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Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley
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Rose and Beasley were two of the record seven freshmen lottery picks.
The Bulls chose Derrick Rose No. 1. The Heat grabbed Michael Beasley and the Wolves selected and traded O.J. Mayo as freshmen flew off the board at a record pace at the draft. Chad Ford: Analysis | Grades

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Chad Ford's Big Board

NAME HT POS FROM STOCK
1. Derrick Rose 6-3 PGMemphisStock Up
The best pure point guard in the draft could push for the No. 1 overall pick.
2. Michael Beasley 6-8 PFKansas StateStock Down
Best outside-inside talent in the draft. A lock for the No. 1 or No. 2 pick if character questions check out.
3. Kevin Love 6-10 PFUCLAStock Up
4. Russell Westbrook 6-4 PGUCLAStock Up
Athletic combo guard seems to have the tools to be a star ... but are they refined enough?
5. O.J. Mayo 6-4 SGUSCStock Down
It's clear Mayo's going to be a great NBA scorer ... but will he give a team anything else?
6. Brook Lopez 7-1 CStanfordStock Down
A big, athletic center who produced big numbers in the Pac-10.
7. Eric Gordon 6-3 SGIndianaStock Up
Do-it-all combo guard has a chance to be a bigger, better version of Ben Gordon.
8. Danilo Gallinari 6-9 SFItalyStock Up
Many in Italy feel he's a better long-term prospect than Andrea Bargnani -- think an Italian Toni Kukoc.
9. DeAndre Jordan 6-11 CTexas A&MStock Up
Athletic big man has huge upside, but does he have the work ethic?
10. Roy Hibbert 7-2 CGeorgetownStock Up
His decision to stay in school one more year will pay off if he can dominate for Georgetown as a senior.
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NBA Draft - Vital Information

What: 2008 NBA Draft
When: June 26, 2008, ESPN, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, N.Y.
Rounds: Two rounds

Draft Tracker

Position ranks: PG | SG | SF | PF | C
View by: Name | Position | School/Country
History: Year-by-year | Team History

2008 Draft Order - 1st Round

Rounds: 1 | 2
PICK TEAM PLAYER
1 Chicago Derrick Rose - PG
2 Miami Michael Beasley - PF
3 Minnesota O.J. Mayo - SG
4 Seattle Russell Westbrook - PG
5 Memphis Kevin Love - PF
6 New York Danilo Gallinari - SF
7 L.A. Clippers Eric Gordon - SG
8 Milwaukee Joe Alexander - SF
9 Charlotte D.J. Augustin - PG
10 New Jersey Brook Lopez - C
11 Indiana
traded to Portland
Jerryd Bayless - PG
12 Sacramento Jason Thompson - PF
13 Portland
traded to Indiana
Brandon Rush - SG
14 Golden State Anthony Randolph - PF
15 Phoenix
from Atlanta
Robin Lopez - C
16 Philadelphia Marreese Speights - C
17 Toronto
Roy Hibbert - C
18 Washington JaVale McGee - PF
19 Cleveland J.J. Hickson - PF
20 Charlotte
from Denver
Alexis Ajinca - PF
21 New Jersey
from Dallas
Ryan Anderson - PF
22 Orlando Courtney Lee - SG
23 Utah Kosta Koufos - C
24 Seattle
from Phoenix
Serge Ibaka - PF
25 Houston Nicolas Batum - SF
26 San Antonio George Hill - PG
27 New Orleans Darrell Arthur - PF
28 Memphis
from L.A. Lakers
Donte Greene - SF
29 Detroit D.J. White - PF
30 Boston J. R. Giddens - SG
Rounds: 1 | 2
No Picks: Hawks, Mavericks, Lakers
Two Picks: Memphis, New Jersey, Seattle

Chad Ford's Draft Podcasts

Podcasts

Listen to Chad Ford's most recent 2008 NBA draft podcasts. Audio

• 6/27: Chad Ford's draft review
• 6/24: John Hollinger, ESPN Insider
• 6/19: David Thorpe, Scouts Inc.
• 6/17: Kevin Pritchard, Blazers GM
• 5/22: John Paxson, Bulls GM
• 5/20: Joe Abunassar, NBA trainer
• 5/16: Kevin Love, UCLA

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