Are you sick of watching the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers end up in the NBA Finals every year? Do you crave parity and despise familiarity?
Then this is the re-draft for you!
Bleacher Report has rallied 30 writers, editors and fanatics to participate in the ultimate NBA fantasy draft. This is their chance to stake claims as the best general managers known to man.
How wild did it get? Imagine a world where Joel Embiid is stripped from his current burgeoning squad to start a new Process with the worst team in the league. Think about LeBron James taking his talents to a Kingdom we once thought he'd join back in the day.
Picture Lonzo Ball...exactly where you think he'd land—but much earlier than you might expect.
Creating a new league isn't easy and doesn't come without controversy. If you've ever done a 2K fantasy draft, you know what we went through...and you'll want to tune back in every day until Friday when we reveal our full 2K simulation results.
For now, we have Round 1 to get you started. Think we blew it? Know we nailed it?
Holler at us in the comments.
How It Works
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Before we dive into the results and analysis, it's important we lay down a few ground rules.
- The draft order was determined in the most sophisticated manner known to humankind: online randomized number generation
- All GMs are drafting with the 2017-18 season in mind. We're not building a dynasty. We're assembling squads for next season—and next season only
- Every NBA player and free agent is eligible for this draft (with one notable exception explained momentarily)
- All current injuries are healed; however, injury history and injury-proneness are relevant, knowing they impact current skill sets/ability to stay on the court
- GMs were responsible for making their picks in an allotted five-minute time period. They snooze? They lose. After that five minutes, auto-draft selected the player with the top estimated wins added, according to ESPN.com.
1. LeBron James, New York Knicks
2. Kawhi Leonard, Indiana Pacers
3. Kevin Durant, LA Clippers
4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunde
5. Anthony Davis, Atlanta Hawks
6. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sacramento Kings
9. Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers
14. Jimmy Butler, San Antonio Spurs
15. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
16. Joel Embiid, Brooklyn Nets
17. Paul George, Detroit Pistons
18. Damian Lillard, Houston Rockets
19. John Wall, Boston Celtics
20. DeMarcus Cousins, Philadelphia 76ers
21. Draymond Green, Milwaukee Bucks
23. Kyrie Irving, Portland Trail Blazers
24. Kristaps Porzingis, Minnesota Timberwolves
25. Klay Thompson, Memphis Grizzlies
26. Mike Conley, Miami Heat
27. DeMar DeRozan, Charlotte Hornets
28. Kyle Lowry, New Orleans Pelicans
29. Gordon Hayward, Orlando Magic
30. Devin Booker, Toronto Raptors