List of Illinois Fighting Illini in the NBA Draft

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The Fighting Illini during a warm-up.

The Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team, representing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has had 68 players drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) since the league began holding the yearly event in 1947. Each NBA franchise seeks to add new players through an annual draft. The NBA uses a draft lottery to determine the first three picks of the NBA draft; the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first three picks are decided, the rest of the teams pick in reverse order of their win–loss record. To be eligible for the NBA Draft, a player in the United States must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.

The drafts held between 1947 and 1949 were held by the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The BAA became the National Basketball Association after absorbing teams from the National Basketball League in the fall of 1949. Official NBA publications include the BAA Drafts as part of the NBA's draft history. From 1967 until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, the American Basketball Association (ABA) held its own draft.

Through the 2013 NBA Draft, a Fighting Illini has been chosen first round of the draft 15 times in the history of the event with Meyers Leonard being the latest in 2012.

Key

G Guard F Forward C Center
* Selected to an NBA/ABA All-Star Game
Won an NBA/ABA championship
Selected to an All-Star Game and won an NBA/ABA championship
Deron Williams was drafted third overall by the Utah Jazz in 2005.
Luther Head was drafted 24th overall by the Houston Rockets in 2005.
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Robert Archibald was drafted 32nd overall in 2002 by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Tal Brody was drafted in the third round of the 1965 draft by the Baltimore Bullets, but instead chose to play in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Brian Cook was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers 24th overall in 2003.
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James Augustine was drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Orlando Magic.
Dee Brown was drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Utah Jazz.

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Players selected in the BAA and NBA drafts

Illinois Fighting Illini players drafted
Year League Round Pick Overall Name Position Team Notes
1947 BAA Phillip, AndyAndy Phillip G, F Chicago Stags Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee (1961)
NBA Champion (1957)
NBA All-Star (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955)
Vance, GeneGene Vance G, F Chicago Stags
1948 BAA Burmaster, JackJack Burmaster G St. Louis Bombers
1950 NBA Erickson, BillBill Erickson G Tri-Cities Blackhawks
2 18 Osterkorn, WallyWally Osterkorn F, C Chicago Stags NBA Champion (1955)
1951 NBA 1 9 Sunderlage, DonDon Sunderlage* G Philadelphia Warriors NBA All-Star (1954)
7 73 Beach, TedTed Beach F Indianapolis Olympians
1952 NBA Fletcher, RodRod Fletcher G Minneapolis Lakers
1953 NBA Bemoras, IrvIrv Bemoras G, F Milwaukee Hawks
Bredar, JimJim Bredar G Ft. Wayne Pistons
Peterson, BobBob Peterson F Baltimore Bullets
1954 NBA 1 9 Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr C, F Syracuse Nationals NBA Champion (1955)
NBA All-Star (1956, 1959, 1963)
NBA Coach of the Year (1967)
1956 NBA Judson, PaulPaul Judson G Syracuse Nationals
1957 NBA 1 7 Bon Salle, GeorgeGeorge Bon Salle F Syracuse Nationals
2 - 11 Schmidt, HarvHarv Schmidt F Minneapolis Lakers
1958 NBA 5 - 36 Ohl, DonDon Ohl* G Philadelphia Warriors NBA All-Star (1963, 1964, 1965), 1966), 1967)
1959 NBA 5 5 - Taylor, RogerRoger Taylor G Syracuse Nationals
1961 NBA 8 8 - Wessels, JohnJohn Wessels C Chicago Packers -
1963 NBA 3 - 24 Burwell, BillBill Burwell G St. Louis Hawks
4 - 30 Downey, DaveDave Downey F San Francisco Warriors -
5 - 40 Small, BillBill Small G Detroit Pistons
1965 NBA 2 4 12 Brody, TalTal Brody G Baltimore Bullets
5 - - Thoren, SkipSkip Thoren C Baltimore Bullets
6 7 50 Redmon, BogieBogie Redmon F Baltimore Bullets
1966 NBA 3 - 29 Freeman, DonnieDonnie Freeman G Philadelphia 76ers ABA Champion (1973)
ABA All-Star (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)
All-ABA First Team (1972)
1967 NBA 16 - - Dawson, JimJim Dawson G Chicago Bulls
1968 NBA 2 5 19 Dunlap, RonRon Dunlap C Chicago Bulls -
1969 NBA 4 - 52 Kuberski, SteveSteve Kuberski F/C Boston Celtics NBA Champion (1974, 1976)
4 - 56 Scholz, DaveDave Scholz F Philadelphia 76ers
15 6 - Harrison, JodieJodie Harrison G Baltimore Bullets
1970 NBA 1 17 - Price, MikeMike Price G New York Knicks
1971 NBA 9 16 - Howat, RickRick Howat G Milwaukee Bucks
1973 NBA 1 13 - Weatherspoon, NickNick Weatherspoon F Capital Bullets NBA All-Rookie First Team (1974)
8 11 - Dawson, JeffJeff Dawson G Golden State Warriors
10 2 - Connor, NickNick Connor F, C Buffalo Braves -
1975 NBA 6 - 91 Schmidt, RickRick Schmidt F New Orleans Jazz
1976 NBA 5 - 69 Williams, NateNate Williams G Chicago Bulls
10 - 169 Tucker, OthoOtho Tucker G Boston Celtics
1978 NBA 4 - 86 Adams, RichRich Adams F San Antonio Spurs -
6 - 117 Matthews, AudieAudie Matthews F Detroit Pistons
1978 NBA 6 - 117 Bresnahan, NeilNeil Bresnahan F Golden State Warriors
1981 NBA 2 7 29 Johnson, EddieEddie Johnson F Kansas City Kings NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1989)
3 4 50 Holcomb, DerekDerek Holcomb C Portland Trailblazers
3 18 64 Smith, MarkMark Smith F Milwaukee Bucks
1982 NBA 3 - 57 Tucker, CraigCraig Tucker G New York Knicks -
4 - 80 Griffin, JamesJames Griffin C New Jersey Nets
7 - 143 Range, PerryPerry Range G Kansas City Kings
8 - 181 Leonard, BrianBrian Leonard F Milwaukee Bucks
1983 NBA 1 11 - Harper, DerekDerek Harper G Dallas Mavericks NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1987, 1990)
1985 NBA 2 15 39 Montgomery, GeorgeGeorge Montgomery C Portland Trail Blazers -
1986 NBA 3 - 57 Douglas, BruceBruce Douglas G Sacramento Kings -
3 - 62 Welch, AnthonyAnthony Welch F Dallas Mavericks -
4 - 74 Meents, ScottScott Meents F Chicago Bulls
4 - 88 Winters, EfremEfrem Winters F Atlanta Hawks
1987 NBA 1 19 - Norman, KenKen Norman F Los Angeles Clippers -
6 - 125 Altenberger, DougDoug Altenberger G, F Chicago Bulls
1989 NBA 1 11 - Anderson, NickNick Anderson G, F Orlando Magic NBA Eastern Conference Champion (1995)
1 27 - Battle, KennyKenny Battle F Detroit Pistons
1989 NBA 1 5 - Gill, KendallKendall Gill G, F Charlotte Hornets NBA All-Rookie First Team (1991)
2 - 41 Bardo, StephenStephen Bardo G Atlanta Hawks
2 - 42 Liberty, MarcusMarcus Liberty F Denver Nuggets
1994 NBA 2 - 28 Thomas, DeonDeon Thomas F Dallas Mavericks
2002 NBA 1 25 - Williams, FrankFrank Williams G Denver Nuggets
2 3 32 Archibald, RobertRobert Archibald C, F Memphis Grizzlies
2003 NBA 1 24 - Cook, BrianBrian Cook F, C Los Angeles Lakers
2005 NBA 1 3 - Williams, DeronDeron Williams* G Utah Jazz United States Olympic Gold Medalist (2008, 2012)
NBA All-Star (2010, 2011, 2012)
NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge (2008)
All-NBA Second Team
(2008, 2010)
All-NBA Rookie First Team (2006)
1 24 - Head, LutherLuther Head F Houston Rockets All-NBA Rookie Second Team (2006
2006 NBA 2 11 41 Augustine, JamesJames Augustine F, C Orlando Magic
2 16 46 Brown, DeeDee Brown G Utah Jazz
2012 NBA 1 11 - Leonard, MeyersMeyers Leonard C Portland Trail Blazers

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