|2008 NBA Draft|
|Date(s)||June 26, 2008|
|Location||Madison Square Garden (New York City, New York)|
|60 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)|
The 2008 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2008, at the Washington Mutual Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, including international players from non-North American professional leagues. According to the NBA, 44 players, 39 collegiate players and five international players, filed as early-entry candidates for the 2008 NBA Draft. These numbers do not include players who are automatically eligible for the draft. The Chicago Bulls, who had a 1.7 percent probability of obtaining the first selection, won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 22. The Bulls' winning of the lottery was the second-largest upset in NBA Draft Lottery history behind the Orlando Magic, who won it in 1993 with just a 1.5% chance. The Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves obtained the second and third picks respectively.
For the first time in draft history the first three draft picks were all freshmen. The Chicago Bulls used the first overall pick to draft Chicago native Derrick Rose from the University of Memphis, who later went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, making him the first player to be drafted first overall and to win Rookie of the Year since LeBron James in 2003, and also became the youngest player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2011 at age 22. The Miami Heat used the second pick to draft Michael Beasley from Kansas State University, and the Minnesota Timberwolves used the third pick to draft O.J. Mayo from The University of Southern California. The Seattle Supersonics used their 4th overall pick to draft Russell Westbrook, who would go on to win the 2017 NBA MVP award and is widely considered the best player in this draft. With five players taken in the draft, the University of Kansas tied University of Connecticut (2006) and University of Florida (2007) for the record with the most players selected in the first two rounds of an NBA draft until the University of Kentucky (2012) broke the record with six players drafted. Another record was set when twelve freshmen were drafted, ten of whom were drafted in the first round. Of the players drafted, 29 are forwards, 19 are guards, and 12 are centers.
The 2008 NBA Draft was the final time that the Seattle SuperSonics made an NBA Draft appearance, as well as the final time that the Sonics appeared in official media publications. In early July, the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was renamed the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder made their first NBA Draft appearance in 2009. This draft also marked the first time that an NBA D-League player was drafted.
|PG||Point guard||SG||Shooting guard||SF||Small forward||PF||Power forward||C||Center|
|*||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|
|#||Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
|~||Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year|
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality[n 1]||Team||School/club team|
|1||1||Derrick Rose*~||PG||United States||Chicago Bulls||Memphis (Fr.)|
|1||2||Michael Beasley||PF||United States||Miami Heat||Kansas State (Fr.)|
|1||3||O. J. Mayo||SG||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Memphis)[a]||USC (Fr.)|
|1||4||Russell Westbrook*||PG||United States||Seattle SuperSonics[a]||UCLA (So.)|
|1||5||Kevin Love*||PF||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Minnesota)[a]||UCLA (Fr.)|
|1||6||Danilo Gallinari||PF||Italy||New York Knicks||Olimpia Milano (Italy)|
|1||7||Eric Gordon||SG||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Indiana (Fr.)|
|1||8||Joe Alexander||SF||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||West Virginia (Jr.)|
|1||9||D. J. Augustin||PG||United States||Charlotte Bobcats||Texas (So.)|
|1||10||Brook Lopez+||C||United States||New Jersey Nets||Stanford (So.)|
|1||11||Jerryd Bayless||PG||United States||Indiana Pacers (traded to Portland)[b]||Arizona (Fr.)|
|1||12||Jason Thompson||PF||United States||Sacramento Kings||Rider (Sr.)|
|1||13||Brandon Rush||SG||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Indiana)[b]||Kansas (Jr.)|
|1||14||Anthony Randolph||PF|| United States
|Golden State Warriors||LSU (Fr.)|
|1||15||Robin Lopez||C||United States||Phoenix Suns (from Atlanta)[n]||Stanford (So.)|
|1||16||Marreese Speights||PF||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Florida (So.)|
|1||17||Roy Hibbert+||C|| United States
|Toronto Raptors (traded to Indiana)[c]||Georgetown (Sr.)|
|1||18||JaVale McGee||C||United States||Washington Wizards||Nevada (So.)|
|1||19||JJ Hickson||PF||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||NC State (Fr.)|
|1||20||Alexis Ajinça||C||France||Charlotte Bobcats (from Denver)[o]||Hyères-Toulon (France)|
|1||21||Ryan Anderson||PF||United States||New Jersey Nets (from Dallas)[p]||California (So.)|
|1||22||Courtney Lee||SG||United States||Orlando Magic||Western Kentucky (Sr.)|
|1||23||Kosta Koufos||C|| Greece
|Utah Jazz||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||24||Serge Ibaka||PF/C|| Republic of the Congo
|Seattle SuperSonics[a] (from Phoenix)[q]||L'Hospitalet (Spain)|
|1||25||Nicolas Batum||SF||France||Houston Rockets (traded to Portland)[d]||Le Mans (France)|
|1||26||George Hill||PG||United States||San Antonio Spurs||IUPUI (Jr.)|
|1||27||Darrell Arthur||PF||United States||New Orleans Hornets (traded to Memphis via Portland)[d][e]||Kansas (So.)|
|1||28||Donté Greene||SF||United States[f]||Memphis Grizzlies (from LA Lakers[r], traded to Houston)[d]||Syracuse (Fr.)|
|1||29||D. J. White||PF||United States||Detroit Pistons (traded to Seattle)[a][f]||Indiana (Sr.)|
|1||30||J. R. Giddens||SG||United States||Boston Celtics||New Mexico (Sr.)|
|2||31||Nikola Peković||C||Montenegro||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami via Boston)[s]||Partizan (Serbia)|
|2||32||Walter Sharpe||PF||United States||Seattle SuperSonics[a] (traded to Detroit)[f]||UAB (Jr.)|
|2||33||Joey Dorsey||PF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Memphis[t], traded to Houston)[d]||Memphis (Sr.)|
|2||34||Mario Chalmers||PG||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Miami)[g]||Kansas (Jr.)|
|2||35||DeAndre Jordan*||C||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Texas A&M (Fr.)|
|2||36||Ömer Aşık||C||Turkey||Portland Trail Blazers (from New York[u], traded to Chicago)[h]||Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey)|
|2||37||Luc Mbah a Moute||SF||Cameroon||Milwaukee Bucks||UCLA (Jr.)|
|2||38||Kyle Weaver||SG||United States||Charlotte Bobcats||Washington State (Sr.)|
|2||39||Sonny Weems||SG||United States||Chicago Bulls (traded to Denver)[h]||Arkansas (Sr.)|
|2||40||Chris Douglas-Roberts||SG||United States||New Jersey Nets||Memphis (Jr.)|
|2||41||Nathan Jawai||PF||Australia||Indiana Pacers (traded to Toronto)[c]||Cairns Taipans (Australia)|
|2||42||Sean Singletary||PG||United States||Sacramento Kings (from Atlanta)[v]||Virginia (Sr.)|
|2||43||Patrick Ewing Jr.||SF||Jamaica||Sacramento Kings||Georgetown (Sr.)|
|2||44||Ante Tomić#||C||Croatia||Utah Jazz (from Philadelphia)[w]||KK Zagreb (Croatia)|
|2||45||Goran Dragić*||PG||Slovenia||San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto[x], traded to Phoenix)[i]||Union Olimpija (Slovenia)|
|2||46||Trent Plaisted#||PF||United States||Seattle SuperSonics[a] (from Portland via Boston[y], traded to Detroit)[f]||BYU (Jr.)|
|2||47||Bill Walker||SG||United States||Washington Wizards (traded to Boston)[j]||Kansas State (Fr.)|
|2||48||Malik Hairston||SG||United States||Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland[z], traded to San Antonio)[i]||Oregon (Sr.)|
|2||49||Richard Hendrix#||PF||United States||Golden State Warriors||Alabama (Jr.)|
|2||50||DeVon Hardin#||C||United States||Seattle SuperSonics[a] (from Denver)[aa]||California (Sr.)|
|2||51||Shan Foster#||SG||United States||Dallas Mavericks||Vanderbilt (Sr.)|
|2||52||Darnell Jackson||PF||United States||Miami Heat (from Orlando[ab], traded to Cleveland)[k]||Kansas (Sr.)|
|2||53||Tadija Dragićević#||PF||Serbia||Utah Jazz||Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)|
|2||54||Maarty Leunen#||PF||United States||Houston Rockets[ac]||Oregon (Sr.)|
|2||55||Mike Taylor||PG||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Phoenix via Indiana[ad], traded to LA Clippers)[l]||Idaho Stampede (D-League)|
|2||56||Sasha Kaun||C||Russia||Seattle SuperSonics[a] (from New Orleans via Houston[ae], traded to Cleveland)[m]||Kansas (Sr.)|
|2||57||James Gist#||PF||United States[g]||San Antonio Spurs||Maryland (Sr.)|
|2||58||Joe Crawford||SG||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Kentucky (Sr.)|
|2||59||Deron Washington#||SF||United States||Detroit Pistons||Virginia Tech (Sr.)|
|2||60||Semih Erden||C||Turkey||Boston Celtics||Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey)|
^ a: The franchise relocated to become the Oklahoma City Thunder in July 2008.
^ b: Anthony Randolph was born in West Germany to American parents and was raised in the United States. He became a naturalized citizen of Slovenia in 2017 and he has represented Slovenia internationally.
^ c: Roy Hibbert was born in the United States to a Jamaican father and a Trinidadian mother. He had represented the United States internationally at youth level in 2007. Since 2010, he has represented Jamaica internationally.
^ d: Kosta Koufos was born and raised in the United States to Greek parents. He has represented Greece internationally.
^ e: Serge Ibaka, who was born in Congo, became a naturalized citizen of Spain in 2011. He has represented Spain internationally since 2011.
^ f: Donté Greene was born in West Germany to American parents. He has represented the United States internationally at youth level.
^ g: James Gist was born in Turkey to American parents.
These players were not selected in the 2008 NBA Draft but have played in the NBA.
|Gary Forbes||SF||Panama||UMass (Sr.)|
|Sundiata Gaines||PG||United States||Georgia (Sr.)|
|Martin Iti||C||Australia||New Mexico State (Sr.)|
|Trey Gilder||SF||United States||Northwestern State (Sr.)|
|Mickell Gladness||C||United States||Alabama A&M (Sr.)|
|Steven Hill||PF||United States||Arkansas (Sr.)|
|Othello Hunter||F||United States||Ohio State (Sr.)|
|Othyus Jeffers||SG||United States||Robert Morris (IL) (Sr.)|
|Rob Kurz||SF||United States||Notre Dame (Sr.)|
|Salah Mejri||C||Tunisia||Étoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunisia)|
|Gal Mekel||PG||Israel||Wichita State (So.)|
|Anthony Morrow||SG||United States||Georgia Tech (Sr.)|
|Timofey Mozgov||C||Russia||Khimki Moscow (Russia)|
|DeMarcus Nelson||PG||United States||Duke (Sr.)|
|Brian Roberts||PG||United States||Dayton (Sr.)|
|Damjan Rudež||F||Croatia||KK Split (Croatia)|
|Greg Stiemsma||C||United States||Wisconsin (Sr.)|
|Reggie Williams||SF||United States||VMI (Sr.)|
Main article: Eligibility for the NBA Draft
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 determined 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. As it is commonplace in the event of identical win–loss records, the NBA performed a random drawing to break the ties on April 18, 2008.
The lottery was held on May 20, 2008, in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Chicago Bulls, who had the ninth-worst record, won the lottery with just a 1.7% chance to win. The Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves, with the worst and third-worst records, respectively, won the second and third picks.
Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2008 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places:
|^||Denotes the actual lottery results|
|New York Knicks||23–59||76||.076||.084||.095||—||.262||.385^||.093||.004||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Los Angeles Clippers||23–59||75||.075||.083||.094||—||—||.414||.294^||.039||.001||—||—||—||—||—|
|New Jersey Nets||34–48||11||.011||.013||.016||—||—||—||—||—||—||.870^||.089||.002||.000||—|
|Portland Trail Blazers||41–41||6||.006||.007||.009||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.960^||.018|
|Golden State Warriors||48–34||5||.005||.006||.007||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.982^|
The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.
Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.