NBA Draft: Re-Drafting the Class of 2012

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June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Damian Lillard (Weber State), right, is introduced as the number six overall pick to the Portland Trail Blazers by NBA commissioner David Stern during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Looking back at the NBA draft, many point out the obvious mistakes or great decisions their teams made by picking a certain player. Being retrospective is easy. As soon as you have the numbers in front of you, it is not hard to point out the biggest busts and steals of a certain draft class.

As we are slowly but surely approaching the end of the regular season, it is only fitting to evaluate this year’s rookies and inspect whether the players were drafted appropriately.

When a team drafts a player, there are a ton of considerations that need to be made before making the pick. In the days leading up to the draft, the common dilemma of immediate impact and future prospect constantly pesters the general managers around the league.

After almost four and a half months into the season, let’s take a look at where this year’s rookies should have been drafted.

Go to the next page to find out whether your favorite rookies should have been drafted top 10 last year.

(Note: The selections are made merely based on a player’s talent, impact and future promise. The picks do not consider the needs of the team that had the pick. For instance: Cleveland Cavaliers had the fourth pick in the draft but since they have Kyrie Irving, drafting a point guard would not have made sense. For the sake of the argument, we will ignore which team had the pick.)

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