The 2001 NBA Draft brought some great talent to the league. Although this is factual, most of these guys weren't drafted in the correct position. This is common.
In virtually all sports drafts, players are selected at the wrong time, and the wrong place. Some players in this draft shouldn't have even been drafted. Hint, hint, Kwame Brown. Brown was the first high school student to be selected no.1 overall, and was a horrible example of international high school basketball talent. He is one of the biggest busts in NBA history, along with a vast amount of other bums.
Seven international players in this NBA Draft, became All Stars. This was notably the last draft the Vancouver Grizzlies participated in, before moving to Memphis, TN. One highlight of this draft, was the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeiting their first round pick due to salary cap issues. They could have capitalized on a veteran in Gilbert Arenas.
There are many possibilities for this draft, but I have created a draft that I think best resembles the talents of 2001.
Without further a due, here is The Sportster's redrafting of the 2001 NBA Draft, because the original draft didn't go as planned.
Here is the format for the article:
Team that had the pick
Player that was actually taken.
15 Pau Gasol
Original #1 Pick: Kwame Brown
Pau won rookie of the year with the Grizzlies in 2002. His accolades include being a six-time all star, and a four-time all NBA selection. He has two NBA Championships under his belt with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He should have gone no.1 because of his incredible rebounding abilities, and high percentage shot. Gasol may the best Spaniard basketball player of all time.
Standing at 7 feet, 250 pounds, Pau is a tenacious big man, who at old age, continues to demonstrate his vast skills. He is currently 35 years old, and appears to be finishing out his career with the Chicago Bulls. He is averaging 16.9 points per game, nearly 11 rebounds, and around 2 blocks a game. Many guys regress with age, but Gasol is still a threat in the NBA.
14 Tony Parker
Original #2 Pick: Tyson Chandler
A stellar point guard and a four time NBA Champion with the San Antonio Spurs. He is a six Time NBA All Star, and an elite point guard. He is known for his stealing and assisting abilities. Parker, Duncan, and Ginobli is one of the NBA's greatest trio's, and know Kawhi Leonard is in the mix of things. Tony landed on a great team but many wonder what would have occurred if he was drafted where he should have been.
If Parker was a Chicago Bull, he maybe wouldn't have been so dominant, and the Bulls wouldn't have drafted Derrick Rose later on. No matter this, Tony Parker is one of the NBA's legends, and will be retired into the Hall of Fame upon retirement. These hypotheticals cannot really be traced.
Nevertheless, Tyson Chandler was a good player for a while for the Bulls and other teams including the Bobcats. Parker just would have been a better prospect to be selected early.
13 Joe Johnson
Original #3 Pick: Pau Gasol
Joe Johnson had a very successful career, primarily with the Atlanta Hawks. It took a little while for him to a force to be reckoned with. 2005, is the first year Johnson became a prominent NBA star. He is a seven time All-Star from 2007-12, and in 2014.
Johnson was just released by the Nets, and signed by the Miami Heat. Although he was just dropped, Joe has had a great career. In his first year with the Hawks, he averaged nearly 21 points a game. In 2006 he was on the 2006-08 Olympic Team. In the 2006-07 season he averaged 25 points per contest, and he was ranked ninth in the league in scoring.
He is a highly productive scorer and rebounder.
12 Zach Randolph
Original #4 Pick: Eddy Curry
He won the 2004 Most Improved Award on the Trail Blazers. After averaging nearly 24 points per game in 2006-07 and 11 rebounds, he was a threat in the league. He's a two time NBA All Star, and a one time All NBA 3rd Team member. He has had a long and productive career always averaging double digits (except for his first season). He also has a good shooting percentage throughout his years at about .500%.
He exercised his player option, and is currently on a $20 million contract with the Grizzlies.
11 Gilbert Arenas
Golden State Warriors
Original #5 Pick: Jason Richardson
What is interesting about this projection, is that Arenas did actually play for the Warriors. Except he was drafted in the second round, and Richardson in the first. A highly productive guard, who had off the court problems, his career was cut short.
In 2009, he was suspended for having a handgun in his locker.
Regardless, he was really talented player. He was a three time All Star, and the MIP in 2003. In the 2005 season he averaged 29 points per game, ranking fourth in the league.
He is similar to current day Stephen Curry, with his good handles, and ability to shoot and steal. Arenas had the nickname "Agent Zero", and was loved by fans of the Washington Wizards, whom he played for after the Warriors.
10 Tyson Chandler
Original #6 Pick: Shane Battier
Drafted straight out of a high school in Compton California, Chandler was an immediate big man threat. Standing at 7 foot, Tyson gets mad rebounds. He has a long list of accolades which are listed: 2011 NBA Champion, 2013 NBA All Star, 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, 2013 Defensive First Team, 2011 and 2012 Defensive Second Team and All NBA Third Team in 2013.
He is a lengthy defender, and wasn't necessarily picked too early by the Bulls. Chandler never has averaged a lot of points (11 at most), but he gets rebounds in the double digit range, and blocks. He shot a great .679% from the field in 2011.
He won the NBA Championship in 2011 with help from Dirk Nowitzki. Together, they were a big man powerhouse.
9 Gerald Wallace
Original #7 Pick: Eddie Griffin
Gerald's better years in the NBA are behind him, but he has had a productive career. His best tenure was with the Bobcats from 2004-2011. In 2006, he led the league in steals, in 2010 he made his only All-Star appearance. In 2010 he also was on the Defensive First Team, which is a list of the five best defenders in the league.
He is super athletic, and a phenomenal dunker. In the 2007-08 season, he averaged 19.4 points per game, 3.5 assists, and 6 rebounds.
Wallace's career high was 42 points against the Knicks in 2007. His stealing career high was 8 steals in Milwaukee in 2008.
8 Mehmet Okur
Original #8 Pick: DeSagna Diop
Clearly this guy should have been taken earlier than the second round. Listed at 6 Foot 11 inches, he has a great three point shot and can body it in down low. He is turkish and began his career there. His best years were with the Utah Jazz, and he was an All-Star in 2007. Notably, he won an NBA Championship with the Pistons in 2004. His best season was the 2005-06 season, in which he scored 18 points per game, 2.4 assists, 9.1 rebounds, and a block per contest. In the playoffs, he also was productive, notably in 2008 when he averaged 15.4 points per game, and 11.8 boards.
I remember playing NBA Live 08 with this guy, and he couldn't be stopped.
7 Shane Battier
Original #9 Pick: Rodney White
Battier retired in 2014 with the Miami Heat. He is known for his three pointers especially from the corner. He was an aggressive player who got rebounds, steals, blocks, and drew offensive fouls. Here are his accolades: NBA Champion (2011, 2013), All NBA defensive team (2008 and 2009), All Rookie First Team and NBA Teammate of the Year (2014).
His rookie season was his most productive year in which he averaged 14.4 points, 1.6 steals, and nearly 6 rebounds per game.
He is a Duke basketball legend.
6 Jason Richardson
Original #10 Pick: Joe Johnson
He is a two time slam dunk champion, and beat Gerald Wallace in one of them. He was on the All Rookie First Team, and the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP.
He is an athletic player, who can shoot the three. Richardson led the league in 3 pointers made in 2007 with 243. Holy Balls.
Jason was never an All-Star but at times looked as if he could have been one. In the 2005-06 season he averaged 23.2 points per game, and played a whopping 38 minutes a game. He is a fan favorite who electrified the crowd with his athleticism.
5 Jamaal Tinsley
Original #11 Pick: Kedrick Brown
He began playing basketball in New York City at Rucker Park.
Tinsley was the starting guard for the Pacers for nearly seven years. Never a big scorer, he dished out double digits of assists gamely. He was voted to the All Rookie 2nd Team.
In 2004 he averaged 15.4 points which is his most, and in 2007 he averaged his most assists at 9. Jamaal had a productive career, and he was surrounded by talent in Danny Granger and Jermaine O' Neal.
He had a quick tenure with the Grizzlies from 2009-10. He was then released spent the next year in the D-League.
He finished his career in Utah with the Jazz as a bench player.
4 Richard Jefferson
Original #12 Pick: Vladimir Radmanovic
He began his career with the Nets, and was fundamental in their success. Richard started for the Nets in 2004, and was a solid mid range and three point shooter. Richard looked unstoppable in the first half of the 2007-08 season. He was averaging 26 points per game, 6 rebounds, and a couple assists per game. He then passed Kerry Kittles on the Nets All Time scoring list.
His career was fruitful, and he averaged in the 20s in the early 2000s. Jefferson was a clutch performer and his finishing his career in Cleveland, where he may win his first championship with the help of King James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love.
3 Samuel Dalembert
New Jersey Nets
Original #13 Pick: Richard Jefferson
Being from Philadelphia, Sammy "Slammin Dalembert" was a spectacle for fans to watch. He's an excellent shot blocker, and rebounder. He deserves more credit than he is given, by fans from all different cities.
His most successful season was in 2006 with the Sixers. He averaged 10.6 points per game, and around nine rebounds daily. He was a hardworking big man, and helpful for Allen Iverson, and Andre Iguodala in Philly.
He now plays overseas in China.
2 Vladimir Radmanovic
Golden State Warriors
Original #14 Pick: Troy Murphy
A knockdown three point shooter, and he made nearly 40 percent of his shots. He was earned the NBA's MIP in 2003. Notably, his best season was with the Sonics in 2004. He averaged nearly 12 points per game. He is a two time NBA Champion in 2009 and 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was persuaded by Kobe Bryant to be on the team.
His rookie season he made the All NBA Rookie second team.
Vlad played on a handful of successful teams with some NBA Stars including Kobe and Derrick Rose. He is really remembered for shooting, and being clutch in doing so.
1 Trenton Hassell
Original #15 Pick: Steven Hunter
He was never a huge impact player, but he's better than guys picked ahead of him. He was never even close to making an all star appearance, but was a useful player off the bench, most notably for the Timberwolves. His best season was 2005, and he averaged 10 points, and played a large 28 minutes per game. I would have liked to see Trenton become better, but his career just spiraled downward. The thing is there's not a player better in this draft for this position.
Other than these 15 players, this draft was god awful.