|1990 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 27, 1990|
|Location||Felt Forum (New York City, New York)|
|54 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Derrick Coleman (New Jersey Nets)|
The 1990 NBA draft took place on June 27, 1990, in New York City, New York. One of the standouts of this draft is Basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton. He became a nine-time All-Star, achieved the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1996, won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006, holds many statistical records during his tenure with the since rebranded and relocated Seattle SuperSonics, and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2013.
The top pick of the draft was Syracuse's Derrick Coleman who was selected by the New Jersey Nets. In total, 52 of the 54 players selected went on to play at least one competitive game in the NBA, and six players were at some point of their career selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game. One player who had been projected to be a lottery pick as well as possibly the number one by media outlets and draft analysts was Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers, who died of a heart condition in March 1990 after collapsing during a game.
|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 1990 draft but played at least one game in the NBA.
|Keith Askins||F||United States||Alabama (Sr.)|
|Cedric Ball||SF||United States||Charlotte (Sr.)|
|David Benoit||SF||United States||Alabama (Sr.)|
|Matt Bullard||F||United States||Iowa (Sr.)|
|Rick Calloway||SG||United States||Kansas (Sr.)|
|Richard Coffey||SF||United States||Minnesota (Sr.)|
|Marty Conlon||PF/C||Ireland||Providence (Sr.)|
|Michael Curry||SG/SF||United States||Georgia Southern (Sr.)|
|Dan Godfread||C||United States||Evansville (Sr.)|
|Andrés Guibert||PF/C||Cuba||Cantera Instituto Manuel Fajardo (Cuba)|
|Tony Harris||SG||United States||New Orleans (Sr.)|
|Skeeter Henry||SG||United States||Oklahoma (Sr.)|
|Brian Howard||SF||United States||NC State (Sr.)|
|Kurk Lee||PG||United States||Towson (Sr.)|
|Ian Lockhart||SF||Bahamas||Tennessee (Sr.)|
|Tharon Mayes||SG||United States||Florida State (Sr.)|
|Chris Munk||PF||United States||USC (Sr.)|
|Melvin Newbern||SG||United States||Minnesota (Sr.)|
|Dan O'Sullivan||C/PF||United States||Fordham (Sr.)|
|Alan Ogg||C||United States||UAB (Sr.)|
|Anthony Pullard||PF||United States||McNeese State (Sr.)|
|Eldridge Recasner||G||United States||Washington (Sr.)|
|Larry Robinson||SF/SG||United States||Centenary (Sr.)|
|Irving Thomas||PF||United States||Florida State (Sr.)|
|Stephen Thompson||SG||United States||Syracuse (Sr.)|
|Andy Toolson||SG/SF||United States||BYU (Sr.)|
|Scott Williams||C/PF||United States||North Carolina (Sr.)|
- Kelvin Ardister – F, Idaho (junior)
- Herb Barthol – C, Cleveland State (junior)
- Gabriel Estaba – F, South Alabama (junior)
- David Shon Henderson – G, Idaho (junior)
- Carl Herrera – F, Houston (junior)
- Sean Higgins – F, Michigan (junior)
- Chris Jackson – G, LSU (sophomore)
- Marcus Liberty – F, Illinois (junior)
- Kenny Miller – F, Barton County CC (junior)
- Jerrod Mustaf – F, Maryland (sophomore)
- Dennis Scott – F, Georgia Tech (junior)
- Per Stumer – F, Loyola Marymount (junior)
- Kenny Williams – F, Elizabeth City State (sophomore)
Other eligible players
|Jesse Spinner||Sefra Tyrolia (Austria)||Left Grambling State in 1988; playing professionally since the 1989–90 season|||
- 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.
- Chris Jackson changed his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 1993.
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