List of first overall NBA Development League draft picks

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Chris Andersen, a Caucasian male with spiked brown hair, is smiling.
Chris Andersen was the first ever NBADL Draft selection as the number one pick in 2001.[1]

The NBA Development League's first overall pick is the player who is selected first among all eligible draftees by a team during the annual National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) Draft. For players to become eligible for the draft they must sign a general contract with the league.[2] They must also be at least 18 years old, not attending college during the season which the draft precedes, and have either graduated high school or, if the player did not finish high school, had what would have been his graduating class graduate.[3]

No first overall picks have ever won the NBADL Most Valuable Player Award, nor have any been named the NBADL Rookie of the Year.[4][5] Five players have been named to at least one NBA Development League All-Star Game: Andre Barrett,[6] Eddie Gill,[6] Chris Richard,[7] Carlos Powell (twice)[6][8] and Nick Fazekas.[6] The first All-Star Game did not occur until the 2006–07 season, however, and so the possibility for players such as Mikki Moore to earn an All-Star selection was not possible.[9] Moore was named the NBDL Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-NBDL First Team as a rookie in 2002–03.[10] Fazekas, the first overall selection in 2010, and Powell, the first overall selection in 2009, each had previous NBA Development League experience prior to those respective drafts. In 2007–08, Fazekas had played for the Tulsa 66ers while Powell had played for the Dakota Wizards, and both were selected as NBA Development League All-Stars that season,[6] making them back-to-back number one draft picks who had previously been NBADL All-Stars.[6][11]

Note that from the 2001 through 2004 drafts, it was known as the NBDL Draft. Since 2005, it has been known as the NBA Development League Draft in accordance with the league's slight name change.[12]

Key[edit]

^ Denotes player who has been selected to (an) NBA Development League All-Star Game(s)
* Denotes player who has been selected to (an) NBA Development League All-Star Game(s)
and was also selected in an NBA Draft
Denotes player who was also selected in an NBA Draft
Player
(in italic text)
Rookie of the Year
PPG Points per game[a]
RPG Rebounds per game[a]
APG Assists per game[a]

List of first overall picks[edit]

Draft Selected by Player Nationality College/former club[b] PPG[a] RPG[a] APG[a] Ref.
2001 Fayetteville Patriots Andersen, ChrisChris Andersen  United States Blinn CC (Brenham, TX) 4.7 3.7 0.3 [1][13]
2002 Roanoke Dazzle Moore, MikkiMikki Moore  United States Detroit Pistons 16.0 8.4 2.5 [10][14]
2003 Huntsville Flight Johnson, KenKen Johnson  United States Miami Heat 8.5 4.9 0.9 [15][16]
2004 Columbus Riverdragons Minard, RickyRicky Minard  United States Morehead State (Morehead, KY) 16.6 4.3 3.1 [17][18]
2005 Florida Flame Barrett, AndreAndre Barrett^  United States Orlando Magic 17.0 3.5 6.6 [19][20]
2006 Anaheim Arsenal Edwards, CorsleyCorsley Edwards  United States CB Granada (Spain) 14.2 7.5 0.4 [21][22]
2007 Colorado 14ers Gill, EddieEddie Gill^  United States BC Dynamo Moscow (Russia) 18.0 5.1 8.5 [23][24]
2008 Tulsa 66ers Richard, ChrisChris Richard*  United States Minnesota Timberwolves /
Sioux Falls Skyforce (Sioux Falls, SD)
12.0 8.2 1.7 [25][26]
2009 Albuquerque Thunderbirds Powell, CarlosCarlos Powell^  United States Inchon ET Land Black Slamer (South Korea) 22.1 5.0 5.0 [27][28]
2010 Reno Bighorns Fazekas, NickNick Fazekas*  United States JDA Dijon (France) 14.6 7.5 0.8 [29]
2011 Los Angeles D-Fenders Tinsley, JamaalJamaal Tinsley  United States Memphis Grizzlies 9.9 3.1 7.6 [30]
2012 Fort Wayne Mad Ants Johnson, JaJuanJaJuan Johnson  United States Boston Celtics 11.6 11.2 0.8 [31]
2013 Tulsa 66ers Jerrett, GrantGrant Jerrett  United States Arizona (Tucson, AZ) TBD TBD TBD [32]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a All statistics are taken from the players' respective draft seasons.
  • b Indicates the college team, semi-professional and/or professional basketball team that the player most recently competed for heading into his respective draft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Basketball Development League Announces Inaugural Draft Results". NBA.com. NBDL Enterprises, LLC. November 1, 2001. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Schmidt, Mike (October 17, 2006). "NBDL Season Preview". DraftExpress LLC. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "D-League lowers the age requirement to 18". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. April 13, 2006. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "D-League Most Valuable Player Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "D-League Rookie of the Year Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "2008 D-League All-Star Game Team Rosters Announced". NBA.com. NBA Development League, LLC. February 5, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "2009 NBA D-League All-Star Game Participants Unveiled". NBA.com. NBA Development League, LLC. February 3, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2010 NBA D-League All-Star Rosters Unveiled". NBA.com. NBA Development League, LLC. February 2, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ Brennan, Matthew (February 17, 2007). "D-League All-Star Game Preview". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Mikki Moore D-League Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nick Fazekas Playerfile". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ "NBDL Adopts New Name, Logo, and Ball". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 19, 2005. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Chris Andersen D-League Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ "2002–03 NBDL Draft Board". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 2002. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Ken Johnson D-League Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  16. ^ "2003 NBDL Draft Board". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 2003. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Ricky Minard Stats, Comparisons and Outlook". DraftExpress LLC. 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "2004 NBDL Draft Board". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 2004. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Andre Barrett". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  20. ^ "2005 NBA D-League Draft Board". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 2, 2005. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Corsley Edwards D-League Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  22. ^ "2006 D-League Draft". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 2, 2006. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Eddie Gill D-League Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  24. ^ "2007 D-League Draft". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 1, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Chris Richards D-League Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  26. ^ "2008 NBA D-League Draft Results". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 7, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Carlos Powell D-League Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  28. ^ "2009 NBA D-League Draft Results". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 5, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  29. ^ "2010 NBA D-League Draft Results". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 1, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  30. ^ "2011 NBA D-League Draft Results". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 3, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Fort Wayne Mad Ants Select JaJuan Johnson With First Pick of 2012 NBA Development League Draft Live Via Cisco Webex". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 2, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Tulsa 66ers Select Grant Jerrett with First Pick of 2013 NBA Development League Draft via CISCO WebEx Meeting Center". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 1, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 

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