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Former Draft Picks and What Happened to Them - 2005

In order to keep the dice rolling on the series, here's the class of 2005, also known as the year the Clippers went to the playoffs.

Here's a breakdown of the draft for anyone that doesn't remember, apologies for the size, couldn't find a nice fancy chart like Erik.

2005 NBA DRAFT RESULTS
First Round
Pick
Team
Player
School
1
Milwaukee Bucks
Andrew Bogut
Utah
2
Atlanta Hawks
Marvin Williams
North Carolina
3
Utah Jazz
Deron Williams
Illinois
4
New Orleans Hornets
Chris Paul
Wake Forest
5
Charlotte Bobcats
Raymond Felton
North Carolina
6
Portland Trail Blazers
Martell Webster
 
7
Toronto Raptors
Charlie Villanueva
Connecticut
8
New York Knicks
Channing Frye
Arizona
9
Golden State Warriors
Ike Diogu
Arizona State
10
Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew Bynum
 
11
Orlando Magic
Fran Vasquez
 
12
Los Angeles Clippers
Yaroslav Korolev
 
13
Charlotte Bobcats
Sean May
North Carolina
14
Minnesota Timberwolves
Rashad McCants
North Carolina
15
New Jersey Nets
Antoine Wright
Texas A&M
16
Toronto Raptors
Joey Graham
Oklahoma State
17
Indiana Pacers
Danny Granger
New Mexico
18
Boston Celtics
Gerald Green
 
19
Memphis Grizzlies
Hakim Warrick
Syracuse
20
Denver Nuggets
Julius Hodge
North Carolina State
21
Phoenix Suns
Nate Robinson
Washington
22
Denver Nuggets
Jarrett Jack
Georgia Tech
23
Sacramento Kings
Francisco Garcia
Louisville
24
Houston Rockets
Luther Head
Illinois
25
Seattle SuperSonics
Johan Petro
 
26
Detroit Pistons
Jason Maxiell
Cincinnati
27
Portland Trail Blazers
Linas Kleiza
Missouri
28
San Antonio Spurs
Ian Mahinmi
 
29
Miami Heat
Wayne Simien
Kansas
30
New York Knicks
David Lee
Florida
       
Round 2
Pick
Team
Player
School
31
Atlanta Hawks
Salim Stoudemire
Arizona
32
Los Angeles Clippers
Daniel Ewing
Duke
33
New Orleans Hornets
Brandon Bass
LSU
34
Utah Jazz
C.J. Miles
 
35
Portland Trail Blazers
Ricky Sanchez
 
36
Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova
 
37
Los Angeles Lakers
Ronny Turiaf
Gonzaga
38
Orlando Magic
Travis Diener
Marquette
39
Los Angeles Lakers
Von Wafer
Florida State
40
Golden State Warriors
Monta Ellis
 
41
Toronto Raptors
Roko Ukic
 
42
Golden State Warriors
Chris Taft
Pittsburgh
43
New Jersey Nets
Mile Ilic
 
44
Orlando Magic
Martynas Andriuskevicius
 
45
Philadelphia 76ers
Louis Williams
 
46
Indiana Pacers
Erazem Lorbek
 
47
Minnesota Timberwolves
Bracey Wright
Indiana
48
Seattle SuperSonics
Mickael Gelabale
 
49
Washington Wizards
Andray Blatche
 
50
Boston Celtics
Ryan Gomes
Providence
51
Utah Jazz
Robert Whaley
Walsh
52
Denver Nuggets
Alex Hervelle
 
53
Boston Celtics
Orien Greene
Louisiana-Lafayette
54
New York Knicks
Dijon Thompson
UCLA
55
Seattle SuperSonics
Lawrence Roberts
Mississippi State
56
Detroit Pistons
Amir Johnson
 
57
Phoenix Suns
Marcin Gortat
 
58
Toronto Raptors
Uros Skokar
 
59
Atlanta Hawks
Cenk Akyol
 
60
Alex Acker
Pepperdine
 
       

 

Los Angeles Clippers Rookies of 2005

1st Round - 12th Pick - Yaroslav Korelev SF

2nd Round - 32nd Pick - Daniel Ewing PG
(Clippers got this pick by trading Eddie House and Melvin Ely to the Bobcats)

Undrafted - James Singleton SF

Undrafted - Boniface N'Dong C

 

I think it's safe to say that the biggest miss here was Danny Granger.  There really is no one else in the first round that I would have liked saved for David Lee but he was considered a steal for the Knicks.  In the second round, we missed out on Monta Ellis.  I also am pretty high on Amir Johnson but he was also questionable during the draft since he was coming straight out of high school.  We also missed out on the great Ryan Gomes but luckily for us, we were able to sign him in the great free agent class of 2010.

Now off to our picks!


Yaroslav Korelev

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I'm sure everyone here remembers MDsr secret son, Yaro.  Rumors had it that MDsr promised to draft him because he was scared the Soviets might bomb his house.  He was an athletic tall lanky small forward who possessed point guard skills.  His shooting was not great but he was supposed to be a good role player for the Clippers.  In his two years with the Clippers, he only played 34 games total and averaged less than 5 minutes per game.  The coach did not trust him with minutes and during the times he did play, he was not substantial enough to be a factor.  Pretty much everyone considered him a waste of a lottery pick and one of the many busts in Clippers history. 

 

After being cut by the team, Yaroslav bounced around between the D-League and Russia and has now settled in the Spanish League.  I also remember him playing in summer league last year where he showed some athleticism but still nothing amazing or proof of growth.

Daniel Ewing

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This second round pick from Duke played in a lot of games as a combo guard for the Clippers.  Many might remember him as the guy who let Raja Bell score the 3 at the end of a playoff game that year.  I honestly did not know what was MDsr infatuation with him cause he wasn't much of a scorer or passer.  But he still averaged 13 minutes a game, averaging 3 points and 1.5 assists in his playing time.  He had a TS% of 47.3% in his two years with the Clippers and a PER of 8.3 which is Ryan Gomes like.  Like Yaroslav, he did not show much growth and would be cut 2 years later from the team.

After being cut, he played in Russia and is now currently playing in Poland.  Seems like a lot of former Clippers get banished to Europe.

James Singleton

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I loved James Singleton.  After being undrafted in the 2003 draft, he would play in Italy, eventually getting the MVP awards there.  He was a tweener forward like the great Ryan Gomes but super athletic, great on defense, and could do Blake-esque dunks.  Like Daniel Ewing, he played a lot of games that season.  I remember some games where Singleton would get a lot of playing time, then the next game he played several minutes.  In the end, his averages were like 10 minutes and 4 points per game.  But in 05-06, he had a high TS% of 58.7%.  Like Ewing and Yaroslav, he didn't get signed after two years on the team.

After leaving the Clippers, Singleton played in Spain for a year where he won a title, then signed with the Mavericks the following year.  In 2010, he was traded from the Mavs to the Wizards where he remained for the rest of the season.  After that, Singleton went to China instead of the usual route to Europe where he is currently. 

Boniface N'Dong

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This guy was 28 years old when the Clippers signed him that year.  He was a foreign 7'0 center like Zeljko Rebraca that year and did not really contribute at all.  Basketball reference does say he started one game though so congrats to him.

After a year with the Clippers, Boniface traveled all over Europe playing or Russia, Germany, France, and Spain where he 's currently at. 

None of the Clippers rookies from this year stayed more than 2 years but with the success the team was having, it didn't really matter.

Feel free to add more about this draft class!

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