1982 NBA draft

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The 1982 NBA draft took place on June 29, 1982, at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Brent Musburger reported for CBS in the days leading up to the draft that the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks were working on a wider-ranging deal that would have sent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to New York, Bill Cartwright to the Utah Jazz, and either the #1 or #2 pick from Utah to Los Angeles (which was guaranteed one of those picks anyway due to a 1980 trade with Cleveland), with the Lakers then planning to select both Ralph Sampson and James Worthy. When Sampson decided to forgo entering the draft and to return for another season at the University of Virginia, the deal fell apart and the Lakers picked Worthy with the #1 overall choice.[citation needed]

1982 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 29, 1982
LocationFelt Forum (New York City, New York)
Network(s)USA Network
225 total selections in 10 rounds
First selectionJames Worthy (Los Angeles Lakers)
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PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
James Worthy was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dominique Wilkins was selected third overall by the Utah Jazz.
Clark Kellogg was selected eighth overall by the Indiana Pacers.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 James Worthy^ SF   United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland) North Carolina (Jr.)
1 2 Terry Cummings* PF   United States San Diego Clippers DePaul (Jr.)
1 3 Dominique Wilkins^ SF   United States Utah Jazz Georgia (Jr.)
1 4 Bill Garnett SF   United States Dallas Mavericks Wyoming (Sr.)
1 5 LaSalle Thompson C/PF   United States Kansas City Kings Texas (Jr.)
1 6 Trent Tucker SG   United States New York Knicks Minnesota (Sr.)
1 7 Quintin Dailey SG   United States Chicago Bulls San Francisco (Jr.)
1 8 Clark Kellogg PF   United States Indiana Pacers Ohio State (Jr.)
1 9 Cliff Levingston PF   United States Detroit Pistons Wichita State (Jr.)
1 10 Keith Edmonson SG   United States Atlanta Hawks Purdue (Sr.)
1 11 Fat Lever* PG   United States Portland Trail Blazers Arizona State (Sr.)
1 12 John Bagley PG   United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Washington via Detroit) Boston College (Jr.)
1 13 Sleepy Floyd+ SG   United States New Jersey Nets Georgetown (Sr.)
1 14 Lester Conner PG   United States Golden State Warriors Oregon State (Sr.)
1 15 David Thirdkill SF   United States Phoenix Suns (from Denver) Bradley (Sr.)
1 16 Terry Teagle SG   United States Houston Rockets Baylor (Sr.)
1 17 Brook Steppe SG   United States Kansas City Kings (from Phoenix via New Jersey) Georgia Tech (Sr.)
1 18 Ricky Pierce+ SF   United States Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio via Portland) Rice (Sr.)
1 19 Rob Williams PG   United States Denver Nuggets (from Seattle) Houston (Jr.)
1 20 Paul Pressey SF   United States Milwaukee Bucks Tulsa (Sr.)
1 21 Eddie Phillips SF   United States New Jersey Nets (from Los Angeles) Alabama (Sr.)
1 22 Mark McNamara C   United States Philadelphia 76ers California (Sr.)
1 23 Darren Tillis C   United States Boston Celtics Cleveland State (Sr.)
2 24 Oliver Robinson SG   United States San Antonio Spurs UAB (Sr.)
2 25 Bryan Warrick SG   United States Washington Bullets Saint Joseph's (Sr.)
2 26 Ricky Frazier# SF   United States Chicago Bulls Missouri (Sr.)
2 27 Fred Roberts PF   United States Milwaukee Bucks BYU (Sr.)
2 28 Dave Magley PF   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Kansas (Sr.)
2 29 Scott Hastings F/C   United States New York Knicks Arkansas (Sr.)
2 30 Wallace Bryant C   United States Chicago Bulls San Francisco (Sr.)
2 31 Rod Higgins F/C   United States Chicago Bulls Fresno State (Sr.)
2 32 Richard Anderson PF   United States San Diego Clippers UC Santa Barbara (Sr.)
2 33 Linton Townes SF   United States Portland Trail Blazers James Madison (Sr.)
2 34 Vince Taylor SF   United States New York Knicks Duke (Sr.)
2 35 Derek Smith SG   United States Golden State Warriors Louisville (Sr.)
2 36 J. J. Anderson SF   United States Philadelphia 76ers Bradley (Sr.)
2 37 Audie Norris C   United States Portland Trail Blazers Jackson State (Sr.)
2 38 Wayne Sappleton F   United States Golden State Warriors (traded to New Jersey) Loyola (IL) (Sr.)
2 39 Kevin Magee# PF   United States Phoenix Suns UC Irvine (Sr.)
2 40 Guy Morgan G   United States Indiana Pacers Wake Forest (Sr.)
2 41 Dwight Anderson G   United States Washington Bullets USC (Sr.)
2 42 Jeff Taylor SG   United States Houston Rockets Texas Tech (Sr.)
2 43 Jose Slaughter SG   United States Indiana Pacers Portland (Sr.)
2 44 Mike Gibson F   United States Washington Bullets USC Upstate (Sr.)
2 45 Russ Schoene F/C   United States Philadelphia 76ers Chattanooga (Sr.)
2 46 Tony Guy# G   United States Boston Celtics Kansas (Sr.)

Notable post-second round picksEdit

Corny Thompson was selected 50th overall by the Dallas Mavericks.
Tony Brown was selected 82nd overall by the New Jersey Nets.

These post-second round picks have appeared in at least one regular or postseason game in the NBA.[1][2]

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 47 Mike Wilson G   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Marquette (Sr.)
3 48 Craig Hodges SG   United States San Diego Clippers Long Beach State (Sr.)
3 50 Corny Thompson PF   United States Dallas Mavericks Connecticut (Sr.)
3 51 Jim Johnstone PF/C   United States Kansas City Kings Wake Forest (Sr.)
3 54 Hutch Jones PG   United States San Diego Clippers Vanderbilt (Sr.)
3 55 Jerry Eaves PG   United States Utah Jazz Louisville (Sr.)
3 56 Joe Kopicki PF   United States Atlanta Hawks Detroit (Sr.)
3 60 Chris Engler C   United States Golden State Warriors Wyoming (Sr.)
3 63 Chuck Nevitt C   United States Houston Rockets NC State (Sr.)
3 65 John Greig SF   United States Seattle SuperSonics Oregon (Sr.)
3 69 Perry Moss PG   United States Boston Celtics Northeastern (Sr.)
4 72 Mark Eaton+ C   United States Utah Jazz UCLA (Sr.)
4 74 Mike Sanders SG   United States Kansas City Kings UCLA (Sr.)
4 76 Chuck Aleksinas C   United States Chicago Bulls Connecticut (Sr.)
4 78 Walker Russell SG   United States Detroit Pistons Western Michigan (Sr.)
4 82 Tony Brown SF/SG   United States New Jersey Nets Arkansas (Sr.)
4 86 Rory White PF   United States Phoenix Suns South Alabama (Sr.)
6 138 John Schweitz SG   United States Boston Celtics Richmond (Sr.)
7 140 Eddie Hughes PG   United States San Diego Clippers Colorado State (Sr.)
8 166 Ed Nealy PF   United States Kansas City Kings Kansas State (Sr.)
10 221 Dale Wilkinson F   United States Phoenix Suns Idaho State (Sr.)


  • "Complete First Round Results 1980–89". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on March 21, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  • "1982 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  • "1982–1986 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  1. ^ "1982 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ "NBA Past Drafts - RealGM". Basketball.realgm.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.

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