Giannis Goes No. 1 In SI Re-Draft

Sports Illustrated released a re-draft of the 2013 lottery Friday, and a familiar name was first off the board.

If the Cavaliers could do it all over again, SI’s Rob Mahoney believes Cleveland would select Giannis Antetokounmpo first overall, rather than Anthony Bennett. In fact, Mahoney has Bennett falling all the way to Utah with the ninth pick. Considering what the UNLV product has shown thus far, even that reassessment seems a bit optimistic.

In terms of Giannis, here’s what Mahoney had to say:

“By no means am I ready for initiation into the Cult of Giannis, but such a remarkable 19-year-old prospect at a position of weakness for the Cavs might be too good to pass up. Anteotkounmpo clearly benefits from substandard competition. There aren’t any immediate stars of this bunch, and thus it seems prudent for Cleveland to make a play for a young, versatile contributor who could well become the best talent of this class.”

The Cult of Giannis? The word “cult” typically carries some negative connotations, but I’m more than on board with it in this case. Plus, if the Bucks are ever looking to name a seating section at the Bradley Center after the rookie, I think they’ve found their title.

Of the 14 lottery selections, Mahoney did not have a single selecting the same player it did on draft night. Shabazz Muhammad and Otto Porter dropped out of the lottery completely, while Mason Plumlee (14) and Tim Hardaway, Jr. (5) made significant leaps.

Check out the re-draft in its entirety here.

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