Sunday, February 24, 2008

An NBA First - A Nole for a Gator

Amidst the hoopla and circumstance surrounding the big name NBA trades late last week, a Florida sports related historical first occurred. Never before in the history of the NBA had a former Florida State Seminole and a former Florida Gator been part of the same trade. On February 21st, however, the Denver Nuggets traded Von Wafer, former Nole and the 39th pick in the 2005 draft, to the Portland Trailblazers for Taurean Green, former Florida Gator and the 52nd pick in the 2007 draft.

Although neither school has been a long-standing traditional basketball powerhouse, there have been 36 Seminole NBA draft picks and 16 former Gators in the NBA. 52 players in 60 years of the NBA draft and only now are a Nole and a Gator traded for each other. I wonder how other traditional rivals fare (Ohio State-Michigan, Duke-UNC, etc)?

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