Every year kids from college are drafted into the NBA. Here’s what the draft order would look like if GM’s got to draft anyone in the NBA, not just college players. (These teams would be drafting these players to their team for many years to come, not just this year)
1. LeBron James (SF) – Some question how clutch he is, some question his competitiveness, but no one questions that LeBron is the best overall player in the NBA. He’s more valuable to a team than anyone else.
2. Dwight Howard (C) — Dwight Howard single handedly makes his team one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. He also has eight 20 point 20 rebound games this season. He’s tough to turn down.
3. Kevin Durant (SF) – Kevin Durant is the best scorer in the NBA. He’s won the scoring title the last two years, and is just 23. The only reason he’s third and not first in this draft is that the two players above him are much better defenders than he is.
4. Derrick Rose (PG) — Derrick Rose has not peaked yet, which is unbelievable for a player that has already won an MVP. He may not be the best point guard in the NBA right now (Chris Paul) but he’s just 23 and is still improving. Imagine how good he’s gonna be when he peaks…
5. Chris Paul (PG) — As mentioned Chris Paul is arguably the best point guard in the NBA right now. He’s behind Rose though because he’s three years older and isn’t going to improve as much as Rose will in the future. Paul does have a huge impact on a team though, a perfect example is the LA Clippers.
6. Blake Griffin (PF) — Blake Griffin’s upside is enormous. His offensive game is currently very raw, yet he still averages 21.2 ppg this year. When Griffin learns learns how some good post moves and gets his jumper more consistent, NBA watch out. Also no one sells tickets quite like Blake Griffin which is very important to some struggling franchises.
7. Dwayne Wade (SG) – Wade falls back to no. 7 because of age and injuries. He’s been struggling with a number of injuries this season, which has resulted in inconsistent play. Also Wade is 7 years older than Griffin Rose and Durant, so why pick Wade over those guys?
8. Kobe Bryant (SG) — Sadly the great Kobe Bryant is getting old (well… basketball old). At 33 no one know how many more great seasons he’s going to have. He may be getting old, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting his scoring. He’s a great scorer and shooter, and will likely be able to put up the amazing numbers he’s currently putting up for at least the next 3 years. Kobe is a great leader, and when crunch time comes there’s no one in the NBA who’s I’d rather have.
9. Russel Westbrook (PG) — Russel Westbrook is insanely athletic, and can do things at the point guard position that no one else can. The downside is that he’s often criticized for shooting too much and not passing to the other star his team, Kevin Durant. If Westbrook is on a team that fits his playing style, he could become a point guard very similar to Derrick Rose.
10. John Wall (PG) — Similar to Blake Griffin, John Wall has incredible upside. A change of scenery and a new system could turn this much hyped no.1 overall pick into the best point guard in the NBA.
12. Andrew Bynum (C)
13. Deron Williams (PG)
14 Kevin Love (PF)
15. Carmelo Anthony (SF)
16. Al Jefferson (C)
17. Rajon Rondo (PG)
18. Roy Hibbert (C)
19. Ricky Rubio (PG)
20. Kyrie Irving (PG)
22. Pau Gasol (PF)
23. Tony Parker (PG)
24. Brandon Jennings (PG)
25. Tyreke Evans (PG/SG)
26. LaMarcus Aldridge (PF)
27. Steve Nash (PG)
28. Paul Pierce (SF)
29. Dirk Nowitski (PF)
30. Monta Ellis (PG/SG)