|2007 NBA Draft|
|Date(s)||June 27, 2007|
|Time||7:30 pm (EDT)|
|Location||Madison Square Garden
in New York City, New York
|First selection||Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers|
The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 27, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. It was broadcast on television in 115 countries. 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 the Ohio State University was drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, who won the draft lottery. However, he missed the 2007–08 season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee during the pre-season. Another freshman, Kevin Durant, was drafted second overall from the University of Texas by the Seattle SuperSonics, and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award for the 2007–08 season. Oden and Durant became the first freshmen to be selected with the top two picks in the draft. Al Horford, the son of former NBA player Tito Horford, was drafted third by the Atlanta Hawks.
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. 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. Apart from those two trades, nine further draft-day trades were announced.
The 2007 Draft marked the first time three players drafted in the top 10 came from the same school: the University of Florida. 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. Florida joined nine other schools, including Connecticut, that had five players selected in an NBA draft, second only to the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, who had six players selected in the eight-round 1977 Draft. 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. This draft also set the record number of freshmen drafted in the first round when eight freshmen were selected. Of the 60 players drafted, 8 were freshmen, 5 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.
- All drafted players must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year of the draft (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1988).
- Any player who is not an "international player", as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.
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.
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, 1985).
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. 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. 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.
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
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. 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. 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.
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. The most recent draft in which the three worst teams did not receive the top three picks was in 1993.
Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2007 Draft Lottery, rounded to 3 decimal places:
|^||Denotes the actual lottery results|
|Portland Trail Blazers||32–50||53||.053^||.060||.070||—||—||—||.572||.226||.018||.000||—||—||—||—|
|New York Knicks2[›]||33–49||19||.019||.022||.027||—||—||—||—||—||.784^||.143||.005||.000||—||—|
|New Orleans Hornets||39–43||6||.006||.007||.009||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.960^||.018|
|Los Angeles Clippers||40–42||5||.005||.006||.007||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.982^|
^ 1: Pick would be conveyed to the Phoenix Suns if it was not in the top three.[r] ^ 2: Pick was conveyed to the Chicago Bulls.[l] ^ 3: Pick was to the Atlanta Hawks because it was not in the top ten.[m]
|*||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|
|x||Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team|
|1||1||Greg Oden||C||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||2||Kevin Durant||G/F||United States||Seattle SuperSonics (traded to Oklahoma City)||Texas (Fr.)|
|1||3||Al Horford+||F/C||Dominican Republic||Atlanta Hawks||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||4||Mike Conley Jr||G||United States||Boston Celtics (traded to Memphis)||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||5||Jeff Green||F||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Boston via Oklahoma City)[a]||Georgetown (Jr.)|
|1||6||Yi Jianlian||F||China||Milwaukee Bucks (traded to New Jersey)||Guangdong Southern Tigers (China) (born 1987)b[›]|
|1||7||Corey Brewer||F||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||8||Brandan Wright||F||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (traded to Golden State)[b]||North Carolina (Fr.)|
|1||9||Joakim Noah||F/C||United States||Chicago Bulls (from New York)[l]||Florida (Jr.)|
|1||10||Spencer Hawes||C||United States||Sacramento Kings||Washington (Fr.)|
|1||11||Acie Law||G||United States||Atlanta Hawks (from Indiana)[m]||Texas A&M (Sr.)|
|1||12||Thaddeus Young||F||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Georgia Tech (Fr.)|
|1||13||Julian Wright||F||United States||New Orleans Hornets||Kansas (So.)|
|1||14||Al Thornton||F||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Florida State (Sr.)|
|1||15||Rodney Stuckey||G||United States||Detroit Pistons (from Orlando)[n]||Eastern Washington (So.)|
|1||16||Nick Young||G/F||United States||Washington Wizards||USC (Jr.)|
|1||17||Sean Williams||F/C||United States||New Jersey Nets||Boston College (Jr.)|
|1||18||Marco Belinelli||G||Italy||Golden State Warriors||Fortitudo Bologna (Italy) (born 1986)|
|1||19||Javaris Crittenton||G||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Georgia Tech (Fr.)|
|1||20||Jason Smith||F/C||United States||Miami Heat (traded to Philadelphia)[c]||Colorado State (Jr.)|
|1||21||Daequan Cook||G||United States||Philadelphia 76ers (from Denver,[o] traded to Miami)[c]||Ohio State (Fr.)|
|1||22||Jared Dudley||F||United States||Charlotte Bobcats (from Toronto via Cleveland)[p]||Boston College (Sr.)|
|1||23||Wilson Chandler||F||United States||New York Knicks (from Chicago)[l]||DePaul (So.)|
|1||24||Rudy Fernández||G||Spain||Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland via Boston,[q] traded to Portland)[d]||Joventut Badalona (Spain) (born 1985)|
|1||25||Morris Almond||G||United States||Utah Jazz||Rice (Sr.)|
|1||26||Aaron Brooks||G||United States||Houston Rockets||Oregon (Sr.)|
|1||27||Arron Afflalo||G||United States||Detroit Pistons||UCLA (Jr.)|
|1||28||Tiago Splitter||F||Brazil||San Antonio Spurs||TAU Cerámica (Spain) (born 1985)|
|1||29||Alando Tucker||F||United States||Phoenix Suns||Wisconsin (Sr.)|
|1||30||Petteri Koponen||G||Finland||Philadelphia 76ers (from Dallas via Golden State and Denver,[o] traded to Portland)[e]||Tapiolan Honka (Finland) (born 1988)|
|2||31||Carl Landry||F||United States||Boston Celtics (traded to Oklahoma City via Houston)[f]||Purdue (Sr.)|
|2||32||Gabe Pruitt||G||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Boston)||USC (Jr.)|
|2||33||Marcus Williams||F||United States||San Antonio Spurs (from Milwaukee)[t]||Arizona (So.)|
|2||34||Nick Fazekas||F||United States||Dallas Mavericks (from Atlanta)[u]||Nevada (Sr.)|
|2||35||Glen Davis||F||United States||Seattle SuperSonics (traded to Boston)[a]||LSU (Jr.)|
|2||36||Jermareo Davidson||F||United States||Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota,[v] traded to Charlotte)[b]||Alabama (Sr.)|
|2||37||Josh McRoberts||F||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Duke (So.)|
|2||38||Kyrylo Fesenko||C||Ukraine||Philadelphia 76ers (from New York via Chicago,[w] traded to Utah)[g]||SK Cherkassy (Ukraine) (born 1986)|
|2||39||Stanko Barać||C||Croatia||Miami Heat (from Sacramento via Utah and Orlando,[x] traded to Indiana)[h]||Široki Brijeg (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (born 1986)|
|2||40||Yue Sun||G||China||Los Angeles Lakers (from Charlotte)[y]||Beijing Olympians (ABA) (born 1985)|
|2||41||Chris Richard||F||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia)[z]||Florida (Sr.)|
|2||42||Derrick Byars||G/F||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Indiana,[aa] traded to Philadelphia)[e]||Vanderbilt (Sr.)|
|2||43||Adam Haluska||G||United States||New Orleans Hornets||Iowa (Sr.)|
|2||44||Reyshawn Terry||F||United States||Orlando Magic (traded to Dallas)[i]||North Carolina (Sr.)|
|2||45||Jared Jordan||G||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Marist (Sr.)|
|2||46||Stephane Lasme||F||Gabon||Golden State Warriors (from New Jersey)[ab]||Massachusetts (Sr.)|
|2||47||Dominic McGuire||F||United States||Washington Wizards||Fresno State (Jr.)|
|2||48||Marc Gasol||C||Spain||Los Angeles Lakers||Akasvayu Girona (Spain) (born 1985)|
|2||49||Aaron Gray||C||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Golden State via Phoenix, Boston and Denver)[ac]||Pittsburgh (Sr.)|
|2||50||Renaldas Seibutis||G||Lithuania||Dallas Mavericks (from Miami via L.A. Lakers)[ad]||Maroussi (Greece) (born 1985)|
|2||51||JamesOn Curry||G||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Denver)[ac]||Oklahoma State (Jr.)|
|2||52||Taurean Green||G||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Toronto)[ae]||Florida (Jr.)|
|2||53||Demetris Nichols||F||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Chicago,[af] traded to New York)[j]||Syracuse (Sr.)|
|2||54||Brad Newley||G||Australia||Houston Rockets (from Cleveland via Orlando)[ag]||Townsville Crocodiles (Australia) (born 1985)|
|2||55||Herbert Hill||F/C||United States||Utah Jazz (traded to Philadelphia)[g]||Providence (Sr.)|
|2||56||Ramon Sessions||G||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston)[ah]||Nevada (Jr.)|
|2||57||Sammy Mejia||G||United States||Detroit Pistons||DePaul (Sr.)|
|2||58||Giorgos Printezis||F||Greece||San Antonio Spurs (traded to Toronto)[k]||Olympia Larissa (Greece) (born 1985)|
|2||59||D.J. Strawberry||G||United States||Phoenix Suns||Maryland (Sr.)|
|2||60||Milovan Raković||F||Serbia||Dallas Mavericks (traded to Orlando)[i]||Mega Ishrana (Serbia) (born 1985)|
^ a: Joakim Noah holds both United States and French citizenship. He was born in the United States and he obtained French citizenship on April 2007 through his French father. Additionally, he can also claim Swedish citizenship through his mother and Cameroonian citizenship through his paternal grandfather. ^ b: 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. ^ c: Sammy Mejia was born in the United States to Dominican Republic parents. He is eligible to represent the Dominican Republic national team.
Trades involving draft picks
The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.
- a 1 2 Seattle acquired Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, the draft rights to 5th pick Jeff Green and a 2008 second-round draft pick from Boston in exchange for Ray Allen and the draft rights to 35th pick Glen Davis.
- b 1 2 Golden State acquired the draft rights to 8th pick Brandan Wright from Charlotte in exchange for Jason Richardson and the draft rights to 36th pick Jermareo Davidson.
- c 1 2 Philadelphia acquired the draft rights to 20th pick Jason Smith from Miami in exchange for the draft rights to 21st pick Daequan Cook, a 2009 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.
- d Portland acquired James Jones and the draft rights to 24th pick Rudy Fernández from Phoenix in exchange for cash considerations. The trade was finalized on July 11, 2007.
- e 1 2 Portland acquired the draft rights to 30th pick Petteri Koponen from Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to 42nd pick Derrick Byars and cash considerations.
- f Houston acquired the draft rights to 31st pick Carl Landry from Seattle in exchange for a 2008 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.
- g 1 2 Utah acquired the draft rights to 38th pick Kyrylo Fesenko from Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to 55th pick Herbert Hill and future draft considerations.
- h Indiana acquired the draft rights to 39th pick Stanko Barać from Miami in exchange for a 2009 second-round draft pick.
- i 1 2 Dallas acquired the draft rights to 44th pick Reyshawn Terry from Orlando in exchange for the draft rights to 60th pick Milovan Raković.
- j New York acquired Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau, Fred Jones and the draft rights to 53rd pick Demetris Nichols from Portland in exchange for Steve Francis, Channing Frye and a 2008 second-round draft pick.
- k Toronto acquired the draft rights to 58th pick Giorgos Printezis from San Antonio in exchange for a 2008 second-round draft pick.
Before the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.
- l 1 2 3 On October 4, 2005, Chicago acquired an option to swap 2007 first-round draft picks, a 2006 first-round draft pick, 2007 and 2009 second-round draft picks, Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson from New York in exchange for Eddy Curry and Antonio Davis. The options to swap 2007 first-round draft picks were exercised, hence Chicago acquired New York's first-round draft pick and New York acquired Chicago's first-round draft pick. Chicago used the 9th pick to draft Joakim Noah and New York used the 23rd pick to draft Wilson Chandler.
- m 1 2 On August 22, 2006, Atlanta acquired a 2007 first-round draft pick and cash considerations from Indiana in exchange for Al Harrington and John Edwards. Atlanta used the 11th pick to draft Acie Law.
- n On February 15, 2006, Detroit acquired a 2007 first-round draft pick and Kelvin Cato from Orlando in exchange for Darko Miličić and Carlos Arroyo. Detroit used the 15th pick to draft Rodney Stuckey.
- o 1 2 On December 19, 2006, Philadelphia acquired Denver's and Dallas' 2007 first-round draft picks, Andre Miller and Joe Smith from Denver in exchange for Allen Iverson and Ivan McFarlin. Previously, Denver acquired Dallas’ 2007 first-round draft pick, Eduardo Nájera and Luis Flores on February 24, 2005 from Golden State in exchange for Rodney White and Nikoloz Tskitishvili. Earlier, Golden State acquired two future first-round draft picks, Eduardo Nájera, Christian Laettner, the draft rights to Luis Flores and Mladen Šekularac and cash considerations on August 24, 2004 from Dallas in exchange for Erick Dampier, Evan Eschmeyer, Dan Dickau and the draft rights to Steve Logan. Denver used the 21st and 30th picks to draft Daequan Cook and Petteri Koponen respectively.
- p On June 23, 2005, Charlotte acquired Toronto's 2007 first-round draft pick from Cleveland in exchange for Sasha Pavlović. Previously, Cleveland acquired a 2007 first-round draft pick and Michael Stewart on September 25, 2002 from Toronto in exchange for Lamond Murray and a 2004 second round draft pick. Charlotte used the 22nd pick to draft Jared Dudley.
- q On June 28, 2006, Phoenix acquired Cleveland's 2007 first-round draft pick from Boston in exchange for Brian Grant, the draft rights to Rajon Rondo and cash considerations. Previously, Boston acquired a 2007 first-round draft pick on February 24, 2005 from Cleveland in exchange for Jiří Welsch. Phoenix used the 24th pick to draft Rudy Fernández.
- r On August 19, 2005, Phoenix acquired 2006 and future first-round draft picks and Boris Diaw from Atlanta in exchange for Joe Johnson. Atlanta's 2007 first-round draft pick was top-three protected and hence the pick was not conveyed to Phoenix. Instead, Atlanta would convey their 2008 first-round draft pick to Phoenix.
- s On June 28, 2005, Seattle acquired 2006 and 2007 second-round draft picks from Memphis in exchange for the draft rights to Lawrence Roberts. Seattle used the 31st pick to draft Carl Landry.
- t On June 28, 2006, San Antonio acquired a 2007 second-round draft pick from Milwaukee in exchange for the draft rights to Damir Markota. San Antonio used the 33rd pick to draft Marcus Williams.
- u On February 22, 2007, Dallas acquired a 2007 second-round draft pick from Atlanta in exchange for Anthony Johnson. Dallas used the 34th pick to draft Nick Fazekas.
- v On February 21, 2002, Golden State acquired a 2007 second-round draft pick and Dean Garrett from Minnesota in exchange for Marc Jackson. Golden State used the 36th pick to draft Jermareo Davidson.
- w On June 28, 2006, Philadelphia acquired New York's 2007 second-round draft pick, the draft rights to Rodney Carney and cash considerations from Chicago in exchange for the draft rights to Thabo Sefolosha. Previously, Chicago acquired an option to swap 2007 first-round draft picks, a 2006 first-round draft pick, 2007 and 2009 second-round draft picks, Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson on October 4, 2005 from New York in exchange for Eddy Curry and Antonio Davis. Philadelphia used the 38th pick to draft Kyrylo Fesenko.
- x On June 7, 2007, Miami acquired Sacramento's 2007 and Miami's 2008 second-round draft picks from Orlando as part of the hiring of Stan Van Gundy as Orlando's head coach. Previously, Orlando acquired Sacramento's second-round draft pick and DeShawn Stevenson on February 19, 2004 from Utah in exchange for Gordan Giriček. Earlier, Utah acquired 2004 and 2007 second-round draft picks and Keon Clark on August 3, 2003 from Sacramento in exchange for a 2004 second-round draft pick.  Miami used the 39th pick to draft Stanko Barać.
- y On October 26, 2005, the L.A. Lakers acquired a 2007 second-round draft pick from Charlotte in exchange for Jumaine Jones. The L.A. Lakers used the 40th pick to draft Sun Yue.
- z On June 28, 2006, Minnesota acquired a 2007 second-round draft pick and cash considerations from Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to Bobby Jones. Minnesota used the 41st pick to draft Chris Richard.
- aa On June 28, 2006, Portland acquired 2007 and 2008 second-round draft picks and the draft rights to Alexander Johnson from Indiana in exchange for the draft rights to James White. Portland used the 42nd pick to draft Derrick Byars
- ab On February 14, 2005, Golden State acquired 2005 and 2007 second-round draft picks from New Jersey in exchange for Clifford Robinson. Golden State used the 46th pick to draft Stephane Lasme.
- ac 1 2 On July 20, 2006, Chicago acquired Denver's and Golden State's 2007 second-round draft picks and Howard Eisley from Denver in exchange for J. R. Smith. Previously, Denver acquired Golden State's 2007 second-round draft pick on June 28, 2006 from Boston in exchange for the draft rights to Leon Powe. Beforehand, Boston acquired Golden State's 2007 second-round draft pick on February 8, 2005 from Phoenix in exchange for Walter McCarty and cash considerations. Earlier, Phoenix acquired 2007 and 2009 second-round draft picks on January 3, 2005 from Golden State in exchange for Žarko Čabarkapa. Chicago used the 49th and 51st picks to draft Aaron Gray and JamesOn Curry.
- ad On June 28, 2006, Dallas acquired Miami's 2007 second-round draft pick from the L.A. Lakers in exchange for the draft rights to J. R. Pinnock. Previously, the L.A. Lakers acquired a 2006 first-round draft pick, a 2007 second-round draft pick, Lamar Odom, Caron Butler and Brian Grant on July 14, 2004 from Miami in exchange for Shaquille O'Neal. Dallas used the 50th pick to draft Renaldas Seibutis.
- ae On October 10, 1997, Portland acquired a 2007 second-round draft pick from Toronto in a three-team trade with Toronto and New York. Portland used the 52nd pick to draft Taurean Green.
- af On June 28, 2006, Portland acquired a 2007 second-round draft pick and the draft rights to LaMarcus Aldridge from Chicago in exchange for the draft rights to Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa. Portland used the 53rd pick to draft Demetris Nichols.
- ag Hours before the start of the draft, Houston acquired the 54th pick from Orlando in exchange for cash considerations. Previously, Orlando acquired 2005 and 2007 second-round draft picks and Tony Battie on July 23, 2004 from Cleveland in exchange for Drew Gooden, Steven Hunter and Anderson Varejão. Houston used the 54th pick to draft Brad Newley.
- ah On February 24, 2005, Milwaukee acquired 2006 and 2007 second-round draft picks and Reece Gaines from Houston in exchange for Mike James and Zendon Hamilton. Milwaukee used the 56th pick to draft Ramon Sessions.