2002 Draft Gallery
January 1, 2002
The Dodge Theatre in downtown Phoenix was the site of the Suns' 2002 Draft Party.
The Gorilla signed autographs for fans at the draft party.
Suns broadcasters Al McCoy and Cotton Fitzsimmons ask Dan Majerle about his new haircut.
The 2002 NBA Draft started out as expected, as the Houston Rockets made Chinese center Yao Ming the top pick.
Suns coach Frank Johnson and President Bryan Colangelo worked the phones before the draft, exploring various trade possibilities.
Suns Assistant GM Mark West explains why he was late. Jury duty.
The Suns' scouting staff huddles up for a last-minute discussion regarding the No. 9 pick.
Johnson celebrated the Clippers' pick of Chris Wilcox at No. 8, which left the Suns' top choice on the board.
Colangelo announces the pick of high school phenom Amare Stoudemire to loud cheers from Phoenix fans.
High school phenom Amare Stoudemire receives hugs after being announced as the No. 9 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.
NBA Commissioner David Stern delivers his customary handshake to Stoudemire.
A giant screen above the Suns' war room allowed fans to watch Stoudemire's introduction during the live TNT broadcast.
Johnson tells reporters, "We got lucky!"
TNT analyst Craig Saeger talks with the 6-10 forward after his selection.
Stoudemire receives high fives from fans at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Suns forward Shawn Marion was in attendance at Dodge Theatre and was excited about playing with Stoudemire.
Stoudemire said he was proud to be a Phoenix Sun.
The Suns' brain trust goes over different scenarios that could play out for their second round pick.
The Suns' coaching staff discusses a few draft prospects still on the board.
NBA Commissioner David Stern introduces the 22nd pick of the draft, Casey Jacobsen.
Jacobsen spends a few minutes with ESPN reporter Andy Katz after the draft.
Casey poses with his parents for a photo.
Jacobsen signs a few autographs for fans at Madison Square Garden.
One Phoenix fan was particularly excited about the Suns' selection of Jacobsen at No. 22.
Jacobsen shows off his new allegiance.