2012 NBA re-draft: Draymond Green, top 15 overall picks in hindsight
No. 1: Anthony Davis to New Orleans Hornets
Where Davis originally was drafted: No. 1, New Orleans Hornets
Hornets' original selection: Anthony Davis
A true No. 1 when taken with the top overall pick, Davis has lived up to the billing. He’s a seven-time All-Star and sure-fire Hall of Famer. If there is one knock on his resumé it is that he hasn’t been able to carry a team deep into the playoffs. That will change when this season resumes when he and LeBron James team up for the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.
No. 2: Damian Lillard to Charlotte Bobcats
Where Lillard originally was drafted: No. 6, Portland Trail Blazers
Bobcats' original selection: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
A prolific scorer with incredible shooting range, Lillard is a five-time All-Star and the leader of the Trail Blazers. Lillard wowed teams during the workout process and should have gone higher than No. 6. Playing for Weber State didn’t help his stock, but he’s proven to be one of the best scoring guards in the league.
Kidd-Gilchrist came into the league with a broken jumper. While he’s a strong defender, he hasn’t been able to improve on his scoring ability. At just 26-years-old, Charlotte waived him in February, paying out his remaining $13 million owed. He signed with the Dallas Mavericks for the remainder of the season, but his career is hanging on by a thread.
No. 3: Bradley Beal to Washington Wizards
Where Beal originally was drafted: No. 3, Washington Wizards
Wizards’ original selection: Bradley Beal
Like Davis at No. 1, Beal has lived up to his top three selection. With backcourt mate John Wall injured, Beal has taken his game to another level. He’s a two-time All-Star that was averaging over 30 points per game when the season was put on hiatus.
You could make the argument that either Draymond Green or Khris Middleton deserved this selection more, but Beal has elevated his game to star status over the last three seasons.
No. 4: Draymond Green to Cleveland Cavaliers
Where Green originally was drafted: No. 35, Warriors
Cavs' original selection: Dion Waiters
Green is one of the all-time great draft steals. Taken with the 35th overall pick, he is the defensive backbone of the Warriors' dynasty. He’s a three-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection and he won the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He also has three championship rings and plenty of time to win a few more.
Waiters wouldn’t work out for teams in the pre-draft process and magically climbed all the way to No. 4 in this draft. He somehow found his way onto the Lakers at the tail end of the season, but like Kidd-Gilchrist, his career is on life support.
No. 5: Khris Middleton to Kings
Where Middleton originally was drafted: No. 39, Detroit Pistons
Kings’ original selection: Thomas Robinson
Middleton took some time to reach his potential, but he’s now a two-time All-Star on the best team in the Eastern Conference. His ability to shoot from the perimeter opens up the floor for MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and he was an absolute steal in the second round.
Robinson was a complete bust. The night before the draft, the Kings were set to take Damian Lillard at this spot. When Robinson fell, they made the decision to go a different direction. It’s a move that set the franchise back a decade. Robinson hasn’t played a game in the NBA since the 2016-17 season, although he continues to play professionally in China and Russia.
No. 6: Andre Drummond to Portland Trail Blazers
Where Drummond originally was drafted: No. 9, Detroit Pistons
Trail Blazers' original selection: Damian Lillard
Andre Drummond is a walking double-double. He’s a throwback big and he has the third most win-shares out of every player from the 2012 NBA Draft. He’s also a two-time All-Star and the NBA’s active leader in career rebound percentage.
Lillard was a steal at No. 6. He’s an NBA superstar who has carried the Blazers all the way to the Western Conference finals.
No. 7: Harrison Barnes to Warriors
Where Barnes originally was drafted: No. 7, Warriors
Warriors’ original selection: Harrison Barnes
Barnes has made a very solid career for himself and he’s worthy of the No. 7 pick, where he was selected. A versatile forward that plays heavy minutes every year, Barnes is more of a third option on a good team than a top-tier scorer. He’s helped solidify the Kings’ rotation and has plenty of good years of NBA basketball left in him.
No. 8: Evan Fournier to Toronto Raptors
Where Fournier originally was drafted: No. 20, Denver Nuggets
Raptors' original selection: Terrence Ross
After a couple of tough seasons in Denver, Fournier has found a home in Orlando. He’s a high-end scoring option on an up-and-coming Magic squad. He was a steal at No. 20 and seems to be getting better with age.
Ross has strung together a solid career and he’s currently a teammate with Fournier in Orlando, but he hasn’t lived up to the promise of a top-10 selection.
No. 9: Jae Crowder to Detroit Pistons
Where Crowder originally was drafted: No. 34, Cleveland Cavaliers
Pistons' original selection: Andre Drummond
Crowder isn’t a star, but he’s started 290 games in his eight-year career for some really good playoff teams. He’s an above-average defender and a solid two-way player. Like Green and Middleton, Crowder has completely out played his second round selection.
There were major concerns about Drummond’s motor and work ethic coming into the draft, which is why he fell to No. 9. He’s proven the experts wrong and made a nice career for himself as a star rebounder.
No. 10: Will Barton to New Orleans Hornets
Where Barton originally was drafted: No. 40, Trail Blazers
Hornets' original selection: Austin Rivers
Barton was lost in the shuffle in Portland, but has settled in nicely in Denver alongside Jamal Murray in the Nuggets starting backcourt. He’s played well enough to earn a four-year, $54 million contract, which isn’t too bad for a No. 40 overall pick.
The son of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, Austin has had a few moments in the league. He currently plays minutes behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden in Houston. He wouldn’t get a top 15 call in a re-draft, but he wouldn’t fall too far below that.
No. 11: Terrence Ross to Portland Trail Blazers
Where Ross originally was drafted: No. 9, Toronto Raptors
Trail Blazers' original selection: Meyers Leonard
A solid sixth man, Ross has flourished since moving to Orlando. He can fill up the basket in a hurry and he’s carving out a niche in the league in the mold of Lou Williams. The Magic struggle to score on a nightly basis and they would be lost without Ross.
Leonard doesn’t put up big numbers, but he’s stuck around the league as a rotational player. He started 49 games for a playoff-bound Miami Heat this season after seven years in Portland.
No. 12: Dion Waiters to Houston Rockets
Where Waiters originally was drafted: No. 4, Cleveland Cavaliers
Rockets' original selection: Jeremy Lamb
Waiters should never have gone in the top four, but this draft was full of major mistakes. He still posted solid numbers and probably could have been selected higher in this re-draft if it weren’t for his personality quirks.
Like Ross and Barton, Lamb shook off a slow start to his career to become a productive NBA player. He’s a nice sixth-man and in this re-draft, his number isn’t far off.
No. 13: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to Phoenix Suns
Where Kidd-Gilchrist originally was drafted: No. 2, Charlotte Bobcats
Suns' original selection: Kendall Marshall
Kidd-Gilchrist has a lot of work to do if he hopes to stick around the league. He’s an offensive liability, especially in the modern NBA, and his history of injuries is another mark against him. Kidd-Gilchrist still is only 26, which means he still has time to find a niche in the league.
Marshall never found his footing in the NBA. He played in just 160 games over parts of four seasons. He hasn’t appeared in the league since the 2015-16 campaign and he currently works as the director of recruiting for the University of North Carolina.
No. 14: Maurice Harkless to Milwaukee Bucks
Where Harkless originally was drafted: No. 15, Philadelphia 76ers
Bucks' original selection: John Henson
Harkless is one of those rare players who impacts a game well beyond his numbers. He isn’t a great scorer, but his versatility and ability to defend multiple positions will have him in the league for at least another five years.
Henson never stayed healthy enough to gain traction in the league. He’s made a lot of money for a player that rarely steps on an NBA court.
No. 15: Jeremy Lamb to Philadelphia 76ers
Where Lamb originally was drafted: No. 12, Houston Rockets
76ers' original selection: Maurice Harkless
Lamb hasn’t exactly set the world on fire as a pro, but he’s developed into a solid scoring option when healthy. He’s currently out for the season with an ACL tear, but there is a lot to like about his game.
Like Lamb, Harkless is an NBA role player. There’s no shame in that. The first round gets really dicey after this pick, with players like Royce White and Jared Cunningham playing very few games.