OU Basketball Stars Who Went on to the NBA

February 19th, 2020 by

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At Landers Chevrolet of Norman, Oklahoma, we realize that our Sooners are a big deal. Our Sooners play harder, better, faster, and stronger than anyone else. While they all try their hardest on the courts for every game, only a few get to progress to the big leagues. Let’s take a look at some of the players from OU that have progressed to the NBA and WNBA.

The University of Oklahoma men’s basketball team has had 46 players drafted in the NBA and the women’s basketball team has had 14 players selected to play in the WNBA. Ten players were taken in the first round of the NBA draft and six players for the first round of the WNBA.

If you’re unfamiliar with how the NBA and WNBA add players through their draft, it’s simple! 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.

A few OU players that have been drafted into the NBA and WNBA have achieved high accolades:

  • Don Sidle – ABA Champion (1972)
  • Clifford Ray – NBA Champion (1975)
  • Alvan Adams – All-Star (1976) & NBA Rookie of the Year Award (1976)
  • Stacey King – NBA Champion (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Mookie Blaylock – All-Star (1994)
  • Blake Griffin – All-Star (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), All-NBA Second Team (2012, 2013, 2014), NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2011)
  • Trae Young – All-Star (2020)
  • Stacey Dales – All-Star (2002)
  • Danielle Robinson – All-Star (2013, 2014, 2015)

Boomer Sooner! We love our Sooner basketball teams! If you need a new Chevy to take you to the Lloyd Noble Center, come see us at Landers Chevrolet of Norman, Oklahoma for all the latest and greatest Chevy models!

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