The 2002 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2002 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting 57 amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from non-North American leagues. The draft was broadcast on TNT at 7:30 PM (EDT). The NBA announced that 42 college and high school players, and five international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft. The Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors both had a 22.5 percent probability of acquiring the first overall pick, but the Houston Rockets, with an 8.9 percent probability, won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 19. The Bulls and Warriors were second and third, respectively. As punishment for salary-cap violations during the 2000-01 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round draft pick.
The 2002 draft set a record with 17 international selections, with six coming in the first round alone.
#2 pick Jay Williams violated his contract by riding a motorcycle, and nearly lost his life in an accident that shattered his pelvis, severed a main nerve in his leg, and tore three ligaments in his left knee including his ACL. Although he underwent an intense rehabilitation program, Williams never played a game in the NBA again.
Mike Dunleavy Jr., the 3rd pick
Drew Gooden, the 4th pick
Amar'e Stoudemire, the 9th pick
Caron Butler, the 10th pick
Tayshaun Prince, the 23rd pick
Roger Mason, the 31st pick
Carlos Boozer, the 35th pick
Matt Barnes, the 46th pick
Luis Scola, the 56th pick
Notable undrafted players 
These players were not selected in this draft but played in the NBA and started most games played in a season or have been recognized in All-Pro or All-Star teams.
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