Thursday, July 30, 2015

UCLAn go now ...

The Sixers' only UCLA draft pick moves on.

UCLAn go now ...

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When the Sixers drafted Jrue Holiday, they became the 27th of the 30 current NBA franchises to select a Bruin. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
When the Sixers drafted Jrue Holiday, they became the 27th of the 30 current NBA franchises to select a Bruin. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

It took 47 years after moving to Philadelphia, but the Sixers finally got around to drafting a player out of the basketball hotbed that was UCLA. And, now, they have dealt him away.

When the Sixers took Jrue Holiday with the 17th pick in 2009, they became the 27th of the 30 current NBA franchises to select a Bruin. Only three fairly recent expansion teams — Raptors, Heat and Magic - had never done so ... And they still haven't.

The Sixers did take Brett Vroman in 1978, but he had transferred to UNLV after his time with the Bruins.

Below are the NBA franchises that have drafted UCLA players the most times since 1963, along with their number of UCLA No. 1s and their last No. 1 Bruin selected:

       LAST UCLA NO. 1
 Franchise    Total    No. 1s    Year  Player  Pick  
 Warriors  8  2  1978   Raymond Townsend   22
 Bulls  7  1  1979  David Greenwood  2
 Bucks  7  4  1984  Kenny Fields  21
 Pistons  6  4  2007  Arron Afflalo  27
 Thunder  6  2  2008  Russell Westbrook  4
 Lakers  6  5  2006  Jordan Farmar  26
 Nets  5  1  1995  Ed O'Bannon  9
 Pacers  5  1  1987  Reggie Miller  11
 Kings  5  1  1976    Richard Washington    3
 Spurs  5  1  1992  Tracy Murray  18
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