2009 NBA draft
The 2009 NBA draft was held on June 25, 2009, at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In this draft, the National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The Los Angeles Clippers, who won the draft lottery on May 19, 2009, used their first overall draft pick to draft Blake Griffin from University of Oklahoma. However, he missed the entire 2009–10 season due to surgery on his broken left kneecap, which he injured during the pre-season. Tanzanian-born Hasheem Thabeet from University of Connecticut was drafted second by the Memphis Grizzlies. Thabeet became the first player born in Tanzania to be drafted by an NBA team. James Harden was drafted 3rd by the Oklahoma City Thunder; this made him the first player to be drafted by the franchise as the Oklahoma City Thunder whose franchise moved from Seattle to OKC in 2008. The Sacramento Kings drafted Tyreke Evans 4th. Spanish teenager Ricky Rubio was drafted 5th by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rubio became the fifth-highest-drafted international player who never played U. S. college basketball to be drafted in the NBA, tied with Nikoloz Tskitishvili, behind Yao Ming, Andrea Bargnani, Darko Miličić and Pau Gasol. Twenty-third pick Omri Casspi became the first Israeli player to be drafted in the first round, he became the first Israeli to play in the NBA; the 2009 draft marked the first time three sons of former NBA players were selected in the top 15 picks of the draft. Stephen Curry, son of Dell Curry, was drafted 7th by the Golden State Warriors. Gerald Henderson Jr. son of Gerald Henderson, was drafted 12th by the Charlotte Bobcats. Austin Daye, son of Darren Daye, was drafted 15th by the Detroit Pistons; the draft marked the first time a former high school player who skipped college to play professional basketball in Europe was selected in an NBA draft. Brandon Jennings, who skipped college to play professional basketball with Italian team Lottomatica Roma, was drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the draft.
Stephen Curry was named NBA MVP for 2 consecutive years, won his first NBA championship in 2015. Of the 60 players drafted, four were freshmen, nine were sophomores, 12 were juniors, 22 were seniors, 13 were international players without U. S. college basketball experience. The University of North Carolina's Tar Heels had the most players selected in the draft; this marked the second time that four Tar Heels players were selected in the first two rounds of an NBA draft. The Minnesota Timberwolves had the league-high four first-round draft picks and the first time in team history that the team held two top-10 draft picks; the Timberwolves had two second-round draft picks and became the team with the most draft picks in the 2009 draft with a total of six. The Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic were the only NBA teams who did not have a draft pick this year, although Houston acquired three drafted players' rights after the draft. ^ a: Nick Calathes was born in the United States, has dual U. S. and Greek citizenship by birth.
He has represented Greece internationally.^ b: Goran Suton, born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a naturalized citizen of the United States since 2006.^ c: Emir Preldžič, born in Bosnia and Herzegovina has Slovenian and Turkish citizenship. He had represented Slovenia internationally in 2008, before switching to Turkey.^ d: Chinemelu Elonu was born in Nigeria, is a naturalized citizen of the United States. These players were not selected in the 2009 NBA draft but have played at least one game in the NBA; the basic requirements for draft eligibility are: All drafted players must be born on or before December 31, 1990. Any player, not an "international player", as defined in the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players union, 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 prior to 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. U. S. players who were at least one year removed from their high school graduation and have played professional basketball with a team outside the NBA were automatically eligible. Former high school player Brandon Jennings meets these criteria, having graduated high school in 2008, skipped college basketball and played professional basketball in Italy. 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. For the 2009 draft, this date fell on April 26. 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.
This year, a total of 74 collegiate players and 29 international players declared as early entry candidates. At the withdrawal deadline, 55 early-entry candidates withdrew from the
Dejounte Dashaun Murray is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He played one season of college basketball for the Washington Huskies, where he earned second-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12 as a freshman in 2015–16, he was selected by the Spurs in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft with the 29th overall pick. Murray attended Rainier Beach High School in Washington; as a freshman at the University of Washington in 2015–16, Murray was named second-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team after averaging 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 33.5 minutes while starting all 34 games. On March 23, 2016, Murray declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility. On June 23, 2016, Murray was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, he joined the Spurs for the 2016 NBA Summer League, on July 14, he signed his rookie scale contract with the team.
On October 29, 2016, in the Spurs' third game of the 2016–17 season, Murray made his NBA debut. In just under nine minutes off the bench, he recorded two rebounds and one assist in a 98–79 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. On January 12, 2017, he scored a season-high 10 points in a 134–94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he surpassed that mark on January scoring 24 points in a 118 -- 104 win over the Denver Nuggets. He became the youngest player in Spurs history to score at least 24 points, breaking Tony Parker's record. During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. On May 5, 2017, with Tony Parker ruled out for the rest of the playoffs with a leg injury, the Spurs opted to start Murray at point guard in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets, he scored two points in 15 minutes. He helped the Spurs clinch the series against the Rockets with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a Game 6 win, he became just the fourth rookie in Spurs history to record a point/rebound double-double in a playoff game, joining David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard.
The Spurs went on to lose to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. In the Spurs' season opener on October 18, 2017, Murray had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists while starting in place of Parker in a 107–99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Five days he recorded 14 rebounds in a 101–97 win over the Toronto Raptors. In the Spurs' previous game against the Chicago Bulls, Murray hauled in 10 rebounds. Murray became just the second Spurs point guard to have multiple double-digit rebounding performances in the same season—Rod Strickland had two double-digit rebounding games in the 1989–90 season. On December 9, 2017, he tied his career high with 14 rebounds in a 104–101 win over the Phoenix Suns. On January 21, 2018 against the Indiana Pacers, Murray started over long-time Spurs starting point guard Tony Parker as a coach's decision by Gregg Popovich. Murray had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes in a 94–86 loss. Two days he had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in his second start since replacing a healthy Tony Parker, helping the Spurs defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114–102.
On February 3, 2018, in a 120–111 loss to the Utah Jazz, Murray became the first player since Kawhi Leonard with 500 points and 300 rebounds in his first 100 games with the Spurs. On March 19, 2018, in an 89–75 win over the Warriors, Murray had eight rebounds to set the franchise record for rebounds in a single season by a point guard. Murray reached 385 rebounds in 1,436 minutes, surpassing Johnny Moore's total of 378 collected in 2,689 minutes. In Game 4 of the Spurs' first-round playoff series against the Warriors, Murray was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers in the first half, the most 3s made in the playoffs without a miss by a Spurs player since Steve Kerr and Patty Mills were 4 for 4 in a half. At the season's end, he earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to be named All-Defense. On October 7, 2018, Murray suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in a preseason game against the Houston Rockets. Murray grew up in Washington. In May 2017, he began dating Instagram model Jilly Anais.
He has a daughter, born on July 31, 2017. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Washington Huskies bio
David Robinson (basketball)
David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career. Based on his prior service as an officer in the United States Navy, Robinson earned the nickname "The Admiral". Robinson is a 10-time NBA All-Star, the 1995 NBA MVP, a two-time NBA Champion, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, a two-time U. S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, he is considered one of the greatest centers in both college basketball and NBA history. To date, Robinson is the only player from the Naval Academy to play in the NBA. David Robinson was born in Key West, the second child of Ambrose and Freda Robinson. Since Robinson's father was in the Navy, the family moved many times. After his father retired from the Navy, the family settled in Woodbridge, where Robinson excelled in school and in most sports, except basketball, he was 9 inches tall in junior high school.
Robinson attended Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, just outside Washington, D. C. where Robinson's father was working as an engineer. By his senior year in high school he was 6 feet, 6 inches tall, weighed 175 pounds, had not played organized basketball or attended any basketball camps; when the coach added the tall senior to the basketball team, Robinson earned all-area and all-district honors but generated little interest among college basketball coaches. Robinson scored 1320 on the SAT, chose to go to the United States Naval Academy, where he majored in mathematics. David Robinson is considered to be the best basketball player in Naval Academy history, he chose the jersey number 50 after his idol Ralph Sampson. By the time he took the court in his first basketball game for the Navy Midshipmen men's basketball team, he had grown to 6 ft 9 in, over the course of his college basketball career he grew to 7 ft 0 in, he began college with no expectations of playing in the NBA, but in Robinson's final two years he was a consensus All-American and won college basketball's two most prestigious player awards, the Naismith and Wooden Awards, as a Naval Academy first classman.
In 1986, Robinson led Navy, a number seven seed, within a game of the Final Four before falling to Duke in the East Regional Final. Robinson played his first three years for the Midshipmen under Paul Evans and his senior season under former University of Georgia interim Head Coach Pete Herrmann. Upon graduation, he became eligible for the 1987 NBA draft and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the first overall pick. Robinson was 6 ft. 8 in. When he was admitted to the Naval Academy, two inches above the height limit, but received a waiver from the Superintendent of the Academy. Robinson considered leaving the academy after his second year, before incurring an obligation to serve on active duty, he decided to stay after discussing with the Superintendent the likelihood that his height would prevent him from serving at sea as an unrestricted line officer, which would be detrimental to his naval career, might make it impossible for him to receive a commission at all. As a compromise, Secretary of the Navy John Lehman allowed Robinson to train for and receive a commission as a staff officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.
As a result, Robinson was commissioned in the Naval Reserve and was only required to serve an initial active-duty obligation of two years. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Robinson became a civil engineering officer at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, he was featured in recruiting materials for the service. Despite the nickname "Admiral", Robinson's actual rank upon fulfilling his service commitment was Lieutenant. Since he had not signed a contract, NBA regulations stated that Robinson could have reentered the draft after his naval service. Although there was speculation that he might choose not to sign with the Spurs, Robinson agreed to move to San Antonio for the 1989–90 season, but the Spurs agreed to pay him as much as the average of the salaries of the two highest-paid players in the league each year, or release him to free agency; the Spurs had spent the second half of the 1980s as an also-ran, bottoming out in 1988–89 with a 21–61 record, the worst in franchise history at the time.
While it was thought that the Spurs would become respectable again once Robinson arrived, no one expected what happened in his rookie season. Robinson led the Spurs to the greatest single season turnaround in NBA history at the time; the Spurs leaped to a record of 56–26 for a remarkable 35 game improvement. They advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs where they lost in seven games to the eventual conference champion Portland Trail Blazers. Following the 1989–90 season, he was unanimously named the NBA rookie of the year, subsequently Sega produced a game featuring him entitled David Robinson's Supreme Court; the Spurs made the playoffs seven more seasons in a row. Robinson made the 1992 US Olympic Dream Team that won the gold medal in Barcelona. During the 1993–94 season, he became locked in a duel for the NBA scoring title with Shaquille O'Neal, scoring 71 point
Chimezie Chukwudum Metu is an American professional basketball player for the Austin Spurs, on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the USC Trojans. Metu attended Lawndale High School in California. A four-star recruit, he committed to the USC Trojans on May 12, 2014; as a freshman, Metu played in 34 games, starting 2. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He had 54 blocks, the 2nd most blocks by a USC freshman since Taj Gibson, he played 10 minutes in USC's loss to Providence in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. Metu started in all 36 games as a sophomore, averaging 7.8 rebounds per game. He led the team to the 2nd round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, he was named 2017 Pac-12 Most Improved Player, 2nd Team All-Pac-12 and All-Academic Honorable Mention. Metu played in 34 games as a junior, starting 33, he averaged 7.4 rebounds per game. On February 23, 2018, he was named in a federal document that linked him to an alleged $2,000 payment from a sports agency, but was cleared by USC.
On March 5, 2018, he was named 1st Team All-Pac-12 along with teammate Jordan McLaughlin. Being set to graduate in three years and after sitting out the 2018 National Invitation Tournament to avoid injury, he declared for the 2018 NBA draft. On June 21, 2018, Metu was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the 49th pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Metu was included in the 2018 NBA Summer League roster of the San Antonio Spurs. On September 4, 2018, Metu signed with the San Antonio Spurs. On October 20, 2018, Metu made his NBA debut, coming off from bench for about three minutes with two points, two rebounds and a block in a 108–121 loss to Portland Trail Blazers. Born in Los Angeles, he spent the first years of his life in California before moving to Nigeria with his father at the age of six, he lived in Nigeria the following six years. In Nigeria, he played soccer. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com USC Trojans bio
Nando de Colo
Nando de Colo is a French professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. Standing at a height of 6 ft 5 in, he plays at the point guard, shooting guard, small forward positions. A four-time All-EuroLeague selection, he won the EuroLeague title in 2016 with CSKA Moscow, earning both the EuroLeague MVP and Final Four MVP awards in the process. De Colo was born in Sainte-Catherine-lès-Arras, France to parents who were both born and raised in Portugal, he attended Lycée Fernand Renaudeau in Cholet, made his first appearance on the Cholet Under-20 team in 2004–05. De Colo made his professional debut during the 2006–07 season with Cholet Basket of the LNB Pro A. Under supervision of head coach Erman Kunter, he helped the team win the 2008 Semaine des As and reach the finals of the 2008 French Cup and of the 2009 EuroChallenge. On 1 June 2009, he parted ways with Cholet. On 25 June 2009, he was selected with the 53rd overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.
On 13 July 2009, he signed a three-year deal with Valencia of Spain. He went on to win the 2010 EuroCup title with Valencia. On 10 July 2012, De Colo announced he would not be re-signing with Valencia in order to play in the NBA. On 13 July 2012, he signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs. During his rookie and sophomore seasons, he had multiple assignments with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League. de Colo reached the 2013 NBA Finals with the Spurs, but the team lost to the Miami Heat in seven games. On 20 February 2014, De Colo was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Austin Daye. On 9 July 2014, De Colo signed a two-year deal with the Russian club CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. In May 2015, he was chosen for his performances over the season. In the 2014–15 season, CSKA Moscow managed to advance to the EuroLeague Final Four, for the fourth straight season, after eliminating Panathinaikos for the second straight season in the EuroLeague quarterfinals playoffs series, with a 3–1 series victory.
However, in the EuroLeague Final Four's semi-final game, despite being dubbed by the media as an absolute favorite to advance to the Finals, CSKA once again lost to Olympiacos. The final score was 70–68, after a great Olympiacos comeback in the 4th quarter, led by Vassilis Spanoulis. CSKA Moscow won the third place game, after defeating Fenerbahçe, by a score of 86–80. In his second EuroLeague season, De Colo averaged a career-high 14.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game, over 28 games played. On 21 May 2015, De Colo won the VTB United League MVP Award. CSKA Moscow finished the season by winning the VTB United League championship, after eliminating Khimki, with a 3–0 series sweep in the league's finals series. On 3 May 2016, De Colo was awarded with the Alphonso Ford EuroLeague Top Scorer Trophy, an annual award given to the EuroLeague's top scorer of the season. Nine days he was named the EuroLeague MVP. On 15 May, CSKA won the EuroLeague title, De Colo was named the EuroLeague Final Four MVP.
On 15 June 2016, De Colo signed a new three-year contract with CSKA. He was named the 2016 All-Europe Player of the Year by Eurobasket.com. In May 2018, he was named the All-EuroLeague First Team for the 2017–18 season. On June 9, 2018, he won his third VTB United League MVP award. 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. De Colo is a regular member of the senior men's French national basketball team, he won a silver medal at the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, a gold medal at the EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia, a bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2015 in France, where he earned an All-Tournament Team selection. De Colo participated in the 2012 London Olympics, he played a major role on the French team during the tournament, following the loss of Tony Parker to an injury, prior to the tournament. He displayed strong offense and defense, as he scored seven points in their game against the United States.
He was the MVP of the 2016 Manila FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. National Basketball Association portal Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Nando de Colo at acb.com Nando de Colo at draftexpress.com Nando de Colo at eurobasket.com Nando de Colo at euroleague.net Nando de Colo at FIBA Nando de Colo at fiba.com Nando de Colo on Twitter Nando de Colo at the International Olympic Committee Nando de Colo at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team
The 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the "Dream Team", was the first American Olympic team to feature active professional players from the National Basketball Association. The team has been described by American journalists as the greatest sports team assembled; the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame called the team "the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet". At the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, the team defeated its opponents by an average of 44 points en route to the gold medal against Croatia. Chuck Daly served as coach, assisted by Lenny Wilkens, P. J. Carlesimo, Mike Krzyzewski; the Olympic Games were intended only for amateur players. As a result, the United States could only use college players and had to build a national team from scratch every four years, as all American players turned pro after the Games and thus were no longer available for selection. On the other hand, the Communist countries used full-time professionals who were given phantom jobs to circumvent the amateur rules.
Unlike the Americans, the Soviets fielded experienced veterans. This culminated in the 1988 Summer Olympics, where the Americans lost to the USSR and settled for bronze, their worst finish ever. FIBA, international basketball's governing body, believed that the rules were unfair and changed them, allowing USA Basketball to field teams with National Basketball Association players, over Soviet votes against the proposal. FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stanković advocated for this for years. USA Basketball asked the NBA to supply players for its 1992 roster. Sports Illustrated was the first to nickname the forthcoming American roster as the "Dream Team," on the cover of its February 18, 1991, issue; the first ten players for the team were selected on September 21, 1991: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks, Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors, David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs, Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Most of the players were near the peaks of their NBA careers. Bird was selected due to the team's historic nature. Robinson had played with the 1988 Olympic team, was eager to earn a gold medal at Barcelona. Johnson was retained despite his retirement from the Lakers in November 1991 due to having tested positive for HIV, his teammates expected Johnson to die from the disease, he described his selection for the Olympics as "almost like a life saver," evidence that he could still overcome the illness and live a productive life. Ewing and Mullin had won gold at the 1984 games but Malone, for instance, had not made the team and had seen his non-selection in 1984 as a challenge. Clyde Drexler of the Portland Trail Blazers and Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons were the candidates for the final professional roster spot. Drexler was added to the team on May 1992, with Christian Laettner of Duke University; as an acknowledgment to the previous amateur system, the US basketball committee decided to include one collegiate player on the team, filling the final roster spot.
Laettner was the only player without any professional experience, was chosen over Louisiana State University's Shaquille O'Neal for the final spot on the roster. Jordan declined Daly's suggestion that he serve as the public face of the team, Bird and Johnson were selected as co-captains. At the time of the 1992 Olympics, these three superstars over the previous 13 seasons combined for 10 NBA championships, 7 NBA Finals MVPs, 9 regular season MVPs. There was speculation that Thomas was not part of the team because Jordan would participate only if Thomas was not on the roster. In the book Dream Team, author Jack McCallum quotes Jordan as saying, "Rod, I don’t want to play if Isiah Thomas is on the team," to Team USA selection committee member Rod Thorn. There was a held belief at the time that Jordan did not like Thomas because he was seen as the "ring leader" of the Detroit Pistons teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s, known as the "Bad Boys", that employed overtly physical tactics against Jordan in the NBA Playoffs that were meant to throw Jordan off of his game.
Thomas is alleged to have led a group of NBA veterans that refused to pass to Jordan in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game, in Jordan's rookie season. After the selection of the first ten members of the team, Johnson released an official statement in support of Thomas, but years it was discovered that his support was less than enthusiastic. In the book When the Game Was Ours, Johnson said, "Isiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics. Nobody on that team wanted to play with him." Stockton broke a bone in his leg, it healed quickly. But they were going to replace him, it was going to be Joe Dumars. Thomas was not going to be the first substitute; the selection of Laettner to the Olympic team over O'Neal has become a source of controversy because of O'Neal's accomplishments in the NBA. The selection committee considered several college players including Harold Miner, Jimmy Jackson, Alonzo Mourning in addition to O'Neal and Laettner. O'Neal was the number-one pick in the 1992 NBA draft, but Laettner was by far the more accomplished college player.
He won consecutive National Championships on the Duke Blue Devils in 1991 and 1992, was the Naismith College Player of the Year, hit the game-winning shot in the 1992 NCAA Eastern Regional final. Although O'Neal was a t
2014 NBA draft
The 2014 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2014, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The draft lottery took place on May 20, 2014; the Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery to earn the first overall pick in the draft. This draft would be the first for the reborn Charlotte Hornets, who played as the Bobcats from 2004–2014, since 2001, when the original Charlotte Hornets last selected as the Charlotte Hornets before moving to New Orleans and becoming the current New Orleans Pelicans. Television rights in the United States belonged to ESPN, it was tipped by many to be one of the deepest and most hyped draft classes in recent years, with several players touted as future stars. College underclassmen that were touted by NBA scouts and executives included: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Zach LaVine, T. J. Warren, Gary Harris.
Other sought after talents included Australian player Dante Exum and Croatian player Dario Šarić, who both declared for the draft, Doug McDermott, automatically eligible as a graduating college senior. Highlights from the draft included the first selections made by Adam Silver as commissioner and Mark Tatum as deputy commissioner, the second Canadian to be the first overall pick, the first pair of Canadian top 10 picks and second pair of Canadian lottery picks, three top 20 Canadian selections, the first NBA Development League player to be selected in the first round, the first time multiple NBA Development League players were selected in the same draft, the first Cape Verdean player to be selected in the draft. In addition, a standing ovation for Isaiah Austin occurred between the 15th and 16th picks of the draft, which included having the NBA itself hold a ceremonial pick to select him as a means of letting his dream of having his name be heard in the NBA draft come true, which happened days after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and was never considered to play professional basketball again.
Nearly two months after the draft ended, Andrew Wiggins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a three-team deal that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland. These eligible players were not selected in the 2014 NBA draft but have played at least one game in the NBA. In April 2015, the undrafted Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to play in the league; the draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's new 2011 collective bargaining agreement with its players union. The CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes; as of 2014, the basic eligibility rules for the draft are listed below. All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players eligible for the 2014 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1995. Any player, not an "international player", as defined in the CBA, 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 United States for three years prior to the draft, did not complete high school in the U. S. and have never enrolled at a U. S. college or university. Player who are not automatically eligible must declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no than 60 days before the draft. For the 2014 draft, this date fell on April 27. After this date, "early entry" players may attend NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts to show off their skills and obtain feedback regarding their draft positions. Under the CBA, a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration date, 10 days before the draft. Under then-current NCAA rules, players only had until April 16 to withdraw from the draft and maintain their college eligibility. A player who has hired an agent will forfeit his remaining college eligibility, regardless of whether he is drafted.
While the CBA allows a player to withdraw from the draft twice, the NCAA mandated that a player who declared twice lost his college eligibility. This year, a total of 45 collegiate players and 30 international players declared as early entry candidates. On June 16, the withdrawal deadline, 18 early entry candidates withdrew from the draft, leaving 44 collegiate players and 13 international players as the early entry candidates for the draft. Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria: They have completed 4 years of their college eligibility. If they graduated from high school in the U. S. but did not enroll in a U. S. college or university, four years have passed. They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team outside of the NBA, anywhere in the world, and