|2007 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 28, 2007|
|Location||Madison Square Garden, New York City|
|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.
|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 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||Greg Oden||C||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||2||Kevin Durant*~||SF||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||Texas (Fr.)|
|1||3||Al Horford*||C||Dominican Republic||Atlanta Hawks||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||4||Mike Conley||PG||United States||Memphis Grizzlies||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||5||Jeff Green||SF||United States||Boston Celtics (traded to Seattle)[a]||Georgetown (Jr.)|
|1||6||Yi Jianlian||PF||China||Milwaukee Bucks||Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)a[›]|
|1||7||Corey Brewer||SF||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||8||Brandan Wright||PF||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (traded to Golden State)[b]||North Carolina (Fr.)|
|1||9||Joakim Noah*||C|| France
|Chicago Bulls (from New York)[l]||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||10||Spencer Hawes||C||United States||Sacramento Kings||Washington (Fr.)|
|1||11||Acie Law||PG||United States||Atlanta Hawks (from Indiana)[m]||Texas A&M (Sr.)|
|1||12||Thaddeus Young||PF||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Georgia Tech (Fr.)|
|1||13||Julian Wright||SF||United States||New Orleans Hornets||Kansas (So.)|
|1||14||Al Thornton||SF||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Florida State (Sr.)|
|1||15||Rodney Stuckey||SG||United States||Detroit Pistons (from Orlando)[n]||Eastern Washington (So.)|
|1||16||Nick Young||SG||United States||Washington Wizards||USC (Jr.)|
|1||17||Sean Williams||PF||United States||New Jersey Nets||Boston College (Jr.)|
|1||18||Marco Belinelli||SG||Italy||Golden State Warriors||Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)|
|1||19||Javaris Crittenton||PG||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Georgia Tech (Fr.)|
|1||20||Jason Smith||PF||United States||Miami Heat (traded to Philadelphia)[c]||Colorado State (Jr.)|
|1||21||Daequan Cook||SG||United States||Philadelphia 76ers (from Denver,[o] traded to Miami)[c]||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||22||Jared Dudley||SF||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (from Toronto via Cleveland)[p]||Boston College (Sr.)|
|1||23||Wilson Chandler||SF||United States||New York Knicks (from Chicago)[l]||DePaul (So.)|
|1||24||Rudy Fernández||SG||Spain||Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland via Boston,[q] traded to Portland)[d]||Joventut Badalona (Spain)|
|1||25||Morris Almond||SG||United States||Utah Jazz||Rice (Sr.)|
|1||26||Aaron Brooks||PG||United States||Houston Rockets||Oregon (Sr.)|
|1||27||Arron Afflalo||SG||United States||Detroit Pistons||UCLA (Jr.)|
|1||28||Tiago Splitter||C||Brazil||San Antonio Spurs||TAU Cerámica (Spain)|
|1||29||Alando Tucker||SF||United States||Phoenix Suns||Wisconsin (Sr.)|
|1||30||Petteri Koponen#||SG||Finland||Philadelphia 76ers (from Dallas via Golden State and Denver,[o] traded to Portland)[e]||Tapiolan Honka (Finland)|
|2||31||Carl Landry||PF||United States||Seattle SuperSonics (from Memphis,[s] traded to Houston)[f]||Purdue (Sr.)|
|2||32||Gabe Pruitt||PG||United States||Boston Celtics||USC (Jr.)|
|2||33||Marcus Williams||SF||United States||San Antonio Spurs (from Milwaukee)[t]||Arizona (So.)|
|2||34||Nick Fazekas||PF||United States||Dallas Mavericks (from Atlanta)[u]||Nevada (Sr.)|
|2||35||Glen Davis||PF||United States||Seattle SuperSonics (traded to Boston)[a]||LSU (Jr.)|
|2||36||Jermareo Davidson||PF||United States||Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota,[v] traded to Charlotte)[b]||Alabama (Sr.)|
|2||37||Josh McRoberts||PF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Duke (So.)|
|2||38||Kyrylo Fesenko||C||Ukraine||Philadelphia 76ers (from New York via Chicago,[w] traded to Utah)[g]||SK Cherkassy (Ukraine))|
|2||39||Stanko Barać#||C||Croatia||Miami Heat (from Sacramento via Utah and Orlando,[x] traded to Indiana)[h]||Široki Brijeg (Bosnia and Herzegovina)|
|2||40||Sun Yue||SF||China||Los Angeles Lakers (from Charlotte)[y]||Beijing Olympians (ABA)|
|2||41||Chris Richard||PF||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia)[z]||Florida (Sr.)|
|2||42||Derrick Byars||SG||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Indiana,[aa] traded to Philadelphia)[e]||Vanderbilt (Sr.)|
|2||43||Adam Haluska#||SG||United States||New Orleans Hornets||Iowa (Sr.)|
|2||44||Reyshawn Terry#||SF||United States||Orlando Magic (traded to Dallas)[i]||North Carolina (Sr.)|
|2||45||Jared Jordan#||PG||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Marist (Sr.)|
|2||46||Stephane Lasme||PF||Gabon||Golden State Warriors (from New Jersey)[ab]||Massachusetts (Sr.)|
|2||47||Dominic McGuire||SF||United States||Washington Wizards||Fresno State (Jr.)|
|2||48||Marc Gasol*||C||Spain||Los Angeles Lakers||Akasvayu Girona (Spain)|
|2||49||Aaron Gray||C||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Golden State via Phoenix, Boston and Denver)[ac]||Pittsburgh (Sr.)|
|2||50||Renaldas Seibutis#||SG||Lithuania||Dallas Mavericks (from Miami via L.A. Lakers)[ad]||Maroussi (Greece)|
|2||51||JamesOn Curry||PG||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Denver)[ac]||Oklahoma State (Jr.)|
|2||52||Taurean Green||PG||Georgiac[›]||Portland Trail Blazers (from Toronto)[ae]||Florida (Jr.)|
|2||53||Demetris Nichols||SF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Chicago,[af] traded to New York)[j]||Syracuse (Sr.)|
|2||54||Brad Newley#||SF||Australia||Houston Rockets (from Cleveland via Orlando)[ag]||Townsville Crocodiles (Australia)|
|2||55||Herbert Hill#||PF||United States||Utah Jazz (traded to Philadelphia)[g]||Providence (Sr.)|
|2||56||Ramon Sessions||PG||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston)[ah]||Nevada (Jr.)|
|2||57||Sammy Mejia#||SG||Dominican Republic||Detroit Pistons||DePaul (Sr.)|
|2||58||Giorgos Printezis#||PF||Greece||San Antonio Spurs (traded to Toronto)[k]||Olympia Larissa (Greece)|
|2||59||D.J. Strawberry||PG||United States||Phoenix Suns||Maryland (Sr.)|
|2||60||Milovan 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.
|Blake Ahearn||PG||United States||Missouri State (Sr.)|
|Joel Anthony||C||Canada||UNLV (Sr.)|
|Gustavo Ayón||C/PF||Mexico||Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)|
|Bobby Brown||PG||United States||Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)|
|Eric Dawson||PF/C||United States||Midwestern State (Sr.)|
|Zabian Dowdell||PG||United States||Virginia Tech (Sr.)|
|Andre Ingram||SG||United States||American (Sr.)|
|Ivan Johnson||PF||United States||Cal State San Bernardino (Sr.)|
|Trey Johnson||SG||United States||Jackson State (Sr.)|
|Coby Karl||SG||United States||Boise State (Sr.)|
|Cartier Martin||SF/SG||United States||Kansas State (Sr.)|
|Gary Neal||SG||United States||Towson (Sr.)|
|Mustafa Shakur||PG||United States||Arizona (Sr.)|
|Courtney Sims||C||United States||Michigan (Sr.)|
|Mirza Teletović||PF||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Saski Baskonia (Spain)|
|Anthony Tolliver||PF||United States||Creighton (Sr.)|
|Darryl Watkins||C||United States||Syracuse (Sr.)|
|Mario 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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