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Five Fun Facts About The Oklahoma Sooners And The NBA Draft

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 21, 2016

Five Fun Facts About the University of Oklahoma and the NBA Draft

The University of Oklahoma is probably most known as a football school. They have had a lot of success over the years though in basketball too. Here are five fun facts about the University of Oklahoma and the NBA Draft.

The First Sooners NBA Draft Pick Ever

The first Oklahoma Sooner picked in the NBA Draft was Paul Courty. This happened in 1949 in what was called the BAA Draft as the NBA had yet to be formed. He was picked by the Providence Steamrollers but elected to play for the Phillips 66ers of the Amateur Athletic Union instead.

Oklahoma Sooners Drafted In The First Round

The first eight Oklahoma Sooners taken in the first round of the draft were Marcus Freiberger in 1951, Garfield Heard in 1970, Alvan Adams in 1975, Wayman Tisdale in 1985, Harvey Grant in 1988, Stacey King and Mookie Blaylock in 1989, and Blake Griffin in 2009.

The First Sooners Draft Pick To Make A Three Point Shot

The first Oklahoma Sooners draft pick to make a three pointers was Donald Sidle. He was drafted out of Oklahoma in 1968 by the San Francisco Warriors but instead chose to play in the American Basketball Association. In his second season in 1969/70, he made the first three pointer by a Sooners draft pick while playing for the Miami Floridians.

Most Assists By A Oklahoma Sooners Draft Pick

Prior to guard Mookie Blaylock taking the top spot with nearly 6,000 career assists, the most career NBA assists for a Sooners draft pick was the 4,012 dished out by center Alvan Adams.

The First 3 Sooners Draft Picks In The 10,000 Point Club

The first three Oklahoma Sooners draft picks to score over 10,000 career points in the NBA were Alvan Adams, Wayman Tisdale, and Mookie Blaylock.

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