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.
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- ↑ "NBA Draft Will Move To Prime-Time on TBS". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1989-03-15. pp. D4.
- ↑ 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.