Re-Drafting The Absolutely Stacked 2009 NBA Draft

30. Jordan Hill – Cleveland Cavaliers

Original Spot For Hill: 8th Overall (Knicks)
Original 30th Pick: Christian Eyenga

High energy and solid rebounding kept Jordan Hill in the league for a number of years, but his NBA career seems to be over following a disappointing season with the T’Wolves. Hill’s lack of a perimeter jump shot coupled with his inability to protect the rim makes him a poor fit in today’s league. He still did experience some success in his seven-year career, with his best seasons coming as a member of the Lakers. During the 2014-2015 season, Hill averaged career highs of 12.0 points and 7.9 rebounds.

29. Chase Budinger – Los Angeles Lakers

Original Spot For Budinger: 44th Overall (Pistons to Rockets)
Original 29th Pick: Toney Douglas

A teammate of Hill’s at Arizona, Budinger once had a bright looking future as an NBA role player. His lack of offensive versatility was ultimately his downfall, with his lone claim to fame being a second place finish in the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest. Rating as a below average defender throughout his NBA career while never averaging more than 9.8 points per game in a season, it came as little surprise to see Budinger take his talents overseas. However, Budinger’s career may have turned out different if he was drafted to a title-contending Lakers team featuring Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol back in 2009.

28. Dante Cunningham – Minnesota Timberwolves

Original Spot For Cunningham: 33rd Overall (Trail Blazers)
Original 28th Pick: Wayne Ellington

Dante Cunningham won’t wow you with anything in particular. He’s a heady player who continues to find work around the league due to his ferocious defense and ability to play both forward spots. Although the Villanova alum is an average shooter who can’t beat defenders off the dribble, he’s a springy athlete that’s good for a couple of highlight reel blocks every year. Best served as 3-and-D member of a team’s second unit, Cunningham has done well carving out a niche role for himself.

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