Clippers Take Griffin First In Draft

Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin (23) dunks the ball against Syracuse in the first half of a men's NCAA tournament regional semifinal college basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, March 27, 2009. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Clippers have selected college player of the year Blake Griffin with the no. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Griffin, who led the nation with 14.4 rebounds per game while averaging 22.7 points last season for Oklahoma, is considered the only sure thing in a draft filled with question marks. The Clippers said they would take the forward with the pick hours after they won the draft lottery last month.

The draft followed a busy day of trades in the NBA. A deal that sent Shaquille O'Neal to play alongside Lebron James in Cleveland was completed earlier Thursday, and Eastern Conference champion Orlando acquired Vince Carter from the nets in a swap completed shortly before the first pick was made.

The Memphis Grizzlies had the no. 2 pick, followed by Oklahoma City.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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