NBA Draft Redo: What Teams With The First Pick Wish They Did

The NBA Draft is a time of hope for teams and fans. After a bad season, the team with the first overall pick has a chance to reset the franchise. And for at least one night, fans are given the opportunity to believe the franchise will turn their bad luck around. For every LeBron James taken by the Cavaliers in this spot, though, there’s a Michael Olowokandi taken by the Clippers. Keep reading to find out who the Clippers should have taken instead, and what other franchises wish they had done with the first overall pick!

In 1995, Golden State Should Have Taken Garnett Over Smith

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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images and Sporting News via Getty Images

Joe Smith seemed like the easy choice for the Golden State Warriors in the 1995 NBA Draft. He was considered a generational talent who would revolutionize the game. Two and a half years later the team had seen enough and traded him away.

Now imagine how things would have been different if the Warriors had taken Kevin Garnett. Drafted 5th overall by the Timberwolves, Garnett was otherworldly during his career. In 2004 he was named the NBA MVP, and in 2008 he won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics.