Re-Drafting the Absolutely Terrible 2005 NBA Draft

14. Nate Robinson – Minnesota Timberwolves

Original Spot For Robinson: 21st Overall (Phoenix Suns)
Original 14th Pick: Rashad McCants

Robinson is one of the most fascinating players the league has ever seen. Listed (generously) at 5’9″, the Seattle native was an explosive athlete — as evidenced by the fact he’s the only three-time Slam Dunk Contest winner in the history of the league. While Robinson was never a consistent starter, there was a stretch in which he was widely considered one of the NBA’s top bench players. With the Knicks in 2008, he averaged a career-high 17.2 PPG. Robinson averaged over 10.0 PPG in seven seasons. During his short stint with the Bulls, Robinson truly captivated the city of Chicago with his ability to score from anywhere on the floor. He scored 25 points and registered nine assists in a playoff victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat. In doing so, he joined Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Derrick Rose as the only Bulls to ever accomplish the feat.

13. Jarrett Jack – Charlotte Bobcats

Original Spot For Jack: 22nd Overall (Denver to Portland)
Original 13th Pick: Sean May

Jack proved himself to be a serviceable guard throughout his 12-year career. He wasn’t spectacular at any one thing. Yet, Jack was able to put the ball in the basket — evidenced by the fact he averaged in double-figures in eight seasons. While Jack wasn’t good enough to be a starting point guard on a really good team, he did offer value as a steady option capable of producing when called upon. When looking at the relative career of Sean May, the former North Carolina star played only four seasons in the NBA — averaging 6.9 PPG and 4.0 RPG.

12. Channing Frye – Los Angeles Clippers

Original Spot For Frye: 8th Overall (New York Knicks)
Original 12th Pick: Yaroslav Korolev

Frye reinvented himself as his career progressed. Coming into the league, many thought he’d develop into an effective post player. While that hasn’t exactly come to fruition, Frye has turned into a very capable three-point shooter — making threes at a career 38.9-percent clip. While he initially was a starter on a few teams, Frye’s recent value has been as a stretch big man off the bench. He was vital in helping Cleveland secure the 2016 NBA Championship. The ability to shoot the basketball has become a major premium in the NBA. As a result, Frye’s relative value has increased.

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