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The Cleveland Cavaliers chose Kyrie Irving of Duke with the No. 1 pick and then took Tristan Thompson of Texas with the fourth selection.

In 2000, the Los Angeles Clippers took high schooler Darius Miles third and Missouri guard Keyon Dooling 10th. That same year the Chicago Bulls took forward Marcus Fizer of Iowa State at No. 4 and guard Jamal Crawford of Michigan at No. 8.

In 2009, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected guard Ricky Rubio of Spain with the fifth pick and took guard Jonny Flynn of Syracuse with the next pick. Rubio will begin playing for the Timberwolves this season after playing professionally at home for two seasons.

Rubio’s decision certainly agrees with Arizona forward Derrick Williams, who was the No. 2 overall pick by the Timberwolves, who finished 17-65 last season.

“He makes them a lot better,” Williams said. “Even though he has not played any games over here yet, when you have a pass-first point guard on your team, he wants to make you better. Whenever you have a guy like that, it just brings joy to me. … He really doesn’t care about points and that’s what I like about him. I know we are going to have a big season this year and hopefully win a lot more games than last season.”

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O CANADA: When Texas forward Tristan Thompson was chosen fourth by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA was quick to hand out information that he was the first Canadian-born player selected in the draft since 1985, when the Dallas Mavericks chose Bill Wennington of St. John’s at No. 16.

What about Steve Nash?

Well, the two-time NBA MVP with the Phoenix Suns was born in South Africa and moved with his parents to Victoria, British Columbia, when he was 1 1/2 years old. Nash was one of four Canadians to light the torch in the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

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KANTER’S FANS: Enes Kanter never played a game for Kentucky having been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits from a Turkish club team two years ago.

After being drafted No. 3 overall by the Utah Jazz Kanter had his college fans on his mind, saying he would dedicate this season to them.

“First of all, they support me a lot. They are so special to me. You know they will always be in my heart,” he said of Wildcat fans who he got to know in his one year of school there. “It was so sad and frustrating. I couldn’t play for them and I just _ I still want to like help them because they support me a lot. Just like they made `Free Enes’ T-shirts. They just did everything for me and I want to support them.”

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FOOTSTEP FOLLOWERS: When Klay Thompson of Washington State was taken 11th by the Golden State Warriors, it meant at least one son of an NBA player was drafted for the 10th straight year.

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