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Redrafting the top-five picks of every NBA Draft of the 2000s

With the 2020 NBA Draft set for Nov. 18, draft season is here in full force.

This is the time of the offseason where NBA franchises have the opportunity to select promising young players in hopes that they turn to future cornerstones or key role players in pursuit of a championship, but they don't always get it right.

How would the top-five picks in each draft of the 2000s look if the teams selecting got a redo? How many No. 1 picks would change? Which players would fall out of the top five or jump into the top of the draft?

Take a look.

2019 NBA Draft

1. Zion Williamson

2. Ja Morant

3. Tyler Herro

4. Brandon Clarke

5. Matisse Thybulle

Missed the cut: Eric Paschall, Cameron Johnson, Jaxson Hayes

Fell out of the top-five: RJ Barrett, De'Andre Hunter, Darius Garland

The top two stay the same in this draft, although you could argue Morant over Williamson after one shortened season. Herro (pick No. 13), Clarke (No. 21) and Thybulle (No. 20) all jump into the top-five after promising rookie campaigns with Herro leading the pack after playing a big role in a run to the NBA Finals.

2018 NBA Draft

1. Luka Doncic

2. Trae Young

3. Deandre Ayton

4. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

5. Jaren Jackson Jr.

Missed the cut: Mitchell Robinson, Mikal Bridges

Fell out of the top-five: Marvin Bagley

Impressively enough, four of the top-five players selected in this draft remain in the top-five, just in a different order. Doncic (No. 3) moves up to one, Young (No. 5) moves up to two, Ayton (No. 1) falls back in the slightest to three and Jackson (No. 4) drops back one spot with Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 13) making a leap.

2017 NBA Draft

1. Jayson Tatum

2. Bam Adebayo

3. Donovan Mitchell

4. De'Aaron Fox

5. John Collins

Missed the cut: Jonathan Isaac, Jarrett Allen, OG Anunoby

Fell out of the top-five: Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson

Allen actually has the most win shares so far from this draft class, but it was hard to justify sneaking him into the top-five over any of the names selected. Tatum retains what would have been his rightful spot at No. 1 should the Celtics have stayed put prior to draft night, whereas Adebayo (No. 14), Mitchell (No. 13) and Collins (No. 19) all move up. Fox (No. 5) also slides up one spot.

2016 NBA Draft

1. Ben Simmons

2. Brandon Ingram

3. Jamal Murray

4. Jaylen Brown

5. Pascal Siakam

Missed the cut: Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon

Fell out of the top-five: Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn

This was by far the hardest draft class to re-organize the top-five. You could make a case for any of the five players selected to go in any order, with two very solid players in Sabonis and Brogdon right on the fringe. However, Simmons and Ingram stay at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, while Murray (No. 7) moves up, Brown (No. 3) drops one spot and Siakam (No. 27) claims the five-spot.

2015 NBA Draft

1. Karl-Anthony Towns

2. Devin Booker

3. Kristaps Porzingis

4. D'Angelo Russell

5. Montrezl Harrell

Missed the cut: Myles Turner

Fell out of the top-five: Jahlil Okafor, Mario Hezonja

The top-three in this draft class was tough to order. While Towns, Booker and Porzingis could go in just about any order, the No. 1 pick remains the same. Porzingis (No. 4) moves up one spot while Russell (No. 2) drops two spots with Booker (No. 13) and Harrell (No. 32) make sizable progress.

2014 NBA Draft

1. Nikola Jokic

2. Joel Embiid

3. Zach LaVine

4. Marcus Smart

5. Andrew Wiggins

Missed the cut: Aaron Gordon, Clint Capela, T.J. Warren

Fell out of the top-five: Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Dante Exum

There's no wrong answer to Jokic or Embiid at No. 1 here, but I'm sticking with Jokic as he's establishing himself as arguably the best centre in the NBA. The of the top-five could change based on personal preference, but LaVine (No. 13) goes third with the most All-Star potential and Wiggins (No. 1) still makes the cut. Smart (No. 6) slides into the top-five with Jokic (No. 41) making the most noise and Embiid (No. 3) improving one spot.

2013 NBA Draft

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo

2. Rudy Gobert

3. Victor Oladipo

4. CJ McCollum

5. Steven Adams

Missed the cut: Dennis Schröder, Kelly Olynyk

Fell out of the top-five: Anthony Bennett, Otto Porter, Cody Zeller, Alex Len

Pegged as a weak draft class at the time, I'm not sure there's a single re-draft that would be more desirable than what would've become the Antetokounmpo sweepstakes in 2013. The Greek Freak (No. 15) is the clear-cut first pick with Gobert (No. 27) following right behind him. Oladipo (No. 2) is the only player that stays in the top-five while McCollum (No. 10) and Adams (No. 12) move up in the lottery.

2012 NBA Draft

1. Anthony Davis

2. Damian Lillard

3. Draymond Green

4. Bradley Beal

5. Khris Middleton

Missed the cut: Andre Drummond

Fell out of the top-five: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Dion Waiters, Thomas Robinson

Davis was a no-brainer No. 1 pick back in 2012 and still is now. Lillard (No. 6) is a pretty clear selection behind AD and Beal (No. 3) stays in the top-five, with Green (No. 35) and Middleton (No. 39) both jumping from the second round into the top of the draft.

2011 NBA Draft

1. Kawhi Leonard

2. Klay Thompson

3. Jimmy Butler

4. Kyrie Irving

5. Kemba Walker

Missed the cut: Nikola Vucevic, Jonas Valanciunas

Fell out of the top-five: Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter, Tristan Thompson, Jonas Valanciunas

If not for Irving (No. 1), we would have had a completely different top-five in the 2011 draft. While Leonard (No. 15) steals the top spot from him, you could order the three following players in just about any fashion. Thompson (No. 11) has the edge with three titles with Butler (No. 30) going from the last pick of the first round to a top-three selection. Walker (No. 9) slides in to round out the top-five.

2010 NBA Draft

1. Paul George

2. John Wall

3. Gordon Hayward

4. DeMarcus Cousins

5. Hassan Whiteside

Missed the cut: Eric Bledsoe, Derrick Favors

Fell out of the top-five: Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson

You could definitely make the case that Wall should stay as the No. 1 overall pick, but George's (No. 10) runs to the Eastern Conference Finals with the Pacers gives him a slight edge. Hayward (No. 9) jumps Cousins (No. 5), although neither of the two All-Stars have been able to stay very healthy. Whiteside (No. 33) is the value pick, going from the second round to the top-five.

2009 NBA Draft

1. Stephen Curry

2. James Harden

3. Blake Griffin

4. DeMar DeRozan

5. Jrue Holiday

Missed the cut: Danny Green

Fell out of the top-five: Hasheem Thabeet, Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio

In 2009, six teams passed on Curry (No. 7) with four of them selecting other guards... not this time around. The three-time champion and two-time MVP goes No. 1 with Harden (No. 3) filling in behind him. Griffin (No. 1) drops two spots but not for the lack of his own production, just because of Curry and Harden exceeding expectations. DeRozan (No. 9) and Holiday (No. 17) round out the top-five, both having more than just solid careers.

2008 NBA Draft

1. Russell Westbrook

2. Kevin Love

3. Derrick Rose

4. Serge Ibaka

5. DeAndre Jordan

Missed the cut: Brook Lopez, Danilo Gallinari, Goran Dragic

Fell out of the top-five: Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo

It's not easy knocking Derrick Rose from his No. 1 spot, but injuries have their way of ruining things. Even so, he only falls two spots after earning an MVP, leading multiple playoff runs and re-creating his game as his career goes on. UCLA teammates Westbrook (No. 4) and Love (No. 5) slide up with no explanation necessary. Ibaka (No. 24) and Jordan (No. 35) could be interchangeable but Ibaka's title and two Finals appearances give him an edge. It's still hard to believe Beasley nor Mayo ever reached their full potential.

2007 NBA Draft

1. Kevin Durant

2. Marc Gasol

3. Al Horford

4. Joakim Noah

5. Mike Conley

Missed the cut: Thaddeus Young

Fell out of the top-five: Greg Oden, Jeff Green

Durant (No. 2) could've been the first-overall pick back in 2007 but Oden's domination in the NCAA was enough to take the risk on his health. The three centres - Gasol (No. 48), Horford (No. 3) and Noah (No. 9) - could go in any order, but Gasol's championship and Horford's longevity places them ahead. Conley (No. 4) drops only one spot as he's been as solid a floor general as they come.

2006 NBA Draft

1. Kyle Lowry

2. LaMarcus Aldridge

3. Rajon Rondo

4. Brandon Roy

5. JJ Redick

Missed the cut: Paul Millsap, Rudy Gay

Fell out of the top-five: Andrea Bargnani, Adam Morrison, Tyrus Thomas, Shelden Williams

When you look at the names that fell out of the top-five... woof. Lowry (No. 24) would certainly become the No. 1 pick with Aldridge (No. 2) staying put. Rondo (No. 21) comes in at third with multiple All-Star appearances and two titles and Roy (No. 6) moves into the top-five despite only six seasons in the league. Redick's (No. 11) constant presence in the playoffs sneaks him into the top of the draft.

2005 NBA Draft

1. Chris Paul

2. Deron Williams

3. David Lee

4. Andrew Bogut

5. Lou Williams

Missed the cut: Marvin Williams, Danny Granger

Fell out of the top-five: Marvin Williams, Raymond Felton

Three of the five players selected in the top-five - Bogut (No. 1), Deron Williams (No. 3) and Paul (No. 4) - stay put in a rearranged order. While Bogut and Lee (No. 30) could be interchangeable, Lee's multiple All-Star appearances slide him ahead. Lou Williams (No. 45) three Sixth Man of the Year awards makes him an easy selection at No. 5.

2004 NBA Draft

1. Dwight Howard

2. Andre Iguodala

3. Trevor Ariza

4. Luol Deng

5. Josh Smith

Missed the cut: Tony Allen, Ben Gordon, Shaun Livingston

Fell out of the top-five: Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Shaun Livingston, Devin Harris

This was a hard one to restructure because of some interesting NBA careers. Howard staying at No. 1 with Iguodala (No. 9) behind him was an easy choice. Ariza (No. 43) gets the nod over Deng (No. 7) for his longevity. Smith (No. 17) makes the cut over Allen, Gordon or Livingston in a decision where a coin flip could've sufficed.

2003 NBA Draft

1. LeBron James

2. Dwyane Wade

3. Carmelo Anthony

4. Chris Bosh

5. David West

Missed the cut: Kyle Korver

Fell out of the top-five: Darko Milicic

Arguably the greatest draft class of all-time, NBA franchises nearly got it right the first time around. The decisions on this draft don't need much explanation - James stays at No. 1, Wade (No. 5) follows behind him with Melo and Bosh remaining at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. West (No. 18) moves into the top-five over Korver (No. 51) for his two NBA titles and two All-Star appearances.

2002 NBA Draft

1. Yao Ming

2. Amar'e Stoudemire

3. Carlos Boozer

4. Tayshaun Prince

5. Caron Butler

Missed the cut: Nenê, Luis Scola

Fell out of the top-five: Jay Williams, Drew Gooden, Nikoloz Tskitishvili

Yao stays at the top of this draft, although Stoudemire's (No. 9) longevity nearly knocked off the No. 1 pick. Boozer (No. 35) makes a huge jump from the second round to third overall and Prince (No. 23) files in ahead of Butler (No. 10) because he played a larger role in his one NBA championship.

2001 NBA Draft

1. Pau Gasol

2. Tony Parker

3. Shane Battier

4. Joe Johnson

5. Gilbert Arenas

Missed the cut: Tyson Chandler, Richard Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Gerald Wallace

Fell out of the top-five: Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Jason Richardson

Four players are the most I've had for any "missed the cut" section of the piece, and that's because the majority of those guys could have a case for going in the top-five. Chandler (No. 2) was the hardest to cut out, but Randolph (No. 19) wasn't easy either. Gasol (No. 3) slides up to No. 1 with Parker (No. 28) going right behind him. Battier's (No. 6) championships gave him the nod over prolific scorers Johnson (No. 10) and Arenas (No. 31).

2000 NBA Draft

1. Kenyon Martin

2. Hedo Turkoglu

3. Jamal Crawford

4. Michael Redd

5. Mike Miller

Missed the cut: None

Fell out of the top-five: Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, Marcus Fizer

This was the only draft where the re-ordered top-five was a clear decision in having no players miss the cut. Martin stays at No. 1 even though Turkoglu (No. 16) has the most win shares from this class. Three-time Sixth Man of the Year Crawford (No. 8) falls behind those two forwards with snipers Miller (No. 5) and Redd (No. 43) rounding out the top five, giving Miller the edge with two NBA titles.

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