|2007 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 28, 2007|
|Time||7:30 pm (EDT)|
|Location||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York|
|First selection||Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers|
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The 2007 NBA draft was held on June 28, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. It was broadcast on television in 115 countries. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players.
Freshman Greg Oden from Ohio State University was drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, who won the draft lottery. However, he missed the 2007–08 season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee during the pre-season. Another freshman, Kevin Durant, was drafted second overall from the University of Texas by the Seattle SuperSonics, and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award for the 2007–08 season. Oden and Durant became the first freshmen to be selected with the top two picks in the draft. Al Horford, the son of former NBA player Tito Horford, was drafted third by the Atlanta Hawks. Of the three top picks, Durant and Horford were able to enjoy solid All-Star careers, while Oden was beset by numerous microfracture surgeries on both knees that limited him to only 82 games from 2008 to 2010.
On the night after the draft, the Seattle SuperSonics traded seven-time All-Star Ray Allen along with the draft rights of the 35th pick Glen Davis to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and the draft rights to the 5th pick Jeff Green. The Portland Trail Blazers and the New York Knicks were also involved in a multi-player trade that sent Zach Randolph to the Knicks and Steve Francis to the Blazers. Apart from those two trades, nine further draft-day trades were announced.
The 2007 Draft marked the first time three players drafted in the top 10 came from the same school: the University of Florida. Florida, the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Basketball champion, tied the record set by the University of Connecticut in 2006 with five players selected in the first two rounds of an NBA draft. Florida joined nine other schools, including Connecticut, that had five players selected in an NBA draft, second only to UNLV, which had six players selected in the eighth-round 1977 draft. Five players who competed in the 2007 NCAA Basketball National Championship Final were selected in the top 10; three players came from Florida, and two players came from the runner-up, Ohio State University. This draft also set the record number of freshmen drafted in the first round when eight freshmen were selected. Of the 60 players drafted, eight were freshmen, five were sophomores, 14 were juniors, 20 were seniors, and 13 were international players without U.S. college basketball experience. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors all did not have a draft pick this year, although Indiana and Toronto each acquired a drafted player's rights after the draft.
|*||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|
|x||Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team|
|#||Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs|
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality[n 1]||Team||School/club team|
|1||1||Oden, GregGreg Oden||C||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||2||Durant, KevinKevin Durant*||SF||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||Texas (Fr.)|
|1||3||Horford, AlAl Horford*||C||Dominican Republic||Atlanta Hawks||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||4||Conley, MikeMike Conley||PG||United States||Memphis Grizzlies||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||5||Green, JeffJeff Green||SF||United States||Boston Celtics (traded to Seattle)[a]||Georgetown (Jr.)|
|1||6||Yi, JianlianYi Jianlian||PF||China||Milwaukee Bucks||Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)a[›]|
|1||7||Brewer, CoreyCorey Brewer||SF||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||8||Wright, BrandanBrandan Wright||PF||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (traded to Golden State)[b]||North Carolina (Fr.)|
|1||9||Noah, JoakimJoakim Noah*||C|| France
|Chicago Bulls (from New York)[l]||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||10||Hawes, SpencerSpencer Hawes||C||United States||Sacramento Kings||Washington (Fr.)|
|1||11||Law, AcieAcie Law||PG||United States||Atlanta Hawks (from Indiana)[m]||Texas A&M (Sr.)|
|1||12||Young, ThaddeusThaddeus Young||PF||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Georgia Tech (Fr.)|
|1||13||Wright, JulianJulian Wright||SF||United States||New Orleans Hornets||Kansas (So.)|
|1||14||Thornton, AlAl Thornton||SF||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Florida State (Sr.)|
|1||15||Stuckey, RodneyRodney Stuckey||SG||United States||Detroit Pistons (from Orlando)[n]||Eastern Washington (So.)|
|1||16||Young, NickNick Young||SG||United States||Washington Wizards||USC (Jr.)|
|1||17||Williams, SeanSean Williams||PF||United States||New Jersey Nets||Boston College (Jr.)|
|1||18||Belinelli, MarcoMarco Belinelli||SG||Italy||Golden State Warriors||Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)|
|1||19||Crittenton, JavarisJavaris Crittenton||PG||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Georgia Tech (Fr.)|
|1||20||Smith, JasonJason Smith||PF||United States||Miami Heat (traded to Philadelphia)[c]||Colorado State (Jr.)|
|1||21||Cook, DaequanDaequan Cook||SG||United States||Philadelphia 76ers (from Denver,[o] traded to Miami)[c]||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||22||Dudley, JaredJared Dudley||SF||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (from Toronto via Cleveland)[p]||Boston College (Sr.)|
|1||23||Chandler, WilsonWilson Chandler||SF||United States||New York Knicks (from Chicago)[l]||DePaul (So.)|
|1||24||Fernández, RudyRudy Fernández||SG||Spain||Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland via Boston,[q] traded to Portland)[d]||Joventut Badalona (Spain)|
|1||25||Almond, MorrisMorris Almond||SG||United States||Utah Jazz||Rice (Sr.)|
|1||26||Brooks, AaronAaron Brooks||PG||United States||Houston Rockets||Oregon (Sr.)|
|1||27||Afflalo, ArronArron Afflalo||SG||United States||Detroit Pistons||UCLA (Jr.)|
|1||28||Splitter, TiagoTiago Splitter||C||Brazil||San Antonio Spurs||TAU Cerámica (Spain)|
|1||29||Tucker, AlandoAlando Tucker||SF||United States||Phoenix Suns||Wisconsin (Sr.)|
|1||30||Koponen, PetteriPetteri Koponen#||SG||Finland||Philadelphia 76ers (from Dallas via Golden State and Denver,[o] traded to Portland)[e]||Tapiolan Honka (Finland)|
|2||31||Landry, CarlCarl Landry||PF||United States||Seattle SuperSonics (from Memphis,[s] traded to Houston)[f]||Purdue (Sr.)|
|2||32||Pruitt, GabeGabe Pruitt||PG||United States||Boston Celtics||USC (Jr.)|
|2||33||Williams, MarcusMarcus Williams||SF||United States||San Antonio Spurs (from Milwaukee)[t]||Arizona (So.)|
|2||34||Fazekas, NickNick Fazekas||PF||United States||Dallas Mavericks (from Atlanta)[u]||Nevada (Sr.)|
|2||35||Davis, GlenGlen Davis||PF||United States||Seattle SuperSonics (traded to Boston)[a]||LSU (Jr.)|
|2||36||Davidson, JermareoJermareo Davidson||PF||United States||Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota,[v] traded to Charlotte)[b]||Alabama (Sr.)|
|2||37||McRoberts, JoshJosh McRoberts||PF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Duke (So.)|
|2||38||Fesenko, KyryloKyrylo Fesenko||C||Ukraine||Philadelphia 76ers (from New York via Chicago,[w] traded to Utah)[g]||SK Cherkassy (Ukraine))|
|2||39||Barać, StankoStanko Barać#||C||Croatia||Miami Heat (from Sacramento via Utah and Orlando,[x] traded to Indiana)[h]||Široki Brijeg (Bosnia and Herzegovina)|
|2||40||Sun, YueSun Yue||SF||China||Los Angeles Lakers (from Charlotte)[y]||Beijing Olympians (ABA)|
|2||41||Richard, ChrisChris Richard||PF||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia)[z]||Florida (Sr.)|
|2||42||Byars, DerrickDerrick Byars||SG||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Indiana,[aa] traded to Philadelphia)[e]||Vanderbilt (Sr.)|
|2||43||Haluska, AdamAdam Haluska#||SG||United States||New Orleans Hornets||Iowa (Sr.)|
|2||44||Terry, ReyshawnReyshawn Terry#||SF||United States||Orlando Magic (traded to Dallas)[i]||North Carolina (Sr.)|
|2||45||Jordan, JaredJared Jordan#||PG||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Marist (Sr.)|
|2||46||Lasme, StephaneStephane Lasme||PF||Gabon||Golden State Warriors (from New Jersey)[ab]||Massachusetts (Sr.)|
|2||47||McGuire, DominicDominic McGuire||SF||United States||Washington Wizards||Fresno State (Jr.)|
|2||48||Gasol, MarcMarc Gasol*||C||Spain||Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Memphis)||Akasvayu Girona (Spain)|
|2||49||Gray, AaronAaron Gray||C||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Golden State via Phoenix, Boston and Denver)[ac]||Pittsburgh (Sr.)|
|2||50||Seibutis, RenaldasRenaldas Seibutis#||SG||Lithuania||Dallas Mavericks (from Miami via L.A. Lakers)[ad]||Maroussi (Greece)|
|2||51||Curry, JamesOnJamesOn Curry||PG||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Denver)[ac]||Oklahoma State (Jr.)|
|2||52||Green, TaureanTaurean Green||PG||Georgiac[›]||Portland Trail Blazers (from Toronto)[ae]||Florida (Jr.)|
|2||53||Nichols, DemetrisDemetris Nichols||SF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Chicago,[af] traded to New York)[j]||Syracuse (Sr.)|
|2||54||Newley, BradBrad Newley#||SF||Australia||Houston Rockets (from Cleveland via Orlando)[ag]||Townsville Crocodiles (Australia)|
|2||55||Hill, HerbertHerbert Hill#||PF||United States||Utah Jazz (traded to Philadelphia)[g]||Providence (Sr.)|
|2||56||Sessions, RamonRamon Sessions||PG||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston)[ah]||Nevada (Jr.)|
|2||57||Mejia, SammySammy Mejia#||SG||Dominican Republic||Detroit Pistons||DePaul (Sr.)|
|2||58||Printezis, GiorgosGiorgos Printezis#||PF||Greece||San Antonio Spurs (traded to Toronto)[k]||Olympia Larissa (Greece)|
|2||59||Strawberry, D.J.D.J. Strawberry||PG||United States||Phoenix Suns||Maryland (Sr.)|
|2||60||Raković, MilovanMilovan Raković#||C||Serbia||Dallas Mavericks (traded to Orlando)[i]||Mega Ishrana (Serbia)|
^ a: Yi Jianlian's year of birth has been widely disputed, with several sources claiming that Chinese basketball authorities falsified his year of birth from 1984 to 1987 to allow him a longer period of competition in international junior tournaments. A dedicated section of Yi's Wikipedia article discusses this issue and includes sources.
^ b: Joakim Noah, who was born in the United States to a French father and a Swedish mother, has dual U.S. and French citizenship. He has represented France internationally since 2011.
^ c: Taurean Green, who was born in the United States, became a naturalized citizen of Georgia in 2010. He has represented Georgia internationally since 2010.
These players were not selected in the 2007 NBA Draft but have played at least one game in the NBA.
|Ahearn, BlakeBlake Ahearn||PG||United States||Missouri State (Sr.)|
|Anthony, JoelJoel Anthony||C||Canada||UNLV (Sr.)|
|Ayón, GustavoGustavo Ayón||C/PF||Mexico||Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)|
|Brown, BobbyBobby Brown||PG||United States||Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)|
|Dawson, EricEric Dawson||PF/C||United States||Midwestern State (Sr.)|
|Dowdell, ZabianZabian Dowdell||PG||United States||Virginia Tech (Sr.)|
|Johnson, IvanIvan Johnson||PF||United States||Cal State San Bernardino (Sr.)|
|Johnson, TreyTrey Johnson||SG||United States||Jackson State (Sr.)|
|Karl, CobyCoby Karl||SG||United States||Boise State (Sr.)|
|Martin, CartierCartier Martin||SF/SG||United States||Kansas State (Sr.)|
|Neal, GaryGary Neal||SG||United States||Towson (Sr.)|
|Shakur, MustafaMustafa Shakur||PG||United States||Arizona (Sr.)|
|Sims, CourtneyCourtney Sims||C||United States||Michigan (Sr.)|
|Teletović, MirzaMirza Teletović||PF||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Saski Baskonia (Spain)|
|Tolliver, AnthonyAnthony Tolliver||PF||United States||Creighton (Sr.)|
|Watkins, DarrylDarryl Watkins||C||United States||Syracuse (Sr.)|
|West, MarioMario West||G||United States||Georgia Tech (Sr.)|
The basic requirements for draft eligibility are:
The CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the U.S. for three years before the draft, did not complete high school in the U.S., and have never enrolled at a U.S. college or university.
The basic requirement for automatic eligibility for a U.S. player is the completion of his college eligibility. 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, 1985).
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. 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. On June 19, 2007, NBA announced that 32 college players and 6 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2007 Draft, while 46 players who had previously declared as early entry candidates had withdrawn from the draft.
The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the playoffs; the order was determined through a lottery. The lottery would determine the three teams that would obtain the first three picks on the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season. On April 20, 2007, the NBA performed a tie-breaker to determine the order of the picks for teams with identical win-loss record.
The lottery was held on May 22, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Portland Trail Blazers, who had the seventh-worst record in the previous season, won the lottery with just a 5.3% chance to win. This was the fourth time that the Blazers had the first overall draft pick and the first time that the Blazers won the draft lottery since it was introduced in 1985. The Seattle SuperSonics, who had the fifth-worst record, and the Atlanta Hawks, who had the fourth-worst record, obtained the second and third pick respectively.
Three teams who had the worst records—the Memphis Grizzlies, the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks—obtained the fourth, fifth and sixth pick respectively. These were the lowest possible picks they could have obtained through the lottery. The most recent draft in which the three worst teams did not receive the top three picks was in 1993.
|^||Denotes the actual lottery results|
|Portland Trail Blazers||32–50||53||.053^||.060||.070||—||—||—||.572||.226||.018||.000||—||—||—||—|
|New York Knicks2[›]||33–49||19||.019||.022||.027||—||—||—||—||—||.784^||.143||.005||.000||—||—|
|New Orleans Hornets||39–43||6||.006||.007||.009||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.960^||.018|
|Los Angeles Clippers||40–42||5||.005||.006||.007||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.982^|
^ 1: Atlanta Hawks' pick would be conveyed to the Phoenix Suns if it was not in the top three.[r]
^ 2: New York Knicks' pick was conveyed to the Chicago Bulls.[l]
^ 3: Indiana Pacers' pick was conveyed to the Atlanta Hawks because it was not in the top ten.[m]
Before the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.
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