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2008 NBA Draft
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Date June 26, 2008
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location Manhattan, New York, United States
First overall pick Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
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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, United States. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from non-North American leagues. The draft was broadcast on ESPN at 7:00 PM (EDT). The NBA announced that 91 players, including 69 players from U.S. colleges and institutions and 22 international players, have filed as early entry candidates for the 2008 NBA Draft.[1] 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 biggest upset in NBA Draft Lottery history behind the Orlando Magic winning in 1993 with just a 1.5% chance.[2] The Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves were second and third respectively.

The Chicago Bulls used the first overall pick to draft Chicago native Derrick Rose, a freshman from the University of Memphis. The Miami Heat used the second pick to draft Michael Beasley, a freshman from Kansas State University, and the Minnesota Timberwolves used the third pick to draft O. J. Mayo, a freshman from USC.[3] It marked the first time in draft history that three freshmen were taken with the first three picks.[3] With five players taken in the draft, the University of Kansas tied UConn (2006) and Florida (2007) for the record with the most players selected in the first two rounds of an NBA draft.[3] Also, another record was set with ten freshmen being drafted in the first round and twelve in total.[4]

Round one

Pick Player Nationality Team School/Club Team
1 Derrick Rose (PG) U.S. Flag.png American Chicago Bulls Memphis (Fr.)
2 Michael Beasley (PF) U.S. Flag.png American Miami Heat Kansas State (Fr.)
3 O. J. Mayo (SG) U.S. Flag.png American Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Memphis) USC Fr.
4 Russell Westbrook (PG) U.S. Flag.png American Oklahoma City Thunder


5 Kevin Love (PF/C) U.S. Flag.png American Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Minnesota) UCLA Fr.
6 Danilo Gallinari (SF) Italy Flag.png Italian New York Knicks Olimpia Milano (Italy) 1988
7 Eric Gordon (SG) U.S. Flag.png American Los Angeles Clippers Indiana Fr.
8 Joe Alexander (SF) U.S. Flag.png American Milwaukee Bucks West Virginia Jr.
9 D. J. Augustin (PG) U.S. Flag.png American Charlotte Bobcats Texas So.
10 Brook Lopez (C) U.S. Flag.png American New Jersey Nets Stanford So.
11 Jerryd Bayless (PG) U.S. Flag.png American Indiana Pacers (traded to Portland) Arizona Fr.
12 Jason Thompson (PF) U.S. Flag.png American Sacramento Kings Rider Sr.
13 Brandon Rush (SG/SF) U.S. Flag.png American Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Indiana) Kansas Jr.
14 Anthony Randolph (PF) U.S. Flag.png American Golden State Warriors LSU Fr.
15 Robin Lopez (PF/C) U.S. Flag.png American Phoenix Suns (from Atlanta as part of the Joe Johnson trade) Stanford So.
16 Marreese Speights (PF) U.S. Flag.png American Philadelphia 76ers Florida So.
17 Roy Hibbert (C) U.S. Flag.png American Toronto Raptors (traded to Indiana as part of the Jermaine O'Neal trade) Georgetown Sr.
18 JaVale McGee (C) U.S. Flag.png American Washington Wizards Nevada So.
19 J. J. Hickson (PF) U.S. Flag.png American Cleveland Cavaliers North Carolina State Fr.
20 Alexis Ajinça (C) FranceFlag.png French Charlotte Bobcats (from Denver Nuggets) Hyères-Toulon (France) 1988
21 Ryan Anderson (SF/PF) U.S. Flag.png American New Jersey Nets (from Dallas as part of the Jason Kidd trade) California So.
22 Courtney Lee (SG) U.S. Flag.png American Orlando Magic Western Kentucky Sr.
23 Kosta Koufos (C) U.S. Flag.png/Greece Flag.png American/Greek Utah Jazz Ohio State Fr.
24 Serge Ibaka (PF) RepublicOfCongoFlag.png Congolese Seattle SuperSonics a[›] (from Phoenix as part of the Kurt Thomas trade) L'Hospitalet (Spain) 1989
25 Nicolas Batum (SG/SF) FranceFlag.png French Houston Rockets (traded to Portland) Le Mans (France) 1988
26 George Hill (PG) U.S. Flag.png American San Antonio Spurs IUPUI (Jr.)
27 Darrell Arthur (PF) U.S. Flag.png American New Orleans Hornets (traded to Memphis via Portland) Kansas (So.)
28 Donté Greene (SF) U.S. Flag.png American Memphis Grizzlies (from LA Lakers as part of the Pau Gasol trade, traded to Houston, traded to Sacramento) Syracuse (Fr.)
29 D. J. White (PF) U.S. Flag.png American Detroit Pistons (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder) a[›] Indiana (Sr.)
30 J. R. Giddens (SG) U.S. Flag.png American Boston Celtics New Mexico (Sr.)

Round two

Pick Player Nationality Team School/Club Team
31 Nikola Peković (C) Template:MNE Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami as part of the Antoine Walker trade via Boston as part of the Ricky Davis trade) Panathinaikos (Greece) 1986
32 Walter Sharpe (PF) U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics a[›](traded to Detroit) UAB Jr.
33 Joey Dorsey (PF/C) U.S. Flag.png Portland Trail Blazers (from Memphis as part of the Alexander Johnson trade, traded to Houston) Memphis Sr.
34 Mario Chalmers (PG) U.S. Flag.png Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Miami) Kansas Jr.
35 DeAndre Jordan (C) U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Clippers Texas A&M Fr.
36 Ömer Aşık (C) Template:TUR Portland Trail Blazers (from New York as part of the Demetris Nichols trade, traded to Chicago) Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey) 1986
37 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (SF/PF) Template:CMR Milwaukee Bucks UCLA Jr.
38 Kyle Weaver (PG/SG) U.S. Flag.png Charlotte Bobcats Washington State Sr.
39 Sonny Weems (SG/SF) U.S. Flag.png Chicago Bulls (traded to Denver) Arkansas Sr.
40 Chris Douglas-Roberts (SG) U.S. Flag.png New Jersey Nets Memphis Jr.
41 Nathan Jawai (PF/C) Template:AUS Indiana Pacers (traded to Toronto as part of the Jermaine O'Neal trade) Cairns Taipans (Australia) 1986
42 Sean Singletary (PG) U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings (from Atlanta as part of the Mike Bibby trade) Virginia Sr.
43 Patrick Ewing, Jr. (PF) U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings Georgetown Sr.
44 Ante Tomić (PF/C) Template:CRO Utah Jazz (from Philadelphia) KK Zagreb (Croatia) 1987
45 Goran Dragić (PG) Template:SLO San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto as part of the Giorgos Printezis trade, traded to Phoenix) Union Olimpija (Slovenia) 1986
46 Trent Plaisted (PF) U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics a[›](from Portland as part of the Sebastian Telfair trade via Boston as part of the Ray Allen trade, traded to Detroit) BYU Jr.
47 Bill Walker (SF) U.S. Flag.png Washington Wizards (traded to Boston) Kansas State Fr.
48 Malik Hairston (SG) U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland as part of the Milt Palacio trade, traded to San Antonio) Oregon Sr.
49 Richard Hendrix (PF) U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors Alabama Jr.
50 DeVon Hardin (C) U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics a[›](from Denver as part of the Earl Watson trade) California Sr.
51 Shan Foster (SG) U.S. Flag.png Dallas Mavericks Vanderbilt Sr.
52 Darnell Jackson (PF) U.S. Flag.png Miami Heat (from Orlando as part of the hiring of Stan Van Gundy as Orlando's head coach, traded to Cleveland) Kansas Sr.
53 Tadija Dragicević (PF) Template:SRB Utah Jazz Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) 1986
54 Maarty Leunen (PF) U.S. Flag.png Houston Rockets Oregon Sr.
55 Mike Taylor (PG) U.S. Flag.png Portland Trail Blazers (from Phoenix as part of the James Jones trade via Indiana as part of the James White, traded to LA Clippers) Idaho Stampede (D-League) 1986
56 Sasha Kaun (C) Template:RUS Seattle SuperSonics (from New Orleans as part of the Bobby Jackson trade via Houston as part of the Carl Landry trade, traded to Cleveland) Kansas Sr.
57 James Gist (PF) U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs Maryland Sr.
58 Joe Crawford (SG) U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers Kentucky Sr.
59 Deron Washington (SG/SF) U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons Virginia Tech Sr.
60 Semih Erden (C) Template:TUR Boston Celtics Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey) 1986

^ a: Players were officially drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics organization; however, on July 2, 2008, the Sonics relocated to become the Oklahoma City Thunder

Selections by team

Several trades resulted in players changing teams on draft night. The following represents a team-by-team list showing where players ended up, after those transactions.

  • Atlanta Hawks: None
  • Boston Celtics: J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker (via Washington), Semih Erden
  • Charlotte Bobcats: D.J. Augustin, Alexis Ajinça, Kyle Weaver
  • Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose, Ömer Aşık (via Portland)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: J.J. Hickson, Darnell Jackson (via Miami), Sasha Kaun (via Seattle)
  • Dallas Mavericks: Shan Foster
  • Denver Nuggets: Sonny Weems (via Chicago)
  • Detroit Pistons: Walter Sharpe (via Seattle), Trent Plaisted (via Seattle), Deron Washington
  • Golden State Warriors: Anthony Randolph, Richard Hendrix
  • Houston Rockets: Joey Dorsey (via Portland), Sean Singletary (via Sacramento), Patrick Ewing Jr. (via Sacramento) Maarty Leunen
  • Indiana Pacers: Brandon Rush (via Portland), Roy Hibbert (via Toronto)
  • Los Angeles Clippers: Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Mike Taylor (via Portland)
  • Los Angeles Lakers: Joe Crawford
  • Memphis Grizzlies: O.J. Mayo (via Minnesota), Darrell Arthur (via New Orleans, Portland, and Houston)
  • Miami Heat: Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers (via Minnesota)
  • Milwaukee Bucks: Joe Alexander, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Love (via Memphis), Nikola Peković
  • New Jersey Nets: Brook Lopez, Ryan Anderson, Chris Douglas-Roberts
  • New Orleans Hornets: None
  • New York Knicks: Danilo Gallinari
  • Orlando Magic: Courtney Lee
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Marreese Speights
  • Phoenix Suns: Robin Lopez, Goran Dragić (via San Antonio)
  • Portland Trail Blazers: Jerryd Bayless (via Indiana), Nicolas Batum (via Houston)
  • Sacramento Kings: Jason Thompson, Donte Greene (via Memphis, Houston)
  • San Antonio Spurs: George Hill, Malik Hairston (via Phoenix), James Gist
  • Seattle SuperSonics: Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, D.J. White (via Detroit), DeVon Hardin
  • Toronto Raptors: Nathan Jawai (via Indiana)
  • Utah Jazz: Kosta Koufos, Ante Tomic, Tadija Dragicević
  • Washington Wizards: JaVale McGee

Notable undrafted players

Trades involving draft picks

Draft-day trades

The following trades involving draft picks occurred on the day of the draft.[5]

  • In an eight-player trade, Memphis acquired the draft rights to 3rd pick O. J. Mayo along with Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker, and Greg Buckner from Minnesota in exchange for the draft rights to 5th pick Kevin Love along with Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Jason Collins.
  • Portland acquired the draft rights to 27th pick Darrell Arthur from New Orleans in exchange for cash considerations.
  • In a three-team trade, Portland acquired the draft rights to 25th pick Nicolas Batum from Houston; Houston acquired the draft rights to 28th pick Donte Greene and a second-round selection in 2009 from Memphis plus 33rd pick Joey Dorsey from Portland; and Memphis acquired the draft rights to 27th pick Darrell Arthur from Portland.
  • In a three-team trade, Chicago acquired the rights to 36th pick Ömer Aşık from Portland; Portland acquired a second-round pick in 2009 from Denver plus two future second-round picks from Chicago; and Denver acquired the draft rights to 39th pick Sonny Weems from Chicago.
  • Detroit acquired the draft rights to 32nd pick Walter Sharpe and 46th pick Trent Plaisted from Seattle in exchange for the draft rights to 29th pick D. J. White.
  • Miami acquired the draft rights to 34th pick Mario Chalmers from Minnesota in exchange for two future second-round picks and cash considerations.
  • San Antonio acquired the draft rights to 48th pick Malik Hairston, a second-round pick in 2009 and cash considerations from Phoenix in exchange for the draft rights to 45th pick Goran Dragić.
  • Boston acquired the draft rights to 47th pick Bill Walker from Washington in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Cleveland acquired the draft rights to 52nd pick Darnell Jackson from Miami in exchange for a second-round selection in 2009.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers acquired the draft rights to 55th pick Mike Taylor from Portland in exchange for a second-round selection in 2009.

The following trades were not officially announced by the end of Draft Day, but were speculated and then announced at later dates.[6]

Traded picks

Past trades that involved the 2008 draft picks.

Eligibility rules

The basic eligibility rules for the draft are:

  • 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 2008 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1989.[27]
  • Any player who is not an "international player", as defined in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the league and its players union, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.[27] The CBA definition of "international" excludes anyone who completed high school in the U.S., or enrolled at a U.S. college or university.[28]

The "one year out of high school" requirement is in addition to the age requirement. For example, although O. J. Mayo, who declared for the draft after one season at USC, turned 19 in November 2006, six months before his high school graduation, this was the first draft for which he was eligible.


  1. "Early-Entry Candidates for 2008 NBA Draft". Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  2. "Year-by-Year Lottery Probabilities". Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Bulls go for Rose over Beasley in NBA draft; Mayo, Love swap places". Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  4. "After top two, lack of locks spreads uncertainty in volatile draft". Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  5. The Deals of the Draft
  6. Busy draft night leaves Bird speechless
  7. Suns Trade Milt Palacio
  8. Johnson Trade to Atlanta Completed
  9. Wolves Acquire Ricky Davis from Boston, Szczerbiak, Olowokandi & Jones to Celtics
  10. Heat Acquire Antoine Walker, Jason Williams & James Posey
  11. Sonics Acquire Russell and Watson in Four-Team Deal
  12. Phoenix Acquires James Jones from Indiana
  13. Pacers Score Double Bonus Getting Williams, White
  14. Grizzlies Acquire Draft Rights to Alexander Johnson from Portland
  15. Magic close book on Donovan by hiring Van Gundy
  16. Celtics Acquire Telfair and Ratliff
  17. Sonics Acquire Green, Szczerbiak and West in Trade With Boston
  18. Rockets make deadline day moves for Jackson, Green
  19. Rockets select Oregon's Brooks with first round selection
  20. Knicks Acquire Randolph, Dickau and Jones
  21. Raptors Acquire Draft Rights to Giorgos Printezis
  22. Suns Trade Kurt Thomas to Seattle
  23. Lakers Acquire Gasol from Grizzlies
  24. Hawks Acquire Mike Bibby from Sacramento
  25. Nets Acquire Devin Harris and Two First Round Draft Pics in Eight Player Trade with Dallas
  26. Bobcats Acquire 20th Pick in 2008 NBA Draft
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Article X, Section 1(b)(i)". 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. National Basketball Players Association. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  28. "Article X, Section 1(c)". 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. National Basketball Players Association. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 

External links

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