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September 8, 2011
Redrafting the NBA
Round 12

Basketball Prospectus


After Drew Cannon ranked the NCAA's top 100 players, we wanted to do the same for the NBA. In the interim, a host of player rankings popped up all over the Internet. So instead, we decided to try something different: Redrafting the NBA.

Over the last three weeks, Basketball Prospectus' four NBA analysts have been drafting two teams apiece for a total of eight teams and 96 players. We will be selecting players strictly on the basis of expected performance during the 2011-12 season, giving our own ranking of sorts--though one affected by positional scarcity and other outside factors.

Previous rounds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

89. Dan B - Jrue Holiday, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
If Holiday continues to grow as a player and passes Jameer Nelson on the depth chart, that's great for my team. If Holiday isn't better than Nelson by next season, no problem. Holiday can already serve as a defensive specialist who can guard either backcourt position.

90. Bradford B - Kirk Hinrich, G, Atlanta Hawks
Needed a fifth guard. Hinrich can fill any role in the backcourt on either end of the floor and, as the Wizards demonstrated last season, you can even get away with playing him at the three in certain situations. He might not like being a 12th man, but I'm fairly sure he won't cause any trouble. His Iowa prep background should overcome any poor habits he picked up at the University of Kansas.

91. Kevin B - DeJuan Blair, F/C, San Antonio Spurs
Blair seems good for a few nights a year where he dominates the paint and goes for something like 18 points and 13 rebounds. That's monstrous production from a fifth big man, so we'll try to utilize Blair in those favorable matchups and when needed.

92. Sebastian B - Louis Williams, G, Philadelphia 76ers
Going best player available here. Lou Williams is a guy just starting to turn the corner when it comes to being a complete offensive player. He can be both the primary ball handler/distributor as well as a shooting guard. Having him has the last guy on the bench and throwing him in there when the team needs a spark is a huge benefit.

93. Sebastian A - Rodney Stuckey, G, Detroit Pistons
This might be surprising, but Stuckey posted a solid assist rate while keeping his turnovers down, and that was on a terrible Pistons team with no true No. 1 option. Having him be the third point guard, and a big point guard (compared to Paul and Harris) could provide a nice change of pace.

94. Kevin A - Raymond Felton, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
Felton is very much in keeping with the spirit of Team A's point guards, all of whom are effective playing off the ball as a complement to Dwyane Wade. If Curry or Billups goes down for any period of time, Felton should be able to keep the offense running smoothly.

95. Bradford A - Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago Bulls
I can't ask for a better player to serve as my end-of-the-bench, fifth big man. Taj can keep up the defensive energy of my team, knock down a few midrange jumpers and throw down a highlight reel dunk on LeBron James now and again. Great character guy as well, which matters among your bit players.

96. Dan A - Grant Hill, SF, Phoenix Suns
I suppose I should draft someone capable of backing up LeBron James, and because I'm not convinced Monta Ellis can play well with others, I needed someone who plays both wing positions. Hill's defense, improved three-point shooting and ability to run with Steve Nash gave him a slight edge over a large group of players I considered--DeMar DeRozan, Caron Butler, Tayshaun Prince, Shane Battier, John Salmons, Stephen Jackson, Brandon Roy, Ron Artest and O.J. Mayo.

Complete draft order

1. Dan A - LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat
2. Bradford A - Dwight Howard, C, Orlando Magic
3. Kevin A - Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat
4. Sebastian A - Chris Paul, PG, New Orleans Hornets
5. Sebastian B - Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks
6. Kevin B - Derrick Rose, PG, Chicago Bulls
7. Bradford B - Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Dan B - Kobe Bryant, SG, L.A. Lakers
9. Dan B - Pau Gasol, F/C, L.A. Lakers
10. Bradford B - Deron Williams, PG, New Jersey Nets
11. Kevin B - Blake Griffin, PF, L.A. Clippers
12. Sebastian B - Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs
13. Sebastian A - Tim Duncan, F/C, San Antonio Spurs
14. Kevin A - LaMarcus Aldridge, F/C, Portland Trail Blazers
15. Bradford A - Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
16. Dan A - Steve Nash, PG, Phoenix Suns
17. Dan A - Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies
18. Bradford A - Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics
19. Kevin A - Paul Pierce, SF, Boston Celtics
20. Sebastian A - Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
21. Sebastian B - Jason Kidd, PG, Dallas Mavericks
22. Kevin B - Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks
23. Bradford B - Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls
24. Dan B - Kevin Garnett, PF, Boston Celtics
25. Dan B - Amar'e Stoudemire, F/C, New York Knicks
26. Bradford B - Al Horford, F/C, Atlanta Hawks
27. Kevin B - Nene, C, Denver Nuggets
28. Sebastian B - Hedo Turkoglu, SF, Orlando Magic
29. Sebastian A - Tyson Chandler, C, Dallas Mavericks
30. Kevin A - Josh Smith, F, Atlanta Hawks
31. Bradford A - Luol Deng, SF, Chicago Bulls
32. Dan A - Chris Bosh, PF, Miami Heat
33. Dan A - Andrew Bynum, C, L.A. Lakers
34. Bradford A - Ray Allen, SG, Boston Celtics
35. Kevin A - Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
36. Sebastian A - Brook Lopez, C, New Jersey Nets
37. Sebastian B - Eric Gordon, SG, L.A. Clippers
38. Kevin B - Andre Iguodala, G/F, Philadelphia 76ers
39. Bradford B - Lamar Odom, F, L.A. Lakers
40. Dan B - Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs
41. Dan B - Rudy Gay, SF, Memphis Grizzlies
42. Bradford B - Jason Terry, SG, Dallas Mavericks
43. Kevin B - Serge Ibaka, F/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
44. Sebastian B - David West, PF, New Orleans Hornets
45. Sebastian A - Jamal Crawford, G, Atlanta Hawks
46. Kevin A - Andrew Bogut, C, Milwaukee Bucks
47. Bradford A - Tony Allen, G/F, Memphis Grizzlies
48. Dan A - Kevin Martin, SG, Houston Rockets
49. Dan A - Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies
50. Bradford A - Gerald Wallace, SF, Portland Trail Blazers
51. Kevin A - Chauncey Billups, PG, New York Knicks
52. Sebastian A - Devin Harris, PG, Utah Jazz
53. Sebastian B - Tyreke Evans, G, Sacramento Kings
54. Kevin B - James Harden, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
55. Bradford B - Arron Afflalo, SG, Denver Nuggets
56. Dan B - Danny Granger, SF, Indiana Pacers
57. Dan B - Joe Johnson, SG, Atlanta Hawks
58. Bradford B - Danilo Gallinari, SF, Denver Nuggets
59. Kevin B - Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland Trail Blazers
60. Sebastian B - Jason Richardson, G/F, Orlando Magic
61. Sebastian A - Marcus Camby, C, Portland Trail Blazers
62. Kevin A - Jared Dudley, SF, Phoenix Suns
63. Bradford A - Emeka Okafor, C, New Orleans Hornets
64. Dan A - John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards
65. Dan A - Anderson Varejao, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
66. Bradford A - Ty Lawson, PG, Denver Nuggets
67. Kevin A - Elton Brand, F/C, Philadelphia 76ers
68. Sebastian A - Paul Millsap, PF, Utah Jazz
69. Sebastian B - Kendrick Perkins, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
70. Kevin B - Kyle Lowry, PG, Houston Rockets
71. Bradford B - Marcin Gortat, C, Phoenix Suns
72. Dan B - Luis Scola, PF, Houston Rockets
73. Dan B - DeAndre Jordan, C, L.A. Clippers
74. Bradford B - Brandon Jennings, PG, Milwaukee Bucks
75. Kevin B - Nick Collison, F/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
76. Sebastian B - J.J. Redick, SG, Orlando Magic
77. Sebastian A - Thabo Sefolosha, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
78. Kevin A - Dorell Wright, F/G, Golden State Warriors
79. Bradford A - Wesley Matthews, SG, Portland Trail Blazers
80. Dan A - Monta Ellis, SG, Golden State Warriors
81. Dan A - David Lee, F/C, Golden State Warriors
82. Bradford A - Chris Andersen, C, Denver Nuggets
83. Kevin A - Omer Asik, C, Chicago Bulls
84. Sebastian A - Al Jefferson, C, Utah Jazz
85. Sebastian B - Gordon Hayward, SF, Utah Jazz
86. Kevin B - Mo Williams, PG, L.A. Clippers
87. Bradford B - Andrei Kirilenko, F, Utah Jazz
88. Dan B - Jameer Nelson, PG, Orlando Magic
89. Dan B - Jrue Holiday, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
90. Bradford B - Kirk Hinrich, G, Atlanta Hawks
91. Kevin B - DeJuan Blair, F/C, San Antonio Spurs
92. Sebastian B - Louis Williams, G, Philadelphia 76ers
93. Sebastian A - Rodney Stuckey, G, Detroit Pistons
94. Kevin A - Raymond Felton, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
95. Bradford A - Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago Bulls
96. Dan A - Grant Hill, SF, Phoenix Suns

Complete rosters

Dan A - Nash/K. Martin/James/Bosh/Z. Randolph/Wall/Ellis/Hill/M. Gasol/Bynum/Varejao/Lee
Bradford A - Rondo/R. Allen/Deng/Love/Howard/Lawson/T. Allen/Matthews/G. Wallace/Okafor/Gibson/Andersen
Kevin A - Curry/Wade/Pierce/J. Smith/Aldridge/Billups/D. Wright/Dudley/Brand/Bogut/Felton/Asik
Sebastian A - Paul/Westbrook/Turkoglu/Duncan/Lopez/Harris/Crawford/Sefolosha/Millsap/Camby/Jefferson/Stuckey
Sebastian B - Kidd/Gordon/Ginobili/Nowitzki/Chandler/T. Evans/Redick/Richardson/Hayward/Da. West/Perkins/L. Williams
Kevin B - Rose/Harden/Anthony/Griffin/Nene/Lowry/Batum/Iguodala/Ibaka/Collison/Mo Williams/Blair
Bradford B - D. Williams/Afflalo/Durant/Horford/Noah/Jennings/Terry/Gallinari/Odom/Gortat/Hinrich/Kirilenko
Dan B - T. Parker/Bryant/Gay/Garnett/P. Gasol/Nelson/J. Johnson/Granger/Scola/Stoudemire/Holiday/D. Jordan

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