Lydon drafted with 24th pick by Utah Jazz, going to Denver Nuggets

This is the sixth-straight year a former Syracuse player was drafted in the first round.

Tyler Lydon, the former Syracuse University player, was drafted with the 24 pick to the Utah Jazz on Thursday night. However, there is a proposed trade which would send Lydon to the Denver Nuggets.

Lydon left Syracuse after his sophomore year, with an appearance in the NCAA Final Four championship in 2016 and the NIT this past season.

Lydon declared for the draft on March 22, four days after the Orange lost 85-80 to Ole Miss. Lydon participated in the NBA Draft combine last month.

He visited with numerous teams in the NBA, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks. Lydon was not present at the NBA Draft. Instead, he was with his family in Elizaville, N.Y.

This was the sixth-straight NBA Draft when a Syracuse player was selected in the first round. Last year, Malachi Richardson was selected with the 22nd pick.

Here is a list of former Syracuse players drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft:

  • 2017: Tyler Lydon, 24th pick
  • 2016: Malachi Richardson, 22nd pick
  • 2015: Chris McCullough, 29th pick
  • 2014: Tyler Ennis, 18th pick
  • 2013: Michael Carter-Williams, 11th pick
  • 2012: Dion Waiters, 4th pick
  • 2012: Fab Melo, 22nd pick

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