Redrafting the 2018 NBA Draft

It's time to revisit a class that is shaping up to be something special.

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Every year, fourteen teams enter the NBA lottery in the hopes of drafting a prospect to turn around their franchise. Almost every one of those teams will miss out on that prospect because the talent level isn’t as deep as scouts guessed. However, once in a blue moon, a draft class will be formed that will change the landscape of the NBA forever. Years like 1984, 1996, and 2003 rewrote the history books as we know it, and the 2018 draft will no doubt have the same impact.

Only three years removed from this draft, it has yielded two all-star starters and a litter of role players on playoff teams making deep runs. Some teams missed on 2018's draft night and some hit big, so with a lot of hindsight, here is what the lottery teams of 2018 should have done with their picks. 

1.) Phoenix Suns: Trae Young

Actual Pick: Deandre Ayton

2.) Sacramento Kings: Deandre Ayton

Actual Pick: Marvin Bagley III

3.) Atlanta Hawks: Luka Doncic

Actual Pick: Trae Young (via trade with Mavericks)

4.) Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr

Actual Pick: Jaren Jackson Jr

5.) Dallas Mavericks: Michael Porter Jr

Actual Pick: Luka Doncic (via trade with Hawks)

6.) Orlando Magic: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Actual Pick: Mo Bamba

7.) Chicago Bulls: Mikal Bridges

Actual Pick: Wendell Carter Jr

8.) Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton

Actual Pick: Collin Sexton

9.) New York Knicks: Marvin Bagley III

Actual Pick: Kevin Knox

10.) Philadelphia 76ers: Duncan Robinson

Actual Pick: Zhaire Smith (Via trade with Phoenix)

11.) Charlotte Hornets: Donte DiVincenzo

Actual Pick: Miles Bridges (via trade with Clippers)

12.) Los Angeles Clippers: Wendell Carter Jr

Actual Pick: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (via trade with Hornets)

13.) Los Angeles Clippers: Kevin Huerter

Actual Pick: Jerome Robinson

14.) Denver Nuggets: Miles Bridges

Actual Pick: Michael Porter Jr

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