|1989 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 27, 1989|
|Location||Felt Forum (New York City)|
|54 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Pervis Ellison (Sacramento Kings)|
The 1989 NBA draft took place on June 27, 1989, in New York City. Despite eight of the top ten picks being considered busts, including the first two picks Pervis Ellison and Danny Ferry, the draft produced many talented players such as Shawn Kemp, Glen Rice, Sean Elliott, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Tim Hardaway, Vlade Divac, Clifford Robinson, B. J. Armstrong and Mookie Blaylock.
The draft was reduced from three rounds in the previous year to the two-round format that is still in use to the present day. As a result, NBA drafts from this season until 1995 produced the lowest number of total draft picks selected at 54 overall selections.
|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|
Notable undrafted players
These players were not selected in the 1989 draft but played at least one game in the NBA.
- Nick Anderson – G, Illinois (junior)
- Rudy Bourgarel – C, Marist (junior)
- Martin Den Hengst – C, Sheridan (freshman)
- Jay Edwards – G, Indiana (sophomore)
- Benny Green – G, Tennessee–Chattanooga (junior)
- Shawn Kemp – F, Trinity Valley CC (freshman)
- Toney Mack – G, Georgia (junior)
- J. R. Reid – F, North Carolina (junior)
- Maurice Selvin – G, Puget Sound (sophomore)
- Alex Soyebo – C, Northland Pioneer (freshman)
- Johnny Steptoe – F, Southern (sophomore)
- Richard Whitmore – G, Brown (junior)
The following international players successfully applied for early draft entrance.
- 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.
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- The Pistons traded the rights to Kenny Battle and Micheal Williams to the Suns for rights to Anthony Cook on the draft day.
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