2006 NBA Draft Results
With last year's age limit placed by the NBA, the NBA draft featured a plethora or senior college players from the previous NCAA Division I basketball season. Charlotte selected Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, the 2005-2006 NCAA D-I leading scorer, with the third pick. Duke All-American Shelden WIlliams was selected by Atlanta with the fifth pick, while 2006 Wooden Award winner and National Player of the Year J.J. Redick was selected with the eleventh pick by the Orlando Magic.
Also featured was the aggressive trading action of the Portland Timberwolves. Portland acquired Texas forward LaMarcus Aldridge with the second pick, gave away LSU sophomore Tyrus Thomas to Chicago with the fourth pick, acquired Villanova center Randy Foye with the seventh pick--due to a trade involving the movement of Sebastian Telfair to Boston. Portland acquired Spanish player Sergio Rodriguez with the twenty-seventh pick, pick Englishman Joel Freeland with the thirtieth pick, gave away Cincinnati veteran James White to Indiana with the thirty-first pick, and gave up Florida State's Alexander Johnson after acquiring the forty-fifth pick from Indiana.
Foreign players drafted include Mouhamed Sear Sene (Senegal) to Seattle at 10, Thabo Sefolosha (Switzerland) to Chicago at 13, Oleksiy Pecherov (Ukraine) to Washington at 18, Costa Perovic (Serbia) to Golden State at 38, Marcus Vinicius de Souza (Brazil) to New Orleans at 43, Vladimir Veremeenko (Belarus) to Washington at 48, Cheick Samb (Senegal) to the Los Angeles Lakers at 51, Ejike Ugboaja (Nigeria) to Cleveland at 55, Edin Bavcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to Toronto at 56, Loukas Mavrokefalidis (Greece) to Minnesota at 57, and Damir Markota (Croatia) to San Antonio at 58. The first two Israeli draft picks, Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin, were selected at 44 by Houston and at 53 by Seattle, respectively. In addition, Connecticut's Denham Brown (Canada) and Miami's Guillermo Diaz (Puerto Rico) were selected.
Washington's Brandon Roy was selected by Boston at 6, and Villanova's Randy Foye, Connecticut's Rudy Gay, and Bradley's Patrick O'Bryant fill out the top ten. Also selected: Connecticut's Hilton Armstrong, Arkansas's Ronnie Brewer, North Carolina State's Cedric Simmons, Memphis's Rodney Carney and Shawne Williams, Rutgers's Quincy Douby, South Carolina's Renaldo Balkman, Kentucky's Rajon Rondo, Connecticut's Marcus Williams and Josh Boone, Villanova's Kyle Lowry, Michigan State's Shannon Brown, UCLA's Jordan Farmar, Michigan State's Maurice Ager, Temple's Mardy Collins, Marquette's Steve Novak, South Florida's Solomon Jones, Michigan State's Paul Davis, Texas's P.J. Tucker, Boston College's Craig Smith, Washington's Bobby Jones, North Carolina's David Noel, Illinois's James Augustine, Texas's Daniel Gibson, Illinois's Dee Brown, Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap, California's Leon Powe, UCLA's Ryan Hollins, Arizona's Hassan Adams, George Washington's Danillo Pinnock, and Iowa State's Will Blalock.