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Morehead State's Kenneth Faried signs autographs after being taken with the No. 23 pick by the Denver Nuggets during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Newark, N.J.


"I'm confident Enes has all of the tools to be a great player in the NBA for many years to come. ... Kudos as well to the Utah Jazz on a very wise selection."

— Namik Tan, Turkey's Ambassador to the U.S.

A New Jersey flavor

Commissioner David Stern walked to the podium and said "with the 22nd pick the Denver Nuggets select Newark's own Kenneth Faried of Morehead State." Sections of the sellout crowd of 8,417 erupted into cheers.

A coach that stays on point

Brandon Knight, picked eighth by the Pistons, became the fourth point guard who played for John Calipari in four years to be picked in top 10 picks. Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall were the other three.

Twin picks

Markieff and Marcus Morris have been as close as twin brothers can be. Markieff was chosen with the 13th pick by the Phoenix Suns and Marcus was taken as the next selection by the Houston Rockets. "He was born before me so it's nothing new," Marcus said.

World peace for 3!

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest's attorney filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday seeking the change his name to Metta World Peace.

Double dipping

The Cavaliers were the first team to have two of the top four NBA picks since 1983, when Houston selected Ralph Sampson and Rodney McCray with the first and fourth picks.