|2009 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 25, 2009|
|Location||Madison Square Garden (New York City, New York)|
|60 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)|
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 (NBA) 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; the franchise moved from Seattle to OKC in 2008. The Sacramento Kings drafted Tyreke Evans 4th; he was named 2009–10 NBA Rookie of the Year, after he became the fourth NBA player in history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in his rookie season, joining the elite club of Oscar Robertson (1960), Michael Jordan (1984) and LeBron James (2003). 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 (5th in 2002), and behind Yao Ming (1st in 2002), Andrea Bargnani (1st in 2006), Darko Miličić (2nd in 2003) and Pau Gasol (3rd in 2001). Twenty-third pick Omri Casspi became the first Israeli player to be drafted in the first round, and later 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 also 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.
Of the 60 players drafted, four were freshmen, nine were sophomores, 12 were juniors, 22 were seniors, and 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; three players were selected in the first round and one was selected in the second round. This marked the second time ever 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 also 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.
From the players in this draft, there have been six players selected as All-Stars; out of these six, Curry and Harden have both won the NBA's regular season MVP award.
|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||Blake Griffin*~||PF||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Oklahoma (So.)|
|1||2||Hasheem Thabeet||C||Tanzania||Memphis Grizzlies||Connecticut (Jr.)|
|1||3||James Harden*||SG||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder||Arizona State (So.)|
|1||4||Tyreke Evans~||SG||United States||Sacramento Kings||Memphis (Fr.)|
|1||5||Ricky Rubio||PG||Spain||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Washington)[a]||DKV Joventut (Spain)|
|1||6||Jonny Flynn||PG||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves[b]||Syracuse (So.)|
|1||7||Stephen Curry*||PG||United States||Golden State Warriors||Davidson (Jr.)|
|1||8||Jordan Hill||PF||United States||New York Knicks||Arizona (Jr.)|
|1||9||DeMar DeRozan*||SG||United States||Toronto Raptors||USC (Fr.)|
|1||10||Brandon Jennings||PG||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Lottomatica Roma (Italy)|
|1||11||Terrence Williams||SG||United States||New Jersey Nets||Louisville (Sr.)|
|1||12||Gerald Henderson||SG||United States||Charlotte Bobcats||Duke (Jr.)|
|1||13||Tyler Hansbrough||PF||United States||Indiana Pacers||North Carolina (Sr.)|
|1||14||Earl Clark||SF||United States||Phoenix Suns||Louisville (Jr.)|
|1||15||Austin Daye||SF||United States||Detroit Pistons||Gonzaga (So.)|
|1||16||James Johnson||SF||United States||Chicago Bulls||Wake Forest (So.)|
|1||17||Jrue Holiday+||PG||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||UCLA (Fr.)|
|1||18||Ty Lawson||PG||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami,[c] traded to Denver)[A]||North Carolina (Jr.)|
|1||19||Jeff Teague+||PG||United States||Atlanta Hawks||Wake Forest (So.)|
|1||20||Eric Maynor||PG||United States||Utah Jazz||VCU (Sr.)|
|1||21||Darren Collison||PG||United States||New Orleans Hornets||UCLA (Sr.)|
|1||22||Víctor Claver||SF||Spain||Portland Trail Blazers (from Dallas)[d]||Pamesa Valencia (Spain)|
|1||23||Omri Casspi||SF||Israel||Sacramento Kings (from Houston)[e]||Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)|
|1||24||Byron Mullens||C|| United States
|Dallas Mavericks (from Portland,[d] traded to Oklahoma City)[B]||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||25||Rodrigue Beaubois||PG||France||Oklahoma City Thunder (from San Antonio,[f] traded to Dallas)[B]||Cholet (France)|
|1||26||Taj Gibson||PF||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Denver via Oklahoma City)[g]||USC (Jr.)|
|1||27||DeMarre Carroll||SF||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (from Orlando)[h]||Missouri (Sr.)|
|1||28||Wayne Ellington||SG||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Boston)[b]||North Carolina (Jr.)|
|1||29||Toney Douglas||PG||United States||Los Angeles Lakers (traded to New York)[C]||Florida State (Sr.)|
|1||30||Christian Eyenga||SF||DR Congo||Cleveland Cavaliers||CB Prat (Spain)|
|2||31||Jeff Pendergraph||PF||United States||Sacramento Kings (traded to Portland)[D]||Arizona State (Sr.)|
|2||32||Jermaine Taylor||SG||United States||Washington Wizards (traded to Houston)[E]||Central Florida (Sr.)|
|2||33||Dante Cunningham||PF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from LA Clippers)[j]||Villanova (Sr.)|
|2||34||Sergio Llull#||PG||Spain||Denver Nuggets (from Oklahoma City,[k] traded to Houston)[F]||Real Madrid (Spain)|
|2||35||DaJuan Summers||PF||United States||Detroit Pistons (from Minnesota)[l]||Georgetown (Jr.)|
|2||36||Sam Young||SF||United States||Memphis Grizzlies[m]||Pittsburgh (Sr.)|
|2||37||DeJuan Blair||PF||United States||San Antonio Spurs (from Golden State via Phoenix)[n]||Pittsburgh (So.)|
|2||38||Jon Brockman||PF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from New York via Chicago,[o] traded to Sacramento)[D]||Washington (Sr.)|
|2||39||Jonas Jerebko||PF||Sweden||Detroit Pistons (from Toronto)[p]||Angelico Biella (Italy)|
|2||40||Derrick Brown||SF||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (from New Jersey via Oklahoma City)[q]||Xavier (Jr.)|
|2||41||Jodie Meeks||SG||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Kentucky (Jr.)|
|2||42||Patrick Beverley||PG||United States||Los Angeles Lakers (from Charlotte,[r] traded to Miami)[G]||Dnipro (Ukraine)|
|2||43||Marcus Thornton||SG||United States||Miami Heat (from Indiana,[s] traded to New Orleans)[H]||LSU (Sr.)|
|2||44||Chase Budinger||SF||United States||Detroit Pistons (traded to Houston)[I]||Arizona (Jr.)|
|2||45||Nick Calathes||PG|| Greece
|Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia via Miami,[t] traded to Dallas)[J]||Florida (So.)|
|2||46||Danny Green||SF||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers (from Chicago)[u]||North Carolina (Sr.)|
|2||47||Henk Norel#||PF||Netherlands||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami)[t]||DKV Joventut (Spain)|
|2||48||Taylor Griffin||SF||United States||Phoenix Suns||Oklahoma (Sr.)|
|2||49||Sergiy Gladyr#||SG||Ukraine||Atlanta Hawks||MBC Mykolaiv (Ukraine)|
|2||50||Goran Suton#||C|| Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Utah Jazz||Michigan State (Sr.)|
|2||51||Jack McClinton#||SG||United States||San Antonio Spurs (from New Orleans via Toronto)[v]||Miami (FL) (Sr.)|
|2||52||A. J. Price||PG||United States||Indiana Pacers (from Dallas)[w]||Connecticut (Sr.)|
|2||53||Nando de Colo||PG||France||San Antonio Spurs (from Houston)[x]||Cholet (France)|
|2||54||Robert Vaden#||SG||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (from San Antonio,[y] traded to Oklahoma City)[K]||UAB (Sr.)|
|2||55||Patty Mills||PG||Australia||Portland Trail Blazers (from Denver)[o]||Saint Mary's (So.)|
|2||56||Ahmad Nivins#||PF||United States||Dallas Mavericks (from Portland)[d]||Saint Joseph's (Sr.)|
|2||57||Emir Preldžič#||PF|| Slovenia
|Phoenix Suns (from Orlando via Oklahoma City,[z] traded to Cleveland)[L]||Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey)|
|2||58||Lester Hudson||PG||United States||Boston Celtics||Tennessee-Martin (Sr.)|
|2||59||Chinemelu Elonu#||PF|| Nigeria
|Los Angeles Lakers||Texas A&M (Jr.)|
|2||60||Robert Dozier#||SF||United States||Miami Heat (from Cleveland)[aa]||Memphis (Sr.)|
^ a: Nick Calathes was born in the United States, and has dual U.S. and Greek citizenship by birth. He has represented Greece internationally.
^ b: Goran Suton, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is also a naturalized citizen of the United States since 2006.
^ c: Emir Preldžič, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also has Slovenian and Turkish citizenship. He had represented Slovenia internationally in 2008, before switching to Turkey.
^ d: Chinemelu Elonu was born in Nigeria, is also 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.
|Jeff Adrien||PF||United States||Connecticut (Sr.)|
|Josh Akognon||PG||United States/ Nigeria||Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)|
|Antonio Anderson||SG||United States||Memphis (Sr.)|
|Aron Baynes||C/PF||Australia||Washington State (Sr.)|
|Dionte Christmas||SG||United States||Temple (Sr.)|
|Marcus Cousin||C||United States||Houston (Sr.)|
|Luigi Datome||SF||Italy||Virtus Roma (Italy)|
|Justin Dentmon||PG||United States||Washington (Sr.)|
|Shane Edwards||F||United States||Arkansas–Little Rock (Sr.)|
|Vítor Faverani||PF/C||Brazil||CB Axarquía (Spain)|
|Alonzo Gee||SF/SG||United States||Alabama (Sr.)|
|Terrel Harris||G||United States||Oklahoma State (Sr.)|
|Joe Ingles||SG/SF||Australia||South Dragons (Australia)|
|Aaron Jackson||PG/SG||United States||Duquesne (Sr.)|
|Cedric Jackson||PG||United States||Cleveland State (Sr.)|
|Chris Johnson||C/PF||United States||LSU (Sr.)|
|Viacheslav Kravtsov||C||Ukraine||Kyiv (Ukraine)|
|Marcus Landry||PF||United States||Wisconsin (Sr.)|
|Wesley Matthews||SG/SF||United States||Marquette (Sr.)|
|Jerel McNeal||PG/SG||United States||Marquette (Sr.)|
|Jeremy Pargo||PG||United States||Gonzaga (Sr.)|
|Garret Siler||C||United States||Augusta State (Sr.)|
|Garrett Temple||SG||United States||LSU (Sr.)|
|Miloš Teodosić||G||Serbia||Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece)|
|Luke Zeller||F/C||United States||Notre Dame (Sr.)|
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 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 (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1987). 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 also automatically eligible. Former high school player Brandon Jennings meets these criteria, having graduated high school in 2008, skipped college basketball and then played professional basketball in Italy.
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. 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 later 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 draft, leaving 39 collegiate players and 10 international players as the early-entry candidates for the draft.
A player who has hired an agent will forfeit his remaining college eligibility, regardless of whether he is drafted. Also, while the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the league and its players' union allows a player to withdraw from the draft twice, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) mandates that a player who has declared twice loses his college eligibility. This second provision affected Chase Budinger, Wayne Ellington, and Ty Lawson, all of whom declared for and withdrew from the 2008 draft.
Further information: NBA draft lottery
The lottery selection to determine the order of the top fourteen picks in the 2009 draft occurred on May 19, 2009. The Los Angeles Clippers won the first pick, while the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder moved up to second and third picks respectively. The Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards, who had the two best chances to land a top-three pick, fell down to the fourth and fifth spots, the lowest possible picks they could be awarded through the lottery. The remaining first-round picks and all the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss records in the previous season. As is commonplace in the event of identical win-loss records, the NBA performed a random drawing to break the ties on April 17, 2009.
Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2009 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places:
|^||Denotes the actual lottery results|
|Los Angeles Clippers||19–63||177||.177^||.173||.164||.195||.250||.040||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||23–59||119||.119||.126||.132^||.100||.350||.161||.013||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Golden State Warriors||29–53||43||.043||.049||.058||—||—||—||.600^||.232||.018||.000||—||—||—||—|
|New York Knicks||32–50||28||.028||.033||.039||—||—||—||—||.725^||.168||.008||.000||—||—||—|
|New Jersey Nets||34–48||9||.009||.011||.013||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.904^||.063||.001||.000|
^ 1: Washington Wizards' pick was later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[a]
Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.
The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.