1998 NBA draft

1998 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 24, 1998
Time 7:30 pm (EDT)
Location General Motors Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
First selection Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers
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The 1998 NBA draft took place on June 24, 1998 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This draft helped turn around three struggling franchises: the Dallas Mavericks, the Sacramento Kings, and the Toronto Raptors.

The Mavericks, despite having a talented nucleus of Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn and Jimmy Jackson in the mid-1990s, had not had a winning season since 1989–1990. By the end of the 1997 season, all three players were traded and it was time to rebuild. With the sixth selection in 1998, they drafted Robert Traylor and quickly traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity. They then traded Garrity in a package to the Phoenix Suns for Steve Nash. With Nash and Nowitzki, the Mavericks quickly went from a lottery team in the late 1990s to a perennial playoff contender throughout the 2000s. Nowitzki went on to win the 2011 NBA Finals with Dallas without Nash, but with Kidd.

Meanwhile, the Raptors were a recent expansion team that had failed to win more than 30 games in its first three seasons. With the fourth pick they selected Antawn Jamison, whom they quickly dealt to the Golden State Warriors for Vince Carter.

The Kings, having been a perennial lottery bound franchise, skyrocketed in popularity with the addition of Chris Webber and 7th pick Jason Williams. The Kings went to the playoffs that year and took the defending Western Conference Champions to the final game of their 1st round Playoff series.

First overall pick Michael Olowokandi is regarded by Sports Illustrated as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history.[1]

Five players from the 1998 draft class have played in the NBA All-Star Game at least once in their careers: Nowitzki, Carter, Jamison, Paul Pierce and Rashard Lewis. All of them have reached the 20,000 points plateau during their careers except for Lewis.

Only Nowitzki currently plays for his original team.

* 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)
Denotes player who never played in the NBA


Antawn Jamison, the 4th pick
Vince Carter, the 5th pick
Dirk Nowitzki, the 9th pick
Paul Pierce, the 10th pick
Rashard Lewis, the 32nd pick
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] NBA team School/Club team
1 1 Olowokandi, MichaelMichael Olowokandi C  Nigeria
 United Kingdom
Los Angeles Clippers Pacific (Sr.)
1 2 Bibby, MikeMike Bibby PG  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Arizona (So.)
1 3 LaFrentz, RaefRaef LaFrentz C/F  United States Denver Nuggets Kansas (Sr.)
1 4 Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison+ F  United States Toronto Raptors (traded to Golden State) North Carolina (Jr.)
1 5 Carter, VinceVince Carter* G/F  United States Golden State Warriors (traded to Toronto) North Carolina (Jr.)
1 6 Traylor, RobertRobert Traylor F/C  United States Dallas Mavericks (traded to Milwaukee) Michigan (Jr.)
1 7 Williams, JasonJason Williams PG  United States Sacramento Kings Florida (Jr.)
1 8 Hughes, LarryLarry Hughes SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Saint Louis (Fr.)
1 9 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki* PF  Germany Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Dallas) DJK Würzburg (Germany, 2nd division)
1 10 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce* G/F  United States Boston Celtics Kansas (Jr.)
1 11 Wells, BonziBonzi Wells G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Ball State (Sr.)
1 12 Doleac, MichaelMichael Doleac C  United States Orlando Magic Utah (Sr.)
1 13 Clark, KeonKeon Clark F/C  United States Orlando Magic (from Golden State via Washington) UNLV (Sr.)
1 14 Dickerson, MichaelMichael Dickerson SG  United States Houston Rockets Arizona (Sr.)
1 15 Harpring, MattMatt Harpring F/G  United States Orlando Magic (from New Jersey) Georgia Tech (Sr.)
1 16 Drew, BryceBryce Drew PG  United States Houston Rockets Valparaíso (Sr.)
1 17 Nesterovič, RadoslavRadoslav Nesterovič C  Slovenia Minnesota Timberwolves Kinder Bologna (Italy)
1 18 Türkcan, MirsadMirsad Türkcan PF  Turkey Houston Rockets (from Toronto via Portland) Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
1 19 Garrity, PatPat Garrity PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Cleveland, traded to Phoenix) Notre Dame (Sr.)
1 20 McLeod, RoshownRoshown McLeod SF  United States Atlanta Hawks Duke (Sr.)
1 21 Davis, RickyRicky Davis G/F  United States Charlotte Hornets Iowa (Fr.)
1 22 Skinner, BrianBrian Skinner F/C  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Miami) Baylor (Sr.)
1 23 Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue PG  United States Denver Nuggets (from Phoenix traded to L.A. Lakers) Nebraska (Jr.)
1 24 López, FelipeFelipe López SG  Dominican Republic San Antonio Spurs (traded to Vancouver) St. John's (Sr.)
1 25 Harrington, AlAl Harrington F  United States Indiana Pacers St. Patrick's High School (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
1 26 Jacobson, SamSam Jacobson SG  United States Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota (Sr.)
1 27 Stepania, VladimirVladimir Stepania C Georgia (country) Georgia Seattle SuperSonics Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
1 28 Benjamin, CoreyCorey Benjamin SG  United States Chicago Bulls Oregon State (So.)
1 29 Mohammed, NazrNazr Mohammed C/F  United States Utah Jazz (traded to Philadelphia) Kentucky (Jr.)
2 30 Sesay, AnsuAnsu Sesay SF  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Toronto) Mississippi (Sr.)
2 31 Patterson, RubenRuben Patterson SF  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Vancouver) Cincinnati (Sr.)
2 32 Lewis, RashardRashard Lewis+ PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Detroit) Alief Elsik HS (Houston, Texas)
2 33 McCoy, JelaniJelani McCoy F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from L.A. Clippers) UCLA (Jr.)
2 34 Williams, ShammondShammond Williams PG  United States Chicago Bulls (from Golden State) North Carolina (Sr.)
2 35 Šundov, BrunoBruno Šundov C  Croatia Dallas Mavericks Split (Croatia)
2 36 James, JeromeJerome James C  United States Sacramento Kings Florida A&M (Jr.)
2 37 Shaw, CaseyCasey Shaw C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Toledo (Sr.)
2 38 Johnson, DeMarcoDeMarco Johnson PF  United States New York Knicks (from Boston) Charlotte (Sr.)
2 39 Alston, RaferRafer Alston PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Fresno State (Sr.)
2 40 Young, KorleoneKorleone Young SF  United States Detroit Pistons Hargrave Military Academy
2 41 Mobley, CuttinoCuttino Mobley SG  United States Houston Rockets Rhode Island (Sr.)
2 42 Simon, MilesMiles Simon SG  United States Orlando Magic Arizona (Sr.)
2 43 White, JahidiJahidi White F/C  United States Washington Wizards Georgetown (Sr.)
2 44 Marks, SeanSean Marks PF  New Zealand New York Knicks California (Sr.)
2 45 Bailey, TobyToby Bailey SG  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from New Jersey) UCLA (Sr.)
2 46 Patterson, AndraeAndrae Patterson SF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Indiana (Sr.)
2 47 Wheeler, TysonTyson Wheeler PG  United States Toronto Raptors Rhode Island (Sr.)
2 48 Stack, RyanRyan Stack C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers South Carolina (Sr.)
2 49 Carr, CoryCory Carr SG  United States Atlanta Hawks Texas Tech (Sr.)
2 50 Betts, AndrewAndrew Betts C  United Kingdom Charlotte Hornets Long Beach State (Sr.)
2 51 Brewer, CoreyCorey Brewer PG  United States Miami Heat Oklahoma (Sr.)
2 52 Dial, DerrickDerrick Dial SG  United States San Antonio Spurs Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
2 53 Buckner, GregGreg Buckner SG  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Phoenix) Clemson (Sr.)
2 54 Fowlkes, TremaineTremaine Fowlkes SF  United States Denver Nuggets (from Indiana) Fresno State (Sr.)
2 55 Bowen, RyanRyan Bowen SF  United States Denver Nuggets (from Seattle) Iowa (Sr.)
2 56 Henderson, J.R.J.R. Henderson SF  United States
Vancouver Grizzlies (from L.A. Lakers) UCLA (Sr.)
2 57 Braggs, TorrayeTorraye Braggs PF  United States Utah Jazz Xavier (Sr.)
2 58 Baston, MaceoMaceo Baston PF  United States Chicago Bulls Michigan (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.

Notable undrafted players

Brad Miller was not drafted but had a successful 14-year career in the NBA that included two All-Star selections.

These players were not selected in the 1998 NBA Draft but have played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Position Nationality School/Club team
Boykins, EarlEarl Boykins PG  United States Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
Brown, GeraldGerald Brown SG  United States Pepperdine (Sr.)
Carter, AnthonyAnthony Carter PG  United States Hawaii (Sr.)
Goodrich, SteveSteve Goodrich PF/C  United States Princeton (Sr.)
James, MikeMike James PG  United States Duquesne (Sr.)
Jasikevičius, ŠarūnasŠarūnas Jasikevičius PG  Lithuania Maryland (Sr.)
Jones, CharlesCharles Jones SG  United States LIU Brooklyn (Sr.)
Jones, MarkMark Jones SF  United States UCF (Sr.)
McCarty, KellyKelly McCarty SG  United States Southern Miss (Sr.)
Medvedenko, SlavaSlava Medvedenko[2] PF  Ukraine Budivelnyk Kiev (Ukraine) (born 1979)
Miller, BradBrad Miller+ C  United States Purdue (Sr.)
Nesby, TyroneTyrone Nesby SF  United States UNLV (Sr.)
Santiago, DanielDaniel Santiago C  United States/ Puerto Rico Saint Vincent (Sr.)


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