List of Oklahoma Sooners in the NBA and WNBA Drafts

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Blake Griffin, drafted in 2009, is Oklahoma's only number one overall pick.

The University of Oklahoma men's basketball team has had 43 players drafted in the National Basketball Association (NBA) while the women's basketball team has had 14 players selected in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). This includes eight players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft and six players in the first round of the WNBA Draft. In 2009, Blake Griffin became the only Oklahoma basketball player to have been selected as the overall number one pick when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. In the 2010s, six Oklahoma players have been selected in their respective drafts. Five have been women: three in the 2010 WNBA Draft, one in 2011, and one in 2013. The 2013 NBA Draft saw Romero Osby become the first Sooner men's player to be chosen since 2009, when Blake Griffin and his older brother Taylor were selected.

Each NBA and WNBA franchise seeks to add new players through their respective annual draft. The NBA uses a draft lottery to determine the first three picks of the NBA draft; the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first three picks are decided, the rest of the teams pick in reverse order of their win–loss record.[1][2] To be eligible for the NBA Draft, a player in the United States must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.[3] From 1967 until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, the American Basketball Association (ABA) held it own draft.[4] The WNBA Draft is similar to the NBA with a couple of exceptions. Only four WNBA teams are eligible for the draft lottery, compared to the 14 eligible teams in the NBA. Also, all non-playoff teams that participate in the draft lottery select their picks in the order of the lottery outcome; the remainder of the league selects in reverse order of their win–loss record.[5] The WNBA requires that players be at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the applicable seasons, have either graduated from a four-year university or have completed their intercollegiate basketball eligibility, or have played at least two seasons for another professional basketball league.[6]

Three former Sooner men have been selected to participate in an NBA All-Star Game, Alvan Adams, Mookie Blaylock and Blake Griffin, while two women, Stacey Dales and Danielle Robinson, have been selected to participate in a WNBA All-Star Game. Three former Sooner men have won championships with their respective teams.

Key[edit]

F Forward C Center G Guard
# Active in the NBA as of the 2013–14 season, or the WNBA as of the 2014 season
* Selected to an NBA/WNBA All-Star Game
Won an ABA/NBA/WNBA championship

Player selection[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

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Eduardo Nájera, drafted in 2000
Year Round Pick Overall Player Position NBA team[A 1] Notes
1949 8 Courty, PaulPaul Courty F Providence Steamrollers
1950 6 Glasgow, WayneWayne Glasgow F Minneapolis Lakers
1950 10 Merchant, PaulPaul Merchant F Syracuse Nationals
1951 1 3 3 Freiberger, MarcusMarcus Freiberger C Indianapolis Olympians
1954 11 7 106 Waller, BobBob Waller F New York Knicks
1958 6 4 44 King, JoeJoe King F/C New York Knicks
1962 8 2 62 Fouts, WarrenWarren Fouts F New York Knicks
1968 3 7 29 Sidle, DonDon Sidle C San Francisco Warriors ABA Champion (1972)[7]
1968 8 2 71 Rogers, WillieWillie Rogers F Seattle SuperSonics
1970 1 6 3 Heard, GarfieldGarfield Heard F Seattle SuperSonics
1971 3 5 33 Ray, CliffordClifford Ray F Chicago Bulls NBA Champion (1975)[8]
1972 8 [A 2] 90 Jack, BobbyBobby Jack F Cincinnati Royals
1972 14 7 110 Pettes, AndrewAndrew Pettes G Chicago Bulls
1974 8 4 130 Holland, TomTom Holland F Phoenix Suns
1974 9 4 148 Evans, TedTed Evans C Phoenix Suns
1975 1 4 4 Adams, AlvanAlvan Adams* C Phoenix Suns All-Star (1976)[9]
NBA Rookie of the Year Award (1976)
1979 4 19 85 McCullough, JohnJohn McCullough G Kansas City Kings
1980 2 15 38 Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts F Houston Rockets
1980 3 17 63 Beal, AlAl Beal F Milwaukee Bucks
1980 5 6 98 Curry, AaronAaron Curry G New Jersey Nets
1983 3 14 61 Little, DavidDavid Little F Denver Nuggets
1983 5 1 94 Barnett, ChuckyChucky Barnett G Houston Rockets
1983 5 11 104 Jones, CharlesCharles Jones C Atlanta Hawks
1983 10 18 224 Overton, BoBo Overton G Phoenix Suns
1984 9 2 186 Pierce, CalvinCalvin Pierce F Chicago Bulls
1985 1 2 2 Tisdale, WaymanWayman Tisdale C Indiana Pacers
1986 3 19 66 Bowie, AnthonyAnthony Bowie G Houston Rockets
1987 3 1 47 McCalister, TimTim McCalister G Los Angeles Clippers
1987 4 20 89 Johnson, DavidDavid Johnson F Dallas Mavericks
1987 4 22 91 Kennedy, DarrylDarryl Kennedy F Boston Celtics
1988 1 12 12 Grant, HarveyHarvey Grant G Washington Wizards
1988 3 17 67 Grace, RickyRicky Grace G Utah Jazz
1989 1 6 6 King, StaceyStacey King C Chicago Bulls NBA Champion (1991, 1992, 1993)[10]
1989 1 12 12 Blaylock, MookieMookie Blaylock* G New Jersey Nets All-Star (1994)[11]
1992 2 5 32 Price, BrentBrent Price G Washington Wizards
1994 2 13 40 Webster, JeffJeff Webster F Miami Heat
1996 2 3 32 Minor, RyanRyan Minor F Philadelphia 76ers
1997 2 28 57 Erdmann, NateNate Erdmann G Utah Jazz
2000 2 9 39 Nájera, EduardoEduardo Nájera F Houston Rockets
2009 1 1 1 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin# F Los Angeles Clippers All-Star (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
All-NBA second team (2012, 2013, 2014)
NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2011)
2009 2 18 46 Griffin, TaylorTaylor Griffin F Phoenix Suns
2013 2 21 51 Osby, RomeroRomero Osby F Orlando Magic

WNBA Draft[edit]

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Stacey Dales, drafted in 2002, is Oklahoma's highest drafted woman player.
Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position WNBA team[A 1] Notes
2000 3 6 38 Whaley, PhyleshaPhylesha Whaley F Minnesota Lynx
2002 1 3 3 Dales, StaceyStacey Dales* G/F Washington Mystics All-Star (2002)[12]
2002 1 14 14 Caufield, LaNeishaLaNeisha Caufield G Utah Starzz
2002 1 16 16 Ross, RosalindRosalind Ross G Los Angeles Sparks
2004 3 1 27 Villaroel, MariaMaria Villaroel G Phoenix Mercury
2005 1 13 13 Jackson, DionnahDionnah Jackson F Detroit Shock
2007 3 2 28 Rush, LeahLeah Rush F Phoenix Mercury
2009 1 7 7 Paris, CourtneyCourtney Paris# C Sacramento Monarchs
2009 2 9 22 Paris, AshleyAshley Paris F Los Angeles Sparks
2010 2 7 19[13] Thompson, AmandaAmanda Thompson F Tulsa Shock
2010 3 4 28 Olajuwon, AbiAbi Olajuwon C Chicago Sky
2010 3 12 36 Stevenson, NyeshiaNyeshia Stevenson G/F Phoenix Mercury
2011 1 6 6 Robinson, DanielleDanielle Robinson*# G San Antonio Silver Stars All-Star (2013,[14] 2014[15])
2013 3 8 32 Hand, WhitneyWhitney Hand G San Antonio Silver Stars

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This is the team that drafted the player, not their most recent team.
  2. ^ Bobby Jack is listed as the 90th overall pick in the 8th round Oklahoma basketball media guide. A specific number for the round is not provided.

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Magic rookie has big influence". The Sporting News (NBC Sports/MSNBC). 2005-01-19. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-11-24. "[Ray] chuckles at Howard's salary, pointing out that when the Warriors won the championship in 1975 and he led the team in rebounding..." 
  9. ^ "NBA Rookie Award to Alvan Adams". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). The Associated Press. 1976-05-09. p. D9. Retrieved 2009-11-09. "...He was the leading write-in candidate in the fan balloting for the 1976 All-Star Game and was chosen for the team by the West coaches..." 
  10. ^ Schmidt, Andy (2007-17-31). "Ex-Bull Stacey King leadings A's". McHenryCountySports.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-11. "The 40-year-old King, who was part of the Bulls’ first three championship teams from 1991-93..."  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ Frey, Jennifer (1994-02-02). "Ewing, Starks on All-Stars". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2009-11-09. "...Starks and Ewing were joined by Atlanta's Mookie Blaylock and Dominique Wilkins..." 
  12. ^ Sandoval, Greg (2005-02-03). "Mystics Guard Announces Retirement". The Washington Post. p. D09. Archived from the original on 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2009-11-09. "...Dales-Schuman made the WNBA all-star team in 2002..." 
  13. ^ "WNBA draft: LA Sparks take OSU's Riley No. 8; OU's Thompson headed to Tulsa". Tulsa World. 2010-04-08. Archived from the original on 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  14. ^ Feinberg, Doug (July 27, 2013). "Parker scores record 23 to lead West over East". WNBA. Associated Press. Retrieved November 8, 2013.  See also the game box score, which lists Robinson as having played for the West team.
  15. ^ "Sisters Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike Headline Reserves For Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014" (Press release). WNBA. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014.