Salmons Traded To Philadelphia 76ers
June 27, 2002
Coral Gables, FL (hurricanesports.com) – University of Miami guard John Salmons (Philadelphia, PA), the first round selection of the San Antonio Spurs at the 2002 NBA Draft, has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers send guard Speedy Claxton to San Antonio for forward Mark Bryant, the draft rights to Salmons and the draft rights to forward Randy Holcomb, who the Spurs selected Wednesday night in the second round (57th overall).
Salmons (6-7, 210), the 14th Hurricane in school history to be selected in the NBA Draft and the first since Tim James in 1999, was a second-team All-BIG EAST selection last season after averaging 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game for the 24-8 Hurricanes.
He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players to ever play at the University of Miami, and is the only player in UM history to surpass 1000 career points (1287), 600 rebounds (687), 400 assists (433) and 150 steals (192). During his four seasons Salmons guided Miami to an 86-39 (.688) record marking the most wins in a four-year period in school-history.
Included in his four seasons were three NCAA Tournament appearances, one NIT appearance, the 1999-00 BIG EAST regular-season title and the school’s first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2000.Salmons is the third Hurricane to be chosen in the first round joining Rick Barry, who was selected with the second overall pick by the San Francisco Warriors in 1965, and James who was a first round selection in 1999 by the Miami Heat (25th pick overall).