Jon L's computer didn't work as it was supposed to today, so he left me in charge of posting his re-mock. I happily obliged, so here you go! -- Scott
Today we're wrapping up the 2002 NBA Draft's second round. Some marquee (or semi-marquee) names went in part 1, and while there aren't quite the same caliber of players here, there are still some solid draft values. And now, the exciting conclusion of the 2002 NBA Draft Second Round Re-draft.
44. Philadelphia 76ers (original pick - Sam Clancy)
Clancy has bounced around since being drafted, including playing for the Idaho Stampede when they were in the CBA (and being named the league's MVP and Defensive Player of the Year) and the Fayetteville D-League team as well as Europe. I knew Clancy was from Pennsylvania, but for some reason I thought he went to Temple. Who am I thinking of? This team was lacking in both the center and power forward spots, so we're going to do what we've done several times in this draft and go with a player who eventually ended up on the drafting team: Reggie Evans
45. Memphis Grizzlies (original pick - Matt Barnes)
The Grizzlies drafted another forward, when we've already established they didn't need any more forwards. We've also already drafted a guard for them in Flip Murray, so this is something of a luxury pick. I'm tempted to exercise some hindsight and tell the Grizzlies that Lorenzen Wright and Stromile Swift would never amount to much, but there's only one center left and he's not very good. So instead Memphis will take a chance on Rod Grizzard, who's currently playing in Australia (he replaced Julius Hodge on his team), and last season he apparently ranked in the league's top-20 in scoring average, rebounds, block and steals. Maybe all he needed was a little time.
46. Utah Jazz (original pick - Jamal Sampson)
This was the last remaining center I mentioned before. He was likely drafted at all due to being Ralph Sampson's cousin. Not even kid, cousin. This was a Jazz team in transition, as they not only had Stockton, Malone, and Ostertag, but also Kirilenko, DeShawn Stevenson and Carlos Arroyo. And also Calbert Cheaney for some reason. Eight of the team's players were between 6'7" and 6'11". One year is a bit soon to give up on a point guard, especially a young one, but this time we will exercise hindsight and let the Jazz know Arroyo wouldn't last with the team, and draft Juan Carlos Navarro.
47. Milwaukee Bucks (original pick - Chris Owens)
Owens was another legacy pick of sorts, the great-nephew of track and field star Jesse Owens. Chris Owens later went on to play basketball in Berlin, and I'm sure that wasn't awkward at all. Owens also spent part of his collegiate career at Tulane University, which is where I went! And it wasn't even supposed to be fun fact time. Owens is listed as a power forward, though he's a bit undersized and not a terrific rebounder. We solved Milwaukee's power forward conundrum earlier by drafting Udonis Haslem, and they also don't need any more shooters or guys who need the ball. The best players available at this point are guards, so we'll take on a project in Robert Archibald. Archibald was on several NBA rosters before heading back to Europe (he's of Scottish extraction). This past season he averaged about 8 points and 4.5 rebounds in the Euroleague, so Milwaukee shouldn't count on him for much.
48. Seattle Supersonics (original pick - Peter Fehse)
Another team stuck between two rosters, as it were, with Gary Payton, Elden Campbell, Kenny Anderson(?) and Ray Allen for part of the year, plus Rashard Lewis, Vlad Radmanovic, Joe Forte, Desmond Mason and others (including an undrafted Reggie Evans) all playing in their first few seasons. The best place to start with this roster is probably center (a 34 year old Campbell, Jerome James, Predrag Drobnjak, Vitaly Potapenko and Calvin Booth), but center's the weakest position in the draft now and they don't need sixth weak player. Their point guards are pretty old, and while Tito Maddox didn't last in the NBA, that was partly due to a number of injuries he suffered his first year, and we're all about second chances in these re-drafts.
49. Boston Celtics (original pick - Darius Songaila)
This turned out to be solid value for Songaila, who as I mentioned in part 1 has developed into a solid backup PF who's good for some spot starts in the right system. Boston didn't have a first-round pick, so we have to make this one count. There isn't really anyone of Songaila's caliber available, but Arvydas Macijauskas has become a successful three-point shooter and scorer over in Europe, and there's a good chance he'd be better than Boston's other guards that year (Kedrick Brown, Shammond Williams, JR Bremer, Tony Delk, Bimbo Coles).
50. Portland Trail Blazers (original pick - Federico Kammerichs)
Portland had the right idea in looking to Argentina, they just picked the wrong guy, taking Kammerichs instead of Luis Scola. There definitely isn't anyone with Scola's ability available here, and we're really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Devin Brown is the best available guy, who even though he hasn't been overwhelmingly productive in New Orleans, he seems to have stuck in the NBA after being the D-League's MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
51. Minnesota Timberwolves (original pick - Marcus Taylor)
Overall this was a good team, even though looking at the roster now it may not seem like it. The Timberwolves could afford to take a chance with a second-round draft pick, so why not go with Tamar Slay. Remember Tamar Slay? I vaguely remember Tamar Slay. Fun fact time! Slay was born in Beckley, West Virginia. I once spent several months (okay, maybe a month and a half) in Beckley, West Virginia. When people (meaning people in their 20s and 30s) went out on the weekend, they went to...the Outback Steakhouse. Fun fact! Slay played decently a few years ago with the Bakersfield Jam, and as I said, the Timberwolves can afford to take a chance.
52. Miami Heat (original pick - Rasual Butler)
Miami, on the other hand, was terrible this year. They had drafted Caron Butler in the first round, and he immediately became their second-best player after Eddie Jones. We're in full best-player-available mode here, and even that's tough to decipher. I'll spin the wheel and pick Sam Clancy, who while he didn't stick, would've appealed to Pat Riley with his high-effort-ness. (That was Sam Clancy, right? Or am I still thinking of the Temple guy?)
53, New Jersey Nets (original pick - Tamar Slay)
The Nets made it to the NBA Finals this year, so this is another luxury pick. Jason Collins and Aaron Williams were the backup centers, though, so we'll bite the bullet and take the Legacy, Jamal Sampson. What could it hurt?
54. Dallas Mavericks (original pick - Mladen Sekularac)
Dallas was even better than Minnesota this season, and they tied for their division lead with the eventual champion Spurs. Like Minnesota, though, looking back at this roster it's hard to see how they were so good other than Nash, Nowitzki and Finley. Avery Johnson was a solid backup point guard at that stage in his career, but then it's a lot of Shawn Bradley and Adrian Griffin and Walt Williams and Raef LaFrentz. I guess all of those players had their uses. I can't find much information on him, and he never played for the Mavericks (he seems to have had at least a tryout later on with Golden State), but Sekularac is a decent flyer, a swingman who averaged 17 points a game in Yugoslavia during the 2001-2002 season.
55. San Antonio Spurs (original pick - Luis Scola)
Definitely the steal of the second round, and there's a good chance Scola was the steal of the entire 2002 draft. The Spurs had just started their strategy of drafting non-American players and keeping them overseas for a year or two, but there aren't even any great foreign players left. Federico Kammerichs was an okay backup forward for Argentina's 2008 Olympic team, and while he's not Scola, he'll do here.
56. San Antonio Spurs (original pick - Randy Holcomb)
Another pick for the Spurs, Holcomb was traded to the Sixers, though in keeping with our practice the Spurs keep this pick. Point guard Marcus Taylor spent about a year and a half in the D-League, and while he didn't make much noise there, perhaps being a part of the San Antonio system would've helped.
57. Sacramento Kings (original pick - George Theodore)
Ah yes, the Kings teams everyone knows and loves (well, the second iteration of them, the Bibby team not the Jason Williams one). This is a solid roster top-to-bottom (okay, maybe not Mateen Cleaves), so with nothing to lose we'll take Vincent Yarbrough, who actually played about 60 games for the Denver Nuggets in the 2002-2003 season and averaged 7 points before heading to Europe.
I'm not going to lie to you, this one got a little rough at the end. I still don't know that I would call this draft "weak," not with Luis Scola available as late as he was and Carlos Boozer, Udonis Haslem, Matt Barnes and Darius Songaila all available, all of whom have started a fair amount in the NBA, but this was the weakest group of players I've looked at so far. 2001 looks to be better, so if y'all are still interested I'll keep re-drafting.