of losing the heart and soul of the team for a stat padding gunner.
I toyed with the idea of Capella but I think he’s likely a little overrated at this point. Nobody else really jumped out at me.
With the 17th pick I was a little happier picking up Jerami Grant for bench depth. At least he’s had a better career than James Young.
So, how’d I do? Any thoughts on my picks or the other teams’ picks?
Stay tuned for re-drafts of 2015 and 2016.