1983 NBA draft

1983 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 28, 1983
Location Felt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) USA Network and ESPN
First selection Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets
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The 1983 NBA draft took place on June 28, 1983 in New York City. A total of 226 players were selected over 10 rounds by the league's 23 teams. At least four players from the 1983 draft now serve as coaches. One serves at a major-college program—Craig Robinson (who never played in the NBA) at Oregon State—and three in the NBA—Doc Rivers for the Los Angeles Clippers, Randy Wittman for the Washington Wizards, and Byron Scott for the Los Angeles Lakers. While Scott won the Coach of the Year award in 2008, Rivers won an NBA Championship with the Celtics on that same year (it could be also noted that Rivers won that award prior to Scott, in 2000, while he was still coaching the Orlando Magic). Robinson, who led the Beavers to the 2009 College Basketball Invitational title, has an additional claim to fame as the older brother of current First Lady Michelle Obama. Sidney Lowe coached at North Carolina State from 2006 to 2011.

Manute Bol was selected in the 5th round by the Clippers, but the NBA rejected the pick on technicalities. Manute had never filed draft paperwork, and his passport listed him at 19 (at the time, 19 years was too young to be drafted).[1]


A man, wearing white shirt with a logo and the word "NBA PLAYERS" on the front, is standing and posing for a photo.
Ralph Sampson was selected first overall by the Houston Rockets.
A man, wearing white shirt with a logo and the word "NBA PLAYERS" on the front, is standing and posing for a photo.
Byron Scott was selected fourth overall by the San Diego Clippers.
A man, wearing white shirt with a logo and the word "NBA PLAYERS" on the front, is standing and posing for a photo.
Clyde Drexler was selected fourteenth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
A man, wearing white shirt with a logo and the word "NBA PLAYERS" on the front, is standing and posing for a photo.
Doc Rivers was selected thirty-first overall by the Atlanta Hawks.
PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson^ C  United States Houston Rockets Virginia (Sr.)
1 2 Stipanovich, SteveSteve Stipanovich C  United States Indiana Pacers Missouri (Sr.)
1 3 McCray, RodneyRodney McCray SF  United States Houston Rockets (from Cleveland via Philadelphia) Louisville (Sr.)
1 4 Scott, ByronByron Scott SG  United States San Diego Clippers Arizona State (Jr.)
1 5 Green, SidneySidney Green PF  United States Chicago Bulls UNLV (Sr.)
1 6 Cross, RussellRussell Cross C  United States Golden State Warriors Purdue (Jr.)
1 7 Bailey, ThurlThurl Bailey SF  United States Utah Jazz NC State (Sr.)
1 8 Carr, AntoineAntoine Carr PF  United States Detroit Pistons Wichita State (Sr.)
1 9 Ellis, DaleDale Ellis* SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Tennessee (Sr.)
1 10 Malone, JeffJeff Malone+ SG  United States Washington Bullets Mississippi State (Sr.)
1 11 Harper, DerekDerek Harper PG/SG  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Atlanta via Cleveland) Illinois (Jr.)
1 12 Walker, DarrellDarrell Walker SG  United States New York Knicks Arkansas (Sr.)
1 13 Whatley, EnnisEnnis Whatley PG  United States Kansas City Kings Alabama (So.)
1 14 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler^ SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Houston (Jr.)
1 15 Carter, HowardHoward Carter SG  United States Denver Nuggets LSU (Sr.)
1 16 Sundvold, JonJon Sundvold PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Missouri (Sr.)
1 17 Rautins, LeoLeo Rautins SF  Canada Philadelphia 76ers (from New Jersey) Syracuse (Sr.)
1 18 Breuer, RandyRandy Breuer C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Minnesota (Sr.)
1 19 Paxson, JohnJohn Paxson PG  United States San Antonio Spurs Notre Dame (Sr.)
1 20 Hinson, RoyRoy Hinson C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Phoenix) Rutgers (Sr.)
1 21 Kite, GregGreg Kite C  United States Boston Celtics BYU (Sr.)
1 22 Wittman, RandyRandy Wittman SG  United States Washington Bullets (from Los Angeles) Indiana (Sr.)
1 23 Wiggins, MitchellMitchell Wiggins SG  United States Indiana Pacers (from Philadelphia) Florida State (Sr.)
1 24 Granger, StewartStewart Granger PG  Canada Cleveland Cavaliers * Villanova (Sr.)
2 25 Lowe, SidneySidney Lowe PG  United States Chicago Bulls NC State (Sr.)
2 26 Combs, LeroyLeroy Combs SF  United States Indiana Pacers Oklahoma State (Sr.)
2 27 Garris, JohnJohn Garris PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Boston College (Sr.)
2 28 Foster, RodRod Foster PG  United States Phoenix Suns UCLA (Sr.)
2 29 Micheaux, LarryLarry Micheaux PF  United States Chicago Bulls Houston (Sr.)
2 30 West, MarkMark West C  United States Dallas Mavericks Old Dominion (Sr.)
2 31 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers+ PG  United States Atlanta Hawks Marquette (Jr.)
2 32 Britt, MichaelMichael Britt# SF  United States Washington Bullets UDC (Sr.)
2 33 Minniefield, DirkDirk Minniefield PG  United States Dallas Mavericks Kentucky (Sr.)
2 34 Williams, GuyGuy Williams F  United States Washington Bullets Washington State (Sr.)
2 35 Lockhart, DarrellDarrell Lockhart C  United States San Antonio Spurs Auburn (Sr.)
2 36 McCray, ScooterScooter McCray PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics Louisville (Sr.)
2 37 Russell, DavidDavid Russell# SF  United States Denver Nuggets St. John's (Sr.)
2 38 McNealy, ChrisChris McNealy PF  United States Kansas City Kings San Jose State (Sr.)
2 39 Waiters, GranvilleGranville Waiters C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Ohio State (Sr.)
2 40 Thomas, JimJim Thomas SG  United States Indiana Pacers Indiana (Sr.)
2 41 Kitchel, TedTed Kitchel# SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Indiana (Sr.)
2 42 Davis, MikeMike Davis# SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Alabama (Sr.)
2 43 Mannion, PacePace Mannion SF  United States Golden State Warriors Utah (Sr.)
2 44 Owens, HoraceHorace Owens# SG  United States New Jersey Nets Rhode Island (Sr.)
2 45 Williams, PaulPaul Williams# SF  United States Phoenix Suns Arizona State (Sr.)
2 46 Williams, KevinKevin Williams PG  United States San Antonio Spurs St. John's (Sr.)
2 47 Lyons, KennethKenneth Lyons# PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers North Texas State (Sr.)

* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien

Notable post-second round picks

These picks have played at least one game in the NBA but were not selected in the first or second rounds.

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 48 Ehlo, CraigCraig Ehlo SG  United States Houston Rockets Washington State (Sr.)
3 50 Thompson, PaulPaul Thompson SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Tulane (Sr.)
3 53 Holton, MikeMike Holton SG  United States Golden State Warriors UCLA (Sr.)
3 54 Hansen, BobBob Hansen SG  United States Utah Jazz Iowa (Sr.)
3 57 Daye, DarrenDarren Daye SF  United States Washington Bullets UCLA (Sr.)
3 58 Pinone, JohnJohn Pinone SF  United States Atlanta Hawks Villanova (Sr.)
3 59 Kuczenski, BruceBruce Kuczenski PF  United States New Jersey Nets Connecticut (Sr.)
3 62 Piotrowski, TomTom Piotrowski C  United States Portland Trail Blazers La Salle (Sr.)
4 75 Crevier, RonRon Crevier C  Canada Chicago Bulls Boston College (Sr.)
4 77 Thibeaux, PeterPeter Thibeaux SF  United States Golden State Warriors Saint Mary's (Sr.)
4 82 Jones, MarkMark Jones PG  United States New York Knicks St. Bonaventure (Sr.)
4 90 Weidner, BrantBrant Weidner PF  United States San Antonio Spurs William & Mary (Sr.)
4 91 Clark, CarlosCarlos Clark SG  United States Boston Celtics Ole Miss (Sr.)
5 97 Bol, ManuteManute Bol C  Sudan San Diego Clippers (Pick voided on technicalities)[1] Bridgeport (Sr.)
5 101 Austin, KenKen Austin PF  United States Detroit Pistons Rice (Sr.)
5 102 Lampley, JimJim Lampley C  United States Dallas Mavericks Arkansas–Little Rock (Sr.)
6 139 Threatt, SedaleSedale Threatt SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers West Virginia Tech (Sr.)
7 152 Suttle, DaneDane Suttle SG  United States Kansas City Kings Pepperdine (Sr.)


  1. 1 2 "A Gift From On High". CNN. June 28, 2010.

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