1989 NBA draft

1989 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 27, 1989
Time 7:35 pm EDT
Location Felt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) TBS
First selection Pervis Ellison, Sacramento Kings
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1989 NBA expansion draft

The 1989 NBA draft took place on June 27, 1989 in New York City, New York, USA. It has been regarded as one of the worst drafts in NBA history.[1] Eight of the top ten picks were considered busts, including the first two picks Pervis Ellison and Danny Ferry. The draft did produce talented players such as Shawn Kemp, Glen Rice, Sean Elliott, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Tim Hardaway, Vlade Divac, Cliff Robinson, B. J. Armstrong and Mookie Blaylock, The draft was reduced from three rounds in the previous year to the two-round format still in use.

This was the first draft televised prime time on national television.[2]

* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)

Round one

Sean Elliot, the 3rd pick
Glen Rice, the 4th pick
J.R. Reid, the 5th pick
Shawn Kemp, the 17th pick
Pick Player Nationality[n 1] NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Pervis Ellison (PF)  United States Sacramento Kings Louisville (Sr.)
2 Danny Ferry (PF)  United States Los Angeles Clippers Duke (Sr.)
3 Sean Elliott+ (SF/SG)  United States San Antonio Spurs Arizona (Sr.)
4 Glen Rice* (SF)  United States Miami Heat Michigan (Sr.)
5 J. R. Reid (PF/C)  United States Charlotte Hornets North Carolina (Jr.)
6 Stacey King (C)  United States Chicago Bulls (from New Jersey) Oklahoma (Sr.)
7 George McCloud (SG/SF)  United States Indiana Pacers Florida State (Sr.)
8 Randy White (PF)  United States Dallas Mavericks Louisiana Tech (Sr.)
9 Tom Hammonds (PF/C)  United States Washington Bullets Georgia Tech (Sr.)
10 Pooh Richardson (PG)  United States Minnesota Timberwolves UCLA (Sr.)
11 Nick Anderson (SF/SG)  United States Orlando Magic Illinois (Jr.)
12 Mookie Blaylock+ (PG)  United States New Jersey Nets (from Portland) Oklahoma (Sr.)
13 Michael Smith (PF)  United States Boston Celtics BYU (Jr.)
14 Tim Hardaway* (PG)  United States Golden State Warriors UTEP (Sr.)
15 Todd Lichti (SG)  United States Denver Nuggets Stanford (Sr.)
16 Dana Barros+ (PG)  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Houston via Golden State) Boston College (Sr.)
17 Shawn Kemp* (PF/C)  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Philadelphia) Trinity Valley CC
18 B. J. Armstrong+ (PG)  United States Chicago Bulls Iowa (Sr.)
19 Kenny Payne (PF)  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Seattle) Louisville (Sr.)
20 Jeff Sanders (PF/C)  United States Chicago Bulls (from Milwaukee via Seattle) Georgia Southern (Sr.)
21 Blue Edwards (SF/SG)  United States Utah Jazz East Carolina (Sr.)
22 Byron Irvin (SG)  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from New York) Missouri (Sr.)
23 Roy Marble (SG/SF)  United States Atlanta Hawks Iowa (Sr.)
24 Anthony Cook (PF/C)  United States Phoenix Suns (traded to Detroit)[3] Arizona (Sr.)
25 John Morton (PG)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Seton Hall (Sr.)
26 Vlade Divac+ (C)  Yugoslavia[4] Los Angeles Lakers KK Partizan (Yugoslavia)
27 Kenny Battle (PF)  United States Detroit Pistons (traded to Phoenix)[3] Illinois (Sr.)

Round two

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
28 Sherman Douglas (G)  United States Miami Heat Syracuse (Sr.)
29 Dyron Nix (F)  United States Charlotte Hornets Tennessee (Sr.)
30 Frank Kornet (F)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Vanderbilt (Sr.)
31 Jeff Martin (G)  United States Los Angeles Clippers Murray State (Sr.)
32 Stanley Brundy (F)  United States New Jersey Nets DePaul (Sr.)
33 Jay Edwards (G)  United States Los Angeles Clippers Indiana (So.)
34 Gary Leonard (C)  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Missouri (Sr.)
35 Pat Durham (F)  United States Dallas Mavericks Colorado State (Sr.)
36 Cliff Robinson+ (PF/C)  United States Portland Trail Blazers Connecticut (Sr.)
37 Michael Ansley (F)  United States Orlando Magic Alabama (Sr.)
38 Doug West (G/F)  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Villanova (Sr.)
39 Ed Horton (PF/C)  United States Washington Bullets Iowa (Sr.)
40 Dino Rađa (PF)  Yugoslavia[5] Boston Celtics KK Split (Yugoslavia)
41 Doug Roth (C)  United States Washington Bullets Tennessee (Sr.)
42 Michael Cutright (SG)  United States Denver Nuggets McNeese State (Sr.)
43 Chucky Brown (PF)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers North Carolina State (Sr.)
44 Reggie Cross (PF)  United States Philadelphia 76ers Hawaii (Sr.)
45 Scott Haffner (G)  United States Miami Heat Evansville (Sr.)
46 Ricky Blanton (F)  United States Phoenix Suns LSU (Sr.)
47 Reggie Turner (SF)  United States Denver Nuggets UAB (Sr.)
48 Junie Lewis (PG)  United States Utah Jazz South Alabama (Sr.)
49 Haywoode Workman (G)  United States Atlanta Hawks Oral Roberts (Sr.)
50 Brian Quinnett (F)  United States New York Knicks Washington State (Sr.)
51 Mike Morrison (G)  United States Phoenix Suns Loyola (MD) (Sr.)
52 Greg Grant (G)  United States Phoenix Suns Trenton State (Sr.)
53 Jeff Hodge (SG)  United States Dallas Mavericks South Alabama (Sr.)
54 Toney Mack (SG)  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgia (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.


  1. The 10 Worst NBA Drafts in the Lottery Era
  2. "NBA Draft Will Move To Prime-Time on TBS". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 15, 1989. pp. D4.
  3. 1 2 The Pistons traded the rights to Kenny Battle and Micheal Williams to the Suns for rights to Anthony Cook on the draft day.
    Berry, Walter (June 28, 1989). "Associatred Press sports news". Associated Press.
  4. At the time, Prijepolje was part of Yugoslavia, now it is Serbian territory.
  5. At the time, Split was part of Yugoslavia, now it is Croatian territory.

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