Lottery selection brought sense of relief for Anthony Randolph

Nuggets forward was 14th overall selection in 2008
by Aaron Lopez

Surrounded by his mom, dad, brother, sister and high school coach, Anthony Randolph was finally able to exhale.

Three weeks away from his 19th birthday, Randolph’s NBA dream had come true.

“It was hugs and relief,” the Denver Nuggets forward said. “It was something that I worked real hard for. To hear David Stern call my name, it was one of the best days of my life.”

Randolph declared for the 2008 NBA Draft after a stellar freshman year at Louisiana State. He averaged 15.6 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Tigers, making him a projected lottery pick.

Golden State scooped him up at No. 14.

“I went right where I thought I was going to go,” Randolph said. “There was a chance I could’ve gone higher. But you know how the draft is – things happen. It was still a great experience.”