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

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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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