Six international players were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft 2001 continuing the record-setting trend established last year when seven international players were chosen in round one. Projected to be among the top picks, Barcelona's Pau Gasol became one of the highest international players ever selected, going to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 3. With this new crop of top candidates, it will be interesting to watch the continued globalization of NBA Basketball. Indeed, last season featured a record 45 international players from 28 different countries on rosters. Next season promises extend the action even further beyond domestic shores with preseason games already scheduled for Germany, Italy, Japan and Mexico.
Here is the complete list of international players selected in the first round:
- Pau Gasol of F.C. Barcelona (Spain), selected third overall by the Atlanta Hawks.
- DeSagana Diop, a native of Dakar, Senegal, who played at Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va., selected eighth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Vladimir Radmanovic of FMP Zeleznik (Yugoslavia), selected 12th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.
- Raul Lopez of Real Madrid (Spain), selected 24th overall by the Utah Jazz.
- Samuel Dalembert, a native of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, who played collegiately at Seton Hall, selected 26th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
- Tony Parker of Paris Basket Racing (France), selected 28th overall by the
San Antonio Spurs.
In addition to the six players selected in the first round, five international players were selected in the second round of the draft, bringing the total to 11.