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Jun. 28, 2013 @ 05:17 PM

Given all he’s been through the last two seasons with injuries, hearing his name called in the NBA Draft late Thursday night was very special to Ryan Kelly.

“I feel unbelievably blessed,” he said. “I’ve been handed a great opportunity, and I look forward to taking advantage of it. It’s hard to put into words how excited I am.”

After twice having surgery to repair his injured right foot in the last two years limiting his availability for Duke, Kelly was selected in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Neither Kelly’s injury history, nor his choice of college, dissuaded Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, a former star at rival North Carolina, from taking Kelly.

“It’s unusual to get a guy that’s 6-11, 6-11 1/2 that has the skill that he has,” Kupchak told reporters in Los Angeles, “so it’s a unique opportunity, a big player that has an NBA frame that can shoot the ball not only mid-range, but he can make some shots. I think he can become a consistent 3-point shooter in the NBA as well.”

While playing only 23 games for the Blue Devils last season, the former Raleigh Ravenscroft high school star averaged 12.9 points per game while making 41 percent of his 3-pointers.

Kelly was unable to work out for NBA teams prior to the draft due to his foot injury. But he said X-rays taken on Monday showed his broken fifth metatarsal has completely healed.

Kupchak said he’s comfortable with Kelly’s health while adding that the team will take it slow with Kelly’s playing time this summer.

“We’ve done some research and we’re very familiar with the injury,” Kupchak said. “In fact, he’s been cleared to play. But I don’t think he’s going to play for another week or two. I don’t think he’ll participate in summer league. I don’t think there’s any need to rush him.”

While Kelly prepares to begin his professional career on the west coast, his former Duke frontcourt mate Mason Plumlee will play NBA basketball in New York.

The 7-foot Plumlee, a second-team all-American pick after averaging 17 points and 9.9 rebounds last season, was a first-round pick by the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. The No. 22 overall pick joins a team in transition that is looking to win next season at the same time.

Multiple media reports have the Nets set to acquire Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics. Neither team is allowed to comment on the deal until the new NBA year begins on July 10.

Regardless of who is on the team with him, Plumlee is confident he’ll be able to contribute immediately.

“I’m just happy to be a part of the team right now,” Plumlee said. “We’ll figure all that out come camp. But I’m a basketball player, you put me on the floor, I’m going to play my game. We’ll go from there.”

Former Duke player Billy King, Brooklyn’s general manager, said his close relationship with his alma mater and former coach, Mike Krzyzewski, gave him confidence in Plumlee.

“I have had the pleasure of seeing him play quite a bit,” King said. “I attended quite a bit of Duke games. I had a chance to talk to Coach K. We like what he can bring, athletic ability. He can run the floor, and get up and down. A great kid.”

 TEAM-BY-TEAM BREAKDOWN OF THURSDAY’S DRAFT

Team-by-team breakdown of the players each team ended up with in the draft:

Atlanta Hawks

1 (17) Dennis Schroeder, g, New Yorker Phantoms (Germany).

1 (16) Lucas Riva Nogueira, c, Estudiantes (Spain) (from Boston through Dallas).

2 (44) Mike Muscala, c, Bucknell (from Dallas).

2 (47) Raul Neto, g, Lagun Aro GBC (Spain).

2 (50) James Ennis, f, Long Beach State.

Boston Celtics

1 (13) Kelly Olynyk, c, Gonzaga (from Dallas).
Brooklyn Nets

1 (22) Mason Plumlee, c, New Jersey.

Charlotte Bobcats

1 (4) Cody Zeller, c, Indiana.
Chicago Bulls

1 (20) Tony Snell, g, New Mexico.

2 (49) Erik Murphy, f, Florida.

Cleveland Cavaliers

1 (1) Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV.

1 (19) Sergey Karasev, f, Triumph (Russia).

2 (33) Carrick Felix, g, Arizona State.

Dallas Mavericks

1 (18) Shane Larkin, g, Miami (from Atlanta).
Denver Nuggets

2 (46) Erick Green, g, Virginia Tech (from Utah).

Detroit Pistons

1 (8) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, g, Georgia.

2 (56) Peyton Siva, g, Louisville.
Golden State Warriors

1 (30) Nemanja Nedovic, g, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) (from Phoenix).

Houston Rockets

2 (34) Isaiah Canaan, g, Murray State.

Indiana Pacers

1 (23) Solomon Hill, f, Arizona.

2 (53) Indiana, Colton Iverson, c, Colorado State.

L.A. Clippers

1 (25) Reggie Bullock, f, North Carolina.

L.A. Lakers

2 (48) Ryan Kelly, f, Duke.

Memphis Grizzlies

2 (41) Jamaal Franklin, f, San Diego State.

2 (55) Joffrey Lauvergne, f, Partizan (Adraitic League) (from Denver).

2 (60) Janis Timma, f, Ventspils (Latvia).

Miami Heat

NONE.

Milwaukee Bucks

1 (15) Giannis Antetokunbo, f, Filathlitikos (Greece).

Minnesota Timberwolves

1 (14) Shabazz Muhammad, g, UCLA (from Utah).

1 (21) Gorgui Dieng, c, Louisville (from Utah).

2 (52) Lorenzo Brown, g, N.C. State.

2 (59) Bojan Dubljevic, f, Valencia BC (Spain).

New Orleans Pelicans

1 (11) Michael Carter-Williams, g, Syracuse (from Philadelphia).

2 (42) Pierre Jackson, g, Baylor (from Philadelphia).

New York Knicks

1 (24) Tim Hardaway, Jr., g, Michigan.

Oklahoma City Thunder

1 (12) Steven Adams, c, Pittsburgh.

1 (26) Andre Roberson, f, Colorado (from Minnesota therough Golden State).

2 (32) Alejandro Abrines, g, Barcelona (Spain).

Orlando Magic

1 (2) Victor Oladipo, g, Indiana.

2 (51) Romero Osby, f, Oklahoma.

Philadelphia 76ers

1 (6) Nerlens Noel, c, Kentucky (from New Orleans).

2 (35) Glenn Rice Jr., r, Rio Grande (NBADL).

Phoenix Suns

1 (5) Alex Len, c, Maryland.

1 (29) Archie Goodwin, g, Kentucky (from Oklahoma City through Golden State).

2 (57) Alex Oriakhi, f, Missouri.

Portland Trail Blazers

1 (10) C.J. McCollum, g, Lehigh.

2 (31) Allen Crabbe, g, California (from Cleveland).

2 (39) Jeff Withey, c, Kansas.

2 (40) Grant Jerrett, f, Arizona.

2 (45) Marko Todorovic, c, Regal Barcelona (Spain).

Sacramento Kings

1 (7) Ben McLemore, g, Kansas.

2 (36) Ray McCallum, g, Detroit.

San Antonio Spurs

1 (28) Livio Jean-Charles, f, ASVEL (France).

2 (58) DeShaun Thomas, f, Ohio State.

Toronto Raptors

NONE.

Utah Jazz

1 (9) Trey Burke, g, Michigan (from Minnesota).

1 (27) Rudy Gobert, c, Cholet (France) (from Denver).

Washington Wizards

1 (3) Otto Porter, Jr., f, Georgetown.

2 (38) Nate Wolters, g, South Dakota State.

2 (54) Arsalan Kazemi, f, Oregon State.


2013 NBA DRAFT
Thursday
At The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
First Round

1. Cleveland, Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV

2. Orlando, Victor Oladipo, g, Indiana

3. Washington, Otto Porter, Jr., f, Georgetown

4. Charlotte, Cody Zeller, c, Indiana

5. Phoenix, Alex Len, c, Maryland

6. New Orleans, Nerlens Noel, c, Kentucky

7. Sacramento, Ben McLemore, g, Kansas

8. Detroit, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, g, Georgia

9. b-Minnesota, Trey Burke, g, Michigan

10. Portland, C.J. McCollum, g, Lehigh

11. Philadelphia, Michael Carter-Williams, g, Syracuse

12. Oklahoma City (from Toronto via Houston), Steven Adams, c, Pittsburgh

13. c-Dallas, Kelly Olynyk, c, Gonzaga

14. b-Utah, Shabazz Muhammad, f, UCLA

15. Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokunbo, f, Filathlitikos (Greece)

16. c,d-Boston, Lucas Riva Nogueira, c, Estudiantes (Spain)

17. Atlanta, Dennis Schroeder, g, New Yorker Phantoms (Germany)

18. d-Atlanta (from Houston via Brooklyn), Shane Larkin, g, Miami

19. Cleveland (from L.A. Lakers), Sergey Karasev, f, Triumph (Russia)

20. Chicago, Tony Snell, g, New Mexico

21. b-Utah (from Golden State via Brooklyn), Gorgui Dieng, c, Louisville

22. Brooklyn, Mason Plumlee, c, New Jersey

23. Indiana, Solomon Hill, f, Arizona

24. New York, Tim Hardaway, Jr., g, Michigan

25. L.A. Clippers, Reggie Bullock, f, North Carolina

26. e-Minnesota (from Memphis via Houston), Andre Roberson, f, Colorado

27. f-Denver, Rudy Gobert, c, Cholet (France)

28. San Antonio, Livio Jean-Charles, f, ASVEL (France)

29. g-Oklahoma City, Archie Goodwin, g, Kentucky

30. h-Phoenix (from Miami via L.A. Lakers and Cleveland), Nemanja Nedovic, g, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)


Second Round

31. i-Cleveland (from Orlando), Allen Crabbe, g, California

32. Oklahoma City (from Charlotte), Alejandro Abrines, g, Barcelona (Spain)

33. Cleveland, Carrick Felix, g, Arizona State

34. Houston (from Phoenix), Isaiah Canaan, g, Murray State

35. Philadelphia (from New Orleans), Glenn Rice Jr., r, Rio Grande (NBADL)

36. Sacramento, Ray McCallum, g, Detroit

37. Detroit, Tony Mitchell, g, North Texas

38. Washington, Nate Wolters, g, South Dakota State

39. Portland (from Minnesota via Boston and Cleveland), Jeff Withey, c, Kansas

40. Portland, Grant Jerrett, f, Arizona

41. Memphis (from Toronto), Jamaal Franklin, f, San Diego State

42. a-Philadelphia, Pierre Jackson, g, Baylor

43. Milwaukee, Ricky Ledo, g, Providence

44. d-Atlanta (from Dallas), Mike Muscala, c, Bucknell

45. Portland (from Boston), Marko Todorovic, c, Regal Barcelona (Spain)

46. f-Utah, Erick Green, g, Virginia Tech

47. Atlanta, Raul Neto, g, Lagun Aro GBC (Spain)

48. L.A. Lakers, Ryan Kelly, f, Duke

49. Chicago, Erik Murphy, f, Florida

50. Atlanta (from Houston), James Ennis, f, Long Beach State

51. Orlando (from Golden State via Denver and New York), Romero Osby, f, Oklahoma

52. Minnesota (from Brooklyn), Lorenzo Brown, g, N.C. State

53. Indiana, Colton Iverson, c, Colorado State

54. Washington (from New York), Arsalan Kazemi, f, Oregon State

55. Memphis, Joffrey Lauvergne, f, Partizan (Adraitic League)

56. Detroit (from L.A. Clippers), Peyton Siva, g, Louisville

57. Phoenix (from Denver via L.A. Lakers), Alex Oriakhi, f, Missouri

58. San Antonio, DeShaun Thomas, f, Ohio State

59. Minnesota (from Oklahoma City), Bojan Dubljevic, f, Valencia BC (Spain)

60. Memphis (from Miami), Janis Timma, f, Ventspils (Latvia)

Proposed Trades (Cannot be finalized until July 10)

a-New Orleans and Philadelphia traded the rights to selected players.

b-Minnesota and Utah traded the rights to selected players.

c-Dallas and Boston traded the rights to selected players.

d-Traded the rights to Dallas for the rights to Lucas Riva Nogueira, c, Estudiantes (Spain). Dallas traded the rights to Atlanta and the second-round (No. 44) selection for Shane Larkin, g, Miami.

e-Traded to Golden State for cash and a future second-round pick.

f-Traded the rights to to Utah for cash and the Jazz’s second-round (No. 46) selection.

g-Traded the rights to Golden State for the rights to Andre Roberson, f, Colorado and a future second-round draft pick.

h-Traded the rights to first-round (No. 30) selection Nemanja Nedovic, g, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) to Oklahoma City for the rights to first-round (No. 29) selection Archie Goodwin, g, Kentucky.

i-Traded the rights to second-round (No. 31) selection Allen Crabbe, g, California to Portland for two future second-round draft picks.