Cats aim for NBA Draft history

Cast of young Cats puts Program in Draft spotlight

jtipton@herald-leader.comJune 20, 2010 

  • 2010 draft order

    1. Washington

    2. Philadelphia

    3. New Jersey

    4. Minnesota

    5. Sacramento

    6. Golden State

    7. Detroit Pistons

    8. L.A. Clippers

    9. Utah

    10. Indiana

    11. New Orleans

    12. Memphis

    13. Toronto

    14. Houston

    15. Milwaukee

    16. Minnesota

    17. Chicago

    18. Miami

    19. Boston

    20. San Antonio

    21. Oklahoma City

    22. Portland

    23. Minnesota

    24. Atlanta

    25. Memphis

    26. Oklahoma City

    27. New Jersey

    28. Memphis

    29. Orlando

    30. Washington

    31. New Jersey

    32. Oklahoma City

    33. Sacramento

    34. Golden State

    35. Washington

    36. Detroit

    37. Milwaukee

    38. New York

    39. New York

    40. Indiana

    41. Miami

    42. Miami

    43. L.A. Lakers

    44. Portland

    45. Minnesota

    46. Phoenix

    47. Milwaukee

    48. Miami

    49. San Antonio

    50. Dallas

    51. Oklahoma City

    52. Boston

    53. Atlanta

    54. L.A. Clippers

    55. Utah

    56. Minnesota

    57. Indiana

    58. L.A. Lakers

    59. Orlando

    60. Phoenix

  • Most No. 1 overall picks

    For all of its championships and all of its 2,000-plus victories, Kentucky has never had one of its players selected No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft. That should change Thursday night when the Washington Wizards are expected to choose John Wall with the first pick of the 2010 draft. Fourteen schools have produced more than one overall No. 1 pick:

    Cincinnati — Kenyon Martin (2000), Oscar Robertson (1960)

    Duke — Elton Brand (1999), Art Heyman (1963)

    Duquesne — Sihugo Green (1956), Dick Ricketts (1955)

    Georgetown — Allen Iverson (1996), Patrick Ewing (1985)

    Houston — Akeem Olajuwon (1984), Elvin Hayes (1968)

    Indiana — Kent Benson (1977), Walt Bellamy (1961)

    Kansas State — Bob Boozer (1959), Howie Shannon (1949)

    Maryland — Joe Smith (1995), John Lucas (1976)

    Michigan — Chris Webber (1993), Cazzie Russell (1966)

    North Carolina — Brad Daugherty (1986), James Worthy (1982)

    Purdue — Glenn Robinson (1994), Joe Barry Carroll (1980)

    UCLA — Bill Walton (1974), Lew Alcindor (1969),

    Utah — Andrew Bogut (2005), Bill McGill (1962)

    West Virginia — Rod Hundley (1957), Mark Workman (1952)

  • UK players in the NBA Draft

    First round

    Year Player Pick Team

    2006 Rajon Rondo 21 Phoenix

    2002 Tayshaun Prince 23 Detroit

    2000 Jamaal Magloire 19 Charlotte

    1999 Scott Padgett 28 Utah

    1998 Nazr Mohammed 29 Utah

    1997 Ron Mercer 6 Boston

    1997 Derek Anderson 13 Cleveland

    1996 Antoine Walker 6 Boston

    1996 Tony Delk 16 Charlotte

    1996 Walter McCarty 19 New York

    1993 Jamal Mashburn 4 Dallas

    1988 Rex Chapman 8 Charlotte

    1986 Kenny Walker 5 New York

    1984 Sam Bowie 2 Portland

    1984 Melvin Turpin 6Washington

    1979 Kyle Macy 22 Phoenix

    1978 Rick Robey 3 Indiana

    1978 Jack Givens 16 Atlanta

    1975 Kevin Grevey 18 Washington

    1967 Pat Riley 7 San Diego

    1953 Frank Ramsey 5 Boston

    1949 Alex Groza 2Indianapolis

    1949 Wah Wah Jones 9 Washington

    Second round

    2009 Jodie Meeks 41 Milwaukee

    2008 Joe Crawford 58 L.A. Lakers

    2003 Keith Bogans 43 Milwaukee

    1996 Mark Pope 52 Indiana

    1994 Rodney Dent 31 Orlando

    1983 Dirk Minniefield 33 Dallas

    1978 James Lee 39 Seattle

    1977 Larry Johnson 24 Buffalo

    1975Jimmy Dan Conner36 Phoenix

    1964 Cotton Nash 12 L.A. Lakers

    1958 Vernon Hatton 10 Cincinnati

    1949 Ralph Beard 14 Chicago

    Third round

    1988 Rob Lock 51L.A. Clippers

    1988 Ed Davender 60 Washington

    1988 Winston Bennett 64 Cleveland

    1983 Derrick Hord 67 Cleveland

    1978 Mike Phillips 45 New Jersey

    1975 Bob Guyette 49K.C./Omaha

    1971 Larry Steele 37 Portland

    1966 Tommy Kron 24 St. Louis

    1953 Cliff Hagan 13 Boston

    Fourth round

    1984 Dickey Beal 81 Atlanta

    1967 Louie Dampier 38 Cincinnati

    1960 Sid Cohen 32 Boston

    1959 Johnny Cox 30 New York

    1958 Johnny Cox 37 New York

    1950 Jim Line 41IndianapolisFifth round

    1987 James Blackmon 94 New Jersey

    1986 Roger Harden 115 L.A. Lakers

    1980 LaVon Williams 101 Cleveland

    1968 Thad Jaracz 60 Boston

    1961 Billy Ray Lickert 45 L.A. Lakers

    1961 Roger Newman 64 Syracuse

    1955 Bill Evans 34 Rochester

    1949 Cliff Barker 35 Washington

    Sixth round

    1984 Jim Master 127 Atlanta

    1983 Charles Hurt 134 Milwaukee

    1981 Fred Cowan 127 Houston

    1979 Truman Claytor 111 Detroit

    1972 Tom Parker 83 Cleveland

    1960 George Newman 48 Boston

    Seventh round

    1982 Chuck Verderber 145 Chicago

    1975 Mike Flynn 113Philadelphia

    1973 Jim Andrews 107 Seattle

    1960 Bennie Coffman 53 Syracuse

    1953 Lou Tsioropoulos 24 Boston

    1950 Dale Barnstable 74 Boston

    Eighth round

    1984 Tom Heitz 163 Indiana

    1970 Dan Issel 122 Detroit

    1970 Mike Casey 130 Chicago

    1962 Larry Pursiful 61 Chicago

    Ninth round

    1980 Jay Shidler 183 Chicago

    1968 Cliff Berger 119 Milwaukee

    10th round

    1972 Kent Hollenbeck 146 Detroit

    1971 Jim Dinwiddle 163Philadelphia

    1969 Phil Argento 139 L.A. Lakers

    1957 Jerry Calvert 73Philadelphia

    13th round

    1961 Ned Jennings 102 New York

    15th round

    1958 Adrian Smith 86 Cincinnati

    18th round

    1960 Don Mills 92 New York

    Other picks

    (Round and pick number not available)

    1956: Jerry Bird (Minneapolis), Bob Burrow (Rochester), Phil Grawemeyer (Minneapolis). 1952: Bobby Watson (Milwaukee), Lucian Whitaker (Indianapolis). 1948: Joe Holland (Baltimore), Jack Parkinson (Washington), Kenny Rollins (Fort Wayne). 1947: Jack Tingle (Washington).

  • Lottery is no guarantee

    Kentucky could have as many as five players drafted among the first 14 selections in Thursday's NBA Draft. As the past 10 drafts show, those "lottery picks" — though well-paid — rarely become superstars. And only a couple out of every draft, on average, ever become All-Stars:

    2000 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (1) Kenyon Martin (2004).

    2010 starters (2) — Kenyon Martin (No. 1), Mike Miller (No. 5).

    2010 reserves (4) — Jamal Crawford (No. 8), Joel Przybilla (No. 9), Keyon Dooling (No. 10), Etan Thomas (No. 12).

    Not in NBA (8) — Stromile Swift (No. 2), Darius Miles (No. 3), Marcus Fizer (No. 4), DerMarr Johnson (No. 6), Chris Mihm (No. 7), Jerome Moiso (No. 11), Courtney Alexander (No. 13), Mateen Cleaves (No. 14).

    2001 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (7) Pau Gasol (2006, 2009-10), Joe Johnson (2007-10).

    2010 starters (6) — Pau Gasol (No. 3), Jason Richardson (No. 5), Shane Battier (No. 6), Joe Johnson (No. 10), Richard Jefferson (No. 13), Troy Murphy (No. 14).

    2010 reserves (5) — Kwame Brown (No. 1), Tyson Chandler (No. 2), Eddy Curry (No. 4), DeSagana Diop (No. 8), Vladimir Radmanovic (No. 12).

    Not in NBA (3) — Eddie Griffin (No. 7), Rodney White (No. 9), Kedrick Brown (No. 11).

    2002 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (14) — Yao Ming (2003-09), Amare Stoudemire (2005, 2007-10), Caron Butler (2007-08).

    2010 starters (3) — Nene Hilario (No. 7), Amare Stoudemire (No. 9), Caron Butler (No. 10).

    2010 reserves (5) — Mike Dunleavy (No. 3), Drew Gooden (No. 4), Chris Wilcox (No. 8), Jared Jeffries (No. 11), Marcus Haislip (No. 13).

    2010 injured reserve (1) Yao Ming (No. 1).

    Not in NBA (5) — Jay Williams (No. 2), Nikoloz Tskitishvili (No. 5), Dajuan Wagner (No. 6), Melvin Ely (No. 12), Fred Jones (No. 14).

    2003 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (21) LeBron James (2005-10), Carmelo Anthony (2007-08, 2010), Chris Bosh (2006-10), Dwyane Wade (2005-10), Chris Kaman (2010).

    2010 starters (6) — LeBron James (No. 1), Carmelo Anthony (No. 3), Chris Bosh (No. 4), Dwyane Wade (No. 5), Chris Kaman (No. 6), Kirk Hinrich (No. 7).

    2010 reserves (7) — Darko Milicic (No. 2), T.J. Ford (No. 8), Jarvis Hayes (No. 10), Mickael Pietrus (No. 11), Nick Collison (No. 12), Marcus Banks (No. 13), Luke Ridnour (No. 14).

    Not in NBA (1) — Mike Sweetney (No. 9).

    2004 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (5) Dwight Howard (2007-10), Devin Harris (2009).

    2010 starters (6) — Dwight Howard (No. 1), Emeka Okafor (No. 2), Devin Harris (No. 5), Luol Deng (No. 7), Andre Iguodala (No. 9), Andris Biedrins (No. 11).

    2010 reserves (4) — Ben Gordon (No. 3), Shaun Livingston (No. 4), Sebastian Telfair (No. 13), Kris Humphries (No. 14).

    Not in NBA (4) — Josh Childress (No. 6), Rafael Araujo (No. 8), Luke Jackson (No. 10), Robert Swift (No. 12).

    2005 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (4) Deron Williams (2010), Chris Paul (2008-10).

    2010 starters (6) — Andrew Bogut (No. 1), Marvin Williams (No. 2), Deron Williams (No. 3), Chris Paul (No. 4), Raymond Felton (No. 5), Andrew Bynum (No. 10).

    2010 reserves (4) — Martell Webster (No. 6), Charlie Villanueva (No. 7), Channing Frye (No. 8), Sean May (No. 13).

    2010 injured reserve (1) Ike Diogu (No. 9).

    Not in NBA (3) — Fran Vasquez (No. 11), Yaroslav Korolev (No. 12), Rashad McCants (No. 14).

    2006 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (3) Brandon Roy (2008-10)

    2010 starters (6) — Andrea Bargnani (No. 1), LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 2), Brandon Roy (No. 6), Rudy Gay (No. 8), Thabo Sefolosha (No. 13), Ronnie Brewer (No. 14).

    2010 reserves (7) — Adam Morrison (No. 3), Tyrus Thomas (No. 4), Shelden Williams (No. 5), Randy Foye (No. 7), Patrick O'Bryant (No. 9), J.J. Redick (No. 11), Hilton Armstrong (No. 12).

    Not in NBA (1) — Mouhamed Sene (No. 10).

    2007 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (2) Kevin Durant (2010), Al Horford (2010).

    2010 starters (11) — Greg Oden (No. 1), Kevin Durant (No. 2), Al Horford (No. 3), Mike Conley (No. 4), Jeff Green (No. 5), Yi Jianlian (No. 6), Corey Brewer (No. 7), Joakim Noah (No. 9), Spencer Hawes (No. 10), Thaddeus Young (No. 12), Al Thornton (No. 14).

    2010 reserves (2) — Acie Law (No. 11), Julian Wright (No. 13).

    2010 injured reserve (1) Brandan Wright (No. 8).

    2008 draft

    Total All-Star appearances (1) Derrick Rose (2010).

    2010 starters (8) — Derrick Rose (No. 1), Michael Beasley (No. 2), O.J. Mayo (No. 3), Russell Westbrook (No. 4), Danilo Gallinari (No. 6), Eric Gordon (No. 7), Brook Lopez (No. 10), Jason Thompson (No. 12).

    2010 reserves (6) — Kevin Love (No. 5), Joe Alexander (No. 8), D.J. Augustin (No. 9), Jerryd Bayless (No. 11), Brandon Rush (No. 13), Anthony Randolph (No. 14).

    2009 draft

    Total All-Star appearances None.

    2010 starters (5) — Tyreke Evans (No. 4), Jonny Flynn (No. 6), Stephen Curry (No. 7), DeMar DeRozan (No. 9), Brandon Jennings (No. 10).

    2010 reserves (7) — Hasheem Thabeet (No. 2), James Harden (No. 3), Jordan Hill (No. 8), Terrence Williams (No. 11), Gerald Henderson (No. 12), Tyler Hansbrough (No. 13), Earl Clark (No. 14).

    2010 injured reserve (1) Blake Griffin (No. 1).

    Not in NBA (1) — Ricky Rubio (No. 5).

  • Most first-round selections

    Schools to produce the most first-round picks since the NBA Draft was shortened to two rounds in 1989. Listed with number of first-round picks, second-round picks and total picks:

    overall

    School 1st 2nd Total

    North Carolina206 26

    Duke1910 29

    Connecticut158 23

    Arizona1417 31

    Kansas148 22

    Georgia Tech145 19

    UCLA1315 28

    Kentucky 11 5 16

    Louisville 11 2 13

    Michigan106 16

    Syracuse106 16

    Stanford102 12

    Florida96 15

    Texas810 18

    Michigan State89 17

    Memphis86 14

    Indiana85 13

    UNLV81 9

    SEC schools

    Kentucky 11 5 16

    Florida96 15

    Louisiana State77 14

    Alabama76 13

    Arkansas64 10

    Georgia36 9

    Mississippi State24 6

    Tennessee24 6

    Auburn22 4

    Mississippi12 3

    South Carolina12 3

    Vanderbilt05 5

    OThers

    Ohio State64 10

    Cincinnati58 13

    W. Kentucky 1 2 3

    West Virginia11 2

    Murray State 0 3 3

    Morehead State 0 2 2

    Marshall01 1

  • Most first-round picks in same season

    Kentucky is projected to place as many as five players in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft. Three schools have had four first-round picks in the same draft:

    Connecticut (2006)

    First-round picks — No. 8 Rudy Gay, No. 12 Hilton Armstrong, No. 22 Marcus Williams, No. 23 Josh Boone.

    How UConn fared in 2006 Lost to George Mason in NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and finished season 30-4.

    How UConn fared the year after draft picks left Finished 17-14 and did not qualify for post-season play in 2007.

    North Carolina (2005)

    First-round picks — No. 2 Marvin Williams, No. 5 Raymond Felton, No. 13 Sean May, No. 14 Rashad McCants.

    How UNC fared in 2005 Won national championship and finished 33-4.

    How UNC fared the year after draft picks left Lost to George Mason in second round of 2006 NCAA Tournament and finished 23-8.

    Duke (1999)

    First-round picks — No. 1 Elton Brand, No. 11 Trajan Langdon, No. 13 Corey Maggette, No. 14 William Avery.

    How Duke fared in 1999 Lost to Connecticut in NCAA Tournament championship game and finished 37-2.

    How Duke fared the year after draft picks left Lost to Florida in Sweet 16 of 2000 NCAA Tournament and finished 29-5.

  • Projecting the NBA's lottery picks

    The Sporting News' Sean Deveney includes Kentucky's John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson among the first players chosen:

    1. Washington: John Wall, PG, Kentucky

    2. Philadelphia: Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State

    3. New Jersey: Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech

    4. Minnesota: Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse

    5. Sacramento: DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Kentucky

    6. Golden State: Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown

    7. Detroit: Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina

    8. L.A. Clippers: Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest

    9. Utah: Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas

    10. Indiana: Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor

    11. New Orleans: Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas

    12. Memphis: Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky

    13. Toronto: Paul George, SF, Fresno State

    14. Houston: Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler

    More draft projections on Page C5

John Wall figures to make history Thursday night by becoming the first University of Kentucky player to be the first pick in an NBA Draft. That UK has never produced the first player taken in an NBA Draft surprises Sam Bowie, arguably the most notable Wildcat associated with the draft.

"I just assumed with Kentucky's history and tradition, we'd have had a No. 1 pick," Bowie said last week. "And I take pride in knowing a little about Kentucky basketball."

UK can make another bit of history in Thursday's NBA Draft if former teammates DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe join Wall as first-round selections. No college team has produced more than four first-rounders in a single draft. Three teams have produced four first-rounders in a draft (see chart on Page C4).

If Wall joins Derrick Rose as first players selected, John Calipari can become the fifth college coach who's worked with two overall No. 1 picks. The other coaches are John Thompson (Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson), Dean Smith (James Worthy and Brad Daugherty), John Wooden (Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton) and Guy Lewis (Elvin Hayes and Akeem Olajuwon).

No coach has had three, so that gives Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague something to shoot for.

Bowie made another kind of history in the 1984 draft when the Portland Trail Blazers selected him with the second overall pick. Of course, what made that selection noteworthy was the third pick, Michael Jordan.

"I used to always joke with him," Bowie said. "If he didn't turn out to be the player he was, I wouldn't have had to hear the ridicule I did."

Bowie forevermore became known as the player Portland took instead of Jordan (and never mind that the Houston Rockets took Akeem Olajuwon with the first overall pick). Injuries, including two broken tibias, curtailed Bowie's career. Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and became widely recognized as the greatest player of all time.

In 2006, ESPN's David Schoenfield listed the 100 worst draft picks in any sport. He picked Portland's selection of Bowie as the worst draft decision by any team in any sport.

"Why Bowie?" Schoenfield wrote. "The Blazers were fixated on drafting a center. ... Before the coin flip (to decide which team would make the first selection), Portland was fined $250,000 for improper contact with Olajuwon and Georgetown center Patrick Ewing."

Portland had two all-star caliber players at Jordan's shooting guard position in Jim Paxson and Clyde Drexler. The Blazers needed size.

"They made the right selection," Bowie said. "My only regret I have is I wasn't able to stay healthy and let my career fall as it may."

Schoenfield noted that the Chicago Bulls saw Jordan as something of a consolation prize. Then-Bulls general manager Rod Thorn said of Jordan on draft day, "I only wish he were 7-1."

Bowie always took his place in basketball history with a smile. "Any time you're mentioned, good or bad, with Michael Jordan, it's all good," he said.

But Bowie acknowledged that being repeatedly belittled by comparisons to Jordan took its toll.

"There were times, you're sitting there going through the rehab, and your team is struggling," he said, "and Michael's getting all the accolades he pretty much deserved. And I'd hear commentators and I'd hear beat writers. I mean, I'm human. For me to say that didn't affect me (or) that didn't bother me (his voice trailed off).

"The reason it never broke me down was because that was something I had no control over."

With that, Bowie recalled an ironic moment in his second NBA season. Jordan missed most of the season because of a fracture in his foot.

"A lot of people were saying, 'I'm glad we drafted Bowie instead of Jordan. Jordan is looking like he's injury prone,'" the former UK center said.

Alex Groza, who was drafted in 1949 by the Indianapolis Olympians, is the only other UK player to be taken with the second pick of an NBA Draft.

In 1978, Rick Robey was chosen third overall by the Indiana Pacers.

The only other top-five picks out of Kentucky have been Jamal Mashburn (No. 4 in 1993), Kenny Walker (No. 5 in 1986) and Frank Ramsey (No. 5 in 1953).

Ramsey turned pro in a vastly different time. He was the anti-one-and-done. When he got the telephone call informing him that he'd been drafted, Ramsey thought of the Army.

No, the voice on the telephone line said. "By the Boston Celtics. What are you going to do?"

Ramsey said he planned to return to UK for a fourth season, which he did before joining the Celtics in 1954.

Although Kentucky has not had a No. 1 player chosen in an NBA Draft, the draft itself has changed dramatically. There used to be "territorial picks" before the actual drafting of players. These picks — for instance, Tommy Heinsohn of Holy Cross to the Celtics; Philadelphia native Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia Warriors — were intended to help a fledgling league build fan support.

Ramsey noted that Ralph Beard, Groza and several other UK players were taken as a group to found the ill-fated Indianapolis Olympians franchise.

In expressing his surprise that no Kentucky player had been the first overall selection in an NBA Draft, Bowie wondered about one player.

"Right away," he said. "The first thing that comes to my mind is Dan Issel. When you think of Dan Issel, the stories and the legend of Big Dan, I automatically assumed he was a first pick."

Issel, UK's career scoring leader, was taken in the eighth round of the 1970 NBA Draft.

That's because he seemed likely to sign with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association.

"The ABA was a pretty flexible league," Issel said.

The rival league's Dallas Chapparels drafted Issel. Then he told the ABA he had no intention of playing in the upstart league. But Issel added that he'd consider signing with the Colonels.

"Three days later, the Colonels made a deal for my draft rights," Issel said.

Even without the ABA factor, Issel did not see himself as the overall No. 1 pick in the 1970 draft. That distinction went to Bob Lanier of St. Bonaventure.

"Bob was the prototypical NBA center," Issel said. "I think I'd have been in the top five."

The list of UK players chosen outside the top five includes such stars as Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan (13th player chosen in 1953), Pat Riley (No. 7 in 1967), Kevin Grevey (No. 18 in 1975), Jack Givens (No. 16 in 1978), Rex Chapman (No. 8 in 1988), Antoine Walker (No. 6 in 1996), Ron Mercer (No. 6 in 1997), Tayshaun Prince (No. 23 in 2002) and Rajon Rondo (No. 21 in 2006).

"That's very strange," Issel said of UK's absence from the top of NBA Drafts. "I think we're going to erase all that this year."

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