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1989 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 27, 1989
Time 7:35 pm EDT
Location Felt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) TBS
First selection Pervis Ellison, Sacramento Kings
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1989 NBA expansion draft

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 still in use.[1][2]

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

Draft selections[edit]

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 never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] NBA team School/Club team
1 1 Ellison, PervisPervis Ellison PF  United States Sacramento Kings Louisville (Sr.)
1 2 Ferry, DannyDanny Ferry PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Duke (Sr.)
1 3 Elliott, SeanSean Elliott+ SF/SG  United States San Antonio Spurs Arizona (Sr.)
1 4 Rice, GlenGlen Rice* SF  United States Miami Heat Michigan (Sr.)
1 5 Reid, J. R.J. R. Reid PF/C  United States Charlotte Hornets North Carolina (Jr.)
1 6 King, StaceyStacey King C  United States Chicago Bulls (from New Jersey) Oklahoma (Sr.)
1 7 McCloud, GeorgeGeorge McCloud SG/SF  United States Indiana Pacers Florida State (Sr.)
1 8 White, RandyRandy White PF  United States Dallas Mavericks Louisiana Tech (Sr.)
1 9 Hammonds, TomTom Hammonds PF/C  United States Washington Bullets Georgia Tech (Sr.)
1 10 Richardson, PoohPooh Richardson PG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves UCLA (Sr.)
1 11 Anderson, NickNick Anderson SF/SG  United States Orlando Magic Illinois (Jr.)
1 12 Blaylock, MookieMookie Blaylock+ PG  United States New Jersey Nets (from Portland) Oklahoma (Sr.)
1 13 Smith, MichaelMichael Smith PF  United States Boston Celtics BYU (Jr.)
1 14 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway* PG  United States Golden State Warriors UTEP (Sr.)
1 15 Lichti, ToddTodd Lichti SG  United States Denver Nuggets Stanford (Sr.)
1 16 Barros, DanaDana Barros+ PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Houston via Golden State) Boston College (Sr.)
1 17 Kemp, ShawnShawn Kemp* PF/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Philadelphia) Trinity Valley CC (Fr.)
1 18 Armstrong, B. J.B. J. Armstrong+ PG  United States Chicago Bulls Iowa (Sr.)
1 19 Payne, KennyKenny Payne PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Seattle) Louisville (Sr.)
1 20 Sanders, JeffJeff Sanders PF/C  United States Chicago Bulls (from Milwaukee via Seattle) Georgia Southern (Sr.)
1 21 Edwards, BlueBlue Edwards SF/SG  United States Utah Jazz East Carolina (Sr.)
1 22 Irvin, ByronByron Irvin SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from New York) Missouri (Sr.)
1 23 Marble, RoyRoy Marble SG/SF  United States Atlanta Hawks Iowa (Sr.)
1 24 Cook, AnthonyAnthony Cook PF/C  United States Phoenix Suns (traded to Detroit)[4] Arizona (Sr.)
1 25 Morton, JohnJohn Morton PG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Seton Hall (Sr.)
1 26 Divac, VladeVlade Divac+ C  Yugoslavia[n 2] Los Angeles Lakers KK Partizan (Yugoslavia)
1 27 Battle, KennyKenny Battle PF  United States Detroit Pistons (traded to Phoenix)[4] Illinois (Sr.)
2 28 Douglas, ShermanSherman Douglas G  United States Miami Heat Syracuse (Sr.)
2 29 Nix, DyronDyron Nix F  United States Charlotte Hornets Tennessee (Sr.)
2 30 Kornet, FrankFrank Kornet F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Vanderbilt (Sr.)
2 31 Martin, JeffJeff Martin G  United States Los Angeles Clippers Murray State (Sr.)
2 32 Brundy, StanleyStanley Brundy F  United States New Jersey Nets DePaul (Sr.)
2 33 Edwards, JayJay Edwards G  United States Los Angeles Clippers Indiana (So.)
2 34 Leonard, GaryGary Leonard C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Missouri (Sr.)
2 35 Durham, PatPat Durham F  United States Dallas Mavericks Colorado State (Sr.)
2 36 Robinson, CliffCliff Robinson+ PF/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Connecticut (Sr.)
2 37 Ansley, MichaelMichael Ansley F  United States Orlando Magic Alabama (Sr.)
2 38 West, DougDoug West G/F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Villanova (Sr.)
2 39 Horton, EdEd Horton PF/C  United States Washington Bullets Iowa (Sr.)
2 40 Rađa, DinoDino Rađa PF  Yugoslavia[n 3] Boston Celtics KK Split (Yugoslavia)
2 41 Roth, DougDoug Roth C  United States Washington Bullets Tennessee (Sr.)
2 42 Cutright, MichaelMichael Cutright# SG  United States Denver Nuggets McNeese State (Sr.)
2 43 Brown, ChuckyChucky Brown PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers NC State (Sr.)
2 44 Cross, ReggieReggie Cross# PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers Hawaii (Sr.)
2 45 Haffner, ScottScott Haffner G  United States Miami Heat Evansville (Sr.)
2 46 Blanton, RickyRicky Blanton F  United States Phoenix Suns LSU (Sr.)
2 47 Turner, ReggieReggie Turner# SF  United States Denver Nuggets UAB (Sr.)
2 48 Lewis, JunieJunie Lewis# PG  United States Utah Jazz South Alabama (Sr.)
2 49 Workman, HaywoodeHaywoode Workman G  United States Atlanta Hawks Oral Roberts (Sr.)
2 50 Quinnett, BrianBrian Quinnett F  United States New York Knicks Washington State (Sr.)
2 51 Morrison, MikeMike Morrison G  United States Phoenix Suns Loyola (MD) (Sr.)
2 52 Grant, GregGreg Grant G  United States Phoenix Suns Trenton State (Sr.)
2 53 Hodge, JeffJeff Hodge# SG  United States Dallas Mavericks South Alabama (Sr.)
2 54 Mack, ToneyToney Mack# SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgia (Sr.)

Notable undrafted players[edit]

Player Position Nationality School/Club team
Childs, ChrisChris Childs SG  United States Boise State (Sr.)
Hovasse, TomTom Hovasse SF  United States Penn State (Sr.)
Jackson, JarenJaren 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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