Childress Goes #6 in NBA Draft

When Josh Childress first announced that he was entering the 2004 NBA Draft, some fans wondered if he was making the right move. After missing the entire preseason with a foot injury, and then three more weeks out of the starting lineup, did he show enough this year to give himself what he deserved in the Draft? Tonight's selection with the #6 pick by the Atlanta Hawks more than validated this beloved Stanford star's decision.

Stanford junior forward Josh Childress was just selected with the highest NBA Draft pick ever for a Stanford player as he was taken by the Atlanta Hawks #6 in this evening's draft. However, there had been a wide range of speculation in recent weeks, and especially the last few days, about where the 6'7" wing would go. He was thought for a time to go as high as #4 to the Charlotte Bobcats, but when they traded that pick up to #2, Childress suddenly was thought by some experts to slide into the middle of the round.

"This draft in particular - nobody had any idea where they would go," the All-American from The Farm admits. "I was sitting in my hotel room the last two days just dying inside. All the trades and everything. But I'm happy that I'm going to the Hawks."

While many of the debates surrounding Childress' NBA future have compared him to other forwards in the pros, he made a proclamation just minutes after his selection that might have surprised some. Though the public record will show him as the top small forward taken tonight in the Draft (ahead of Luol Deng, Luke Jackson and Josh Smith) he says he is something else...

"I'm a two-guard. I feel I've always been a two-guard and think that's my natural position," he opines.

Taken with the #6 pick in this draft, Childress now holds the torch as the highest drafted player in Stanford history. Stanford center Rich Kelley previously held that honor with his #7 selection by the New Orleans Jazz in 1975.

Josh Childress missed the first nine games of the season with a stress reaction in his foot, and he did not start until the fourth week of Pac-10 play. But he earned every First Team All-American honor with his play when he was healthy. The long and athletic forward averaged 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He did not take over every game he played, but he delivered some incredible memories in several contests for the #1-ranked Cardinal this year, including a 36-point domination at USC that will be talked about for ages by Stanford fans.

Josh Childress 2003-04 statistics

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