1985 NBA draft

1985 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 18, 1985
Time 7:35 pm EDT
Location Felt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) TBS Superstation
First selection Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks
NBA draft
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The 1985 NBA draft took place on June 18, 1985. It was also the first NBA draft of the "lottery" era. A total of 162 players were selected over seven rounds by the league's 23 teams.[1] The New York Knicks were awarded the first overall pick by winning the first-ever NBA draft lottery, which was held in May of that year. The Knicks ultimately used it on Georgetown's Patrick Ewing.

Draft selections

Patrick Ewing, the 1st pick
Wayman Tisdale, the 2nd pick
Chris Mullin, the 7th pick
Charles Oakley, the 9th pick
Karl Malone, the 13th pick
Bill Wennington, the 16th pick
Joe Dumars, the 18th pick
A. C. Green, the 23rd pick
Terry Porter, the 24th pick
Sam Mitchell, the 54th pick
Mario Elie, the 160th pick
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
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] Team School/club team
1 1 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing^ C  Jamaica
 United States[2]
New York Knicks Georgetown (Sr.)
1 2 Tisdale, WaymanWayman Tisdale PF  United States Indiana Pacers Oklahoma (Jr.)
1 3 Benjamin, BenoitBenoit Benjamin C  United States Los Angeles Clippers Creighton (Jr.)
1 4 McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel+ PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics Wichita State (Sr.)
1 5 Koncak, JonJon Koncak C  United States Atlanta Hawks SMU (Sr.)
1 6 Kleine, JoeJoe Kleine C  United States Sacramento Kings Arkansas (Sr.)
1 7 Mullin, ChrisChris Mullin^ SF  United States Golden State Warriors St. John's (Sr.)
1 8 Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf* SF/PF  West Germany Dallas Mavericks (from Cleveland) Washington (Sr.)
1 9 Oakley, CharlesCharles Oakley+ PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers * Virginia Union (Sr.)
1 10 Pinckney, EdEd Pinckney PF  United States Phoenix Suns Villanova (Sr.)
1 11 Lee, KeithKeith Lee C  United States Chicago Bulls Memphis State (Sr.)
1 12 Green, KennyKenny Green F  United States Washington Bullets Wake Forest (Jr.)
1 13 Malone, KarlKarl Malone^ PF  United States Utah Jazz Louisiana Tech (Jr.)
1 14 Hughes, AlfredrickAlfredrick Hughes SG  United States San Antonio Spurs Loyola (IL) (Sr.)
1 15 Rasmussen, BlairBlair Rasmussen C  United States Denver Nuggets (from Portland) Oregon (Sr.)
1 16 Wennington, BillBill Wennington C  Canada Dallas Mavericks (from New Jersey) St. John's (Sr.)
1 17 Blab, UweUwe Blab C  West Germany Dallas Mavericks Indiana (Sr.)
1 18 Dumars, JoeJoe Dumars^ SG  United States Detroit Pistons McNeese State (Sr.)
1 19 Harris, SteveSteve Harris SG  United States Houston Rockets Tulsa (Sr.)
1 20 Vincent, SamSam Vincent SG  United States Boston Celtics (from Denver via Dallas) Michigan State (Sr.)
1 21 Catledge, TerryTerry Catledge PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers South Alabama (Sr.)
1 22 Reynolds, JerryJerry Reynolds G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks LSU (Jr.)
1 23 Green, A. C.A. C. Green+ SF/PF  United States Los Angeles Lakers Oregon State (Sr.)
1 24 Porter, TerryTerry Porter+ PG  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston via Dallas) Wisconsin–Stevens Point (Sr.)
2 25 Smrek, MikeMike Smrek C  Canada Portland Trail Blazers Canisius (Sr.)
2 26 Martin, BillBill Martin F  United States Indiana Pacers Georgetown (Sr.)
2 27 McClain, DwayneDwayne McClain SG  United States Indiana Pacers Villanova (Sr.)
2 28 Johnson, KenKen Johnson F  United States Chicago Bulls Michigan State (Sr.)
2 29 Brittain, MikeMike Brittain C  United States San Antonio Spurs South Carolina (Sr.)
2 30 Duncan, CalvinCalvin Duncan# G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers VCU (Sr.)
2 31 Bol, ManuteManute Bol C  Sudan Washington Bullets Bridgeport (Fr.)
2 32 Vanos, NickNick Vanos C  United States Phoenix Suns Santa Clara (Sr.)
2 33 Stokes, GregGreg Stokes F/C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Iowa (Sr.)
2 34 Sherrod, AubreyAubrey Sherrod# SG  United States Chicago Bulls Wichita State (Sr.)
2 35 Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin SF/PF  United States San Antonio Spurs DePaul (Sr.)
2 36 Joseph, YvonYvon Joseph C  Haiti New Jersey Nets Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 37 Scurry, CareyCarey Scurry F  United States Utah Jazz LIU Brooklyn (Sr.)
2 38 Martín, FernandoFernando Martín PF  Spain New Jersey Nets Real Madrid (Spain)
2 39 Montgomery, GeorgeGeorge Montgomery# F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Illinois (Sr.)
2 40 Acres, MarkMark Acres F/C  United States Dallas Mavericks Oral Roberts (Sr.)
2 41 Charles, LorenzoLorenzo Charles PF  United States Atlanta Hawks NC State (Sr.)
2 42 Hurt, Bobby LeeBobby Lee Hurt# C/F  United States Golden State Warriors Alabama (Sr.)
2 43 Stevens, BarryBarry Stevens G/F  United States Denver Nuggets Iowa State (Sr.)
2 44 Winters, VoiseVoise Winters SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Bradley (Sr.)
2 45 Williams, John "Hot Rod"John "Hot Rod" Williams PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Tulane (Sr.)
2 46 Branch, AdrianAdrian Branch SF  United States Chicago Bulls (from L.A. Lakers) Maryland (Sr.)
2 47 Wilkins, GeraldGerald Wilkins SG  United States New York Knicks (from Boston) Chattanooga (Sr.)

* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien

Notable post-second round picks

This list includes only players who appeared in at least one NBA game but were not selected in the first or second rounds of the 1985 NBA draft.

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 49 Wright, BradBrad Wright PF  United States Golden State Warriors UCLA (Sr.)
3 54 Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell SF/PF  United States Houston Rockets (from San Antonio via Atlanta)*** Mercer (Sr.)
3 59 Toney, SedricSedric Toney PG  United States Atlanta Hawks* Dayton (Sr.)
3 61 Young, PerryPerry Young SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Virginia Tech (Sr.)
3 63 Keeling, HaroldHarold Keeling SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Santa Clara (Sr.)
3 66 Adams, MichaelMichael Adams+ PG  United States Kansas City Kings (from Denver) Boston College (Sr.)
3 69 Brown, MikeMike Brown C  United States Chicago Bulls** George Washington (Sr.)
4 73 Cofield, FredFred Cofield PG  United States New York Knicks Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
4 75 Stivrins, AlexAlex Stivrins F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Colorado (Sr.)
4 77 Sabonis, ArvydasArvydas Sabonis+ C  Soviet Union
( Lithuania)
Atlanta Hawks (pick voided because Sabonis was not yet 21 at the time of the draft)[3] Žalgiris Kaunas (Soviet Union)
4 79 Davis, MarkMark Davis SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Old Dominion (Sr.)
4 82 Roth, ScottScott Roth SF  United States San Antonio Spurs Wisconsin (Sr.)
4 83 Rudd, DelaneyDelaney Rudd G  United States Utah Jazz Wake Forest (Sr.)
4 84 Battle, JohnJohn Battle SG  United States Atlanta Hawks (from New Jersey) Rutgers (Sr.)
4 87 Webb, SpudSpud Webb PG  United States Detroit Pistons NC State (Sr.)
4 89 Williams, PetePete Williams PF  United States Denver Nuggets Arizona (So.)
4 90 Gervin, DerrickDerrick Gervin PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers UTSA (Jr.)
4 91 McQueen, CozellCozell McQueen PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks NC State (Sr.)
4 92 Shouse, DexterDexter Shouse PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers South Alabama (Sr.)
6 139 Lewis, RalphRalph Lewis SG  United States Boston Celtics La Salle (Sr.)
7 144 Phelps, MikeMike Phelps SG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Alcorn State (Sr.)
7 148 Glouchkov, GeorgiGeorgi Glouchkov PF  Bulgaria Phoenix Suns Akademik Varna (Bulgaria)
7 160 Elie, MarioMario Elie SF/SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks American International (Sr.)
  1. Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.

* Compensation for the Utah Jazz signing Billy Paultz
** Compensation for the Los Angeles Lakers signing Larry Spriggs
*** Compensation for the Atlanta Hawks signing Billy Paultz


Some have argued that NBA Commissioner David Stern fixed the first overall pick to help his hometown team, the struggling New York Knicks. When an accountant from Ernst & Whinney inserted the seven envelopes into the glass drum, some have claimed that he banged the fourth one against the side of the drum to create a creased corner, thereby making it easier for Stern to determine which envelope to choose: the envelope containing the Knicks logo.[4]

See also


  1. "1985 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. Ewing was born in  Jamaica, but had become a naturalized United States citizen while at Georgetown, as evidenced by his selection to the USA team at the 1984 Olympics.
  3. McCallum, Jack (August 11, 2011). "Hoops giant Sabonis was a mystery man with indisputable talent". SI.com. Retrieved January 4, 2014. Sabonis was subsequently selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 1986 NBA draft.
  4. Rosenberg, Michael (29 October 2010). "Viewpoint: Sports conspiracy theories". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
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