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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[]

File:Vlade Divac Portrait.jpg

Vlade Divac, the 26th pick

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

Round two[]

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

References[]

  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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