KGW, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Portland, United States. The station is owned by Tegna Inc. KGW's studios are located on Jefferson Street in southwestern Portland, its transmitter is located in the city's Sylvan-Highlands section. KGW served as the Portland bureau for co-owned regional news channel Northwest Cable News before it shut down on January 6, 2017; the station was an extension of radio station KGW. The Oregonian newspaper created KGW by purchasing an existing transmitter from the Shipowners Radio Service; the U. S. Department of Commerce licensed the radio station, it began broadcasting on March 25, 1922. Among the station's early personalities was "The Man of 1000 Voices," Mel Blanc, who debuted on the radio program The Hoot Owls; the station's studios and transmitter were located in The Oregonian Building until 1943, when a fire destroyed them and the station moved to other quarters. The Oregonian applied for and received a Federal Communications Commission construction permit for a television station in 1947, but returned it in order to focus on its core newspaper business.
It bought KOIN and used it to start KOIN-TV. The Oregonian sold KGW-AM-FM to North Pacific Television, a consortium of Seattle businesswoman Dorothy Bullitt and five Portland businessmen, on November 1, 1953. Bullitt's King Broadcasting Company, who owned KING-AM-FM-TV in Seattle, was the largest shareholder in the venture, with a 40 percent stake. Bullitt bought out her partners, KGW-TV signed on the air on December 15, 1956 on channel 8 as an ABC affiliate. On April 26, 1959, it swapped affiliations with KPTV; the KGW-TV tower was a prominent victim of the Northwest's historic, violent Columbus Day Storm on October 12, 1962. The station returned to the air on October 16 using a temporary tower, as well as an antenna on loan from KTNT-TV of Tacoma, Washington. A new antenna and tower were placed into service on January 28, 1963. In January 1964, KGW began building a new broadcast center at 1501 SW Jefferson Street, which has served as its headquarters and main studios location since; the station moved into the new facility, from an old building located two blocks to the east, in 1965, the radio facilities in the spring and the television facilities in July 1965.
Located at the west edge of downtown Portland, the two-story building had 54,000 sq ft of space. In 1992, King Broadcasting merged with The Providence Journal Company. Only five years in 1997, KGW became part of the Belo Corporation when it bought The Providence Journal Company. KGW aired a Portland Trail Blazers game in high-definition on October 24, 2007. On October 12, 2011, KGW announced that unless a new contract agreement could be reached that it would drop the station from DirecTV's channel lineup; this contract dispute that involved DirecTV and Belo would remove sister station KING-TV from DirecTV in the Seattle market. On November 1, 2011, DirecTV reached an agreement with Belo to continue carrying KGW and KING on DirecTV. On June 13, 2013, the Gannett Company announced. However, since Gannett owns the Statesman Journal newspaper in Salem—within KGW's viewing area—KGW was instead sold to Sander Media, LLC, with Gannett operating KGW through joint sales and shared services agreements in order to comply with the FCC's cross-ownership restrictions.
The sale was completed on December 23. On June 29, 2015, Gannett's publishing and digital media operations were spun off, with the latter renamed Tegna. Shortly afterward, Sander Media filed with the FCC to transfer KGW's license to Tegna's King Broadcasting Company; the station's digital channel is multiplexed: KGW provided a 24-hour weather forecast service on digital subchannel 8.2 through the digital television transition, until the September 14, 2009 launch of Estrella TV. On August 2, 2010, KGW restored the 24-hour news and weather channel on 8.2 and moved Estrella TV programming to digital subchannel 8.3. as of December 2012, KGW replaced Live Well Network on KGW 8.2. Justice Network replaced Live Well Network on January 20, 2015. On January 16, 2018, KGW activated subchannel 8.4 in anticipation of carrying Quest, which broadcast a preview on a repeated loop until its debut on January 29. On July 18, 2008 at 6:14 p.m. KGW conducted a test for viewers to determine whether their television sets were ready for the digital transition by turning off its analog signal for 10 seconds, which the station conducted other times through the spring of 2009.
In early 2009, KGW, along with other stations that had added digital television technology, began broadcasting on its digital channel and those without cable or satellite service could purchase "DTA" converter boxes. The U. S. government distributed credit-card "coupons" to get as much as a $50 discount on the boxes, with a limit of two coupons per household. The boxes would accept the digital signal and convert it back to analog so that older televisions could pick up the signal, it is estimated that 20% of television watching households in the Portland area use the over-the-air signal for TV services, making the coupon program popular in Portland. KGW shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, at 3:04
Petteri Johannes Koponen is a Finnish professional basketball player for Bayern Munich of the Basketball Bundesliga and the EuroLeague. Standing at 1.94 m, he plays shooting guard positions. He was drafted as the 30th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2007 NBA draft, his NBA rights are held by the Dallas Mavericks, his first club was Malmi Super-Koris, from where he joined one of Finland's top clubs, Espoo Honka in 2004–05 season. Under the guidance of coach Mihailo Pavićević he developed into a key component of Honka's 2006–07 Finnish League championship-winning side. During the 2006 -- 07 campaign Koponen averaged 2.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. The number of assists may sound small, but in Finland assists are harder to come by than in the NBA because of the difference in FIBA rules, the league leader had an average of only 5 assists. Koponen played in the World All-Star team at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2007, he recorded 7 points and 6 assists with only one turnover, playing against future NBA super star, MVP Derrick Rose.
Koponen began his mandatory military service in the Lahti Military Academy in October 2007, participating in a special military service built for professional athletes such as Finnish tennis player Jarkko Nieminen. The Finnish League 2007–08 season began with Koponen trying to adapt to the military recruit training. Koponen struggled a lot in the opening month of the season, but found his rhythm in November, recording 21.4 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals a game while draining 55.6% of his 2-point attempts, 45.8% of his 3-point attempts and 81.0% of his free throws. In the first game of December, Koponen played through a concussion and led the Honka Playboys to an overtime victory over Team Componenta, scoring 32 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists. After the game, the concussion forced Koponen to be sidelined for a week. On 14 July 2008, in the NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards, Koponen scored 19 points, shooting 4-for-6 on three-point attempts.
In August 2008 he signed a four-year deal with the Italian team Virtus Bologna. On 31 May 2012, he signed a three-year contract with the Russian team Khimki. On 27 March 2015, he re-signed with Khimki for two more years. With Khimki he won the 2014–15 EuroCup season, was named to the All-EuroCup First Team. On 16 August 2016, Koponen signed a three-year contract with Spanish powerhouse Barcelona. One month he would suffer a traffic accident that caused him a head injury. On June 29, 2018, Barcelona part ways with him. On 24 July 2018, Koponen signed a three-year contract with Bayern Munich of the German Basketball Bundesliga. On 28 June 2007, Koponen was taken 30th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, he was the final first-round pick in the draft. Philadelphia traded Koponen to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for their number 42 pick, Vanderbilt University swingman Derrick Byars, cash considerations. On 23 June 2011, Koponen's rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the Mavericks' second round pick in the 2011 draft.
The summer of 2006 was Koponen's coming-out party. First, he played well in the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship B-level competition, leading the Finnish team to third place by losing just one game. After that he was promoted to the senior men's Finnish national team, he showed no fear as he got to play quite a lot. His best game was against the small country Luxembourg national basketball team. Koponen was a main contributor in the Finnish men's national team in the summer of 2007. Finland earned a spot in European Division A after crushing the Romanian national basketball team in a deciding game by a score of 111-61. Koponen averaged 10.6 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 21.3 minutes a game with the national team. Just days before the national team campaign tipped off, Koponen announced he would return to the Honka Playboys for one more season. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable.
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Joshua Scott McRoberts is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. McRoberts, a 6 ft 10 in power forward, played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 37th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. McRoberts attended Carmel High School in Carmel and led the Greyhounds in both scoring and rebounding during his senior year, he averaged 17.9 points to go along with 11.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.0 blocked shots per game and shot.593 from the field while guiding the Greyhounds to a 21–4 record and a trip to the sectional championship game in 2005. McRoberts was considered the number one power forward prospect out of high school, was projected to be drafted in the 2005 NBA draft had he declared. At Duke University, McRoberts averaged 8.7 points and 1.3 blocked shots while leading the team in field goal percentage. McRoberts was named to the ACC All-Freshman team.
He helped the Duke Blue Devils to a record of 32–4, the ACC regular season title, the 2006 ACC tournament championship title by defeating the Boston College Eagles. He was named to the third team Freshman All-America by collegehoops.net. McRoberts' late-season numbers improved as he recorded 10 of his 15 double-figure scoring games in his final 14 games, while averaging 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. Considered a potential NBA draft lottery pick, McRoberts instead stated he would not enter the draft, would return to Duke for the 2006–2007 season. McRoberts underwent a successful lumbar discectomy on August 3, 2006, he had been suffering from chronic back problems since high school and had the operation to alleviate the problem. Games 33, PPG: 13.0, RPG: 7.9, APG: 3.5, FG%: 50.2On December 19, 2006 against Kent State, McRoberts had a career-high 19 points, six blocks, six rebounds, four assists, four steals making him the first Duke player to tally at least four in all five categories. On March 22, 2007, McRoberts declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA draft.
On June 28, 2007, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 37th overall pick in the NBA draft. On January 9, 2008, McRoberts was assigned to the Idaho Stampede, the Trail Blazers' D-League affiliate. After being with the Stampede for nearly a month, getting an over 20-minute per game increase in playing time, McRoberts was called back up to the Trail Blazers. On June 26, 2008, the night of the 2008 NBA draft, McRoberts was traded by the Trail Blazers to his hometown Indiana Pacers in a deal that sent him along with Brandon Rush and Jarrett Jack in return for 11th overall pick Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu. On December 14, 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers signed McRoberts to a two-year deal worth about $6 million. On August 10, 2012, McRoberts was traded to the Orlando Magic as part of the blockbuster deal that sent All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Lakers. On February 21, 2013, McRoberts was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for Hakim Warrick. On July 11, 2013, McRoberts re-signed with the Bobcats.
On March 28, 2014, McRoberts scored a career high 24 points in a loss to the Orlando Magic. He finished the season with career highs in games starts with 78 each. On April 30, 2014, McRoberts underwent successful surgery to remove bone spurs from his left big toe. On June 18, 2014, McRoberts opted out of his 2014–15 contract with the Charlotte Hornets. On July 14, 2014, McRoberts signed with the Miami Heat to a reported four-year, $23 million contract. After tearing his right meniscus on December 9, 2014 against the Phoenix Suns, McRoberts underwent surgery to repair it on December 22 and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the 2014–15 season. After having most of 2014–15 season wiped out by injuries, McRoberts lost his starting spot because of Hassan Whiteside's emergence, he came into the 2015–16 season with a significant role off the bench, but that got away from him after missing nearly two months with a bruised knee. On December 27, 2016, McRoberts was ruled out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his problematic left foot.
On May 23, 2017, McRoberts opted into his final year of his contract worth just over $6 million. On July 7, 2017, McRoberts was traded, along with a 2023 second round draft pick and cash considerations, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for A. J. Hammons. On February 10, 2018, he was waived by the Mavericks, he saw action in two games for the Mavericks after spending the first 37 games of the season on the inactive list while rehabbing a left foot injury. McRoberts center, his scoring comes off fast breaks and hustle plays. He is a screen-setter with a decent jumper, possesses excellent passing skills for a big man, he is considered an average defender. Pau Gasol called McRoberts "scrappy and a hustler". 2005 McDonald's All-American Player of the Year 2005 McDonald's All-American Game MVP 2005 McDonald's All-American 2005 First-team Parade All-American 2005 National High School Coaches Assn. Senior Athlete of the Year 2006 ACC All-Tournament Second Team 2006 ACC All-Freshman Team 2006 Third Team Freshman All-America 2007 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Assocn All-ACC Second Team 2007 ACC All-Defensive Team Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com ESPN.com profile
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona is a public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885, the UA was the first university in the Arizona Territory; as of 2017, the university enrolls 44,831 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, is affiliated with two academic medical centers; the University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group. Known as the Arizona Wildcats, the UA's intercollegiate athletic teams are members of the Pac-12 Conference of the NCAA. UA athletes have won national titles in several sports, most notably men's basketball and softball; the official colors of the university and its athletic teams are navy blue. After the passage of the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862, the push for a university in Arizona grew.
The Arizona Territory's "Thieving Thirteenth" Legislature approved the University of Arizona in 1885 and selected the city of Tucson to receive the appropriation to build the university. Tucson hoped to receive the appropriation for the territory's mental hospital, which carried a $100,000 allocation instead of the $25,000 allotted to the territory's only university. Flooding on the Salt River delayed Tucson's legislators, by they time they reached Prescott, back-room deals allocating the most desirable territorial institutions had been made. Tucson was disappointed with receiving what was viewed as an inferior prize. With no parties willing to provide land for the new institution, the citizens of Tucson prepared to return the money to the Territorial Legislature until two gamblers and a saloon keeper decided to donate the land to build the school. Construction of Old Main, the first building on campus, began on October 27, 1887, classes met for the first time in 1891 with 32 students in Old Main, still in use today.
Because there were no high schools in Arizona Territory, the university maintained separate preparatory classes for the first 23 years of operation. The University of Arizona offers bachelor's, master's, professional degrees. Grades are given on a strict 4-point scale with "A" worth 4, "B" worth 3, "C" worth 2, "D" worth 1 and "E" worth zero points; the Center for World University Rankings in 2017 ranked Arizona No. 52 in the world and 34 in the U. S; the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings rated University of Arizona 161st in the world and the 2017/18 QS World University Rankings ranked it 230th. The University of Arizona was ranked tied for 77th in the "National Universities" category by U. S. News & World Report for 2018; the James E. Rogers College of Law Graduate School was ranked tied for 41st nationally; the College of Medicine was rated No. 7 among the nation's medical schools for Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Business Magazine. In 2017, the Eller MBA program was ranked 24th among public institutions and 49th nationally by U.
S. News & World Report, which placed the school's Management Information Systems program as 2nd, the Entrepreneurship program as 5th and the Part-time MBA 30th among U. S public schools. U. S. News & World Report rated UA as tied for 33rd for online MBA programs, tied for 49th for best online graduate nursing programs, tied for 33rd for best online graduate engineering programs nationally. UA graduate programs ranked in the top 25 in the nation by U. S. News & World Report for 2017 include Information Science, Geology and Seismology, Speech Pathology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Earth Sciences, Analytical Chemistry, Atomic/Molecular/Optical Sciences and Photography; the Council for Aid to Education ranked UA 12th among public universities and 24th overall in financial support and gifts. Campaign Arizona, an effort to raise over $1 billion for the school, exceeded that goal by $200 million a year earlier than projected. In April 2014, the "Arizona Now" campaign launched with a target of $1.5 billion.
As of 31 December 2016, the campaign has raised $1.59 Billion, two years ahead of schedule. In 2015, Design Intelligence ranked the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture's undergraduate program in architecture 10th in the nation for all universities and private; the same publication ranked. The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona is one of the most ranked area studies programs focusing on the Middle East in the United States. In addition to offering language training in Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish, it is collocated with the Middle East Studies Association; the School of Geography and Development is ranked as one of the top geography graduate programs in the US. The UA is considered a "selective" university by U. S. News & World Report. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 68 freshman students were National Merit Scholars. UA students hail from all states in the U. S. While nearly 69% of students are from Arizona, nearly 11% are from California, 8% are international, followed by a significant student presence from Texas, Washington and New York..
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Florida Gators men's basketball
The Florida Gators men's basketball team represents the University of Florida in the sport of basketball. The Gators compete in NCAA Division I's Southeastern Conference. Home games are played in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus; the University of Florida's first basketball team took the court in 1915, but success was scarce for many years. The program did not have an adequate gymnasium until the Florida Gymnasium in 1950, did not hire a full-time basketball coach until Norm Sloan in 1960, did not play in a modern arena until the O'Connell Center opened in 1980. Florida made its first postseason tournament appearance in the 1969 National Invitation Tournament and first appeared in the NCAA tournament in 1987, but consistent success was elusive, the Gators found themselves in the bottom half of the conference standings. Florida's basketball program found consistent success under head coach Billy Donovan, hired in 1996. In nineteen years as Florida's coach, Donovan led the program to seven of its eight Southeastern Conference regular season championships, all four SEC tournament championships, fourteen of twenty-two NCAA Tournament appearances, four out of five Final Four appearances, back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.
Florida's head coach since 2015 has been Mike White, who has led the Gators to three NCAA Tournament bids in his first four seasons at the school. The college basketball season begins in early November, the non-conference portion of the schedule runs until the end of the calendar year; the Gators play in a cross-regional tournament or two, play a home or away game against another top program, complete in their annual game against in-state rival Florida State. The 18-game Southeastern Conference slate tips off during the first week of the new year; the schedule consists of a pair of home-and-home games against five SEC teams, plus a single game against each of the other eight SEC teams. The Gators did not have significant rivals in men's basketball. Since the 1990s, Florida has built rivalries with Kentucky and Tennessee as the Gators have become consistent contenders for the Southeastern Conference championship; the modern University of Florida was created in 1905, when the Florida Legislature passed the Buckman Act, consolidating four predecessor institutions to form the "University of the State of Florida."
Ten years the university sponsored the first Florida Gators men's varsity basketball team that played its first season during the 1915–1916 school year under head coach C. J. McCoy, the head coach of the Florida Gators football team; the first Gators basketball team compiled a 5–1 record, but the following three seasons were canceled during and after World War I. The team was restarted for the 1919–20 season without a professional coach, though the Gators did have a new venue—the newly built University Gymnasium. Head coach William G. Kline, who coached the Florida Gators football team, led the Gators basketball team from 1920 to 1922. By the mid-1920s, the team and the university had outgrown the University Gymnasium, which had little spectator space; the larger wooden structure built directly adjacent to the University Gym in 1928 was known as "Building R", through it was called the "New Gym". The New Gym was intended to be a temporary home for the basketball team until funding was found for a more permanent structure.
However, funds soon became scarce with the coming of the Great Depression. Plans were made for a new basketball arena after World War II, the Gators moved into the Florida Gymnasium during the 1949–50 season. In December 1932, the University of Florida joined the Southeastern Conference as one of its thirteen charter members; the Gators spent most of the first half-century of SEC play in the bottom half of the standings. They only finished higher than fourth twice between 1932–33 and 1979–80. From the founding of the SEC until 1960, the head coach's slot was filled part-time by a coach from another Gator team, including head baseball coaches Brady Cowell, Ben Clemons and Sam McAllister, head football coach Josh Cody, football assistants Spurgeon Cherry and John Maurer. Cody had coached the Clemson and Vanderbilt basketball teams. None of them were able to build the Gators into consistent contenders in conference play. In hopes of breathing life into the program, Florida hired Norm Sloan as its first full-time head coach for the 1960–61 season.
He compiled a record of 85–63 in six seasons, including the Gators' first two wins over long-dominant Kentucky in SEC play. Sloan's Gators did not receive a postseason tournament invitation during his tenure, however. Nonetheless, according to Florida historian Norm Carlson, Sloan elevated the Gators basketball program from "an intramural program and built the grass roots." Sloan left Florida for North Carolina State, after the 1965 -- 66 season. Tommy Bartlett succeeded Sloan as head coach in 1966–67, his Gators experienced initial success during his first three seasons, finishing second and third in SEC play. His first team notched the school's first 20-win season. Led by center Neal Walk and forwa
The point guard called the one or point, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has the most specialized role of any position. Point guards are expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time. Above all, the point guard must understand and accept their coach's game plan. While the point guard must understand and accept the coach's gameplan, they must be able to adapt to what the defense is allowing, they must control the pace of the game. A point guard, like other player positions in basketball, specializes in certain skills. A point guard's primary job is to facilitate scoring opportunities for his/her team, or sometimes for themselves. Lee Rose has described a point guard as a coach on the floor, who can handle and distribute the ball to teammates; this involves setting up plays on the court, getting the ball to the teammate in the best position to score, controlling the tempo of the game.
A point guard should know when and how to instigate a fast break and when and how to initiate the more deliberate sets. Point guards are expected to be vocal floor leaders. A point guard needs always to have in mind the times on the shot clock and the game clock, the score, the numbers of remaining timeouts for both teams, etc. Among the taller players who have enjoyed success at the position is Ben Simmons, who at 6’ 10” won the 2018 National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year Award. Behind him is Magic Johnson, who at 6’ 9” won the National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award three times in his career. Other point guards who have been named NBA MVP include Russell Westbrook, Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, Allen Iverson, Derrick Rose and two-time winners Steve Nash and Stephen Curry. In the NBA, point guards are about 6' 4" or shorter, average about 6' 2" whereas in the WNBA, point guards are 5' 9" or shorter. Having above-average size is considered advantageous, although size is secondary to situational awareness, speed and ball handling skills.
Shorter players tend to be better dribblers since they are closer to the floor, thus have better control of the ball while dribbling. After an opponent scores, it is the point guard who brings the ball down court to begin an offensive play. Passing skills, ball handling, court vision are crucial. Speed is important. Point guards are valued more for their assist totals than for their scoring. Another major evaluation factor is assist-to-turnover ratio, which reflects the decision-making skills of the player. Still, a first-rate point guard should have a reasonably effective jump shot; the point guard is positioned on the perimeter of the play, so as to have the best view of the action. This is a necessity because of the point guard's many leadership obligations. Many times, the point guard is referred to by announcers as a "coach on the floor" or a "floor general". In the past, this was true, as several point guards such as Lenny Wilkens served their teams as player-coaches; this is not so common anymore, as most coaches are now specialized in coaching and are non-players.
Some point guards are still given a great deal of leeway in the offense. Point guards who are not given this much freedom, are still extensions of their coach on the floor and must display good leadership skills. Along with leadership and a general basketball acumen, ball-handling is a skill of great importance to a point guard. Speaking, the point guard is the player in possession of the ball for the most time during a game and is responsible for maintaining possession of the ball for his team in the face of any pressure from the opponents. Point guards must be able to maintain possession of the ball in crowded spaces and in traffic and be able to advance the ball quickly. A point guard that has enough ball-handling skill and quickness to be able to drive to the basket in a half-court set is very valuable and considered by some to be a must for a successful offense. After ball-handling and scoring are the most important areas of the game for a point guard; as the primary decision-maker for a team, a point guard's passing ability determines how well a point guard is able to put his decision into play.
It is one thing to be able to recognize the player, in a tactically advantageous position, but it is another thing to be able to deliver the ball to that player. For this reason, a point guard is but not always, more skilled and focused on passing than shooting. However, a good jump shot and the ability to score off a drive to the basket are still valuable skills. A point guard will use his ability to score in order to augment his effectiveness as a decision maker and play maker. In addition to the traditional role of the point guard, modern teams have found new ways to utilize the position. Notably, several modern point guards have used a successful style of post play, a tactic practiced by much larger centers and forwards. Working off of the fact that the opposing point guard is in all probability an undersized player with limited strength, several modern point guards have developed games close to the basket that include being able to utilize the drop step, spin move, fade away jump shot. In recent years, the sport's shift from a fundamental style of play to a more athletic, scoring-oriented game resulted in the proliferation of so-called combo guards at the po
2007 NBA draft
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 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, 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 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, the draft rights to the 5th pick, Jeff Green. The Portland Trail Blazers and the New York Knicks were 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 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. This draft 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, 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. ^ a: Yi Jianlian's year of birth has been 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, 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, 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. The basic requirements for draft eligibility are: All drafted players must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year of the draft. Any player, not an "international player", as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class; 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.
A player, not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no 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 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 declared as early entry candidates had withdrawn from the draft; the first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams. The lottery would determine the three teams; 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 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 draf