Roddy Drafted 23rd By Philadelphia 76ers, Traded to Memphis Grizzlies

Roddy Drafted 23rd By Philadelphia 76ers, Traded to Memphis Grizzlies

Thursday, June 23, 2022

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Roddy Drafted 23rd By Philadelphia 76ers, Traded to Memphis Grizzlies

The junior forward becomes the third Ram ever selected in the NBA/ABA First Round

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State forward David Roddy became the third Ram ever drafted in the first round of the NBA/ABA Draft, as the Minneapolis native was taken 23rd by the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night and traded immediately to the Memphis Grizzlies. He joins Bill Green (1963, Boston Celtics, 8th pick) and Jason Smith (2007, Miami Heat, 20th pick) as first-round selections while becoming the 24th Ram ever selected in the draft and the first since Colton Iverson was taken by the Indiana Pacers in 2013.
The fifth CSU player ever to be recognized as an All-American having been named to Sports Illustrated’s third team and Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press and US Basketball Writers Association, Roddy was named the Mountain West Player of the Year by the league’s coaches and media in two separate polls. Just the third conference player of the year pick in CSU history joining Gian Clavell (2017-MW) and Mike Mitchell (1990-WAC), Roddy earned the consensus honors from both the media and the coaches’ separate selections. Also a finalist for the Wooden and Malone awards, the Minneapolis, Minn., native finished third in the league in conference scoring at 19.2 points per game, sixth in rebounding at 7.6 and first in field goal percentage at 57.1 percent. He was also 13th with 2.9 assists per game, eighth in blocks at 1.1 and 17th in minutes at 32.7 per contest. He became the 31st player in CSU history to reach 1,000 career points and is currently ninth with 1,406 points. He had seven double-doubles on the year and was named the USVI Paradise Jam MVP after averaging 31.0 points per game in leading CSU to the title with wins over Bradley, Creighton and Northeastern. During that tournament he had two 30+ point games, including a career-high 36 against Creighton.
In league play, he was sixth in scoring at 19.06 points per game, fifth in rebounding at 7.61, first in field goal percentage at 56.6 percent from the floor and 12th with 3.06 assists per contest. He had a high of 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field along with nine rebounds and three steals in the win at New Mexico in his first game in The Pit. He scored in double figures in 17 of 18 league games, including nine of 20 or more. Recently, he had a game-high 23 points, four rebounds and two assists in a home win over league champion Boise State to sweep the season series with the Broncos. He was also named to the Mountain West Championship All-Tournament team for his play in CSU’s two contests.
Roddy was one of the leaders for a CSU squad that recorded 25 wins in the regular season, tied for the third most in a single season, while the 14 conference wins ties the school record set by last year’s team. The Rams were 14-1 at home this year, playing in front of a school-record five consecutive sellouts to end the regular season and a Mountain West era record for attendance. For the season, CSU led in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio. The Rams made their first appearance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship since 2013, earning the highest seed in program history at No. 6.
Roddy made his impact on the CSU record book, both single season and career rankings. On the single season chart in 2021-22, he set a school record for field goals made with 222, scored 595 points which ranks third and his 19.2 point per game scoring average is 12th all-time. On the career list, he ranks ninth with 1,406 career points and in the top 20 in field goals made, rebounds, blocked shots, free throws made, scoring average, rebounding average and blocked shots average.

Roddy’s 2021-22 Awards

  • Sports Illustrated Third Team All-American
  • Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American
  • US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-American
  • John Wooden Award Finalist
  • Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award Finalist
  • Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Finalist
  • USBWA District Player of the Year
  • USBWA First Team All-District
  • National Association of Basketball Coaches First Team All-District
  • Mountain West Player of the Year
  • First Team All-Mountain West
  • Mountain West Championship All-Tournament Team
  • US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Most Valuable Player
Rams NBA/ABA Draft Picks
YearNameRd PickDraft TeamPlayed For (Alphabetically Listed)
1951Glen Anderson545Syracuse Nationals
1951Bill Gossett212Tri-Cities Blackhawks
1963Bill Green18Boston Celtics
1966Lonnie Wright654St. Louis HawksDenver Rockets, The Floridians
1967Bob Rule219Seattle SupersonicsCleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Seattle SuperSonics
1967Dale Schlueter663San Francisco WarriorsAtlanta Hawks, Buffalo Braves, San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns,Portland Trail Blazers
1967Sonny Bustion775San Francisco Warriors
1969Floyd Kerr330Phoenix Suns
1969Lloyd Kerr339Phoenix Suns
1969Mike Davis12162Cincinnati Royals
1970Cliff Shegogg7111Buffalo Braves
1971Rick Fisher227Portland Trail BlazersUtah Stars, The Floridians
1971Mike Childress686Cleveland Cavaliers
1973Gary Rhoades575Houston Rockets
1978Larry Paige7147Los Angeles Lakers
1978Alan Cunningham8169Philadelphia 76ers
1980Barry Young9185New Jersey Nets
1982Eddie Hughes7140San Diego ClippersDenver Nuggets, Utah Jazz
1983Mark Steele6138Los Angeles Lakers
1989Pat Durham235Dallas MavericksGolden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves
1996Joe Vogel245Seattle Supersonics
2007Jason Smith120Miami HeatMilwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards
2013Colton Iverson253Indiana Pacers
2022David Roddy123Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Memphis Grizzlies)

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