Was Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic the most undervalued player in 2008 draft? The re-draft says he was

Heat point guard Goran Dragic was the 45th pick in the 2008 draft but he might be a top 10 pick in a re-draft. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nearly every team passed on Goran Dragic in the 2008 draft, several twice and  six even three times. But if we did it all over again nine years later, Dragic could be a top 10 pick.

HoopsHype did a redraft of 2008 and has Dragic, the Miami Heat’s point guard and best player last season, being selected No. 8 ahead of 37 of the players who drafted before him. (View entire draft)

Dragic was taken 45th by San Antonio, who traded him on draft night to Phoenix. The Heat acquired Dragic from the Suns in February of 2015. Dragic, DeAndre Jordan and Luc Mbah a Moute are the only players taken in the second round of the 2008 draft who have played all nine years in the NBA.

Dragic, 31, led the Heat with 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 33.7 minutes while shooting 47.6 percent last season. He was Miami’s most consistent player from start to finish and flourished as a leader guiding the Heat to a 30-11 record in the second half of the season. He is expected return as one of the foundational players as Miami looks to make another deep playoff run next season.

While nobody’s game was more underrated than Dragic’s in that class, the Heat took a player who was one the biggest disappointments of the draft.

Michael Beasley was drafted second overall behind Derrick Rose. But having played for five different teams, Beasley is listed as the 18th pick in the re-draft. Beasley was taken ahead of No. 4 Russell Westbrook, who is considered the best player in the class and the top pick nine years later; and No. 5 Kevin Love, who comes in at No. 2 in the re-draft.

Beasley lasted just two seasons in Miami before traded after the Big Three came together to free up cap space. He then returned in 2013 for two more seasons. He averaged 12.3 points in four year in Miami and spent last season in Milwaukee.

The Heat, though, got a great bargain for their second-round pick, Mario Chalmers, who was taken with 34th overall. Chalmers, who did not play last season after eight year in the league, is listed at No. 16 in the re-draft.

Chalmers played a little more than seven seasons in Miami, starting 383 games, including being the starting point guard for the Heat’s 2012 and 2013 title teams.

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