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2005 Draft Central


Nuggets Draft News and Notes ...
Pick 'Em and Win Draft Contest
Unfortunately, no one that entered the Pick 'Em and Win Draft Contest correctly predicted the Lottery or the entire first round. So, there will be no season tickets given away this year. However, we here at the Nuggets have too big of hearts to allow everyone to leave open-handed. To make up for the lack of prizes awarded, we are giving out single-game tickets to the top ten entrants in this year's contest. Check to see if your name is on the Final Prize List.

Nuggets Select Hodge,
Deal With Portland

With the 20th pick in NBA Draft 2005, the Nuggets selected guard Julius Hodge out of North Carolina State. Hodge averaged 15.8 points in four seasons with the Wolfpack. Denver dealt the 22nd pick, Jarrett Jack, to Portland for the rights to the 27th selection, Missouri's Linas Kleiza, and the 35th pick, high schooler Ricky Sanchez. With their final selection, at No. 52, Denver took Belgian forward Axel Hervelle.
  • Video: Julius Hodge
  • Quotes: Hodge | Kleiza | Vandeweghe and Karl
  • Hodge Draft Chat Transcript
  • 20 Questions w/ Julius Hodge

  • Nuggets #1 pick, Julius Hodge
  • Nuggets Draftee Introductory Press Conference

  • Nuggets' Draft-Day Memories
    It's a dream of every child to one day walk onto the stage and shake the Commissioner's hand during the first round of the NBA Draft. A few Nuggets players reflect on what it was like for them to be a part of the NBA Draft-Day experience. Read their stories.


    Email your draft-related question to the man that will be making the decisions, Nuggets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe. Kiki will be responding to your questions on a daily basis up until the June 28th NBA Draft 2005. Submit your question now or read Kiki's answers.

    Pre-Draft Workouts
    The Nuggets worked out a number of prospects on June 23rd, including Chris Taft from the University of Pittsburgh. Check out Taft's responses to Nuggets.com's 20 Questions.
  • More Pre-Draft Question & Answers:
    Anthony Roberson | C.J. Miles | Salim Stoudamire | Daniel Ewing |
    Julius Hodge | Danny Granger | Ryan Gomes

    Broadcaster Mock Drafts
    To join in on all the fun of the NBA Draft 2005, a few of the Nuggets broadcasters from Altitude Sports & Entertainment and the Altitude Radio Network tried their best to predict the first round of this year's Draft.

  • Jerome Jurenovich (TV) and Jerry Schemmel (Radio) Mock Drafts
  • Julie Browman (TV) and Jason Kosmicki (Radio) Mock Drafts

    NBA Draft 2005 Player Profiles
    Nuggets.com has compiled a list of 12 players that could possibly land in the mid to late first round of the NBA Draft 2005. Two new players have been added daily, leading up to the Draft on June 28. Take one final look at all 12 player profiles to prepare yourself for the Draft.


  • According to the Experts ...
    The Nuggets will select the following player with the 20th overall pick:

    Rashad McCants
    6-3 G (North Carolina)

    CBSSportsline.com

    Francisco Garcia
    6-7 G (Louisville)

    InsideHoops.com

    Johan Petro
    7-0 C (France)

    NBAdraft.net

    Recent Nuggets Draft History
    Year Name Pick
    2004 Jameer Nelson*** 20
    2003 Carmelo Anthony
    Sani Becirovic
    3
    46
    2002 Nikoloz Tskitishvili
    Frank Williams***
    Vincent Yarbrough
    5
    25
    33
    2001 Ousmane Cisse 47
    2000 Mamadou N'diaye
    Dan McClintock
    26
    53
    1999 James Posey
    Chris Herren
    Francisco Elson
    18
    33
    41
    1998 Raef LaFrentz
    Tyronn Lue***
    Tremaine Fowlkes
    Ryan Bowen
    3
    23
    54
    55
    1997 Tony Battie
    James Cotton***
    Jason Lawson***
    5
    33
    42
    1996 Efthimios Rentzias
    Jeff McInnis
    23
    37
    *** = Draft Selection Traded
    All-Time Nuggets Draft History
    A Few # 20 Picks in History
    1981 Larry Nance PHX
    1992 Hubert Davis NYK
    1996 Zydrunas Ilgauskas CLE
    2000 Speedy Claxton PHI

    A Few # 22 Picks in History
    1973 George McGinnis PHI
    1986 Scott Skiles MIL
    1987 Reggie Lewis BOS
    2000 Kenny Thomas HOU

    Late Round Gems in History
    1979 Bill Laimbeer (65th) CLE
    1984 Jerome Kersey (46th) POR
    1985 Michael Adams (66th) SAC
    1986 Jeff Hornacek (46th) HOU
    1986 Drazen Petrovic (60th) POR
    1988 Steve Kerr (50th) PHX
    1999 Manu Ginobili (57th) SAS
    ( # ) = Overall Draft Pick
    All-Time NBA Draft History

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    NBA DRAFT 2005
    Tuesday, June 28
    New York, NY
    7:30 PM ET, Live on ESPN


    First Round Draft Order
    1. Bucks -- Andrew Bogut
    2. Hawks -- Marvin Williams
    3. Jazz -- Deron Williams
    4. Hornets -- Chris Paul
    5. Bobcats -- Raymond Felton
    6. Blazers -- Martell Webster
    7. Raptors -- Charlie Villanueva
    8. Knicks -- Channing Frye
    9. Warriors -- Ike Diogu
    10. Lakers -- Andrew Bynum
    11. Magic -- Fran Vazquez
    12. Clippers -- Yaroslav Korolev
    13. Hornets -- Sean May
    14. Wolves -- Rashad McCants
    15. Nets -- Antoine Wright
    16. Raptors -- Joey Graham
    17. Pacers -- Danny Granger
    18. Celtics -- Gerald Green
    19. Grizzlies -- Hakim Warrick
    20. Nuggets -- Julius Hodge
    21. Suns -- Nate Robinson
    22. Nuggets -- Jarrett Jack
    23. Kings -- Francisco Garcia
    24. Rockets -- Luther Head
    25. Sonics -- Johan Petro
    26. Pistons -- Jason Maxiell
    27. Blazers -- Linas Kleiza
    28. Spurs -- Ian Mahinmi
    29. Heat -- Wayne Simien
    30. Knicks -- David Lee
    Second Round Draft Order
    31. Hawks -- Salim Stoudamire
    32. Clippers -- Daniel Ewing
    33. Hornets -- Brandon Bass
    34. Jazz -- C.J. Miles
    35. Blazers -- Ricky Sanchez
    36. Bucks -- Ersan Ilyasova
    37. Lakers -- Ronny Turiaf
    38. Magic -- Travis Diener
    39. Lakers -- Von Wafer
    40. Warriors -- Monta Ellis
    41. Raptors -- Roko Ukic
    42. Warriors -- Chris Taft
    43. Nets -- Mile Ilic
    44. Magic -- M. Andriuskevicius
    45. Sixers -- Louis Williams
    46. Pacers -- Erazem Lorbek
    47. Wolves -- Bracey Wright
    48. Sonics -- Mickael Gelabale
    49. Wizards -- Andray Blatche
    50. Celtics -- Ryan Gomes
    51. Jazz -- Robert Whaley
    52. Nuggets -- Axel Hervelle
    53. Celtics -- Orien Greene
    54. Knicks -- Dijon Thompson
    55. Sonics -- Lawrence Roberts
    56. Pistons -- Amir Johnson
    57. Suns -- Marcin Gortat
    58. Raptors -- Uros Slokar
    59. Hawks -- Cenk Akyol
    60. Pistons -- Alex Acker

    2005 Mock Drafts
    Check out what the Nuggets are expected to do on a number of mock draft boards around the Internet.
    CBSSportsline.com
    CNNSI.com
    ESPN.com
    HoopsHype.com
    InsideHoops.com
    NBAdraft.net