Dijon Thompson Drafted by NY Knicks; Traded to Phoenix Suns

June 29, 2005

UCLA senior Dijon Thompson, last season's leading scorer and rebounder, on Tuesday in the 2005 NBA Draft, was taken in the second round by the New York Knicks, then traded to the Phoenix Suns.

Thompson, a 2005 first-team All-Pac-10 selection, was selected No. 54 in round two by the Knicks, the same team that last season drafted UCLA freshman Trevor Ariza. But in a trade between the Knicks and the Suns, Phoenix completed its trade to get the Knicks' 10-year NBA veteran Kurt Thomas (for Quentin Richardson), by sending the 21st pick of this year's draft (Washington guard Nate Robinson) to the Knicks. Phoenix then also picked up the Knicks' 54th pick, acquiring Thompson.

UCLA has had a player taken in the draft for the last nine consecutive seasons (a total of 12 players) and for the last six years in a row, the Bruins have had a player taken in the second round.

The Suns only other draft selection was Marcin Gortat, a 6-11 forward/center from Poland, who was taken in the second round (No. 57), then traded to the Orlando Magic.

Phoenix in 2005 won 62 NBA games and was led by NBA MVP Steve Nash. But the Suns were eliminated in the West finals, four-games-to-one, by the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.

UCLA in the NBA Draft/Last Nine Years (Round/Pick)
2005 Dijon Thompson, NY Knicks (2/54)
2004 Trevor Ariza, NY Knicks (2/43)
2003 Jason Kapono, Cleveland (2/31)
2002 Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee (2/34)
Matt Barnes, Memphis (2/46)
2001 Earl Watson, Seattle (2/40)
2000 Jerome Moiso, Boston (1/11)
1999 Baron Davis, Charlotte (1/3)
1998 Jelani McCoy, Seattle (2/33)
Toby Bailey, LA Lakers (2/45)
J. R. Henderson, Vancouver (2/56)
1997 Charles O'Bannon, Detroit (2/32)
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