7. Denver Nuggets
- Original Pick: Emmanuel Mudiay (Guangdong Southern Tigers – China)
- Redraft Pick: Emmanuel Mudiay (Guangdong Southern Tigers – China)
As predicted Mudiay has struggled with his shot but like Winslow, he’s shown flashes of the talent that made him a top-10 pick. It’s a point guard league and if Denver has the chance to grab a potential franchise-changer at the position they can’t pass it up. The Nuggets haven’t had a productive point guard since Chauncey Billups in the 2010-11 season.
8. Detroit Pistons
This is a tough one. Johnson has been a nightmare this season so it can’t be him. I’m going with Powell here. The only problem he has had in Toronto is finding playing time, but whenever he gets on the court great things happen. The Raptors are currently a +13.9 points per 100 possessions with Powell on the court.
9. Charlotte Hornets
The biggest knock on Okafor since he was at Duke has been his defense. I believe that Charlotte’s defense can make anyone look competent on that end of the floor. Head coach Steve Clifford changed Jeremy Lin‘s spiraling career. Perhaps if Okafor had ended up in Charlotte, he wouldn’t be a social media punching bag.