1989 NBA Expansion Draft

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1989 NBA Expansion Draft
General information
Expansion team(s) Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic
Date(s) June 15, 1989
NBA expansion draft
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1989 NBA Draft
A man, wearing a black and white shirt, is holding several tickets in his hands.
Rick Mahorn was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves from the Detroit Pistons.

The 1989 NBA Expansion Draft was the ninth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 15, 1989, so that the newly founded Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic could acquire players for the upcoming 1989–90 season. Minnesota and Orlando had been awarded the expansion teams on April 22, 1987.[1] In an NBA expansion draft, new NBA teams are allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league. Not all players on a given team are available during an expansion draft, since each team can protect a certain number of players from being selected. In this draft, each of the twenty-three other NBA teams had protected eight players from their roster and the Timberwolves and the Magic selected eleven and twelve unprotected players respectively, one from each team. Last year's expansion teams, the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat, were not involved in the expansion draft and did not lose any player. Prior to the draft, the league conducted a coin flip between the Timberwolves and the Magic to decide their draft order in this expansion draft and in the 1989 NBA Draft. The Magic won the coin flip and chose to have the first selection and the right to select twelve players in this expansion draft, thus allowing the Timberwolves to receive the higher pick in the 1989 Draft.[2]

The Magic were formed and owned by a group headed by Jim Hewitt and William duPont III.[3] Former Philadelphia 76ers coach Matt Goukas was hired as the franchise's first head coach.[4] The Magic used their first pick to select former fifth overall pick Sidney Green from the New York Knicks.[5] The Magic's other selections included two-time All-Star Reggie Theus and seven former first-round picks, Terry Catledge, Sam Vincent, Scott Skiles, Jerry Reynolds, Jim Farmer, Keith Lee and Frank Johnson. However, Farmer, Lee and Johnson never played for the Magic. Nine players from the expansion draft joined the Magic for their inaugural season, but only two played more than three seasons for the team. Catledge played four seasons with the Magic until his NBA career ended in 1993.[6] Skiles played five seasons with the Magic.[7][8]

The Timberwolves were formed and owned by a group headed by Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner.[9] The Timberwolves were the second NBA franchise to play in Minnesota, following the Minneapolis Lakers, which moved to Los Angeles and became the Los Angeles Lakers in 1960.[10] Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Bill Musselman was hired as the franchise's first head coach.[9] The Timberwolves used their first pick to select Detroit Pistons starting power forward Rick Mahorn.[11] However, Mahorn refused to report to the Timberwolves and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers prior to the start of the season.[12][13] The Timberwolves' other selections included one-time All-Star Steve Johnson and two former first-round picks, David Rivers and Maurice Martin. However, Rivers and Martin never played for the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves also selected West German center Gunther Behnke, who had never played in the NBA.[11] Four players from the expansion draft joined the Timberwolves for their inaugural season, but only one played more than one season for the team. Tyrone Corbin played two and a half seasons for the Timberwolves before he was traded in 1991.[14]

Key[edit]

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs

Selections[edit]

Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team Previous team NBA years[a] Career with the franchise[b] Ref.
1 Green, SidneySidney Green F/C  United States Orlando Magic New York Knicks 6 1989–1990 [15]
2 Mahorn, RickRick Mahorn F/C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Detroit Pistons 9 [c] [16]
3 Theus, ReggieReggie Theus+ G  United States Orlando Magic Atlanta Hawks 11 1989–1990 [17]
4 Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin G/F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Phoenix Suns 4 19891991 [14]
5 Catledge, TerryTerry Catledge F  United States Orlando Magic Washington Bullets 4 19891993 [6]
6 Johnson, SteveSteve Johnson+ F/C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Portland Trail Blazers 8 1989–1990 [18]
7 Vincent, SamSam Vincent G  United States Orlando Magic Chicago Bulls 4 19891992 [19]
8 Lohaus, BradBrad Lohaus F/C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Sacramento Kings 2 1989–1990 [20]
9 Smith, OtisOtis Smith G/F  United States Orlando Magic Golden State Warriors 3 19891992 [21]
10 Rivers, DavidDavid Rivers G  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Lakers 1 [c] [22]
11 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles G  United States Orlando Magic Indiana Pacers 3 19891994 [7]
12 Davis, MarkMark Davis[A] G/F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Milwaukee Bucks 1 [c] [23]
13 Reynolds, JerryJerry Reynolds G/F  United States Orlando Magic Seattle SuperSonics 4 19891992 [24]
14 Roth, ScottScott Roth F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves San Antonio Spurs 2 1989–1990 [25]
15 Acres, MarkMark Acres F/C  United States Orlando Magic Boston Celtics 2 19891992 [26]
16 Jones, SheltonShelton Jones F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Philadelphia 76ers 1 [c] [27]
17 Wiley, MorlonMorlon Wiley G  United States Orlando Magic Dallas Mavericks 1 19891991 [28]
18 White, EricEric White F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers 2 [c] [29]
19 Farmer, JimJim Farmer G  United States Orlando Magic Utah Jazz 2 [c] [30]
20 Martin, MauriceMaurice Martin G/F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Denver Nuggets 2 [c] [31]
21 Lee, KeithKeith Lee F/C  United States Orlando Magic New Jersey Nets 3 [c] [32]
22 Behnke, GuntherGunther Behnke# C  West Germany[e] Minnesota Timberwolves Cleveland Cavaliers 0[d] [c] [11]
23 Johnson, FrankFrank Johnson G  United States Orlando Magic Houston Rockets 8 [c] [33]

Notes[edit]

  • a Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Career with the expansion franchise that drafted the player
  • c Never played a game for the franchise
  • d Never played in the NBA prior to the expansion draft
  • e Gunther Behnke represented the Germany national team after West and East Germany reunified in 1990.

Trades[edit]

Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of future draft picks between the teams, along with a particular agreement in the expansion draft.

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ "Magic Wins Coin Flip, Will Pick First in Expansion Draft". NBA.com/Timberwolves. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 12, 1989. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "20 Years Ago Today - The Magic Begins". NBA.com/Magic. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Magic: 1989-90 Season". NBA.com/Magic. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Brown, Clifton (June 16, 1989). "Knicks' Green Is Taken First In N.B.A.'s Expansion Draft". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Terry Catledge Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Scott Skiles Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
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  9. ^ a b "Basketball Returns To Minnesota". NBA.com/Timberwolves. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Lakers Franchise Index". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
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  12. ^ "Mahorn Traded to 76ers". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. October 28, 1989. Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ "76ers Sign Mahorn To Multiyear Deal". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. November 4, 1989. Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Tyrone Corbin Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Sidney Green Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Rick Mahorn Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Reggie Theus Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Steve Johnson Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Sam Vincent Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Brad Lohaus Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Otis Smith Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  22. ^ "David Rivers Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Mark Davis Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Jerry Reynolds Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Scott Roth Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Mark Acres Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Shelton Jones Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Morlon Wiley Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Eric White Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Jim Farmer Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  31. ^ "Maurice Martin Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Keith Lee Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Frank Johnson Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Timberwolves: All-Time Trades". NBA.com/Timberwolves. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Gary Leonard Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 

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