1990 NBA draft
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. 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.
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
Toni Kukoč, the 29th pick of the Chicago Bulls
Antonio Davis, the 45th pick of the Indiana Pacers
- ↑ 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.