NOTE: This is a series of articles written by individual authors, both in and out of The Draft Class. These are all part of The Draft Class’ NBA Re-Draft, in which all of the current 30 NBA teams are represented and will undergo a simulation through NBA 2K20, with the goal to build the best team over the next five years. All teams have already been formed through the snake draft. These pieces will break down why each team’s representative drafted the way they did, as well as the approach the representative had heading into the draft.
GM: Tyler Rucker (@backcourtv)
Backcourt Violation went into the draft targeting a number of players with our first selection at 8th overall. Our dream pick was Luka Doncic at #8, but the Phoenix Suns decided to be a thief of joy and snag him at #5. From there on our board was Anthony Davis, Steph Curry, Jayson Tatum, and Zion Williamson.
After a number of back and forth discussions of having Zion destroying rims for five years straight, we came back to the idea of Davis being an anchor for both sides of the floor. From there, we had a goal to add a young wing or ball handler to pair with “The Brow.” Names on our board included Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jamal Murray, Jaylen Brown, and even CJ McCollum. All options came off the board, as expected, and a new battle strategy was required.
We then proceeded to do the John Wall dance for 20-30 minutes, and it just felt right. From there on, our strategy was starting to clean up. We both agreed, let’s build the defense and add young players who can blossom. We added Brandon Clarke in Round 3 and had our eyes on Marcus Smart in Round 4 until someone ripped our hearts out.
After adding Clarke, we had a young forward who could impact the defensive side of the ball and continue to develop offensively. Jusuf Nurkic was an easy pick after we wanted to take advantage of any value that fell to us. From there, we wanted a young shooting guard that could stretch the floor for the next five years. Malik Beasley and Terence Davis were both names we felt comfortable with, though we had Davis higher on our board.
After that, we discussed the direction we wanted from our bench. We decided we wanted to add some offensive firepower off of the bench and added players such as Malik Monk, Terrence Ross, and Carsen Edwards. We then took the best big around, which we were excited about in terms of the value we got in snagging Enes Kanter so late. In the final round, we were extremely pleased with being able to draft Naz Reid with our last pick.