Re-draft’s are a fun way to truly analyze the strength or weakness of a draft class and see where team’s selected a future bust for a future star.
Bleacher Report recently conducted a re-draft of the 2020 NBA draft. The 2021 NBA rookie of the year LaMelo Ball leapt up to the No. The Minnesota Timberwolves were the 1st overall pick.
Ball was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with No. 3 pick, switched positions with the No. Anthony Edwards was the pick.
Jonathan Wasserman from B/R says:
” Anthony Edwards was a good pick for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was just not the right one. It should have been LaMelo Ball from the beginning, and it’s clearer after the third quarter.
Ball has flashed similar scoring potential (13.8 PPG, 43.6 percent FG) to Edwards (13.7 PPG, 37.5 percent FG), which was supposed to separate the original No. 1. pick from all others. Meanwhile, his elite passing has immediately translated to high-level playmaking that’s missing from Minnesota’s 29th-ranked offense.
At 19 years old, he’s among the top 10 in the NBA in assist percentage(35.0 percent).
Questions about Ball’s shooting and defense presumably caused Minnesota to pivot elsewhere in the original draft. But those concerns now seem overblown, particularly with his jump shot, as Ball is making 1.6 threes on a respectable 33.9 percent shooting, and he’s hitting 79.4 percent of his free throws.”
Check out B/R’s full re-draft here.