University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is a public research university in Norman, Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it had existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory for 17 years before the two became the state of Oklahoma. In Fall 2018 the university had 31,702 students enrolled, most at its main campus in Norman. Employing nearly 3,000 faculty members, the school offers 152 baccalaureate programs, 160 master's programs, 75 doctorate programs, 20 majors at the first professional level. David Boren, a former U. S. Senator and Oklahoma Governor, served as the university's president from 1994 to 2018. James L. Gallogly succeeded Boren on July 1, 2018; the school ranks in the top ten among public universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and graduation of Rhodes Scholars. US News & World Report ranks OU No. 58 in the "Top Public Schools – National Universities" category. PC Magazine and the Princeton Review rated it one of the "20 Most Wired Colleges" in both 2006 and 2008, while the Carnegie Foundation classifies it as a research university with "very high research activity."
Its Norman campus has the Fred Jones Jr.. Museum of Art, specializing in French Impressionism and Native American artwork, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, specializing in the natural history of Oklahoma; the school, well known for its athletic programs, claims multiple national championships in multiple sports, including seven football national championships and two NCAA Division I baseball championships. The women's softball team has won the national championship four times: in 2000, 2013, consecutively in 2016 and 2017; the gymnastics teams have won a combined 11 national championships since 2002, with the men's team winning eight in the last 15 years, including three consecutive titles from 2015 to 2017. With the support of Governor George Washington Steele, on December 18, 1890 the Oklahoma Territorial legislature established three universities: the state university in Norman, the agricultural and mechanical college in Stillwater and a normal school in Edmond. Oklahoma's admission into the union in 1907 led to the renaming of the Norman Territorial University as the University of Oklahoma.
Norman residents donated 407 acres of land for the university 0.5 miles south of the Norman railroad depot. The university's first president ordered the planting of trees before the construction of the first campus building because he "could not visualize a treeless university seat." Landscaping remains important to the university. The university's first president, David Ross Boyd, arrived in Norman in August 1892, the first students enrolled that year; the university established a School of Pharmacy in 1893 because of high demand for pharmacists in the territory. Three years the university awarded its first degree to a pharmaceutical chemist; the "Rock Building" in downtown Norman held the initial classes until the university's first building opened on September 6, 1893. On January 6, 1903, the university's only building burned down and destroyed many records of the early university. Construction began on a new building, as several other towns hoped to convince the university to move. President Boyd and the faculty were not dismayed by the loss.
Mathematics professor Frederick Elder said, "What do you need to keep classes going? Two yards of blackboard and a box of chalk." As a response to the fire, English professor Vernon Louis Parrington created a plan for the development of the campus. Most of the plan was never implemented, but Parrington's suggestion for the campus core formed the basis for the North Oval; the North and South Ovals are now distinctive features of the campus. The campus has a distinctive architecture, with buildings designed in a unique "Cherokee Gothic" style; the style has many features of the Gothic era but has mixed the designs of local Native American tribes from Oklahoma. This term was coined by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright when he visited the campus; the university has built over a dozen buildings in the Cherokee Gothic style. In 1907, Oklahoma entered statehood. Up until this point, Oklahoma's Republican tendencies changed with the election of Oklahoma's first governor, the Democratic Charles N. Haskell.
Since the inception of the university, different groups on campus were divided by religion. Early in the university's existence, many professors were Presbyterian. Under pressure, Boyd hired several Baptists and Southern Methodists; the Presbyterians and Baptists got along but the Southern Methodists conflicted with the administration. Two notable Methodists, Rev. Nathaniel Lee Linebaugh and Professor Ernest Taylor Bynum, were critics of Boyd and activists in Haskell's election campaign; when Haskell took office, he fired many of the Republicans at the university, including President Boyd. The campus expanded over the next several decades. By 1932, the university encompassed 167 acres. Development of South Oval allowed for the southern expansion of the campus; the university built a new library on the oval's north end in 1936. President Bizzell was able to get the Oklahoma legislature to approve $500,000 for the new library up from their original offer of $200,000; this allowed for an greater collection of research materials for students and faculty.
Like many universities, OU had a drop in enrollment during World War II. Enrollment in 1945 dropped to 3,769, from its pre–World War II high of 6,935 in 1939. Many infrastructure changes have occurred at the university; the southern portion of south campus in the vicinity of Constitution Avenue, still known to long-time Norman residents as
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
The FIBA Intercontinental Cup commonly referred to as the FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs, or the FIBA Club World Cup, is a professional basketball competition, endorsed by FIBA World and the NBA. Its purpose has been to gather the premier basketball clubs from each of the world's geographical zones, to decide the best basketball club of the world, crowned as the world club champion; the World Cup for Clubs has been contended by the champions of the continents and/or world geographical regions that are of the highest basketball levels. The league champions of the NBA, considered the most prestigious club competition from the North American zone decline participation; the NBA opts instead to send the champions from the NBA G League, its secondary club competition. While the league champions of the EuroLeague, considered Europe's most prestigious club competition, are not permitted to participate at the competition, due to the league's dispute with FIBA. In place of the EuroLeague champions, FIBA Europe instead sends the champions of their main club competition, the FIBA Champions League.
FIBA has in the past announced plans to expand the tournament to include the champion teams from the FIBA Africa League, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the Australian NBL, the NBA, at some point in the future. From the 2013 edition of the tournament, through the 2015 edition of the tournament, the competition was played in either an aggregate score two-legged series, or in a single-game final format between two teams, that determined the official world club champion; those two teams were the champions of Europe's most prestigious competition, the EuroLeague, the champions of Latin America's premiere competition, the FIBA Americas League. For the 2016 edition and 2017 edition, the champions of the FIBA Americas League, played against the champions of FIBA Europe's main club competition, FIBA Europe Cup and FIBA Europe's current top competition, the FIBA Champions League, as EuroLeague clubs were no longer allowed to participate, by FIBA, due to FIBA's dispute with Euroleague Basketball. For the 2019 edition of the tournament, FIBA expanded the competition to include the NBA G League's champions, a tournament host club.
The format was thus changed to a four team final four format. The FIBA Intercontinental Cup competition was organized between the years 1966 and 1987; the tournament had its origins with a friendly test game in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965. The test game was contested by the winners of the South American Championship of Champions Clubs, the Brazilian club S. C. Corinthians Paulista, the FIBA European Champions Cup champions, the Spanish club Real Madrid. S. C. Corinthians Paulista won the test game, by a score of 118 to 109. After the success of the test tournament, the first official tournament took place in the year 1966. In 1973, the competition adopted the name FIBA Intercontinental Cup William Jones, to honour the secretary general of FIBA, William Jones. FIBA tried to rebirth the competition in 1996, by reorganizing the Intercontinental Cup into a best-of-three playoff tournament between the winners of the EuroLeague and the winners of the FIBA South American League. After that tournament, the competition was not held until the 2013 competition.
In August 2013, an agreement reached between Euroleague Basketball Company, FIBA Americas, FIBA World, allowed for the World Cup for Champion Clubs to be relaunched, to be played between the EuroLeague champion and the FIBA Americas League champion. In 2016, the tournament changed format, with the EuroLeague champions no longer being allowed to compete at the tournament by FIBA, due to the EuroLeague's dispute with FIBA. In place of the EuroLeague champions, FIBA Europe began to send the champions of their top club competition the FIBA Europe Cup, the FIBA Champions League, instead. For the 2019 tournament, FIBA increased the competition's number of teams to four, by adding the NBA G League's champions, a tournament host club; the tournament was reconfigured into a final four format. FIBA has considered plans to expand the tournament at some point in the future, with plans to add the champion teams from the FIBA AfroLeague, the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the Australian NBL, the NBA. FIBA Intercontinental Cup: FIBA Club World Cup: FIBA Intercontinental Cup: FIBA Club World Cup: FIBA Intercontinental Cup: Since 1973, the tournament has been named in Honor of Renato William Jones, so the tournament's full official names would be either FIBA Intercontinental Cup "William Jones", or FIBA Club World Cup "William Jones".
The tournament is referred to as the FIBA Intercontinental Cup of Clubs, in order to avoid confusion with the 1972 FIBA Intercontinental Cup of National Teams. The FIBA Intercontinental Cup unofficially began with the friendly competition of the 1965 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Test in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965; the game was played by the defending champions of the South American Club Championship, S. C. Corinthians Paulista, the defending champions of the FIBA European Champions Cup, Real Madrid, it was held at the Ginásio Poliesportivo Parque São Jorge. Corinthians won the game 118 to 109, with Wlamir Marques of S. C. Corinthians scoring 40 points in the game. Due to the test tournament's great success, the FIBA Intercontinental Cup was made an official annual tournament by FIBA; the fir
2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was a tournament involving 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2008–09 basketball season. It began on March 17, 2009, concluded with the championship game on April 6 at Ford Field in Detroit, where the University of North Carolina defeated Michigan State to become the champion; the 2009 tournament marked the first time for a Final Four having a minimum seating capacity of 70,000 and by having most of the tournament in the February Sweeps of the Nielsen Ratings due to the digital television transition in the United States on June 12, 2009, which made this the last NCAA Basketball Tournament, in all three divisions, to air in analog television. The University of Detroit Mercy hosted the Final Four, the 71st edition. Prior to the start of the tournament, the top ranked team was Louisville in both the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls, followed by North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
Only the Tar Heels of North Carolina were the regional winners and played in the Final Four. The Tar Heels completed one of the most dominant runs in the tournament's history by winning each of their games by at least twelve points. For the first time since seeding began, all #1-#3 seeds made it into the Sweet 16, for the third consecutive time, all #1 seeds made the Elite Eight. Four schools made their NCAA tournament debut, all respective conference champions: Binghamton, Morgan State, Stephen F. Austin, North Dakota State, a school in its first season of Division I eligibility. Sixty-five teams were selected for the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a postseason tournament, went to Cornell, its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids by the NCAA Selection Committee. Two teams play an opening-round game, popularly called the "play-in game".
The winner of that game advances to the main draw of the tournament as a 16 seed and plays a top seed in one of the regionals. The 2009 game was played on Tuesday, March 17, at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, as it has since its inception in 2001. All 64 teams were seeded 1 to 16 within their regions; the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. SEC commissioner Michael Slive served his last year as chairman of the committee; the first and second round games were played at the following sites: First and Second Rounds Thursday and Saturday, March 19 and 21, 2009 Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri Wachovia Center, Pennsylvania Rose Garden, Oregon First and Second Rounds Friday and Sunday, March 20 and 22, 2009 Taco Bell Arena, Idaho University of Dayton Arena, Ohio American Airlines Arena, Florida Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota The four regionals are named after their areas, a practice which resumed in 2007. Between 2004 and 2006, the regionals were named for their host cities.
The following were the sites for the 2009 regionals: Regionals Thursday and Saturday, March 26 and 28, 2009 East, TD Garden, Massachusetts West, University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona, Arizona Regionals Friday and Sunday, March 27 and 29, 2009 South, FedExForum, Tennessee Midwest, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Regional winners advanced to the Final Four, hosted at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan by the University of Detroit Mercy on April 4 and April 6. Detroit was the 28th new host city, Ford Field the 35th new venue, to host the Final Four; the tournament featured six new stadiums, including two domed stadiums. The Phoenix suburb of Glendale was host for the first time, with games being held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to football's Arizona Cardinals. Indianapolis hosted at a new domed stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, the replacement for the RCA Dome. After an eight year hiatus, the tournament returned to Memphis at the FedExForum, the third venue in the city to host the tournament.
Kansas City introduced a new arena, the Sprint Center, after the previous eight appearances at Kemper Arena. For only the second time, the city of Miami hosted games, this time at the American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA's Miami Heat, and for the first time since 1975, the tournament returned at the Rose Garden. This was the last tournament to feature the Metrodome, which closed in early 2014, was replaced with U. S. Bank Stadium, which will host the 2019 Final Four. Results to date * – Denotes overtime period All times in U. S. EDT. Winner advanced to 16th seed in Midwest Louisville. Goran Suton of Michigan State was the Midwest regional most outstanding player, he was joined by Spartan teammates Kalin Lucas and Travis Walton, Louisville's Earl Clark and Kansas's Cole Aldrich on the NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional team. To play the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals in the first round, Morehead State defeated Alabama State 58–43, with the Eagles keeping the Hornets without a lead the entire game.
This marked the first time either team had played in the tournament
Vaqueros de Bayamón
The Vaqueros de Bayamón are a Puerto Rican basketball team of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional based in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The Vaqueros play their home games at Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, a venue shared with the Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino women's volleyball team Vaqueras de Bayamón; the Vaqueros are one of the most successful teams in the history of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, having won 14 league championships, their last being in 2009. The franchise still stands as one of the league's original clubs. Led by Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón established a BSN record for most consecutive championships with 5, from 1971 to 1975. After losing in the 2001, 2002 and 2005 BSN Finals, the Vaqueros won their record fourteenth championship by defeating the Piratas de Quebradillas for the 2009 title, their first in 13 years. Among other records, the Vaqueros hold the record for most games won in a BSN season, 29 of them, set during the 1993 season. Rubén Rodríguez played for the Vaqueros for 23 seasons, always wearing number 15.
He scored 11,549 points and 6,178 rebounds in 631 games. He established various records in the league: Points in a career - 11,549. Points in a season - 810 Points in a game - 52 Rebounds in a career - 6,178He had the record of rebounds in a season from 1978-2008. Rodríguez spent his whole career with the team Vaqueros of Bayamón. With the Vaqueros, he won 9 national championships, 1967, 1969, five in a row from 1971 to 1975, one in 1981 and one in 1988, the year that the team inaugurated his actual venue, that carries his name, the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, he garnered the MVP award in 1979, once the three-point shot was established for the first time in the Puerto Rican tournament during the 1980 season, he started making shots from behind the three-point line too. The Vaqueros de Bayamon team was founded in 1930 on what was known as the Baloncesto Nacional league, an amateur league; the team's original name was Bayamon. The Bayamon team won their first championships in the league in 1933 and 1935.
Becoming the second team to win two titles in the league, they were guided by the Professional Head Coach Onofre Carballeira. During the following decade the team was inactive due to WWII. By 1954 the team was competing in the BSN League again, but this time the team would be known as the Azules de Bayamón in Spanish. Under that name, Bayamon did not win a title; the following season the team was renamed to The Vaqueros de Bayamon. This new name was given by the team sponsor Espasas Dairy Company as a reference to their business, it wasn't until 1967 that the team reached the Finals against the Ponce team, against whom the Vaqueros won the series and their third championship. The team was starting to become known as a competitive one around the league. In less than two years, the team would repeat its success when they reached the finals and conquered another title in 1969; the success of the team was about to reach its climax in the 1970s. The Vaqueros won five consecutive championships during the decade, from 1971 to 1975.
They became the top team in the league. During their golden era the team was guided by coaches Roy Rubbins, Art Loche, Lou Rossini, Fufi Santori, Tom Nissalke and Del Harris. During the 1980s a new rivalry was taking place in the BSN; the Vaqueros de Bayamon won the final series against Guaynabo in 1981 giving them another championship. Another achievement for the team was their fanatics which were counted in many thousands by the 1980s and 1990s. In 1988 guided by Robert Corn the team reached the finals against the Canovanas team and once again won a championship. In the 90s the team had an average decade with two more championships in 1995 and 1996 Both against the Ponce Lions; these titles came with Flor Melendez, who had coached the team to their 1981 championship, as head coach. By the late 1990s the team was about to face one of its worst decades since the 50s. From 1999 to 2008, the team could hardly make it into the semifinals; however most of the fanbase remained throughout the years. In 2009 the franchise won their most recent championship, tying at fourteen with the San German Athletics for most overall titles in the league.
Nowadays the team still is considered among the best teams in the league. The Vaqueros have two different uniforms: blue road uniform; the design of the white and blue sets are nearly identical, with the team name featured on the front over the number, the player's last name over the number on the back and under the vaqueros' logo. The shorts have golden stripes on the sides of the shirts in both designs. Inaugurated in 1988, The Rubén Rodriguez Coliseum is the hosting arena for the team's local games, it was the named after the former team player. This coliseum is the third-largest indoor sports arena in Puerto Rico, it can accommodate up to 13,000 spectators, though it is known that this arena was able to fit nearly 16,000 on the team's finals. The seating of the coliseum divides in three sections: Box area Middle area General area Originally the home arena for the Cowboys was the Pepín Cestero Arena located in Bayamon; the Vaqueros have always kept a large fandom, however wit
Jordan Lee Crawford is an American professional basketball player, a free agent. He played collegiately at Indiana and Xavier, his brother is Joe Crawford, who has played in the NBA. Crawford was born to parents Joseph Sr. and Sylvia Crawford in Detroit, Michigan in 1988. In high school, he had suffered an ankle injury which forced him to miss his senior year of basketball, he attended Detroit's Communication and Media Arts High School and the prep school, Hargrave Military Academy, in Chatham, Virginia. Crawford signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Indiana University and enrolled in 2007. Crawford played 30 games as a freshman at Indiana starting eight times and finished seventh among Big Ten Conference freshmen in scoring with 9.7 points per game, while helping Indiana finish 25–8 overall, 14–4 in the Big Ten and advancing to the NCAA tournament. Crawford scored in double figures 15 times as a freshman, including a career high 21 points in Indiana's win at Northwestern on February 23, 2008 and had a near perfect night from the floor at Northwestern going for 6-for-7 overall and 4-for-5 behind the three-point line while handing out all five of his assists.
He made all five of his free throw attempts at the free throw line. Indiana recorded a 13 -- 2 record. After fallout from the Kelvin Sampson controversy, Crawford transferred to Xavier University in 2008. Xavier was one of only two nonconference regular season losses for the Hoosiers in the 2007-2008 season when Crawford was at Indiana University. Having been denied immediate eligibility by the NCAA, Crawford had to sit out the 2008-2009 season, but was able to still practice with the Musketeers. In the summer of 2009, rumors abounded that a college player dunked on LeBron James in a pickup game at a mini-camp cosponsored by James and Nike. Adding to the tale, amateur videos of the game and subsequent dunk were confiscated by Nike at the behest of James. Nike claimed there was a standing policy of no taping at the camp, it was reported that it was in fact Jordan Crawford, a sophomore guard at Xavier, that made the feat at the LeBron James Skills Academy. Footage leaked out about a week on YouTube.
Crawford returned to play for the 2009-2010 season with the Muskies and led Xavier and the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 20.5 points per game, with.462 FG%. He scored in double figures in 31 straight games and 34 of XU's 35. Crawford scored 20+ in 20 games for the Musketeers and landed a spot on the First Team All-Atlantic 10. Xavier earned a 6-seed in the NCAA tournament. Crawford led the Muskies past the 3-seed Pittsburgh Panthers to its 3rd straight Sweet Sixteen, one of only two teams to accomplish during'08-'10. Xavier lost to the 2-seed Kansas State Wildcats in the West Regional Semifinal, the "widely agreed-upon Game of the Year". Crawford scored a career high 32 in the double overtime thriller including a deep three-pointer sending the game to the second overtime. Crawford earned a spot on the five-member NCAA Tournament All-West Region Team after averaging 29.0 points per game in the three appearances. Crawford scored more points for a sophomore than any other in Xavier's history, he finished 4th in the Musketeer's single season scoring history.
Crawford was named by A-10 Player of the Year. Crawford entered the 2010 NBA Draft after two years of college play becoming the first Musketeer to enter the draft before graduating. At Xavier, Crawford wore the number 55. Crawford was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 27th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, his rights were traded to the Atlanta Hawks and he joined the team for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On July 9, 2010, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks. On February 23, 2011, Crawford was traded to the Washington Wizards along with Maurice Evans and Mike Bibby for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong. On March 8, 2011, Crawford scored a then-career high 22 points against the Milwaukee Bucks. On March 15, 2011, he passed his previous career high, scoring 27 points in a loss to the Chicago Bulls, he passed it by scoring 39 points in a loss to the Miami Heat. On April 1, 2011, Crawford recorded his first triple-double of his professional career in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He had 21 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds. Crawford was the second Wizards rookie. In the 2012-13 season, he was moved to point guard, he recorded his second triple-double with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in a December game against the Atlanta Hawks. On February 21, 2013, Crawford was traded to the Boston Celtics for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins. In his NBA debut with the Celtics, he came off the bench to record 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 10 points, shooting 4 for 9 from the field. Due to the injury of Rajon Rondo, Crawford became the starting point guard of the team at the beginning of the 2013–14 season. On November 29, 2013, he recorded his third triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 103-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. On December 9, 2013, Crawford was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 23.3 points, 6.1 assists, 3 rebounds on 61 percent shooting, helping the Celtics go 3-0 for the week. On January 15, 2014, a three-team trade was completed involving the Boston Celtics, the Golden State Warriors, the Miami Heat.
The Celtics sent MarShon Brooks to the Warriors. In exchange, the Celtics received Joel Anthony, a protected future draft pick Philadelphia sent to Miami in an earlier trade, a 2016 second-round draft pick from t
D. J. Augustin
Darryl Gerard "D. J." Augustin Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of Texas Longhorns from 2006 to 2008, he was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2008 NBA draft. Augustin was born in Louisiana, his family was forced out of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He played his senior year at Hightower High School in Texas. While at Brother Martin, Augustin led the team to two state championships. While at Hightower, Augustin thrilled the Hightower faithful with his pinpoint passing and precise shooting, his first game as a Hurricane was against Madison High School, Augustin nearly pulled off a triple-double in front of a packed house and TV cameras with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists in an 83–59 victory. He led Hightower to the third round of the playoffs before they were eliminated, ended the season at 26–4. Augustin won numerous honors after the season as he was named district 20-5A MVP, was named as the Houston Chronicle player of the year, made the first team all Greater Houston, first team all state teams.
Augustin finished his high school career by being named a McDonald's All American, started as point guard for the West squad against his soon to be teammate at Texas, Kevin Durant. He was a fourth-team Parade All-American. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Augustin was listed as the No. 6 point guard and the No. 49 player in the nation in 2006. Augustin was one of seven freshman to join the Longhorn basketball program for the 2006–07 season, he started all 35 games in the season as the point guard for the Longhorns, averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 assists per game. For his contributions, he was named to both the All-Big 12 Second Team and the Big 12 All-Rookie Team by Big 12 coaches and Associated Press. Augustin had a chance to participate in the 2007 NBA draft with former teammate Kevin Durant, but he chose to stay in school to develop his game more with the Longhorns. Augustin, along with Texas A&M Aggies player Joseph Jones, was featured on the front cover of the November 15, 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated.
In the fall 2007 semester, he achieved a 4.0 GPA, raising his cumulative GPA to a 3.64. On February 27, 2008, he was named first-team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America, he became the second Texas Longhorn basketball player to achieve the honor, following Jim Krivacs, who received it in 1979. Augustin was named to the USBWA All-America First Team. On April 3, 2008, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame awarded him the Bob Cousy Award. On April 23, 2008, Augustin declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft. On June 3, 2008, Augustin hired an agent thereby forfeiting his remaining NCAA eligibility. Augustin was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. On July 8, 2008, he was signed to the rookie scale contract. Under the league's rookie scale, the deal will pay him $1.8 million in the upcoming season and nearly $2 million the next. On October 30, he made his professional debut in a 96–79 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, recording 12 points and two assists in 25 minutes.
On October 6, 2009, the Bobcats picked up third-year option on Augustin's contract. On October 29, 2010, the Bobcats picked up the fourth-year option on Augustin's contract. On June 29, 2012, the Bobcats extended a qualifying to Augustin. However, on July 12, they withdrew the offer. On July 13, 2012, he signed with the Indiana Pacers. On October 31, he made his debut with the Pacers in a 90–88 win over the Toronto Raptors, recording five points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 15 minutes. On July 22, 2013, Augustin signed with the Toronto Raptors. On October 30, he made his debut for the Raptors in a 93–87 win over the Boston Celtics, recording five points and two assists in 13 minutes. On December 9, Augustin was waived by the Raptors. On December 13, 2013, Augustin signed with the Chicago Bulls. On January 11, 2014, Augustin recorded a season high 12 assists in a 103–97 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. On March 30, 2014, Augustin scored a career-high 33 points in a 107–102 win over the Boston Celtics.
On July 15, 2014, Augustin signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Detroit Pistons. On January 25, 2015, in his first game as a starter, replacing the injured Brandon Jennings, Augustin scored a career-high 35 points in a 110–114 loss to the Toronto Raptors. On February 19, 2015, Augustin was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team deal that involved the Utah Jazz, a move that reunited him with ex-college teammate Kevin Durant. Two days he made his debut for the Thunder in a 110–103 win over the Charlotte Hornets, recording 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench. On February 18, 2016, Augustin was traded, along with Steve Novak, two second-round picks and cash consideration, to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Randy Foye; the next day, he made his debut for the Nuggets in a 116–110 loss to the Sacramento Kings, recording eight points, six assists and three steals in 19 minutes. On March 2, 2016, Augustin recorded a season-high 26 points in a 117–107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
On March 12, 2016, Augustin recorded his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 assists in a 116–100 win over the Washington Wizards. Augustin recorded his second double-double on March 27, 2016, recording 18 points and 10
The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division and plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena; the team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball League where it won two NBL championships: in 1944 and 1945. The Pistons joined the Basketball Association of America in 1948; the NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA in 1949, the Pistons became part of the merged league. Since moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons have won three NBA championships: in 1989, 1990 and 2004; the Detroit Pistons franchise was founded as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, a National Basketball League team, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Owner Fred Zollner's Zollner Corporation was a foundry that manufactured pistons for car and locomotive engines; the Zollner Pistons were NBL champions in 1944 and 1945.
They won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1944, 1945 and 1946. In 1948, the team became the Fort Wayne Pistons. In 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball Association from the BAA and the NBL at his kitchen table. There are suggestions that Pistons players conspired with gamblers to shave points and throw various games during the 1953–54 and 1954–55 seasons. In particular, there are accusations that the team may have intentionally lost the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals. In the decisive Game 7, the Pistons led 41–24 early in the second quarter before the Nationals rallied to win the game; the Nationals won on a free throw by George King with twelve seconds left in the game. The closing moments included a palming turnover by the Pistons' George Yardley with 18 seconds left, a foul by Frank Brian with 12 seconds left that enabled King's winning free throw, a turnover by the Pistons' Andy Phillip in the final seconds which cost them a chance to attempt the game winning shot.
Though the Pistons enjoyed a solid local following, Fort Wayne's small size made it difficult for them to be profitable as other early NBA teams based in smaller cities started folding or relocating to larger markets. After the 1956–57 season, Zollner decided that Fort Wayne was too small to support an NBA team and announced the team would be playing elsewhere in the coming season, he settled on Detroit. Although it was the fifth largest city in the United States at the time, Detroit had not seen professional basketball in a decade, they lost the Detroit Eagles due to World War II, both the Detroit Gems of the NBL and the Detroit Falcons of the BAA in 1947, the Detroit Vagabond Kings in 1949. Zollner decided to keep the Pistons name, believing it made sense given Detroit's status as the center of the automobile industry; the Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons moved to Cobo Arena. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Pistons were characterized by strong individuals and weak teams.
Some of the superstars who played for the team included Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Bob Lanier. At one point, DeBusschere was the youngest player-coach in the history of the NBA. A trade during the 1968–69 season sent DeBusschere to the New York Knicks for Howard Komives and Walt Bellamy, both of whom were in the stages of their careers. DeBusschere became a key player in leading the Knicks to two NBA titles. In 1974, Zollner sold the team to glass magnate Bill Davidson, who remained the team's principal owner until his death in 2009. While the Pistons did qualify for the postseason in four straight seasons from 1974 to 1977, they never had any real sustained success. In 1978, Davidson became displeased with Cobo Arena, but opted not to follow the Red Wings to the under-construction Joe Louis Arena. Instead, he moved the team to the suburb of Pontiac, where they played in the 82,000 capacity Silverdome, a structure built for professional football; the Pistons stumbled their way out of the 1970s and into the 1980s, beginning with a 16–66 record in 1979–80 and following up with a 21–61 record in 1980–81.
The 1979–80 team lost its last 14 games of the season which, when coupled with the seven losses at the start of the 1980–81 season, comprised a then-NBA record losing streak of 21 games. The franchise's fortunes began to turn in 1981, when they drafted point guard Isiah Thomas from Indiana University. In November 1981, the Pistons acquired Vinnie Johnson in a trade with the Seattle SuperSonics, they would acquire center Bill Laimbeer in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in February 1982. Another key move by the Pistons was the hiring of head coach Chuck Daly in 1983; the Pistons had a tough time moving up the NBA ladder. In 1984, the Pistons lost a tough five-game series to the underdog New York Knicks, 3–2. In the 1985 playoffs, Detroit won its first-round series and faced the defending champion Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals. Though Boston would prevail in six games, Detroit's surprise performance promised that a rivalry had begun. In the 1985 NBA draft, the team selected Joe Dumars 18th overall, a selection that would prove to be wise.
They acquired Rick Mahorn in a trade with the Washington Bullets. However, the team took a step backwards, losing in the first round of the 1986 playoffs to the more athletic Atlanta Hawks. After the series, changes were made in order to make the team more defensive-minded. Prior to the 1986–87 season, the Pistons acquired more key players: John Salley (