1990 NBA draft

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The 1990 NBA draft took place on June 27, 1990, in New York City, New York. One of the standouts of this draft is Basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton.[1][2] He became a nine-time All-Star, achieved the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1996, won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006, holds many statistical records during his tenure with the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics, and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2013.

1990 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 27, 1990
LocationFelt Forum, New York City, New York
54 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionDerrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets
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The top pick of the draft was Syracuse's Derrick Coleman who was selected by the New Jersey Nets. In total, 52 of the 54 players selected went on to play at least one competitive game in the NBA, and six players were at some point of their career selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game. One player who had been projected to be a lottery pick by media outlets and draft analysts was Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers, who died of a heart condition in March 1990 after collapsing during a game.

Draft selectionsEdit

Derrick Coleman, the 1st pick of the New Jersey Nets
Gary Payton, the 2nd pick of the Seattle SuperSonics
Chris Jackson (later Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf), the 3rd pick of the Denver Nuggets
Kendall Gill, the 5th pick of the Charlotte Hornets
Elden Campbell, the 27th pick of the Los Angeles Lakers
Toni Kukoč, the 29th pick of the Chicago Bulls
Antonio Davis, the 45th pick of the Indiana Pacers
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 Derrick Coleman* PF/C   United States New Jersey Nets Syracuse (Sr.)
1 2 Gary Payton^ PG   United States Seattle SuperSonics Oregon State (Sr.)
1 3 Chris Jackson[n 2] PG   United States Denver Nuggets (from Miami) LSU (So.)
1 4 Dennis Scott SG/SF   United States Orlando Magic Georgia Tech (Jr.)
1 5 Kendall Gill SG   United States Charlotte Hornets Illinois (Sr.)
1 6 Felton Spencer C   United States Minnesota Timberwolves Louisville (Sr.)
1 7 Lionel Simmons SF   United States Sacramento Kings La Salle (Sr.)
1 8 Bo Kimble SG   United States Los Angeles Clippers Loyola Marymount (Sr.)
1 9 Willie Burton SG   United States Miami Heat (from Washington via Dallas and Denver) Minnesota (Sr.)
1 10 Rumeal Robinson PG   United States Atlanta Hawks (from Golden State) Michigan (Sr.)
1 11 Tyrone Hill+ PF   United States Golden State Warriors (from Atlanta) Xavier (Sr.)
1 12 Alec Kessler PF   United States Houston Rockets (traded to Miami for Carl Herrera and the rights to Dave Jamerson) Georgia (Sr.)
1 13 Loy Vaught PF   United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Cleveland) Michigan (Sr.)
1 14 Travis Mays PG   United States Sacramento Kings (from Indiana) Texas (Sr.)
1 15 Dave Jamerson SG   United States Miami Heat (from Denver; traded with Carl Herrera to Houston for the rights to Alec Kessler) Ohio (Sr.)
1 16 Terry Mills SF   United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan (Sr.)
1 17 Jerrod Mustaf PF/C   United States New York Knicks Maryland (Sr.)
1 18 Duane Causwell C   United States Sacramento Kings (from Dallas) Temple (Sr.)
1 19 Dee Brown SG   United States Boston Celtics Jacksonville (Sr.)
1 20 Gerald Glass SF/SG   United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia) Ole Miss (Sr.)
1 21 Jayson Williams+ PF/C   United States Phoenix Suns St. John's (Sr.)
1 22 Tate George SG   United States New Jersey Nets (from Chicago) Connecticut (Sr.)
1 23 Anthony Bonner PF/SF   United States Sacramento Kings (from Utah) Saint Louis (Sr.)
1 24 Dwayne Schintzius C   United States San Antonio Spurs Florida (Sr.)
1 25 Alaa Abdelnaby PF   United States Portland Trail Blazers Duke (Sr.)
1 26 Lance Blanks PG/SG   United States Detroit Pistons Texas (Sr.)
1 27 Elden Campbell PF/C   United States Los Angeles Lakers Clemson (Sr.)
2 28 Les Jepsen C   United States Golden State Warriors Iowa (Sr.)
2 29 Toni Kukoč SF   Yugoslavia Chicago Bulls (from Orlando) KK Split (Yugoslavia)
2 30 Carl Herrera PF   Venezuela Miami Heat Houston (Jr.)
2 31 Negele Knight PG   United States Phoenix Suns Dayton (Sr.)
2 32 Brian Oliver SG   United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 33 Walter Palmer C   United States Utah Jazz Dartmouth (Sr.)
2 34 Kevin Pritchard PG   United States Golden State Warriors Kansas (Sr.)
2 35 Greg Foster PF/C   United States Washington Bullets UTEP (Sr.)
2 36 Trevor Wilson SF   United States Atlanta Hawks UCLA (Sr.)
2 37 A. J. English SG   United States Washington Bullets Virginia Union (Sr.)
2 38 Jud Buechler SF   United States Seattle SuperSonics Arizona (Sr.)
2 39 Steve Scheffler C/PF   United States Charlotte Hornets Purdue (Sr.)
2 40 Bimbo Coles PG   United States Sacramento Kings Virginia Tech (Sr.)
2 41 Steve Bardo SG   United States Atlanta Hawks Illinois (Sr.)
2 42 Marcus Liberty SF   United States Denver Nuggets Illinois (So.)
2 43 Tony Massenburg PF/C   United States San Antonio Spurs Maryland (Sr.)
2 44 Steve Henson PG   United States Milwaukee Bucks Kansas State (Sr.)
2 45 Antonio Davis+ PF/C   United States Indiana Pacers UTEP (Sr.)
2 46 Kenny Williams SF/PF   United States Indiana Pacers Barton CC (Fr.)
2 47 Derek Strong PF   United States Philadelphia 76ers Xavier (Jr.)
2 48 Cedric Ceballos+ SF   United States Phoenix Suns Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
2 49 Phil Henderson# SG   United States Dallas Mavericks Duke (Sr.)
2 50 Miloš Babić C   Yugoslavia Phoenix Suns Tennessee Tech (Jr.)
2 51 Tony Smith SG/PG   United States Los Angeles Lakers (from San Antonio) Marquette (Sr.)
2 52 Stefano Rusconi PF/C   Italy Cleveland Cavaliers Ranger Varese (Italy)
2 53 Abdul Shamsid-Deen# C   United States Seattle SuperSonics Providence (Sr.)
2 54 Sean Higgins SG/SF   United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Michigan (Jr.)

Notable undrafted playersEdit

Player Position Nationality School/Club team
Marty Conlon PF   United States Providence (Sr.)
Alan Ogg C   United States UAB (Sr.)
Dan O'Sullivan C/PF   United States Fordham (Sr.)
Scott Williams C/PF   United States North Carolina (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. ^ Chris Jackson changed his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 1993.[3]


  1. ^ Magazine, Dime (2007-10-04). "NBA Rumors - Trades - Free Agents - Basketball Olympics - Dime Magazine » Blog Archive » The H.O.F. Watch - Gary Payton". Dimemag.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  2. ^ "ESPN.com - NBA - DAILY DIME: SPECIAL EDITION10 greatest point guards ever". Sports.espn.go.com. 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  3. ^ Eddie Maisonet (March 25, 2014). "Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: Here, gone and quickly forgotten". SB⋆NATION. Retrieved May 13, 2017.

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