You know the saying, hindsight is 20/20. This is true in particular of the NBA Draft. Every year, general managers do their best impersonation of Nostradamus by trying to predict which draftees will go on to become future All-Stars and potential Hall of Famers for their respective teams. But more often than not, the present is anything but 20/20. If anything, players are rarely ever selected in the order that they should be taken in. This means that overrated players are selected too early and underrated players are selected too late.
Logically speaking, the best players in the draft should be picked in chronological order. So, the first player in the draft should be a better player than the second, the second player should be better than the third, and so on and so forth. In hindsight, however, the draft rarely winds up this way. If anything, most drafts are totally out of order, including the number one pick, which should technically be the easiest pick to make.
For example, Anthony Bennett was selected with the number one pick this year, which shocked general managers everywhere because many felt that he could have slid all the way to the number ten spot. It is no coincidence that the Cavs have already fired the general manager who selected Bennett.
As the 2012-2013 NBA regular season quickly comes to a close, it is a good opportunity to look back upon this year’s draft to see who the top ten players in the draft really should have been, instead of what they really were.
This is a list of the top 10 players that were drafted in this year’s draft:
And these are the players that should have been drafted in these spots instead.
9 Portland: Tim Hardaway Jr. – 24th pick by the New York Knicks
8 Minnesota: Giannis Antetokounmpo – 15th pick by the Milwaukee Bucks
7 Detroit: Gorgui Dieng – 21st pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves
6 Sacramento: Ben McLemore – 7th pick by the Sacramento Kings
5 Philadelphia: Cody Zeller – 4th pick by the Charlotte Bobcats
4 Phoenix: Kelly Olynyk – 13th pick by the Boston Celtics
3 Charlotte: Nerlens Noel – 6th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers
2 Washington: Trey Burke – 99th pick by the Utah Jazz
1 Cleveland: Michael Carter-Williams – 11th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers
MCW busted out of the gate, leading the Sixers to a win over the defending champs and nearly got a triple-double in that game. This year, MCW has averaged 16.7 ppg, 6.3 apg, and 6.1 rpg in 34.5 minutes per game. Although the Sixers almost made history for consecutive losses in a row, their future looks bright with MCW at the head and Nerlens Noel on the block. And oh yeah, they own pretty much every draft pick next year in the second round. If the Sixers get some solid picks next year, like they did this year, they are going to have a great nucleus with their 6’6 point guard running the show.
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