List of Texas Tech Red Raiders in the NBA draft

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Tony Battie, drafted in 1997, is Texas Tech's only player drafted in the first round.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team, representing Texas Tech University, has had 23 players drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) since the league began holding drafts in 1947. Tony Battie, taken fifth overall in the 1997 draft, was Texas Tech's only player drafted in the first round until Zhaire Smith was selected 16th overall in the 2018 draft. The Seattle SuperSonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder) have drafted 3 Red Raiders, more than any other NBA franchise.

Each NBA franchise seeks to add new players through an annual draft, the NBA uses a draft lottery to determine the first three picks of the NBA draft; the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first three picks are decided, the rest of the teams pick in reverse order of their win–loss record.[1][2] To be eligible for the NBA Draft, a player in the United States must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.[3] From 1967 until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, the American Basketball Association (ABA) held its own draft.[4]

Drafts[edit]

American Basketball Association[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player Position ABA team[A 1] Notes
1971 Gene Knolle[A 2] Dallas Chaparrals

National Basketball Association[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player Position NBA team[A 1] Notes
1947 Garland Head New York Knicks
1953 Paul Nolen Baltimore Bullets
1956 Gene Carpenter Rochester Royals
1956 Jim Reed St. Louis Hawks
1959 8 4 57 Leon Hill Minneapolis Lakers
1962 3 4 20 Harold Hudgens Detroit Pistons
1971 7 3 105 Gene Knolle[A 2] Portland Trail Blazers
1972 15 5 192 Greg Lowery Chicago Bulls
1975 6 11 101 William Johnson Houston Rockets
1976 4 6 57 Rick Bullock New York Knicks
1978 3 8 52 Mike Russell Kansas City Kings
1979 3 6 50 Geoff Huston New York Knicks
1980 10 13 212 Kent Williams Seattle SuperSonics
1982 2 19 42 Jeff Taylor Houston Rockets
1982 5 18 110 Clarence Swannegan Seattle SuperSonics
1985 4 16 86 Bubba Jennings Dallas Mavericks
1985 6 21 137 Quentin Anderson Milwaukee Bucks
1986 4 23 93 Tony Benford Boston Celtics
1995 2 19 48 Mark Davis Minnesota Timberwolves
1996 2 12 41 Jason Sasser Sacramento Kings
1997 1 5 5 Tony Battie Denver Nuggets
1998 2 20 49 Cory Carr Atlanta Hawks
2004 2 6 35 Andre Emmett Seattle SuperSonics
2018 1 16 16 Zhaire Smith Phoenix Suns

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This is the team that drafted the player, not their most recent team.
  2. ^ a b Gene Knolle was drafted in the 1971 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and in the 1971 AFA Draft by the Dallas Chaparrals.

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ "Evolution of the Draft and Lottery". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  2. ^ Dengate, Jeff (2007-05-16). "Let the Ping-Pong Balls Fall". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Article X, Section 1(b)(i)". 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. National Basketball Players Association. Archived from the original on 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  4. ^ Pluto, Terry (1990). Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. New York City, New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 432. ISBN 1-4165-4061-X. Retrieved 2009-12-05.