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The 1990 NBA Draft took place on June 27, 1990 in New York City, New York. This draft produced only one perennial All-Star (Gary Payton). Among the 54 picks, Payton is the only player to appear in more than one All-Star game, and he is a likely candidate for the Hall of Fame. Names in bold represent players who have been selected for the All-NBA Team.

The player projected to be the top pick by many media outlets and draft analysts was Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers. Gathers died of a heart attack while playing in the West Coast Conference semifinal game on March 4, 1990.

* 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


Gary Payton, the 2nd and most notable pick of the 1990 NBA Draft

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Derrick Coleman* (PF/C) Flag of the United States.png United States New Jersey Nets Syracuse-Sr.
2 Gary Payton* (PG) U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics Oregon State-Sr.
3 Chris Jackson (PG) U.S. Flag.png Denver Nuggets (from Miami) LSU-So.
4 Dennis Scott (SG/SF) U.S. Flag.png Orlando Magic Georgia Tech-Jr.
5 Kendall Gill (SG) U.S. Flag.png Charlotte Hornets Illinois-Sr.
6 Felton Spencer (C) U.S. Flag.png Minnesota Timberwolves Louisville-Sr.
7 Lionel Simmons (SF) U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings La Salle-Sr.
8 Bo Kimble (SG) U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Clippers Loyola Marymount-Sr.
9 Willie Burton (SG) U.S. Flag.png Miami Heat (from Washington via Dallas and Denver) Minnesota-Sr.
10 Rumeal Robinson (PG) U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks (from Golden State) Michigan-Sr.
11 Tyrone Hill+ (PF) U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors (from Atlanta) Xavier-Sr.
12 Alec Kessler (PF) U.S. Flag.png Houston Rockets (traded to Miami for Carl Herrera and the rights to Dave Jamerson) Georgia-Sr.
13 Loy Vaught (PF) U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Clippers (from Cleveland) Michigan-Sr.
14 Travis Mays (PG) U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings (from Indiana) Texas-Sr.
15 Dave Jamerson (SG) U.S. Flag.png Miami Heat (from Denver; traded with Carl Herrera to Houston for the rights to Alec Kessler) Ohio-Sr.
16 Terry Mills (SF) U.S. Flag.png Milwaukee Bucks Michigan-Sr.
17 Jerrod Mustaf U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks Maryland-Sr.
18 Duane Causwell (C) U.S. Flag.png Sacramento (from Dallas) Temple-Sr.
19 Dee Brown (SG) U.S. Flag.png Boston Celtics Jacksonville-Sr.
20 Gerald Glass (SF/SG) U.S. Flag.png Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia) Ole Miss-Sr.
21 Jayson Williams+ (PF/C) U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns St. John's-Sr.
22 Tate George (SG) U.S. Flag.png New Jersey Nets (from Chicago) Connecticut-Sr.
23 Anthony Bonner U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings (from Utah) Saint Louis-Sr.
24 Dwayne Schintzius (C) U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs Florida-Sr.
25 Alaa Abdelnaby (PF) Template:EGY
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Portland Trail Blazers Duke-Sr.
26 Lance Blanks U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons Texas-Sr.
27 Elden Campbell (PF/C) U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers Clemson-Sr.

Round two

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
28 Les Jepsen (C) U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors Iowa
29 Toni Kukoč (SF) Template:YUG
Chicago Bulls (from Orlando) KK Split (Yugoslavia, now Croatia)
30 Carl Herrera (PF) Template:VEN Miami Heat Houston
31 Negele Knight (G) U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns Dayton
32 Brian Oliver (G) U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Georgia Tech
33 Walter Palmer (C/F) U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz Dartmouth
34 Kevin Pritchard (G) U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors Kansas
35 Greg Foster (F/C) U.S. Flag.png Washington Bullets UTEP
36 Trevor Wilson (F) U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks UCLA
37 A.J. English (G) U.S. Flag.png Washington Bullets Virginia Union
38 Jud Buechler (F/G) U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics Arizona
39 Steve Scheffler (C/F) U.S. Flag.png Charlotte Hornets Purdue
40 Bimbo Coles (G) U.S. Flag.png Sacramento Kings Virginia Tech
41 Steve Bardo (G) U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks Illinois
42 Marcus Liberty (F) U.S. Flag.png Denver Nuggets Illinois
43 Tony Massenburg (F) U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs Maryland
44 Steve Henson (G) U.S. Flag.png Milwaukee Bucks Kansas State
45 Antonio Davis+ (F/C) U.S. Flag.png Indiana Pacers UTEP
46 Kenny Williams (F) U.S. Flag.png Indiana Pacers Elizabeth City State
47 Derek Strong (F) U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Xavier
48 Cedric Ceballos+ (F) U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns Cal State Fullerton
49 Phil Henderson (SG) U.S. Flag.png Dallas Mavericks Duke
50 Miloš Babić (C) Template:YUG
Phoenix Suns Tennessee Tech
51 Tony Smith (C) U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers (from San Antonio) Marquette
52 Stefano Rusconi (PF/C) Template:ITA Cleveland Cavaliers Ranger Varese(Italy)
53 Abdul Shamsid-Deen (C) U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics Providence
54 Sean Higgins (G/F) U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Michigan

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