Sixers make a pair of draft deals
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers made a pair of deals on
draft night, one with the Miami Heat and another with the Portland Trail
Colorado State forward/center Jason Smith was taken 20th by Miami, while
Philadelphia took Ohio State guard Daequan Cook at No. 21. However, the two
teams exchanged the picks before the first round was over. The Sixers also
sent the Heat a 2009 second-round pick and cash.
Smith earned first team All-Mountain West Conference honors his sophomore and
junior seasons and averaged 16.8 points last season.
Cook, one of three Ohio State players selected in the draft, was fourth on the
Buckeyes in scoring (9.8 ppg) and third in rebounds (4.3 rpg) last season.
The Sixers later chose Finnish guard Petteri Koponen with the 30th and final
pick of the first round. Koponen was then dealt to Portland for the rights to
No. 42 pick Vanderbilt guard/forward Derrick Byars and cash considerations.
Koponen most recently for Espoon Honka in Finland, averaging better than 12
ppg while shooting 54.2 percent from the field and close to 40 percent behind
the three-point line.
Byars was named the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches as a senior
in 2006-07. He averaged 17 points per game, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists last