2002 NBA draft

2002 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 26, 2002
Time 7:30 pm (EDT)
Location Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) TNT
First selection Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
NBA draft
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The 2002 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2002, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting 57 amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from non-North American leagues.[1] The draft was broadcast on TNT at 7:30 PM (EDT). The NBA announced that about 42 college and high school players, and five international players, had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft.[2] The Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors both had a 22.5 percent probability of acquiring the first overall pick, but the Houston Rockets, with an 8.9 percent probability, won the NBA draft lottery on May 19.[3][4] The Bulls and Warriors were second and third, respectively. As punishment for salary-cap violations during the 2000–01 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round draft pick.

The 2002 draft set a record with 17 international selections, with six coming in the first round alone.[5]

Number 2 pick Jay Williams violated his contract by riding a motorcycle, and nearly lost his life in an accident that shattered his pelvis, severed a main nerve in his leg, and tore three ligaments in his left knee including his ACL. Although he underwent an intense rehabilitation program, Williams never played a game in the NBA again. When it became clear Williams would not be returning to the Bulls because of his injuries, he was waived. The Bulls could have voided Williams' contract, since riding a motorcycle was contractually prohibited. Instead the Bulls completed a $3 million buyout of the contract instead of having him walk away with nothing.[6]

This draft has been deemed as one of the worst of all time, while one sports outlet deemed it THE worst NBA draft ever.[7][8][9]


G Guard PG Point guard SG Shooting guard F Forward 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

Draft selections

Yao Ming, the 1st pick
Amar'e Stoudemire, the 9th pick
Caron Butler, the 10th pick
Carlos Boozer, the 35th pick
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] Team School or club team
1 1 Ming, YaoYao Ming^ C  China Houston Rockets Shanghai Sharks (China)
1 2 Williams, JayJay Williams PG  United States Chicago Bulls Duke (Jr.)
1 3 Dunleavy, Jr., MikeMike Dunleavy, Jr. SF  United States Golden State Warriors Duke (Jr.)
1 4 Gooden, DrewDrew Gooden PF  United States Memphis Grizzlies Kansas (Jr.)
1 5 Tskitishvili, NikolozNikoloz Tskitishvili F/C  Georgia Denver Nuggets Benetton Treviso (Italy)
1 6 Wagner, DajuanDajuan Wagner G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Memphis (Fr.)
1 7 , NenêNenê PF  Brazil New York Knicks (traded to Denver)[10] Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
1 8 Wilcox, ChrisChris Wilcox F/C  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Atlanta) Maryland (So.)
1 9 Stoudemire, Amar'eAmar'e Stoudemire* F/C  United States Phoenix Suns Cypress Creek HS (Orlando, Florida) HS Sr.
1 10 Butler, CaronCaron Butler+ SF  United States Miami Heat Connecticut (So.)
1 11 Jeffries, JaredJared Jeffries F  United States Washington Wizards Indiana (So.)
1 12 Ely, MelvinMelvin Ely PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Fresno State (Sr.)
1 13 Haislip, MarcusMarcus Haislip PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Tennessee (Jr.)
1 14 Jones, FredFred Jones SG  United States Indiana Pacers Oregon (Sr.)
1 15 Nachbar, BoštjanBoštjan Nachbar SF  Slovenia Houston Rockets (from Toronto) Benetton Treviso (Italy)
1 16 Welsch, JiříJiří Welsch G/F  Czech Republic Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Golden State) Union Olimpija (Slovenia and Adriatic League) 1980
1 17 Dixon, JuanJuan Dixon G  United States Washington Wizards (from New Orleans) Maryland (Sr.)
1 18 Borchardt, CurtisCurtis Borchardt C  United States Orlando Magic (traded to Utah) Stanford (Jr.)
1 19 Humphrey, RyanRyan Humphrey PF  United States Utah Jazz (traded to Orlando) Notre Dame (Sr.)
1 20 Rush, KareemKareem Rush SG  United States Toronto Raptors (from Seattle via New York, traded to Los Angeles Lakers) Missouri (Jr.)
1 21 Woods, QyntelQyntel Woods SF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Northeast Mississippi CC (So.)
1 22 Jacobsen, CaseyCasey Jacobsen SG  United States Phoenix Suns (from Boston) Stanford (Jr.)
1 23 Prince, TayshaunTayshaun Prince SF  United States Detroit Pistons Kentucky (Sr.)
1 24 Krstić, NenadNenad Krstić F/C  Yugoslavia New Jersey Nets Partizan Belgrade (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League)
1 25 Williams, FrankFrank Williams PG  United States Denver Nuggets (from Dallas, traded to New York)[10] Illinois (Jr.)
1 26 Salmons, JohnJohn Salmons G/F  United States San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia) Miami (Sr.)
1 27 Jefferies, ChrisChris Jefferies SF  United States Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Toronto) Fresno State (Jr.)
1 28 Dickau, DanDan Dickau PG  United States Sacramento Kings (traded to Atlanta) Gonzaga (Sr.)
1 29 Forfeited pick Minnesota Timberwolves (forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations)[11]
2 30 Logan, SteveSteve Logan# PG  United States Golden State Warriors Cincinnati (Sr.)
2 31 Mason, Jr., RogerRoger Mason, Jr. SG  United States Chicago Bulls Virginia (Jr.)
2 32 Archibald, RobertRobert Archibald PF  United Kingdom
Memphis Grizzlies Illinois (Sr.)
2 33 Yarbrough, VincentVincent Yarbrough SF  United States Denver Nuggets Tennessee (Sr.)
2 34 Gadzuric, DanDan Gadzuric C  Netherlands Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston) UCLA (Sr.)
2 35 Boozer, CarlosCarlos Boozer* PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Duke (Jr.)
2 36 Vujanić, MilošMiloš Vujanić# PG  Yugoslavia New York Knicks Partizan Belgrade (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League) 1980
2 37 Andersen, DavidDavid Andersen C  Australia Atlanta Hawks Virtus Bologna (Italy) 1980
2 38 Maddox, TitoTito Maddox PG  United States Houston Rockets (from Miami) Fresno State (So.)
2 39 Grizzard, RodRod Grizzard# SG  United States Washington Wizards (from Phoenix via Denver) Alabama (Jr.)
2 40 Navarro, Juan CarlosJuan Carlos Navarro PG  Spain Washington Wizards FC Barcelona (Spain) 1980
2 41 Kasun, MarioMario Kasun C  Croatia Los Angeles Clippers Opel Skyliners (Germany) 1980
2 42 Murray, RonaldRonald Murray SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Shaw (Sr.)
2 43 Jennings, JasonJason Jennings# C  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Toronto via Chicago) Arkansas State (Sr.)
2 44 Baxter, LonnyLonny Baxter PF  United States Chicago Bulls (from Indiana) Maryland (Sr.)
2 45 Clancy, SamSam Clancy# PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers USC (Sr.)
2 46 Barnes, MattMatt Barnes SF  United States Memphis Grizzlies (from Orlando) UCLA (Sr.)
2 47 Sampson, JamalJamal Sampson C  United States Utah Jazz (traded to Orlando) California (Fr.)
2 48 Owens, ChrisChris Owens PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from New Orleans, traded to Memphis) Texas (Sr.)
2 49 Fehse, PeterPeter Fehse# PF  Germany Seattle SuperSonics Halle (Germany) 1983
2 50 Songaila, DariusDarius Songaila PF  Lithuania Boston Celtics Wake Forest (Sr.)
2 51 Kammerichs, FedericoFederico Kammerichs# SF  Argentina Portland Trail Blazers Ourense (Spain) 1980
2 52 Taylor, MarcusMarcus Taylor# PG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Michigan State (So.)
2 53 Butler, RasualRasual Butler SF  United States Miami Heat (from Detroit via Toronto and Houston) La Salle (Sr.)
2 54 Slay, TamarTamar Slay SG  United States New Jersey Nets Marshall (Sr.)
2 55 Šekularac, MladenMladen Šekularac# SG  Yugoslavia Dallas Mavericks FMP Železnik (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League) 1981
2 56 Scola, LuisLuis Scola PF  Argentina San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) TAU Cerámica (Spain) 1980
2 57 Holcomb, RandyRandy Holcomb PF  United States
San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia) San Diego State (Sr.)
2 58 Edwards, CorsleyCorsley Edwards PF  United States Sacramento Kings Central Connecticut (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

These players were not selected in this draft but played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Position Nationality School or club team
Brown, DevinDevin Brown SG  United States UTSA (Sr.)
Davis, JoshJosh Davis PF/SF  United States Wyoming (Sr.)
Evans, ReggieReggie Evans PF  United States Iowa (Sr.)
Greer, LynnLynn Greer PG/SG  United States Temple (Sr.)
Grundy, AnthonyAnthony Grundy PG/SG  United States NC State (Sr.)
Haslem, UdonisUdonis Haslem C  United States Florida (Sr.)
Johnson, LintonLinton Johnson SF  United States Tulane (Sr.)
Macijauskas, ArvydasArvydas Macijauskas SG  Lithuania Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
McLeod, KeithKeith McLeod PG  United States Bowling Green (Sr.)
Pargo, JanneroJannero Pargo PG  United States Arkansas (Sr.)
Parker, SmushSmush Parker G  United States Fordham (So.)
Savović, PredragPredrag Savović SG  Serbia and Montenegro Hawaii (Sr.)
Storey, AwveeAwvee Storey PF/SF  United States Arizona State (Sr.)
Tabuse, YutaYuta Tabuse PG  Japan BYU–Hawaii (Fr.)


  1. NBA.com: 2002 Draft Handbook
  2. NBA.com. Twenty-Four Early Entry Candidates Withdraw from Draft 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  3. NBA.com. Ties Broken for NBA Draft Order of Selection. April 24, 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  4. "Cavaliers Win NBA Draft Lottery 2003". NBA.com. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  5. Lago, Joe. Draft record set with 17 foreign-born picks. June 26, 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2002.
  6. Nance, Roscoe. Bulls, Jay Williams agree to contract buyout. February 2, 2004. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  7. Top 10 Worst Drafts in NBA History
  8. Top 15 Worst NBA Draft Classes of All-Time
  9. The 10 Worst NBA Drafts in the Lottery Era
  10. 1 2 The Knicks traded #7 pick along with Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson to the Nuggets for Antonio McDyess, #25 pick and a 2003 second-round pick.
  11. "NBA Restores Timberwolves' 2005 Draft Pick". NBA.com. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
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