1987 NBA draft

1987 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 22, 1987
Time 7:35 pm EDT
Location Felt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) TBS Superstation
First selection David Robinson
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David Robinson, the 1st pick

The 1987 NBA draft was held on June 22, 1987 in New York City.

This draft is notable for the selection of two future members of the NBA 50 Greatest Players list, David Robinson and Scottie Pippen, as well as fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Miller. Other notable selections include Kevin Johnson, Kenny Smith, Horace Grant, Reggie Lewis, Muggsy Bogues, Mark Jackson, and Šarūnas Marčiulionis. Also in this draft, former Florida Gators head men's basketball coach Billy Donovan (drafted 68th by the Utah Jazz), who led that program to NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships in 2006 and in 2007.

Note that David Robinson did not join the NBA until the 1989–90 season due to his service commitment with the United States Navy. This was the last NBA draft to go over three rounds, as it was reduced to exactly three next year and later to two since 1989.

Draft selections

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
Scottie Pippen, the 5th pick
Kenny Smith, the 6th pick
Kevin Johnson, the 7th pick
Reggie Miller, the 11th pick
Muggsy Bogues, the 12th pick
Joe Wolf, the 13th pick
Mark Jackson, the 18th pick
Steve Alford, the 26th pick
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] Team School/club team
1 1 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson^ C  United States San Antonio Spurs Navy (Sr.)
1 2 Gilliam, ArmenArmen Gilliam PF  United States Phoenix Suns UNLV (Sr.)
1 3 Hopson, DennisDennis Hopson SF  United States New Jersey Nets Ohio State (Sr.)
1 4 Williams, ReggieReggie Williams SF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Georgetown (Sr.)
1 5 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen^ SF  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from New York, traded to Chicago for Olden Polynice) Central Arkansas (Sr.)
1 6 Kenny Smith PG  United States Sacramento Kings North Carolina (Sr.)
1 7 Kevin Johnson* PG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers California (Sr.)
1 8 Polynice, OldenOlden Polynice C  Haiti Chicago Bulls (from Denver via New York, traded to Seattle for Scottie Pippen) Virginia (Jr.)
1 9 McKey, DerrickDerrick McKey SF/PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics Alabama (Jr.)
1 10 Horace Grant+ PF/C  United States Chicago Bulls Clemson (Sr.)
1 11 Reggie Miller^ SG  United States Indiana Pacers UCLA (Sr.)
1 12 Bogues, MuggsyMuggsy Bogues PG  United States Washington Bullets Wake Forest (Sr.)
1 13 Wolf, JoeJoe Wolf C  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Houston) North Carolina (Sr.)
1 14 Frank, TellisTellis Frank PF  United States Golden State Warriors WKU (Sr.)
1 15 Ortiz, JoséJosé Ortiz PF  Puerto Rico Utah Jazz Oregon State (Sr.)
1 16 Welp, ChristianChristian Welp C  West Germany Philadelphia 76ers Washington (Sr.)
1 17 Murphy, RonnieRonnie Murphy SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Jacksonville (Sr.)
1 18 Jackson, MarkMark Jackson+ PG  United States New York Knicks (from Milwaukee via Seattle) St. John's (Sr.)
1 19 Norman, KenKen Norman SF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit) Illinois (Sr.)
1 20 Farmer, JimJim Farmer SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Alabama (Sr.)
1 21 Comegys, DallasDallas Comegys C  United States Atlanta Hawks DePaul (Sr.)
1 22 Lewis, ReggieReggie Lewis+ SG  United States Boston Celtics Northeastern (Sr.)
1 23 Anderson, Greg "Cadillac"Greg "Cadillac" Anderson PF  United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Houston (Sr.)
2 24 Banks, FreddieFreddie Banks# SG  United States Detroit Pistons UNLV (Sr.)
2 25 Moore, RonRon Moore C  United States New York Knicks West Virginia State (Sr.)
2 26 Alford, SteveSteve Alford SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Indiana (Sr.)
2 27 Blackwell, NateNate Blackwell PG  United States San Antonio Spurs Temple (Sr.)
2 28 Winslow, RickieRickie Winslow SF  United States Chicago Bulls Houston (Sr.)
2 29 Fonville, LesterLester Fonville# C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Jackson State (Sr.)
2 30 Wilson, NikitaNikita Wilson SF  United States Portland Trail Blazers LSU (Sr.)
2 31 Moore, AndreAndre Moore PF  United States Denver Nuggets Loyola (IL) (Jr.)
2 32 McCann, BobBob McCann SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Morehead State (Sr.)
2 33 White, TonyTony White PG  United States Chicago Bulls Tennessee (Sr.)
2 34 Rowsom, BrianBrian Rowsom PF  United States Indiana Pacers UNC Wilmington (Sr.)
2 35 Lee, DougDoug Lee SG  United States Houston Rockets Purdue (Sr.)
2 36 Washington, DuaneDuane Washington SG  United States Washington Bullets Middle Tennessee (Sr.)
2 37 Dowell, DerrickDerrick Dowell# SF  United States Washington Bullets USC (Sr.)
2 38 Coleman, NorrisNorris Coleman SF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Kansas State (So.)
2 39 Askew, VincentVincent Askew SG/SF  United States Philadelphia 76ers Memphis State (Jr.)
2 40 Garland, WinstonWinston Garland PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Southwest Missouri State (Sr.)
2 41 Johnson, KannardKannard Johnson SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers WKU (Sr.)
2 42 Bailey, TerranceTerrance Bailey# SG  United States Atlanta Hawks Wagner (Sr.)
2 43 Kennedy, AndrewAndrew Kennedy# F  Jamaica Philadelphia 76ers Virginia (Sr.)
2 44 Coner, TerryTerry Coner# PG  United States Atlanta Hawks Alabama (Sr.)
2 45 Lohaus, BradBrad Lohaus PF/C  United States Boston Celtics Iowa (Sr.)
2 46 Dalrymple, BruceBruce Dalrymple# G  United States Phoenix Suns Georgia Tech (Sr.)

Notable post-second round picks

Billy Donovan, the 68th pick

These draft picks played at least one game in the NBA but were selected after the second round.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
3 48 Waller, JamieJamie Waller SG  United States New Jersey Nets Virginia Union (Sr.)
3 50 Zevenbergen, PhilPhil Zevenbergen C  United States San Antonio Spurs Washington (Sr.)
3 53 Crite, WinstonWinston Crite SF  United States Phoenix Suns Texas A&M (Sr.)
3 58 Johnson, DarrylDarryl Johnson PG  United States Golden State Warriors Michigan State (Sr.)
3 63 Gamble, KevinKevin Gamble SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Iowa (Sr.)
3 65 White, EricEric White PF  United States Detroit Pistons Pepperdine (Sr.)
3 68 Donovan, BillyBilly Donovan PG  United States Utah Jazz Providence (Sr.)
4 74 Arlauckas, JoeJoe Arlauckas SF  United States Sacramento Kings Niagara (Sr.)
4 75 Dudley, ChrisChris Dudley C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Yale (Sr.)
4 79 Haley, JackJack Haley C  United States Chicago Bulls UCLA (Sr.)
4 88 Popson, DaveDave Popson PF  United States Detroit Pistons North Carolina (Sr.)
5 100 Grandison, RonnieRonnie Grandison SF  United States Denver Nuggets New Orleans (Sr.)
5 107 Kofoed, BartBart Kofoed SG  United States Utah Jazz Nebraska–Kearney (Sr.)
6 116 Nessley, MartinMartin Nessley C  United States Los Angeles Clippers Duke (Sr.)
6 127 Marčiulionis, ŠarūnasŠarūnas Marčiulionis SG  Soviet Union
( Lithuania)
Golden State Warriors Statyba Vilnius (Soviet Union)
  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.

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the draft but still appeared in at least one regular or postseason NBA game.

Player Position Nationality School/club team
Allen, RandyRandy Allen F  United States Florida State (Sr.)
Bazarevich, SergeiSergei Bazarevich SG  Russia CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Brooks, ScottScott Brooks PG  United States UC Irvine (Sr.)
Champion, MikeMike Champion PF  United States Gonzaga (Sr.)
Copa, TomTom Copa C  United States Marquette (Sr.)
Ćurčić, RadisavRadisav Ćurčić C  Yugoslavia ( Serbia) Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
Gaze, AndrewAndrew Gaze F  Australia Melbourne Tigers (Australia)
Hunter, CedricCedric Hunter PG  United States Kansas (Sr.)
Wade, MarkMark Wade PG  United States UNLV (Sr.)
Wood, DavidDavid Wood F  United States Nevada (Sr.)
Wynder, A. J.A. J. Wynder PG  United States Fairfield (Sr.)


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