30. Boston Celtics — O.J. Mayo
Original Spot For Mayo: 3rd Overall
Original 30th Pick: J.R. Giddens
What could have been? Once upon a time, Mayo was the No. 1 ranked prep player in the nation. The high-scoring guard dazzled fans throughout his illustrious high school career. When he signed his letter of intent at USC, it was widely considered the biggest signing in the school’s history.
After a forgettable stint in LA, Mayo entered his name into the NBA Draft. He ended up being involved in a draft day swap for Kevin Love. Year 1 did go well for Mayo. The West Virginia native averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists on 44 percent shooting. This was good enough for Mayo to grace the All-Rookie First team.
Mayo’s rookie season was the pinnacle of his NBA career. He’s since tested positive twice for banned substances, and is serving a two-year ban from the league. For all of Mayo’s warts and off-the-court issues, it’s hard to imagine him going much higher in a re-draft.
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29. Detroit Pistons — Salah Mejri
Original Spot For Mejri: Undrafted
Original 29th Pick: D.J. White
It took Mejri some time to make his way over to the states. Since then, the big man has taken to the professional ranks relatively well. The 7-foot-1 bruiser utilizes a powerful frame to overwhelm his opponents. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has done a fine job playing to Mejri’s strengths. Solid at both rebounding and setting screens, Mejri has a place in this league as a backup center doing the little things.
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