2012 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

It was merely nine years ago when the Golden State Warriors got away with one of the biggest draft heists in recent NBA history, landing Draymond Green, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time champion, with the No. 35 pick.

Of course, even Golden State had no idea what they were getting in Green, considering even they passed on him at pick 30, where they went with Festus Ezeli instead. Even so, that’s great work by the Warriors getting such a steal in the second round.

The top pick that year, Anthony Davis, has definitely reached his massive potential, while Damian Lillard, the No. 6 pick, has surpassed expectations.

Below, we re-draft the 2012 class in the order we think they should have gone in.

No. 1 pick: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Actual position: No. 1
Career earnings: $154,359,548
Career stats: 23.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.4 bpg, 51.4 FG%, 31.2 3P%

No. 2 pick: Damian Lillard

Western Conference No. 8 seed, Playoff Race, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker

Western Conference No. 8 seed, Playoff Race, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker

Actual position: No. 6
Career earnings: $153,733.611
Career stats: 24.7 ppg, 6.6 apg, 4.2 rpg, 43.9 FG%, 37.5 3P%

No. 3 pick: Bradley Beal

Actual position: No. 3
Career earnings: $145,823,823
Career stats: 22.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 45.6 FG%, 37.7 3P%

No. 4 pick: Draymond Green

Actual position: No. 35
Career earnings: $106,887,699
Career stats: 8.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.3 apg, 43.6 FG%, 31.6 3P%

No. 5 pick: Andre Drummond

Actual position: No. 9
Career earnings: $137,830,480
Career stats: 14.5 ppg, 13.7 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 53.8 FG%

No. 6 pick: Khris Middleton

Actual position: No. 39
Career earnings: $122,832,891
Career stats: 16.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 46.0 FG%, 39.5 3P%

No. 7 pick: Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings

Actual position: No. 7
Career earnings: $128,344,926
Career stats: 13.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 45.2 FG%, 37.7 3P%

No. 8 pick: Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder, Phoenix Suns

Jae Crowder, Phoenix Suns

Actual position: No. 34
Career earnings: $46,562,606
Career stats: 9.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 41.9 FG%, 34.6 3P%

No. 9 pick: Evan Fournier

Actual position: No. 20
Career earnings: $91,856,244
Career stats: 14.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 45.0 FG%, 37.9 3P%

No. 10 pick: Terrence Ross

Actual position: No. 8
Career earnings: $68,589,837
Career stats: 11.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 41.9 FG%, 36.7 3P%

No. 11 pick: Will Barton

Will Barton during warm up

Will Barton during warm up

Actual position: No. 40
Career earnings: $51,184,472
Career stats: 11.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 43.3 FG%, 35.2 3P%

No. 12 pick: Jeremy Lamb

Jeremy Lamb, Indiana Pacers

Jeremy Lamb, Indiana Pacers

Actual position: No. 12
Career earnings: $51,367,716
Career stats: 10.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 44.4 FG%, 34.4 3P%

No. 13 pick: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Actual position: No. 2
Career earnings: $60,356,045
Career stats: 8.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 47.4 FG%, 27.2 3P%

No. 14 pick: Kent Bazemore

Kent Bazemore, Golden State Warriors

Kent Bazemore, Golden State Warriors

Actual position: Undrafted
Career earnings: $77,555,843
Career stats: 8.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 41.6 FG%, 35.6 3P%

No. 15 pick: Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters, Los Angeles Lakers

Dion Waiters, Los Angeles Lakers

Actual position: No. 4
Career earnings: $57,549,655
Career stats: 13.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 41.2 FG%, 34.6 3P%

No. 16 pick: Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers walking to the bench

Austin Rivers walking to the bench

Actual position: No. 10
Career earnings: $52,211,719
Career stats: 9.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 41.8 FG%, 35.0 3P%

No. 17 pick: Moe Harkless

Moe Harkless, Sacramento Kings

Moe Harkless, Sacramento Kings

Actual position: No. 15
Career earnings: $53,446,697
Career stats: 7.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.0 spg, 47.5 FG%, 32.1 3P%

No. 18 pick: John Henson

John Henson, Detroit Pistons

John Henson, Detroit Pistons

Actual position: No. 14
Career earnings: $52,818,091
Career stats: 7.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 54.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%

No. 19 pick: JaMychal Green

JaMychal Green, Denver Nuggets

JaMychal Green, Denver Nuggets

Actual position: Undrafted
Career earnings: $23,437,202
Career stats: 8.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.9 apg, 47.0 FG%, 38.0 3P%

No. 20 pick: Tomas Satoransky

Actual position: No. 32
Career earnings: $29,000,000
Career stats: 7.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 47.7 FG%, 36.6 3P%

No. 21 pick: Kyle O’Quinn

Kyle O'Quinn, Philadelphia 76ers

Kyle O'Quinn, Philadelphia 76ers

Actual position: No. 49
Career earnings: $20,872,555
Career stats: 5.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 51.7 FG%

No. 22 pick: Mike Scott

Mike Scott, Philadelphia 76ers

Mike Scott, Philadelphia 76ers

Actual position: No. 43
Career earnings: $27,064,863
Career stats: 6.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.9 apg, 45.3 FG%, 36.2 3P%

No. 23 pick: Meyers Leonard

Meyers Leonard, Miami Heat

Meyers Leonard, Miami Heat

Actual position: No. 11
Career earnings: $60,142,479
Career stats: 5.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, 48.2 FG%, 39.0 3P%

No. 24 pick: Tyler Zeller

Joel Embiid and Tyler Zeller

Joel Embiid and Tyler Zeller

Actual position: No. 17
Career earnings: $17,686,467
Career stats: 6.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.9 apg, 50.8 FG%

No. 25 pick: Miles Plumlee

Actual position: No. 26
Career earnings: $42,673,973
Career stats: 4.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, 54.2 FG%

No. 26 pick: Terrence Jones

Actual position: No. 18
Career earnings: $8,550,822
Career stats: 10.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 50.1 FG%, 29.7 3P%

No. 27 pick: Jared Sullinger

Jared Sullinger, Toronto Raptors

Jared Sullinger, Toronto Raptors

Actual position: No. 21
Career earnings: Earnings: $11,994,420
Career stats: 10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 43.6 FG%, 27.2 3P%

No. 28 pick: Quincy Acy

Actual position: No. 37
Career earnings: $8,239,454
Career stats: 4.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 44.4 FG%, 35.0 3P%

No. 29 pick: Festus Ezeli

Actual position: No. 30
Career earnings: $13,942,841
Career stats: 4.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 51.3 FG%

No. 30 pick: Andrew Nicholson

Actual position: No. 19
Career earnings: $21,448,873
Career stats: 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.4 apg, 46.7 FG%, 32.1 3P%

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