Outside of the first three picks redrafting the 2015 NBA Draft isn’t easy. We did our best to fix what the NBA’s front offices did wrong.Sunday night’s game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers featured a matchup between two young stars from the 2015 NBA Draft: the No. 2 pick D’Angelo eussell– and the No. 4 pick Kristaps Porzingis.
As happy as the Lakers are at the thought of a future with Russell as the face of the franchise if they could do it all over again would they take him again?
Nearly one and a half seasons later the career arcs for some of 2015’s prospects have already shifted. Young players don’t get the same kind of leeway in the NBA that they do in other leagues. Being chosen in the first round means guaranteed money and also an expectation to succeed right away.
Some of Russell and KP’s contemporaries have fallen flat on their face.
We decided to take a look back at and alter the front office mistakes made during a draft loaded with talent. Enjoy our what-if version of the 2015 NBA Draft.