Griffin Reacts to NBA Draft Lottery

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

May 19, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma's Blake Griffin has spent quite a bit of time in California over the past couple of months.  It appears that he could get even more acquainted with the West Coast in the years to come, as the Los Angeles Clippers won the rights to the first pick in the NBA Draft at Tuesday night's lottery proceedings in Secaucus, N.J.

The 6-10, 255-pound Griffin, the consensus national player of the year this past season for Jeff Capel's Sooners, is the NBA Draft's presumed No. 1 pick.  He watched the lottery at ESPN Zone in New York's Times Square.

Griffin, who has been training in the San Francisco area for the last month and was in Los Angeles to receive the Wooden Award in early April, averaged 22.7 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a sophomore for the 30-6 Sooners, and led the nation in rebounding and double-doubles (30).  He ranked second in the country in field goal percentage (.654) and 11th in scoring.

When asked late Tuesday evening about the possibility of playing for the Clippers and being the first pick of the draft, Griffin said, "It's a great opportunity.  They've got a great organization and great management.  I'm just excited that they might want me to play for them." 

Griffin said he was anxious leading up to the lottery.

"For the most part I was able to keep my mind off of things today.  I stayed busy and got a good workout in.  Then about an hour-and-a-half before the announcement, that's when I started to get nervous about finding out where I could possibly be playing."

The Clippers had the NBA's third-worst record in 2008-09 (19-63) and held a 17.7 percent chance of winning the lottery.  They are coached by Mike Dunleavy and last June took guard Eric Gordon with the seventh overall pick.

The Memphis Grizzlies finished second in the lottery and were followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Sacramento Kings and the Washington Wizards.

The two-round draft will take place Thursday, June 25, at New York's Madison Square Garden.  It will begin at 6 p.m. CDT and be televised by ESPN.

2009 NBA Draft - Order of Top 14 Picks
1. Los Angeles Clippers
2. Memphis Grizzlies
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
4. Sacramento Kings
5. Washington Wizards
6. Minnesota Timberwolves
7. Golden State Warriors
8. New York Knicks
9. Toronto Raptors
10. Milwaukee Bucks
11. New Jersey Nets
12. Charlotte Bobcats
13. Indiana Pacers
14. Phoenix Suns