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September 6, 2011
Redrafting the NBA
Round 10

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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 last three weeks, Basketball Prospectus' four NBA analysts have been 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 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

73. Dan B - DeAndre Jordan, C, L.A. Clippers
I wanted another big, strong defensive center. I had hoped Marcin Gortat would fall, but Jordan comes close.

74. Bradford B - Brandon Jennings, PG, Milwaukee Bucks
Needed a backup point guard to caddie for Deron Williams. Williams is big and quick, so I'll go with Jennings, who's slight and quick with plenty of upside. He can run the team alongside Williams for stretches as well. Jennings, I think, would become marginally more efficient if he weren't looked upon to be a primary scorer, which he certainly wouldn't be on this team. He's also underrated defensively.

75. Kevin B - Nick Collison, F/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
A great partner for Serge Ibaka off the bench who can play with any of my three other big men, Collison finally got his due during last year's playoffs, especially in a feature by John Hollinger that pointed out that, measured by adjusted plus-minus, Collison is not just a valuable player but a superstar.

76. Sebastian B - J.J. Redick, SG, Orlando Magic
For team B, I am going to go ahead and pick J.J. Redick. Redick has always been a good shooter and good moving without the basketball, but what makes me comfortable picking him here is the fact that he has really improved his defense, and he is one of the best when it comes to defending shooters working off of screens.

77. Sebastian A - Thabo Sefolosha, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
For team A, I am going to go with a defensive stopper on the wing in Thabo Sefolosha. The logic behind the pick is being able to use Thabo or Jamal Crawford off the bench depending on the need. Need some scoring? Put Crawford in. Need some defense? That's Thabo's job.

78. Kevin A - Dorell Wright, F/G, Golden State Warriors
In his first season as a starter, Wright established himself as a nice all-around wing. As compared to most guys who launch as many three-pointers as he does, Wright is an exceptional athlete, which helps him contribute his other areas. His length is a nice complement to Jared Dudley on my second team.

79. Bradford A - Wesley Matthews, SG, Portland Trail Blazers
To be honest, I don't think the A1s need Matthews, but he's too good of a player to pass over for the others left on the board. He'll back up Ray Allen and split bench time with Tony Allen and Gerald Wallace. Ray-Ray is long in the tooth, of course, so having a starting-caliber reserve who is effective on both ends of the floor can't hurt. I'm just not too sure how happy Wesley is going to be about this arrangement. The biggest hypothetical challenge of this exercise is balancing talent with chemistry.

80. Dan A - Monta Ellis, SG, Golden State Warriors
Ellis supporters love to say he could score much more efficiently if he had better offensive teammates to take some of the load off his shoulder. I don't really buy that. Ellis strikes me as a pure gunner. But at this point in the draft, I'm willing to chance it. If Ellis proves me wrong, he'll be a great backup shooting guard. If I'm right, Ellis will be glued to my bench.

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
41. Dan B - Rudy Gay, SF, Memphis Grizzlies
42. Bradford B - Jason Terry, SG, Dallas Mavericks
43. Kevin B - Serge Ibaka, F/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
44. Sebastian B - David West, PF, New Orleans Hornets
45. Sebastian A - Jamal Crawford, G, Atlanta Hawks
46. Kevin A - Andrew Bogut, C, Milwaukee Bucks
47. Bradford A - Tony Allen, G/F, Memphis Grizzlies
48. Dan A - Kevin Martin, SG, Houston Rockets
49. Dan A - Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies
50. Bradford A - Gerald Wallace, SF, Portland Trail Blazers
51. Kevin A - Chauncey Billups, PG, New York Knicks
52. Sebastian A - Devin Harris, PG, Utah Jazz
53. Sebastian B - Tyreke Evans, G, Sacramento Kings
54. Kevin B - James Harden, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
55. Bradford B - Arron Afflalo, SG, Denver Nuggets
56. Dan B - Danny Granger, SF, Indiana Pacers
57. Dan B - Joe Johnson, SG, Atlanta Hawks
58. Bradford B - Danilo Gallinari, SF, Denver Nuggets
59. Kevin B - Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland Trail Blazers
60. Sebastian B - Jason Richardson, G/F, Orlando Magic
61. Sebastian A - Marcus Camby, C, Portland Trail Blazers
62. Kevin A - Jared Dudley, SF, Phoenix Suns
63. Bradford A - Emeka Okafor, C, New Orleans Hornets
64. Dan A - John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards
65. Dan A - Anderson Varejao, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
66. Bradford A - Ty Lawson, PG, Denver Nuggets
67. Kevin A - Elton Brand, F/C, Philadelphia 76ers
68. Sebastian A - Paul Millsap, PF, Utah Jazz
69. Sebastian B - Kendrick Perkins, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
70. Kevin B - Kyle Lowry, PG, Houston Rockets
71. Bradford B - Marcin Gortat, C, Phoenix Suns
72. Dan B - Luis Scola, PF, Houston Rockets
73. Dan B - DeAndre Jordan, C, L.A. Clippers
74. Bradford B - Brandon Jennings, PG, Milwaukee Bucks
75. Kevin B - Nick Collison, F/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
76. Sebastian B - J.J. Redick, SG, Orlando Magic
77. Sebastian A - Thabo Sefolosha, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
78. Kevin A - Dorell Wright, F/G, Golden State Warriors
79. Bradford A - Wesley Matthews, SG, Portland Trail Blazers
80. Dan A - Monta Ellis, SG, Golden State Warriors

Complete rosters

Dan A - Nash/K. Martin/James/Bosh/Z. Randolph/Wall/Ellis/M. Gasol/Bynum/Varejao
Bradford A - Rondo/R. Allen/Deng/Love/Howard/Lawson/T. Allen/Matthews/G. Wallace/Okafor
Kevin A - Curry/Wade/Pierce/J. Smith/Aldridge/Billups/D. Wright/Dudley/Brand/Bogut
Sebastian A - Paul/Westbrook/Turkoglu/Duncan/Lopez/Harris/Crawford/Sefolosha/Millsap/Camby
Sebastian B - Kidd/Gordon/Ginobili/Nowitzki/Chandler/T. Evans/Redick/Richardson/Da. West/Perkins
Kevin B - Rose/Harden/Anthony/Griffin/Nene/Lowry/Batum/Iguodala/Ibaka/Collison
Bradford B - D. Williams/Afflalo/Durant/Horford/Noah/Jennings/Terry/Gallinari/Odom/Gortat
Dan B - T. Parker/Bryant/Gay/Garnett/P. Gasol/Johnson/Granger/Scola/Stoudemire/D. Jordan

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