2002 NBA draft
The 2002 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2002, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting 57 amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from non-North American leagues. This was the last time a draft was broadcast on TNT When ESPN got the license to air the NBA draft for the 2003 draft after ESPN picked up the NBA Licence from NBC before the 2002–03 season. The NBA announced that about 42 college and high school players, and five international players, had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft. The Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors both had a 22.5 percent probability of acquiring the first overall pick, but the Houston Rockets, with an 8.9 percent probability, won the NBA draft lottery on May 19. The Bulls and Warriors were second and third, respectively. As punishment for salary-cap violations during the 2000–01 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round draft pick.
|2002 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 26, 2002|
|Location||Madison Square Garden (New York City, New York)|
|57 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)|
The 2002 draft set a record with 17 international selections, with six coming in the first round alone.
Number 2 pick Jay Williams violated his contract by riding a motorcycle, and nearly lost his life in an accident that shattered his pelvis, severed a main nerve in his leg, and tore three ligaments in his left knee including his ACL. Although he underwent an intense rehabilitation program, Williams never played a game in the NBA again. When it became clear Williams would not be returning to the Bulls because of his injuries, he was waived. The Bulls could have voided Williams' contract, since riding a motorcycle was contractually prohibited. Instead the Bulls completed a $3 million buyout of the contract instead of having him walk away with nothing.
The draft was notable for its relative weakness outside the top prospects, as well as the rampant injury concerns of those players. Top players had promising careers end prematurely due to injury, such as Yao Ming, Williams and Dajuan Wagner. Nevertheless, Yao was named a Hall of Famer—a selection predicated as much on his role in popularizing basketball in China as it was his actual on-court play. As of 2021, Udonis Haslem is the only remaining active player from this draft, though Haslem went undrafted.
|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|
|~||Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year|
- 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.
Notable undrafted playersEdit
These players were not selected in this draft but played at least one game in the NBA.
|Player||Position||Nationality||School or club team|
|J. R. Bremer||PG||United States||St. Bonaventure (Sr.)|
|Devin Brown||SG||United States||UTSA (Sr.)|
|Josh Davis||PF/SF||United States||Wyoming (Sr.)|
|Reggie Evans||PF||United States||Iowa (Sr.)|
|Lynn Greer||PG/SG||United States||Temple (Sr.)|
|Anthony Grundy||PG/SG||United States||NC State (Sr.)|
|Adam Harrington||PG/SG||United States||Auburn (Sr.)|
|Lorinza Harrington||PG/SG||United States||Wingate (Sr.)|
|Udonis Haslem||PF||United States||Florida (Sr.)|
|Linton Johnson||SF||United States||Tulane (Sr.)|
|Arvydas Macijauskas||SG||Lithuania||Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)|
|Keith McLeod||PG||United States||Bowling Green (Sr.)|
|Jannero Pargo||PG||United States||Arkansas (Sr.)|
|D.J. Mbenga||C|| DR Congo
|Leuven Bears (Belgium)|
|Smush Parker||PG/SG||United States||Fordham (So.)|
|Predrag Savović||SG||FR Yugoslavia||Hawaii (Sr.)|
|Awvee Storey||PF/SF||United States||Arizona State (Sr.)|
|Yuta Tabuse||PG||Japan||BYU–Hawaii (Fr.)|
- NBA.com: 2002 Draft Handbook
- NBA.com. Twenty-Four Early Entry Candidates Withdraw from Draft 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
- NBA.com. Ties Broken for NBA Draft Order of Selection. April 24, 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
- "Cavaliers Win NBA Draft Lottery 2003". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- Lago, Joe. Draft record set with 17 foreign-born picks. June 26, 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2002.
- Nance, Roscoe. Bulls, Jay Williams agree to contract buyout. February 2, 2004. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
- The Knicks traded #7 pick along with Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson to the Nuggets for Antonio McDyess, #25 pick and a 2003 second-round pick.
- "NBA Restores Timberwolves' 2005 Draft Pick". NBA.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2011.