The 2016 NBA Draft might go down as the worst in modern basketball history.
Most years can be salvaged with a minor redraft. This class, though, requires high explosives and a complete reworking from the ground up just to match up decent players with teams in need of their services.
Oh, there were some franchises that nailed their picks on the first try. Indeed, the top two selections in our reset of the 2016 NBA Draft will look familiar.
After that? Good luck.
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Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Actual selection: No. 1 overall (76ers)
Even with his injury, and even knowing he wouldn't play a single game in his rookie season, it's hard to see the Sixers picking anyone other than Simmons with the No. 1 overall selection. This pick was never about 2016-17, after all.
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Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers
Actual selection: No. 2 overall (Lakers)
Yes, Ingram has been underwhelming this season for the Lakers. Yet that's true for this entire rookie class. Los Angeles would still take Ingram with an eye on the future.
Now that we have the consensus top two picks out of the way, the real fun can begin.
Malcolm Brogdon, Boston Celtics
Actual selection: No. 36 overall (Bucks)
The Celtics saw firsthand on Wednesday night just how lethal Brogdon can be, as he clinched a Bucks win over Boston with a last-second, heavily contested jumper.
The 24-year-old rookie doesn't have a ton of room for growth, but the Celtics are just a piece or two away from championship contention. Adding Brogdon would be a coup for Danny Ainge's squad.
Ivica Zubac, Phoenix Suns
Actual selection: No. 32 overall (Lakers)
The Lakers arguably drafted the best player in the 2016 class, and he's not named Brandon Ingram. Zubac has outstanding touch, he's a solid passer and he has all the tools to develop into one of the NBA's best defensive big men. We're all-in on the L.A. center.
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Buddy Hield, Minnesota Timberwolves
Actual selection: No. 6 overall (Pelicans)
We're guessing Tom Thibodeau would much prefer Hield's ability to score right away to Kris Dunn's ability to ... not do much of anything, really.
Jaylen Brown, New Orleans Pelicans
Actual selection: No. 3 overall (Celtics)
The Pelicans would prefer to draft Hield again — and trade him for DeMarcus Cousins again. With their actual pick off the board, Brown is a solid addition to a New Orleans roster in desperate need of help on the wings.
Dragan Bender, Denver Nuggets
Actual selection: No. 4 overall (Suns)
Bender is the youngest player in the NBA, and he's just as raw as you'd expect a player with that distinction to be. In a few years, though, he could grow into a fantastic complement to Nikola Jokic in Denver.
Skal Labissiere, Sacramento Kings
Actual selection: No. 28 overall (Kings, via Suns)
We're assuming Sacramento still wants Labissiere in our redraft, but there's no way he's slipping to 28 with what we've seen out of this year's rookies. So the Kings jump the gun and take Skal before anyone else can.
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Jamal Murray, Toronto Raptors
Actual selection: No. 7 overall (Nuggets)
Murray has come on strong for the Nuggets over the second half of the season. He'd be a nice third option in the backcourt behind Toronto's All-Star starters.
Marquese Chriss, Milwaukee Bucks
Actual selection: No. 8 overall (Suns, via Kings)
An athletic forward who's more comfortable on defense than he is on offense? Yeah, Chriss would fit just fine in Milwaukee.
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Kris Dunn, Denver Nuggets
Actual selection: No. 5 overall (Timberwolves)
Dunn seems like a perfect pick for Orlando— just enough talent to tempt you but not quite enough to lift your team to the next level.
Taurean Prince, Utah Jazz
Actual selection: No. 12 overall (Hawks, via Jazz)
Since Prince ended up with the Hawks as part of the Jeff Teague/George Hill three-team trade, we're going to keep the continuity intact on this one.
Domantas Sabonis, Phoenix Suns
Actual selection: No. 11 overall (Thunder, via Magic)
The Suns are at their best when they're playing fun, free-flowing basketball. Sabonis' court vision and touch from midrange would be a great addition to what Phoenix is building in the desert.
Thon Maker, Chicago Bulls
Actual selection: No. 10 overall (Bucks)
In this alternate universe, the Bulls embrace their need to rebuild, draft Maker and trade Jimmy Butler to the Celtics for a stockpile of assets.
Juan Hernangomez, Denver Nuggets
Actual selection: No. 15 overall (Nuggets)
Hernangomez has flown under the radar this year in Denver, yet he's shown some flashes as a capable rim protector — and the Jazz could use a capable, long-term backup for Rudy Gobert.
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Guerschon Yabusele, Boston Celtics
Actual selection: No. 16 overall (Celtics)
The Celtics 100 percent still take Yabu in the redraft. If we tried to give Boston anyone else, Celtics fans would delete our entire Internet existence.
Wade Baldwin, Memphis Grizzlies
Actual selection: No. 17 overall (Grizzlies)
How about that? The Celtics and Grizzlies made successful consecutive picks in the real 2016 draft. Baldwin won't be an All-Star, but it already feels like he's been in Memphis for years. He's a quintessential member of the Grizzlies.
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Denzel Valentine, Detroit Pistons
Actual selection: No. 14 overall (Bulls)
The Michigan State product stays relatively local and gets to have Stan Van Gundy yell at him for the duration of his rookie contract. It's the stuff of dreams.
Caris LeVert, Denver Nuggets
Actual selection: No. 20 overall (via Pacers)
The Nuggets miss out on Jamal Murray in this redraft but end up with a solid wing in LeVert, which probably gives Denver enough clearance to trade Wilson Chandler before the deadline.
We'll stop there before this hypothetical spirals too far out of control.
Paul Zipser, Indiana Pacers
Actual selection: No. 48 overall (Bulls)
Listen: Paul Zipser has played well for the Bulls over the past month or so. That's a true statement. However, we're not going to pretend he's more than a rotational cog. Paul Zipser's existence is not essential to your NBA knowledge.
So with that said, let's put him in Indiana and forget about this whole thing.
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Patrick McCaw, Atlanta Hawks
Actual selection: No. 38 overall (Warriors, via Bucks)
What? You can't prove we have the Hawks selecting McCaw because his last name is a bird sound. And even if that were the case (which it's not), would that be such an awful criterion in this class?
We thought so.
DeAndre Bembry, Charlotte Hornets
Actual selection: No. 21 overall (Hawks)
Bembry is the kind of defensive-minded, versatile wing Hornets coach Steve Clifford loves.
Meanwhile, someone is going to have to break the news to Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, seen here staring lovingly at the Atlanta rookie.
Tyler Ulis, Boston Celtics
Actual selection: No. 34 overall (Suns)
Forget drafting and stashing Ante Zizic. The Celtics should keep up their identity with another short point guard who has a huge impact on the game by taking Ulis.
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Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Philadelphia 76ers
Actual selection: No. 24 overall (76ers)
If there's one thing the Sixers know, it's the NBA Draft. We didn't question their strategy at No. 1, and we won't question it at No. 24.
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Dejounte Murray, Los Angeles Clippers
Actual selection: No. 29 overall (Spurs)
All you really need to know about Murray is Gregg Popovich loves him — and Pop loathes most rookies. Remember his disdain for a young Tony Parker?
For the Clippers, Murray would be a nice backup to Chris Paul and insurance against CP3's possible departure this summer all at the same time.
Georgios Papagiannis, Philadelphia 76ers
Actual selection: No. 13 overall (Kings, via Suns)
Papagiannis is three weeks younger than Philly's actual 27th overall pick, Furkan Korkmaz, and the 19-year-old is already in the NBA. Were he still on the board in the draft, this would be the one pick where the Sixers made a different choice.
Jakob Poeltl, Toronto Raptors
Actual selection: No. 9 overall (Raptors)
How unappealling is this draft? Poeltl was a late lottery pick yet he's averaging just 2.7 points a game. Even with such an underwhelming rookie season, he still ends up in the first round of our do-over.
On the bright side, Toronto doesn't waste a lottery pick on Poeltl in this go-round. We're all about sliver linings here.
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Brice Johnson, Phoenix Suns
Actual selection: No. 25 overall (Clippers)
The Suns were determined to come out of the 2016 draft with a power forward. Since they missed out on both Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender in our redraft, Johnson will have to do.
Henry Ellenson, San Antonio Spurs
Actual selection: No. 18 overall (Pistons)
Ellenson has spent most of this season shuttling back and forth between Detroit and the Pistons' D-League affiliate — and no team makes better use of the D-League than the Spurs.