2009 NBA draft

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2009 NBA draft
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General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)June 25, 2009
Location Madison Square Garden (New York City, New York)
Network(s) ESPN
Overview
60 total selections in 2 rounds
LeagueNBA
First selection Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
  2008
2010  

The 2009 NBA draft was held on June 25, 2009, at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In this draft, the National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players.

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The Los Angeles Clippers, who won the draft lottery on May 19, 2009, used their first overall draft pick to draft Blake Griffin from University of Oklahoma. [1] [2] However, he missed the entire 2009–10 season due to surgery on his broken left kneecap, which he injured during the pre-season. [3] Tanzanian-born Hasheem Thabeet from University of Connecticut was drafted second by the Memphis Grizzlies. Thabeet became the first player born in Tanzania to be drafted by an NBA team. [4] James Harden was drafted 3rd by the Oklahoma City Thunder. This made him the first player to be drafted by the franchise as the Oklahoma City Thunder; the franchise moved from Seattle to OKC in 2008. The Sacramento Kings drafted Tyreke Evans 4th; he was named 2009–10 NBA Rookie of the Year, after he became the fourth NBA player in history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in his rookie season, joining the elite club of Oscar Robertson (1960), Michael Jordan (1984) and LeBron James (2003). Spanish teenager Ricky Rubio was drafted 5th by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rubio became the fifth-highest-drafted international player who never played U.S. college basketball to be drafted in the NBA, tied with Nikoloz Tskitishvili (5th in 2002), and behind Yao Ming (1st in 2002), Andrea Bargnani (1st in 2006), Darko Miličić (2nd in 2003) and Pau Gasol (3rd in 2001). [5] Twenty-third pick Omri Casspi became the first Israeli player to be drafted in the first round, and later he became the first Israeli to play in the NBA. [6]

The 2009 draft marked the first time three sons of former NBA players were selected in the top 15 picks of the draft. Stephen Curry, son of Dell Curry, was drafted 7th by the Golden State Warriors. Gerald Henderson Jr., son of Gerald Henderson, was drafted 12th by the Charlotte Bobcats. Austin Daye, son of Darren Daye, was drafted 15th by the Detroit Pistons. [5] The draft also marked the first time a former high school player who skipped college to play professional basketball in Europe was selected in an NBA draft. Brandon Jennings, who skipped college to play professional basketball with Italian team Lottomatica Roma, was drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the draft. [7]

Of the 60 players drafted, four were freshmen, nine were sophomores, 12 were juniors, 22 were seniors, and 13 were international players without U.S. college basketball experience. The University of North Carolina's Tar Heels had the most players selected in the draft; three players were selected in the first round and one was selected in the second round. This marked the second time ever that four Tar Heels players were selected in the first two rounds of an NBA draft. [8] The Minnesota Timberwolves had the league-high four first-round draft picks and the first time in team history that the team held two top-10 draft picks. [9] The Timberwolves also had two second-round draft picks and became the team with the most draft picks in the 2009 draft with a total of six. The Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic were the only NBA teams who did not have a draft pick this year, although Houston acquired three drafted players' rights after the draft. [10]

From the players in this draft, there have been six players selected as All-Stars; out of these six, Curry and Harden have both won the NBA's regular season MVP award. [11]

Draft

PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
*Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
#Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
~Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year
Blake Griffin was selected first by the Los Angeles Clippers. Blake Griffin (31732743775).jpg
Blake Griffin was selected first by the Los Angeles Clippers.
James Harden was selected third by the Oklahoma City Thunder. JamesHardenWSH.jpg
James Harden was selected third by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Tyreke Evans was selected fourth by the Sacramento Kings. Tyreke Evans FT 2013-10-05.JPG
Tyreke Evans was selected fourth by the Sacramento Kings.
Stephen Curry was selected seventh by the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry Shooting (cropped).jpg
Stephen Curry was selected seventh by the Golden State Warriors.
DeMar DeRozan was selected ninth by the Toronto Raptors. DeMar DeRozan Spurs (cropped).jpg
DeMar DeRozan was selected ninth by the Toronto Raptors.
Jrue Holiday was selected seventeenth by the Philadelphia 76ers. 20140101 Jrue Holiday.JPG
Jrue Holiday was selected seventeenth by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jeff Teague was selected nineteenth by the Atlanta Hawks. Teague2-20190120.jpg
Jeff Teague was selected nineteenth by the Atlanta Hawks.
RoundPickPlayerPositionNationality [n 1] TeamSchool/club team
11 Blake Griffin *~PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Los Angeles Clippers Oklahoma (So.)
12 Hasheem Thabeet CFlag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania Memphis Grizzlies Connecticut (Jr.)
13 James Harden *SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Oklahoma City Thunder Arizona State (So.)
14 Tyreke Evans ~SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Sacramento Kings Memphis (Fr.)
15 Ricky Rubio PGFlag of Spain.svg Spain Minnesota Timberwolves (from Washington) [a] DKV Joventut (Spain) [12]
16 Jonny Flynn PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota Timberwolves [b] Syracuse (So.)
17 Stephen Curry *PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Golden State Warriors Davidson (Jr.)
18 Jordan Hill PFFlag of the United States.svg United States New York Knicks Arizona (Jr.)
19 DeMar DeRozan *SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Toronto Raptors USC (Fr.)
110 Brandon Jennings PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Milwaukee Bucks Lottomatica Roma (Italy) [13]
111 Terrence Williams SGFlag of the United States.svg United States New Jersey Nets Louisville (Sr.)
112 Gerald Henderson SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Charlotte Bobcats Duke (Jr.)
113 Tyler Hansbrough PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Indiana Pacers North Carolina (Sr.)
114 Earl Clark SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Phoenix Suns Louisville (Jr.)
115 Austin Daye SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Detroit Pistons Gonzaga (So.)
116 James Johnson SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Chicago Bulls Wake Forest (So.)
117 Jrue Holiday +PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Philadelphia 76ers UCLA (Fr.)
118 Ty Lawson PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami, [c] traded to Denver) [A] North Carolina (Jr.)
119 Jeff Teague +PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Atlanta Hawks Wake Forest (So.)
120 Eric Maynor PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Utah Jazz VCU (Sr.)
121 Darren Collison PGFlag of the United States.svg United States New Orleans Hornets UCLA (Sr.)
122 Víctor Claver SFFlag of Spain.svg Spain Portland Trail Blazers (from Dallas) [d] Pamesa Valencia (Spain) [12]
123 Omri Casspi SFFlag of Israel.svg  Israel Sacramento Kings (from Houston) [e] Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) [12]
124 Byron Mullens CFlag of the United States.svg United States
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Dallas Mavericks (from Portland, [d] traded to Oklahoma City) [B] Ohio State (Fr.)
125 Rodrigue Beaubois PGFlag of France.svg France Oklahoma City Thunder (from San Antonio, [f] traded to Dallas) [B] Cholet (France) [12]
126 Taj Gibson PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Chicago Bulls (from Denver via Oklahoma City) [g] USC (Jr.)
127 DeMarre Carroll SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Memphis Grizzlies (from Orlando) [h] Missouri (Sr.)
128 Wayne Ellington SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Boston) [b] North Carolina (Jr.)
129 Toney Douglas PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Los Angeles Lakers (traded to New York) [C] Florida State (Sr.)
130 Christian Eyenga SFFlag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo Cleveland Cavaliers CB Prat (Spain) [12]
231 Jeff Pendergraph PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Sacramento Kings (traded to Portland) [D] Arizona State (Sr.)
232 Jermaine Taylor SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Washington Wizards (traded to Houston) [E] Central Florida (Sr.)
233 Dante Cunningham PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Portland Trail Blazers (from LA Clippers) [j] Villanova (Sr.)
234 Sergio Llull [14] #PGFlag of Spain.svg Spain Denver Nuggets (from Oklahoma City, [k] traded to Houston) [F] Real Madrid (Spain) [15]
235 DaJuan Summers PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Detroit Pistons (from Minnesota) [l] Georgetown (Jr.)
236 Sam Young SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Memphis Grizzlies [m] Pittsburgh (Sr.)
237 DeJuan Blair PFFlag of the United States.svg United States San Antonio Spurs (from Golden State via Phoenix) [n] Pittsburgh (So.)
238 Jon Brockman PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Portland Trail Blazers (from New York via Chicago, [o] traded to Sacramento) [D] Washington (Sr.)
239 Jonas Jerebko PFFlag of Sweden.svg Sweden Detroit Pistons (from Toronto) [p] Angelico Biella (Italy) [16]
240 Derrick Brown SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Charlotte Bobcats (from New Jersey via Oklahoma City) [q] Xavier (Jr.)
241 Jodie Meeks SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Milwaukee Bucks Kentucky (Jr.)
242 Patrick Beverley [17] PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Charlotte, [r] traded to Miami) [G] Arkansas (So.)
243 Marcus Thornton SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Miami Heat (from Indiana, [s] traded to New Orleans) [H] LSU (Sr.)
244 Chase Budinger SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Detroit Pistons (traded to Houston) [I] Arizona (Jr.)
245 Nick Calathes PGFlag of Greece.svg  Greece
Flag of the United States.svg United States [a]
Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia via Miami, [t] traded to Dallas) [J] Florida (So.)
246 Danny Green SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Chicago) [u] North Carolina (Sr.)
247 Henk Norel [18] #PFFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami) [t] DKV Joventut (Spain) [19]
248 Taylor Griffin SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Phoenix Suns Oklahoma (Sr.)
249 Sergiy Gladyr [20] #SGFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Atlanta Hawks MBC Mykolaiv (Ukraine) [12]
250 Goran Suton [21] #CFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of the United States.svg United States [b]
Utah Jazz Michigan State (Sr.)
251 Jack McClinton [22] #SGFlag of the United States.svg United States San Antonio Spurs (from New Orleans via Toronto) [v] Miami (FL) (Sr.)
252 A. J. Price PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Indiana Pacers (from Dallas) [w] Connecticut (Sr.)
253 Nando de Colo PGFlag of France.svg France San Antonio Spurs (from Houston) [x] Cholet (France) [23]
254 Robert Vaden [24] #SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Charlotte Bobcats (from San Antonio, [y] traded to Oklahoma City) [K] UAB (Sr.)
255 Patty Mills PGFlag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Portland Trail Blazers (from Denver) [o] Saint Mary's (So.)
256 Ahmad Nivins [25] #PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Dallas Mavericks (from Portland) [d] Saint Joseph's (Sr.)
257 Emir Preldžič [26] #PFFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey [c]
Phoenix Suns (from Orlando via Oklahoma City, [z] traded to Cleveland) [L] Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey) [27]
258 Lester Hudson PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Boston Celtics Tennessee-Martin (Sr.)
259 Chinemelu Elonu [28] #PFFlag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Flag of the United States.svg United States [d]
Los Angeles Lakers Texas A&M (Jr.)
260 Robert Dozier [29] #SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Miami Heat (from Cleveland) [aa] Memphis (Sr.)
  1. Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.

^  a: Nick Calathes was born in the United States, and has dual U.S. and Greek citizenship by birth. He has represented Greece internationally. [30]
^  b: Goran Suton, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina , is also a naturalized citizen of the United States since 2006. [31]
^  c: Emir Preldžič, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina , also has Slovenian and Turkish citizenship. He had represented Slovenia internationally in 2008, before switching to Turkey . [32] [33]
^  d: Chinemelu Elonu was born in Nigeria, is also a naturalized citizen of the United States. [34] [35]

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 2009 NBA draft but have played at least one game in the NBA.

PlayerPositionNationalitySchool/club team
Jeff Adrien PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Connecticut (Sr.)
Josh Akognon PGFlag of the United States.svg United States/Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
Antonio Anderson SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Memphis (Sr.)
Aron Baynes C/PFFlag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Washington State (Sr.)
Dionte Christmas SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Temple (Sr.)
Marcus Cousin CFlag of the United States.svg United States Houston (Sr.)
Luigi Datome SFFlag of Italy.svg Italy Virtus Roma (Italy)
Justin Dentmon PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Washington (Sr.)
Shane Edwards FFlag of the United States.svg United States Arkansas–Little Rock (Sr.)
Vítor Faverani PF/CFlag of Brazil.svg Brazil CB Axarquía (Spain)
Alonzo Gee SF/SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Alabama (Sr.)
Terrel Harris GFlag of the United States.svg United States Oklahoma State (Sr.)
Joe Ingles SG/SFFlag of Australia (converted).svg Australia South Dragons (Australia)
Aaron Jackson PG/SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Duquesne (Sr.)
Cedric Jackson PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Cleveland State (Sr.)
Chris Johnson C/PFFlag of the United States.svg United States LSU (Sr.)
Viacheslav Kravtsov CFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Kyiv (Ukraine)
Marcus Landry PFFlag of the United States.svg United States Wisconsin (Sr.)
Wesley Matthews SG/SFFlag of the United States.svg United States Marquette (Sr.)
Jerel McNeal PG/SGFlag of the United States.svg United States Marquette (Sr.)
Jeremy Pargo PGFlag of the United States.svg United States Gonzaga (Sr.)
Garret Siler CFlag of the United States.svg United States Augusta State (Sr.)
Garrett Temple SGFlag of the United States.svg United States LSU (Sr.)
Miloš Teodosić GFlag of Serbia.svg Serbia Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece)
Luke Zeller F/CFlag of the United States.svg United States Notre Dame (Sr.)

Eligibility

The basic requirements for draft eligibility are:

The CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the U.S. for three years prior to the draft, did not complete high school in the U.S., and have never enrolled at a U.S. college or university. [37]

The basic requirement for automatic eligibility for a U.S. player is the completion of his college eligibility. [38] Players who meet the CBA definition of "international players" are automatically eligible if their 22nd birthday falls during or before the calendar year of the draft (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1987). [39] U.S. players who were at least one year removed from their high school graduation and have played professional basketball with a team outside the NBA were also automatically eligible. Former high school player Brandon Jennings meets these criteria, having graduated high school in 2008, skipped college basketball and then played professional basketball in Italy. [7]

A player who is not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 60 days before the draft. [40] [41] For the 2009 draft, this date fell on April 26. An early entry candidate is allowed to withdraw his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 10 days before the draft. [42] This year, a total of 74 collegiate players and 29 international players declared as early entry candidates. [43] At the withdrawal deadline, 55 early-entry candidates withdrew from the draft, leaving 39 collegiate players and 10 international players as the early-entry candidates for the draft. [12]

A player who has hired an agent will forfeit his remaining college eligibility, regardless of whether he is drafted. Also, while the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the league and its players' union allows a player to withdraw from the draft twice, [42] the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) mandates that a player who has declared twice loses his college eligibility. This second provision affected Chase Budinger, Wayne Ellington, and Ty Lawson, all of whom declared for and withdrew from the 2008 draft. [44]

Draft lottery

The lottery selection to determine the order of the top fourteen picks in the 2009 draft occurred on May 19, 2009. [45] The Los Angeles Clippers won the first pick, while the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder moved up to second and third picks respectively. The Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards, who had the two best chances to land a top-three pick, fell down to the fourth and fifth spots, the lowest possible picks they could be awarded through the lottery. [1] The remaining first-round picks and all the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss records in the previous season. As is commonplace in the event of identical win-loss records, the NBA performed a random drawing to break the ties on April 17, 2009. [46]

Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2009 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places: [47]

^Denotes the actual lottery results
Team 2008–09
record
Lottery
chances
Pick
1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th
Sacramento Kings 17–65250.250.215.177.358^
Washington Wizards [1] 19–63178.178.174.164.347.137^
Los Angeles Clippers 19–63177.177^.173.164.195.250.040
Oklahoma City Thunder 23–59119.119.126.132^.100.350.161.013
Minnesota Timberwolves 24–5876.076.084.095.263.385^.093.004
Memphis Grizzlies 24–5875.075.083^.094.414.294.039.001
Golden State Warriors 29–5343.043.049.058.600^.232.018.000
New York Knicks 32–5028.028.033.039.725^.168.008.000
Toronto Raptors 33–4917.017.020.024.813^.122.004.000
Milwaukee Bucks 34–4810.010.012.014.870^.092.002.000
New Jersey Nets 34–489.009.011.013.904^.063.001.000
Charlotte Bobcats 35–477.007.008.010.935^.039.000
Indiana Pacers 36–466.006.007.009.960^.018
Phoenix Suns 46–365.005.006.007.982^

^  1: Washington Wizards' pick was later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves . [a]

Trades involving draft picks

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.

Draft-day trades

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

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2013 NBA draft Basketball player selection

The 2013 NBA draft was held on June 27, 2013, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. State Farm was the presenting sponsor. The lottery took place on May 21, 2013. This was the first draft for New Orleans under their new Pelicans name after playing as the New Orleans Hornets previously. It would also be the last draft for the Charlotte Bobcats under their old name, as they went back to playing under their old Hornets moniker that they last used in 2002 once the 2013–14 NBA season was over. Anthony Bennett, the first pick, bounced around the league, and then was finally released by the Brooklyn Nets after averaging just 5.2 PPG. He is considered the most recent candidate of being named the worst #1 draft pick in recent memory, with next to no major media outlets even considering him a potential #1 pick up until the day of the draft.

2017 NBA draft Basketball player selection

The 2017 NBA draft was held on June 22, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players.

2018 NBA draft

The 2018 NBA Draft was held on June 21, 2018, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur United States college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. It was televised nationally by ESPN. State Farm was the presenting sponsor of the NBA draft for the seventh consecutive year. This draft was the last to use the original weighted lottery system that gave teams near the bottom of the NBA draft better odds at the top three picks of the draft while teams higher up had worse odds in the process; the rule was agreed upon by the NBA on September 28, 2017, but would not be implemented until the 2019 draft. It was also considered the final year where undrafted college underclassmen were forced to begin their professional careers early; on August 8, 2018, the NCAA announced that players who declared for the NBA draft and were not selected would have the opportunity to return to their school for at least another year. With the last year of what was, at the time, the most recent lottery system, the Phoenix Suns won the first overall pick on May 15, 2018, with the Sacramento Kings at the second overall pick and the Atlanta Hawks at third overall pick. The Suns' selection was their first No. 1 overall selection in franchise history. They used the selection on the Bahamian center Deandre Ayton from the nearby University of Arizona.

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