1983 NBA Draft
|1983 NBA Draft|
|Date(s)||June 28, 1983|
|Location||Madison Square Garden
in New York City
|Network(s) (US)||USA Network|
|First selection||Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets|
The 1983 NBA Draft took place on June 28, 1983 in New York City. A total of 226 players were selected over 10 rounds by the league's 23 teams. At least four players from the 1983 draft now serve as coaches. One serves at a major-college program—Craig Robinson (who never played in the NBA) at Oregon State—and three in the NBA—Doc Rivers for the Boston Celtics, Randy Wittman for the Washington Wizards, and Byron Scott for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While Scott won the Coach of the Year award in 2008, Rivers won an NBA Championship with the Celtics on that same year (it could be also noted that Rivers won that award prior to Scott, in 2000, while he was still coaching the Orlando Magic). Robinson, who led the Beavers to the 2009 College Basketball Invitational title, has an additional claim to fame as the older brother of current First Lady Michelle Obama. Sidney Lowe coached at North Carolina State from 2006 to 2011.
Manute Bol was selected in the 5th round by the Clippers, but the NBA rejected the pick on technicalities. Manute had never filed draft paperwork, and his passport listed him at 19 (At the time, 19 years was too young to be drafted). 
|^||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|
Round one 
* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien
Notable post-first round picks 
|25||Sidney Lowe||PG||United States||Chicago Bulls||N.C. State|
|30||Mark West||C||United States||Dallas Mavericks||Old Dominion|
|31||Doc Rivers+||PG||United States||Atlanta Hawks||Marquette|
|48||Craig Ehlo||SG||United States||Houston Rockets||Washington State|
|54||Bobby Hansen||SG||United States||Utah Jazz||Iowa|
|93||Craig Robinson||SF||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Princeton|
|97||Manute Bol||C||Sudan||San Diego Clippers||Bridgeport|
|137||Sedale Threatt||SG||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||West Virginia Tech|
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