The 1997 NBA Draft took place on June 25, 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although the Celtics had the second worst record in the 1996-97 season and the best odds (36 percent) of winning the lottery with two picks, the Spurs, usually a model of winning and consistency, lost David Robinson to an injury early in the season and finished with the third worst record, subsequently winning the lottery. Leading up to the draft, there was no doubt that Tim Duncan would be selected at No. 1 by the Spurs, and in fact the rest of the draft was regarded with some skepticism. The Celtics would end up with the third and sixth picks selecting Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer, both of whom were traded in the next two years.
Note: The Washington Wizards forfeited their 1997 first-round pick in connection with the signing of Juwan Howard. Washington would have had the 17th pick.
Round one 
Tim Duncan was selected 1st overall by the San Antonio Spurs.
Keith Van Horn was selected 2nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chauncey Billups was selected 3rd overall by the Boston Celtics.
Antonio Daniels was selected 4th overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Round two 
Tracy McGrady was selected 9th overall by the Toronto Raptors.
Brevin Knight was selected 16th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Scot Pollard was selected 19th overall by the Detroit Pistons.
Stephen Jackson was selected 43rd overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Notable undrafted players 
These players were not selected in the 1997 NBA Draft but have played at least four seasons in the NBA, have been recognized in the All-Star or All-NBA teams, or have started a majority of games played in a season.
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