1990 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 27, 1990
LocationFelt Forum (New York City, New York)
54 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionDerrick Coleman (New Jersey Nets)
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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.[1][2] 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.

Draft selections

Derrick Coleman was selected 1st overall by the New Jersey Nets.
Gary Payton was selected 2nd overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.
Chris Jackson (later Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) was selected 3rd overall by the Denver Nuggets.
Kendall Gill was selected 5th overall by the Charlotte Hornets.
Antonio Davis was selected 45th overall by the Indiana Pacers.
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
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] NBA team School/Club team
1 1 Derrick Coleman* PF/C  United States New Jersey Nets Syracuse (Sr.)
1 2 Gary Payton^ PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Golden State via Seattle) Oregon State (Sr.)
1 3 Chris Jackson[n 2] PG  United States Denver Nuggets (from Miami) LSU (So.)
1 4 Dennis Scott SG/SF  United States Orlando Magic Georgia Tech (Jr.)
1 5 Kendall Gill SG  United States Charlotte Hornets Illinois (Sr.)
1 6 Felton Spencer C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Louisville (Sr.)
1 7 Lionel Simmons SF  United States Sacramento Kings La Salle (Sr.)
1 8 Bo Kimble SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers Loyola Marymount (Sr.)
1 9 Willie Burton SG  United States Miami Heat (from Washington via Dallas and Denver) Minnesota (Sr.)
1 10 Rumeal Robinson PG  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Golden State) Michigan (Sr.)
1 11 Tyrone Hill+ PF  United States Golden State Warriors (from Atlanta) Xavier (Sr.)
1 12 Alec Kessler PF  United States Houston Rockets (traded to Miami for Carl Herrera and the rights to Dave Jamerson) Georgia (Sr.)
1 13 Loy Vaught PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Cleveland) Michigan (Sr.)
1 14 Travis Mays PG  United States Sacramento Kings (from Indiana via Dallas) Texas (Sr.)
1 15 Dave Jamerson SG  United States Miami Heat (from Denver; traded with Carl Herrera to Houston for the rights to Alec Kessler) Ohio (Sr.)
1 16 Terry Mills SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan (Sr.)
1 17 Jerrod Mustaf PF/C  United States New York Knicks Maryland (Sr.)
1 18 Duane Causwell C  United States Sacramento Kings (from Dallas) Temple (Sr.)
1 19 Dee Brown SG  United States Boston Celtics Jacksonville (Sr.)
1 20 Gerald Glass SF/SG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Philadelphia) Ole Miss (Sr.)
1 21 Jayson Williams+ PF/C  United States Phoenix Suns St. John's (Sr.)
1 22 Tate George SG  United States New Jersey Nets (from Chicago) Connecticut (Sr.)
1 23 Anthony Bonner PF/SF  United States Sacramento Kings (from Utah) Saint Louis (Sr.)
1 24 Dwayne Schintzius C  United States San Antonio Spurs Florida (Sr.)
1 25 Alaa Abdelnaby PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Duke (Sr.)
1 26 Lance Blanks PG/SG  United States Detroit Pistons Texas (Sr.)
1 27 Elden Campbell PF/C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Clemson (Sr.)
2 28 Les Jepsen C  United States Golden State Warriors Iowa (Sr.)
2 29 Toni Kukoč^ SF  Yugoslavia Chicago Bulls (from Orlando) KK Split (Yugoslavia)
2 30 Carl Herrera PF  Venezuela Miami Heat Houston (Jr.)
2 31 Negele Knight PG  United States Phoenix Suns Dayton (Sr.)
2 32 Brian Oliver SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 33 Walter Palmer C  United States Utah Jazz Dartmouth (Sr.)
2 34 Kevin Pritchard PG  United States Golden State Warriors Kansas (Sr.)
2 35 Greg Foster PF/C  United States Washington Bullets UTEP (Sr.)
2 36 Trevor Wilson SF  United States Atlanta Hawks UCLA (Sr.)
2 37 A. J. English SG  United States Washington Bullets Virginia Union (Sr.)
2 38 Jud Buechler SF  United States Seattle SuperSonics Arizona (Sr.)
2 39 Steve Scheffler C/PF  United States Charlotte Hornets Purdue (Sr.)
2 40 Bimbo Coles PG  United States Sacramento Kings Virginia Tech (Sr.)
2 41 Steve Bardo SG  United States Atlanta Hawks Illinois (Sr.)
2 42 Marcus Liberty SF  United States Denver Nuggets Illinois (So.)
2 43 Tony Massenburg PF/C  United States San Antonio Spurs Maryland (Sr.)
2 44 Steve Henson PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Kansas State (Sr.)
2 45 Antonio Davis+ PF/C  United States Indiana Pacers UTEP (Sr.)
2 46 Kenny Williams SF/PF  United States Indiana Pacers Barton CC (Fr.)
2 47 Derek Strong PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers Xavier (Jr.)
2 48 Cedric Ceballos+ SF  United States Phoenix Suns Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
2 49 Phil Henderson# SG  United States Dallas Mavericks Duke (Sr.)
2 50 Miloš Babić C  Yugoslavia Phoenix Suns Tennessee Tech (Jr.)
2 51 Tony Smith SG/PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from San Antonio) Marquette (Sr.)
2 52 Stefano Rusconi PF/C  Italy Cleveland Cavaliers Ranger Varese (Italy)
2 53 Abdul Shamsid-Deen# C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Providence (Sr.)
2 54 Sean Higgins SG/SF  United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers) Michigan (Jr.)

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 1990 draft but played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Position Nationality School/Club team
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.)

Early entrants

College underclassmen

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

Other eligible players

Player Team Note Ref.
United States Jesse Spinner Sefra Tyrolia (Austria) Left Grambling State in 1988; playing professionally since the 1989–90 season [5]


  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.
  2. ^ Chris Jackson changed his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 1993.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Magazine, Dime (October 4, 2007). "NBA Rumors - Trades - Free Agents - Basketball Olympics - Dime Magazine » Blog Archive » The H.O.F. Watch - Gary Payton". Dimemag.com. Archived from the original on July 18, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "ESPN.com - NBA - DAILY DIME: SPECIAL EDITION10 greatest point guards ever". Sports.espn.go.com. May 11, 2006. Retrieved September 21, 2010.
  3. ^ Eddie Maisonet (March 25, 2014). "Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: Here, gone and quickly forgotten". SB⋆NATION. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "1990 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "Jesse Spinner 1990 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2022.