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2007 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s)June 28, 2007
Time7:30 pm (EDT)
LocationMadison Square Garden
in New York City, New York
Network(s) (US)ESPN
First selectionGreg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers
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2007 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s)June 28, 2007
Time7:30 pm (EDT)
LocationMadison Square Garden
in New York City, New York
Network(s) (US)ESPN
First selectionGreg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers
NBA draft
20062008 >
A basketball player, wearing a black jersey with the word "PORTLAND" and the number 52 on the front, stands on a basketball court.
Greg Oden was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.

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.[1] In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players.

Freshman Greg Oden from Ohio State University was drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, who won the draft lottery.[2] However, he missed the 2007–08 season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee during the pre-season.[3] Another freshman, Kevin Durant, was drafted second overall from the University of Texas by the Seattle SuperSonics,[4] and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award for the 2007–08 season.[5] Oden and Durant became the first freshmen to be selected with the top two picks in the draft.[6] Al Horford, the son of former NBA player Tito Horford, was drafted third by the Atlanta Hawks.[7] Of the three top picks, only Durant and Horford were able to enjoy solid All-Star careers, while Oden was beset by numerous microfracture surgeries on both knees that limited him to only 82 games from 2008 to 2010. As of the end of the 2012–13 NBA season, Oden has signed with the Miami Heat.

On the night after the draft, the Seattle SuperSonics traded seven-time All-Star Ray Allen along with the draft rights of the 35th pick Glen Davis to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and the draft rights to the 5th pick Jeff Green.[8] The Portland Trail Blazers and the New York Knicks were also involved in a multi-player trade that sent Zach Randolph to the Knicks and Steve Francis to the Blazers.[9] Apart from those two trades, nine further draft-day trades were announced.[10]

The 2007 Draft marked the first time three players drafted in the top 10 came from the same school: the University of Florida.[11] Florida, the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Basketball champion, tied the record set by the University of Connecticut in 2006 with five players selected in the first two rounds of an NBA draft.[12] 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 eight-round 1977 draft.[12][13] Five players who competed in the 2007 NCAA Basketball National Championship Final were selected in the top 10; three players came from Florida, and two players came from the runner-up, Ohio State University.[14] This draft also set the record number of freshmen drafted in the first round when eight freshmen were selected.[15] Of the 60 players drafted, eight were freshmen, five were sophomores, 14 were juniors, 20 were seniors, and 13 were international players without U.S. college basketball experience. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors were the only NBA teams who did not have a draft pick this year, although Indiana and Toronto each acquired a drafted player's rights after the draft.[10]

Eligibility[edit]

Further information: Eligibility for the NBA draft

The basic requirements for draft eligibility are:

The CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the U.S. for three years before the draft, did not complete high school in the U.S., and have never enrolled at a U.S. college or university.[17]

The basic requirement for automatic eligibility for a U.S. player is the completion of his college eligibility.[18] Players who meet the CBA definition of "international players" are automatically eligible if their 22nd birthday falls during or before the calendar year of the draft (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1985).[19]

A player who is not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 60 days before the draft.[20][21] An early entry candidate is allowed to withdraw his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 10 days before the draft.[22] On June 19, 2007, NBA announced that 32 college players and 6 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2007 Draft, while 46 players who had previously declared as early entry candidates had withdrawn from the draft.[23]

Draft lottery[edit]

Further information: NBA draft lottery

The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the playoffs; the order was determined through a lottery. The lottery would determine the three teams that would obtain the first three picks on the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season. On April 20, 2007, the NBA performed a tie-breaker to determine the order of the picks for teams with identical win-loss record.[24]

The lottery was held on May 22, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Portland Trail Blazers, who had the seventh-worst record in the previous season, won the lottery with just a 5.3% chance to win.[25] This was the fourth time that the Blazers had the first overall draft pick and the first time that the Blazers won the draft lottery since it was introduced in 1985.[26] The Seattle SuperSonics, who had the fifth-worst record, and the Atlanta Hawks, who had the fourth-worst record, obtained the second and third pick respectively.[25]

Three teams who had the worst records—the Memphis Grizzlies, the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks—obtained the fourth, fifth and sixth pick respectively. These were the lowest possible picks they could have obtained through the lottery.[27] The most recent draft in which the three worst teams did not receive the top three picks was in 1993.[28]

Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2007 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places:[29][30][31]

^Denotes the actual lottery results
Team2006–07
record
Lottery
chances
Pick
1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th
Memphis Grizzlies22–60250.250.215.178.357^
Boston Celtics24–58199.199.188.171.319.123^
Milwaukee Bucks28–54156.156.157.156.226.265.041^
Atlanta Hawks1[›]30–52119.119.126.133^.099.350.161.013
Seattle SuperSonics31–5188.088.097^.107.261.359.084.004
Minnesota Timberwolves32–5053.053.060.070.439.331^.046.001
Portland Trail Blazers32–5053.053^.060.070.572.226.018.000
Charlotte Bobcats33–4919.019.022.027.725^.196.011.000
New York Knicks2[›]33–4919.019.022.027.784^.143.005.000
Sacramento Kings33–4918.018.021.025.846^.087.002.000
Indiana Pacers3[›]35–478.008.009.012.907^.063.001.000
Philadelphia 76ers35–477.007.008.010.935^.039.000
New Orleans Hornets39–436.006.007.009.960^.018
Los Angeles Clippers40–425.005.006.007.982^

^ 1: Atlanta Hawks' pick would be conveyed to the Phoenix Suns if it was not in the top three.[r]
^ 2: New York Knicks' pick was conveyed to the Chicago Bulls.[l]
^ 3: Indiana Pacers' pick was conveyed to the Atlanta Hawks because it was not in the top ten.[m]

Draft[edit]

GGuardFForwardCCenter
*Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
xDenotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
#Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season and playoffs
A basketball player, wearing a light blue jersey with the words "OKLAHOMA" and "CITY" and the number 35 on the front, stands on a basketball court.
Kevin Durant was selected second by the Seattle SuperSonics.
A basketball player, wearing a white jersey with the word "ATLANTA" and the number 15 on the front, stands on a basketball court.
Al Horford was selected third by the Atlanta Hawks.
Mike Conley was selected fourth by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jeff Green was selected fifth by the Boston Celtics and traded to the Seattle SuperSonics.
Yi Jianlian was selected sixth by the Milwaukee Bucks.
A basketball player, wearing a red jersey with the word "BULLS" and the number 13 on the front, is standing on a basketball court.
Joakim Noah was selected ninth by the Chicago Bulls.
Thaddeus Young (right) was selected 12th by the Philadelphia 76ers and Nick Young (left) was selected 16th by the Washington Wizards.
A basketball player wearing a black jersey with the word "PISTONS" and the number 3 on the front
Rodney Stuckey was selected 15th by the Detroit Pistons.
Jared Dudley was selected 22nd by the Charlotte Bobcats.
A basketball player, wearing a blue shirt with the work "NEW YORK" standing around during training.
Wilson Chandler was selected 23rd by the New York Knicks.
A basketball player, wearing a black jersey shooting a free throw.
Rudy Fernández was selected 24th by the Phoenix Suns and traded to Portland Trail Blazers.
Tiago Splitter was selected 28th by the San Antonio Spurs.
A basketball player, wearing a red jersey with the word "ROCKETS" in the front, is holding the basketball while another basketball player, wearing a white jersey, attempts to steal the ball.
Carl Landry was selected 31st by the Seattle SuperSonics and traded to the Houston Rockets.
A basketball player stands on a basketball court. He wears a green jersey with the word "CELTICS" and the number 11 on the front.
Glen Davis was selected 35th by the Seattle SuperSonics and traded to the Boston Celtics.
A basketball player, wearing a white jersey with the word "AKASVAYU" and the number 33 on the front, stands on a basketball court.
Marc Gasol was selected 48th by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Gary Neal, not selected in the draft, but signed with the San Antonio Spurs in 2010.
RoundPickPlayerPositionNationalityTeamSchool/club team
11Oden, GregGreg Oden*C United StatesPortland Trail BlazersOhio State (Fr.)
12Durant, KevinKevin Durant*SF United StatesSeattle SuperSonicsTexas (Fr.)
13Horford, AlAl Horford*C Dominican RepublicAtlanta HawksFlorida (Jr.)
14Conley, Jr., MikeMike Conley, Jr.PG United StatesMemphis GrizzliesOhio State (Fr.)
15Green, JeffJeff GreenSF United StatesBoston Celtics (traded to Seattle)[a]Georgetown (Jr.)
16Yi, JianlianYi JianlianPF People's Republic of ChinaMilwaukee BucksGuangdong Southern Tigers (China) (born 1987)[23]a[›]
17Brewer, CoreyCorey BrewerSF United StatesMinnesota TimberwolvesFlorida (Jr.)
18Wright, BrandanBrandan WrightPF United StatesCharlotte Bobcats (traded to Golden State)[b]North Carolina (Fr.)
19Noah, JoakimJoakim Noah*C United States
 Franceb[›]
Chicago Bulls (from New York)[l]Florida (Jr.)
110Hawes, SpencerSpencer HawesC United StatesSacramento KingsWashington (Fr.)
111Law, AcieAcie LawPG United StatesAtlanta Hawks (from Indiana)[m]Texas A&M (Sr.)
112Young, ThaddeusThaddeus YoungPF United StatesPhiladelphia 76ersGeorgia Tech (Fr.)
113Wright, JulianJulian WrightSF United StatesNew Orleans HornetsKansas (So.)
114Thornton, AlAl ThorntonSF United StatesLos Angeles ClippersFlorida State (Sr.)
115Stuckey, RodneyRodney StuckeyPG United StatesDetroit Pistons (from Orlando)[n]Eastern Washington (So.)
116Young, NickNick YoungSG United StatesWashington WizardsUSC (Jr.)
117Williams, SeanSean WilliamsPF United StatesNew Jersey NetsBoston College (Jr.)
118Belinelli, MarcoMarco BelinelliSG ItalyGolden State WarriorsFortitudo Bologna (Italy) (born 1986)[23]
119Crittenton, JavarisJavaris CrittentonPG United StatesLos Angeles LakersGeorgia Tech (Fr.)
120Smith, JasonJason SmithPF United StatesMiami Heat (traded to Philadelphia)[c]Colorado State (Jr.)
121Cook, DaequanDaequan CookSG United StatesPhiladelphia 76ers (from Denver,[o] traded to Miami)[c]Ohio State (Fr.)
122Dudley, JaredJared DudleySF United StatesCharlotte Bobcats (from Toronto via Cleveland)[p]Boston College (Sr.)
123Chandler, WilsonWilson ChandlerSF United StatesNew York Knicks (from Chicago)[l]DePaul (So.)
124Fernández, RudyRudy FernándezSG SpainPhoenix Suns (from Cleveland via Boston,[q] traded to Portland)[d]Joventut Badalona (Spain) (born 1985)[32]
125Almond, MorrisMorris AlmondSG United StatesUtah JazzRice (Sr.)
126Brooks, AaronAaron BrooksPG United StatesHouston RocketsOregon (Sr.)
127Afflalo, ArronArron AfflaloSG United StatesDetroit PistonsUCLA (Jr.)
128Splitter, TiagoTiago SplitterC BrazilSan Antonio SpursTAU Cerámica (Spain) (born 1985)[33]
129Tucker, AlandoAlando TuckerSF United StatesPhoenix SunsWisconsin (Sr.)
130Koponen, PetteriPetteri Koponen[34]#SG FinlandPhiladelphia 76ers (from Dallas via Golden State and Denver,[o] traded to Portland)[e]Tapiolan Honka (Finland) (born 1988)[23]
231Landry, CarlCarl LandryPF United StatesSeattle SuperSonics (from Memphis,[s] traded to Houston)[f]Purdue (Sr.)
232Pruitt, GabeGabe PruittPG United StatesBoston CelticsUSC (Jr.)
233Williams, MarcusMarcus WilliamsSF United StatesSan Antonio Spurs (from Milwaukee)[t]Arizona (So.)
234Fazekas, NickNick FazekasPF United StatesDallas Mavericks (from Atlanta)[u]Nevada (Sr.)
235Davis, GlenGlen DavisPF United StatesSeattle SuperSonics (traded to Boston)[a]LSU (Jr.)
236Davidson, JermareoJermareo DavidsonPF United StatesGolden State Warriors (from Minnesota,[v] traded to Charlotte)[b]Alabama (Sr.)
237McRoberts, JoshJosh McRobertsPF United StatesPortland Trail BlazersDuke (So.)
238Fesenko, KyryloKyrylo FesenkoC UkrainePhiladelphia 76ers (from New York via Chicago,[w] traded to Utah)[g]SK Cherkassy (Ukraine) (born 1986)[23]
239Barać, StankoStanko Barać[35]#C CroatiaMiami Heat (from Sacramento via Utah and Orlando,[x] traded to Indiana)[h]Široki Brijeg (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (born 1986)[23]
240Sun, YueSun YuePG People's Republic of ChinaLos Angeles Lakers (from Charlotte)[y]Beijing Olympians (ABA) (born 1985)[36]
241Richard, ChrisChris RichardPF United StatesMinnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia)[z]Florida (Sr.)
242Byars, DerrickDerrick ByarsSG United StatesPortland Trail Blazers (from Indiana,[aa] traded to Philadelphia)[e]Vanderbilt (Sr.)
243Haluska, AdamAdam Haluska[37]#SG United StatesNew Orleans HornetsIowa (Sr.)
244Terry, ReyshawnReyshawn Terry[38]#SF United StatesOrlando Magic (traded to Dallas)[i]North Carolina (Sr.)
245Jordan, JaredJared Jordan[39]#PG United StatesLos Angeles ClippersMarist (Sr.)
246Lasme, StephaneStephane LasmePF GabonGolden State Warriors (from New Jersey)[ab]Massachusetts (Sr.)
247McGuire, DominicDominic McGuireSF United StatesWashington WizardsFresno State (Jr.)
248Gasol, MarcMarc Gasol*C SpainLos Angeles LakersAkasvayu Girona (Spain) (born 1985)[40]
249Gray, AaronAaron GrayC United StatesChicago Bulls (from Golden State via Phoenix, Boston and Denver)[ac]Pittsburgh (Sr.)
250Seibutis, RenaldasRenaldas Seibutis[41]#SG LithuaniaDallas Mavericks (from Miami via L.A. Lakers)[ad]Maroussi (Greece) (born 1985)[42]
251Curry, JamesOnJamesOn CurryPG United StatesChicago Bulls (from Denver)[ac]Oklahoma State (Jr.)
252Green, TaureanTaurean GreenPG United Statesc[›]Portland Trail Blazers (from Toronto)[ae]Florida (Jr.)
253Nichols, DemetrisDemetris NicholsSF United StatesPortland Trail Blazers (from Chicago,[af] traded to New York)[j]Syracuse (Sr.)
254Newley, BradBrad Newley[43]#SF AustraliaHouston Rockets (from Cleveland via Orlando)[ag]Townsville Crocodiles (Australia) (born 1985)[44]
255Hill, HerbertHerbert Hill[45]#PF United StatesUtah Jazz (traded to Philadelphia)[g]Providence (Sr.)
256Sessions, RamonRamon SessionsPG United StatesMilwaukee Bucks (from Houston)[ah]Nevada (Jr.)
257Mejia, SammySammy Mejia[46]#SG Dominican RepublicDetroit PistonsDePaul (Sr.)
258Printezis, GiorgosGiorgos Printezis[47]#PF GreeceSan Antonio Spurs (traded to Toronto)[k]Olympia Larissa (Greece) (born 1985)[48]
259Strawberry, D.J.D.J. StrawberryPG United StatesPhoenix SunsMaryland (Sr.)
260Raković, MilovanMilovan Raković[49]#C SerbiaDallas Mavericks (traded to Orlando)[i]Mega Ishrana (Serbia) (born 1985)[50]

^ a: Yi Jianlian's year of birth has been widely disputed, with several sources claiming that Chinese basketball authorities falsified his year of birth from 1984 to 1987 to allow him a longer period of competition in international junior tournaments. A dedicated section of Yi's Wikipedia article discusses this issue and includes sources.
^ b: Joakim Noah, who was born in the United States to a French father and a Swedish mother, has dual U.S. and French citizenship.[51] He has represented France internationally since 2011.[52]
^ c: Taurean Green, who was born in the United States, became a naturalized citizen of Georgia in 2010. He has represented Georgia internationally since 2010.[53]

Trades involving draft picks[edit]

Draft-day trades[edit]

The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.[54]

Pre-draft trades[edit]

Before the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.

Notable undrafted players[edit]

These players were not selected in the 2007 NBA Draft but have played at least one game in the NBA.

PlayerPositionNationalitySchool/club team
Ahearn, BlakeBlake AhearnPG United StatesMissouri State (Sr.)
Anthony, JoelJoel AnthonyC CanadaUNLV (Sr.)
Dowdell, ZabianZabian DowdellPG United StatesVirginia Tech (Sr.)
Dawson, EricEric DawsonPF/C United StatesMidwestern State (Sr.)
Johnson, TreyTrey JohnsonSG United StatesJackson State (Sr.)
Johnson, IvanIvan JohnsonPF United StatesCal State (Sr.)
Teletović, MirzaMirza TeletovićPF Bosnia and HerzegovinaSaski Baskonia (Spain) 1985
Ayón, GustavoGustavo AyónC/PF MexicoBaloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain) 1985
Brown, BobbyBobby BrownPG United StatesCal State Fullerton (Sr.)
Karl, CobyCoby KarlSG United StatesBoise State (Sr.)
Martin, CartierCartier MartinSF/SG United StatesKansas State (Sr.)
Neal, GaryGary NealSG United StatesTowson (Sr.)
Shakur, MustafaMustafa ShakurPG United StatesArizona (Sr.)
Sims, CourtneyCourtney SimsC United StatesMichigan (Sr.)
Tolliver, AnthonyAnthony TolliverPF United StatesCreighton (Sr.)
Watkins, DarrylDarryl WatkinsC United StatesSyracuse (Sr.)
West, MarioMario WestG United StatesGeorgia Tech (Sr.)
Hickman, RickyRicky HickmanPG United StatesUNC Greensboro (Sr.)

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