2001 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

2001 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

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2001 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

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The 2001 NBA draft is remembered most for one thing: It featured one of the worst top overall picks in draft history with the Washington Wizards selection Kwame Brown first overall.

Brown would go on to spend 12 seasons in the NBA, playing for seven different clubs in that span and averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds for his career.

Making the selection even worse in hindsight is the fact that the next two picks, Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol respectively, were also big men, but two who went on to have long, productive, championship-winning careers.

The 2001 class also features, along with the aforementioned Gasol, Tony Parker, who went 28th overall to the San Antonio Spurs, meaning the 2001 crop featured not one, but two of the best international players ever.

That year’s draft class was also rather deep, with other notable players taken that year including Joe JohnsonRichard JeffersonZach RandolphShane Battier and Gerald Wallace, as well as memorable Slam Dunk champion Jason Richardson.

There was also a guy named Gilbert Arenas drafted that year, who some of you may remember for the way his career ended, but whose peak included a campaign in which he averaged over 29 points and six assists per contest.

It may not be the best draft class ever (far from it, actually), but it was a solid group overall, one that featured at least two players who make a strong case to be considered for the Hall of Fame one day.

Below, check out the 2001 NBA re-draft, with the players taken in the order we believe they should have gone in.

No. 1 pick: Pau Gasol

Actual position: No. 3
Career earnings: $219,784,441
Career stats: 17.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.2 apg and 50.7 FG% in 18 seasons

No. 2 pick: Tony Parker

Actual position: No. 28
Career earnings: $168,282,460
Career stats: 15.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.6 apg and 32.4 3P% in 18 seasons

No. 3 pick: Joe Johnson

Actual position: No. 10
Career earnings: $217,536,875
Career stats: 16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.9 apg and 37.1 3P% in 17 seasons

No. 4 pick: Zach Randolph

Actual position: No. 19
Career earnings: $199,124,765
Career stats: 16.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.8 apg and 47.1 FG% in 17 seasons

No. 5 pick: Tyson Chandler

Actual position: No. 2
Career earnings: $189,644,026
Career stats: 8.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 apg and 59.7 FG% in 19 seasons

No. 6 pick: Gilbert Arenas

Actual position: No. 30
Career earnings: $163,061,257
Career stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.3 apg and 35.1 3P% in 11 seasons

No. 7 pick: Jason Richardson

Actual position: No. 5
Career earnings: $105,798,207
Career stats: 17.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg and 37.0 3P% in 13 seasons

No. 8 pick: Richard Jefferson

Actual position: No. 13
Career earnings: $116,883,643
Career stats: 12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 37.6 3P% in 17 seasons

No. 9 pick: Gerald Wallace

Actual position: No. 25
Career earnings: $102,825,613
Career stats: 11.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg and 46.9 FG% in 14 seasons

No. 10 pick: Shane Battier

Actual position: No. 6
Career earnings: $56,569,622
Career stats: 8.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg and 38.4 3P% in 13 seasons

No. 11 pick: Mehmet Okur

Actual position: No. 37
Career earnings: $72,935,000
Career stats: 13.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.7 apg and 37.5 3P% in 10 seasons

No. 12 pick: Eddy Curry

Actual position: No. 4
Career earnings: $70,058,770
Career stats: 12.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.7 bpg and 54.5 FG% in 11 seasons

No. 13 pick: Samuel Dalembert

Actual position: No. 26
Career earnings: $89,611,673
Career stats: 7.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg and 52.1 FG% in 13 seasons

No. 14 pick: Jamaal Tinsley

Actual position: No. 27
Career earnings: $42,682,093
Career stats: 8.5 ppg, 6.1 apg, 1.4 spg and 39.3 FG% in 11 seasons

No. 15 pick: Troy Murphy

Actual position: No. 14
Career earnings: $66,036,646
Career stats: 10.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 38.8 FG% in 12 seasons

No. 16 pick: Andres Nocioni

Actual position: Undrafted
Career earnings: $46,750,000
Career stats: 10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 apg and 37.3 3P% in eight seasons

No. 17 pick: Vladimir Radmanovic

Actual position: No. 12
Career earnings: $43,101,141
Career stats: 8.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg and 37.8 3P% in 12 seasons

No. 18 pick: Earl Watson

Actual position: No. 39
Career earnings: $42,771,079
Career stats: 6.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.4 apg and 32.4 3P% in 13 seasons

No. 19 pick: Brendan Haywood

Actual position: No. 20
Career earnings: $69,636,185
Career stats: 6.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 bpg and 52.8 FG% in 13 seasons

No. 20 pick: Bobby Simmons

Actual position: No. 41
Career earnings: $50,395,842
Career stats: 9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 39.6 3P% in 10 seasons

No. 21 pick: Kwame Brown

Actual position: No. 1
Career earnings: $64,227,908
Career stats: 6.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.6 bpg and 49.2 FG% in 12 seasons

No. 22 pick: Carlos Arroyo

Actual position: Undrafted
Career earnings: $20,209,555
Career stats: 6.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.1 apg and 33.8 3P% in nine seasons

No. 23 pick: Charlie Bell

Actual position: Undrafted
Career earnings: $20,073,783
Career stats: 8.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg and 36.1 FG% in seven seasons

No. 24 pick: Jason Collins

Actual position: No. 18
Career earnings: $34,604,846
Career stats: 3.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.9 apg and 41.1 FG% in 13 seasons

No. 25 pick: Brian Scalabrine

Actual position: No. 34
Career earnings: $20,126,688
Career stats: 3.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.8 apg and 34.4 3P% in 11 seasons

No. 26 pick: Maurice Evans

Actual position: Undrafted
Career earnings: $14,611,029
Career stats: 6.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.7 apg and 36.3 3P% in nine seasons

No. 27 pick: Eddie Griffin

Actual position: No. 7
Career earnings: $15,280,806
Career stats: 7.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.8 apg and 37.7 FG% in five seasons

No. 28 pick: Desagana Diop

Actual position: No. 8
Career earnings: $47,024,084
Career stats: 2.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg and 42.7 FG% in 12 seasons

No. 29 pick: Raul Lopez

Actual position: No. 24
Career earnings: $3,941,313
Career stats: 6.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.8 apg and 34.6 3P% in two seasons

No. 30 pick: Jarron Collins

Actual position: No. 52
Career earnings: $15,008,171
Career stats: 3.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.8 apg and 45.5 FG% in 10 seasons

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