The 1989 NBA Draft took place on June 27, 1989 in New York City, New York, USA.

It has been regarded as one of the worst drafts in NBA history, along with the 1986 NBA Draft and the 2000 NBA Draft. Though the draft produced talented players such as Shawn Kemp, Glen Rice, Sean Elliott, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Tim Hardaway, Sr., Cliff Robinson, B.J. Armstrong and Mookie Blaylock, eight of the top ten picks were considered busts, including the first two picks Pervis Ellison and Danny Ferry. The draft was reduced from three rounds in the previous year to the two-round format still in use.

This was the first draft televised prime time on national television.[1]

* 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

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Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Pervis Ellison (PF) Flag of the United States United States Sacramento Kings Louisville
2 Danny Ferry (PF) U.S. Flag Los Angeles Clippers Duke
3 Sean Elliott+ (SF/SG) U.S. Flag San Antonio Spurs Arizona
4 Glen Rice* (SF) U.S. Flag Miami Heat Michigan
5 Herman "J. R." Reid (PF/C) U.S. Flag Charlotte Hornets North Carolina
6 Stacey King (C) U.S. Flag Chicago Bulls (from New Jersey) Oklahoma
7 George McCloud (SG/SF) U.S. Flag Indiana Pacers Florida State
8 Randy White (PF) U.S. Flag Dallas Mavericks Louisiana Tech
9 Tom Hammonds (PF/C) U.S. Flag Washington Bullets Georgia Tech
10 Jerome "Pooh" Richardson (PG) U.S. Flag Minnesota Timberwolves UCLA
11 Nick Anderson (SF/SG) U.S. Flag Orlando Magic Illinois
12 Daron "Mookie" Blaylock+ (PG) U.S. Flag New Jersey Nets (from Portland) Oklahoma
13 Michael Smith (PF) U.S. Flag Boston Celtics BYU
14 Tim Hardaway* (PG) U.S. Flag Golden State Warriors UTEP
15 Todd Lichti (SG) U.S. Flag Denver Nuggets Stanford
16 Dana Barros+ (PG) U.S. Flag Seattle SuperSonics (from Houston via Golden State) Boston College
17 Shawn Kemp* (PF/C) U.S. Flag Seattle SuperSonics (from Philadelphia) Trinity Valley CC
18 B.J. Armstrong+ (PG) U.S. Flag Chicago Bulls (from Milwaukee via Seattle) Iowa
19 Kenny Payne (PF) U.S. Flag Philadelphia 76ers (from Seattle) Louisville
20 Jeff Sanders (PF/C) U.S. Flag Chicago Bulls Georgia Southern
21 Theodore "Blue" Edwards (SF/SG) U.S. Flag Utah Jazz East Carolina
22 Byron Irvin (SG) U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers (from New York) Missouri
23 Roy Marble (SG/SF) U.S. Flag Atlanta Hawks Iowa
24 Anthony Cook (PF/C) U.S. Flag Phoenix Suns (traded to Detroit)[2] Arizona
25 John Morton (PG) U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Seton Hall
26 Vlade Divac+ (C) Template:YUG
Los Angeles Lakers KK Partizan (Yugoslavia, now Serbia)
27 Kenny Battle (PF) U.S. Flag Detroit Pistons (traded to Phoenix)[2] Illinois

Round two

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
28 Sherman Douglas (G) U.S. Flag Miami Heat Syracuse
29 Dyron Nix (F) U.S. Flag Charlotte Hornets Tennessee
30 Frank Kornet (F) U.S. Flag Milwaukee Bucks Vanderbilt
31 Jeff Martin (G) U.S. Flag Los Angeles Clippers Murray State
32 Stanley Brundy (F) U.S. Flag New Jersey Nets DePaul
33 Jay Edwards (G) U.S. Flag Los Angeles Clippers Indiana
34 Gary Leonard (C) U.S. Flag Minnesota Timberwolves Missouri
35 Pat Durham (F) U.S. Flag Dallas Mavericks Colorado State
36 Clifford R. Robinson+ (PF/C) U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Connecticut
37 Michael Ansley (F) U.S. Flag Orlando Magic Alabama
38 Doug West (G/F) U.S. Flag Minnesota Timberwolves Villanova
39 Ed Horton (PF/C) U.S. Flag Washington Bullets Iowa
40 Dino Rađa (PF) Template:YUG
Boston Celtics KK Split (Yugoslavia, now Croatia)
41 Doug Roth (C) U.S. Flag Washington Bullets Tennessee
42 Michael Cutright (SG) U.S. Flag Denver Nuggets McNeese State
43 Chucky Brown (PF) U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers North Carolina State
44 Reggie Cross (PF) U.S. Flag Philadelphia 76ers Hawaii
45 Scott Haffner (G) U.S. Flag Miami Heat Evansville
46 Ricky Blanton (F) U.S. Flag Phoenix Suns LSU
47 Reggie Turner (SF) U.S. Flag Denver Nuggets UAB
48 Junie Lewis (PG) U.S. Flag Utah Jazz Utah
49 Haywoode Workman (G) U.S. Flag Atlanta Hawks Oral Roberts
50 Brian Quinnett (F) U.S. Flag New York Knicks Washington State
51 Mike Morrison (G) U.S. Flag Phoenix Suns Loyola (MD)
52 Greg Grant (G) U.S. Flag Phoenix Suns Trenton State
53 Jeff Hodge (SG) U.S. Flag Dallas Mavericks South Alabama
54 Toney Mack (SG) U.S. Flag Philadelphia 76ers Georgia


  1. "NBA Draft Will Move To Prime-Time on TBS". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1989-03-15. pp. D4. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Pistons traded the rights to Kenny Battle and Micheal Williams to the Suns for rights to Anthony Cook on the draft day.
    Berry, Walter (June 28, 1989). "Associatred Press sports news". Associated Press. 

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