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.[1] The draft was broadcast on TNT at 7:30 PM (EDT). The NBA announced that about 42 college and high school players, and five international players, had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft.[2] 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.[3][4] 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
General information
Date(s)June 26, 2002
LocationMadison Square Garden (New York City, New York)
57 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionYao Ming (Houston Rockets)
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The 2002 draft set a record with 17 international selections, with six coming in the first round alone.[5]

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.[6]

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 2020, Nenê and Udonis Haslem are the only remaining active players from this draft, though Haslem went undrafted.

Draft selectionsEdit

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
Yao Ming, the 1st pick
Nenê, the 7th pick
Amar'e Stoudemire, the 9th pick
Caron Butler, the 10th pick
Carlos Boozer, the 35th pick
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] Team School or club team
1 1 Yao Ming^ C   China Houston Rockets Shanghai Sharks (China)
1 2 Jay Williams PG   United States Chicago Bulls Duke (Jr.)
1 3 Mike Dunleavy Jr. SF/SG   United States Golden State Warriors Duke (Jr.)
1 4 Drew Gooden PF/C   United States Memphis Grizzlies Kansas (Jr.)
1 5 Nikoloz Tskitishvili PF/C   Georgia Denver Nuggets Benetton Treviso (Italy)
1 6 Dajuan Wagner PG   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Memphis (Fr.)
1 7 Nenê C/PF   Brazil New York Knicks (traded to Denver)[7] Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
1 8 Chris Wilcox PF/C   United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Atlanta) Maryland (So.)
1 9 Amar'e Stoudemire*~ PF/C   United States Phoenix Suns Cypress Creek HS (Orlando, Florida)
1 10 Caron Butler+ SF   United States Miami Heat Connecticut (So.)
1 11 Jared Jeffries PF/C   United States Washington Wizards Indiana (So.)
1 12 Melvin Ely C/PF   United States Los Angeles Clippers Fresno State (Sr.)
1 13 Marcus Haislip PF   United States Milwaukee Bucks Tennessee (Jr.)
1 14 Fred Jones SG   United States Indiana Pacers Oregon (Sr.)
1 15 Boštjan Nachbar SF/PF   Slovenia Houston Rockets (from Toronto) Benetton Treviso (Italy)
1 16 Jiří Welsch SG/SF   Czech Republic Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Golden State) Union Olimpija (Slovenia and Adriatic League)
1 17 Juan Dixon PG   United States Washington Wizards (from New Orleans) Maryland (Sr.)
1 18 Curtis Borchardt C   United States Orlando Magic (traded to Utah) Stanford (Jr.)
1 19 Ryan Humphrey PF   United States Utah Jazz (traded to Orlando) Notre Dame (Sr.)
1 20 Kareem Rush SG   United States Toronto Raptors (from Seattle via New York, traded to Los Angeles Lakers) Missouri (Jr.)
1 21 Qyntel Woods SF   United States Portland Trail Blazers Northeast Mississippi CC (So.)
1 22 Casey Jacobsen SG   United States Phoenix Suns (from Boston) Stanford (Jr.)
1 23 Tayshaun Prince SF   United States Detroit Pistons Kentucky (Sr.)
1 24 Nenad Krstić C/PF   FR Yugoslavia New Jersey Nets Partizan Belgrade (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League)
1 25 Frank Williams PG   United States Denver Nuggets (from Dallas, traded to New York)[7] Illinois (Jr.)
1 26 John Salmons SF/SG   United States San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia) Miami (Sr.)
1 27 Chris Jefferies SF   United States Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Toronto) Fresno State (Jr.)
1 28 Dan Dickau PG   United States Sacramento Kings (traded to Atlanta) Gonzaga (Sr.)
1 29 Forfeited pick Minnesota Timberwolves (forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations)[8]
2 30 Steve Logan# PG   United States Golden State Warriors Cincinnati (Sr.)
2 31 Roger Mason Jr. SG   United States Chicago Bulls Virginia (Jr.)
2 32 Robert Archibald PF   United Kingdom Memphis Grizzlies Illinois (Sr.)
2 33 Vincent Yarbrough SF   United States Denver Nuggets Tennessee (Sr.)
2 34 Dan Gadzuric C   Netherlands Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston) UCLA (Sr.)
2 35 Carlos Boozer* PF   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Duke (Jr.)
2 36 Miloš Vujanić# PG   FR Yugoslavia New York Knicks Partizan Belgrade (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League)
2 37 David Andersen C   Australia Atlanta Hawks Virtus Bologna (Italy)
2 38 Tito Maddox PG   United States Houston Rockets (from Miami) Fresno State (So.)
2 39 Rod Grizzard# SG   United States Washington Wizards (from Phoenix via Denver) Alabama (Jr.)
2 40 Juan Carlos Navarro PG   Spain Washington Wizards FC Barcelona (Spain)
2 41 Mario Kasun C   Croatia Los Angeles Clippers Opel Skyliners (Germany)
2 42 Ronald Murray SG   United States Milwaukee Bucks Shaw (Sr.)
2 43 Jason Jennings# C   United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Toronto via Chicago) Arkansas State (Sr.)
2 44 Lonny Baxter PF   United States Chicago Bulls (from Indiana) Maryland (Sr.)
2 45 Sam Clancy# PF   United States Philadelphia 76ers USC (Sr.)
2 46 Matt Barnes SF   United States Memphis Grizzlies (from Orlando) UCLA (Sr.)
2 47 Jamal Sampson C   United States Utah Jazz (traded to Orlando) California (Fr.)
2 48 Chris Owens PF   United States Milwaukee Bucks (from New Orleans, traded to Memphis) Texas (Sr.)
2 49 Peter Fehse# PF   Germany Seattle SuperSonics Halle (Germany)
2 50 Darius Songaila PF   Lithuania Boston Celtics Wake Forest (Sr.)
2 51 Federico Kammerichs# SF   Argentina Portland Trail Blazers Ourense (Spain)
2 52 Marcus Taylor# PG   United States Minnesota Timberwolves Michigan State (So.)
2 53 Rasual Butler SF   United States Miami Heat (from Detroit via Toronto and Houston) La Salle (Sr.)
2 54 Tamar Slay SG   United States New Jersey Nets Marshall (Sr.)
2 55 Mladen Šekularac# SG   FR Yugoslavia Dallas Mavericks FMP Železnik (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League)
2 56 Luis Scola PF   Argentina San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) TAU Cerámica (Spain)
2 57 Randy Holcomb PF   United States
San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia) San Diego State (Sr.)
2 58 Corsley Edwards PF   United States Sacramento Kings Central Connecticut (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.

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   Serbia and Montenegro Hawaii (Sr.)
Awvee Storey PF/SF   United States Arizona State (Sr.)
Yuta Tabuse PG   Japan BYU–Hawaii (Fr.)


  1. ^ NBA.com: 2002 Draft Handbook
  2. ^ NBA.com. Twenty-Four Early Entry Candidates Withdraw from Draft 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  3. ^ NBA.com. Ties Broken for NBA Draft Order of Selection. April 24, 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  4. ^ "Cavaliers Win NBA Draft Lottery 2003". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  5. ^ Lago, Joe. Draft record set with 17 foreign-born picks. June 26, 2002. Retrieved June 26, 2002.
  6. ^ Nance, Roscoe. Bulls, Jay Williams agree to contract buyout. February 2, 2004. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  7. ^ a b 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.
  8. ^ "NBA Restores Timberwolves' 2005 Draft Pick". NBA.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2011.