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NBA Draft: Schools with the Most No. 1 Picks

Andrew Wiggins And Danny Manning: No. 1 Picks Out Of Kansas

Andrew Wiggins And Danny Manning: No. 1 Picks Out Of Kansas

Andrew Wiggins is the second No. 1 pick out of Kansas, following Danny Manning back in 1988.

The Jayhawks join 16 other schools that have had two No. 1 picks. Another 26 schools have had one.

But it’s Duke that has offered the NBA the most No. 1 picks, surprisingly only three, though: Kyrie Irving, Elton Brand and Art Heyman.

There are five more first picks (in the second list below) that were drafted either out of high school or from an international team, in a flurry of this early-draft activity in the early 2000’s. In fact, these five No. 1 picks were drafted within a six-year span (2001-2006).

There’s a reason this has stopped. The latest CBA eligibility rules covering the draft were changed beginning with the 2007 draft. Draftees must be at least 19 now and a year past high school graduation.

By the way, many players – not just those five picks – were drafted out of high school or from international teams all over the board and over the years. So, the changes have really impacted the process and the face (a slightly more mature one) of the draft.

NO. 1 DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOL

SCHOOL # NO. 1 PICKS PLAYERS YEAR NBA TEAM
1. Duke 3 Kyrie Irving 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers
      Elton Brand 1999 Chicago Bulls
      Art Heyman 1963 New York Knicks
           
2. Cincinnati 2 Kenyon Martin 2000 New Jersey Nets
      Oscar Robertson 1960 Cincinnati Royals
           
2. Duquesne 2 Si Green 1956 Rochester Royals
      Dick Ricketts 1955 St. Louis Hawks
           
2. Georgetown 2 Allen Iverson 1996 Philadelphia 76ers
      Patrick Ewing 1985 New York Knicks
           
2. Houston 2 Hakeem Olajuwon 1984 Houston Rockets
      Elvin Hayes 1968 San Diego Rockets
           
2. Indiana 2 Kent Benson 1977 Milwaukee Bucks
      Walt Bellamy 1961 Chicago Packers
           
2. Kansas 2 Andrew Wiggins 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers
      Danny Manning 1988 Los Angeles Clippers
           
2. Kansas State 2 Bob Boozer 1959 Cincinnati Royals
      Howie Shannon 1949 Providence Steam Rollers
           
2. Kentucky 2 Anthony Davis 2012 New Orleans Hornets
      John Wall 2010 Washington Wizards
           
2. Maryland 2 Joe Smith 1995 Golden State Warriors
      John Lucas 1976 Houston Rockets
           
2. Michigan 2 Chris Webber 1993 Orlando Magic
      Cazzie Russell 1966 New York Knicks
           
2. North Carolina 2 Brad Daugherty 1986 Cleveland Cavaliers
      James Worthy 1982 Los Angeles Lakers
           
2. Purdue 2 Glenn Robinson 1994 Milwaukee Bucks
      Joe Barry Carroll 1980 Golden State Warriors
           
2. UCLA 2 Bill Walton 1974 Portland Trail Blazers
      Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1969 Milwaukee Bucks
           
2. UNLV 2 Anthony Bennett 2013 Cleveland Cavaliers
      Larry Johnson 1991 Charlotte Hornets
           
2. Utah 2 Andrew Bogut 2005 Milwaukee Bucks
      Bill McGill 1962 Chicago Zephyrs
           
2. UTEP 2 Jim Barnes 1964 New York Knicks
      Clifton McNeeley 1947 Pittsburgh Ironmen
           
2. West Virginia 2 Hot Rod Hundley 1957 Cincinnati Royals
      Mark Workman 1952 Milwaukee Hawks
           
19. Bowling Green 1 Chuck Share 1950 Boston Celtics
19. Bradley 1 Gene Melchiorre 1951 Baltimore Bullets
19. Davidson 1 Fred Hetzel 1965 San Francisco Warriors
19. DePaul 1 Mark Aguirre 1981 Dallas Mavericks
19. Furman 1 Frank Selvy 1954 Baltimore Bullets
19. Illinois State 1 Doug Collins 1973 Philadelphia 76ers
19. LIU 1 Ray Felix 1953 Baltimore Bullets
19. Louisiana State 1 Shaquille O’Neal 1992 Orlando Magic
19. Louisville 1 Pervis Ellison 1989 Sacramento Kings
19. Loyola of Chicago 1 LaRue Martin 1972 Portland Trail Blazers
19. Marshall 1 Andy Tonkovich 1948 Providence Steam Rollers
19. Memphis 1 Derrick Rose 2008 Chicago Bulls
19. Michigan State 1 Magic Johnson 1979 Los Angeles Lakers
19. Minnesota 1 Mychal Thompson 1978 Portland Trail Blazers
19. Navy 1 David Robinson 1987 San Antonio Spurs
19. North Carolina State 1 David Thompson 1975 Atlanta Hawks
19. Notre Dame 1 Austin Carr 1971 Cleveland Cavaliers
19. Oklahoma 1 Blake Griffin 2009 Los Angeles Clippers
19. Ohio State 1 Greg Oden 2007 Portland Trail Blazers
19. Providence 1 Jimmy Walker 1967 Detroit Pistons
19. Seattle 1 Elgin Baylor 1958 Minneapolis Lakers
19. St. Bonaventure 1 Bob Lanier 1970 Detroit Pistons
19. Syracuse 1 Derrick Coleman 1990 New Jersey Nets
19. University of the Pacific 1 Michael Olowokandi 1998 Los Angeles Clippers
19. Virginia 1 Ralph Sampson 1983 Houston Rockets
19. Wake Forest 1 Tim Duncan 1997 San Antonio Spurs

NO. 1 PICKS FROM HIGH SCHOOLS OR INTERNATIONAL TEAMS

HIGH SCHOOL OR TEAM PLAYERS YEAR NBA TEAM
1. Benetton Treviso (Italy) Andrea Bargnani 2006 Toronto Raptors
2. Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (Georgia) Dwight Howard 2004 Orlando Magic
3. Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School (Ohio) LeBron James 2003 Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Shanghai Sharks (China) Yao Ming 2002 Houston Rockets
5. Glynn Academy High School (Georgia) Kwame Brown 2001 Washington Wizards

Photos: blacksportsonline.com / ftw.usatoday.com

San Antonio Spurs and NBA Teams that Lost the Finals and Came Back to Win It the Following Season

How Sweet It Is. The 2014 Champion San Antonio Spurs.

How Sweet It Is. The 2014 Champion San Antonio Spurs.

Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs became the 12th team in NBA history to lose the NBA Finals, then come back and win it the next season.

How sweet it was, too. San Antonio exacted (a dominant) revenge on the team – the back-to-back champion Miami Heat – that beat them the year before. San Antonio is the seventh team to capitalize on such an opportunity.

Can you imagine playing a ruthlessly grinding 82-game schedule only to lose the Finals in seven games, sweating out the summer waiting, busting through another long season and (Western Conference) postseason, hoping for another shot at the title, being lucky enough for a rematch and then beating the team that beat you. Awesome.

Here they are: those NBA teams that never lost sight and faith despite the most crushing of defeats the season before.

SEASON CHAMPION RUNNER UP SERIES REMATCHES
1. LOST 2012-13 Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs 4-3
WON 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat 4-1 (1)
2. LOST 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks Miami Heat 4-2
WON 2011-12 Miami Heat Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1
3. LOST 2007-08 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-2
WON 2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic 4-1
4. LOST 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons 4-3
WON 1988-89 Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 (2)
5. LOST 1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2
WON 1985-86 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 4-2
6. LOST 1983-84 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3
WON 1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2 (3)
7. LOST 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-2
WON 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 (4)
8. LOST 1977-78 Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics 4-3
WON 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics Washington Bullets 4-1 (5)
9. LOST 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks 4-1
WON 1972-73 New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 (6)
10. LOST 1957-58 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics 4-2
WON 1958-59 Boston Celtics Minneapolis Lakers 4-0
11. LOST 1956-57 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 4-3
WON 1957-58 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics 4-2 (7)
12. LOST 1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals 4-3
WON 1954-55 Syracuse Nationals Fort Wayne Pistons 4-3

Photo: Tony Gutierrez / AP via beaumontenterprise.com

Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and the 10 Youngest NBA Finals MVPs

Magic Johnson Won His First NBA Title And First NBA Finals MVP His Rookie Season

Magic Johnson Won His First NBA Title And First NBA Finals MVP His Rookie Season

Kawhi Leonard has pulled down the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. At 22, he “ties” teammate Tim Duncan and Magic Johnson as the second-youngest to win the prestigious award (additionally ranked by months, below).

Not only that, Leonard is the youngest to win it since teammate Tony Parker won it in 2007 at the age of 24.

In turn, Parker was the youngest to win it since Dwyane Wade (as a member of the Miami Heat, of course) the year before.

What does all that mean?

It means four of the 10 youngest NBA Finals MVPs ever were just playing in the 2014 Finals. Wild.

But who was the youngest Finals MVP of all time? Trick question.

Magic Johnson, again. He won it at age 22 and 20, too (his rookie year).

NBA FINALS MVP AGE TEAM SEASON
1. Magic Johnson 20 Los Angeles Lakers 1979-80
2. Tim Duncan 22 San Antonio Spurs 1998-99
3. Magic Johnson 22 Los Angeles Lakers 1981-82
4. Kawhi Leonard 22 San Antonio Spurs 2013-14
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 23 Milwaukee Bucks 1970-71
6. Tony Parker 24 San Antonio Spurs 2006-07
7. Dennis Johnson 24 Seattle SuperSonics 1978-79
8. Dwyane Wade 24 Miami Heat 2005-06
9. Bill Walton 24 Portland Trail Blazers 1976-77
10. Joe Dumars 25 Detroit Pistons 1988-89
11.* Cedric Maxwell 25 Boston Celtics 1980-81

* I added an 11th player – Cedric Maxwell – giving you every Finals MVP age 25 or younger.

Photo: totalprosports.com

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