1991 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 26, 1991
LocationFelt Forum (New York City, New York)
54 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionLarry Johnson (Charlotte Hornets)
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The 1991 NBA draft took place on June 26, 1991, in New York City, New York. Larry Johnson was selected first overall; he won the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year award and as a two-time All-Star, was the first player to represent the Charlotte Hornets franchise at an All-Star game.

Dikembe Mutombo was selected fourth overall, and became one of the greatest defensive centers in the history of the league. He was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner and an eight-time All-Star, and played in the league for 18 seasons.[1]

Other notable picks include Kenny Anderson, Steve Smith, Terrell Brandon, Dale Davis and Chris Gatling, who all made All-Star appearances, but with the exception of Brandon at two, each only appeared once.

The remaining picks in the first round failed to make an impact. Billy Owens was selected by the Sacramento Kings but refused to sign with them. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for high-scoring guard Mitch Richmond, a trade that has been regarded as one of the most lopsided in NBA history.[2] Owens was solid but unspectacular in his career, while Richmond was a six-time All-Star and was the 1989 NBA Rookie of the Year.[2] Luc Longley was a three-time NBA Championship winner with the Chicago Bulls and held the record for playing the most NBA games by an Australian (broken by Andrew Bogut during the 2015–16 season).

As of 2011, two players are deceased: Bobby Phills and Bison Dele. Phills died in a car accident involving teammate David Wesley. Dele disappeared in the South Pacific in July 2002, with French authorities claiming that Dele's brother had killed Dele and his girlfriend and thrown them overboard the catamaran they were travelling on. Dele's brother committed suicide in September 2002.

This was the last draft held in New York City until 2001.


Larry Johnson was selected 1st overall by the Charlotte Hornets.
Kenny Anderson was selected 2nd overall by the New Jersey Nets.
Dikembe Mutombo was selected 4th overall by the Denver Nuggets.
Rick Fox was selected 24th overall by the Boston Celtics.
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
Rnd. Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] Team School / club team
1 1 Larry Johnson* PF  United States Charlotte Hornets UNLV (Sr.)
1 2 Kenny Anderson+ PG  United States New Jersey Nets Georgia Tech (So.)
1 3 Billy Owens SF  United States Sacramento Kings (traded to Golden State) Syracuse (Jr.)
1 4 Dikembe Mutombo^ C  Zaire Denver Nuggets Georgetown (Sr.)
1 5 Steve Smith+ SG  United States Miami Heat Michigan State (Sr.)
1 6 Doug Smith PF  United States Dallas Mavericks Missouri (Sr.)
1 7 Luc Longley C  Australia Minnesota Timberwolves New Mexico (Sr.)
1 8 Mark Macon SG  United States Denver Nuggets (from Washington) Temple (Sr.)
1 9 Stacey Augmon SG/SF  United States Atlanta Hawks (from L.A. Clippers) UNLV (Sr.)
1 10 Brian Williams[Note 1] PF/C  United States Orlando Magic Arizona (Jr.)
1 11 Terrell Brandon+ PG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Oregon (Jr.)
1 12 Greg Anthony PG  United States New York Knicks UNLV (Sr.)
1 13 Dale Davis+ PF  United States Indiana Pacers Clemson (Sr.)
1 14 Rich King C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Nebraska (Sr.)
1 15 Anthony Avent PF  United States Atlanta Hawks Seton Hall (Sr.)
1 16 Chris Gatling+ PF  United States Golden State Warriors (from Philadelphia) Old Dominion (Sr.)
1 17 Victor Alexander C  United States Golden State Warriors Iowa State (Sr.)
1 18 Kevin Brooks SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Southwestern Louisiana (Sr.)
1 19 LaBradford Smith SG  United States Washington Bullets (from Detroit via Dallas and Denver) Louisville (Sr.)
1 20 John Turner PF  United States Houston Rockets Phillips (Sr.)
1 21 Eric Murdock PG  United States Utah Jazz Providence (Sr.)
1 22 LeRon Ellis PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Phoenix via Seattle) Syracuse (Sr.)
1 23 Stanley Roberts C  United States Orlando Magic (from San Antonio) Real Madrid (Spain)
1 24 Rick Fox SF  Canada Boston Celtics North Carolina (Sr.)
1 25 Shaun Vandiver# PF  United States Golden State Warriors (from L.A. Lakers) Colorado (Sr.)
1 26 Mark Randall PF  United States Chicago Bulls Kansas (Sr.)
1 27 Pete Chilcutt PF  United States Sacramento Kings (from Portland) North Carolina (Sr.)
2 28 Kevin Lynch G/F  United States Charlotte Hornets (from Denver) Minnesota (Sr.)
2 29 George Ackles# C/PF  United States Miami Heat UNLV (Sr.)
2 30 Rodney Monroe G/F  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Sacramento) NC State (Sr.)
2 31 Randy Brown PG  United States Sacramento Kings (from New Jersey) New Mexico State (Sr.)
2 32 Chad Gallagher C  United States Phoenix Suns (from Charlotte) Creighton (Sr.)
2 33 Donald Hodge C  United States Dallas Mavericks Temple (Jr.)
2 34 Myron Brown G  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Slippery Rock (Sr.)
2 35 Mike Iuzzolino G  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Washington via Sacramento) Saint Francis (PA) (Sr.)
2 36 Chris Corchiani G  United States Orlando Magic NC State (Sr.)
2 37 Elliot Perry PG  United States Los Angeles Clippers Memphis State (Sr.)
2 38 Joe Wylie# PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Cleveland) Miami (FL) (Sr.)
2 39 Jimmy Oliver G/F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from New York via Charlotte) Purdue (Sr.)
2 40 Doug Overton PG  United States Detroit Pistons (from Seattle) La Salle (Sr.)
2 41 Sean Green F/G  United States Indiana Pacers Iona (Sr.)
2 42 Steve Hood# SF  United States Sacramento Kings (from Atlanta) James Madison (Sr.)
2 43 Lamont Strothers G  United States Golden State Warriors Christopher Newport (Sr.)
2 44 Álvaro Teherán# C  Colombia Philadelphia 76ers Houston (Sr.)
2 45 Bobby Phills SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Southern (Sr.)
2 46 Richard Dumas F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Detroit) Hapoel Holon (Israel)
2 47 Keith Hughes# PF  United States Houston Rockets Rutgers (Sr.)
2 48 Isaac Austin C  United States Utah Jazz Arizona State (Sr.)
2 49 Greg Sutton G  United States San Antonio Spurs Oral Roberts (Sr.)
2 50 Joey Wright# SG  United States Phoenix Suns Texas (Sr.)
2 51 Žan Tabak C  Yugoslavia[n 2] Houston Rockets (from Boston via New Jersey and Cleveland) KK Split (Yugoslavia)
2 52 Anthony Jones# SF  United States Los Angeles Lakers Oral Roberts (Sr.)
2 53 Von McDade# SG  United States New Jersey Nets (from Chicago) Milwaukee (Sr.)
2 54 Marcus Kennedy# PF  United States Portland Trail Blazers Eastern Michigan (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.
  2. ^ Croatia had declared independence just a day before the draft, but was not yet recognized by FIBA.

Notable undrafted players

Darrell Armstrong was undrafted but had a 13-year career in the NBA and was the Sixth Man of the Year in 1999.

These eligible players were not selected in the 1991 NBA draft but have played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
Darrell Armstrong PG  United States Fayetteville State (Sr.)
James Blackwell PG  United States Dartmouth (Sr.)
Walter Bond SG  United States Minnesota (Sr.)
Mark Bradtke C/PF  Australia Adelaide 36ers (Australia)
Demetrius Calip PG  United States Michigan (Sr.)
John Crotty PG  United States Virginia (Sr.)
Corey Crowder SG/SF  United States Kentucky Wesleyan (Sr.)
Emanual Davis PG/SG  United States Delaware State (Sr.)
Patrick Eddie C  United States Ole Miss (Sr.)
Vincenzo Esposito SG  Italy S.C. Juventus Phonola Caserta (Italy)
Tony Farmer PF  United States Nebraska (Sr.)
Jay Guidinger C  United States Minnesota–Duluth (Sr.)
Reggie Hanson SF  United States Kentucky (Sr.)
Jerome Harmon SG  United States Louisville (Sr.)
Keith Jennings PG  United States East Tennessee State (Sr.)
Reggie Jordan SG  United States New Mexico State (Sr.)
Cedric Lewis C  United States Maryland (Sr.)
Keith Owens F  United States UCLA (Sr.)
Robert Pack PG  United States USC (Sr.)
Larry Stewart SF  United States Coppin State (Sr.)
Brett Szabo C  United States Augustana (South Dakota) (Sr.)
Carl Thomas SG  United States Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
Charles Thomas SG  United States Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
Donald Whiteside PG  United States Northern Illinois (Sr.)
Lorenzo Williams PF/C  United States Stetson (Sr.)
Travis Williams SF  United States South Carolina State (Sr.)

Early entrants

College underclassmen

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

International players

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

Other eligible players

Player Team Note Ref.
United States Richard Dumas Hapoel Holon (Israel) Left Oklahoma State in 1990; playing professionally since the 1990–91 season [4]
United States Stanley Roberts Real Madrid (Spain) Left LSU in 1990; playing professionally since the 1990–91 season [5]


  1. ^ Brian Williams changed his name to Bison Dele in 1998.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Dikembe Mutombo Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Sports Illustrated". Archived from the original on October 12, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "1991 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  4. ^ Baldwin, Mike (December 8, 1991). "Dumas May Get a Chance". The Oklahoman. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  5. ^ Cress, Doug (May 13, 1991). "Roberts's Return Adds Beef to NBA Lottery". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  6. ^ "Bison Dele Bio". NBA. Archived from the original on February 16, 2005. Retrieved June 30, 2013.