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August 29, 2011
Redrafting the NBA
Round Five

by Kevin Pelton

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After Drew Cannon ranked the NCAA's top 100 players, we wanted to do the same for the NBA. In the interim, a host of player rankings popped up all over the Internet. So instead, we decided to try something different: Redrafting the NBA.

Over the next three weeks, Basketball Prospectus' four NBA analysts will be drafting two teams apiece for a total of eight teams and 96 players. We will be selecting players strictly on the basis of expected performance during the 2011-12 season, giving our own ranking of sorts--though one affected by positional scarcity and other outside factors.

Previous rounds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

33. Dan A - Andrew Bynum, C, L.A. Lakers
I had two options here: Bynum and Andre Iguodala. Iguodala would've fortified the team's fast break, which would've made Steve Nash even more valuable. But Chris Bosh and Zach Randolph can't play together in many matchups. Bynum will replace one of those two power forwards against the Dwight Howard-types

34. Bradford A - Ray Allen, SG, Boston Celtics
I need a sharpshooter and, despite all the mileage, Allen can provide that and more. We've already seen that a team can win a title with a backcourt of Rondo and Allen. We've seen that Allen can function well defensively in the right environment and I think this roster provides that. Despite his age, for one year Ray Ray is the perfect guy for my squad.

35. Kevin A - Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
If you were envisioning an ideal scenario for Curry, I think this team might be it. He's paired in the backcourt with Dwyane Wade, who can assist with ballhandling duties at times and crossmatch against certain quick guards. That allows me to take advantage of Curry's perimeter sharpshooting to space the floor and keep defenses honest.

36. Sebastian A - Brook Lopez, C, New Jersey Nets
I'm building team A into a pick-and-roll team, so it helps to have a five who can play in the pick-and-roll very well. Lopez is also another valuable option on the block, and I think his offensive skills negate the fact that he doesn't rebound the ball much. To be fair, I did want Bynum, but he got snagged before my pick.

37. Sebastian B - Eric Gordon, SG, L.A. Clippers
I am going to round out my starting five with someone who has a little youthfully energy, Eric Gordon. I'm going to be playing Ginobili at the three spot, so I need a shooting guard, and Gordon is probably the best out of the remaining guys. It helps that he is a very good spot-up shooter and he's a guy who can attack the rack as well.

38. Kevin B - Andre Iguodala, G/F, Philadelphia 76ers
I'm picking Iguodala as my sixth man. I don't think he's a great fit with my starting lineup, which needs outside shooting more than playmaking. However, I think Iguodala can play with either Derrick Rose or Carmelo Anthony and have a significant advantage over other second units. He can also finish games at either wing position as a stopper depending on matchups.

39. Bradford B - Lamar Odom, F, L.A. Lakers
This squad needs a two-guard, but I don't like the top candidates in terms of draft slot value or fit with squad. Odom gives me a proven record of productivity off the bench and of course is one of the most versatile big men in the league. He'll anchor my second unit.

40. Dan B - Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs
Admittedly, I've tended to draft the best player available regardless of fit. That's why I'm so glad Parker is available. Once again, I think I got the best player on the board, but Parker is versatile enough to play in any system. That it easier to justify my previous picks and keep drafting this way.

Complete draft order

1. Dan A - LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat
2. Bradford A - Dwight Howard, C, Orlando Magic
3. Kevin A - Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat
4. Sebastian A - Chris Paul, PG, New Orleans Hornets
5. Sebastian B - Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks
6. Kevin B - Derrick Rose, PG, Chicago Bulls
7. Bradford B - Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Dan B - Kobe Bryant, SG, L.A. Lakers
9. Dan B - Pau Gasol, F/C, L.A. Lakers
10. Bradford B - Deron Williams, PG, New Jersey Nets
11. Kevin B - Blake Griffin, PF, L.A. Clippers
12. Sebastian B - Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs
13. Sebastian A - Tim Duncan, F/C, San Antonio Spurs
14. Kevin A - LaMarcus Aldridge, F/C, Portland Trail Blazers
15. Bradford A - Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
16. Dan A - Steve Nash, PG, Phoenix Suns
17. Dan A - Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies
18. Bradford A - Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics
19. Kevin A - Paul Pierce, SF, Boston Celtics
20. Sebastian A - Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
21. Sebastian B - Jason Kidd, PG, Dallas Mavericks
22. Kevin B - Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks
23. Bradford B - Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls
24. Dan B - Kevin Garnett, PF, Boston Celtics
25. Dan B - Amar'e Stoudemire, F/C, New York Knicks
26. Bradford B - Al Horford, F/C, Atlanta Hawks
27. Kevin B - Nene, C, Denver Nuggets
28. Sebastian B - Hedo Turkoglu, SF, Orlando Magic
29. Sebastian A - Tyson Chandler, C, Dallas Mavericks
30. Kevin A - Josh Smith, F, Atlanta Hawks
31. Bradford A - Luol Deng, SF, Chicago Bulls
32. Dan A - Chris Bosh, PF, Miami Heat
33. Dan A - Andrew Bynum, C, L.A. Lakers
34. Bradford A - Ray Allen, SG, Boston Celtics
35. Kevin A - Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
36. Sebastian A - Brook Lopez, C, New Jersey Nets
37. Sebastian B - Eric Gordon, SG, L.A. Clippers
38. Kevin B - Andre Iguodala, G/F, Philadelphia 76ers
39. Bradford B - Lamar Odom, F, L.A. Lakers
40. Dan B - Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs

Complete rosters

Dan A - Nash/James/Bosh/Z. Randolph/Bynum
Bradford A - Rondo/R. Allen/Deng/Love/Howard
Kevin A - Curry/Wade/Pierce/J. Smith/Aldridge
Sebastian A - Paul/Westbrook/Turkoglu/Duncan/Lopez
Sebastian B - Kidd/Gordon/Ginobili/Nowitzki/Chandler
Kevin B - Rose/Anthony/Griffin/NenĂª/Iguodala
Bradford B - D. Williams/Durant/Horford/Noah/Odom

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