1995 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 28, 1995
(Toronto, Ontario)
Network(s)TNT, YTV
58 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionJoe Smith (Golden State Warriors)
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The 1995 NBA draft took place on June 28, 1995, at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It marked the first NBA draft to be held outside the United States and was the first draft for the two Canadian expansion teams, Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies. Kevin Garnett, who was taken fifth in this draft, is notable for being the first player in two decades to be selected straight out of high school. Garnett ultimately gathered fifteen All Star selections, nine All-NBA selections (four of those being First-Teams), one NBA MVP award, and multiple other accolades. Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse also had successful careers, being four-time and two-time All-Stars respectively. Wallace won an NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, while Stackhouse scored the most total points in the league in 2000, also with the Pistons.

The other remaining top selections had relatively productive careers, but were considered to have never reached their full potential. Joe Smith put up solid, but unspectacular numbers throughout his career and is generally considered a disappointment for a first overall selection. He was also involved in a salary cap scandal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[1][2] Antonio McDyess was a one-time All-Star, but serious and continuing knee injuries decreased much of his effectiveness in the prime of his career. Damon Stoudamire was the 1995–96 NBA Rookie of the Year and had a solid career although he was arrested, suspended and fined several times for marijuana possession. Bryant Reeves impressed early in his career but a season after being granted a six-year, $61.8 million contract extension, his numbers went down due to weight and back problems and he retired after only playing six NBA seasons, all with the Vancouver Grizzlies.[3]

This draft was also notable for two storied NCAA players who failed to meet lofty expectations in the NBA, Ed O'Bannon and Shawn Respert.[4] O'Bannon had received national accolades for leading the UCLA Bruins to the NCAA Championship, but only played two years in the NBA. Respert played only four seasons in the NBA, while secretly hiding that he was suffering from stomach cancer.[5][6]

The Vancouver Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors were not able to win the NBA draft lottery, due to pre-negotiated rules. This would extend into the 1997-1998 season.


Joe Smith was selected first overall by the Golden State Warriors
Antonio McDyess was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers (traded to the Denver Nuggets).
Jerry Stackhouse was selected 3rd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Rasheed Wallace was selected 4th overall by the Washington Bullets.
Kevin Garnett was selected 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Theo Ratliff was selected 18th overall by the Detroit Pistons.
Michael Finley was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns.
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 Position Nationality[n 1] NBA Team School/Club team
1 1 Joe Smith PF  United States Golden State Warriors Maryland (So.)
1 2 Antonio McDyess* PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Denver)[a] Alabama (So.)
1 3 Jerry Stackhouse+ SF/SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers North Carolina (So.)
1 4 Rasheed Wallace+ PF/C  United States Washington Bullets North Carolina (So.)
1 5 Kevin Garnett^ PF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Farragut Academy HS (Chicago)
1 6 Bryant Reeves C  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Oklahoma State (Sr.)
1 7 Damon Stoudamire PG  United States Toronto Raptors Arizona (Sr.)
1 8 Shawn Respert SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Detroit, traded to Milwaukee) Michigan State (Sr.)
1 9 Ed O'Bannon SF  United States New Jersey Nets UCLA (Sr.)
1 10 Kurt Thomas PF/C  United States Miami Heat TCU (Sr.)
1 11 Gary Trent PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Portland) Ohio (Jr.)
1 12 Cherokee Parks C  United States Dallas Mavericks Duke (Sr.)
1 13 Corliss Williamson PF  United States Sacramento Kings Arkansas (Jr.)
1 14 Eric Williams SF  United States Boston Celtics Providence (Sr.)
1 15 Brent Barry SG  United States Denver Nuggets (traded to L.A. Clippers)[a] Oregon State (Sr.)
1 16 Alan Henderson PF  United States Atlanta Hawks Indiana (Sr.)
1 17 Bob Sura SG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Florida State (Sr.)
1 18 Theo Ratliff+ PF/C  United States Detroit Pistons (from Portland) Wyoming (Sr.)
1 19 Randolph Childress PG  United States Detroit Pistons (from Houston via Portland) Wake Forest (Sr.)
1 20 Jason Caffey PF  United States Chicago Bulls Alabama (Sr.)
1 21 Michael Finley* SF/SG  United States Phoenix Suns (from L.A. Lakers) Wisconsin (Sr.)
1 22 George Zidek C  Czech Republic Charlotte Hornets UCLA (Sr.)
1 23 Travis Best PG  United States Indiana Pacers Georgia Tech (Sr.)
1 24 Loren Meyer PF  United States Dallas Mavericks (from New York) Iowa State (Sr.)
1 25 David Vaughn PF/C  United States Orlando Magic Memphis (Jr.)
1 26 Sherell Ford PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics UIC (Sr.)
1 27 Mario Bennett PF  United States Phoenix Suns Arizona State (Jr.)
1 28 Greg Ostertag C  United States Utah Jazz Kansas (Sr.)
1 29 Cory Alexander PG  United States San Antonio Spurs Virginia (Jr.)
2 30 Lou Roe F  United States Detroit Pistons UMass (Sr.)
2 31 Dragan Tarlać C  Yugoslavia
Chicago Bulls Olympiakos (Greece)
2 32 Terrence Rencher G  United States Washington Bullets Texas (Sr.)
2 33 Junior Burrough F  United States Boston Celtics Virginia (Sr.)
2 34 Andrew DeClercq PF/C  United States Golden State Warriors Florida (Sr.)
2 35 Jimmy King G  United States Toronto Raptors Michigan (Sr.)
2 36 Lawrence Moten G  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Syracuse (Sr.)
2 37 Frankie King G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Western Carolina (Sr.)
2 38 Rashard Griffith # C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Wisconsin (So.)
2 39 Donny Marshall F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Connecticut (Sr.)
2 40 Dwayne Whitfield F  United States Golden State Warriors Jackson State (Sr.)
2 41 Erik Meek# C  United States Houston Rockets Duke (Sr.)
2 42 Donnie Boyce G  United States Atlanta Hawks Colorado (Sr.)
2 43 Eric Snow PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan State (Sr.)
2 44 Anthony Pelle# C  United States Denver Nuggets Fresno State (Sr.)
2 45 Troy Brown# F/C  United States Atlanta Hawks Providence (Sr.)
2 46 George Banks# F  United States Miami Heat UTEP (Sr.)
2 47 Tyus Edney PG  United States Sacramento Kings UCLA (Sr.)
2 48 Mark Davis G/F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Texas Tech (Sr.)
2 49 Jerome Allen G  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Pennsylvania (Sr.)
2 50 Martin Lewis F  United States Golden State Warriors Seward County (So.)
2 51 Dejan Bodiroga# SF  Yugoslavia Sacramento Kings Olimpia (Stefanel) Milano (Italy)
2 52 Fred Hoiberg SG  United States Indiana Pacers Iowa State (Sr.)
2 53 Constantin Popa# C  Romania Los Angeles Clippers Miami (Florida) (Sr.)
2 54 Eurelijus Žukauskas # C  Lithuania Seattle SuperSonics Neptūnas Klaipėda (Lithuania)
2 55 Michael McDonald C  United States Golden State Warriors New Orleans (Sr.)
2 56 Chris Carr G  United States Phoenix Suns Southern Illinois (Jr.)
2 57 Cuonzo Martin G/F  United States Atlanta Hawks Purdue (Sr.)
2 58 Don Reid F  United States Detroit Pistons Georgetown (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.

Notable undrafted players

The following players went undrafted in the 1995 NBA Draft, but later played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School/Club team
John Amaechi C  United Kingdom Penn State (Sr.)
Corey Beck PG  United States Arkansas (Sr.)
Rick Brunson G  United States Temple (Sr.)
John Coker C  United States Boise State (Sr.)
Nate Driggers SG  United States Montevallo (Sr.)
Devin Gray SF  United States Clemson (Sr.)
Michael Hawkins PG  United States Xavier (Sr.)
Gerard King SF  United States Nicholls State (Sr.)
Matt Maloney G  United States Penn (Sr.)
Clint McDaniel SG  United States Arkansas (Sr.)
Howard Nathan PG  United States Northwest Arkansas CC (Sr.)
Ruben Nembhard PG/SG  United States Weber State (Sr.)
Kevin Ollie G  United States Connecticut (Sr.)
Ray Owes PF  United States Arizona (Sr.)
James Scott SF  United States St. John's (Sr.)
Larry Sykes PF  United States Xavier (Sr.)
David Vanterpool SG  United States St. Bonaventure (Sr.)
Rubén Wolkowyski C  Argentina Estudiantes de Olavarría (Argentina)

Trades involving Draft picks

Draft-day trades

The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.

Early entrants

College underclassmen

The following college basketball players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[7]

High school players

The following high school players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "NBA Draft Busts – Joe Smith". Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  2. ^ Millea, John (2000). "Lonewolf". The Sporting News.
  3. ^ "CNNSI.com: Say It Ain't So – Vancouver Grizzlies". Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  4. ^ NBA Draft busts, Sports Illustrated
  5. ^ Bleacher Report – The NBA's Biggest Draft Busts Of the Last 20 Years
  6. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nba&id=1962444 ESPN – Shawn Respert's NBA career was stunted by cancer
  7. ^ a b "1995 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2022.