NEW YORK (AP) -- The biggest player, Yao Ming, went to the Houston Rockets. The biggest trade, involving Antonio McDyess, Marcus Camby and others, sent a former All-Star to the New York Knicks.
There was a distinct foreign flavor to Wednesday night's NBA draft, with a record 17 international players chosen among the 57 picks.
Several trades were made, too, although many of them were minor ones. The biggest deal sent McDyess and the rights to the 25th pick, Frank Williams of Illinois, to New York for Camby, Mark Jackson and the rights to the seventh overall pick, "Nene" Hilario of Brazil.
The 7-foot-5 Yao, cleared by the Chinese national federation to play in the NBA only hours earlier, was selected first overall. It marked the first time a foreign player who did not play college ball in the United States went No. 1 in the draft.
"Now there are many challenges ahead. I'm looking forward to taking on all the NBA centers, though I know it won't be an easy task," the 22-year-old Yao said.
Jay Williams, a junior guard from Duke who was the national player of the year, went second to the Chicago Bulls. Mike Dunleavy of Duke went third to the Golden State Warriors.
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