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NBA Draft 2006 Presented by Sprite

NBA Draft 2006 Presented by Sprite
Jun 23, 2006, 03:06 pm
David Cooper, NBA Press Release

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TV Coverage
• The 59th annual NBA Draft Presented by Sprite officially tips off on Wednesday, June 28 on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 7 p.m. ET from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Toronto Raptors will be on the clock with the first selection at 7:30 p.m.

• ESPN Draft Preview (Tuesday, 10 p.m. ET) will feature Dan Patrick, Jay Bilas, Greg Anthony, Stephen A. Smith, Stuart Scott, Mark Jones, Fran Fraschilla, Ric Bucher, and Andy Katz.

• In Canada, the first round will be aired on The Score while Raptors/NBATV will provide full coverage of the draft.

Structure
• Divided into two rounds (30 selections in each round). Every player selected in the first round earns a guaranteed two-year contract, with the team holding options for a third and fourth year. Players selected in the second round are not necessarily guaranteed contracts, but teams retain their rights.

• Teams have five minutes to make a selection in the first round; two minutes in the second round.

• The first picks in the draft belong to the 14 teams that did not qualify for the playoffs in the preceding season. The 14 teams participated in a Draft Lottery that determined the spot each team will have in the draft.

• Toronto owns the top pick for the first time in franchise history, despite having a mere 8.8 percent chance of landing the top pick in this year’s draft. The Raptors actually won the lottery in 1996, but because of its expansion agreement with the league, had to settle for the second overall pick. (The team chose Marcus Camby, who played two seasons for the Raptors before being traded to New York. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Allen Iverson with the top pick).

• This year’s first round (top 14 lottery picks): (1) Toronto; (2) Chicago (from NY); (3) Charlotte; (4) Portland; (5) Atlanta; (6) Minnesota; (7) Boston; (8) Houston; (9) Golden State; (10) Seattle; (11) Orlando; (12) N.O./Oklahoma City; (13) Philadelphia; (14) Utah; (15) N.O./Oklahoma City (from Milwaukee); (16) Chicago; (17) Indiana; (18) Washington; (19) Sacramento; (20) New York (from Denver); (21) Phoenix (from Lakers); (22) New Jersey (from Clippers); (23) New Jersey; (24) Memphis; (25) Cleveland; (26) L.A. Lakers (from Miami); (27) Phoenix; (28) Dallas; (29) New York (from San Antonio); (30) Portland (from Detroit).

Players Selected
• As a result of the new collective bargaining agreement, a domestic player must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year in which the Draft is held, and at least one NBA season has elapsed since the player’s graduation from high school, for him to be draft eligible. All U.S. players are automatically eligible upon the end of their college eligibility. International players must be at least 19 during the calendar year of the Draft.

• There are currently 37 collegiate and 10 international prospects that are early entry candidates for the 2006 draft. Forty-seven of the 94 players who applied for early entry withdrew their names.

Location
• Since 1992, the NBA Draft has been held in 10 different cities including New York, Portland, Ore., Detroit, Indianapolis, Toronto, East Rutherford, N.J., Charlotte, N.C., Vancouver, Washington D.C., and Minneapolis. For the past five years, the Draft has been held at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

2006 Highlights
• Depth – NBA GM’s describe this draft as deep in talent. Several Honorable Mention All-Americans are expected to be available throughout the second round, and it should be noted that 14 players that weren’t drafted in 2005 spent time in the NBA this past season.

• Unpredictability - The consensus opinion is that as many as five players (LaMarcus Aldridge, Tyrus Thomas, Rudy Gay, Adam Morrison and Andrea Bargnani) could be chosen with the top overall pick.

• Experience – Of the 30 players selected in the first round in 2005, eighteen had at least three years of experience on the collegiate level. Twenty-two went to college for at least two years. The draft is skewing older, which bodes well for the league.

• Name Recognition – Many of this year’s top prospects are coming off sensational college seasons and noteworthy performances on the grand stage of the NCAA Tournament. Tyrus Thomas (LSU), LaMarcus Aldridge (Texas), Adam Morrison (Gonzaga), Rudy Gay (Connecticut), Rodney Carney (Memphis), Brandon Roy (Washington), Randy Foye (Villanova), J.J. Redick (Duke), Shelden Williams (Duke) and Marcus Williams (Connecticut) all made their mark on the collegiate level this past season, contributed to winning college programs and come into the NBA with positive name recognition.

• Drafting With D-League In Mind – Of the 60 players that were drafted in 2005, fifteen spent time in D-League this season, the first in which NBA teams were allowed to send players down. They ranged from the sixth overall pick (Martell Webster) to the 60th pick (Alex Acker). This number figures to increase this season.

• Year of the Quick Turnaround – It’s been well documented how the Chicago Bulls, who made the playoffs in 2006, own the Knicks’ No. 2 pick. Throughout the lottery, there are teams like Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston, Golden State, Boston, Minnesota and New Orleans that either didn’t miss the playoffs by very much, or were perennial playoff teams that had off years due to injuries and the like.

• International intrigue - In the past four drafts, 76 international prospects were selected overall including 28 in the first round (23 percent). Six of the 24 players who played in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game were born outside the U.S. This year, a number of prospects are being billed as potential first rounders, including Andrea Bargnani of Italy.

History
• Building through the Draft. The NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs won the Lottery in 1997 and used their No. 1 pick to tab Wake Forest's Tim Duncan as the organization's cornerstone. Two years later they used one of the last selections of the 1999 Draft to make Argentina's Manu Ginobili the 57th overall pick. In 2001, they used the 28th pick on France's Tony Parker. And last June, San Antonio again had the 28th pick and chose Slovenia's Beno Udrih.

• Chicago, Portland, N.O./Oklahoma City, New York, New Jersey and Phoenix each have two first round picks in this year's draft. Last year, Charlotte selected Raymond Felton (5th overall) and Sean May (13th); Denver selected Julius Hodge (20th) and Jarrett Jack (22nd); New York selected Channing Frye (8th) and David Lee (30th); Toronto selected Charlie Villanueva (7th) and Joey Graham (16th); and Utah selected Deron Williams (3rd). Portland made a draft day trade and added Martell Webster (6th) and Linas Kleiza (27th).

• Second-round picks have become a hot commodity in recent years, as clever NBA general managers have obtained very good players without the three-year contract commitment for first-rounders. Among the quality players chosen in the second round in recent years are: Gilbert Arenas (31st overall, 2001), Carlos Boozer (35th, 2002), Manu Ginobili (57th, 1999), Kyle Korver (51st, 2003); Mehmet Okur (38th, 2001); Michael Redd (43rd, 2000); Anderson Varejao (30th, 2004); and Chris Duhon (38th, 2004).

• In the last four NBA drafts, 76 international players were selected among the 240 spots available, including 28 in the first-round. Six of the 24 players who played in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game were born outside the U.S.

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NBA TV
• Special preview show (Tuesday, June 27) featuring analysis of top prospects, vintage draft moments, sleeper picks of all-time; plus, following the event, fans can recap their favorite teams’ selections along with getting player reaction and report-card analysis from a panel of NBA TV insiders.

NBA CARES

• The 2006 NBA Draft prospects will be at Baruch College in New York City on Tuesday, June 27 to host children from local Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA programs. The players will lead a clinic for more than 75 youngsters that will stress health and fitness, following a discussion on “Pledge to be a S.T.A.R.” with the players and the young athletes, the Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA's sportsmanship initiative for players, coaches and teams, that encourages Sportsmanship, Teamwork, positive Attitude and Respect.

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