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1992 NBA draft

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1992 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 24, 1992
LocationMemorial Coliseum (Portland, Oregon)
54 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionShaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic)
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The 1992 NBA draft took place on June 24, 1992, at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. The draft is considered to be one of the deepest in NBA history. The top three picks (Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Christian Laettner) were considered can't-miss prospects. All three are Hall of Famers (Naismith & FIBA); O'Neal and Mourning are (individual) player-inducted, whereas Laettner is team-inducted. Laettner made one All-Star game in his career and was an Olympic Gold Medalist on the 1992 Dream Team, but did not live up to the lofty expectations set for him. The trio would end up playing together on the 2005 Miami Heat. Two other players went on to become All-Stars (Tom Gugliotta once, Latrell Sprewell four times) and several others had solid careers (Jimmy Jackson, Robert Horry, Doug Christie, P.J. Brown, LaPhonso Ellis, Jon Barry, Walt Williams, Anthony Peeler, and Clarence Weatherspoon). Harold Miner, who was given the nickname "Baby Jordan" because of his similarities to Michael Jordan, slipped to number 12 and, other than winning two slam dunk contests, only had a brief, uneventful, and injury prone four-year career.

This was the first time the NBA draft was held outside of New York.[1] It is the only draft where the first three picks were centers.

Draft selections

Shaquille O'Neal, the 1st pick to the Orlando Magic
Alonzo Mourning, the 2nd pick to the Charlotte Hornets
Christian Laettner, the 3rd pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Tom Gugliotta, the 6th pick to the Washington Bullets/Wizards
G Guard PG Point guard SG Shooting guard F Forward 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 Pos. Nationality[n 1] Team School / club team
1 1 Shaquille O'Neal^ C  United States Orlando Magic LSU (Jr.)
1 2 Alonzo Mourning^ C  United States Charlotte Hornets Georgetown (Sr.)
1 3 Christian Laettner+ PF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Duke (Sr.)
1 4 Jimmy Jackson SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Ohio State (Jr.)
1 5 LaPhonso Ellis PF  United States Denver Nuggets Notre Dame (Sr.)
1 6 Tom Gugliotta+ PF  United States Washington Bullets NC State (Sr.)
1 7 Walt Williams SF  United States Sacramento Kings Maryland (Sr.)
1 8 Todd Day SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Arkansas (Sr.)
1 9 Clarence Weatherspoon PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers Southern Miss (Sr.)
1 10 Adam Keefe PF  United States Atlanta Hawks Stanford (Sr.)
1 11 Robert Horry SF  United States Houston Rockets Alabama (Sr.)
1 12 Harold Miner SG  United States Miami Heat USC (Jr.)
1 13 Bryant Stith SG  United States Denver Nuggets (from New Jersey) Virginia (Sr.)
1 14 Malik Sealy SF  United States Indiana Pacers St. John's (Sr.)
1 15 Anthony Peeler SG  United States Los Angeles Lakers Missouri (Sr.)
1 16 Randy Woods PG  United States Los Angeles Clippers La Salle (Sr.)
1 17 Doug Christie SG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Pepperdine (Sr.)
1 18 Tracy Murray SF  United States San Antonio Spurs UCLA (Jr.)
1 19 Don MacLean PF  United States Detroit Pistons (traded to Washington via L.A. Clippers) UCLA (Sr.)
1 20 Hubert Davis SG  United States New York Knicks North Carolina (Sr.)
1 21 Jon Barry SG  United States Boston Celtics Georgia Tech (Sr.)
1 22 Oliver Miller C  United States Phoenix Suns Arkansas (Sr.)
1 23 Lee Mayberry PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Utah) Arkansas (Sr.)
1 24 Latrell Sprewell* SG  United States Golden State Warriors Alabama (Sr.)
1 25 Elmore Spencer C  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Cleveland) UNLV (Sr.)
1 26 Dave Johnson SF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Syracuse (Sr.)
1 27 Byron Houston PF  United States Chicago Bulls Oklahoma State (Sr.)
2 28 Marlon Maxey PF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves UTEP
2 29 P. J. Brown PF  United States New Jersey Nets Louisiana Tech
2 30 Sean Rooks PF/C  United States Dallas Mavericks Arizona
2 31 Reggie Smith C  United States Portland Trail Blazers TCU
2 32 Brent Price G  United States Washington Bullets Oklahoma
2 33 Corey Williams G  United States Chicago Bulls Oklahoma State
2 34 Chris Smith G  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Connecticut
2 35 Tony Bennett G  United States Charlotte Hornets Wisconsin–Green Bay
2 36 Duane Cooper G  United States Los Angeles Lakers USC
2 37 Isaiah Morris F  United States Miami Heat Arkansas
2 38 Elmer Bennett G  United States Atlanta Hawks Notre Dame
2 39 Litterial Green G  United States Chicago Bulls Georgia
2 40 Steve Rogers# SG/SF  United States New Jersey Nets Alabama State
2 41 Popeye Jones F  United States Houston Rockets Murray State
2 42 Matt Geiger C  United States Miami Heat Georgia Tech
2 43 Predrag Danilović SG  Yugoslavia Golden State Warriors KK Partizan, Yugoslavia
2 44 Henry Williams# G  United States San Antonio Spurs UNC-Charlotte
2 45 Chris King F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Wake Forest
2 46 Robert Werdann C  United States Denver Nuggets St. John's
2 47 Darren Morningstar C  United States Boston Celtics Pittsburgh
2 48 Brian Davis F/G  United States Phoenix Suns Duke
2 49 Ron Ellis# PF  Belgium Phoenix Suns Louisiana Tech
2 50 Matt Fish F  United States Golden State Warriors UNC-Wilmington
2 51 Tim Burroughs# PF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Jacksonville
2 52 Matt Steigenga F  United States Chicago Bulls Michigan State
2 53 Curtis Blair# PG  United States Houston Rockets Richmond
2 54 Brett Roberts# SF  United States Sacramento Kings Morehead State


Notable undrafted players


These players were not selected in the 1992 NBA draft but have played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School/club team
Gary Alexander F  United States South Florida (Sr.)
Eric Anderson PF  United States Indiana (Sr.)
Mark Baker PG  United States Ohio State (Sr.)
Alex Blackwell SF  United States Monmouth (Sr.)
Marques Bragg PF  United States Providence (Sr.)
Tim Breaux SF  United States Wyoming (Sr.)
Dexter Cambridge PF  Bahamas Texas (Sr.)
Joe Courtney PF  United States Southern Miss (Sr.)
Rastko Cvetković C  Serbia Crvena zvezda (Yugoslavia)
Dell Demps PG/SG  United States Pacific (Sr.)
Harold Ellis SG  United States Morehouse (Sr.)
Jo Jo English SG  United States South Carolina (Sr.)
Shane Heal PG  Australia Brisbane Bullets (Australia)
Stephen Howard SF  United States DePaul (Sr.)
Chris Jent SG/SF  United States Ohio State (Sr.)
Sam Mack SF  United States Houston (Sr.)
Gerald Madkins PG  United States UCLA (Sr.)
Bob Martin C  United States Minnesota (Sr.)
Darrick Martin PG  United States UCLA (Sr.)
Matt Othick PG  United States Arizona (Sr.)
Reggie Slater PF  United States Wyoming (Sr.)
Mark Strickland SF/PF  United States Temple (Sr.)
Keith Tower C  United States Notre Dame (Sr.)
Anthony Tucker SF  United States Wake Forest (Sr.)
Marcus Webb PF  United States Alabama (Jr.)
David Wesley PG  United States Baylor (Sr.)

Early entrants


College underclassmen


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

See also



  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.


  1. ^ 1980s Sports Home (July 10, 2021). "1992 NBA Draft 1-4 Shaq Shaquille O'Neil Christian Laettner Jim Jackson". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved October 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "1992 Draft". Basketball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "1992 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2022.