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What if we redid the 2015 NBA Draft?

Who would the Warriors end up with at No. 30?

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This week at SB Nation we’re doing a “what if” theme week. As in, What if Dell and Sonya Curry Hadn’t Decided to Have Children? and What if Patrick McCaw Weren’t the Greatest Player in NBA History?

I’ll have some more Golden State Warriors specific content on Friday, but today we redid the 2015 NBA Draft, to see how picks would change with five years of hindsight. With each team represented by a writer for their SB Nation site, we re-did the first round of the draft.

It turns out things changed quite a bit, though that shouldn’t be surprising. Of the 30 original selections, only two players kept their spot in the re-draft — top pick Karl-Anthony Towns, and No. 10 pick Justise Winslow.

Twelve of the original first-round picks dropped out of the first round in our re-draft, replaced by seven second-round picks and five undrafted players. It was a little bit of a harsh reminder as to how hard it is to draft, and how much we should temper expectations at the time. Three top-10 picks went unselected.

Back in 2015, the Golden State Warriors chose Kevon Looney. That pick took a while to materialize, but certainly looks good in hindsight.

I was hopeful that Looney would fall to the Warriors in the re-draft, since his value is much higher with the Warriors than with other teams. Alas, the Houston Rockets — the one team that has been repeatedly hurt by Looney’s tremendous defensive abilities — smartly picked him at 18.

Was this just to keep from letting the Warriors grab him? Possibly. If so, I can’t fault them one bit.

Alas, the Warriors ended up with undrafted wingman Malcolm Miller, who has played a limited role in three years with the defending-champion Toronto Raptors. Would Miller be an impact player on the Warriors? Quite unlikely, but he’s a career 39.3% shooter from deep, and 37.4% on high volume in the G League.

The Warriors can use shooters. The can always use shooters. That was my reasoning.

Here’s the full re-draft:

2015 re-draft

Selection Original Pick Re-draft Team
Selection Original Pick Re-draft Team
1 Karl-Anthony Towns Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
2 D'Angelo Russell Devin Booker Los Angeles Lakers
3 Jahlil Okafor Kristaps Porzingis Philadelphia 76ers
4 Kristaps Porziņģis Myles Turner New York Knicks
5 Mario Hezonja D'Angelo Russell Orlando Magic
6 Willie Cauley-Stein Kelly Oubre Sacramento Kings
7 Emmanuel Mudiay Josh Richardson Denver Nuggets
8 Stanley Johnson Montrezl Harrell Detroit Pistons
9 Frank Kaminsky Terry Rozier Charlotte Hornets
10 Justise Winslow Justise Winslow Miami Heat
11 Myles Turner Larry Nance Indiana Pacers
12 Trey Lyles Christian Wood Utah Jazz
13 Devin Booker Norman Powell Phoenix Suns
14 Cameron Payne Frank Kaminsky Oklahoma City Thunder
15 Kelly Oubre Jr. Bobby Portis Washington Wizards
16 Terry Rozier Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Boston Celtics
17 Rashad Vaughn Royce O'Neale Milwaukee Bucks
18 Sam Dekker Kevon Looney Houston Rockets
19 Jerian Grant Tyus Jones New York Knicks
20 Delon Wright Willie Cauley-Stein Toronto Raptors
21 Justin Anderson Cedi Osman Dallas Mavericks
22 Bobby Portis Delon Wright Chicago Bulls
23 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Richaun Holmes Brooklyn Nets
24 Tyus Jones Pat Connaughton Minnesota Timberwolves
25 Jarell Martin Trey Lyles Memphis Grizzlies
26 Nikola Milutinov# Willy Hernangómez San Antonio Spurs
27 Larry Nance Jr. Quinn Cook Los Angeles Lakers
28 R. J. Hunter Jahlil Okafor Boston Celtics
29 Chris McCullough T.J.McConnell Brooklyn Nets
30 Kevon Looney Malcolm Miller Golden State Warriors

In all likelihood, this redraft doesn’t change things too much for the Warriors, but I think you could make the case they fall to the Rockets in 2018 if not for Looney repeatedly putting the clamps on James Harden and Chris Paul when switched.

But then again, we don’t know what Miller might have done if given the Warriors spacing.

Who would you have picked?

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