Team of Huskies
Last season, there were 11 NBA players who played their college ball at the University of Connecticut. Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond will almost certainly boost that number to 13 after Thursday’s draft. A look at the Huskies’ notable first-rounders:
Emeka Okafor, No. 2 overall by Charlotte in 2004 - Spent five seasons with the expansion Bobcats after being named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player during UConn’s 2004 championship run. On June 20, he was traded from New Orleans to Washington.
Ben Gordon, No. 3 overall by Chicago in 2004 - Won the Sixth Man Award in his rookie season after being part of UConn’s 2004 title team with Okafor. He was with Detroit and Tuesday was traded to the Bobcats.
Ray Allen, No. 5 overall by Minnesota in 1996 - Bostonians are no strangers to Allen’s NBA success, which includes 10 All-Star Games, the NBA record for career 3-pointers, and a 2008 championship with the Celtics.
Richard Hamilton, No. 7 overall by Washington in 1999 - An integral part of the Pistons’ 2004 championship run, the three-time All-Star also won an NCAA title with the Huskies in 1999.
Rudy Gay, No. 8 overall by Houston in 2006 - The Grizzlies traded for him on draft day, and he has spent six seasons in Memphis, with a career scoring average of 17.9 points.
Kemba Walker, No. 9 by Charlotte in 2011 - The pipeline to Charlotte continued with Walker, the hero of the Huskies’ stunning title run in 2011. He averaged 12.1 points per game in his rookie season.
Caron Butler, No. 10 overall by Miami in 2002 - Now with the Clippers, his fifth team, Butler won a title with Dallas in 2011 and was a two-time All-Star with the Wizards.