Emeka Okafor

1. Emeka Okafor, No. 2 overall selection, Charlotte, 2004: Dwight Howard was the top selection of the 2004 draft - for good reason, as it turns out - but the seasoned Okafor, fresh off a championship as a junior with UConn, was more NBA-ready at the time. The only former Husky to be named rookie of the year, he averaged 15.1 points (a career-high through eight seasons now) and 10.9 rebounds to lead all rookies in both categories. Okafor also averaged 1.7 blocks and started all 73 games he played for the Bobcats, who finished 18-64 and fourth in the Southeast Division. Okafor, who has started 507 of 511 career games, was traded to the Hornets before the 2009-10 season for Tyson Chandler.
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( Courant file photo / July 2, 2012 )

1. Emeka Okafor, No. 2 overall selection, Charlotte, 2004: Dwight Howard was the top selection of the 2004 draft - for good reason, as it turns out - but the seasoned Okafor, fresh off a championship as a junior with UConn, was more NBA-ready at the time. The only former Husky to be named rookie of the year, he averaged 15.1 points (a career-high through eight seasons now) and 10.9 rebounds to lead all rookies in both categories. Okafor also averaged 1.7 blocks and started all 73 games he played for the Bobcats, who finished 18-64 and fourth in the Southeast Division. Okafor, who has started 507 of 511 career games, was traded to the Hornets before the 2009-10 season for Tyson Chandler.

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