2001 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

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The 2001 NBA draft is remembered most for one thing: It featured one of the worst top overall picks in draft history with the Washington Wizards selection Kwame Brown first overall.

Brown would go on to spend 12 seasons in the NBA, playing for seven different clubs in that span and averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds for his career.

Making the selection even worse in hindsight is the fact that the next two picks, Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol respectively, were also big men, but two who went on to have long, productive, championship-winning careers.

The 2001 class also features, along with the aforementioned Gasol, Tony Parker, who went 28th overall to the San Antonio Spurs, meaning the 2001 crop featured not one, but two of the best international players ever.

That year’s draft class was also rather deep, with other notable players taken that year including Joe Johnson, Richard Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Shane Battier and Gerald Wallace, as well as memorable Slam Dunk champion Jason Richardson.

There was also a guy named Gilbert Arenas drafted that year, who some of you may remember for the way his career ended, but whose peak included a campaign in which he averaged over 29 points and six assists per contest.

It may not be the best draft class ever (far from it, actually), but it was a solid group overall, one that featured at least two players who make a strong case to be considered for the Hall of Fame one day.

Below, check out the 2001 NBA re-draft, with the players taken in the order we believe they should have gone in.

No. 1 pick: Pau Gasol

Actual position: No. 3 Career earnings: $219,784,441 Career stats: 17.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.2 apg and 50.7 FG% in 18 seasons

No. 2 pick: Tony Parker

Actual position: No. 28 Career earnings: $168,282,460 Career stats: 15.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.6 apg and 32.4 3P% in 18 seasons

No. 3 pick: Joe Johnson

Actual position: No. 10 Career earnings: $217,536,875 Career stats: 16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.9 apg and 37.1 3P% in 17 seasons

No. 4 pick: Zach Randolph

Actual position: No. 19 Career earnings: $199,124,765 Career stats: 16.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.8 apg and 47.1 FG% in 17 seasons

No. 5 pick: Tyson Chandler

Actual position: No. 2 Career earnings: $189,644,026 Career stats: 8.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 apg and 59.7 FG% in 19 seasons

No. 6 pick: Gilbert Arenas

Actual position: No. 30 Career earnings: $163,061,257 Career stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.3 apg and 35.1 3P% in 11 seasons

No. 7 pick: Jason Richardson

Actual position: No. 5 Career earnings: $105,798,207 Career stats: 17.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg and 37.0 3P% in 13 seasons

No. 8 pick: Richard Jefferson

Actual position: No. 13 Career earnings: $116,883,643 Career stats: 12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 37.6 3P% in 17 seasons

No. 9 pick: Gerald Wallace

Actual position: No. 25 Career earnings: $102,825,613 Career stats: 11.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg and 46.9 FG% in 14 seasons

No. 10 pick: Shane Battier

Actual position: No. 6 Career earnings: $56,569,622 Career stats: 8.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg and 38.4 3P% in 13 seasons

No. 11 pick: Mehmet Okur

Actual position: No. 37 Career earnings: $72,935,000 Career stats: 13.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.7 apg and 37.5 3P% in 10 seasons

No. 12 pick: Eddy Curry

Actual position: No. 4 Career earnings: $70,058,770 Career stats: 12.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.7 bpg and 54.5 FG% in 11 seasons

No. 13 pick: Samuel Dalembert

Actual position: No. 26 Career earnings: $89,611,673 Career stats: 7.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg and 52.1 FG% in 13 seasons

No. 14 pick: Jamaal Tinsley

Actual position: No. 27 Career earnings: $42,682,093 Career stats: 8.5 ppg, 6.1 apg, 1.4 spg and 39.3 FG% in 11 seasons

No. 15 pick: Troy Murphy

Actual position: No. 14 Career earnings: $66,036,646 Career stats: 10.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 38.8 FG% in 12 seasons

No. 16 pick: Andres Nocioni

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $46,750,000 Career stats: 10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 apg and 37.3 3P% in eight seasons

No. 17 pick: Vladimir Radmanovic

Actual position: No. 12 Career earnings: $43,101,141 Career stats: 8.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg and 37.8 3P% in 12 seasons

No. 18 pick: Earl Watson

Actual position: No. 39 Career earnings: $42,771,079 Career stats: 6.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.4 apg and 32.4 3P% in 13 seasons

No. 19 pick: Brendan Haywood

Actual position: No. 20 Career earnings: $69,636,185 Career stats: 6.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 bpg and 52.8 FG% in 13 seasons

No. 20 pick: Bobby Simmons

Actual position: No. 41 Career earnings: $50,395,842 Career stats: 9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 39.6 3P% in 10 seasons

No. 21 pick: Kwame Brown

Actual position: No. 1 Career earnings: $64,227,908 Career stats: 6.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.6 bpg and 49.2 FG% in 12 seasons

No. 22 pick: Carlos Arroyo

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $20,209,555 Career stats: 6.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.1 apg and 33.8 3P% in nine seasons

No. 23 pick: Charlie Bell

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $20,073,783 Career stats: 8.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg and 36.1 FG% in seven seasons

No. 24 pick: Jason Collins

Actual position: No. 18 Career earnings: $34,604,846 Career stats: 3.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.9 apg and 41.1 FG% in 13 seasons

No. 25 pick: Brian Scalabrine

Actual position: No. 34 Career earnings: $20,126,688 Career stats: 3.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.8 apg and 34.4 3P% in 11 seasons

No. 26 pick: Maurice Evans

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $14,611,029 Career stats: 6.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.7 apg and 36.3 3P% in nine seasons

No. 27 pick: Eddie Griffin

Actual position: No. 7 Career earnings: $15,280,806 Career stats: 7.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.8 apg and 37.7 FG% in five seasons

No. 28 pick: Desagana Diop

Actual position: No. 8 Career earnings: $47,024,084 Career stats: 2.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg and 42.7 FG% in 12 seasons

No. 29 pick: Raul Lopez

Actual position: No. 24 Career earnings: $3,941,313 Career stats: 6.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.8 apg and 34.6 3P% in two seasons

No. 30 pick: Jarron Collins

Actual position: No. 52 Career earnings: $15,008,171 Career stats: 3.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.8 apg and 45.5 FG% in 10 seasons

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