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NBA draft day trades, 2005-2014: A history of madness

With rumors of Detroit open to trading the No. 8 selection, let's examine how often this maneuver works out.

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According to "draft guru" Chad Ford (and other sources now), the Pistons are open to trading the No. 8 pick in this year's draft for a player who can contribute now and "accelerate the rebuild".  My feelings on this are strongly anti-trade the pick, because, if you saw Steve's article on potential trades, well...bleurgh.  But, anyway, let's take a stroll down draft memory lane and examine all draft-day trades since 2005.

Note: Only the trades involving first round picks from the draft of that year are listed.


-- New York acquired #21 (Nate Robinson), Quentin Richardson and cash from Phoeniz for #54 (Dijon Thompson) and Kurt Thomas

-- Portland acquired #22 (Jarrett Jack) from Denver for #27 (Linas Kleiza) and #35 (Ricky Sanchez)


-- Portland acquired #2 (LaMarcus Aldridge) and a '07 second round pick (Demetris Nichols) from Chicago for #4 (Tyrus Thomas) and Viktor Khryapa

-- Portland acquired #6 (Brandon Roy) from Minnesota for #7 (Randy Foye) - Previously, Portland acquired #7 (Randy Foye), Raef LaFrentz and Dan Dickau from Boston for Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a '08 second round pick (Trent Plaisted)

-- Memphis acquired #8 (Rudy Gay) and Stromile Swift from Houston for Shane Battier

-- Chicago acquired #13 Thabo Sefolosha from Philadelphia for #16 (Rodney Carney), a '07 second round pick (Kyrylo Fesenko) and cash

-- Boston acquired #21 (Rajon Rondo), Brian Grant and cash from Phoenix in exchange for a '07 first round pick (Rudy Fernandez)

-- Portland acquired #27 (Sergio Rodriguez) from Phoenix for cash


-- Seattle acquired Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, #5 (Jeff Green) and a '08 second round pick (Trent Plaisted) from Boston for Ray Allen and #35 (Glen Davis)

-- Golden State acquired #8 (Brandan Wright) from Charlotte for Jason Richardson and #36 (Jermareo Davidson)

-- Philadelphia acquired #20 (Jason Smith) from Miami for #21 (Daequan Cook), a '09 second round pick (Nick Calathes) and cash

-- Portland acquired James Jones and #24 (Rudy Fernandez) from Phoenix for cash

-- Portland acquired #30 (Petteri Koponen) from Philadelphia for #42 (Derrick Byars) and cash


-- Memphis acquired #3 (O.J. Mayo), Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker and Greg Buckner from Minnesota for #5 (Kevin Love), Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins

-- Portland acquired #11 (Jerryd Bayless) and Ike Diogu from Indiana for #13 (Brandon Rush), Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts

-- Toronto acquired Jermaine O'Neal and #41 (Nathan Jawai - AUSSIE) from Indiana for T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston and #17 (Roy Hibbert)

-- Portland acquired #25 (Nicolas Batum) from Houston, Houston acquired #33 (Joey Dorsey) from Portland, #28 (Donte Greene) and a '09 second round pick (Sam Young) from Memphis, and Memphis acquired #27 (Darrell Arthur) from Portland

-- Portland acquired #27 (Darrell Arthur) from New Orleans for cash

-- Detroit acquired #32 (Walter Sharpe) and #46 (Trent Plaisted) from Seattle for #29 (D.J. White)


-- Denver acquired #18 (Ty Lawson) from Minnesota for a future conditional first round pick

-- Oklahoma City acquired #24 (Byron Mullens) from Dallas for #25 (Rodrigue Beaubois) and a '10 second round pick (Solomon Alabi)

-- New York acquired #29 (Toney Douglas) from the L.A. Lakers for a '11 second round pick (Andrew Goudelock)


-- Oklahoma City acquired Morris Peterson and #11 (Cole Aldrich) from New Orleans for #21 (Craig Brackins) and #26 (Quincy Pondexter)

-- Portland acquired Ryan Gomes and #16 (Luke Babbitt) from Minnesota for Martell Webster

-- Washington acquired Kirk Hinrich, #17 (Kevin Seraphin) and cash from Chicago for the rights to Vladimir Veremeenko

-- The L.A. Clippers acquired #18 (Eric Bledsoe) from Oklahoma City for a future conditional first round pick

-- Washington acquired #23 (Trevor Booker) and #56 (Hamady N'Diaye) from Minnesota for #30 (Lazar Hayward) and #35 (Nemanja Bjelica)

-- New Jersey acquired #24 (Damion James) from Atlanta for #27 (Jordan Crawford) and #31 (Tibor Pleiss)

-- Dallas acquired #25 (Dominique Jones) from Memphis for cash


-- Charlotte acquired Corey Maggette from Milwaukee and #7 (Bismack Biyombo) from Sacramento, Sacramento acquired John Salmons and #10 (Jimmer Fredette) from Milwaukee, and Milwaukee acquired Beno Udrih from Sacramento, Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and #19 (Tobias Harris) from Charlotte

-- Indiana acquired George Hill from San Antonio for #15 (Kawhi Leonard), #42 (Davis Bertans) and the rights to Erazem Lorbek (#46 in '05)

-- Houston acquired Jonny Flynn, #20 (Donatas Motiejunas) and a '12 second round pick (Will Barton) from Minnesota for Brad Miller, #23 (Nikola Mirotic), #38 (Chandler Parsons) and a future first round pick.  Houston then reacquired Parsons for cash.

-- Chicago acquired #23 (Nikola Mirotic) from Minnesota for #28 (Norris Cole), #43 (Malcolm Lee) and cash

-- New Jersey acquired #25 (Marshon Brooks) from Boston for #27 (JaJuan Johnson) and a '14 second round pick (Russ Smith)

-- Denver acquired #26 (Jordan Hamilton) from Dallas, Andre Miller and a future second round pick from Portland, Dallas acquired Rudy Fernandez and the rights to Petteri Koponen (#30 in '07) from Portland, and Portland acquired Raymond Felton from Denver and #57 (Tanguy Ngombo) from Dallas

-- Miami acquired #28 (Norris Cole) from Minnesota for #31 (Bojan Bogdanovic)


-- Cleveland acquired Kelenna Azubuike and #17 (Tyler Zeller) from Dallas for #24 (Jared Cunningham), #33 (Bernard James) and #34 (Jae Crowder)

-- Philadelphia acquired #27 (Arnett Moultrie) from Miami for #45 (Justin Hamilton) and a future first round pick


-- Philadelphia acquired #6 (Nerlens Noel) and a protected '14 first round pick (Elfrid Payton) from New Orleans for Jrue Holiday and #42 (Pierre Jackson)

-- Utah acquired #9 (Trey Burke) from Minnesota for #14 (Shabazz Muhammad) and #21 (Gorgui Dieng)

-- Boston acquired #13 (Kelly Olynyk) from Dallas for #16 (Lucas Nogueira) and two '14 second round picks (Cleanthony Early and Russ Smith)

-- Atlanta acquired #16 (Lucas Nogueira), Jared Cunningham and #44 (Mike Muscala) from Dallas for #18 (Shane Larkin)

-- Golden State acquired #26 (Andre Roberson) and Malcolm Lee from Minnesota for a '14 second round pick (Alessandro Gentile) and cash

-- Oklahoma City acquired #26 (Andre Roberson) from Golden State for #29 (Archie Goodwin) and cash

-- Denver acquired #46 (Erick Green) and cash from Utah for #27 (Rudy Gobert)

-- Phoenix acquired #29 (Archie Goodwin) and Malcolm Lee from Golden State for #30 (Nemanja Nedovic)


-- Orlando acquired #10 (Elfrid Payton) from Philadelphia for #12 (Dario Saric), a '15 second round pick and a future first round pick

-- Chicago acquired #11 (Doug McDermott) from Denver for #16 (Jusuf Nurkic), #19 (Gary Harris) and a '15 second round pick)

-- Miami acquired #24 (Shabazz Napier) from Charlotte for #26 (P.J. Hairston), #55 (Semaj Christon), a '19 second round pick and cash

Well, if you managed to make it this far, you can see that Detroit doesn't really have a recent history of getting involved on draft day trades, with one lone transaction in the last 10 years, getting a couple of second rounders who never played for the team in exchange for a late first rounder.  Top 10 picks get traded more often than you'd think, but there's still a strong chance that Detroit keeps the pick.  After all, all this chatter has come from the media, with Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower indicating that they're excited for this draft.

Stay tuned.

NB: How crazy good are Portland on draft day trades?  In one year they acquired LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy for a combined cost of Tyrus Thomas, Viktor Khryapa and Randy Foye.  Injuries man...