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1988 NBA draft

1988 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 28, 1988
Time 7:35 pm EDT
Location Felt Forum in New York, NY
Network(s) (US) TBS Superstation
First selection Danny Manning
NBA draft
1987 1989 >
1988 NBA expansion draft

The 1988 NBA draft took place on June 28, 1988 in New York City, New York. The length was reduced from seven rounds in the previous year to three rounds.


PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)
# Denotes player who has never played in the NBA
Rik Smits, the 2nd pick
Mitch Richmond, the 5th pick
Rod Strickland, the 19th pick
Brian Shaw, the 24th pick
Keith Smart, the 41st pick
Steve Kerr, the 50th pick
Craig Neal, the 71st pick
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Manning, DannyDanny Manning+ PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Kansas (Sr.)
1 2 Smits, RikRik Smits+ C  Netherlands Indiana Pacers Marist (Sr.)
1 3 Smith, CharlesCharles Smith PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (traded to L.A. Clippers) Pittsburgh (Sr.)
1 4 Morris, ChrisChris Morris SF  United States New Jersey Nets Auburn (Sr.)
1 5 Richmond, MitchMitch Richmond^ SG  United States Golden State Warriors Kansas State (Sr.)
1 6 Hawkins, HerseyHersey Hawkins+ SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Sacramento, traded to Philadelphia) Bradley (Sr.)
1 7 Perry, TimTim Perry F  United States Phoenix Suns Temple (Sr.)
1 8 Chapman, RexRex Chapman SG  United States Charlotte Hornets Kentucky (So.)
1 9 Seikaly, RonyRony Seikaly C  Lebanon Miami Heat Syracuse (Sr.)
1 10 Anderson, WillieWillie Anderson SG  United States San Antonio Spurs Georgia (Sr.)
1 11 Perdue, WillWill Perdue C  United States Chicago Bulls (from New York) Vanderbilt (Sr.)
1 12 Grant, HarveyHarvey Grant PF  United States Washington Bullets Oklahoma (Sr.)
1 13 Grayer, JeffJeff Grayer PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Iowa State (Sr.)
1 14 Majerle, DanDan Majerle+ SF  United States Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland) Central Michigan (Sr.)
1 15 Grant, GaryGary Grant PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Michigan (Sr.)
1 16 Chievous, DerrickDerrick Chievous SG  United States Houston Rockets Missouri (Sr.)
1 17 Leckner, EricEric Leckner C  United States Utah Jazz Wyoming (Sr.)
1 18 Berry, RickyRicky Berry SG  United States Sacramento Kings (from Atlanta) San Jose State (Sr.)
1 19 Strickland, RodRod Stricklandx PG  United States New York Knicks (from Chicago) DePaul (Jr.)
1 20 Edwards, KevinKevin Edwards SG  United States Miami Heat (from Dallas)[a] DePaul (Sr.)
1 21 Bryant, MarkMark Bryant PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Seton Hall (Sr.)
1 22 Keys, RandolphRandolph Keys SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Detroit via Phoenix) Southern Miss (Sr.)
1 23 Lane, JeromeJerome Lane PF  United States Denver Nuggets Pittsburgh (Jr.)
1 24 Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw SG  United States Boston Celtics UC Santa Barbara (Sr.)
1 25 Rivers, DavidDavid Rivers PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers Notre Dame (Sr.)
2 26 Ferreira, RolandoRolando Ferreira C  Brazil Portland Trail Blazers Houston (Sr.)
2 27 Jones, SheltonShelton Jones F  United States San Antonio Spurs St. John's (Sr.)
2 28 Lang, AndrewAndrew Lang C  United States Phoenix Suns Arkansas (Sr.)
2 29 Del Negro, VinnyVinny Del Negro SG  United States Sacramento Kings NC State (Sr.)
2 30 Dembo, FennisFennis Dembo PF  United States Detroit Pistons Wyoming (Sr.)
2 31 Stephens, EveretteEverette Stephens G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Purdue (Sr.)
2 32 Shackleford, CharlesCharles Shackleford F/C  United States New Jersey Nets NC State (Sr.)
2 33 Long, GrantGrant Long F  United States Miami Heat Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
2 34 Tolbert, TomTom Tolbert F/C  United States Charlotte Hornets Arizona (Sr.)
2 35 Gray, SylvesterSylvester Gray F  United States Miami Heat (from New York via Chicago, Seattle, and Boston)[b] Memphis State (So.)
2 36 Eackles, LedellLedell Eackles G/F  United States Washington Bullets New Orleans (Sr.)
2 37 Butler, GregGreg Butler C  United States New York Knicks Stanford (Sr.)
2 38 Garrett, DeanDean Garrett C  United States Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland) Indiana (Sr.)
2 39 Horford, TitoTito Horford C  Dominican Republic Milwaukee Bucks Miami (FL) (So.)
2 40 Graham, OrlandoOrlando Graham F  United States Miami Heat (from Seattle)[c] Auburn-Montgomery (Sr.)
2 41 Smart, KeithKeith Smart G  United States Golden State Warriors Indiana (Sr.)
2 42 Moe, JeffJeff Moe# SG  United States Utah Jazz Iowa (Sr.)
2 43 Mitchell, ToddTodd Mitchell F  United States Denver Nuggets Purdue (Sr.)
2 44 Taylor, AnthonyAnthony Taylor G  United States Atlanta Hawks Oregon (Sr)
2 45 Garrick, TomTom Garrick G  United States Los Angeles Clippers Rhode Island (Sr.)
2 46 Wiley, MorlonMorlon Wiley G  United States Dallas Mavericks Long Beach State (Sr.)
2 47 Maxwell, VernonVernon Maxwell SG  United States Denver Nuggets Florida (Sr.)
2 48 Williams, MichealMicheal Williams G  United States Detroit Pistons Baylor (Sr.)
2 49 Vargas, JoséJosé Vargas# C/PF  Dominican Republic Dallas Mavericks LSU (Sr.)
2 50 Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr PG  United States Phoenix Suns Arizona (Sr.)
3 51 Lock, RobRob Lock F  United States Los Angeles Clippers Kentucky (Sr.)
3 52 Hamilton, DerrickDerrick Hamilton# SF  United States New Jersey Nets Southern Miss (Sr.)
3 53 Mason, AnthonyAnthony Mason* SF/PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Golden State) Tennessee State (Sr.)
3 54 González, JorgeJorge González# C  Argentina Atlanta Hawks (from Sacramento) Sport Club de Cañada de Gómez (Argentina) 1966
3 55 Johns, RodneyRodney Johns# PG  United States Phoenix Suns Grand Canyon (Sr.)
3 56 Sumpter, BarryBarry Sumpter F/C  United States San Antonio Spurs Austin Peay (Sr.)
3 57 Montenegro, HernánHernán Montenegro# PF/C  Argentina Philadelphia 76ers LSU (Sr.)
3 58 Moore, JeffJeff Moore# PF  United States Charlotte Hornets Auburn (Sr.)
3 59 Johnston, NateNate Johnston F  United States Miami Heat Tampa (Sr.)
3 60 Davender, EdEd Davender# PG  United States Washington Bullets Kentucky (Sr.)
3 61 Crook, HerbertHerbert Crook # SF/SG  United States Indiana Pacers Louisville (Sr.)
3 62 Lewis, DerrickDerrick Lewis# PF  United States Chicago Bulls (from New York) Maryland (Sr.)
3 63 Jones, MikeMike Jones# PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Auburn (Sr.)
3 64 Bennett, WinstonWinston Bennett F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Kentucky (Sr.)
3 65 Gaines, CoreyCorey Gaines G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Loyola Marymount (Sr.)
3 66 Boyd, DwightDwight Boyd# SG  United States Denver Nuggets (from Houston) Memphis State (Sr.)
3 67 Grace, RickyRicky Grace G  United States Utah Jazz Oklahoma (Sr.)
3 68 Middleton, DarrylDarryl Middleton# PF  United States Atlanta Hawks Baylor (Sr.)
3 69 Stinnie, PhilPhil Stinnie# PF  United States New York Knicks (from Chicago) VCU (Sr.)
3 70 Johnson, JerryJerry Johnson# PG  United States Dallas Mavericks Florida Southern (Sr.)
3 71 Neal, CraigCraig Neal G  United States Portland Trail Blazers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
3 72 Johnson, LeeLee Johnson# PF  United States Detroit Pistons Norfolk State (Sr.)
3 73 Anderson, MichaelMichael Anderson G  United States Indiana Pacers (from Denver via L.A. Clippers) Drexel (Sr.)
3 74 Paddio, GeraldGerald Paddio F/G  United States Boston Celtics UNLV (Sr.)
3 75 Marshall, ArchieArchie Marshall# SF  United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Kansas (Sr.)

Notable undrafted players

This section is for players who were eligible for the 1988 NBA draft, did not get selected, but still later appeared in at least one (1) NBA regular season or postseason game.

John Starks was undrafted but had an award-winning career, including an appearance in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game.
Player Position Nationality School/Club team
Englestad, WayneWayne Englestad PF  United States UC Irvine (Sr.)
Ferrell, DuaneDuane Ferrell SF  United States Georgia Tech (Sr.)
Gillery, BenBen Gillery C  United States Georgetown (Sr.)
James, HenryHenry James PF/SF  United States St. Mary's (TX) (Sr.)
Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson PG  United States Southern (Sr.)
Jones, BillBill Jones PF  United States Iowa (Sr.)
Legler, TimTim Legler SG  United States La Salle (Sr.)
McKinney, CarltonCarlton McKinney SG  United States SMU (Sr.)
Moore, TracyTracy Moore SG/SF  United States Tulsa (Sr.)
Morton, RichardRichard Morton PG  United States Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
Paspalj, ŽarkoŽarko Paspalj SF  Yugoslavia ( Serbia) KK Partizan (Serbia)
Rivas, RamonRamon Rivas C  Puerto Rico Temple (Sr.)
Starks, JohnJohn Starks+ SG  United States Oklahoma State (Sr.)
Winchester, KennardKennard Winchester SG/SF  United States Averett (Sr.)


  • More players born in Lebanon were selected in this draft than any other:
    • Rony Seikaly, a citizen of both Lebanon and the U.S., played college ball at Syracuse.
    • Steve Kerr, who starred at Arizona, was also born in Lebanon. The son of academic Malcolm Kerr, he spent much of his childhood in the Middle East. The elder Kerr was the president of the American University of Beirut when he was murdered by Islamic militants in 1984.
  • Rod Strickland (no. 19) holds the rare distinction of being named to an All-NBA team (second team in 1997-98) without ever being picked for the All-Star game. Since 1951, only Dražen Petrović, who was killed in a car accident while an active player, and current Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (2010) have achieved such distinction. Recently, both Goran Dragić and Al Jefferson have gained those distinctions as well.
  • David Rivers (no. 25) was involved in a horrendous auto accident with his Notre Dame teammate Ken Barlow, but the two have since recovered and Barlow lives in Indianapolis.
  • professional wrestler, competing as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in the WWF.
  • When Dan Majerle was drafted by the Suns, he was promptly booed by the audience. But Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons publicly chastised them and told them "you'll be sorry you ever booed this young man". He would end up having his number retired by the Suns after the 2001-02 NBA season.


  • a On June 23, 1988, the Heat received the 1988 NBA Draft first-round draft pick from the Dallas Mavericks for not picking centers Bill Wennington and Uwe Blab or guard Steve Alford in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft.[1]
  • b On October 30, 1986, the New York Knicks traded the 1988 NBA Draft second-round pick along with the Denver's 1987 NBA Draft first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls for center Jawann Oldham.[2]
    On June 22, 1987, the Chicago Bulls traded the New York's 1988 NBA Draft second-round pick along with the draft rights to center Olden Polynice and the Chicago's 1989 NBA Draft first-round pick to the Seattle SuperSonics for the draft rights to forward Scottie Pippen and the Seattle's 1989 NBA Draft first-round pick.[3]
    On October 16, 1987, the Seattle SuperSonics traded the New York's 1988 NBA Draft second-round pick along with an undisclosed amount of cash to the Boston Celtics for guard Sam Vincent and forward Scott Wedman.[4]
    On June 23, 1988, the Boston Celtics traded the New York's 1988 NBA Draft second-round draft pick to the Miami Heat for not selecting guard Dennis Johnson in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft.[1]
  • c On June 23, 1988, the Heat received the 1988 NBA Draft second-round draft pick from the Seattle SuperSonics for not selecting guard Danny Young in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "HEAT: Key Dates and Transactions: 1988". Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Bulls trade Oldham to Knicks for No. 1 pick".  
  3. ^ "Sonics trade for Polynice, select McKey in first round".  
  4. ^ "Vincent, Wedman traded".  

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