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Big 12 NBA Draft History: With the 9th Overall Pick...

Best Big 12 Player Drafted #9: D.J. Augustin, Texas Longhorns, by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2008.
Augustin was a prolific scorer under Rick Barnes, and unfortunately for him, he ended up in NBA purgatory in Charlotte. Though he only has a career 10.8 ppg average, he netted 14.4 this past season to go along with 6.1 assists per game... but, besides a few diehard Longhorn fans, not many people outside of Charlotte could tell you that.

Other Notable Big 12 Players Drafted 9th: None.

Best Non-Big 12 Player Drafted 9th: Dirk Nowitzki, Germany, by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998.
We're getting into the fun part of the draft, where choosing the best drafted is deciding between two or more future Hall of Famers. At 9, the other choices were: Tracy McGrady, Shawn Marion, Amar'e Stoudemire, Andre Iguodala and Joakim Noah. While Dirk is the clear-cut choice, you can make a hell of a team with those other guys.

In preparation for the 2011 NBA Draft, each day until June 23 we'll count down the best Big 12 player drafted with each pick. This list only takes into account players who played in the Big 12, so it starts with the 1997 draft. In total 70 Big 12 alumni have been selected, filling 43 of the 60 possible slots.

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