Ducks migrate to NBA

It was a busy second round of the NBA Draft for players who had ties to the state of Oregon. 

Coming into the draft, the big question for Oregon fans was where would the three stars from last season’s Final Four team – Dillon Brooks, Jordan Bell and Tyler Dorsey – be drafted. 

The answer came early in the second round when Yahoo’s NBA expert Adrian Wojnaroski, who was tweeting out each pick before they were formally announced, tweeted that Jordan Bell was being acquired by the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors paid the Chicago Bulls $3.5 million for the right to the 38th pick which landed them Bell.

The dominos quickly started falling and shooting guard Dorsey was then picked 41st pick the Atlanta Hawks.

Shortly after at the 43rd pick, Isaiah Hartenstein, who was born and raised in Eugene until he was 11 and then moved to Germany where he has played basketball since, was picked by the Houston Rockets. Following him was Damyean Dotson at the 44th pick who played with Oregon during his freshman and sophomore years from 2012-2014 and then transferred to the University of Houston.

And then finally Oregon’s Brooks, who was the Pac-12 Player of the Year, was picked by the Houston Rockets with the 45th pick and was then promptly traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. 

After the draft, Oregon’s Chris Boucher, who tore his ACL in the Pac-12 tournament, signed a two-way contract with the Warriors. This contract is a new feature in the latest collective bargaining agreement that begins July 1st that allows players to go between the NBA and the developmental league. 

This was the first time since the draft was shortened to two rounds that three Ducks were picked in one year – it also happened in 1985 when the draft was seven rounds. 

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