June 28, 2005
The Trail Blazers began the 2005 draft with the sixth and 27th picks in the first round and the 35th pick in the second round.
With the sixth pick in the 2005 draft, the Trail Blazers selected Martell Webster.
Webster, a guard/forward out of Seattle Prep had originally committed to Washington but then became an early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft. He was named a 2005 McDonald’s All-American and finalist for the Naismith Award. He was also named to the PARADE Magazine All-America First Team.
"We are very comfortable with the young man as a player and as a mature role model. We heard he was the best shooter in the draft and there is no doubt about that in my mind. We are very pleased with this selection" - Trail Blazers GM, John Nash said.
As a senior in high school, Webster averaged 27.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists as Seattle Prep went 19-5. He is 6-7 and weighs 210. Webster is the cousin of Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks.
Interview with Martell Webster
Video of Martell Webster
With the 27th pick in the 2005 draft, the Trail Blazers select Linas Kleiza.
Kleiza, originally from Lithuania, was an early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft. Kleiza was a sophomore at Missouri last season and played forward
Linas Kleiza was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 by the league coaches as a sophomore. He also earned All-Tournament honors at the 2005 Big 12 Tournament after averaging 29.5 points, 9.0 rebounds in two games. Prior to attending Missouri, Kleiza played on the Lithuanian Junior National Team which took second place at the 2003 World Junior Championships. Kleiza led the tournament in scoring, averaging 29.1 points on 58.4 percent shooting in eight games.
With the 35th pick in the second round of the draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Ricky Sanchez from IMG Academy.
In a second draft day trade, the Portland Trail Blazers swapped their 27th pick, Linas Kleiza and their 35th pick, Ricky Sanchez, to Denver and acquired Jarrett Jack. Jack was selected in the first round at the 22nd pick by the Denver Nuggets.
Jack is a 6-3, 202 guard out of Georgia Tech and was an early entry candidate into the 2005 NBA Draft. Jack was the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 points and 500 assists. He started every game of his collegiate career except Senior Day at Georgia Tech.
Video of Jarrett Jack
Draft Day Trade
2005 Draft Central
Post Draft Interview