1990 NBA draft

1990 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 27, 1990
Time 7:35 pm EDT
Location Felt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) TNT
First selection Derrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets
NBA draft
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The 1990 NBA draft took place on June 27, 1990, in New York City, New York. One of the standouts of this draft is Basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton.[1][2] He became a nine-time All-Star, achieved the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1996, won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006, holds many statistical records during his tenure with the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics, and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2013.

The top pick of the draft was Syracuse's Derrick Coleman who was selected by the New Jersey Nets. In total, 52 of the 54 players selected went on to play at least one competitive game in the NBA, and six players were at some point of their career selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game. One player who had been projected to be a high lottery pick by media outlets and draft analysts was Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers, who died of a heart condition in March 1990 during a game.

^ 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 one

Derrick Coleman, the 1st pick of the New Jersey Nets
Gary Payton, the 2nd pick of the Seattle SuperSonics
Chris Jackson (later Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf), the 3rd pick of the Denver Nuggets
Kendall Gill, the 5th pick of the Charlotte Hornets
Pick Player Nationality[n 1] NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Derrick Coleman* (PF/C)  United States New Jersey Nets SyracuseSr.
2 Gary Payton^ (PG)  United States Seattle SuperSonics Oregon StateSr.
3 Chris Jackson (PG)  United States Denver Nuggets (from Miami) LSUSo.
4 Dennis Scott (SG/SF)  United States Orlando Magic Georgia TechJr.
5 Kendall Gill (SG)  United States Charlotte Hornets IllinoisSr.
6 Felton Spencer (C)  United States Minnesota Timberwolves LouisvilleSr.
7 Lionel Simmons (SF)  United States Sacramento Kings La SalleSr.
8 Bo Kimble (SG)  United States Los Angeles Clippers Loyola MarymountSr.
9 Willie Burton (SG)  United States Miami Heat (from Washington via Dallas and Denver) MinnesotaSr.
10 Rumeal Robinson (PG)  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Golden State) MichiganSr.
11 Tyrone Hill+ (PF)  United States Golden State Warriors (from Atlanta) XavierSr.
12 Alec Kessler (PF)  United States Houston Rockets (traded to Miami for Carl Herrera and the rights to Dave Jamerson) GeorgiaSr.
13 Loy Vaught (PF)  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Cleveland) MichiganSr.
14 Travis Mays (PG)  United States Sacramento Kings (from Indiana) TexasSr.
15 Dave Jamerson (SG)  United States Miami Heat (from Denver; traded with Carl Herrera to Houston for the rights to Alec Kessler) OhioSr.
16 Terry Mills (SF)  United States Milwaukee Bucks MichiganSr.
17 Jerrod Mustaf (F/C)  United States New York Knicks MarylandSr.
18 Duane Causwell (C)  United States Sacramento Kings (from Dallas) TempleSr.
19 Dee Brown (SG)  United States Boston Celtics JacksonvilleSr.
20 Gerald Glass (SF/SG)  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia) Ole MissSr.
21 Jayson Williams+ (PF/C)  United States Phoenix Suns St. John'sSr.
22 Tate George (SG)  United States New Jersey Nets (from Chicago) ConnecticutSr.
23 Anthony Bonner  United States Sacramento Kings (from Utah) Saint LouisSr.
24 Dwayne Schintzius (C)  United States San Antonio Spurs FloridaSr.
25 Alaa Abdelnaby (PF)  Egypt
 United States
Portland Trail Blazers DukeSr.
26 Lance Blanks  United States Detroit Pistons TexasSr.
27 Elden Campbell (PF/C)  United States Los Angeles Lakers ClemsonSr.

Round two

Toni Kukoč, the 29th pick of the Chicago Bulls
Antonio Davis, the 45th pick of the Indiana Pacers
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
28 Les Jepsen (C)  United States Golden State Warriors Iowa
29 Toni Kukoč (SF)  Yugoslavia
( Croatia)
Chicago Bulls (from Orlando) KK Split (Yugoslavia, now Croatia)
30 Carl Herrera (PF)  Venezuela Miami Heat Houston
31 Negele Knight (G)  United States Phoenix Suns Dayton
32 Brian Oliver (G)  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgia Tech
33 Walter Palmer (C/F)  United States Utah Jazz Dartmouth
34 Kevin Pritchard (G)  United States Golden State Warriors Kansas
35 Greg Foster (F/C)  United States Washington Bullets UTEP
36 Trevor Wilson (F)  United States Atlanta Hawks UCLA
37 A.J. English (G)  United States Washington Bullets Virginia Union
38 Jud Buechler (F/G)  United States Seattle SuperSonics Arizona
39 Steve Scheffler (C/F)  United States Charlotte Hornets Purdue
40 Bimbo Coles (G)  United States Sacramento Kings Virginia Tech
41 Steve Bardo (G)  United States Atlanta Hawks Illinois
42 Marcus Liberty (F)  United States Denver Nuggets Illinois
43 Tony Massenburg (F)  United States San Antonio Spurs Maryland
44 Steve Henson (G)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Kansas State
45 Antonio Davis+ (F/C)  United States Indiana Pacers UTEP
46 Kenny Williams (F)  United States Indiana Pacers Elizabeth City State
47 Derek Strong (F)  United States Philadelphia 76ers Xavier
48 Cedric Ceballos+ (F)  United States Phoenix Suns Cal State Fullerton
49 Phil Henderson# (SG)  United States Dallas Mavericks Duke
50 Miloš Babić (C)  Yugoslavia
( Serbia)
Phoenix Suns Tennessee Tech
51 Tony Smith (G)  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from San Antonio) Marquette
52 Stefano Rusconi (PF/C)  Italy Cleveland Cavaliers Ranger Varese (Italy)
53 Abdul Shamsid-Deen# (C)  United States Seattle SuperSonics Providence
54 Sean Higgins (G/F)  United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Michigan
  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.


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