2004 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

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The 2004 NBA draft wasn’t a completely weak one per se, but it did feature merely two players who would make at least one All-NBA team in their careers, and they were Dwight Howard and Al Jefferson.

Besides Howard, the 2004 class didn’t produce another superstar, though it did have some decent depth. Among the solid players who enjoyed long careers drafted that year: Andre Iguodala, Luol Deng, Jameer Nelson, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and Devin Harris.

Below, we re-draft the 2004 class in the order we believe they should have gone.

No. 1 pick: Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard, Philadelphia 76ers
Dwight Howard, Philadelphia 76ers

Actual position: No. 1 Career earnings: $243,196,658 Career stats: 16.2 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 58.6 FG%

No. 2 pick: Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala, Miami Heat
Andre Iguodala, Miami Heat

Actual position: No. 9 Career earnings: $184,074,259 Career stats: 11.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 46.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%

No. 3 pick: Al Jefferson

Actual position: No. 15 Career earnings: $136,519,285 Career stats: 15.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 49.9 FG%

No. 4 pick: Luol Deng

Luol Deng
Luol Deng

Actual position: No. 7 Career earnings: $158,520,376 Career stats: 14.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 45.6 FG%, 33.2 3P%

No. 5 pick: Josh Smith

Actual position: No. 17 Career earnings: $116,294,581 Career stats: 14.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 45.2 FG%

No. 6 pick: Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza, Miami Heat
Trevor Ariza, Miami Heat

Actual position: No. 43 Career earnings: $116,320,528 Career stats: 10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 42.3 FG%, 35.2 3P%

No. 7 pick: JR Smith

JR Smith, Los Angeles Lakers
JR Smith, Los Angeles Lakers

Actual position: No. 18 Career earnings: $87,749,432 Career stats: 12.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 41.9 FG%. 37.3 3P%

No. 8 pick: Jameer Nelson

Actual position: No. 20 Career earnings: $72,802,422 Career stats: 11.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.0 rpg, 43.6 FG%, 36.8 3P%

No. 9 pick: Tony Allen

Actual position: No. 25 Career earnings: $40,698,419 Career stats: 8.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 spg, 47.5 FG%

No. 10 pick: Devin Harris

Actual position: No. 5 Career earnings: $76,066,493 Career stats: 10.8 ppg, 3.9 apg, 2.2 rpg, 43.2 FG%, 32.5 3P%

No. 11 pick: Kevin Martin

Actual position: No. 26 Career earnings: $83,151,440 Career stats: 17.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 43.7 FG%, 38.4 3P%

No. 12 pick: Emeka Okafor

Actual position: No. 2 Career earnings: $90,502,146 Career stats: 12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 51.2 FG%

No. 13 pick: Anderson Varejao

Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers

Actual position: No. 30 Career earnings: $85,474,644 Career stats: 7.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 50.9 FG%

No. 14 pick: Shaun Livingston

Actual position: No. 4 Career earnings: $58,438,228 Career stats: 6.3 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.4 rpg, 48.6 FG%

No. 15 pick: Ben Gordon

Actual position: No. 3 Career earnings: $84,617,019 Career stats: 14.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 43.2 FG%, 40.1 3P%

No. 16 pick: Dorell Wright

Actual position: No. 19 Career earnings: $28,711,258 Career stats: 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 42.4 FG%, 36.5 3P%

No. 17 pick: Vassilis Spanoulis

Vassilis Spanoulis
Vassilis Spanoulis

Actual position: No. 50 Career earnings: $3,744,000 Career stats: 2.7 ppg, 0.9 apg, 0.7 rpg, 31.9 FG%

No. 18 pick: Kris Humphries

Actual position: No. 14 Career earnings: $66,220,233 Career stats: 6.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 46.3 FG%

No. 19 pick: Beno Udrih

Actual position: No. 28 Career earnings: $44,490,820 Career stats: 8.4 ppg, 3.4 apg, 2.1 rpg, 46.3 FG%, 34.9 3P%

No. 20 pick: Delonte West

Delonte West, Dallas Mavericks
Delonte West, Dallas Mavericks

Actual position: No. 24 Career earnings: $16,463,022 Career stats: 9.7 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.9 rpg, 44.8 FG%, 37.2 3P%

No. 21 pick: Sasha Vujacic

Actual position: No. 27 Career earnings: $22,324,686 Career stats: 5.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 39.0 FG%, 36.7 3P%

No. 22 pick: Josh Childress

Actual position: No. 6 Career earnings: $45,776,318 Career stats: 9.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 52.2 FG%, 32.9 3P%

No. 23 pick: Sebastian Telfair

Actual position: No. 13 Career earnings: $19,475,455 Career stats: 7.4 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 rpg, 39.0 FG%, 31.9 3P%

No. 24 pick: Andris Biedrins

Actual position: No. 11 Career earnings: $62,208,776 Career stats: 6.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 59.4 FG%

No. 25 pick: Damien Wilkins

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $18,996,132 Career stats: 6.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 42.6 FG%, 32.7 3P%

No. 26 pick: Chris Duhon

Chris Duhon, Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Duhon, Los Angeles Lakers

Actual position: No. 38 Career earnings: $33,254,077 Career stats: 6.5 ppg, 4.4 apg, 2.3 rpg, 39.3 FG%, 36.3 3P%

No. 27 pick: Hamed Haddadi

Hamed Haddadi, Memphis Grizzlies
Hamed Haddadi, Memphis Grizzlies

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $7,600,000 Career stats: 2.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 46.3 FG%

No. 28 pick: Pero Antic

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $2,450,000 Career stats: 6.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.9 apg, 39.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%

No. 29 pick: Viktor Khryapa

Viktor Khryapa, Chicago Bulls
Viktor Khryapa, Chicago Bulls

Actual position: No. 22 Career earnings: $5,216,358 Career stats: 4.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 44.3 FG%

No. 30 pick: Jackson Vroman

Jackson Vroman
Jackson Vroman

Actual position: No. 31 Career earnings: $1,067,328 Career stats: 3.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.6 apg, 40.8 FG%

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