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1990 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 27, 1990
Time 7:35 pm EDT
Location Felt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s) (US) TNT
First selection Derrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets
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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.

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 high lottery pick, if not potential #1 draft pick by media outlets and draft analysts was Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers, who died of a heart condition in March 1990 during a game.

Draft selections[edit]

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
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 never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] NBA team School/Club team
1 1 Coleman, DerrickDerrick Coleman* PF/C  United States New Jersey Nets Syracuse (Sr.)
1 2 Payton, GaryGary Payton^ PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Oregon State (Sr.)
1 3 Jackson, ChrisChris Jackson[n 2] PG  United States Denver Nuggets (from Miami) LSU (So.)
1 4 Scott, DennisDennis Scott SG/SF  United States Orlando Magic Georgia Tech (Jr.)
1 5 Gill, KendallKendall Gill SG  United States Charlotte Hornets Illinois (Sr.)
1 6 Spencer, FeltonFelton Spencer C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Louisville (Sr.)
1 7 Simmons, LionelLionel Simmons SF  United States Sacramento Kings La Salle (Sr.)
1 8 Kimble, BoBo Kimble SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers Loyola Marymount (Sr.)
1 9 Burton, WillieWillie Burton SG  United States Miami Heat (from Washington via Dallas and Denver) Minnesota (Sr.)
1 10 Robinson, RumealRumeal Robinson PG  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Golden State) Michigan (Sr.)
1 11 Hill, TyroneTyrone Hill+ PF  United States Golden State Warriors (from Atlanta) Xavier (Sr.)
1 12 Kessler, AlecAlec Kessler PF  United States Houston Rockets (traded to Miami for Carl Herrera and the rights to Dave Jamerson) Georgia (Sr.)
1 13 Vaught, LoyLoy Vaught PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Cleveland) Michigan (Sr.)
1 14 Mays, TravisTravis Mays PG  United States Sacramento Kings (from Indiana) Texas (Sr.)
1 15 Jamerson, DaveDave Jamerson SG  United States Miami Heat (from Denver; traded with Carl Herrera to Houston for the rights to Alec Kessler) Ohio (Sr.)
1 16 Mills, TerryTerry Mills SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan (Sr.)
1 17 Mustaf, JerrodJerrod Mustaf PF/C  United States New York Knicks Maryland (Sr.)
1 18 Causwell, DuaneDuane Causwell C  United States Sacramento Kings (from Dallas) Temple (Sr.)
1 19 Brown, DeeDee Brown SG  United States Boston Celtics Jacksonville (Sr.)
1 20 Glass, GeraldGerald Glass SF/SG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia) Ole Miss (Sr.)
1 21 Williams, JaysonJayson Williams+ PF/C  United States Phoenix Suns St. John's (Sr.)
1 22 George, TateTate George SG  United States New Jersey Nets (from Chicago) Connecticut (Sr.)
1 23 Bonner, AnthonyAnthony Bonner PF/SF  United States Sacramento Kings (from Utah) Saint Louis (Sr.)
1 24 Schintzius, DwayneDwayne Schintzius C  United States San Antonio Spurs Florida (Sr.)
1 25 Abdelnaby, AlaaAlaa Abdelnaby PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Duke (Sr.)
1 26 Blanks, LanceLance Blanks PG/SG  United States Detroit Pistons Texas (Sr.)
1 27 Campbell, EldenElden Campbell PF/C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Clemson (Sr.)
2 28 Jepsen, LesLes Jepsen C  United States Golden State Warriors Iowa (Sr.)
2 29 Kukoč, ToniToni Kukoč SF  Yugoslavia Chicago Bulls (from Orlando) KK Split (Yugoslavia)
2 30 Herrera, CarlCarl Herrera PF  Venezuela Miami Heat Houston (Jr.)
2 31 Knight, NegeleNegele Knight PG  United States Phoenix Suns Dayton (Sr.)
2 32 Oliver, BrianBrian Oliver SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 33 Palmer, WalterWalter Palmer C  United States Utah Jazz Dartmouth (Sr.)
2 34 Pritchard, KevinKevin Pritchard PG  United States Golden State Warriors Kansas (Sr.)
2 35 Foster, GregGreg Foster PF/C  United States Washington Wizards UTEP (Sr.)
2 36 Wilson, TrevorTrevor Wilson SF  United States Atlanta Hawks UCLA (Sr.)
2 37 English, A. J.A. J. English SG  United States Washington Bullets Virginia Union (Sr.)
2 38 Buechler, JudJud Buechler SF  United States Seattle SuperSonics Arizona (Sr.)
2 39 Scheffler, SteveSteve Scheffler C/PF  United States Charlotte Hornets Purdue (Sr.)
2 40 Coles, BimboBimbo Coles PG  United States Sacramento Kings Virginia Tech (Sr.)
2 41 Bardo, SteveSteve Bardo SG  United States Atlanta Hawks Illinois (Sr.)
2 42 Liberty, MarcusMarcus Liberty SF  United States Denver Nuggets Illinois (So.)
2 43 Massenburg, TonyTony Massenburg PF/C  United States San Antonio Spurs Maryland (Sr.)
2 44 Henson, SteveSteve Henson PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Kansas State (Sr.)
2 45 Davis, AntonioAntonio Davis+ PF/C  United States Indiana Pacers UTEP (Sr.)
2 46 Williams, KennyKenny Williams SF/PF  United States Indiana Pacers Barton CC (Fr.)
2 47 Strong, DerekDerek Strong PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers Xavier (Jr.)
2 48 Ceballos, CedricCedric Ceballos+ SF  United States Phoenix Suns Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
2 49 Henderson, PhilPhil Henderson# SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Duke (Sr.)
2 50 Babić, MilošMiloš Babić C  Yugoslavia Phoenix Suns Tennessee Tech (Jr.)
2 51 Smith, TonyTony Smith SG/PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from San Antonio) Marquette (Sr.)
2 52 Rusconi, StefanoStefano Rusconi PF/C  Italy Cleveland Cavaliers Ranger Varese (Italy)
2 53 Shamsid-Deen, AbdulAbdul Shamsid-Deen# C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Providence (Sr.)
2 54 Higgins, SeanSean Higgins SG/SF  United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Michigan (Jr.)

Notable undrafted players[edit]

Player Position Nationality School/Club team
Williams, ScottScott 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". Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  2. ^ " - NBA - DAILY DIME: SPECIAL EDITION10 greatest point guards ever". 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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