Arsalan Kazemi was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2013 NBA draft with the 54th overall pick. The Wizards then traded Kazemi to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers quite possibly had the best draft of any team, headlined by a trade between them and the New Orleans Pelicans. The deal send point guard Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for the sixth overall pick (Nerlens Noel) and the Pelicans 2014 first round pick. Noel was the consensus choice to go first overall, but unexpectedly slipped to sixth. The 76ers were also able to draft Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams in the first round with the 11th pick.
Kazemi, who transferred from Rice to play his senior year with the Ducks, made the most of his one year at Oregon. He averaged 9.4 points and 10 rebounds per game for Oregon while shooting almost 60-percent from the field.
Kazemi instantly filled a void for Oregon with his high basketball IQ and his tenacity for getting rebounds. He quickly became one of the leaders both on and off the court and was a huge part of Oregon’s post-season run.