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The 1986 NBA Draft was held on June 17, 1986.

Overview and aftermath

Drug and health issues involving drafted players

There were various drug-related problems that plagued players in the 1986 NBA draft. Most notable was the death of highly-touted Len Bias. Bias died less than two days after being selected second overall by the defending champion Boston Celtics. His death was ruled an overdose that resulted from the abuse of cocaine. Other problems involving drugs hampered the careers of Chris Washburn, Roy Tarpley, and William Bedford.

The top overall pick, Arvydas Sabonis, did not have drug issues but nonetheless saw his career end at year of 2003, after five All-Star appearances, due to chronic back problems. He is the first top overall pick as the foreign players in the NBA history.

Successful second-round players

While a number of first-round selections were unable to make an impact in the league, this draft did feature a number of talented second-round selections. Mark Price, Dennis Rodman, Kevin Duckworth, and Jeff Hornacek all went on to have successful careers, and each made the NBA All-Star Game.

International draftees

This draft contained two exceptional international players, both of whom had shortened careers for unusual reasons. Third-round selection Dražen Petrović was coming off an All-Star caliber fourth season when he was killed in an automobile accident in 1993. He has since been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The other, Arvydas Sabonis, was not permitted to play in the United States because of the dangerous political climate in the Soviet Union. He won gold and bronze Olympic medals in 1988 (USSR), and in 1992 (Lithuania). After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Sabonis had a very successful career in Europe before finally joining the Portland Trail Blazers in 1995. Sabonis had lost much of his mobility by the time he joined the team because of a string of knee and Achilles tendon injuries. He finished second in both the Sixth Man Award and Rookie of the Year voting. He played seven seasons with Portland before returning to his homeland of Lithuania where he finished his career. Sabonis will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2011.

Other draftee contributions to the game

This draft is also known for the number of players who made important contributions to the sport of basketball outside of the court. For example, Nate McMillan had a highly successful run with the Seattle SuperSonics as a player and then as head coach before taking his current job with the Portland Trail Blazers, Scott Skiles was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and also the first coach to lead the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs in the post-Jordan era. John Salley won four championship rings with three different NBA teams (Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers) before becoming one of the hosts of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Network. Jay Bilas is an ESPN college basketball analyst.

^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
* 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)

Round one

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Arvydas Sabonis СССР Flag.png Soviet Union Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston via L.A. Clippers) Zalgiris, Soviet Union
2 Len Bias Flag of the United States.png Boston Celtics (from Seattle) Maryland
3 Chris Washburn Flag of the United States.png Golden State Warriors NC State
4 Chuck Person U.S. Flag.png Indiana Pacers Auburn
5 Kenny Walker U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks Kentucky
6 William Bedford U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns Memphis State
7 Roy Tarpley U.S. Flag.png Dallas Mavericks (from Cleveland) Michigan
8 Ron Harper U.S. Flag.png Cleveland Cavaliers * Miami (OH)
9 Brad Sellers U.S. Flag.png Chicago Bulls Ohio State
10 Johnny Dawkins U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs Duke
11 John Salley U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons (from Sacramento) Georgia Tech
12 John S. Williams U.S. Flag.png Washington Bullets LSU
13 Dwayne Washington U.S. Flag.png New Jersey Nets Syracuse
14 Walter Berry U.S. Flag.png Portland Trail Blazers St. John's
15 Dell Curry U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz Virginia Tech
16 Maurice Martin U.S. Flag.png Denver Nuggets (from Dallas) Saint Joseph's
17 Harold Pressley U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings (from Detroit) Villanova
18 Mark Alarie U.S. Flag.png Denver Nuggets Duke
19 Billy Thompson U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks Louisville
20 Buck Johnson U.S. Flag.png Houston Rockets Alabama
21 Anthony Jones U.S. Flag.png Washington Bullets (from Philadelphia) UNLV
22 Scott Skiles U.S. Flag.png Milwaukee Bucks Michigan State
23 Ken Barlow U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers Notre Dame
24 Brad Daugherty* U.S. Flag.png Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers via Philadelphia) North Carolina

* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien

Round two

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
25 Mark Price* U.S. Flag.png Dallas Mavericks, traded on draft day to the Cleveland Cavaliers Georgia Tech
26 Greg Dreiling U.S. Flag.png Indiana Pacers Kansas
27 Dennis Rodman* U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons Southeastern Oklahoma State
28 Larry Krystkowiak U.S. Flag.png Chicago Bulls Montana
29 Johnny Newman U.S. Flag.png Cleveland Cavaliers Richmond
30 Nate McMillan U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics NC State
31 Joe Ward U.S. Flag.png Washington Bullets Georgia
32 Cedric Henderson U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks Georgia
33 Kevin Duckworth+ U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs Eastern Illinois
34 Johnny Rogers U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings UC Irvine
35 Milt Wagner U.S. Flag.png Dallas Mavericks Louisville
36 Steve Mitchell U.S. Flag.png Washington Bullets UAB
37 Panagiotis "Pano" Fasoulas Template:GRE Portland Trail Blazers NC State
38 LeMone Lampley U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics DePaul
39 Rafael Addison U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns Syracuse
40 Augusto Binelli Template:ITA Atlanta Hawks Virtus Bologna (Italy)
41 Otis Smith U.S. Flag.png Denver Nuggets Jacksonville
42 Ron Kellogg U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks Kansas
43 Dave Feitl U.S. Flag.png Houston Rockets UTEP
44 David Wingate U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Georgetown
45 Keith Smith U.S. Flag.png Milwaukee Bucks Loyola Marymount
46 Jeff Hornacek+ U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns Iowa State
47 Michael Jackson U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks Georgetown

Round three

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
48 Forrest McKenzie U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs Loyola Marymount
49 Juden Smith U.S. Flag.png Portland Trail Blazers UTEP
50 Kevin Henderson U.S. Flag.png Cleveland Cavaliers Cal State Fullerton
51 Mike Williams U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors Bradley
52 Ricky Wilson U.S. Flag.png Chicago Bulls George Mason
53 Tod Murphy U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics UC Irvine
54 Dwayne Polee U.S. Flag.png L.A. Clippers Pepperdine
55 Kenny Gattison U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns Old Dominion
56 Keith Colbert U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Virginia Tech
57 Bruce Douglas U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings Illinois
58 David Henderson U.S. Flag.png Washington Bullets Duke
59 Wendell Alexis U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors Syracuse
60 Dražen Petrović^ Template:YUG
(Template:CRO)
Portland Trail Blazers Cibona Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
61 John Shasky U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz Minnesota
62 Anthony Welch U.S. Flag.png Dallas Mavericks Illinois
63 Bill Breeding U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz Rocky Mountain
64 Don Redden U.S. Flag.png Denver Nuggets LSU
65 Dave Hoppen U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks Nebraska
66 Anthony Bowie U.S. Flag.png Houston Rockets Oklahoma
67 Ron Rowan U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers St. John's
68 Baskerville Holmes U.S. Flag.png Milwaukee Bucks Memphis State
69 Andre Turner U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers Memphis State
70 Jim Les U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks Bradley

Fourth round

Pick Player School Team
1 Calvin Thompson Kansas New York Knicks
2 Derrick Taylor LSU Indiana Pacers
3 Warren Martin North Carolina Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Scott Meents Illinois Chicago Bulls
5 Dan Bingenheimer Missouri Golden State Warriors
6 Michael Graham Georgetown Seattle SuperSonics
7 Grant Gondrezick Pepperdine Phoenix Suns
8 John Brownlee Texas Los Angeles Clippers
9 Carlos Briggs Baylor San Antonio Spurs
10 Alvin Franklin Houston Sacramento Kings
11 Steve Hale North Carolina New Jersey Nets
12 Barry Mungar St. Bonaventure Washington Bullets
13 David Shaffer Florida State Portland Trail Blazers
14 Marty Embry DePaul Utah Jazz
15 Myron Jackson Arkansas–Little Rock Dallas Mavericks
16 Chauncey Robinson Mississippi State Detroit Pistons
17 Anthony Watson San Diego State Denver Nuggets
18 Efrem Winters Illinois Atlanta Hawks
19 Conner Henry UC Santa Barbara Houston Rockets
20 Wes Stallings East Tennessee State Philadelphia 76ers
21 Bob Beecher Virginia Tech Sacramento Kings
22 Dale Blaney West Virginia Los Angeles Lakers
23 Tony Benford Texas Tech Boston Celtics

Fifth round

Pick Player School Team
1 Jerome Mincy Alabama–Birmingham New York Knicks
2 Richard Rellford Michigan Indiana Pacers
3 Ben Davis Gardner-Webb Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Clinton Smith Cleveland State Golden State Warriors
5 Jimmy Gilbert Texas A&M Chicago Bulls
6 Dominic Pressley Boston College Seattle SuperSonics
7 Steffond Johnson San Diego State Los Angeles Clippers
8 Greg Spurling Carson-Newman Phoenix Suns
9 Earl Kelley Connecticut San Antonio Spurs
10 Keith Morrison Washington State Sacramento Kings
11 Paul Fortier Washington Washington Bullets
12 Archie Johnson Alabama–Birmingham New Jersey Nets
13 Jerry Adams Oregon Portland Trail Blazers
14 Kerry Boagni Cal State–Fullerton Utah Jazz
15 Jay Bilas Duke Dallas Mavericks
16 Clarence Hanley Old Dominion Detroit Pistons
17 Jon Collins Eastern Illinois Denver Nuggets
18 Nicky Jones Virginia Commonwealth Atlanta Hawks
19 Andre Banks Iowa Houston Rockets
20 Kevin Holmes DePaul Philadelphia 76ers
21 Bobby Deaton Southwestern (Tex.) Milwaukee Bucks
22 Roger Harden Kentucky Los Angeles Lakers
23 Dave Colbert Dayton Boston Celtics

Sixth Round

Pick Player School Team
1 Butch Wade Michigan New York Knicks
2 Jeff Hall Louisville Indiana Pacers
3 Gilbert Wilburn New Mexico State Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Pete Myers Arkansas–Little Rock Chicago Bulls
5 Bobby Lee Hurt Alabama Golden State Warriors
6 Curtis Kitchen South Florida Seattle SuperSonics
7 Jim McCaffrey Holy Cross Phoenix Suns
8 Tim Kempton Notre Dame Los Angeles Clippers
9 Kevin Lewis SMU San Antonio Spurs
10 John Flowers UNLV Sacramento Kings
11 Troy Webster George Washington New Jersey Nets
12 Lorenzo Duncan Sam Houston State Washington Bullets
13 Tony Hampton Montana State Portland Trail Blazers
14 Chuck Everson Villanova Utah Jazz
15 Greg Anderson Lamar Dallas Mavericks
16 Greg Grant Utah State Detroit Pistons
17 Anthony Frederick Pepperdine Denver Nuggets
18 Alexander Volkov Kiev Institute (USSR) Atlanta Hawks
19 Robert Worthy Dyke (Ohio) Houston Rockets
20 Andre McCloud Seton Hall Philadelphia 76ers
21 John Kimbrell David Lipscomb (Tenn.) Milwaukee Bucks
22 Walter Downing Marquette Los Angeles Lakers
23 Greg Wendt Detroit Boston Celtics

Seventh Round

Pick Player School Team
1 Duane Kendall South Carolina New York Knicks
2 Steve Woodside Oregon State Indiana Pacers
3 Ralph Dalton Georgetown Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Steve Kenilvort Santa Clara Golden State Warriors
5 Robert Henderson Michigan Chicago Bulls
6 Glen McCants Clemson Seattle SuperSonics
7 Johnny Brown New Mexico Los Angeles Clippers
8 Damon Goodwin Dayton Phoenix Suns
9 Michael Anderson Pan American San Antonio Spurs
10 Ron Rankin SE Missouri State Sacramento Kings
11 Joe Price Notre Dame Washington Bullets
12 Jim Dolan Notre Dame New Jersey Nets
13 Randy Schiff Linfield Portland Trail Blazers
14 Mark Mitchell Hartford Utah Jazz
15 Kim Cooksey Middle Tennessee Dallas Mavericks
16 Larry Polec Michigan State Detroit Pistons
17 Mike Marshall McNeese State Denver Nuggets
18 Valerie Tikhonenko Soviet Union Atlanta Hawks
19 Rick Olson Wisconsin Houston Rockets
20 Dan Palombizio Ball State Philadelphia 76ers
21 Jeff Strong Missouri Milwaukee Bucks
22 Mark Coleman Mississippi Valley State Los Angeles Lakers
23 Tom Ivey Boston Univ. Boston Celtics

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