Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover, redid the 2011 NBA Draft five seasons later.
Before he started the redo, he wrote, “Let’s have some fun and redo the 2011 lottery, and together we can imagine a world in which scouting is a science and not a blind dart throw. Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler? Klay Thompson or Kyrie Irving? The right answers to these questions could have really changed the direction of the NBA.”
With the No. 3 overall pick, Nadkarni had the Jazz taking Klay Thompson. After explaining why he took Thompson over Irving, Nadkarni wrote, “In this scenario, Thompson would team up with Gordon Hayward to give the Jazz a formidable perimeter duo. I’m also really curious about this alternate reality because Klay would have a larger role on almost every team besides Golden State. Would Thompson be able to carry a team offensively like a true No. 1 option? Sometimes I wish we could find out.”
At No. 12, Nadkarni gives the Jazz a familiar face, selecting Enes Kanter, saying, “Whoa! Poor Enes Kanter. In this alternate timeline, he still goes to the Jazz (albeit nine picks later) but the entire world around him is different. It’s basically what Captain America went through after they froze him and woke him up 70 years later.”
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