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1988 NBA draft

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1988 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 28, 1988
LocationFelt Forum (New York City, New York)
Network(s)Superstation TBS
75 total selections in 3 rounds
First selectionDanny Manning (Los Angeles Clippers)
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The 1988 NBA draft took place on June 28, 1988, in New York City, New York. The length was reduced from seven rounds in the previous year to three rounds.[1][2] This was also the first draft for the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, prior to their inaugural season.


PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)
# Denotes player who has never played in the NBA
Rik Smits, the 2nd pick
Rod Strickland, the 19th pick
Brian Shaw, the 24th pick
Keith Smart, the 41st pick
Steve Kerr, the 50th pick
Craig Neal, the 71st pick
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] Team School/club team
1 1 Danny Manning+ PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Kansas (Sr.)
1 2 Rik Smits+ C  Netherlands Indiana Pacers Marist (Sr.)
1 3 Charles Smith PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (traded to L.A. Clippers) Pittsburgh (Sr.)
1 4 Chris Morris SF  United States New Jersey Nets Auburn (Sr.)
1 5 Mitch Richmond^ SG  United States Golden State Warriors Kansas State (Sr.)
1 6 Hersey Hawkins+ SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Sacramento, traded to Philadelphia) Bradley (Sr.)
1 7 Tim Perry F  United States Phoenix Suns Temple (Sr.)
1 8 Rex Chapman SG  United States Charlotte Hornets Kentucky (So.)
1 9 Rony Seikaly C  Lebanon Miami Heat Syracuse (Sr.)
1 10 Willie Anderson SG  United States San Antonio Spurs Georgia (Sr.)
1 11 Will Perdue C  United States Chicago Bulls (from New York) Vanderbilt (Sr.)
1 12 Harvey Grant SF  United States Washington Bullets Oklahoma (Sr.)
1 13 Jeff Grayer SG/SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Iowa State (Sr.)
1 14 Dan Majerle+ SF  United States Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland) Central Michigan (Sr.)
1 15 Gary Grant PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Michigan (Sr.)
1 16 Derrick Chievous SG  United States Houston Rockets Missouri (Sr.)
1 17 Eric Leckner C  United States Utah Jazz Wyoming (Sr.)
1 18 Ricky Berry SG  United States Sacramento Kings (from Atlanta) San Jose State (Sr.)
1 19 Rod Stricklandx PG  United States New York Knicks (from Chicago) DePaul (Jr.)
1 20 Kevin Edwards SG  United States Miami Heat (from Dallas)[a] DePaul (Sr.)
1 21 Mark Bryant PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Seton Hall (Sr.)
1 22 Randolph Keys SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Detroit via Phoenix) Southern Miss (Sr.)
1 23 Jerome Lane PF  United States Denver Nuggets Pittsburgh (Jr.)
1 24 Brian Shaw SG  United States Boston Celtics UC Santa Barbara (Sr.)
1 25 David Rivers PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers Notre Dame (Sr.)
2 26 Rolando Ferreira C  Brazil Portland Trail Blazers Houston (Sr.)
2 27 Shelton Jones F  United States San Antonio Spurs St. John's (Sr.)
2 28 Andrew Lang C  United States Phoenix Suns Arkansas (Sr.)
2 29 Vinny Del Negro SG  United States Sacramento Kings NC State (Sr.)
2 30 Fennis Dembo PF  United States Detroit Pistons Wyoming (Sr.)
2 31 Everette Stephens G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Purdue (Sr.)
2 32 Charles Shackleford F/C  United States New Jersey Nets NC State (Sr.)
2 33 Grant Long F  United States Miami Heat Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
2 34 Tom Tolbert F/C  United States Charlotte Hornets Arizona (Sr.)
2 35 Sylvester Gray F  United States Miami Heat (from New York via Chicago, Seattle, and Boston)[b] Memphis State (So.)
2 36 Ledell Eackles G/F  United States Washington Bullets New Orleans (Sr.)
2 37 Greg Butler C  United States New York Knicks Stanford (Sr.)
2 38 Dean Garrett C  United States Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland) Indiana (Sr.)
2 39 Tito Horford C  Dominican Republic Milwaukee Bucks Miami (FL) (So.)
2 40 Orlando Graham F  United States Miami Heat (from Seattle)[c] Auburn-Montgomery (Sr.)
2 41 Keith Smart G  United States Golden State Warriors Indiana (Sr.)
2 42 Jeff Moe# SG  United States Utah Jazz Iowa (Sr.)
2 43 Todd Mitchell F  United States Denver Nuggets Purdue (Sr.)
2 44 Anthony Taylor G  United States Atlanta Hawks Oregon (Sr)
2 45 Tom Garrick G  United States Los Angeles Clippers Rhode Island (Sr.)
2 46 Morlon Wiley G  United States Dallas Mavericks Long Beach State (Sr.)
2 47 Vernon Maxwell SG  United States Denver Nuggets Florida (Sr.)
2 48 Micheal Williams G  United States Detroit Pistons Baylor (Sr.)
2 49 José Vargas# C/PF  Dominican Republic Dallas Mavericks LSU (Sr.)
2 50 Steve Kerr PG  United States Phoenix Suns Arizona (Sr.)
3 51 Rob Lock F  United States Los Angeles Clippers Kentucky (Sr.)
3 52 Derrick Hamilton# SF  United States New Jersey Nets Southern Miss (Sr.)
3 53 Anthony Mason* SF/PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Golden State) Tennessee State (Sr.)
3 54 Jorge González# C  Argentina Atlanta Hawks (from Sacramento) Sport Club de Cañada de Gómez (Argentina) 1966
3 55 Rodney Johns# PG  United States Phoenix Suns Grand Canyon (Sr.)
3 56 Barry Sumpter F/C  United States San Antonio Spurs Austin Peay (Sr.)
3 57 Hernán Montenegro# PF/C  Argentina Philadelphia 76ers Olimpo (Argentina)
3 58 Jeff Moore# PF  United States Charlotte Hornets Auburn (Sr.)
3 59 Nate Johnston F  United States Miami Heat Tampa (Sr.)
3 60 Ed Davender# PG  United States Washington Bullets Kentucky (Sr.)
3 61 Herbert Crook # SF/SG  United States Indiana Pacers Louisville (Sr.)
3 62 Derrick Lewis# PF  United States Chicago Bulls (from New York) Maryland (Sr.)
3 63 Mike Jones# PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Auburn (Jr.)
3 64 Winston Bennett F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Kentucky (Sr.)
3 65 Corey Gaines G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Loyola Marymount (Sr.)
3 66 Dwight Boyd# SG  United States Denver Nuggets (from Houston) Memphis State (Sr.)
3 67 Ricky Grace G  Australia Utah Jazz Oklahoma (Sr.)
3 68 Darryl Middleton# PF  United States Atlanta Hawks Baylor (Sr.)
3 69 Phil Stinnie# PF  United States New York Knicks (from Chicago) VCU (Sr.)
3 70 Jerry Johnson# PG  United States Dallas Mavericks Florida Southern (Sr.)
3 71 Craig Neal G  United States Portland Trail Blazers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
3 72 Lee Johnson PF  United States Detroit Pistons Norfolk State (Sr.)
3 73 Michael Anderson G  United States Indiana Pacers (from Denver via L.A. Clippers) Drexel (Sr.)
3 74 Gerald Paddio F/G  United States Boston Celtics UNLV (Sr.)
3 75 Archie Marshall# SF  United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Kansas (Sr.)
  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]

This section is for players who were eligible for the 1988 NBA draft, did not get selected, but still later appeared in at least one NBA regular season or postseason game.

John Starks was undrafted but had a successful career, including an appearance in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game.
Player Position Nationality School/Club team
Lloyd Daniels SG  United States Waitemata Dolphins (New Zealand)
Wayne Engelstad PF  United States UC Irvine (Sr.)
Duane Ferrell SF  United States Georgia Tech (Sr.)
Ben Gillery C  United States Georgetown (Sr.)
Henry James PF/SF  United States St. Mary's (TX) (Sr.)
Avery Johnson PG  United States Southern (Sr.)
Bill Jones PF  United States Iowa (Sr.)
Tim Legler SG  United States La Salle (Sr.)
Carlton McKinney SG  United States SMU (Sr.)
Tracy Moore SG/SF  United States Tulsa (Sr.)
Richard Morton PG  United States Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
Žarko Paspalj SF  Yugoslavia KK Partizan (Yugoslavia)
Ramon Rivas C  Puerto Rico Temple (Sr.)
John Starks+ SG  United States Oklahoma State (Sr.)
Henry Turner SG/SF  United States Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
Gary Voce PF  Jamaica Notre Dame (Sr.)


  • c On June 23, 1988, the Heat received the 1988 NBA Draft second-round draft pick from the Seattle SuperSonics for not selecting guard Danny Young in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft.[3]

Early entrants[edit]

College underclassmen[edit]

The following college basketball players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[4]

Other eligible players[edit]

Player Team Note Ref.
United States Lloyd Daniels Waitemata Dolphins (New Zealand) Left Mt. San Antonio in 1987; playing professionally since the 1987–88 season [5]
United States Eddie Pope Hamby Ramini (France) Left Southern Miss in 1986; playing professionally since the 1987–88 season [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1988 NBA draft".
  2. ^ "NBA Past Drafts - RealGM".
  3. ^ a b "HEAT: Key Dates and Transactions: 1988". NBA.com. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "1988 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  5. ^ Ross, Helen (January 28, 2015). "Rebounding: Gaters' Star On His Way Back". News & Record. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "Eddie Pope 1988 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. March 28, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2022.

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