2008 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love

2008 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

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2008 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

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When discussing who should be the No. 1 pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, there was a Derrick Rose camp and a (way smaller) Michael Beasley camp. That became especially true after the NCAA Tournament, where Rose shone spectacularly, taking his Memphis squad to the title game while Beasley’s Kansas State team lost in the Round of 32.

As it turns out, though, both sides of that debate were wrong… although not to the same extent.

Rose went on to become an NBA MVP and three-time All-Star before injuries derailed his prime. Beasley, meanwhile, turned out to be a pretty big bust, averaging more than 14.8 points in a season just once and failing to win anything of note besides a spot in the 2009 All-Rookie 1st Team.

That draft actually turned out to be rather loaded, with Russell Westbrook leading the way, and top-notch bigs Kevin Love, De’Andre Jordan and Brook Lopez turning out to be studs.

Below, we re-draft the 2008 class the way it should have gone.

No. 1 pick: Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards

Actual position: No. 4
Career earnings: $247,545,187
Career stats: 23.2 ppg, 8.5 apg, 7.4 rpg, 1.7 spg, 43.7 FG%, 30.5 3P%

No. 2 pick: Kevin Love

Actual position: No. 5
Career earnings: $206,711,556
Career stats: 18.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 44.2 FG%, 37.0 3P%

No. 3 pick: Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose, New York Knicks

Actual position: No. 1
Career earnings: $136,571,276
Career stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.3 rpg, 45.7 FG%, 31.1 3P%

No. 4 pick: DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan

Actual position: No. 35
Career earnings: $151,831,364
Career stats: 9.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 67.4 FG%

No. 5 pick: Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka, Los Angeles Clippers

Actual position: No. 24
Career earnings: $129,123,661
Career stats: 12.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 51.4 FG%, 35.9 3P%

No. 6 pick: Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic

Actual position: No. 45
Career earnings: $133,118,250
Career stats: 13.9 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.1 rpg, 46.2 FG%, 36.4 3P%

No. 7 pick: Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

Actual position: No. 10
Career earnings: $145,565,467
Career stats: 16.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 49.4 FG%, 34.0 3P%

No. 8 pick: Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari

Actual position: No. 6
Career earnings: $157,210,814
Career stats: 15.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 42.7 FG%, 38.2 3P%

No. 9 pick: George Hill

George Hill

Actual position: No. 26
Career earnings: $104,055,909
Career stats: 11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 45.8 FG%, 38.4 3P%

No. 10 pick: Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum

Actual position: No. 25
Career earnings: $156,110,822
Career stats: 11.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 43.6 FG%, 36.0 3P%

No. 11 pick: Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Actual position: No. 11
Career earnings: $140,412,564
Career stats: 16.6 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.5 rpg, 42.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%

No. 12 pick: Robin Lopez

Robin Lopez

Actual position: No. 15
Career earnings: $89,540,945
Career stats: 8.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 53.6 FG%, 29.3 3P%

No. 13 pick: Ryan Anderson

Actual position: No. 21
Career earnings: $104,145,909
Career stats: 12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 42.2 FG%, 38.0 3P%

No. 14 pick: Roy Hibbert

Actual position: No. 17
Career earnings: $70,680,193
Career stats: 10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 46.5 FG%

No. 15 pick: DJ Augustin

DJ Augustin

Actual position: No. 9
Career earnings: $56,130,256
Career stats: 9.7 ppg, 4.0 apg, 1.9 rpg, 41.1 FG%, 37.9 3P%

No. 16 pick: Courtney Lee

Courtney Lee

Actual position: No. 22
Career earnings: $75,428,153
Career stats: 9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 45.1 FG%, 38.8 3P%

No. 17 pick: JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

Actual position: No. 18
Career earnings: $66,337,737
Career stats: 7.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 57.1 FG%

No. 18 pick: Michael Beasley

Actual position: No. 2
Career earnings: $40,612,888
Career stats: 12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 46.5 FG%, 34.9 3P%

No. 19 pick: Mario Chalmers

Actual position: No. 34
Career earnings: $24,734,296
Career stats: 8.9 ppg, 3.7 apg, 2.5 rpg, 41.7 FG%, 35.1 3P%

No. 20 pick: Luc Mbah a Moute

Actual position: No. 37
Career earnings: $31,314,183
Career stats: 6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.9 apg, 45.4 FG%, 33.5 3P%

No. 21 pick: OJ Mayo

OJ Mayo, Milwaukee Bucks

Actual position: No. 3
Career earnings: $46,149,437
Career stats: 13.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 42.9 FG%, 37.3 3P%

No. 22 pick: Marreese Speights

Marreese Speights

Actual position: No. 16
Career earnings: $26,389,661
Career stats: 7.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 45.9 FG%

No. 23 pick: Jerryd Bayless

Actual position: No. 11
Career earnings: $48,706,520
Career stats: 8.4 ppg, 2.9 apg, 2.1 rpg, 41.1 FG%, 36.1 3P%

No. 24 pick: Omer Asik

Actual position: No. 36
Career earnings: $69,702,436
Career stats: 5.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 52.8 FG%

No. 25 pick: Kosta Koufos

Kosta Koufos

Actual position: No. 23
Career earnings: $47,778,792
Career stats: 5.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 53.4 FG%

No. 26 pick: Anthony Morrow

Actual position: Undrafted
Career earnings: $24,237,958
Career stats: 9.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.9 apg, 44.7 FG%, 41.7 3P%

No. 27 pick: Timofey Mozgov

Actual position: Undrafted
Career earnings: $76,558,946
Career stats: 6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 53.5 FG%

No. 28 pick: Darrell Arthur

Actual position: No. 27
Career earnings: $40,687,487
Career stats: 6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.8 apg, 44.4 FG%

No. 29 pick: Anthony Randolph

Actual position: No. 14
Career earnings: $13,673,791
Career stats: 7.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 45.3 FG%

No. 30 pick: Jason Thompson

Actual position: No. 12
Career earnings: $35,473,022
Career stats: 8.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 49.6 FG%

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