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The 2002 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2002 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting 57 amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from high schools and non-North American leagues.[1] The draft was broadcast on TNT at 7:30 PM ([EDT). The NBA announced that 42 college and high school players, and five international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft.[2] The Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors both had a 22.5 percent probability of acquiring the first overall pick, but the Houston Rockets, with an 8.9 percent probability, won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 19.[3][4] The Bulls and Warriors were second and third, respectively. As punishment for salary-cap violations during the 2000–2001 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round draft pick.

The 2002 draft set a record with 17 international selections, with six coming in the first round alone.[5] After the completion of the regular season, Amar'e Stoudemire was selected as the Rookie of the Year. In 2005, Yao set a single-season All-Star voting record by getting 2,558,278 votes, earning him a spot as a starter on the Western Conference All-Star Team.[6]

#2 pick Jay Williams violated his contract by riding a motorcycle, and nearly lost his life in an accident that shattered his pelvis, severed a main nerve in his leg, and tore three ligaments in his left knee including his ACL. Although he tried an intense rehabilitation program Williams never played a game in the NBA again.

* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)

Round one[]

Pick Player Nationality Position NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Yao Ming* Flag of China Chinese C Houston Rockets Shanghai Sharks (China)
2 Jay Williams Flag of the United States American PG Chicago Bulls Duke (Jr.)
3 Mike Dunleavy, Jr. Flag of the United States American SF/SG Golden State Warriors Duke (Jr.)
4 Drew Gooden Flag of the United States American PF/C Memphis Grizzlies Kansas (Jr.)
5 Nikoloz Tskitishvili Georgia (country) Flag Georgian PF/C Denver Nuggets Benetton Treviso (Italy)
6 Dajuan Wagner Flag of the United States American PG Cleveland Cavaliers Memphis Fr.
7 Nenê Hilario Flag of Brazil Brazil C/PF Denver Nuggets (from New York)[7] Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
8 Chris Wilcox Flag of the United States American C/PF Los Angeles Clippers (from Atlanta) Maryland (So.)
9 Amar'e Stoudemire* Flag of the United States American C/PF Phoenix Suns Cypress Creek HS (Orlando, Florida)
10 Caron Butler* Flag of the United States American SF [[Miami Heat Connecticut (So.)
11 Jared Jeffries Forward Flag of the United States American Washington Wizards Indiana So.
12 Melvin Ely Flag of the United States American Power forward Los Angeles Clippers Fresno State Sr.
13 Marcus Haislip Flag of the United States American Power forward Milwaukee Bucks Tennessee Jr.
14 Fred Jones Flag of the United States American Shooting guard Indiana Pacers Oregon Sr.
15 Boštjan Nachbar Small forward Slovenia Flag Slovenian Houston Rockets (from Toronto) Benetton Treviso (Italy) 1980
16 Jiri Welsch (G/F) Czechoslovakia Flag Czech Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Golden State) Union Olimpija (Slovenia and Adriatic League) 1980
17 Juan Dixon (G) Flag of the United States American Washington Wizards (from New Orleans) Maryland Sr.
18 Curtis Borchardt (C) Flag of the United States American Orlando Magic (traded to Utah) Stanford Jr.
19 Ryan Humphrey (PF) Flag of the United States American Utah Jazz (traded to Orlando) Notre Dame Sr.
20 Kareem Rush (SG) Flag of the United States American Toronto Raptors (from Seattle via New York, traded to Los Angeles Lakers) Missouri Jr.
21 Qyntel Woods (SF) Flag of the United States American Portland Trail Blazers NE Mississippi CC So.
22 Casey Jacobsen (SG) Flag of the United States American Phoenix Suns (from Boston) Stanford Jr.
23 Tayshaun Prince (SF) Flag of the United States American Detroit Pistons Kentucky Sr.
24 Nenad Krstić (F/C) Flag of Serbia Serbian New Jersey Nets Partizan Belgrade (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League) 1983
25 Frank Williams (PG) Flag of the United States American Denver Nuggets (from Dallas, traded to New York)[7] Illinois Jr.
26 John Salmons (G/F) Flag of the United States American San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia) Miami Sr.
27 Chris Jefferies (SF) Flag of the United States American Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Toronto) Fresno State Jr.
28 Dan Dickau (PG) Flag of the United States American Sacramento Kings (traded to Atlanta) Gonzaga Sr.
29 None Minnesota Timberwolves

(forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations.)

Round two[]

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
30 Steve Logan (PG) Flag of the United States United States Golden State Warriors Cincinnati Sr.
31 Roger Mason, Jr. (SG) Flag of the United States United States Chicago Bulls Virginia Jr.
32 Robert Archibald (PF) Template:SCO Memphis Grizzlies Illinois Sr.
33 Vincent Yarbrough (SF) Flag of the United States United States Denver Nuggets Tennessee Sr.
34 Dan Gadzuric (C) Template:FR-YUGTemplate:NED Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston) UCLA Sr.
35 Carlos Boozer* (PF) Flag of the United States United States Cleveland Cavaliers Duke Jr.
36 Miloš Vujanić (PG) Template:FR-YUG New York Knicks Partizan Belgrade (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League) 1980
37 David Andersen (C) Template:AUS Atlanta Hawks Virtus Bologna (Italy) 1980
38 Tito Maddox (PG) Flag of the United States United States Houston Rockets (from Miami) Fresno State So.
39 Rod Grizzard (SG) Flag of the United States United States Washington Wizards (from Phoenix via Denver) Alabama Jr.
40 Juan Carlos Navarro (PG) Template:ESP Washington Wizards FC Barcelona (Spain) 1980
41 Mario Kasun (C) Flag of Croatia Croatia Los Angeles Clippers Opel Skyliners (Germany) 1980
42 Ronald Murray (SG) Flag of the United States United States Milwaukee Bucks Shaw Sr.
43 Jason Jennings (C) Flag of the United States United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Toronto via Chicago) Arkansas State Sr.
44 Lonny Baxter (PF) Flag of the United States United States Chicago Bulls (from Indiana) Maryland Sr.
45 Sam Clancy, Jr. (PF) Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia 76ers USC Sr.
46 Matt Barnes (SF) Flag of the United States United States Memphis Grizzlies (from Orlando) UCLA Sr.
47 Jamal Sampson (C) Flag of the United States United States Utah Jazz (traded to Orlando) California Fr.
48 Chris Owens (PF) Flag of the United States United States Milwaukee Bucks (from New Orleans, traded to Memphis) Texas Sr.
49 Peter Fehse (PF) Template:GER Seattle SuperSonics Halle (Germany) 1983
50 Darius Songaila (PF) Template:LTU Boston Celtics Wake Forest Sr.
51 Federico Kammerichs (SF) Template:ARG Portland Trail Blazers Ourense (Spain) 1980
52 Marcus Taylor (PG) Flag of the United States United States Minnesota Timberwolves Michigan State So.
53 Rasual Butler (SF) Flag of the United States United States Miami Heat (from Detroit via Toronto and Houston) La Salle Sr.
54 Tamar Slay (SG) Flag of the United States United States New Jersey Nets Marshall Sr.
55 Mladen Šekularac (SG) Template:FR-YUG Dallas Mavericks FMP Železnik (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League) 1981
56 Luis Scola (PF) Template:ARG San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) TAU Cerámica (Spain) 1980
57 Randy Holcomb (PF) Flag of the United States United States San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia) San Diego State Sr.
58 Corsley Edwards (PF) Flag of the United States United States Sacramento Kings Central Connecticut Sr.

Notable undrafted players[]

External links[]

References[]

  1. NBA.com: 2002 Draft Handbook
  2. NBA.com. Twenty-Four Early Entry Candidates Withdraw from Draft 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  3. NBA.com. Ties Broken for NBA Draft Order of Selection. April 24, 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  4. "Cavaliers Win NBA Draft Lottery 2003". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/news/lottery_030522.html. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  5. Lago, Joe. Draft record set with 17 foreign-born picks. June 26, 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2002.
  6. NBA.com. Benson, Bryant Lead All Players in Voting. February 2, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Knicks traded #7 pick along with Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson to the Nuggets for Antonio McDyess, #25 pick and a 2003 second-round pick.
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