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2001 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 27, 2001
Time 7:30 pm (EDT)
Location Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) TNT
First selection Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards
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The 2001 NBA draft took place on June 27, 2001 in New York City, New York. Kwame Brown became the first high school player to be drafted with the first overall pick in the history of the NBA. The selection of Kwame Brown by the Washington Wizards, over players that have gone on to have more successful NBA careers, has been a source of great criticism, with Brown having been widely labeled one of the worst draft busts in NBA history.[1] Several international players from this draft, Pau Gasol (Spain), Tony Parker (France) and Mehmet Okur (Turkey), became NBA All-Stars. This was the last draft the Vancouver Grizzlies participated in while in their original city; their move to Memphis was finalized several weeks later. This was also the final draft participated by the Charlotte Hornets until 2014; the then-current team moved to New Orleans the following year as the future Pelicans, while an expansion Charlotte team (formerly the Bobcats) was later formed in 2004.

Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations.[2] It would be the first of two first rounders that would have to forfeit their picks during the early 2000s.

Draft selections[edit]

Kwame Brown, the 1st pick
Tyson Chandler, the 2nd pick
Pau Gasol, the 3rd pick
Joe Johnson, the 10th pick
Zach Randolph, the 19th pick
Gerald Wallace, the 25th pick
Tony Parker, the 28th pick
Gilbert Arenas, the 31tst pick
Mehmet Okur, the 38th pick
G Guard PG Point guard SG Shooting guard F Forward 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 never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
~ Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] Team School/club team
1 1 Brown, KwameKwame Brown C  United States Washington Wizards Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Georgia)
1 2 Chandler, TysonTyson Chandler* C  United States Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Chicago) Dominguez HS (Compton, California)
1 3 Gasol, PauPau Gasol*~ PF/C  Spain Atlanta Hawks (traded to Vancouver) FC Barcelona (Spain)
1 4 Curry, EddyEddy Curry C  United States Chicago Bulls Thornwood HS (South Holland, Illinois)
1 5 Richardson, JasonJason Richardson SG  United States Golden State Warriors Michigan State (So.)
1 6 Battier, ShaneShane Battier SF  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Duke (Sr.)
1 7 Griffin, EddieEddie Griffin PF  United States New Jersey Nets (traded to Houston) Seton Hall (Fr.)
1 8 Diop, DeSaganaDeSagana Diop C  Senegal Cleveland Cavaliers Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) HS
1 9 White, RodneyRodney White SF/PF  United States Detroit Pistons Charlotte (Fr.)
1 10 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson* SG  United States Boston Celtics Arkansas (So.)
1 11 Brown, KedrickKedrick Brown SF  United States Boston Celtics (from Denver) Okaloosa-Walton CC (So.)
1 12 Radmanović, VladimirVladimir Radmanović PF  Yugoslavia Seattle SuperSonics Red Star Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
1 13 Jefferson, RichardRichard Jefferson SF  United States Houston Rockets (traded to New Jersey) Arizona (Jr.)
1 14 Murphy, TroyTroy Murphy PF  United States Golden State Warriors (from Indiana) Notre Dame (Jr.)
1 15 Hunter, StevenSteven Hunter C  United States Orlando Magic DePaul (So.)
1 16 Haston, KirkKirk Haston PF  United States Charlotte Hornets Indiana (Jr.)
1 17 Bradley, MichaelMichael Bradley PF  United States Toronto Raptors Villanova (Jr.)
1 18 Collins, JasonJason Collins C  United States Houston Rockets (from New York via Phoenix and Orlando, traded to New Jersey) Stanford (Sr.)
1 19 Randolph, ZachZach Randolph* PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Michigan State (Fr.)
1 20 Haywood, BrendanBrendan Haywood C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Miami, traded to Orlando) North Carolina (Sr.)
1 21 Forte, JosephJoseph Forte SG  United States Boston Celtics (from Phoenix via Denver and Utah) North Carolina (So.)
1 22 Sasser, JerylJeryl Sasser SG  United States Orlando Magic (from Milwaukee via Houston) SMU (Sr.)
1 23 Armstrong, BrandonBrandon Armstrong SG  United States Houston Rockets (from Dallas via Orlando, traded to New Jersey) Pepperdine (Jr.)
1 24 López, RaúlRaúl López PG  Spain Utah Jazz Real Madrid (Spain) 1980
1 25 Wallace, GeraldGerald Wallace+ SF  United States Sacramento Kings Alabama (Fr.)
1 26 Dalembert, SamuelSamuel Dalembert C  Canada[3] Philadelphia 76ers Seton Hall (So.)
1 27 Tinsley, JamaalJamaal Tinsley PG  United States Vancouver Grizzlies (from L.A. Lakers via New York, traded to Indiana via Atlanta) Iowa State (Sr.)
1 28 Parker, TonyTony Parker* PG  France[4] San Antonio Spurs Paris Basket Racing (France) 1982
1 29 Forfeited pick Minnesota Timberwolves (forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations)[5]
2 30 Hassell, TrentonTrenton Hassell SG  United States Chicago Bulls Austin Peay (Sr.)
2 31 Arenas, GilbertGilbert Arenas* PG  United States Golden State Warriors Arizona (So.)
2 32 Cook, OmarOmar Cook PG  United States Orlando Magic (from Washington, traded to Denver) St. John's (Fr.)
2 33 Solomon, WillWill Solomon PG  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Clemson (Sr.)
2 34 Morris, TerenceTerence Morris SF  United States Atlanta Hawks (traded to Houston) Maryland (Sr.)
2 35 Scalabrine, BrianBrian Scalabrine PF  United States New Jersey Nets USC (Sr.)
2 36 Trepagnier, JeffJeff Trepagnier SG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers USC (Sr.)
2 37 Brown, DamoneDamone Brown SF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from L.A. Clippers) Syracuse (Sr.)
2 38 Okur, MehmetMehmet Okur+ C  Turkey Detroit Pistons Efes Pilsen (Turkey) 1979
2 39 Wright, MichaelMichael Wright[6]# PF  United States New York Knicks (from Boston via Seattle) Arizona (Jr.)
2 40 Watson, EarlEarl Watson PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics UCLA (Sr.)
2 41 Brewer, JamisonJamison Brewer PG  United States Indiana Pacers Auburn (So.)
2 42 Simmons, BobbyBobby Simmons F/G  United States Seattle SuperSonics DePaul (Jr.)
2 43 Chenowith, EricEric Chenowith[7]# C  United States New York Knicks (from Seattle) Kansas (Sr.)
2 44 Hill, KyleKyle Hill[8]# PG  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Houston) Eastern Illinois (Sr.)
2 45 Lampley, SeanSean Lampley SF  United States Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte) California (Sr.)
2 46 Woods, LorenLoren Woods C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Arizona (Sr.)
2 47 Cisse, OusmaneOusmane Cisse[9]# PF  Mali Denver Nuggets (from Toronto) St. Jude HS (Montgomery, Alabama)
2 48 Fotsis, AntonisAntonis Fotsis SF  Greece Vancouver Grizzlies (from New York) Panathinaikos (Greece) 1981
2 49 Johnson, KenKen Johnson C  United States Miami Heat Ohio State (Sr.)
2 50 Boumtje-Boumtje, RubenRuben Boumtje-Boumtje C  Cameroon Portland Trail Blazers Georgetown (Sr.)
2 51 Ford, AltonAlton Ford PF  United States Phoenix Suns Houston (Fr.)
2 52 Hutson, AndreAndre Hutson[10]# PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan State (Sr.)
2 53 Collins, JarronJarron Collins F/C  United States Utah Jazz Stanford (Sr.)
2 54 Satterfield, KennyKenny Satterfield PG  United States Dallas Mavericks Cincinnati (So.)
2 55 Jeffers, MauriceMaurice Jeffers[11]# SG  United States Sacramento Kings Saint Louis (Sr.)
2 56 Javtokas, RobertasRobertas Javtokas[12]# C  Lithuania San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (Lithuania)
2 57 Jones, AlvinAlvin Jones C  Luxembourg Philadelphia 76ers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 58 Bracey, BryanBryan Bracey[13]# SF  United States San Antonio Spurs Oregon (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.

Notable undrafted players[edit]

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

Player Position Nationality School/club team
Arroyo, CarlosCarlos Arroyo PG  Puerto Rico FIU (Sr.)
Bell, CharlieCharlie Bell G  United States Michigan State (Sr.)
Brown, TierreTierre Brown G  United States McNeese State (Sr.)
Crispin, JoeJoe Crispin PG  United States Penn State (Sr.)
Evans, MauriceMaurice Evans SG/SF  United States Texas (Jr.)
Jenkins, HoraceHorace Jenkins PG  United States William Paterson (Sr.)
Moon, JamarioJamario Moon SF  United States Meridian CC (Fr.)
Nocioni, AndrésAndrés Nocioni PF/SF  Argentina TAU Cerámica (Spain)
Oliver, DeanDean Oliver PG  United States Iowa (Sr.)
Richardson, NormanNorman Richardson G  United States Hofstra (Sr.)
Varda, RatkoRatko Varda C  Yugoslavia Partizan (Serbia)
Wilks, MikeMike Wilks PG  United States Rice (Sr.)


  1. ^ "Biggest Bust of the 00s". AOL News. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  2. ^ "NBA Restores Timberwolves' 2005 Draft Pick". Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Dalembert was born in  Haiti but grew up and spent his childhood in Canada, where he later became a citizen in 2007.
  4. ^ Parker was born in Belgium but represents France in international competitions.
  5. ^ "NBA Restores Timberwolves' 2005 Draft Pick". Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Michael Wright Stats – ESPN". 1980-01-07. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Eric Chenowith Stats – ESPN". 1979-03-09. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Kyle Hill Stats – ESPN". 1979-04-07. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  9. ^ "Ousmane Cisse Stats – ESPN". 1982-10-20. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Andre Hutson Stats – ESPN". 1979-01-12. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Maurice Jeffers Stats – ESPN". 1979-04-03. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  12. ^[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Bryan Bracey Stats – ESPN". 1978-08-05. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 

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