The 1989 NBA draft took place on June 27, 1989, in New York City, New York, USA. Despite eight of the top ten picks being considered busts, including the first two picks Pervis Ellison and Danny Ferry, the draft did produce a lot of talented players such as Shawn Kemp, Glen Rice, Sean Elliott, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Tim Hardaway, Vlade Divac, Cliff Robinson, B. J. Armstrong and Mookie Blaylock, The draft was reduced from three rounds in the previous year to the two-round format that is still in use to the present day.[1][2] As a result, NBA drafts from this season until 1995 produced the lowest number of total draft picks selected at 54 overall selections.

1989 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 27, 1989
LocationFelt Forum, New York City, New York
54 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionPervis Ellison, Sacramento Kings
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1990 →

This was also the first draft televised prime time on national television.[3]

Draft selectionsEdit

Sean Elliot, the 3rd pick
Glen Rice, the 4th pick
J.R. Reid, the 5th pick
Shawn Kemp, the 17th pick
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
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] NBA team School/Club team
1 1 Pervis Ellison PF   United States Sacramento Kings Louisville (Sr.)
1 2 Danny Ferry PF   United States Los Angeles Clippers Duke (Sr.)
1 3 Sean Elliott+ SF/SG   United States San Antonio Spurs Arizona (Sr.)
1 4 Glen Rice* SF   United States Miami Heat Michigan (Sr.)
1 5 J. R. Reid PF/C   United States Charlotte Hornets North Carolina (Jr.)
1 6 Stacey King C   United States Chicago Bulls (from New Jersey) Oklahoma (Sr.)
1 7 George McCloud SG/SF   United States Indiana Pacers Florida State (Sr.)
1 8 Randy White PF   United States Dallas Mavericks Louisiana Tech (Sr.)
1 9 Tom Hammonds PF/C   United States Washington Bullets Georgia Tech (Sr.)
1 10 Pooh Richardson PG   United States Minnesota Timberwolves UCLA (Sr.)
1 11 Nick Anderson SF/SG   United States Orlando Magic Illinois (Jr.)
1 12 Mookie Blaylock+ PG   United States New Jersey Nets (from Portland) Oklahoma (Sr.)
1 13 Michael Smith PF   United States Boston Celtics BYU (Sr.)
1 14 Tim Hardaway* PG   United States Golden State Warriors UTEP (Sr.)
1 15 Todd Lichti SG   United States Denver Nuggets Stanford (Sr.)
1 16 Dana Barros+ PG   United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Houston via Golden State) Boston College (Sr.)
1 17 Shawn Kemp* PF/C   United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Philadelphia) Trinity Valley CC (Fr.)
1 18 B. J. Armstrong+ PG   United States Chicago Bulls Iowa (Sr.)
1 19 Kenny Payne PF   United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Seattle) Louisville (Sr.)
1 20 Jeff Sanders PF/C   United States Chicago Bulls (from Milwaukee via Seattle) Georgia Southern (Sr.)
1 21 Blue Edwards SF/SG   United States Utah Jazz East Carolina (Sr.)
1 22 Byron Irvin SG   United States Portland Trail Blazers (from New York) Missouri (Sr.)
1 23 Roy Marble SG/SF   United States Atlanta Hawks Iowa (Sr.)
1 24 Anthony Cook PF/C   United States Phoenix Suns (traded to Detroit)[4] Arizona (Sr.)
1 25 John Morton PG   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Seton Hall (Sr.)
1 26 Vlade Divac^ C   Yugoslavia[n 2] Los Angeles Lakers KK Partizan (Yugoslavia)
1 27 Kenny Battle PF   United States Detroit Pistons (traded to Phoenix)[4] Illinois (Sr.)
2 28 Sherman Douglas G   United States Miami Heat Syracuse (Sr.)
2 29 Dyron Nix F   United States Charlotte Hornets Tennessee (Sr.)
2 30 Frank Kornet F   United States Milwaukee Bucks Vanderbilt (Sr.)
2 31 Jeff Martin G   United States Los Angeles Clippers Murray State (Sr.)
2 32 Stanley Brundy F   United States New Jersey Nets DePaul (Sr.)
2 33 Jay Edwards G   United States Los Angeles Clippers Indiana (So.)
2 34 Gary Leonard C   United States Minnesota Timberwolves Missouri (Sr.)
2 35 Pat Durham F   United States Dallas Mavericks Colorado State (Sr.)
2 36 Cliff Robinson+ PF/C   United States Portland Trail Blazers Connecticut (Sr.)
2 37 Michael Ansley F   United States Orlando Magic Alabama (Sr.)
2 38 Doug West G/F   United States Minnesota Timberwolves Villanova (Sr.)
2 39 Ed Horton PF/C   United States Washington Bullets Iowa (Sr.)
2 40 Dino Rađa^ PF   Yugoslavia[n 3] Boston Celtics KK Split (Yugoslavia)
2 41 Doug Roth C   United States Washington Bullets Tennessee (Sr.)
2 42 Michael Cutright# SG   United States Denver Nuggets McNeese State (Sr.)
2 43 Chucky Brown PF   United States Cleveland Cavaliers NC State (Sr.)
2 44 Reggie Cross# PF   United States Philadelphia 76ers Hawaii (Sr.)
2 45 Scott Haffner G   United States Miami Heat Evansville (Sr.)
2 46 Ricky Blanton F   United States Phoenix Suns LSU (Sr.)
2 47 Reggie Turner# SF   United States Denver Nuggets UAB (Sr.)
2 48 Junie Lewis# PG   United States Utah Jazz South Alabama (Sr.)
2 49 Haywoode Workman G   United States Atlanta Hawks Oral Roberts (Sr.)
2 50 Brian Quinnett F   United States New York Knicks Washington State (Sr.)
2 51 Mike Morrison G   United States Phoenix Suns Loyola (MD) (Sr.)
2 52 Greg Grant G   United States Phoenix Suns Trenton State (Sr.)
2 53 Jeff Hodge# SG   United States Dallas Mavericks South Alabama (Sr.)
2 54 Toney Mack# SG   United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgia (Sr.)

Notable undrafted playersEdit

Player Position Nationality School/Club team
Chris Childs SG   United States Boise State (Sr.)
Tom Hovasse SF   United States Penn State (Sr.)
Jaren Jackson SG   United States Georgetown (Sr.)


  1. ^ Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.
  2. ^ At the time, Prijepolje was part of Yugoslavia, now it is Serbian territory.
  3. ^ At the time, Split was part of Yugoslavia, now it is Croatian territory.


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  3. ^ "NBA Draft Will Move To Prime-Time on TBS". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 15, 1989. pp. D4.
  4. ^ a b 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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