1994 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 29, 1994
LocationHoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana)
54 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionGlenn Robinson, Milwaukee Bucks
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The 1994 NBA draft took place on June 29, 1994, at Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. Two NBA rookies of the year were picked in the first round, as Jason Kidd and Grant Hill were co-winners of the award for the 1994–95 NBA season. Kidd and Hill would end up as perennial All-Stars (10 and 7-time selections, respectively), though Hill's career was marred by severe injuries.

The first overall pick Glenn Robinson was involved in a contract holdout shortly after being selected, reportedly seeking a 13-year, $100 million contract. Both Robinson and the Milwaukee Bucks eventually agreed on a 10-year, $68 million contract, which once stood as the richest contract ever signed by a rookie in professional sports.[1] A fixed salary cap for rookies was implemented by the NBA the following season. Robinson himself had a productive NBA career, becoming a two-time NBA All-Star and winning an NBA Championship in 2005 in his final year with the San Antonio Spurs.[2]

Notably, this is the final draft to date to see all of the first three picks make All-Star rosters with the teams that originally drafted them.[3]

Draft selections

Glenn Robinson, the 1st pick of the Milwaukee Bucks
Jason Kidd, the 2nd pick of the Dallas Mavericks
Grant Hill, the 3rd pick of the Detroit Pistons
Juwan Howard, the 5th pick of the Washington Bullets
Eddie Jones, the 10th pick of the Los Angeles Lakers
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] Team School / club team
1 1 Glenn Robinson+ SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Purdue (Jr.)
1 2 Jason Kidd^ PG  United States Dallas Mavericks California (So.)
1 3 Grant Hill^ SF  United States Detroit Pistons Duke (Sr.)
1 4 Donyell Marshall SF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Connecticut (Jr.)
1 5 Juwan Howard* PF  United States Washington Bullets Michigan (Jr.)
1 6 Sharone Wright PF/C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Clemson (Jr.)
1 7 Lamond Murray SF  United States Los Angeles Clippers California (Jr.)
1 8 Brian Grant PF  United States Sacramento Kings Xavier (Sr.)
1 9 Eric Montross C  United States Boston Celtics North Carolina (Sr.)
1 10 Eddie Jones* SG  United States Los Angeles Lakers Temple (Sr.)
1 11 Carlos Rogers SF  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Charlotte) Tennessee State (Sr.)
1 12 Khalid Reeves PG  United States Miami Heat Arizona (Sr.)
1 13 Jalen Rose G/F  United States Denver Nuggets Michigan (Jr.)
1 14 Yinka Dare C  Nigeria New Jersey Nets George Washington (So.)
1 15 Eric Piatkowski SG  United States Indiana Pacers Nebraska (Sr.)
1 16 Clifford Rozier PF  United States Golden State Warriors (from Cleveland) Louisville (Jr.)
1 17 Aaron McKie SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Temple (Sr.)
1 18 Eric Mobley PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Orlando) Pittsburgh (Sr.)
1 19 Tony Dumas SG  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Golden State) UMKC (Sr.)
1 20 B.J. Tyler PG  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Utah) Texas (Sr.)
1 21 Dickey Simpkins PF  United States Chicago Bulls Providence (Sr.)
1 22 Bill Curley PF  United States San Antonio Spurs Boston College (Sr.)
1 23 Wesley Person SG  United States Phoenix Suns Auburn (Sr.)
1 24 Monty Williams SF  United States New York Knicks Notre Dame (Sr.)
1 25 Greg Minor SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Atlanta) Louisville (Sr.)
1 26 Charlie Ward PG  United States New York Knicks (from Houston via Atlanta) Florida State (Sr.)
1 27 Brooks Thompson PG  United States Orlando Magic (from Seattle via L.A. Clippers) Oklahoma State (Sr.)
2 28 Deon Thomas# F/C  United States Dallas Mavericks Illinois (Sr.)
2 29 Antonio Lang F/G  United States Phoenix Suns Duke (Sr.)
2 30 Howard Eisley PG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Boston College (Sr.)
2 31 Rodney Dent# F/C  United States Orlando Magic Kentucky (Sr.)
2 32 Jim McIlvaine C  United States Washington Bullets Marquette (Sr.)
2 33 Derrick Alston F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Duquesne (Sr.)
2 34 Gaylon Nickerson G  United States Atlanta Hawks (from L.A. Clippers) Northwestern Oklahoma State (Sr.)
2 35 Michael Smith F  United States Sacramento Kings Providence (Sr.)
2 36 Andrei Fetisov# F  Russia Boston Celtics Forum Valladolid (Spain)
2 37 Dontonio Wingfield F  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from L.A. Lakers)[4] Cincinnati (Fr.)
2 38 Darrin Hancock G/F  United States Charlotte Hornets Kansas (Jr.)
2 39 Anthony Miller F  United States Golden State Warriors (from Denver) Michigan State (Sr.)
2 40 Jeff Webster F  United States Miami Heat Oklahoma (Sr.)
2 41 William Njoku# PF  Canada Indiana Pacers St. Mary's (Canada) (Sr.)
2 42 Gary Collier# SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Tulsa (Sr.)
2 43 Shawnelle Scott C  United States Portland Trail Blazers St. John's (Sr.)
2 44 Damon Bailey# G  United States Indiana Pacers Indiana (Sr.)
2 45 Dwayne Morton F  United States Golden State Warriors Louisville (Sr.)
2 46 Voshon Lenard SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Orlando) Minnesota (Jr.)
2 47 Jamie Watson F  United States Utah Jazz South Carolina (Sr.)
2 48 Jevon Crudup# F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Missouri (Sr.)
2 49 Kris Bruton# SF  United States Chicago Bulls Benedict (Sr.)
2 50 Charles Claxton C  United States Virgin Islands Phoenix Suns Georgia (Jr.)
2 51 Lawrence Funderburke PF  United States Sacramento Kings (from Atlanta) Ohio State (Sr.)
2 52 Anthony Goldwire PG  United States Phoenix Suns (from New York) Houston (Sr.)
2 53 Albert Burditt# PF  United States Houston Rockets Texas (Sr.)
2 54 Željko Rebrača C  Yugoslavia Seattle SuperSonics KK Partizan (Yugoslavia)
  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.

Notable undrafted players

These players went undrafted in 1994 but played in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School/club team
Melvin Booker PG  United States Missouri (Sr.)
Lazaro Borrell SF  Cuba Lobos de Villa Clara (Cuba)
Jimmy Carruth PF  United States Virginia Tech (Sr.)
Robert Churchwell SG  United States Georgetown (Sr.)
Thomas Hamilton C  United States King College Prep (Chicago, Illinois)
Askia Jones SG  United States Kansas State (Sr.)
Ryan Lorthridge SG  United States Jackson State (Sr.)
Ivano Newbill F  United States Georgia Tech (Sr.)
Derrick Phelps PG  United States North Carolina (Sr.)
Trevor Ruffin PG  United States Hawaii (Sr.)
Kevin Salvadori C  United States North Carolina (Sr.)
Stevin Smith SG  United States Arizona State (Sr.)
Aaron Swinson SF  United States Auburn (Sr.)
Logan Vander Velden SF  United States Green Bay (Sr.)
Fred Vinson SG  United States Georgia Tech (Sr.)

Early entrants

College underclassmen

The following college basketball players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[5]

Other eligible players

Player Team Note Ref.
United States Cedric Moore Donar (The Netherlands) Left Alabama in 1993; playing professionally since the 1993–94 season [6]

See also


  1. ^ The Votes Are In – Dated Nov 14, 1994
  2. ^ NBA Draft: Ranking the No. 1 Picks in NBA Draft History – Dated 21/June/2010
  3. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (May 28, 2014). "Reminder: At least one of the top three picks in this NBA draft will probably be a miss". The 700 Level. Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  4. ^ The Lakers traded No. 37 pick along with No. 50 pick in the 1995 NBA draft and No. 53 pick in the 1996 NBA draft to the SuperSonics for Sedale Threatt on October 2, 1991.
    "Lakers Get Threatt From Seattle". The New York Times. October 3, 1991. p. B10.
  5. ^ "1994 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  6. ^ "Cedric Moore 1994 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. May 6, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2022.