It was also the first NBA Draft of the "Lottery" era. A total of 162 players were selected over 7 rounds by the league's 23 teams. The New York Knicks were awarded the first overall pick, by winning the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery, which was held in May of that year. The Knicks ultimately used it on Georgetown's Patrick Ewing.
* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien
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