NBA Draft: Would Damian Lillard still be the 6th pick in a Re-Draft?
If there was a re-draft with no trades, would lillard still go 6th? Davis would still be 1st and there is no way the bobcats take lillard 2nd when they have walker and all these other wholes on the roster. 3rd and 4th pick seem like no brainers that the cavs and wizards wouldn't take him. That leaves the kings who I think would take him but he would of had an up and down season and wouldn't have won Roy. Playing on a team with tyreke Evans, marcus Thornton, jimmer, isiah Thomas, I'm not even sure he would have started and even if he did everyone who knows about the kings know that Keith smart has the worst rotations in the league and there is no way he would had played him 38 min. I'm not sure how many shots he would have gotten, but his role would have been totally different
At the very least Damian Lillard would've gone 5th if there was a re-draft. As you said Anthony Davis would still go first and Washington and Cleveland wouldn't take Lillard since they have John Wall and Kyrie Irving. It's possible that Charlotte may have taken Lillard and dealt Kemba Walker.
Your right about these teams having no need for a PG, so you can't blame them for passing on Lillard. If you could turn back the clock Lillard would absolutely go higher than 6. There several degrees of greatness in the NBA, and having someone who is one rung higher makes a huge difference. If the Bobcats had a chance to do it over I think that @220 is right- they would take Lillard and deal Kemba. If the Kings could do it over again they would deal Thornton, Thomas or Evans at a chance for Lillard.
It's very hard to judge how he will rank with all the other players after one season. Yeah Lillard by far was the best out of all rookies this year but keep in mind that he is 3 years older than Anthony Davis, MKG, Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond.
Charlotte, if there was a redraft, would select Drummond not Lillard. Kemba is a good starting point guard in the league and if he can make one more jump in his game like he did last season then the Bobcats will be set at PG. I dont think the Bobcats could get equal value in dealing Kemba so I think they would be much better off building around Kemba and Drummond and fill in the forward spots in this and next years draft.
Knowing what we know now, Drummond would make a strong case for Charlotte at #2 and if not, he would have gone #3 to Washington. Lillard then would have likely fallen to #5 or #6 if trades were not allowed.
But if trades were allowed, Charlotte might consider trading with Portland in swapping the #2 pick for the #6 and #11. I would assume Davis, Drummond, MKG, Lillard, and Beal would go top 5 leaving Terrence Ross, Dion Waiters, Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes, Meyers Leonard as the next next 6 to go and Charlotte would land two of those players. (not sure if T-Rob and Leonard would go that high in a redraft but they still have the potential in their favor which may get them picked in 9-11 range.)
Yea, I mean Lillard may be better than Kemba but at the same time I never really understood why some people don't like Kemba as a starter, he's very good and as Fritz said if he can make one more jump in his game, Kemba will be someone you can build around.
I have no problem with Kemba
in a re-draft i think the first 3 picks would HAVE to be davis,drummond, and lillard...anyone over those 3 are just bad picks IMO
So where does lillard go in the top 3?
I don't understand how you can say that so assuredly. There were a lot of great players from this draft, and you could argue that any of them could be taken above Lillard (Even if it doesn't seem too logical right now). Davis and Drummond are the two obvious choices, but Bradley Beal also showed me he's going to be a 10+ year vet in the league with his scintillating shooting ability (The guy shot .508% from three for the ENTIRE month of January). Those three mentioned I would take over Lillard, and not think twice about it. Players like MKG and Barnes have to show me a little more development, but I think they all have great potential.
Like mentioned by previous posters, Lillard is older, so his stats should look better than his younger draftees (just for comparison, he's older than Kyrie, John Wall, and Jrue Holiday), but here are some stats I found interesting about Lillard which no one ever brings up:
1.)Lillard led the entire NBA in minutes as a rookie. Obviously you can trust him with the rock
2.) Lillard played better on the road…for real, look it up, he averaged 19.2, 6.5, and 3.5 all on 43%/39% shooting. All better than his regular season averages
3.) He played better against Western Competition
Last year I had (not based on team need):
1) Anthony Davis
2) Harrison Barnes
3) Andre Drummond
4) Jeremy Lamb
5) Thomas Robinson
6) Damian Lillard
Wow, was I wrong on Thomas Robinson? And I should've given Beal more credit. I'm not retracting my Jeremy Lamb pick yet. We'll see. If OKC looses K.Martin, we'll see what Lamb's about.
Otherwise, Lillard is looking like the 4th best to me.
What kinda draft doesn't have trades?
What kinda draft doesn't have trades?