The NBA will hold its 76th draft on Thursday at 7:00 pm CST at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NBA teams selected 44 players from Alabama high schools and colleges in the first round, including 10 players from the 1990s.
On June 19, 1996, the Houston Rockets and the Vancouver Grizzlies made an NBA trade involving two players and six draft picks.
One of the players was Pete Chilcutt. The Sacramento Kings selected former Academy standout Tuscaloosa in the 1991 NBA draft. Chilcutt’s pick brought Alabama back to the first round after the previous two drafts went without a first-round high school or state college player and resulted in seven consecutive drafts that included at least one player with Alabama basketball roots in first round. .
A week after the trade, Vancouver used the first round pick included in the deal to draft Roy Rodgers, who played at Linden and Alabama High School.
In addition to Chilcutt and Rodgers, eight other first-round NBA draft picks in the 1990s played in Alabama high schools and colleges. This followed 11 first-round picks with basketball roots from Alabama in the 1980s, resulting in 18 draft picks for 21 first-round players with a statewide tie. There were 13 in the last 24 drafts.
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First-round NBA draft picks with basketball roots from Alabama in the 1990s included:
1991: Pete Chilcutt (Tuscaloosa Academy) #27 Sacramento Kings
After four seasons in North Carolina, the 6-foot-10 frontcourt began a nine-year NBA career that spanned seven teams as a final pick in the first round of the 1991 NBA draft. One of Chilcutt’s stops came with the NBA championship team, the Houston Rockets, in 1995. In 585 NBA regular season games, Chilcutt averaged 4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists.
1992: Robert Horry (Andalusia High School, Alabama), No. 11 Houston Rockets
“Big Shot Bob” spent 16 seasons in the NBA with four teams without ever being named an All-Star. But Horry played for seven NBA championship teams—two for the Rockets, three for the Los Angeles Lakers, and two for the San Antonio Spurs. Horry has won more NBA titles than any other player who did not belong to the Boston Celtics’ Red Auerbach/Bill Russell dynasty. In 1,107 NBA regular season games, the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 7.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals. Horry also played in 244 postseason contests, the fourth most in league history.
1992: Latrell Sprewell (Alabama), No. 24 with the Golden State Warriors
Although he is probably best remembered for his run-in with Warriors coach PJ Carlesimo in the NBA, Sprewell was selected to play in four All-Star Games in 13 seasons—in 1994, 1995, and 1997 with the Warriors and in 2001 with New York Knicks. In 913 NBA regular season games, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 18.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Sprewell achieved his career by scoring 24.2 points per game in the 1996-97 season. In his second season, Sprewell led the NBA with 3,533 minutes of play and was named to the NBA Postseason Team.
1993: James Robinson (Alabama), 21st overall by Portland Trail Blazers.
The 6-foot-2 defenseman nicknamed “Hollywood” Robinson averaged 18.9 points per game in three seasons in Alabama. His best NBA batting average came in the second of his seven seasons when he averaged 9.2 points per game for the Trail Blazers. In 381 NBA regular season games, Robinson averaged 7.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
1994: Wesley Person (Brantley High School, Auburn), No. 23 by the Phoenix Suns
The 6-foot-6 swingman followed his brother Chuck Person through Brantley and Auburn High School to become an NBA shooter with 1,150 three-pointers in 11 seasons. He led the league with 192 three-pointers in the 1997-98 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, one of seven shots in his 11 NBA seasons. In 733 NBA regular season games, Person averaged 11.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. His best average came in 2001-02 when he averaged 15.1 points per game for the Cavs.
1995: Antonio McDyess (Alabama), #2 by Los Angeles Clippers
No player with Alabama roots was drafted No. 1, so the former Crimson Tide star was the first to go No. 2 out of the state draft. draft pick Joe Smith of Maryland. Los Angeles traded McDice to the Denver Nuggets on draft night. In his first six seasons in the NBA, McDyess averaged 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, making the All-Rookie team and playing in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. He also won the gold medal with Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. But 10 games into his seventh season, McDyes suffered a knee injury that saw him miss the remainder of that campaign and the entire 2002-03 season. He returned to the game eight more seasons later, averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds during that time. In 1,015 NBA regular season games, McDyess averaged 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks.
1995: Theo Ratliff (Demopolis High School), #18 by Detroit Pistons.
The 6–10 center led the NBA in blocks per game three times in his 16 seasons and was selected to the NBA All-Star Game in 2001, when he averaged 12.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. game for the Philadelphia 76ers. Ratliff has played for nine franchises. When he led the league with 3.7 blocks per game in 2000-01, he played for the 76ers. When Ratliff led the league in 3.2 blocks per game in 2002-03, he was with the Atlanta Hawks. The following season, when his best NBA average was 3.6, he played 53 games for Atlanta and 32 games for the Portland Trail Blazers. In 810 NBA regular season games, Ratliff averaged 7.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 2.4 blocks after playing for Wyoming in college.
1995: Jason Cuffey (Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama) #20 by Chicago Bulls.
The 6-foot-8 power forward played on the NBA championship team in his second season with the Bulls after suffering an injury in his rookie season and missing out on the Chicago Championship playoffs. The Bulls won the NBA championship again in Cuffey’s third season, but he failed to pick up the title after he was traded to the Golden State Warriors by the Chicagoans on February 19, 1998. his three stops in the NBA. In 1999–2000, Cuffey posted career highs of 12.0 points, 6.8 points and 1.7 assists per game. In 462 NBA regular season games, Caffey averaged 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists.
1996: Roy Rogers (Linden High School, Alabama), #22 Vancouver Grizzlies.
After averaging 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game during his first three seasons in Alabama, Rodgers averaged 13.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a senior when he blocked 14 shots in one game. becoming the sixth pick in the first round draft. Crimson Tide in five projects. However, after drafting Rogers, Alabama produced one first-round pick in the next 21 NBA drafts. The 6-10 power forward played every game for the Grizzlies as a rookie when he averaged 2.0 blocks per game and started 50 times. But in 15 months, Rodgers was traded four times and played in just 55 NBA games. In 137 NBA regular season games, Rodgers averaged 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 1.5 blocks.
1997: Kelvin Cato (South Alabama), No. 15 at the Dallas Mavericks
The 6-foot-11 center began his college career in South Alabama, though the Mavericks drafted him from Iowa State. Cato never played for Dallas, who traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers during the draft, the first of four trades in 10 seasons in the NBA. In 541 NBA regular season games, Cato averaged 5.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.3 blocks.
Mark Inabinette is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.