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Duke makes NBA Draft history with 4 first-round picks, led by No. 1 Brand

The 1999 NBA Draft represented a night of firsts for Duke. Elton Brand became the first Blue Devil ever picked No. 1 when the Chicago Bulls selected the star power forward. Later, the selections of Trajan Langdon (No. 11), Corey Maggette (No. 13) and William Avery (No. 14) made the Blue Devils the first team ever to have four players taken in the first round. SIís Marty Burns, in his pick-by-pick analysis, says donít be surprised to see one or all four of these Dukesters involved in the myriad of trades he mentions.


Youth has been served at top of recent NBA Drafts
Underclassmen have been popular at the top of the NBA Drafts. After all, six of the last eight No. 1 picks have been underclassmen.

Clippers' Odom has something to prove
There are many questions and few answers for Lamar Odom, who the Clippers picked at No. 4 in Wednesday's NBA Draft.

Draft winners and losers
What team took the biggest chance with their draft picks? Which player is most likely to make an early exit from the league? Take a look at the highs and lows from the '99 NBA Draft.

Bender hopes jump to NBA will be successful
Picayune, Mississippi may be a long way from the NBA, but not when you are Jonathan Bender. The 6-11 prospect could be the league's next Kevin Garnett or Kobe Bryant

NBA Draft Trades
With the exception of the Hawks-Warriors swap prior to the draft, there were no trades to move up and grab that prized franchise player. Nevertheless, there were some surprising transactions on draft night.

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