This website has been using ESPN NBA analyst Chad Ford as a punching bag for nearly ten years. And we don't feel a bit sorry for it after discovering tonight (upon unearthing by those Reddit rapscallions) that Ford has been retroactively re-ranking his NBA draft boards years after the fact.
Re-ranking how? By slyly moving up players who turned out to be NBA stars and dropping those who've become busts. Here's the breakdown, by year, of how Ford edited his draft boards—and when, per archives at The Wayback Machine, those edits were made.
James Harden moved up from #6 to #3. Jrue Holiday raised from #8 to #6. DeMar DeRozan improved from #10 to #8. Ty Lawson goes up from #15 to #11. Hasheem Thabeet, Jonny Flynn, Eric Maynor, and Austin Daye all got dropped.
Eric Bledsoe moved from #13 to #11, swapped with Xavier Henry. Avery
Henry Bradley moved from #14 to #12, swapped with Cole Aldrich. Jordan Crawford, #19 to #16. Luke Babbitt dropped from #16 to #17, Devin Ebanks dropped out of the top 20, and Kevin Seraphin brought into the top 20. Damion James moved up a spot from #20 to #19.
Tristan Thompson dropped from #6 to #7, swapped with Kawhi Leonard. Klay Thompson boosted from #11 to #8, swapped with Jan Vesely. Kenneth Faried raised from #14 to #10, with Jimmer Fredette dropping from #10 to #12, Alec Burks from #12 to #13, Bismack Biyombo from #13 to #14, and Iman Shumpert magically showing up in the top 20.
Damian Lillard rises from #8 to #4. Thomas Robinson drops from #4 to #6, and Dion Waiters and Harrison Barnes each fell a spot. Austin Rivers fell from the the 14th spot to not being on the list at all. Kendall Marshall also fell out of the top 20, with Tyler Zeller and Maurice Harkless taking their places.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leapt from 17th to 9th. Michael Carter-Williams rose from #9 to #7. Jamaal Franklin, Shane Larkin, Sergey Karasev, and Lucas Nogueira all vanish from the top 20. Their replacements are Gorgui Dieng, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mason Plumlee, and Rudy Gobert.
Read the full discussion over at Reddit.
Update: Within hours of this post, ESPN had reverted these after-the-fact edits. We've linked the modified versions as they exist in the Wayback Machine, and for 2013, here's a screen shot.