2006 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

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The 2006 NBA draft has gone down as one of the weakest of the century, particularly depth-wise.

That year’s lottery is brutal in hindsight, headlined by Andrea Bargnani going first overall, and Adam Morrison and Shelden Williams going in the Top 5.

In total, there’s five All-Stars (three of them selected outside the lottery) in that draft: LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 2 overall pick), Brandon Roy (No. 6), Rajon Rondo (No. 21), Kyle Lowry (No. 24) and Paul Millsap (No. 47, the steal of draft night). Had Roy’s knees not given out on him, he could have gone down as the best player from that group, as he as on his way to having a special career before getting hurt.

Below, we re-draft the forgettable 2006 class.

No. 1 pick: LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge

Actual position: No. 2 Career earnings: $212,449,277 Career stats: 19.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 bpg, 49.1 FG%, 81.1 FT%

No. 2 pick: Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

Actual position: No. 24 Career earnings: $190,157,917 Career stats: 14.9 ppg, 6.2 apg, 4.4 rpg, 42.4 FG%, 36.8 3P%

No. 3 pick: Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets

Actual position: No. 47 Career earnings: $190,800,096 Career stats: 13.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 49.0 FG%, 34.3 3P%

No. 4 pick: Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo, LA Clippers
Rajon Rondo, LA Clippers

Actual position: No. 21 Career earnings: $109,693,091 Career stats: 10.0 ppg, 8.1 apg, 4.6 rpg, 45.8 FG%, 32.3 3P%

No. 5 pick: Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay

Actual position: No. 8 Career earnings: $166,046,165 Career stats: 16.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 45.4 FG%, 35.0 3P%

No. 6 pick: JJ Redick

JJ Redick, Dallas Mavericks
JJ Redick, Dallas Mavericks

Actual position: No. 11 Career earnings: $118,345,008 Career stats: 12.8 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 rpg, 44.7 FG%, 41.5 3P%

No. 7 pick: Brandon Roy

Actual position: No. 6 Career earnings: $95,751,295 Career stats: 18.8 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.3 rpg, 45.9 FG%. 34.8 3P%

No. 8 pick: Jose Juan Barea

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $46,505,958 Career stats: 8.9 ppg, 3.9 apg, 2.1 rpg, 42.4 FG%, 35.2 3P%

No. 9 pick: Thabo Sefolosha

Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha

Actual position: No. 13 Career earnings: $47,289,981 Career stats: 5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 44.9 FG%, 34.9 3P%

No. 10 pick: PJ Tucker

PJ Tucker, Milwaukee Bucks
PJ Tucker, Milwaukee Bucks

Actual position: No. 35 Career earnings: $50,427,354 Career stats: 7.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 41.9 FG%, 35.9 3P%

No. 11 pick: Andrea Bargnani

Actual position: No. 1 Career earnings: $73,156,908 Career stats: 14.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 43.9 FG, 35.4 3P%

No. 12 pick: Randy Foye

Actual position: No. 7 Career earnings: $34,106,401 Career stats: 10.3 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.2 rpg, 40.1 FG%, 36.6 3P%

No. 13 pick: CJ Watson

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $23,756,506 Career stats: 7.2 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.9 rpg, 41.9 FG%, 37.3 3P%

No. 14 pick: Ronnie Brewer

Ronnie Brewer, New York Knicks
Ronnie Brewer, New York Knicks

Actual position: No. 14 Career earnings: $19,688,040 Career stats: 7.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 49.0 FG%, 25.4 3P%

No. 15 pick: Jordan Farmar

Actual position: No. 26 Career earnings: $19,807,293 Career stats: 7.7 ppg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 rpg, 42.3 FG%, 37.4 3P%

No. 16 pick: Steve Novak

Actual position: No. 31 Career earnings: $21,227,530 Career stats: 4.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 43.7 FG%, 43.0 3P%

No. 17 pick: Tyrus Thomas

Tyrus Thomas, Charlotte Bobcats
Tyrus Thomas, Charlotte Bobcats

Actual position: No. 4 Career earnings: $55,331,772 Career stats: 7.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 43.8 FG%, 23.5 3P%

No. 18 pick: Shawne Williams

Shawne Williams, Miami Heat
Shawne Williams, Miami Heat

Actual position: No. 17 Career earnings: $15,551,812 Career stats: 5.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 40.3 FG%, 33.9 3P%

No. 19 pick: Daniel Gibson

Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers

Actual position: No. 42 Career earnings: $22,100,174 Career stats: 7.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 40.2 FG%, 40.7 3P%

No. 20 pick: Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown, Los Angeles Lakers
Shannon Brown, Los Angeles Lakers

Actual position: No. 25 Career earnings: $14,710,354 Career stats: 7.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 42.0 FG%, 33.2 3P%

No. 21 pick: Sergio Rodriguez

Actual position: No. 27 Career earnings: $11,469,835 Career stats: 4.9 ppg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 rpg, 40.9 FG%, 33.7 3P%

No. 22 pick: Louis Amundson

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $10,823,684 Career stats: 3.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 47.4 FG%

No. 23 pick: Ryan Hollins

Actual position: No. 50 Career earnings: $13,254,914 Career stats: 3.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 58.4 FG%

No. 24 pick: Leon Powe

Leon Powe, Memphis Grizzlies
Leon Powe, Memphis Grizzlies

Actual position: No. 49 Career earnings: $3,688,078 Career stats: 6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 51.5 FG%

No. 25 pick: Shelden Williams

Shelden Williams, New Jersey Nets
Shelden Williams, New Jersey Nets

Actual position: No. 5 Career earnings: $12,256,869 Career stats: 4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 46.2 FG%

No. 26 pick: Chris Copeland

Actual position: Undrafted Career earnings: $7,753,604 Career stats: 5.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 42.7 FG%, 36.5 3P%

No. 27 pick: Adam Morrison

Adam Morrison, Los Angeles Lakers
Adam Morrison, Los Angeles Lakers

Actual position: No. 3 Career earnings: $16,920,989 Career stats: 7.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 37.3 FG%, 33.1 3P%

No. 28 pick: Renaldo Balkman

Renaldo Balkman, New York Knicks
Renaldo Balkman, New York Knicks

Actual position: No. 20 Career earnings: $10,979,217 Career stats: 4.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 51.0 FG%

No. 29 pick: Craig Smith

Craig Smith, Portland Trail Blazers
Craig Smith, Portland Trail Blazers

Actual position: No. 36 Career earnings: $9,392,854 Career stats: 7.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 55.3 FG%

No. 30 pick: Hilton Armstrong

Hilton Armstrong
Hilton Armstrong

Actual position: No. 12 Career earnings: $9,790,616 Career stats: 3.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 50.1 FG%

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