SPOKANE, Wash. – Former Gonzaga standout Domantas Sabonis was selected the 11th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic Thursday.
Following the selection, the Magic traded Sabonis to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Along with Sabonis, the Thunder received Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova, in exchange for Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka.
Sabonis was the highest Bulldog draft choice since Adam Morrison was the third overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006.
Sabonis joined Dan Dickau and Kelly Olynyk as other Bulldogs who were traded on draft night. Dickau was the 28th and final pick of the first round by the Sacramento Kings, and was traded to the Atlanta Hawks before the 2002 NBA Draft was over. After being selected 13th by the Dallas Mavericks, Olynyk was immediately traded to the Boston Celtics.
Sabonis is currently the Gonzaga all-time leader in career field goal percentage at .632. In just two seasons, he scored 1,002 points to become the 41st player in school history to score 1,000 points. He also grabbed 694 rebounds to pass current NBA player Robert Sacre for eighth all-time at GU.
An AP Honorable Mention All-American and NCAA All-Tournament Midwest Region selection, Sabonis capped his fantastic season helping the Zags reach the Sweet 16.
Off of the court, he was also named a CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American, CoSIDA Academic All-District first-teamer and a WCC All-Academic first-teamer.
Sabonis, who also earned All-West Coast Conference and NABC All-District First Team honors, ranked second on the team at 17.6 points per game, and led the WCC with 11.8 rebounds per game (No. 6 nationally) and 23 double-doubles (No. 5 nationally). He ranked second in the league with a .611 field goal percentage. Sabonis scored in double figures 32 times and had 20-plus in 12 of those contests.
In the NCAA Tournament, Sabonis helped Gonzaga reach a Sweet 16 in each of his two seasons with an Elite 8 appearance in 2015. In this year's three tournament games, he averaged 19.7 points and 14.3 rebounds, the highest rebounding average of any player that appeared in at least two games.
Sabonis was the sixth Zag to be drafted in the first round, joining John Stockton in 1984 (16th overall pick, Utah Jazz), Dickau in 2002 (28th overall pick, Sacramento Kings), Morrison in 2006 (3rd overall pick, Charlotte Bobcats), Austin Daye in 2009 (15th overall pick, Detroit Pistons), and Olynyk in 2013 (13th overall pick, Dallas Mavericks). Ian Mahinmi was a first round pick and 28th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. Mahinmi had signed a letter-of-intent to attend Gonzaga for the 2005-06 season, but never enrolled in school.
Sabonis is the 20th GU player selected in the NBA Draft all-time. Olynyk was the last Bulldog drafted.