Thunder Acquires Draft Rights to Hamilton
OKLAHOMA CITY, June 23, 2016 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired the draft rights to guard/forward Daniel Hamilton from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for cash considerations, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today.
Hamilton (6-7, 195), an early entry candidate for the 2016 NBA Draft, was originally selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 56th overall pick. The UConn product was one of two Division I players (Ben Simmons – LSU) to register more than 450 points, 300 rebounds and 150 assists on the season. A 2015-16 AAC All-Conference Second Teamer, he averaged 12.5 points, a conference-best 8.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 31.9 minutes in 36 games. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 American Athletic Conference (AAC) Championship.
As a freshman, Hamilton was named the AAC Rookie of Year after averaging 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 31.4 minutes in 35 games. He became just the second UCONN freshman to finish a season with at least 300 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists.