The 1996 NBA Draft was the 50th draft in the National Basketball Association. It was held on June 26, 1996 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
It is widely considered to be one of the deepest and most talented NBA drafts in history, with over one-third of the first round picks, as well as the undrafted Ben Wallace, later becoming NBA All-Stars. The draft contained three players that won NBA MVP awards (Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash) and seven other All-Stars (Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ray Allen, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O'Neal, Peja Stojaković and Antoine Walker), for a grand total of eleven All-Stars. Moreover, seven players from this draft, plus Wallace, have been named to at least one All-NBA Team, the most among any draft. The draft class also produced two future Defensive Players of the Year in Wallace (a four-time winner of this award) and Marcus Camby (2007).
SLAM Magazine named this the best NBA Draft of all time. HOOP Magazine named it the second-best, behind the 1984 draft, whose highlights included Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton. Most experts rate it along with the 1984 NBA Draft and 2003 NBA Draft as one of the best drafts in history.
|name in Bold||player in still active|
|*||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)|
|Pick||Player||Nationality||NBA Team||School/Club Team|
|1||Allen Iverson* (SG)||American||Philadelphia 76ers||Georgetown-So.|
|3||Shareef Abdur-Rahim (PF)||American||Vancouver Grizzlies||California-Fr.|
|4||Stephon Marbury (PG)||American||Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Minnesota)||Georgia Tech-Fr.|
|5||Ray Allen(SG)||American||Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Milwaukee Bucks)||UConn-Jr.|
|6||Antoine Walker (PF)||American||Boston Celtics (from Dallas)||Kentucky-So.|
|7||Lorenzen Wright (C)||American||Los Angeles Clippers||Memphis-So.|
|8||Kerry Kittles (SG)||American||New Jersey Nets||Villanova-Sr.|
|9||Samaki Walker (PF)||American||Dallas Mavericks (from Boston)||Louisville-So.|
|10||Erick Dampier (C)||American||Indiana Pacers (from Denver)||Mississippi State-Jr.|
|11||Todd Fuller (C)||American||Golden State Warriors (from Golden State via Orlando and Washington)||NC State-Sr.|
|12||Vitaly Potapenko (C)||Ukrainian||Cleveland Cavaliers (from Washington)||Wright State-Jr.|
|13||Kobe Bryant (SG)||American||Charlotte Hornets (traded to L.A. Lakers)||Lower Merion HS ([[Lower Merion Township, PA)|
|14||Peja Stojaković (SF)||Sacramento Kings||PAOK (Greece)|
|15||Steve Nash* (PG)||Canadian||Phoenix Suns||Santa Clara-Sr.|
|16||Tony Delk (SG)||American||Charlotte Hornets (from Miami)||Kentucky-Sr.|
|17||Jermaine O'Neal* (F/C)||American||Portland Trail Blazers||Eau Claire HS (Columbia, SC)|
|18||John Wallace (PF)||American||New York Knicks (from Detroit via San Antonio)||Syracuse-Sr.|
|19||Walter McCarty (PF)||American||New York Knicks (from Atlanta via Miami)||Kentucky-Sr.|
|20||Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C)||Lithuanian||Cleveland Cavaliers||Atletas (Lithuania)|
|21||Dontae Jones (F)||American||New York Knicks||Mississippi State-Jr.|
|22||Roy Rogers (PF)||American||Vancouver Grizzlies (from Houston)||Alabama-Sr.|
|23||Efthimios Rentizas (C)||Greek||Denver Nuggets (from Indiana)||PAOK (Greece)|
|24||Derek Fisher (PG)||American||Los Angeles Lakers||Arkansas-Little Rock-Sr.|
|25||Martin Müürsepp (PF)||Estonian||Utah Jazz (traded to Miami)||BC Kalev/Cramo (Estonia)|
|26||Jerome Williams (F)||American||Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio)||Georgetown-Sr.|
|27||Brian Evans (F)||American||Orlando Magic||Indiana-Sr.|
|28||Priest Lauderdale (C)||American||Atlanta Hawks (from Seattle)||Peristeri BC (Greece)|
|29||Travis Knight (C)||American||Chicago Bulls||UConn-Sr.|
|Pick||Player||Nationality||NBA Team||School/Club Team|
|30||Othella Harrington (PF/C)||Houston Rockets (from Vancouver)||Georgetown|
|31||Mark Hendrickson (PG||Philadelphia 76ers||Washington State|
|32||Ryan Minor (SG)||Philadelphia 76ers (from Toronto)||Oklahoma|
|33||Moochie Norris (PG)||Milwaukee Bucks||West Florida|
|34||Shawn Harvey (PG)||Dallas Mavericks||West Virginia State|
|35||Joseph Blair (C)||Seattle SuperSonics (from Minnesota)||Arizona|
|36||Doron Sheffer (SG)||Template:ISR||Los Angeles Clippers||UConn|
|37||Jeff McInnis (G)||Denver Nuggets (from New Jersey via Sacramento)||North Carolina|
|38||Steve Hamer (C)||Boston Celtics||Tennessee|
|39||Russ Millard (PF)||Phoenix Suns (from Denver) via L.A. Clippers and Detroit)||Iowa|
|40||Marcus Mann (PF)||Golden State Warriors||Mississippi Valley State|
|41||Jason Sasser (SF)||Sacramento Kings||Texas Tech|
|42||Randy Livingston (SG)||Houston Rockets (from Vancouver via Washington  and Orlando)||LSU|
|43||Ben Davis (PF)||Phoenix Suns||Arizona|
|44||Malik Rose (PF)||Charlotte Hornets||Drexel|
|45||Joe Vogel (C)||Seattle SuperSonics (from Miami via Atlanta)||Colorado State|
|46||Marcus Brown (G)||Portland Trail Blazers||Murray State|
|47||Ron Riley (SG/SF)||Seattle SuperSonics (from Atlanta)||Arizona State|
|48||Jamie Feick (PF)||Philadelphia 76ers (from Detroit)||Michigan State|
|49||Amal McCaskill (C)||Orlando Magic (from New York via Minnesota and Vancouver)||Marquette|
|50||Terrell Bell (C)||Houston Rockets (from Cleveland)||Georgia|
|51||Chris Robinson (SG)||Vancouver Grizzlies (from Houston)||Western Kentucky (Sr.)|
|52||Mark Pope (PF)||American||Indiana Pacers||Kentucky (Sr.)|
|53||Jeff Nordgaard (SF)||American||Milwaukee Bucks (from L.A. Lakers via Seattle)||Wisconsin–Green Bay (Sr.)|
|54||Shandon Anderson (SF)||American||Utah Jazz||Georgia (Sr.)|
|55||Ronnie Henderson (SG)||American||Washington Bullets (from San Antonio via Charlotte)||LSU (Jr.)|
|56||Reggie Geary (SG)||American||Cleveland Cavaliers (from Orlando)||Arizona (Sr.)|
|57||Drew Barry (PG)||American||Seattle SuperSonics||Georgia Tech (Sr.)|
|58||Darnell Robinson (PF)||American||Dallas Mavericks (from Chicago)||Arkansas (Jr.)|
These players were not selected in the 1996 NBA Draft.
|Player||Original NBA team||Nationality||School/club team|
|Chucky Atkins (PG)||Vancouver Grizzlies||American||South Florida (Sr.)|
|Adrian Griffin (SG/PG)||Miami Heat||American||Seton Hall (Sr.)|
|Darvin Ham (SF-SG)||Denver Nuggets||American||Texas Tech (Sr.)|
|Erick Strickland (SG)||Dallas Mavericks||American||Nebraska (Sr.)|
|Ben Wallace* (C)||Washington Bullets/Wizards||American||Virginia Union (Sr.)|
- The Bucks traded the draft rights of Stephon Marbury to the Timberwolves for Ray Allen and a future first-round and just saying he kinda sucks! 26, 1996.
O'Connor, Ian (June 27, 1996). "Marbury Learns Like A Pro". New York Daily News: p. 88.
- The Mavericks traded #6 pick and a future pick (#6 pick in 1997 NBA Draft) to the Celtics for Eric Montross and a #9 pick on June 21, 1996.
May, Peter (June 22, 1996). "Montross shipped to Dallas for the No. 6 pick". The Boston Globe: p. 67.
- The Pacers traded #23 pick along with Mark Jackson and Ricky Pierce to the Nuggets for #10 pick along with Jalen Rose and Reggie Williams on June 13, 1996.
Boeck, Greg (June 14, 1996). "Nuggets begin overhaul, make two trades". USA Today: p. 12C.
- The Magic traded #11 pick and Scott Skiles to the Bullets for #42 pick on July 29, 1994.
Hubbuch, Bart (July 30, 1994). "Bullets make point, get Skiles". The Washington Times: p. C1.
- The Bullets traded #11 pick along with Tom Gugliotta, #13 pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, and #7 pick in the 2000 NBA Draft to the Warriors for Chris Webber on November 17, 1994.
Brown, Clifton (November 18, 1994). "Sign Him, Trade Him: Webber Becomes Bullet". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D07E3DE1031F93BA25752C1A962958260&scp=1&sq=+Sign+Him%2C+Trade+Him%3A+Webber+Becomes+Bullet+&st=nyt. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
- The Cavaliers traded Mark Price to the Wizards(then Bullets) for #12 pick on September 27, 1995.
Hughes, Frank (September 28, 1995). "Bullets on the Mark with Price ; Club trades No. 1 pick to Cavs; Wallace signs". The Washington Times: p. B1.
- The Hornets traded the draft rights of Kobe Bryant to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac on July 1, 1996.
Macenka, Joe (July 1, 1996). "Divac Agrees to Charlotte Trade". Associated Press.
- The Heat traded #16 pick along with Glen Rice, Khalid Reeves, and Matt Geiger for Alonzo Mourning, Pete Myers and LeRon Ellis on November 3, 1995.
Nielsen, David (November 4, 1995). "Heat get Mourning from the Hornets". The Washington Times: p. D1.
- The Pistons traded #18 pick along with Dennis Rodman to the Spurs for #26 pick along with Sean Elliott and David Wood on October 1, 1993.Adler, Alan L. (October 2, 1993). "Sports News". Associated Press.
- The Spurs traded #18 pick along with J.R. Reid and Brad Lohaus to the Knicks for Charles Smith and Monty Williams on February 8, 1996.
Daniels, Graig (February 9, 1996). "Spurs put boots to deal". Financial Post: p. 43.
- The Hawks traded #19 pick along with Kevin Willis to the Heat for #45 pick along with Steve Smith and Grant Long on November 7, 1994."Atlanta trades Willis to Heat". Financial Post: p. 53. November 8, 1994.
- The Heat sent #19 pick and $1 million to the Knicks for a right to pursue hiring Pat Riley on September 1, 1995.
"Knicks, Heat arrange deal in Riley case". Toronto Star: p. F8. September 2, 1995.
- The Rockets traded #22 and #51 picks along with Pete Chilcutt, Tim Breaux and the #53 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft to the Grizzlies for #30 and #42 picks along with #30 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft on June 19, 1996.
Harris, Bill (June 20, 1996). "Grizzlies Deal For Another First-round Pick". The Toronto Sun: p. 115.
- The Jazz traded the draft rights of Martin Müürsepp to the Heat for a future draft pick (#23 in 2000 NBA Draft) on June 26, 1996.
Jackson, Barry (June 27, 1996). "Riley Finds New Forward in Estonia". The Miami Herald.
- The Hawks traded #45 and #47 picks to the Supersonics for #28 pick on June 25, 1996.
"Hawks Regain First-Round Draft Pick in Sonics Trade". Associated Press: p. D1. June 25, 1996.
- The Chicago Bulls renounced the draft rights to Travis Knight on July 12, 1996.
- The Raptors traded #32 pick along with #37 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Tony Massenburg and Ed Pinckney to the 76ers for Sharone Wright on February 22, 1996.
"Raptors swing deal with Philly". Financial Post: p. 64. February 23, 1996.
- The Timberwolves traded #35 pick to the SuperSonics for Željko Rebrača on June 29, 1994.
Cour, Jim (June 30, 1994). "The Associated Press report". The Associated Press.
- The Nets traded #37 pick along with #31 pick in the 1991 NBA Draft to the Kings for Mike McGee on October 31, 1988.
"Nets Acquire Kings' McGee". The New York Times: p. D30. November 1, 1988.
- The Kings traded #37 pick along with Šarūnas Marčiulionis to the Nuggets for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on June 13, 1996.
Farine, Michael (June 14, 1996). "Nuggets trade Abdul-Rauf to Kings". The Washington Times: p. B3.
- The Nuggets traded #39 pick to the Clippers for Winston Garland on June 26, 1991.
"Clippers pull off two trades". St. Petersburg Times: p. 3C. June 27, 1991.
- The Clippers traded #39 pick along with #41 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and Olden Polynice to the Pistons for William Bedford and draft rights to Don MacLean on June 24, 1992.
"Knicks get Blackman in top NBA trade". The Washington Times: p. D3. June 25, 1992.
- The Pistons traded #39 pick along with a #49 pick in the 1999 NBA Draft to the Suns for Mark West on August 1, 1994.
"SPORTS PEOPLE: BASKETBALL". The New York Times: p. B8. August 2, 1994.
- The Magic traded #42 pick along with Kenny Gattison to the Grizzlies for Jeff Turner on February 22, 1996.
"Gattison, Turner Swapped". The Associated Press. February 22, 1996.
- The Pistons traded #48 pick to the 76ers for Eric Leckner on July 25, 1994.
"TRANSACTIONS". The New York Times: p. B12. July 26, 1994.
- The Cavaliers traded #50 pick to the Rockets for Keith Hughes on June 26, 1991.
"PICKS BY TEAM". The Washington Post: p. B6. June 27, 1991.
- The Lakers traded #53 pick along with #37 pick in the 1994 NBA Draft and #50 pick in the 1995 NBA Draft to the SuperSonics for Sedale Threatt on October 2, 1991.
"Lakers Get Threatt From Seattle". The New York Times: p. B10. October 3, 1991.
- The SuperSonics traded #53 pick along with Eurelijus Žukauskas to the Bucks for Eric Snow on June 28, 1995.
"Wednesday's Sports Transactions". Associated Press. June 29, 1995.
- The Magic traded #56 pick to the Cavaliers for Steve Kerr on December 3, 1992.
"PEOPLE TRANSACTIONS". The Gazette: p. C4. December 4, 1992.