The NBA may not be littered with former Ducks like the NFL is, but it is only right that we keep tabs on their careers. Men’s hoops at Oregon has not been a big factor in college basketball for most of its existence. However, they are slowly building a very solid program that will more consistently churn out pro talent.
The latest alumnus to join the list is small forward Arsalan Kazemi who was drafted in the second round by the Washington Wizards. The Philadelphia 76ers later acquired the rebounding machine through a series of trades. Look for him to come off the bench as an energy guy during the season.
Former first round pick Aaron Brooks was recently released by the Houston Rockets to create cap space for Dwight Howard. The 28 year old point guard is looking to get back on an NBA roster and provide a team some depth. The 2010 Most Improved Player once averaged 19.6 ppg and 5.3 apg, looking like a nice young talent. Hard times and an ankle injury have unfortunately slowed his career.
Another current pro Duck is point guard Luke Ridnour, who was just traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Milwaukee Bucks for a second round pick. He will most likely serve as a backup to Jeff Teague. The veteran was a Buck before playing with the T’wolves and will look to serve as a mentor to the younger players.
You may not be familiar with Atlanta Hawks power forward Ivan Johnson. He played one year of college ball at Oregon but was kicked off the team for anger issues. He moved on and the undrafted problem child worked his way through stints overseas and in the D League. He eventually got his chance and now provides the Hawks with brute strength and toughness off the bench combined with decent offensive ability around the rim.
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