Re-Drafting The Absolutely Pitiful 2012 NBA Draft

22. Boston Celtics — Kyle O’Quinn

Original Spot For O’Quinn: 49th Overall (Magic)
Original 22nd Pick: Fab Melo

O’Quinn rose to fame when he led the 15-seed Norfolk State Spartans to a monumental upset victory over the 2-seed Missouri Tigers in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. That game put O’Quinn on the map, and all but sealed him a spot in the league.

He’s a skilled big that can step out and hit 18-footers. In 2017, O’Quinn provided much needed shot blocking for a defensively inept New York Knicks squad. His 3.0 blocks per 36 minutes placed him second among players that appeared in at least 70 games last year.

21. Boston Celtics — Festus Ezeli

Original Spot For Ezeli: 30th Overall (Warriors)
Original 21st Pick: Jared Sullinger

Injuries have kept Ezeli on the sideline for much of his early career, but there is still intrigue around the 28-year old big man from Nigeria. He received spot minutes in a crowded Golden State rotation, providing a bit of rebounding and good rim protection. Ezeli’s length is his biggest asset as he has a 7’6” wingspan to disrupt players on the defensive end.

This pick is purely based off of upside, as we haven’t been able to see Ezeli in a full-time starting role at any point in his career. The Blazers signed him to a two-year deal after the 2016 season, but he has yet to suit up for them.

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