Bucks take Bogut with No. 1 pick
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks selected Australian center
Andrew Bogut with the top overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
The 7-0 sophomore from Utah averaged 20.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.3
assists per game last season as he garnered both the James Naismith and John
Wooden awards as Player of the Year.
“It’s surreal to me still,” said Bogut. “I think I will wake up tomorrow and
have a better realization of what is going on. It’s a dream come true.”
Bogut, who was named a First Team All-American and voted the Mountain West
Conference Player of the Year, led the nation in double-doubles (26) in
2004-05. He also ranked 15th nationally in scoring, second in rebounding and
fourth in field goal percentage (.620).
The 20-year-old Bogut became the first collegiate player to be selected with
the No. 1 pick since 2000, when Kenyon Martin was chosen by the Nets.
Bogut also became the highest drafted player out of Utah, as he was taken one
pick higher than Keith Van Horn, who was selected second by the Sixers in the
“Adding the quality and the competitor in Andrew Bogut, we really feel we’re
solid in the center position,” Bucks general manager Larry Harris said.
This marked the first time that the same school produced the No. 1 overall
pick in both the NFL and NBA Drafts in the same year, as the San Francisco
49ers selected Utah quarterback Alex Smith with the top choice.
Bogut could provide Milwaukee with an immediate impact, but it is still
uncertain as to what direction the team will take after the Bucks fired Terry
Porter last week and are currently without a head coach.
Milwaukee, which had the No. 1 pick for the fourth time in team history, last
had the top selection in 1994 when it selected Glenn Robinson.
North Carolina forward Marvin Williams was then taken by the Atlanta Hawks
with the second pick, Illinois guard Deron Williams went third to Utah, Wake
Forest’s Chris Paul was chosen fourth by New Orleans and Raymond Felton
of the Tar Heels rounded out the top five by being selected by Charlotte.
Marvin Williams, who left after his freshman season, helped lead the Tar Heels
to the national championship in 2004-05. The 6-9 Williams, who came off the
bench and was the team’s sixth man, averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 boards in 22
minutes per contest.
The 19-year-old Williams, who scored a key bucket against the Illini in
the national championship game that put North Carolina ahead for good, was
named ACC Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the ACC All-
Williams became the first Tar Heel taken in the top three since Brad Daugherty
was selected with the top pick in the 1986 draft.
The Jazz acquired the third pick, as they made a draft-day trade with the
Portland Trail Blazers earlier in the day. The Jazz dealt their two first-
round selections (sixth and 27th overall) and a 2006 conditional first-round
pick to Portland to move up three spots so the team could nab a highly-rated
With the pick, Utah drafted Deron Williams. The 6-3 Williams earned
consensus Second Team All-American honors, was named the Most Outstanding
Player of the NCAA Tournament’s Chicago Regional and earned a spot on the
NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team last year.
A First Team All-Big Ten selection, Williams ended his collegiate career
second in school history with 594 assists and also became the first player in
conference history to lead the league in assists in each of his first
three seasons. Williams helped the Illini to a 37-2 season that resulted
in a runner-up finish as he posted 12.5 points and 6.8 assists last year.
Williams is the highest player from Illinois ever taken in the NBA Draft.
New Orleans then grabbed Paul with the fourth pick. The 6-0 Paul left after
his sophomore season and was named as a consensus First Team All-American in
2004-05. Paul averaged 15.3 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds last season
for the Demon Deacons.
Paul led the ACC in both assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and steals (2.4) and
ranked second in the conference and 13th nationally in assists per game. In
addition, his career free throw percentage (.838) is fifth in Wake Forest
history and Paul is second in school history with a .469 percentage from
Charlotte, which was in need of a point guard, then took a local product as it
grabbed Felton at No. 5 five. Felton was the starting point guard on North
Carolina’s championship team as he averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 assists and 4.3
boards last season. He became the first Tar Heel to ever record 1,000
points, 600 assists, 300 rebounds, 150 steals and 100 three-point field goals
in his college career.
The 6-1 Felton, who was selected to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team,
was also honored with the Bob Cousy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame,
which goes to the top point guard in the country.
Portland, which dropped down to sixth after trading with the Jazz, selected
high school star Martell Webster. A 6-7 swingman, Webster averaged 27.7
points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season for Seattle Prep while being
named as a 2005 High School All-American.
Due to the new collective bargaining agreement, though, this could be the last
year that a player is drafted directly out of high school.
Under the new six-year deal, the minimum draft entry age will now be increased
from 18 to 19 years or the individual must be at least one year removed from
high school. Also, any player who is not 19 by draft night is now ineligible
to declare for the NBA.
At No. 7, Toronto drafted forward Charlie Villanueva. The 6-10 star from
Connecticut averaged 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds last season, just his second
in college. Villanueva, who contemplated entering the NBA Draft straight out
of high school, was a part of the Huskies’ 2003-04 national championship team.
New York was next at eight and selected the player they most coveted as the
Knicks drafted Arizona forward Channing Frye, much to the delight of the
Madison Square Garden faithful.
Frye, a First Team All-Pac-10 selection in both his junior and senior seasons,
averaged 15.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last season for the
Wildcats. The 6-11 Frye finished his collegiate career second in school
history with 258 blocked shots, third in rebounds with 975 and seventh in
field goal percentage at .562.
Ike Diogu was taken ninth by Golden State. The 6-8 junior out of Arizona State
was a Second Team All-America selection last year and became the first Sun
Devil to ever earn the honor. Diogu posted averages of 22.6 points, which
was fifth in the country, and 9.8 rebounds last season. He also scored in
double figures in all 91 collegiate games played.
The Warriors have the longest playoff drought in the NBA, a span of 11 years.
The Los Angeles Lakers rounded out the top 10 and selected high school center
Andrew Bynum. At only 17-years-old, Bynum is the youngest player ever taken in
the NBA Draft. The 285-pounder from St. Joseph’s High School (Metuchen, NJ)
was an All-American during his senior season as he averaged 22.0 points,
16.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks.
Bynum joins a team that recently hired Phil Jackson as its new head coach.
Jackson returned to the club that he guided to NBA championships in 2000, 2001
and 2002 before parting ways with the team following the 2003-04 season.
Jackson will have the unenviable task, though, of trying to get the Lakers
back on top after the team failed to make the playoffs last season.
“Wow, man, I get to play with Kobe Bryant and get coached by Phil Jackson,”
Orlando drafted forward Fran Vazquez out of Spain at No. 11; Russian forward
Yaroslav Korolev was taken 12th by the LA Clippers; North Carolina power
forward Sean May joined his college teammate Felton as he was selected 13th by
Charlotte; Tar Heel guard Rashad McCants went 14 to Minnesota and Texas A&M
guard Antoine Wright was chosen by New Jersey to complete the top 15.
The 6-10 Vazquez posted 11.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks last year
with Unicaja Malaga while Korolev spent most of the 2004-05 season with the
CSKA junior team in the Russian League and averaged 15.9 points and 5.8
rebounds per game.
May was a key contributor to North Carolina’s championship team as the 6-9,
266-pounder was voted MVP of the NCAA Final Four after scoring 26 points on
10-of-11 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds vs. Illinois in the title game. The
son of former collegiate great Scott May, Sean came out after his junior
season and averaged 17.2 points and 12.3 rebounds last year.
McCants, who also left Tobacco Road after his junior campaign, was a member of
the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. He averaged 16 points per game for
North Carolina last season and is tied for second in school history with 221
career three-point field goals made.
The 6-4 McCants became the fourth player from North Carolina drafted in the
first round, which ties the 1999 Duke Blue Devils for the most first-round
picks in draft history.
Wright was named First Team All-Big 12 as a junior, the first such honor for a
Texas A&M player in school history. The 6-7 swingman ranked fourth in the Big
12 in scoring (17.8 ppg) and led the league in three-point field goal
percentage (.447) last year.
At No. 16, Toronto selected Oklahoma State forward Joey Graham and Indiana
followed with the draft choice of New Mexico forward Danny Granger, who had
been rumored to be a high lottery pick.
Granger is the highest player drafted from New Mexico since Luc Longley was
taken seventh in the 1991 NBA Draft.
Gerald Green became the third and final high schooler drafted in the first
round when Boston chose him with the 18th pick; Syracuse forward Hakim Warrick
went 19 to Memphis and Denver rounded out the top 20 by picking North Carolina
State swingman Julius Hodge.
“It was just tough not knowing where I’m going,” said Warrick. “Getting passed
by all those teams, it was the longest two hours of my life.”
Phoenix selected Washington point guard Nate Robinson at No. 21; Denver used
the 22nd pick, their second first-round choice, on Georgia Tech guard Jarrett
Jack; Louisville guard Francisco Garcia went 23 to Sacramento; Illinois guard
Luther Head was taken 24th by Houston and French center Johan Petro rounded
out the top 25 when he was selected by Seattle.
If the proposed trade between Phoenix and the Knicks goes through, Robinson
would complete the deal and would be shipped with Kurt Thomas in exchange for
The 2003-04 world champion Detroit Pistons drafted Cincinnati forward Jason
Maxiell at No. 26. Detroit recently lost the NBA Finals to San Antonio, as the
Pistons fell 81-74 in the seventh and deciding game.
The Trail Blazers, who received the 27th pick from their trade with Utah, went
with Missouri power forward Linas Kleiza and the world champion Spurs followed
with 6-10 forward Ian Mahinmi from France.
San Antonio, which has won two of the last three NBA titles, has a knack for
taking foreign players late in drafts as it has previously taken Tony Parker
(France), Manu Ginobili (Argentina) and Beno Udrih (Slovenia), all of whom are
on the current roster.
The Miami Heat, who compiled the best record in the Eastern Conference,
drafted Kansas forward Wayne Simien at No. 29, while New York completed the
first round with the selection of Florida forward David Lee.
There were only nine seniors drafted in the first round, while 14
underclassmen and four international players were among the first 30 picks.