Georgia Tech and the NBA Draft

It’s been an odd few years since Georgia Tech has had a player selected in the NBA draft.

But that should be corrected Thursday night when Atlanta natives Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal will likely become the sixth pair of Yellow Jackets to be selected in the same NBA draft, which begins with Thursday’s talentapalooza.

Favors, a power forward, is projected to be a top-five pick. Lawal, also a forward, is projected as a late first-rounder.

The other pairs of draft picks:

1985: John Salley and Mark Price

1990: Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver

1992: Jon Barry and Matt Geiger

1996: Stephon Marbury and Drew Barry

2007: Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton

Tech’s history of lottery picks (from 1985):

1985: John Salley, 11th to Detroit

1989: Tom Hammonds, ninth to Washington

1990: Dennis Scott, fourth Orlando

1991: Kenny Anderson, second to New Jersey

1996: Stephon Marbury, fourth to Milwaukee (then traded)

2003: Chris Bosh, fourth to Toronto

2007: Thaddeus Young, 12th to Philadelphia

27 comments Add your comment

wesleywhatwhat

June 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

i’m not a hewitt hater, but if one of the man’s highest accomplishments is supposed to be getting his players drafted into the NBA, he hasn’t even been doing that very well.

That's the one thing he has done

June 23rd, 2010
9:29 am

He’s developed NBA players well. Sone of these guys (Critt) were ahead of schedule and others have had a cup of coffee in the league who never were expected to (Luke, Bynum, West).
Lottery picks are usually known to be that coming in. It’s the next tier or two you have to look at for this judgement.

JustMyOpinion?

June 23rd, 2010
9:39 am

Hewitt can not control where these players get drafted!!!!!!!

Tallahassee Wrek

June 23rd, 2010
9:50 am

Mark Price wasn’t picked in the first round. He was the first pick of the 2nd round.

Billy

June 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

Drew Barry wasn’t a first round pick, either.

Timmy

June 23rd, 2010
11:28 am

He probably just glanced at the pick # rather than the round and assumed it was first round.

What day is it?

June 23rd, 2010
12:40 pm

Doug, the draft is tomorrow, nothing is going to be corrected tonight.

Doug Roberson

June 23rd, 2010
12:48 pm

Sorry about that guys. It’s corrected and thanks for the notes

POAD

June 23rd, 2010
12:56 pm

Come on Tech fans let’s do the BAMA thing and Burn Down Hewitt’s house, throw bricks through the windows, and put for Sale sings in his yard! The guy ain’t been great for sure, but nobody has the money to payoff the joke contract he got. He was smart and Braine was a fool. We will just have to live with it.

Delbert D.

June 23rd, 2010
12:56 pm

He said “pairs of NBA picks in the same draft” not “pairs of 1st round picks.”

Mark Price did OK in the NBA, for those who don’t remember him. All-NBA, 92-93, 4-time All Star. Career 90.4 FT%. Hold Cavs record in assists, and LeBron broke his all-time steals record this year. One of 5 players to shoot 50%, 40% 3-pt, and 90% FT% in one year. Cavs retired his number. Not a one-and-done: 4-time All-ACC.

POAD

June 23rd, 2010
12:57 pm

Sorry I am not advocating any personal action towards Coach Hewitt. Please understand part of that post was a joke.

POAD

June 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Dilbert remember the ACC championship game against UNC? The only time I beleive Tech beat UNC 3 times in a year. Mark looked so tired and warnout by the 4th quarter I couldn’t beleive he could still move his legs muchless make clutch freethrows.

Brian

June 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Good luck to both tonight. I hope that some team will give Gani a chance. His rebounding and hustle will translate to the NBA. And then it will be up to the coaches to improve the other aspects of his game.

Delbert D.

June 23rd, 2010
1:08 pm

By the way, read the AP interview today with Jerry Stackhouse about the NBA players association’s Top 100 Camp. It’s about how many HS players think they are going to be one-and-dones. He asked one player if he was considering UNC, Stackhouse’s alma mater. The kid dismissed them, saying Marvin Williams was UNC’s last one and done in 2005. And the kid had scored a total of 10 points in 3 Top 100 games. One kid told Gary Trent his goal was a long career in the NBA, but he considered college as a backup plan. Trent told him that the NBA should be his backup plan.

ormewood

June 23rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Well Stackhouse left UNC after two seasons, but he did go back and get his degree and played 13 or 14 years in the league.

Delbert D.

June 23rd, 2010
1:23 pm

“remember the ACC championship game against UNC?”

Oh, yeah…Price was a heckuva player. I was out of the country his freshman year, when they experimented with the 3-point line. He had an incredible catch and release jumper, from anywhere. On defense, he looked like he played inside the other guy’s jersey. Bruce Dalrymple, the other guard was great on defense, hustle and rebounding, but he couldn’t shoot a lick.

My friend and boss in the ’80s had season tickets, and I went to a lot of games with him.

ormewood

June 23rd, 2010
1:39 pm

Dalrymple was the glue guy for those Tech teams. He was a beast defensively, rebounded well for his size, and typically took on the opponent’s best offensive threat assuming it was not a big man.

POAD

June 23rd, 2010
2:51 pm

Does anybody remember before Crimins? Temo and Brooke? thw days of being an independant and few fans in the seats. Well, get ready GT will see no fans in the seats again unless they are at AMC to root for Duke, UNC, or FSU. Damn I wish I could win the lottary and buyout Hewitt.

CHAMPS

June 23rd, 2010
2:58 pm

Actually Hewitt has done well putting players in the league. There are multiple first rounders (not lottery picks) not on that list including Jack and Critt. Also multiple players have worked their way into the league being undrafted including Morrow, Bynum, and you own Hawks Mario West.

Old Tech fan in NC

June 23rd, 2010
6:00 pm

Yeah, I remember before Bobby. Not really big crowds even with Roger K playing & WH coaching.
That was before dunks.

Old Tech fan in NC

June 23rd, 2010
6:10 pm

…I know they were banned in 67/lifted in 76 – but I do not remember seeing any before.
ps…I sometimes do not remember to zip up…but I’m not to the stage of forgetting to zip down.

ALL DOGS GO TO HELL

June 23rd, 2010
8:00 pm

didn’t Kenny Anderson go the same year with Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver. Kenny only played one year and after the final four that was it.

Billy

June 23rd, 2010
8:38 pm

Kenny played two years.

superDawg

June 23rd, 2010
10:43 pm

SAINT SIMON

June 30th, 2010
8:25 am

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!!!!!!
UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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