Redrafting 2015: Top 5 wildly different with benefit of hindsight
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With sports on pause, theScore is redrafting 2015 across the Big Four. Check out redrafts on MLB, NHL, and the NFL as we approach the five-year draft anniversaries.

It feels like 500 years ago, but only five years have passed since 2015.

That June's NBA draft had its cream of the crop, followed by a big drop-off. Eight first-round picks no longer - or never did - play in the league. Meanwhile, seven second-rounders still do, some in significant roles. Another half-dozen undrafted players from that year play or played in the league.

With hindsight being 20/20, let's redraft.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

Actual pick: Karl-Anthony Towns
New pick: Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns is the best and most productive NBA player in this draft, and it's not even really that close. KAT remains the deserving No. 1.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Actual pick: D'Angelo Russell
New pick: Kristaps Porzingis

You could make a case for Devin Booker here, but even with the injuries and other issues, there just aren't very many 7-foot-3 humans with Porzingis' skill set.

3. Philadelphia 76ers

Actual pick: Jahlil Okafor
New pick: Devin Booker

Of course, this whole thing is an exercise in fantasy, but imagine Booker as the lights-out shooter the Sixers lack, playing alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

4. New York Knicks

Actual pick: Kristaps Porzingis
New pick: D'Angelo Russell

Then-Knicks president Phil Jackson was fined in March 2015 for innocuously complimenting the undeclared Russell. Would the Knickerbockers' subsequent recent history have turned out any better?

Let's not get ridiculous.

5. Orlando Magic

Actual pick: Mario Hezonja
New pick: Montrezl Harrell

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The tricky thing about any draft is finding the right opportunity and fit for a player. By virtue of his experience with the Clippers and Rockets, Harrell became an elite sixth man. But based on his high motor and retrospective production, the Magic take a flyer on the forward. He ultimately went in the second round, 32nd overall.

6. Sacramento Kings

Actual pick: Willie Cauley-Stein
New pick: Josh Richardson

The Kings' three drafts prior to 2015 yielded Nik Stauskas, Ben McLemore, Ray McCallum Jr., Thomas Robinson, and Orlando Johnson. Richardson, who was picked 40th overall, has outperformed all of them - as well as Cauley-Stein.

7. Denver Nuggets

Actual pick: Emmanuel Mudiay
New pick: Myles Turner

Turner's career thus far doesn't necessarily merit moving up, but this draft just wasn't that deep. The real-life Pacers center still comes with a lot of potential and upside, and you wonder if he might fare better alongside a big like Nikola Jokic, who'd give him more space.

8. Detroit Pistons

Actual pick: Stanley Johnson
New pick: Terry Rozier

The Pistons passed on the likes of Booker to draft Johnson. Yeah, they'd take a do-over. They had Reggie Jackson at the time, but Rozier could've developed behind him.

9. Charlotte Hornets

Actual pick: Frank Kaminsky
New pick: Norman Powell

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Hornets owner Michael Jordan was determined to draft Kaminsky, but he should've taken a guard to pair with Kemba Walker. Powell makes the biggest jump here, as he was originally selected with the 46th pick.

10. Miami Heat

Actual pick: Justise Winslow
New pick: Delon Wright

Who has the sixth-best career VORP from this draft class, per Basketball Reference, ahead of even Booker and Russell? Wright.

11. Indiana Pacers

Actual pick: Myles Turner
New pick: Richaun Holmes

One of seven second-round picks in this draft still playing in the NBA, Holmes went 37th overall. He's bounced around and dealt with injuries, but he's also come into his own.

12. Utah Jazz

Actual pick: Trey Lyles
New pick: Larry Nance Jr.

Lyles had consistency issues with the Jazz, and while Nance has struggled with his outside shot at times, he's quietly put together a fairly solid career.

13. Phoenix Suns

Actual pick: Devin Booker
New pick: Bobby Portis

Hindsight sets the Suns. Portis remains, however, an effective stretch big.

14. Oklahoma City Thunder

Actual pick: Cameron Payne
New pick: Kelly Oubre

Oubre remains something of an enigma, but the talent is there. He could've come off the bench in the last year of the KD-Russ era.

15. Atlanta Hawks

Actual pick: Kelly Oubre (traded)
New pick: Willie Cauley-Stein

After trading Oubre, Atlanta ended up with Tim Hardaway Jr., who eventually left in free agency. Cauley-Stein would've been a logical addition to the bench of Mike Budenholzer's Hawks with Tiago Splitter injured for much of 2015-16.

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16. Boston Celtics

Actual pick: Terry Rozier
New pick: Frank Kaminsky

The Celtics reportedly offered six picks to Charlotte in an effort to draft Justise Winslow, but Jordan was too enamored with Kaminsky. In this world, Boston gets Frank the Tank.

17. Milwaukee Bucks

Actual pick: Rashad Vaughn
New pick: Trey Lyles

Vaughn logged a 43.2 true shooting percentage in 139 NBA games. Lyles is still a contributing stretch-four.

18. Houston Rockets

Actual pick: Sam Dekker
New pick: Justise Winslow

Winslow was drafted based on talent, but injuries and inconsistency hindered his NBA career. Here, he lands with his hometown Rockets.

19. Washington Wizards

Actual pick: Jerian Grant (traded)
New pick: Christian Wood

The Wiz ended up with Oubre after trading Grant. In this instance, the first undrafted player makes his appearance in Wood. It took him five seasons, but he's evolved into a solid NBA big.

20. Toronto Raptors

Actual pick: Delon Wright
New pick: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

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This draft was one of Raptors president Masai Ujiri's signature moments, as he snagged Wright and Powell with late first- and second-round picks, respectively. Hindsight robs Toronto of those rewards and leaves it with Hollis-Jefferson, who signed a cheap, one-year contract with the team four years later.

21. Dallas Mavericks

Actual pick: Justin Anderson
New pick: Cedi Osman

Anderson was a great defender coming out of Virginia but he's shot under 42% in five NBA seasons. Osman has emerged as a decent perimeter shooter.

22. Chicago Bulls

Actual pick: Bobby Portis
New pick: Jahlil Okafor

It would be strong verbiage to call Okafor a "bust," but he certainly never lived up to being picked third. This range is more in his wheelhouse and he becomes a selection of his hometown Bulls.

23. Portland Trail Blazers

Actual pick: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (traded)
New pick: Quinn Cook

Cook went undrafted after four years at Duke, but he has shot 41% from deep in 159 NBA games.

24. Cleveland Cavaliers

Actual pick: Tyus Jones (traded)
New pick: Tyus Jones

The Cavs traded Jones for Osman, then stashed him in Europe for two more years. They didn't have another draft pick until 2018. Jones has been a dependable backup point guard since he entered the league.

25. Memphis Grizzlies

Actual pick: Jarell Martin
New pick: Royce O'Neale

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O'Neale was draft eligible in 2015, but he played in Europe for two years before landing in the league. He especially came into his own this season.

26. San Antonio Spurs

Actual pick: Nikola Milutinov
New pick: Emmanuel Mudiay

As a traditional center, Milutinov was a very Spurs-ian pick, but he remains in Europe having never played a minute in the NBA. While Mudiay isn't the most efficient point guard in the league, maybe he could've benefited from playing under Gregg Popovich.

27. Los Angeles Lakers

Actual pick: Larry Nance Jr.
New pick: Mario Hezonja

Relax, they (fake) got Porzingis at No. 2.

28. Boston Celtics

Actual pick: R.J. Hunter
New pick: T.J. McConnell

The undrafted McConnell has developed a reputation as a scrappy backup point guard.

29. Brooklyn Nets

Actual pick: Chris McCullough
New pick: Justin Anderson

Is Anderson much of a downgrade from McCullough, who last played in South Korea?

30. Golden State Warriors

Actual pick: Kevon Looney
New pick: Willy Hernangomez

If the 2015 champs were drafting a bench big in hindsight, Hernangomez's production exceeds that of Looney.

Redrafting 2015: Top 5 wildly different with benefit of hindsight
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