1987 NBA draft

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1987 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 22, 1987
LocationFelt Forum (New York City, New York)
Network(s)TBS Superstation
161 total selections in 7 rounds
First selectionDavid Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
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The 1987 NBA draft was held on June 22, 1987, in New York City.

This draft included two future members of the NBA 50 Greatest Players list, David Robinson and Scottie Pippen, as well as fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, who was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. Other notable selections include Kevin Johnson, Kenny Smith, Horace Grant, Reggie Lewis, Muggsy Bogues, Mark Jackson, and Šarūnas Marčiulionis. Also in this draft, former Florida Gators men's basketball head coach Billy Donovan (drafted 68th by the Utah Jazz), who led that program to NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships in 2006 and in 2007.

David Robinson did not join the NBA until the 1989–90 season due to his service commitment with the United States Navy. This was the last NBA draft to go over three rounds, as it was reduced to exactly three next year and later to two since 1989.

Draft selections[edit]

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
David Robinson, the 1st pick
Scottie Pippen, the 5th pick
Kenny Smith, the 6th pick
Kevin Johnson, the 7th pick
Horace Grant, the 10th pick
Reggie Miller, the 11th pick
Muggsy Bogues, the 12th pick
Mark Jackson, the 18th pick
Steve Alford, the 26th pick
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] Team School/club team
1 1 David Robinson^ C  United States San Antonio Spurs Navy (Sr.)
1 2 Armen Gilliam PF  United States Phoenix Suns UNLV (Sr.)
1 3 Dennis Hopson SF  United States New Jersey Nets Ohio State (Sr.)
1 4 Reggie Williams SF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Georgetown (Sr.)
1 5 Scottie Pippen^ SF  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from New York, traded to Chicago for Olden Polynice) Central Arkansas (Sr.)
1 6 Kenny Smith PG  United States Sacramento Kings North Carolina (Sr.)
1 7 Kevin Johnson* PG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers California (Sr.)
1 8 Olden Polynice C  Haiti Chicago Bulls (from Denver via New York, traded to Seattle for Scottie Pippen) Hamby Rimini (Italy)
1 9 Derrick McKey SF/PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics Alabama (Jr.)
1 10 Horace Grant+ PF/C  United States Chicago Bulls Clemson (Sr.)
1 11 Reggie Miller^ SG  United States Indiana Pacers UCLA (Sr.)
1 12 Muggsy Bogues PG  United States Washington Bullets Wake Forest (Sr.)
1 13 Joe Wolf C  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Houston) North Carolina (Sr.)
1 14 Tellis Frank PF  United States Golden State Warriors WKU (Sr.)
1 15 José Ortiz PF  Puerto Rico Utah Jazz Oregon State (Sr.)
1 16 Christian Welp C  West Germany Philadelphia 76ers Washington (Sr.)
1 17 Ronnie Murphy SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Jacksonville (Sr.)
1 18 Mark Jackson+ PG  United States New York Knicks (from Milwaukee via Seattle) St. John's (Sr.)
1 19 Ken Norman SF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit) Illinois (Sr.)
1 20 Jim Farmer SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Alabama (Sr.)
1 21 Dallas Comegys C  United States Atlanta Hawks DePaul (Sr.)
1 22 Reggie Lewis+ SG  United States Boston Celtics Northeastern (Sr.)
1 23 Greg "Cadillac" Anderson PF  United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Houston (Sr.)
2 24 Freddie Banks# SG  United States Detroit Pistons UNLV (Sr.)
2 25 Ron Moore C  United States New York Knicks West Virginia State (Sr.)
2 26 Steve Alford SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Indiana (Sr.)
2 27 Nate Blackwell PG  United States San Antonio Spurs Temple (Sr.)
2 28 Rickie Winslow SF  United States Chicago Bulls Houston (Sr.)
2 29 Lester Fonville# C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Jackson State (Sr.)
2 30 Nikita Wilson SF  United States Portland Trail Blazers LSU (Sr.)
2 31 Andre Moore PF  United States Denver Nuggets Loyola (IL) (Jr.)
2 32 Bob McCann SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Morehead State (Sr.)
2 33 Tony White PG  United States Chicago Bulls Tennessee (Sr.)
2 34 Brian Rowsom PF  United States Indiana Pacers UNC Wilmington (Sr.)
2 35 Doug Lee SG  United States Houston Rockets Purdue (Sr.)
2 36 Duane Washington SG  United States Washington Bullets Middle Tennessee (Sr.)
2 37 Derrick Dowell# SF  United States Washington Bullets USC (Sr.)
2 38 Norris Coleman SF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Kansas State (So.)
2 39 Vincent Askew SG/SF  United States Philadelphia 76ers Memphis State (Jr.)
2 40 Winston Garland PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Southwest Missouri State (Sr.)
2 41 Kannard Johnson SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers WKU (Sr.)
2 42 Terrance Bailey# SG  United States Atlanta Hawks Wagner (Sr.)
2 43 Andrew Kennedy# F  Jamaica Philadelphia 76ers Virginia (Sr.)
2 44 Terry Coner# PG  United States Atlanta Hawks Alabama (Sr.)
2 45 Brad Lohaus PF/C  United States Boston Celtics Iowa (Sr.)
2 46 Bruce Dalrymple# G  United States Phoenix Suns Georgia Tech (Sr.)

Notable post-second-round picks[edit]

Billy Donovan, the 68th pick

These draft picks played at least one game in the NBA but were selected after the second round.[1][2]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
3 48 Jamie Waller SG  United States New Jersey Nets Virginia Union (Sr.)
3 50 Phil Zevenbergen C  United States San Antonio Spurs Washington (Sr.)
3 53 Winston Crite SF  United States Phoenix Suns Texas A&M (Sr.)
3 58 Darryl Johnson PG  United States Golden State Warriors Michigan State (Sr.)
3 63 Kevin Gamble SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Iowa (Sr.)
3 65 Eric White PF  United States Detroit Pistons Pepperdine (Sr.)
3 68 Billy Donovan PG  United States Utah Jazz Providence (Sr.)
4 74 Joe Arlauckas SF  United States Sacramento Kings Niagara (Sr.)
4 75 Chris Dudley C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Yale (Sr.)
4 79 Jack Haley C  United States Chicago Bulls UCLA (Sr.)
4 88 Dave Popson PF  United States Detroit Pistons North Carolina (Sr.)
5 100 Ronnie Grandison SF  United States Denver Nuggets New Orleans (Sr.)
5 107 Bart Kofoed SG  United States Utah Jazz Nebraska–Kearney (Sr.)
6 116 Martin Nessley C  United States Los Angeles Clippers Duke (Sr.)
6 127 Šarūnas Marčiulionis SG  Soviet Union Golden State Warriors Statyba Vilnius (Soviet Union)
  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.

Notable undrafted players[edit]

These players were not selected in the draft but still appeared in at least one regular or postseason NBA game.

Player Position Nationality School/club team
Randy Allen F  United States Florida State (Sr.)
Sergei Bazarevich SG  Soviet Union CSKA Moscow (Soviet Union)
Scott Brooks PG  United States UC Irvine (Sr.)
Mike Champion PF  United States Gonzaga (Sr.)
Tom Copa C  United States Marquette (Sr.)
Radisav Ćurčić C  Yugoslavia Union Olimpija (Yugoslavia)
Andrew Gaze F  Australia Melbourne Tigers (Australia)
Cedric Hunter PG  United States Kansas (Sr.)
Mark Wade PG  United States UNLV (Sr.)
David Wood F  United States Nevada (Sr.)
A. J. Wynder PG  United States Fairfield (Sr.)

Early entrants[edit]

College underclassmen[edit]

The following college basketball players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[3]

Other eligible players[edit]

Player Team Note Ref.
United States Ricky Brown Pensacola Tornados (CBA) Left South Alabama in 1986; playing professionally since the 1986–87 season [4]
Haiti Olden Polynice Hamby Ramini (Italy) Left Virginia in 1986; playing professionally since the 1986–87 season [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1987 NBA Draft".
  2. ^ "NBA Past Drafts - RealGM".
  3. ^ "1987 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. Retrieved December 13, 2022.
  4. ^ "Ricky Brown". The Draft Review. Retrieved December 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Sally (June 20, 1987). "On Eve of NBA Draft, Polynice Insists, 'I've Grown Up'". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 13, 2022.