1986 NBA draft

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1986 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s)June 17, 1986
LocationFelt Forum (New York City, New York)
Network(s)TBS Superstation
162 total selections in 7 rounds
First selectionBrad Daugherty (Cleveland Cavaliers)
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The 1986 NBA draft was held on June 17, 1986.

Overview and aftermath[edit]

This draft holds the record for the most players (out of prospects chosen) who later debuted in the NBA, with 66.

Drug and health issues involving drafted players[edit]

There were various drug-related problems that plagued players in the 1986 NBA draft. Most notable was the death of highly touted Len Bias. Bias died less than two days after being selected second overall by the defending champion Boston Celtics. His death was ruled an overdose that resulted from the abuse of the drug cocaine. Other problems involving drugs hampered the careers of Chris Washburn, Roy Tarpley, and William Bedford.

Successful second-round players[edit]

While a number of first-round selections were unable to make an impact in the league, this draft did feature a number of talented second-round selections. Dennis Rodman, who became one of the leading defenders and rebounders in NBA history, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2011. Mark Price, Kevin Duckworth, and Jeff Hornacek also went on to have successful careers, and each made the NBA All-Star Game. Three others – Johnny Newman, Nate McMillan, and David Wingate – had long, productive careers as role players.

International draftees[edit]

This draft contained two exceptional international players, both of whom had shortened careers for unusual reasons. Third-round selection Dražen Petrović was coming off an All-Star caliber fourth season when he was killed in an automobile accident in 1993. He has since been elected to both the Naismith Hall of Fame and the FIBA Hall of Fame. The other, Arvydas Sabonis, was not permitted to play in the United States because of the dangerous political climate in the Soviet Union. He won two Olympic medals before his arrival in the NBA—a gold in 1988 with the USSR, and a bronze in 1992 with Lithuania.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Sabonis had a very successful career in Europe before finally joining the Portland Trail Blazers in 1995. Sabonis had lost much of his mobility by the time he joined the team because of a string of knee and Achilles tendon injuries. He finished second in both the Sixth Man Award and Rookie of the Year voting; after the 1995–96 season, he won a second Olympic bronze medal with Lithuania. He played seven seasons with Portland before returning to his homeland of Lithuania where he finished his career. Sabonis entered the FIBA Hall in 2010 and the Naismith Hall in 2011.

Other draftee contributions to the game[edit]

This draft is also known for the number of players who made important contributions to the sport of basketball outside of the court. For example, Nate McMillan had a highly successful run with the Seattle SuperSonics as a player and then as head coach, and then spent seven seasons as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Scott Skiles was the former coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and also the first coach to lead the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs in the post-Jordan era.

Larry Krystkowiak, a former Bucks head coach, was hired in April 2011 as the new head coach at the University of Utah. John Salley won four championship rings with three different NBA teams (Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers) before becoming one of the hosts of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Network. Mark Price served as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, a shooting consultant with Memphis (one season) and Atlanta (two seasons), a shooting coach for Golden State (one season), and in December 2011 was named Player Development Coach for the Orlando Magic.[1]

Jeff Hornacek would also be a full-time assistant head coach for the Utah Jazz for two seasons before accepting a job as the head coach for the Phoenix Suns in the 2013–14 NBA season. In 2016, Jeff Hornacek became the head coach for the New York Knicks, and coached them until 2018. Pete Myers, selected in the sixth round as the 120th overall pick, was an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls from 2001 to 2010 and Golden State Warriors since 2011. Jim Les, the 70th overall pick, was an assistant coach for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs from 1999 to 2001 then was head coach at Bradley University from 2002 to 2011 and UC Davis since 2011.

Jay Bilas, who was selected in the fifth round as the 108th overall pick but never played in the NBA, is an ESPN college basketball analyst.

Draft selections[edit]

Brad Daugherty was selected 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Chuck Person was selected 4th overall by the Indiana Pacers.
Roy Tarpley was selected 7th overall by the Dallas Mavericks.
Ron Harper was selected 8th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Johnny Dawkins was selected 10th overall by the San Antonio Spurs.
Arvydas Sabonis was selected 24th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Mark Price was selected 25th overall by the Dallas Mavericks (traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers).
Dennis Rodman was selected 27th overall by the Detroit Pistons.
Jeff Hornacek was selected 46th overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Dražen Petrović was selected 60th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
^ 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
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] NBA Team School/Club Team
1 1 Brad Daugherty* C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers via Philadelphia) North Carolina (Sr.)
1 2 Len Bias# SF  United States Boston Celtics (from Seattle) Maryland (Sr.)
1 3 Chris Washburn C  United States Golden State Warriors NC State (So.)
1 4 Chuck Person SF  United States Indiana Pacers Auburn (Sr.)
1 5 Kenny Walker SF  United States New York Knicks Kentucky (Sr.)
1 6 William Bedford C  United States Phoenix Suns Memphis State (Jr.)
1 7 Roy Tarpley C  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Cleveland) Michigan (Sr.)
1 8 Ron Harper SG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers * Miami (OH) (Sr.)
1 9 Brad Sellers C  United States Chicago Bulls Ohio State (Sr.)
1 10 Johnny Dawkins PG  United States San Antonio Spurs Duke (Sr.)
1 11 John Salley PF  United States Detroit Pistons (from Sacramento) Georgia Tech (Sr.)
1 12 John Williams PF  United States Washington Bullets LSU (So.)
1 13 Dwayne Washington PG  United States New Jersey Nets Syracuse (Jr.)
1 14 Walter Berry SF/PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers St. John's (Sr.)
1 15 Dell Curry SG/SF  United States Utah Jazz Virginia Tech (Sr.)
1 16 Maurice Martin SF  United States Denver Nuggets (from Dallas) Saint Joseph's (Sr.)
1 17 Harold Pressley SF  United States Sacramento Kings (from Detroit) Villanova (Sr.)
1 18 Mark Alarie PF  United States Denver Nuggets Duke (Sr.)
1 19 Billy Thompson SF  United States Atlanta Hawks Louisville (Sr.)
1 20 Buck Johnson SF  United States Houston Rockets Alabama (Sr.)
1 21 Anthony Jones SF  United States Washington Bullets (from Philadelphia) UNLV (Sr.)
1 22 Scott Skiles PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan State (Sr.)
1 23 Ken Barlow# PF  United States Los Angeles Lakers Notre Dame (Sr.)
1 24 Arvydas Sabonis^ C  Soviet Union Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston via L.A. Clippers) Zalgiris (Soviet Union)
2 25 Mark Price* PG  United States Dallas Mavericks, traded on draft day to the Cleveland Cavaliers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 26 Greg Dreiling C  United States Indiana Pacers Kansas (Sr.)
2 27 Dennis Rodman^ PF  United States Detroit Pistons Southeastern Oklahoma State (Sr.)
2 28 Larry Krystkowiak PF  United States Chicago Bulls Montana (Sr.)
2 29 Johnny Newman SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Richmond (Sr.)
2 30 Nate McMillan PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics NC State (Sr.)
2 31 Joe Ward# SF  United States Phoenix Suns Georgia (Sr.)
2 32 Cedric Henderson PF  United States Atlanta Hawks Simac Milano (Italy)
2 33 Kevin Duckworth+ C  United States San Antonio Spurs Eastern Illinois (Sr.)
2 34 Johnny Rogers PF  Spain[2] Sacramento Kings UC Irvine (Sr.)
2 35 Milt Wagner SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Louisville (Sr.)
2 36 Steve Mitchell# PG  United States Washington Bullets UAB (Sr.)
2 37 Panagiotis Fasoulas# C  Greece Portland Trail Blazers NC State (Sr.)
2 38 Lemone Lampley# C  United States Seattle SuperSonics DePaul (Sr.)
2 39 Rafael Addison SF  United States Phoenix Suns Syracuse (Sr.)
2 40 Augusto Binelli# C  Italy Atlanta Hawks Virtus Bologna (Italy)
2 41 Otis Smith SG  United States Denver Nuggets Jacksonville (Sr.)
2 42 Ron Kellogg# SF  United States Atlanta Hawks Kansas (Sr.)
2 43 Dave Feitl C  United States Houston Rockets UTEP (Sr.)
2 44 David Wingate SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgetown (Sr.)
2 45 Keith Smith PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Loyola Marymount (Sr.)
2 46 Jeff Hornacek+ SG  United States Phoenix Suns Iowa State (Sr.)
2 47 Michael Jackson PG  United States New York Knicks Georgetown (Sr.)

Notable post-second round picks[edit]

These players selected after the second round have played at least one game in the NBA.[3][4]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
3 48 Forrest McKenzie SF  United States San Antonio Spurs Loyola Marymount (Sr.)
3 50 Kevin Henderson PG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
3 51 Mike Williams PF/SF  United States Golden State Warriors Bradley (Sr.)
3 52 Ricky Wilson PG  United States Chicago Bulls George Mason (Sr.)
3 53 Tod Murphy PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics UC Irvine (Sr.)
3 54 Dwayne Polee SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers Pepperdine (Sr.)
3 55 Kenny Gattison PF  United States Phoenix Suns Old Dominion (Sr.)
3 57 Bruce Douglas SG  United States Sacramento Kings Illinois (Sr.)
3 58 David Henderson PG  United States Washington Bullets Duke (Sr.)
3 59 Wendell Alexis PF  United States Golden State Warriors Syracuse (Sr.)
3 60 Dražen Petrović^ SG  Yugoslavia Portland Trail Blazers Cibona (Yugoslavia)
3 61 John Shasky C  United States Utah Jazz Minnesota (Sr.)
3 65 Dave Hoppen C  United States Atlanta Hawks Nebraska (Sr.)
3 66 Anthony Bowie SG  United States Houston Rockets Oklahoma (Sr.)
3 67 Ron Rowan SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers St. John's (Sr.)
3 69 Andre Turner PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers Memphis State (Sr.)
3 70 Jim Les PG  United States Atlanta Hawks Bradley (Sr.)
4 74 Scott Meents PF  United States Chicago Bulls Illinois (Sr.)
4 77 Grant Gondrezick SG  United States Phoenix Suns Pepperdine (Sr.)
4 85 Myron Jackson PG  United States Dallas Mavericks Arkansas–Little Rock (Sr.)
4 89 Conner Henry SG  United States Houston Rockets UC Santa Barbara (Sr.)
5 95 Richard Rellford SF  United States Indiana Pacers Michigan (Sr.)
5 97 Clinton Smith SG  United States Golden State Warriors Cleveland State (Sr.)
5 99 Dominic Pressley PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Boston College (Sr.)
5 100 Steffond Johnson PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers San Diego State (Sr.)
6 120 Pete Myers G/SF  United States Chicago Bulls Arkansas–Little Rock (Sr.)
6 122 Curtis Kitchen PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics South Florida (Sr.)
6 124 Tim Kempton PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Notre Dame (Sr.)
6 133 Anthony Frederick SF  United States Denver Nuggets Pepperdine (Sr.)
6 134 Alexander Volkov C  Soviet Union Atlanta Hawks Budivelnik Kiev (USSR)
  1. ^ Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.

* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien

Notable undrafted players[edit]

These players who declared or were automatically eligible for the 1986 draft were not selected but played in the NBA.

Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
Robert Rose SG  United States
George Mason (Sr.)
Andre Spencer SF  United States Northern Arizona (Sr.)
Kelvin Upshaw SG  United States Utah (Sr.)
Stojko Vranković C  Yugoslavia KK Zadar (Croatia)

Early entrants[edit]

College underclassmen[edit]

The following college basketball players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[5]

Other eligible players[edit]

Player Team Note Ref.
United States Cedric Henderson Olimpia Milano (Italy) Left Georgia in 1985; playing professionally since the 1985–86 season [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Magic Name Mark Price Player Development Coach". NBA.com. 9 December 2011.
  2. ^ Rogers was born in the United States, but represents Spain internationally.
  3. ^ "1986 NBA Draft - Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "NBA Past Drafts - RealGM". basketball.realgm.com.
  5. ^ "1984 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. Retrieved December 13, 2022.
  6. ^ Goldaper, Sam (May 20, 1986). "Albeck Dismissed, This Time By Bulls". The New York Times. p. 9. Retrieved December 13, 2022.

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