Nostalgic NBA Rookie Rosters

What if NBA teams were locked into the players they drafted? No free agency, no trades. What if, you looked at all of the current NBA rosters and re-shuffled to create nostalgic rosters composed of only team’s draft picks.

MikeDropSports, has the answer! Below is a compilation of all the 30 NBA rosters consisting of only teams’ draft picks and including active players only.

Two things to note:

  • Players are included on their rookie team rosters (not necessarily team who drafted them if trade was made on draft night or shortly after)
  • Undrafted players are part of roster that they played first game with

 

Scroll to the bottom to see the projected playoff teams and NBA champion in each conference.

 

ROSTERS

Atlanta Hawks

  • PG – Jeff Teague
  • SG – Trae Young
  • SF – Taurean Prince
  • PF – John Collins
  • C – Al Horford
  • Bench – Marvin Williams, Dennis Schroder

Boston Celtics

  • PG – Rajon Rondo
  • SG – Marcus Smart
  • SF – Jaylen Brown
  • PF –  Jayson Tatum
  • C – Kelly Olynyk
  • Bench – Terry Rozier, Avery Bradley, Gerald Green, E’Twuan Moore, Dwight Powell

Brooklyn Nets

  • PG – MarShon Brooks
  • SG – Caris LaVert
  • SF – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
  • PF – Derrick Favors
  • C – Jarrett Allen
  • Bench – Ryan Anderson, Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee

Charlotte Hornets

  • PG – Kemba Walker
  • SG – Malik Monk
  • SF – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • PF – Noah Vonleh
  • C – Cody Zeller
  • Bench – DJ Augustin, Miles Bridges, Frank Kaminsky, Raymond Felton, Jared Dudley

Chicago Bulls

  • PG – Derrick Rose
  • SG – Jamal Crawford
  • SF – Jimmy Butler
  • PF – Lauri Markanen
  • C – Tyson Chandler
  • Bench – Taj Gibson, Luol Deng, James Johnson, Wendell Carter, Chandler Hutchinson, Bobby Portis, Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott, Tony Snell, Thabo Sefolosha

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • PG – Kyrie Irving
  • SG – Dion Waiters
  • SF – Joe Harris
  • PF – Lebron James
  • C – Tristan Thompson
  • Bench – Danny Green, Cedi Osman, Matthew Dellavedova, Collin Sexton

Dallas Mavericks

  • PG – Dennis Smith
  • SG – Luka Doncic
  • SF – Jae Crowder
  • PF – Dorian Finney-Smith
  • C – Dirk Nowitzki
  • Bench – JJ Barea, Devin Harris

Denver Nuggets

  • PG – Jamal Murray
  • SG – Gary Harris
  • SF – Carmelo Anthony
  • PF – Kenneth Faried
  • C – Nikola Jokic
  • Bench – Nene, Emmanuel Mudiay, Evan Fournier, Jusef Nurkic, Monte Morris

Detroit Pistons

  • PG – Spencer Dinwiddie
  • SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • SF – Khris Middleton
  • PF – Greg Monroe
  • C – Andre Drummond
  • Bench – Brandon Knight, Amir Johnson, Stanley Johnson, Jonas Jerebko

Golden State Warriors

  • PG – Steph Curry
  • SG – Klay Thompson
  • SF – Harrison Barnes
  • PF – Kent Bazemore
  • C – Draymond Green
  • Bench – Jeremy Lin, Marco Belinelli, Jacob Evans

Houston Rockets

  • PG – Patrick Beverly
  • SG – Marcus Morris
  • SF – Chandler Parsons
  • PF – Patrick Patterson
  • C – Clint Capela
  • Bench – Sam Dekker, Ish Smith, Gary Clark, Garrett Temple, Robert Covington, Mortezel Harrell

Indiana Pacers

  • PG – Aaron Holiday
  • SG – Lance Stephenson
  • SF – Paul George
  • PF – Solomon Hill
  • C – Myles Turner
  • Bench – Miles Plumlee

Los Angeles Clippers

  • PG – Eric Bledsoe
  • SG – Eric Gordon
  • SF – Al-Farouq Aminu
  • PF – Blake Griffin
  • C – DeAndre Jordan
  • Bench – Shaun Livingston, Shai Alexander-Gilgeous

Los Angeles Lakers

  • PG – D’Angelo Russell
  • SG – Jordan Clarkson
  • SF – Brandon Ingram
  • PF – Kyle Kuzma
  • C – Julius Randle
  • Bench – Lonzo Ball, Larry Nance, Josh Hart

Memphis Grizzlies

  • PG – Mike Conley
  • SG – Kyle Lowry
  • SF – Rudy Gay
  • PF – Jaren Jackson
  • C – Marc Gasol
  • Bench – Pau Gasol, DeMarre Carroll, Dillon Brooks, Seth Curry

Miami Heat

  • PG – Shabazz Napier
  • SG – Josh Richardson
  • SF – Dwayne Wade
  • PF – Justice Winslow
  • C – Michael Beasley
  • Bench – Tyler Johnson, Rodney McGruder, James Ennis

Milwaukee Bucks

  • PG – Malcolm Brogdon
  • SG – Tobias Harris
  • SF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • PF – Jabari Parker
  • C – John Henson
  • Bench – Luc Mbah a Moute, Jon Leuer, Ersan Ilyasova, Jodie Meeks

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • PG – Ricky Rubio
  • SG – Zach LaVine
  • SF – Andrew Wiggins
  • PF – Kevin Love
  • C – Karl Anthony Towns
  • Bench – Kris Dunn, Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Gorgui Dieng, Namanja Bjelica

New Orleans Pelicans

  • PG – Chris Paul
  • SG – JR Smith
  • SF – Buddy Hield
  • PF – Lance Thomas
  • C – Anthony Davis
  • Bench – Darren Collison, Austin Rivers, Quincy Pondexter

New York Knicks

  • PG – Jerian Grant
  • SG – Tim Hardaway
  • SF – Danilo Gallinari
  • PF – Kristaps Porzingis
  • C – Channing Frye
  • Bench -Wilson Chandler, Trevor Ariza, Iman Shumpert, Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier, Frank Ntilikina, Timofey Mozgov, Willy Hernangomez

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • PG – Russell Westbrook
  • SG – James Harden
  • SF – Kevin Durant
  • PF – Domantas Sabonis
  • C – Steven Adams
  • Bench – Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson, Jeff Green, Cameron Payne, Jeremy Lamb, Andre Roberson

Orlando Magic

  • PG – Victor Oladipo
  • SG – JJ Redick
  • SF – Courtney Lee
  • PF – Aaron Gordon
  • C – Dwight Howard
  • Bench – Elfrid Payton, Marcin Gortat, Mo Bamba, Mario Hezonja, Jonathan Isaac, Maurice Harkless, Zaza Pachulia, Kyle O’Quinn

Philadelphia 76ers

  • PG – Jrue Holiday
  • SG – Andre Iguodala
  • SF – Ben Simmons
  • PF – Thaddeus Young
  • C – Joel Embiid
  • Bench – Evan Turner, Kyle Korver, Jalil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Lou Williams, Markelle Fultz, Nikola Vucevic, Michael Carter-Williams, Dario Saric, Jerami Grant

Phoenix Suns

  • PG – Goran Dragic
  • SG – Devin Booker
  • SF – Josh Jackson
  • PF – Markief Morris
  • C – DeAndre Ayton
  • Bench – Robin Lopez, Marquese Chriss, TJ Warren, Mikal Bridges

Portland Trail Blazers

  • PG – Damian Lillard
  • SG – CJ McCollum
  • SF – Nicolas Batum
  • PF – Zach Randolph
  • C – LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Bench – Wesley Matthews, Will Barton, Allen Crabbe, Patty Mills, Jerryd Bayless, Meyers Leonard, Dante Cunningham

Sacramento Kings

  • PG – Isaiah Thomas
  • SG – Ben McLemore
  • SF –  Tyreke Evans
  • PF – DeMarcus Cousins
  • C – Hassan Whiteside
  • Bench – Marvin Bagley, De’Aaron Fox, Nic Stauskas, Omari Casspi

San Antonio Spurs

  • PG – George Hill
  • SG – Cory Joseph
  • SF – Kawhi Leonard
  • PF – Jonathon Simmons
  • C – Boban Marjanovic
  • Bench – Dejounte Murray, Tony Parker, Kyle Anderson, Anthony Tolliver, Ian Mahinmi, Aron Baynes

Toronto Raptors

  • PG – Jose Calderon
  • SG – Demar Derozan
  • SF – Vince Carter
  • PF – Ed Davis
  • C – Jonas Valanciunas
  • Bench – PJ Tucker, OG Anunoby, Terrence Ross, Pascal Siakam

Utah Jazz

  • PG – Trey Burke
  • SG – Donovan Mitchell
  • SF – Gordon Hayward
  • PF – Paul Milsap
  • C – Rudy Gobert
  • Bench – Enes Kanter, CJ Miles, Rodney Hood, Trey Lyles, Joe Ingles, Kosta Koufos

Washington Wizards

  • PG – John Wall
  • SG – Bradley Beal
  • SF – Otto Porter
  • PF – Kelly Oubre
  • C – JaVale McGee
  • Bench – Troy Brown, Tomas Satoransky

 

Projected top 8 in each conference

WEST – 1) Thunder; 2) Warriors; 3) Jazz; 4) Pelicans; 5) Grizzlies; 6) Blazers 7) Wolves; 8) Clippers

EAST – 1) 76ers;  2) Cavs; 3) Magic; 4) Bulls; 5) Pacers; 6) Bucks; 7) Celtics; 8) Hawks

Most likely NBA Finals – OKC Thunder, led by the last three MVPs (Durant, Westbrook, Harden) vs 76ers, who in addition to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid bring back Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young

 

Which rosters intrigue you the most – for better or worse? What would be your top 8?

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Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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