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2008 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) June 26, 2008
Time 7:30 pm (EDT)
Location Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) ESPN
First selection Derrick Rose
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The 2008 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2008 at the Washington Mutual Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, including international players from non-North American professional leagues. According to the NBA, 44 players, 39 collegiate players and 5 international players, filed as early-entry candidates for the 2008 NBA Draft.[1] These numbers do not include players who are automatically eligible for the draft. The Chicago Bulls, who had a 1.7 percent probability of obtaining the first selection, won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 22.[2][3] The Bulls' winning of the lottery was the second-largest upset in NBA Draft Lottery history behind the Orlando Magic, who won it in 1993 with just a 1.5% chance.[4] The Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves obtained the second and third picks respectively.[3]

For the first time in draft history the first three draft picks were all freshmen.[5] The Chicago Bulls used the first overall pick to draft Chicago native Derrick Rose from the University of Memphis, who would later go on win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[6] The Miami Heat used the second pick to draft Michael Beasley from Kansas State University, and the Minnesota Timberwolves used the third pick to draft O. J. Mayo from University of Southern California.[5] With five players taken in the draft, the University of Kansas tied University of Connecticut (2006) and University of Florida (2007) for the record with the most players selected in the first two rounds of an NBA draft.[5] Another record was set when twelve freshmen were drafted, ten of which were drafted in the first round.[7] Out of the players drafted, 29 are forwards, 19 are guards, and 12 are centers.

The 2008 NBA Draft would mark the final time that the Seattle SuperSonics made an NBA Draft appearance, as well as the final time that the Sonics would appear in official media publications. In early July, the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was renamed to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder made their first NBA Draft appearance in 2009.[8]

Contents

Eligibility

Draft

G Guard F Forward C Center
Derrick Rose was selected first overall by the Chicago Bulls.
Michael Beasley, the 2nd pick
Kevin Love, the 5th pick
D. J. Augustin, the 9th pick
JaVale McGee, the 18th pick
Courtney Lee, the 22nd pick
Nicolas Batum, the 25th pick
Mario Chalmers, the 34th pick
Sean Singletary, the 42nd pick
Patrick Ewing, Jr., the 43rd pick
 Round  Pick Player  Position Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose G  United States Chicago Bulls Memphis (Fr.)
1 2 Beasley, MichaelMichael Beasley F  United States Miami Heat Kansas State (Fr.)
1 3 Mayo, O. J.O. J. Mayo G  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Memphis)[a] USC (Fr.)
1 4 Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook G  United States Seattle SuperSonicsa[›] UCLA (So.)
1 5 Love, KevinKevin Love F  United States Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Minnesota)[a] UCLA (Fr.)
1 6 Gallinari, DaniloDanilo Gallinari F  Italy New York Knicks Olimpia Milano (Italy) 1988
1 7 Gordon, EricEric Gordon G  United States Los Angeles Clippers Indiana (Fr.)
1 8 Alexander, JoeJoe Alexander F  United States Milwaukee Bucks West Virginia (Jr.)
1 9 Augustin, D. J.D. J. Augustin G  United States Charlotte Bobcats Texas (So.)
1 10 Lopez, BrookBrook Lopez C  United States New Jersey Nets Stanford (So.)
1 11 Bayless, JerrydJerryd Bayless G  United States Indiana Pacers (traded to Portland)[b] Arizona (Fr.)
1 12 Thompson, JasonJason Thompson F  United States Sacramento Kings Rider (Sr.)
1 13 Rush, BrandonBrandon Rush F  United States Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Indiana)[b] Kansas (Jr.)
1 14 Randolph, AnthonyAnthony Randolph F  United States Golden State Warriors LSU (Fr.)
1 15 Lopez, RobinRobin Lopez F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Atlanta)[n] Stanford (So.)
1 16 Speights, MarreeseMarreese Speights F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Florida (So.)
1 17 Hibbert, RoyRoy Hibbert C  United States Toronto Raptors (traded to Indiana)[c] Georgetown (Sr.)
1 18 McGee, JaValeJaVale McGee C  United States Washington Wizards Nevada (So.)
1 19 Hickson, J. J.J. J. Hickson F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers NC State (Fr.)
1 20 Ajinça, AlexisAlexis Ajinça C  France Charlotte Bobcats (from Denver)[o] Hyères-Toulon (France) 1988
1 21 Anderson, RyanRyan Anderson F  United States New Jersey Nets (from Dallas)[p] California (So.)
1 22 Lee, CourtneyCourtney Lee G  United States Orlando Magic Western Kentucky (Sr.)
1 23 Koufos, KostaKosta Koufos C  United States
 Greeceb[›]
Utah Jazz Ohio State (Fr.)
1 24 Ibaka, SergeSerge Ibaka F  Republic of the Congo Seattle SuperSonicsa[›] (from Phoenix)[q] L'Hospitalet (Spain) 1989
1 25 Batum, NicolasNicolas Batum F  France Houston Rockets (traded to Portland)[d] Le Mans (France) 1988
1 26 Hill, GeorgeGeorge Hill G  United States San Antonio Spurs IUPUI (Jr.)
1 27 Arthur, DarrellDarrell Arthur F  United States New Orleans Hornets (traded to Memphis via Portland)[d][e] Kansas (So.)
1 28 Greene, DontéDonté Greene F  United States Memphis Grizzlies (from LA Lakers[r], traded to Houston)[d] Syracuse (Fr.)
1 29 White, D. J.D. J. White F  United States Detroit Pistons (traded to Seattle)a[›][f] Indiana (Sr.)
1 30 Giddens, J. R.J. R. Giddens G  United States Boston Celtics New Mexico (Sr.)
2 31 Peković, NikolaNikola Peković C  Montenegro Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami via Boston)[s] Panathinaikos (Greece) 1986
2 32 Sharpe, WalterWalter Sharpe F  United States Seattle SuperSonicsa[›] (traded to Detroit)[f] UAB (Jr.)
2 33 Dorsey, JoeyJoey Dorsey F  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Memphis[t], traded to Houston)[d] Memphis (Sr.)
2 34 Chalmers, MarioMario Chalmers G  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Miami)[g] Kansas (Jr.)
2 35 Jordan, DeAndreDeAndre Jordan C  United States Los Angeles Clippers Texas A&M (Fr.)
2 36 Aşık, ÖmerÖmer Aşık C  Turkey Portland Trail Blazers (from New York[u], traded to Chicago)[h] Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey) 1986
2 37 Mbah a Moute, LucLuc Mbah a Moute F  Cameroon Milwaukee Bucks UCLA (Jr.)
2 38 Weaver, KyleKyle Weaver G  United States Charlotte Bobcats Washington State (Sr.)
2 39 Weems, SonnySonny Weems G  United States Chicago Bulls (traded to Denver)[h] Arkansas (Sr.)
2 40 Douglas-Roberts, ChrisChris Douglas-Roberts G  United States New Jersey Nets Memphis (Jr.)
2 41 Jawai, NathanNathan Jawai F  Australia Indiana Pacers (traded to Toronto)[c] Cairns Taipans (Australia) 1986
2 42 Singletary, SeanSean Singletary G  United States Sacramento Kings (from Atlanta)[v] Virginia (Sr.)
2 43 Ewing, Jr., PatrickPatrick Ewing, Jr. F  United States Sacramento Kings Georgetown (Sr.)
2 44 Tomić, AnteAnte Tomić C  Croatia Utah Jazz (from Philadelphia)[w] KK Zagreb (Croatia) 1987
2 45 Dragić, GoranGoran Dragić G  Slovenia San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto[x], traded to Phoenix)[i] Union Olimpija (Slovenia) 1986
2 46 Plaisted, TrentTrent Plaisted F  United States Seattle SuperSonicsa[›] (from Portland via Boston[y], traded to Detroit)[f] BYU (Jr.)
2 47 Walker, BillBill Walker F  United States Washington Wizards (traded to Boston)[j] Kansas State (Fr.)
2 48 Hairston, MalikMalik Hairston G  United States Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland[z], traded to San Antonio)[i] Oregon (Sr.)
2 49 Hendrix, RichardRichard Hendrix F  United States Golden State Warriors Alabama (Jr.)
2 50 Hardin, DeVonDeVon Hardin C  United States Seattle SuperSonicsa[›] (from Denver)[aa] California (Sr.)
2 51 Foster, ShanShan Foster G  United States Dallas Mavericks Vanderbilt (Sr.)
2 52 Jackson, DarnellDarnell Jackson F  United States Miami Heat (from Orlando[ab], traded to Cleveland)[k] Kansas (Sr.)
2 53 Dragićević, TadijaTadija Dragićević F  Serbia Utah Jazz Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) 1986
2 54 Leunen, MaartyMaarty Leunen F  United States Houston Rockets[ac] Oregon (Sr.)
2 55 Taylor, MikeMike Taylor G  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Phoenix via Indiana[ad], traded to LA Clippers)[l] Idaho Stampede (D-League) 1986
2 56 Kaun, SashaSasha Kaun C  Russia Seattle SuperSonicsa[›] (from New Orleans via Houston[ae], traded to Cleveland)[m] Kansas (Sr.)
2 57 Gist, JamesJames Gist F  United States San Antonio Spurs Maryland (Sr.)
2 58 Crawford, JoeJoe Crawford G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Kentucky (Sr.)
2 59 Washington, DeronDeron Washington F  United States Detroit Pistons Virginia Tech (Sr.)
2 60 Erden, SemihSemih Erden C  Turkey Boston Celtics Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey) 1986

^ a: The franchise relocated to become Oklahoma City Thunder in July 2008.[8]
^ b: Kosta Koufos was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, but competes internationally for Greece, the homeland of his parents. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Greece.[9]

Trades involving draft picks

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Draft-day trades

The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.

  • d 1 2 3 4  In a three-team trade, Portland acquired the draft rights to 25th pick Nicolas Batum from Houston, Houston acquired the draft rights to 33rd pick Joey Dorsey from Portland and the draft rights to 28th pick Donté Greene and a 2009 second-round draft pick from Memphis, and Memphis acquired the draft rights to 27th pick Darrell Arthur from Portland.[10]
  • g  Miami acquired the draft rights to 34th pick Mario Chalmers from Minnesota in exchange for two future second-round draft picks and cash considerations.[10]
  • h 1 2  In a three-team trade, Chicago acquired the draft rights to 36th pick Ömer Aşık from Portland, the Trail Blazers acquired a second-round draft pick in 2009 from Denver and two future second-round draft picks from Chicago, and Denver acquired the draft rights to 39th pick Sonny Weems from Chicago.[10]
  • k  Cleveland acquired the draft rights to 52nd pick Darnell Jackson from Miami in exchange for 2009 second-round draft pick.[10]
  • m  Cleveland acquired the draft rights to 56th pick Sasha Kaun from Seattle in exchange for cash considerations.[13]

Pre-draft trades

Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.

  • o  On June 25, 2008, Charlotte acquired the 20th draft pick from Denver in exchange for a future conditional first-round draft pick.[15] Charlotte used the pick to draft Alexis Ajinça.
  • q  On July 20, 2007, Seattle acquired 2008 and 2010 first-round draft picks and Kurt Thomas from Phoenix in exchange for a 2009 second-round draft pick.[17] Seattle used the pick to draft Serge Ibaka.
  • t  On June 28, 2006, Portland acquired a 2008 second-round draft pick from Memphis in exchange for the draft rights to Alexander Johnson.[21] Portland used the pick to draft Joey Dorsey.
  • ac  On February 21, 2008, Houston re-acquired their 2008 second-round draft pick along with Bobby Jackson and Adam Haluska from New Orleans in a three-team trade.[31] Previously, Houston and New Orleans agreed to exchange second-round draft picks in a trade that sent Kirk Snyder to Houston on July 14, 2006.[32] Houston used the pick to draft Maarty Leunen.
  • ad  On June 28, 2006, Portland acquired Indiana's 2007 and Phoenix's 2008 second-round draft picks and the draft rights to Alexander Johnson from Indiana in exchange for the draft rights to James White.[33] Previously, Indiana acquired a 2008 second-round draft pick on August 25, 2005 from Phoenix in exchange for James Jones.[34] Portland used the pick to draft Mike Taylor.
  • ae  On June 28, 2007, Seattle acquired New Orleans' 2008 second-round draft pick and cash considerations from Houston in exchange for the draft rights to Carl Landry.[26] Previously, Houston and New Orleans agreed to exchange second-round draft picks in a trade that sent Kirk Snyder to Houston on July 14, 2006.[32] Seattle used the pick to draft Sasha Kaun.

References

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  3. ^ a b "Bulls to pick first in draft; Heat, Wolves round out Top 3". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. May 21, 2008. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2008/news/story?id=3405648. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
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  9. ^ "Kosta Koufos Draft 2008 Profile". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/draft2008/profiles/KostaKoufos.html. Retrieved April 23, 2009.  
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  11. ^ "Wolves Acquire Love, Miller from Memphis". NBA.com/Timberwolves. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 26, 2008. http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/wolves_acquire_love_miller_from_memphis_080626.html. Retrieved April 23, 2009.  
  12. ^ a b "Pacers Announce Two Trades; Acquire Seven Players". NBA.com/Pacers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 9, 2009. http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/pacers_trades_release_080709.html. Retrieved April 23, 2009.  
  13. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Draft Rights to Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun". NBA.com/Cavaliers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 26, 2008. http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/arthur_kaun_080626.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  14. ^ "Johnson Trade to Atlanta Completed". NBA.com/Suns. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 19, 2005. http://www.nba.com/suns/news/johnson_traded_050819.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
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  16. ^ "Nets Acquire Devin Harris and Two First Round Draft Pics in Eight Player Trade with Dallas". NBA.com/Nets. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 19, 2008. http://www.nba.com/nets/news/Harris_trade_release_2_19_08.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  17. ^ "Suns Trade Kurt Thomas to Seattle". NBA.com/Suns. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 20, 2007. http://www.nba.com/suns/news/thomas_trade_070720.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  18. ^ "Lakers Acquire Gasol from Grizzlies". NBA.com/Lakers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 1, 2008. http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/080201gasol_trade.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  19. ^ "Wolves Acquire Ricky Davis from Boston, Szczerbiak, Olowokandi & Jones to Celtics". NBA.com/Timberwolves. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 26, 2006. http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/wolves_trade_06.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  20. ^ "Heat Acquire Antoine Walker, Jason Williams & James Posey". NBA.com/Heat. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 8, 2005. http://www.nba.com/heat/news/heat_acquire_walkerwilliamsposey_050803.html. Retrieved April 9, 2009.  
  21. ^ "Grizzlies Acquire Draft Rights to Alexander Johnson from Portland". NBA.com/Grizzlies. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 28, 2006. http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grizzlies_acquire_johnson-060628.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  22. ^ "Knicks Acquire Randolph, Dickau and Jones". NBA.com/Knicks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 28, 2007. http://www.nba.com/knicks/news/draftnight_070628.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  23. ^ "Hawks Acquire Mike Bibby from Sacramento". NBA.com/Hawks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 16, 2008. http://www.nba.com/hawks/news/Hawks_Acquire_Bibby_021608.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  24. ^ "Jazz Trade 60th Pick". NBA.com/Jazz. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/jazz/news/picktrade_060705.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  25. ^ "Raptors Acquire Draft Rights to Giorgos Printezis". NBA.com/Raptors. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 28, 2007. http://www.nba.com/raptors/news/printezis_062807.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  26. ^ a b "Sonics Acquire Green, Szczerbiak and West in Trade With Boston". NBA.com/Thunder. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 28, 2007. http://www.nba.com/sonics/news/trade070628.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  27. ^ "Celtics Acquire Telfair and Ratliff". NBA.com/Celtics. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/draft-central/press062806-draft-trade.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  28. ^ "Suns Trade Milt Palacio". NBA.com/Suns. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 17, 2002. http://www.nba.com/suns/news/palacio_020917.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
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  30. ^ "Magic close book on Donovan by hiring Van Gundy". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. June 8, 2007. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2895929. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  
  31. ^ "Hornets Acquire Wells and James from Rockets". NBA.com/Hornets. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 21, 2008. http://www.nba.com/hornets/news/HORNETS_ACQUIRE_WELLS_AND_JAME-258879-31.html. Retrieved April 30, 2009.  
  32. ^ a b "Hornets Trade Kirk Snyder To Houston". NBA.com/Hornets. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 14, 2006. http://www.nba.com/hornets/news/Hornets_Trade_Snyder_13Jul2006.html. Retrieved April 10, 2009.  
  33. ^ "Trail Blazers Land Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge". NBA.com/Blazers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 28, 2006. http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/Trail_Blazers_Land_Brandon_Roy-183312-1177.html. Retrieved April 30, 2009.  
  34. ^ "Phoenix Acquires James Jones from Indiana". NBA.com/Suns. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 25, 2005. http://www.nba.com/suns/news/james_050825.html. Retrieved March 29, 2009.  

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