Thursday, June 25, 2009

An N.C.-flavored first round

The NBA draft's first round had a number of connections to North Carolina, starting with Stephen Curry being selected No.7 overall by Golden State and ending with Wayne Ellington going No.28 to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A quick rundown:

No.7 -- Curry goes to Golden State. His dad Dell Curry said he talked to Golden State coach Don Nelson Wednesday (for the first time ever, Dell said) and that Nelson said they weren't going to let Steph get past No.7. Curry did not work out for the Warriors, but that didn't stop them from taking him.

No.12 -- The Charlotte Bobcats select Duke shooting guard Gerald Henderson . Henderson says he has known Larry Brown since middle school and is looking forward to playing for him.

No.13 -- North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough goes one pick after the guy who once bloodied his nose in an infamous Duke-UNC game. Hansbrough ends up in Indianapolis and becomes a lottery (top-14) pick.

No.16 -- Wake Forest's James Johnson goes to the Chicago Bulls.

No.18 -- UNC's Ty Lawson goes to Minnesota briefly, but then is traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he'll be passing the ball to Carmelo Anthony.

No.19 -- Wake Forest's Jeff Teague goes to the Atlanta Hawks.

No.28 -- UNC's Wayne Ellington goes to Minnesota, getting in at the end of the first round (which is important, due to the guaranteed money involved).


Anonymous said...

Eric Maynor went to high school in Fayetteville

Scott Fowler said...

Very true. Maynor (from Va. Commonwealth) was picked No.20 overall by the Utah Jazz.