1985 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s)June 18, 1985
LocationFelt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s)TBS Superstation
162 total selections in 7 rounds
First selectionPatrick Ewing, (New York Knicks)
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The 1985 NBA draft took place on June 18, 1985. It was also the first NBA draft of the "lottery" era. It was also around this time where the league decreased the amount of rounds the draft spent, with the previous few years lasting up to 10 rounds total. A total of 162 players were selected over seven rounds by the league's 23 teams.[1]

The New York Knicks were awarded the first overall pick by winning the first-ever NBA draft lottery, which was held in May of that year. The Knicks used it on Georgetown's Patrick Ewing. In addition to Ewing, this draft also resulted in several Hall of Famers, including Karl Malone taken by the Utah Jazz at pick 13.

Draft 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
Patrick Ewing, the 1st pick
Wayman Tisdale, the 2nd pick
Chris Mullin, the 7th pick
Detlef Schrempf, the 8th pick
Charles Oakley, the 9th pick
Karl Malone, the 13th pick
Bill Wennington, the 16th pick
Joe Dumars, the 18th pick
A.C. Green, the 23rd pick
Terry Porter, the 24th pick
Sam Mitchell, the 54th pick
Mario Elie, the 160th pick
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] Team School/club team
1 1 Patrick Ewing^ C  United States[2] New York Knicks Georgetown (Sr.)
1 2 Wayman Tisdale PF  United States Indiana Pacers Oklahoma (Jr.)
1 3 Benoit Benjamin C  United States Los Angeles Clippers Creighton (Jr.)
1 4 Xavier McDaniel+ PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics Wichita State (Sr.)
1 5 Jon Koncak C  United States Atlanta Hawks SMU (Sr.)
1 6 Joe Kleine C  United States Sacramento Kings Arkansas (Sr.)
1 7 Chris Mullin^ SF  United States Golden State Warriors St. John's (Sr.)
1 8 Detlef Schrempf* SF/PF  West Germany Dallas Mavericks (from Cleveland) Washington (Sr.)
1 9 Charles Oakley+ PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers * Virginia Union (Sr.)
1 10 Ed Pinckney PF  United States Phoenix Suns Villanova (Sr.)
1 11 Keith Lee C  United States Chicago Bulls Memphis State (Sr.)
1 12 Kenny Green F  United States Washington Bullets Wake Forest (Jr.)
1 13 Karl Malone^ PF  United States Utah Jazz Louisiana Tech (Jr.)
1 14 Alfredrick Hughes SG  United States San Antonio Spurs Loyola (IL) (Sr.)
1 15 Blair Rasmussen C  United States Denver Nuggets (from Portland) Oregon (Sr.)
1 16 Bill Wennington C  Canada Dallas Mavericks (from New Jersey) St. John's (Sr.)
1 17 Uwe Blab C  West Germany Dallas Mavericks Indiana (Sr.)
1 18 Joe Dumars^ SG  United States Detroit Pistons McNeese State (Sr.)
1 19 Steve Harris SG  United States Houston Rockets Tulsa (Sr.)
1 20 Sam Vincent SG  United States Boston Celtics (from Denver via Dallas) Michigan State (Sr.)
1 21 Terry Catledge PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers South Alabama (Sr.)
1 22 Jerry Reynolds G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks LSU (Jr.)
1 23 A.C. Green+ SF/PF  United States Los Angeles Lakers Oregon State (Sr.)
1 24 Terry Porter+ PG  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston via Dallas) Wisconsin–Stevens Point (Sr.)
2 25 Mike Smrek C  Canada Portland Trail Blazers Canisius (Sr.)
2 26 Bill Martin F  United States Indiana Pacers Georgetown (Sr.)
2 27 Dwayne McClain SG  United States Indiana Pacers Villanova (Sr.)
2 28 Ken Johnson F  United States Chicago Bulls Michigan State (Sr.)
2 29 Mike Brittain C  United States San Antonio Spurs South Carolina (Sr.)
2 30 Calvin Duncan# G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers VCU (Sr.)
2 31 Manute Bol C  Sudan Washington Bullets Bridgeport (Fr.)
2 32 Nick Vanos C  United States Phoenix Suns Santa Clara (Sr.)
2 33 Greg Stokes F/C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Iowa (Sr.)
2 34 Aubrey Sherrod# SG  United States Chicago Bulls Wichita State (Sr.)
2 35 Tyrone Corbin SF/PF  United States San Antonio Spurs DePaul (Sr.)
2 36 Yvon Joseph C  Haiti New Jersey Nets Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 37 Carey Scurry F  United States Utah Jazz LIU Brooklyn (Sr.)
2 38 Fernando Martín PF  Spain New Jersey Nets Real Madrid (Spain)
2 39 George Montgomery# F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Illinois (Sr.)
2 40 Mark Acres F/C  United States Dallas Mavericks Oral Roberts (Sr.)
2 41 Lorenzo Charles PF  United States Atlanta Hawks NC State (Sr.)
2 42 Bobby Lee Hurt# C/F  United States Golden State Warriors Alabama (Sr.)
2 43 Barry Stevens G/F  United States Denver Nuggets Iowa State (Sr.)
2 44 Voise Winters SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Bradley (Sr.)
2 45 John "Hot Rod" Williams PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Tulane (Sr.)
2 46 Adrian Branch SF  United States Chicago Bulls (from L.A. Lakers) Maryland (Sr.)
2 47 Gerald Wilkins SG  United States New York Knicks (from Boston) Chattanooga (Sr.)
3 48 Kenny Patterson# G  United States Indiana Pacers DePaul (Sr.)
3 49 Brad Wright PF  United States Golden State Warriors UCLA (Sr.)
3 50 Leonard Allen# C  United States Dallas Mavericks San Diego State (Sr.)
3 51 Charlie Bradley# G  United States Sacramento Kings South Florida (Sr.)
3 52 Anicet Lavodrama# C  Central African Republic Los Angeles Clippers Houston Baptist (Sr.)
3 53 Rolando Lamb# G  United States Seattle SuperSonics VCU (Sr.)
3 54 Sam Mitchell SF/PF  United States Houston Rockets (from San Antonio via Atlanta)**** Mercer (Sr.)
3 55 Herb Johnson# F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Tulsa (Sr.)
3 56 Jerry Everett# C  United States Phoenix Suns Lamar (Sr.)
3 57 Michael Payne# F  United States Houston Rockets Iowa (Sr.)
3 58 Vernon Moore# G  United States Washington Bullets Creighton (Sr.)
3 59 Sedric Toney PG  United States Atlanta Hawks** Dayton (Sr.)
3 60 Andre Goode# F  United States Detroit Pistons Northwestern (Sr.)
3 61 Perry Young SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Virginia Tech (Sr.)
3 62 Nigel Miguel# G  Belize
 United States
New Jersey Nets UCLA (Sr.)
3 63 Harold Keeling SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Santa Clara (Sr.)
3 64 Richie Johnson# F  United States Detroit Pistons Evansville (Sr.)
3 65 Kenny Perry# C  United States Washington Bullets Southern Illinois (Sr.)
3 66 Michael Adams+ PG  United States Sacramento Kings (from Denver) Boston College (Sr.)
3 67 Steve Black# G  United States Philadelphia 76ers La Salle (Sr.)
3 68 Eugene McDowell# C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Florida (Sr.)
3 69 Mike Brown C  United States Chicago Bulls*** George Washington (Sr.)
3 70 Andre Battle# G  United States Boston Celtics Loyola Chicago (Sr.)
4 71 Luster Goodwin# G  United States Golden State Warriors UTEP (Sr.)
4 72 Vince Hamilton# G  United States Indiana Pacers Clemson (Sr.)
4 73 Fred Cofield PG  United States New York Knicks Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
4 74 Jim Deines# F  United States Los Angeles Clippers Arizona State (Sr.)
4 75 Alex Stivrins F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Colorado (Sr.)
4 76 Willie Simmons# C  United States Sacramento Kings Louisiana Tech (Sr.)
4 77 Arvydas Sabonis^ C  Soviet Union Atlanta Hawks (pick voided because Sabonis was not yet 21 at the time of the draft)[3] Žalgiris Kaunas (Soviet Union)
4 78 Granger Hall# F  United States Phoenix Suns Temple (Sr.)
4 79 Mark Davis SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Old Dominion (Sr.)
4 80 Craig Beard# G  United States Chicago Bulls Samford (Sr.)
4 81 Richie Adams# F  United States Washington Bullets UNLV (Sr.)
4 82 Scott Roth SF  United States San Antonio Spurs Wisconsin (Sr.)
4 83 Delaney Rudd G  United States Utah Jazz Wake Forest (Sr.)
4 84 John Battle SG  United States Atlanta Hawks (from New Jersey) Rutgers (Sr.)
4 85 Joe Atkinson# F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Oklahoma State (Jr.)
4 86 Bubba Jennings# G  United States Dallas Mavericks Texas Tech (Sr.)
4 87 Spud Webb PG  United States Detroit Pistons NC State (Sr.)
4 88 Michael Brooks# G  United States Houston Rockets Tennessee (Sr.)
4 89 Pete Williams PF  United States Denver Nuggets Arizona (Sr.)
4 90 Derrick Gervin PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers UTSA (Jr.)
4 91 Cozell McQueen PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks NC State (Sr.)
4 92 Dexter Shouse PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers South Alabama (Sr.)
4 93 Cliff Webber# F  United States Boston Celtics Liberty (Sr.)
5 94 Kelvin Johnson# G  United States Indiana Pacers Richmond (Sr.)
5 95 Greg Cavener# C  United States Golden State Warriors Missouri (Sr.)
5 96 Mike Schlegel# F  United States New York Knicks VCU (Sr.)
5 97 Lou Stefanovic# F  Yugoslavia Seattle SuperSonics Illinois State (Sr.)
5 98 Bob Lojewski# F  United States Sacramento Kings Saint Joseph's (Sr.)
5 99 Wayne Carlander# F  United States Los Angeles Clippers USC (Sr.)
5 100 Larry Hampton# F  United States Atlanta Hawks Fairleigh Dickinson (Sr.)
5 101 Gunther Behnke# C  Germany Cleveland Cavaliers Leverkusen (Germany)
5 102 Shawn Campbell# C  United States Phoenix Suns Weber State (Sr.)
5 103 Reid Gettys# F  United States Chicago Bulls Houston (Sr.)
5 104 Dean Shaffer# G  United States Washington Bullets Florida State (Sr.)
5 105 Ray Hall# G  United States Utah Jazz Canisius (Sr.)
5 106 Clayton Olivier# C  United States San Antonio Spurs USC (Sr.)
5 107 James Anderson# F  United States Portland Trail Blazers USC Upstate (Sr.)
5 108 Kelly Blaine# C  United States New Jersey Nets South Alabama (Sr.)
5 109 Tommy Davis# G  United States Dallas Mavericks Minnesota (Sr.)
5 110 Mike Lahm# C  United States Detroit Pistons Murray State (Sr.)
5 111 Ivan Daniels# C  United States Indiana Pacers UIC (Sr.)
5 112 Kenny Brown# G  United States Denver Nuggets Texas A&M (Jr.)
5 113 Carl Wright# G  United States Philadelphia 76ers SMU (Jr.)
5 114 Ray Knight# C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Providence (Sr.)
5 115 Timo Saarelainen# F  Finland Los Angeles Lakers BYU (Sr.)
5 116 Albert Butts# C  United States Boston Celtics La Salle (Sr.)
6 117 Gerald Crosby# G  United States Golden State Warriors Georgia (Sr.)
6 118 Stu Primus# G  United States Indiana Pacers Boston College (Sr.)
6 119 Kent Lockhart# G  United States New York Knicks UTEP (Sr.)
6 120 Charles Balentine# F  United States Sacramento Kings Arkansas (Sr.)
6 121 Malcolm Thomas# F  United States Los Angeles Clippers Missouri (Sr.)
6 122 Earl Walker# F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Mercer (Sr.)
6 123 Tony Duckett# G  United States Atlanta Hawks Lafayette (Sr.)
6 124 Charles Rayne# G  United States Phoenix Suns Temple (Sr.)
6 125 Rickie Johnson# F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Illinois State (Sr.)
6 126 Danny Meagher# F  Canada Chicago Bulls Duke (Sr.)
6 127 Matt England# G  United States Washington Bullets Houston Baptist (Sr.)
6 128 Chris Harper# G  United States San Antonio Spurs Oregon (Sr.)
6 129 Jim Miller# F  United States Utah Jazz Virginia (Sr.)
6 130 George Almones# G  United States New Jersey Nets Southwestern Louisiana (Jr.)
6 131 Curtis Moore# G  United States Portland Trail Blazers Nebraska (Sr.)
6 132 Carlton Cooper# F  United States Dallas Mavericks Texas (Sr.)
6 133 Vincent Giles# F  United States Detroit Pistons Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
6 134 Sam Potter# G  United States Houston Rockets Oral Roberts (Sr.)
6 135 Joe Carrabino# F  United States Denver Nuggets Harvard (Sr.)
6 136 Daryl Lloyd# F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Drake (Sr.)
6 137 Quentin Anderson# F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Texas Tech (Sr.)
6 138 Tony Neal# F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
6 139 Ralph Lewis SG  United States Boston Celtics La Salle (Sr.)
7 140 Jeff Acres# F  United States Indiana Pacers Oral Roberts (Sr.)
7 141 Eric Boyd# G  United States Golden State Warriors North Carolina A&T (Sr.)
7 142 Ken Bantum# C  United States New York Knicks Cornell (Sr.)
7 143 Gary Maloncon# F  United States Los Angeles Clippers UCLA (Sr.)
7 144 Mike Phelps SG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Alcorn State (Sr.)
7 145 Alton Lee Gipson# C  United States Sacramento Kings Florida State (Sr.)
7 146 Bob Ferry Jr.# G  United States Atlanta Hawks Harvard (Sr.)
7 147 Buzz Peterson# G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers North Carolina (Sr.)
7 148 Georgi Glouchkov PF  Bulgaria Phoenix Suns Akademik Varna (Bulgaria)
7 149 Jeff Adkins# G  United States Chicago Bulls Maryland (Sr.)
7 150 Keith Gray# G  United States Washington Bullets Detroit Mercy (Sr.)
7 151 Mike Wacker# F  United States Utah Jazz Texas (Sr.)
7 152 Al Young# G  United States San Antonio Spurs Virginia Tech (Sr.)
7 153 Mark Owen# G  United States Portland Trail Blazers College of Idaho (Sr.)
7 154 Gary McLain# G  United States New Jersey Nets Villanova (Sr.)
7 155 Ed Catchings# F  United States Dallas Mavericks UNLV (Sr.)
7 156 Frank James# F  United States Detroit Pistons UNLV (Sr.)
7 157 Don Turney# C  United States Indiana Pacers Marshall (Sr.)
7 158 Eddie Smith# F  United States Denver Nuggets Arizona (Sr.)
7 159 Jaye Andrews# F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Bucknell (Sr.)
7 160 Mario Elie SF/SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks American International (Sr.)
7 161 Keith Cieplicki# G  United States Los Angeles Lakers William & Mary (Sr.)
7 162 Chris Remley# F  United States Boston Celtics Rutgers (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.

* Further compensation for draft choices previously traded away by Ted Stepien.
** Compensation for the Utah Jazz signing Billy Paultz
*** Compensation for the Los Angeles Lakers signing Larry Spriggs
**** Compensation for the Atlanta Hawks signing Billy Paultz

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 1985 draft but played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School/club team
David Cooke PF  United States Saint Mary's (Sr.)
Dennis Nutt PG  United States TCU (Sr.)
João Vianna PF  Brazil C.A. Monte Líbano (Brazil)


Some have argued that NBA Commissioner David Stern fixed the first overall pick to help his hometown team, the struggling New York Knicks. The lottery system used in 1985 involved a random drawing of seven envelopes from a hopper, with each of the then-seven non-playoff teams having an equal chance of obtaining the first pick. Inside each of the envelopes was the logo of a non-playoff team.

The team whose envelope was drawn first would get the first pick. The process was then repeated until the rest of the first seven lottery picks were determined. In the U.S., CBS had live coverage of Stern pulling the envelopes from the hopper (as opposed to NBA Draft lotteries today where the actual drawing is held behind closed doors before the results are revealed on TV).

There is speculation that the envelope containing the Knicks logo was frozen beforehand, enabling David Stern to recognize and select it.[4][5][6]

According to another theory, some claim that when an accountant from Ernst & Whinney (the same firm used by Gulf + Western, then-owners of the Knicks[7]) inserted the seven envelopes into the glass drum, some have claimed that he banged the fourth one against the side of the drum to create a creased corner, thereby making it easier for Stern to determine which envelope to choose: the envelope containing the Knicks logo.[8] According to this theory, as the drum was being spun by NBA security director Jack Joyce, Stern was watching the envelopes closely. He then opened the drum, took a deep breath, reached in and selected the envelope with the bent corner and the Knicks logo. This has not been confirmed or corroborated by any official source, as most note that the spinning of the drum was far more forceful than any movement by Joyce, deliberate or otherwise.[9]

Early entrants

College underclassmen

The following college basketball players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "1985 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  2. ^ Ewing was born in  Jamaica, but had become a naturalized United States citizen while at Georgetown, as evidenced by his selection to the USA team at the 1984 Olympics.
  3. ^ McCallum, Jack (August 11, 2011). "Hoops giant Sabonis was a mystery man with indisputable talent". SI.com. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2014. Sabonis was subsequently selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 1986 NBA draft.
  4. ^ "Griffin the big gift at lottery's 25th anniversary". USA Today. May 18, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  5. ^ McManis, Sam (May 14, 1985). "NBA's New Showtime: It's Called the Lottery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Rovell, Darren (May 16, 2002). "NBA out to prove conspiracy theorists wrong". ESPN. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "The Ewing Conspiracy".
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Michael (October 29, 2010). "Viewpoint: Sports conspiracy theories". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on February 18, 2018. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "NBA Draft Lottery 2020: Conspiracy theories that make us wonder if the lottery is rigged by the NBA". August 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "1985 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2022.