1996 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)June 26, 1996
LocationContinental Airlines Arena (East Rutherford, New Jersey)
58 total selections in 2 rounds
First selectionAllen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers)
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The 1996 NBA draft was the 50th draft in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was held on June 26, 1996 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In this draft, NBA teams took turns selecting college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from high schools and non-North American leagues. The Vancouver Grizzlies had the highest probability to win the NBA draft lottery, but since they were an expansion team along with the Toronto Raptors, they were not allowed to select first in this draft.[1] The team with the second-highest probability, the Philadelphia 76ers, won the lottery and obtained the first selection. The Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies were second and third, respectively.

It is widely considered to be one of the deepest and most talented NBA drafts in history, with one-third of the first-round picks later becoming NBA All-Stars. The draft class produced three players who won a combined four NBA MVP awards (Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash), seven other drafted players who became All-Stars (Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ray Allen, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O'Neal, Peja Stojaković, Antoine Walker), and one undrafted All-Star (Ben Wallace), for a grand total of 11 All-Stars. Moreover, eight players from this draft class have been named to at least one All-NBA Team, the most among any draft. The draft class also produced three players who have been named to the NBA's all-defensive first team: Bryant, Marcus Camby, and Wallace. Camby won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2007, while Wallace earned the same award in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher was also selected in the draft.

The 76ers selected two future Major League Baseball players, Mark Hendrickson and Ryan Minor, with their second-round picks.

Most experts rate it along with the 1984 NBA draft and 2003 NBA draft as one of the best drafts in history. Sports Illustrated named it the second-best, behind the 1984 draft, which included a draft class of Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Alvin Robertson, and John Stockton.[2]


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

Draft selections

Allen Iverson was selected 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim was selected 3rd overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Stephon Marbury was selected 4th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks (traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves).
Ray Allen was selected 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to the Milwaukee Bucks).
Antoine Walker was selected 6th overall by the Boston Celtics.
Kobe Bryant was selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets (traded to the Los Angeles Lakers).
Peja Stojaković was selected 14th overall by the Sacramento Kings.
Steve Nash was selected 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Jermaine O'Neal was selected 17th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas was selected 20th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] NBA team School/Club team
1 1 Allen Iverson^ SG/PG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgetown (So.)
1 2 Marcus Camby C  United States Toronto Raptors Massachusetts (Jr.)
1 3 Shareef Abdur-Rahim+ F  United States Vancouver Grizzlies California (Fr.)
1 4 Stephon Marbury* G  United States Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Minnesota)[3] Georgia Tech (Fr.)
1 5 Ray Allen^ SG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Milwaukee)[3] Connecticut (Jr.)
1 6 Antoine Walker+ F  United States Boston Celtics (from Dallas)[4] Kentucky (So.)
1 7 Lorenzen Wright C  United States Los Angeles Clippers Memphis (So.)
1 8 Kerry Kittles SG  United States New Jersey Nets Villanova (Sr.)
1 9 Samaki Walker F  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Boston)[4] Louisville (So.)
1 10 Erick Dampier C  United States Indiana Pacers (from Denver)[5] Mississippi State (Jr.)
1 11 Todd Fuller C  United States Golden State Warriors (from Golden State via Orlando[6] and Washington)[7] NC State (Sr.)
1 12 Vitaly Potapenko C  Ukraine Cleveland Cavaliers (from Washington)[8] Wright State (So.)
1 13 Kobe Bryant^ SG  United States Charlotte Hornets (traded to L.A. Lakers)[9] Lower Merion HS (Lower Merion, Pennsylvania)
1 14 Peja Stojaković* F  FR Yugoslavia
Sacramento Kings PAOK (Greece)
1 15 Steve Nash^ PG  Canada Phoenix Suns Santa Clara (Sr.)
1 16 Tony Delk G  United States Charlotte Hornets (from Miami)[10] Kentucky (Sr.)
1 17 Jermaine O'Neal* F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Eau Claire HS (Columbia, South Carolina)
1 18 John Wallace F  United States New York Knicks (from Detroit[11] via San Antonio)[12] Syracuse (Sr.)
1 19 Walter McCarty F  United States New York Knicks (from Atlanta[13] via Miami)[14] Kentucky (Sr.)
1 20 Žydrūnas Ilgauskas+ C  Lithuania Cleveland Cavaliers Atletas Kaunas (Lithuania)
1 21 Dontae Jones F  United States New York Knicks Mississippi State (Jr.)
1 22 Roy Rogers F  United States Vancouver Grizzlies (from Houston)[15] Alabama (Sr.)
1 23 Efthimios Rentzias C  Greece Denver Nuggets (from Indiana)[5] PAOK (Greece)
1 24 Derek Fisher G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Arkansas-Little Rock (Sr.)
1 25 Martin Müürsepp F  Estonia Utah Jazz (traded to Miami)[16] Kalev (Estonia)
1 26 Jerome Williams F  United States Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio)[11] Georgetown (Sr.)
1 27 Brian Evans F  United States Orlando Magic Indiana (Sr.)
1 28 Priest Lauderdale C  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Seattle)[17] Peristeri (Greece)
1 29 Travis Knight C  United States Chicago Bulls[18] Connecticut (Sr.)
2 30 Othella Harrington F/C  United States Houston Rockets (from Vancouver)[15] Georgetown (Sr.)
2 31 Mark Hendrickson G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Washington State (Sr.)
2 32 Ryan Minor# G  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Toronto)[19] Oklahoma (Sr.)
2 33 Moochie Norris G  United States Milwaukee Bucks West Florida (So.)
2 34 Shawn Harvey# G  United States Dallas Mavericks West Virginia State (Sr.)
2 35 Joseph Blair# C  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Minnesota)[20] Arizona (Sr.)
2 36 Doron Sheffer# G  Israel Los Angeles Clippers Connecticut (Jr.)
2 37 Jeff McInnis G  United States Denver Nuggets (from New Jersey[21] via Sacramento)[22] North Carolina (Jr.)
2 38 Steve Hamer C  United States Boston Celtics Tennessee (Sr.)
2 39 Russ Millard# F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Denver,[23] via L.A. Clippers[24] and Detroit)[25] Iowa (Sr.)
2 40 Marcus Mann# F  United States Golden State Warriors Mississippi Valley State (Sr.)
2 41 Jason Sasser F  United States Sacramento Kings Texas Tech (Sr.)
2 42 Randy Livingston G  United States Houston Rockets (from Vancouver[15] via Washington[6] and Orlando)[26] LSU (So.)
2 43 Ben Davis F  United States Phoenix Suns Arizona (Sr.)
2 44 Malik Rose F  United States Charlotte Hornets Drexel (Sr.)
2 45 Joe Vogel# C  Lebanon Seattle SuperSonics (from Miami[13] via Atlanta)[17] Colorado State (Sr.)
2 46 Marcus Brown G  United States Portland Trail Blazers Murray State (Sr.)
2 47 Ron Riley# G/F  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Atlanta)[17] Arizona State (Sr.)
2 48 Jamie Feick F  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Detroit)[27] Michigan State (Sr.)
2 49 Amal McCaskill C  United States Orlando Magic (from New York via Minnesota and Vancouver) Marquette (Sr.)
2 50 Terrell Bell# C  United States Houston Rockets (from Cleveland)[28] Georgia (Sr.)
2 51 Chris Robinson G  United States Vancouver Grizzlies (from Houston)[15] Western Kentucky (Sr.)
2 52 Mark Pope F  United States Indiana Pacers Kentucky (Sr.)
2 53 Jeff Nordgaard F  Poland[29] Milwaukee Bucks (from L.A. Lakers[30] via Seattle)[31] Wisconsin–Green Bay (Sr.)
2 54 Shandon Anderson F  United States Utah Jazz Georgia (Sr.)
2 55 Ronnie Henderson# G  United States Washington Bullets (from San Antonio[32] via Charlotte)[33] LSU (Jr.)
2 56 Reggie Geary G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Orlando)[34] Arizona (Sr.)
2 57 Drew Barry G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 58 Darnell Robinson# F  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Chicago)[35] Arkansas (Jr.)
  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 are undrafted players of the 1996 NBA Draft but later played in the NBA.

Ben Wallace, not selected in the draft, had a successful career including 4 All-Star selections, and became the first undrafted NBA player of the modern era to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Player Pos. Nationality School/Club team
Chucky Atkins G  United States South Florida (Sr.)
Ira Bowman G  United States Penn (Sr.)
William Cunningham C  United States Temple (Sr.)
Adrian Griffin F/G  United States Seton Hall (Sr.)
Darvin Ham F  United States Texas Tech (Sr.)
Ben Handlogten C  United States Western Michigan (Sr.)
Juaquin Hawkins F  United States Long Beach State (Sr.)
Rick Hughes F/C  United States Thomas More (Sr.)
İbrahim Kutluay G  Turkey Fenerbahçe
Rusty LaRue G  United States Wake Forest (Sr.)
Horacio Llamas C  Mexico Grand Canyon (Sr.)
Art Long F  United States Cincinnati (Sr.)
Joe Stephens F  United States Little Rock (Sr.)
Erick Strickland G  United States Nebraska (Sr.)
Ben Wallace^ C/F  United States Virginia Union (Sr.)
Brandon Williams G/F  United States Davidson (Sr.)

Early entrants

College underclassmen

The following college basketball players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[36]

High school players

The following high school players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[36]

International players

The following international players successfully applied for early draft entrance.[36]

Other eligible players

Player Team Note Ref.
United States Priest Lauderdale Peristeri (Greece) Left Central State in 1995; playing professionally since the 1995–96 season [37]

See also


  1. ^ "Year-by-Year Lottery Probabilities". Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. NBA. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "NBA's Best Draft Classes". Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. Archived from the original on May 28, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  3. ^ a b The Bucks traded the draft rights of Stephon Marbury to the Timberwolves for Ray Allen and a future first-round pick on June 26, 1996.
    O'Connor, Ian (June 27, 1996). "Marbury Learns Like A Pro". New York Daily News. p. 88.
  4. ^ a b The Mavericks traded the No. 6 pick and a future pick (#6 pick in 1997 NBA draft) to the Celtics for Eric Montross and a No. 9 pick on June 21, 1996.
    May, Peter (June 22, 1996). "Montross shipped to Dallas for the No. 6 pick". The Boston Globe. p. 67.
  5. ^ a b The Pacers traded No. 23 pick along with Mark Jackson and Ricky Pierce to the Nuggets for No. 10 pick along with Jalen Rose and Reggie Williams on June 13, 1996.
    Boeck, Greg (June 14, 1996). "Nuggets begin overhaul, make two trades". USA Today. p. 12C.
  6. ^ a b The Magic traded No. 11 pick and Scott Skiles to the Bullets for No. 42 pick on July 29, 1994.
    Hubbuch, Bart (July 30, 1994). "Bullets make point, get Skiles". The Washington Times. p. C1.
  7. ^ The Bullets traded No. 11 pick along with Tom Gugliotta, No. 13 pick in the 1998 NBA draft, and No. 7 pick in the 2000 NBA draft to the Warriors for Chris Webber on November 17, 1994.
    Brown, Clifton (November 18, 1994). "Sign Him, Trade Him: Webber Becomes Bullet". The New York Times. Retrieved February 25, 2008.
  8. ^ The Cavaliers traded Mark Price to the Wizards(then Bullets) for No. 12 pick on September 27, 1995.
    Hughes, Frank (September 28, 1995). "Bullets on the Mark with Price ; Club trades No. 1 pick to Cavs; Wallace signs". The Washington Times. p. B1.
  9. ^ The Hornets traded the draft rights of Kobe Bryant to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac on July 1, 1996.
    Macenka, Joe (July 1, 1996). "Divac Agrees to Charlotte Trade". Associated Press.
  10. ^ The Heat traded No. 16 pick along with Glen Rice, Khalid Reeves, and Matt Geiger for Alonzo Mourning, Pete Myers and LeRon Ellis on November 3, 1995.
    Nielsen, David (November 4, 1995). "Heat get Mourning from the Hornets". The Washington Times. p. D1.
  11. ^ a b The Pistons traded the No. 18 pick along with Dennis Rodman to the Spurs for the No. 26 pick along with Sean Elliott and David Wood on October 1, 1993.Adler, Alan L. (October 2, 1993). "Sports News". Associated Press.
  12. ^ The Spurs traded No. 18 pick along with J.R. Reid and Brad Lohaus to the Knicks for Charles Smith and Monty Williams on February 8, 1996.
    Daniels, Graig (February 9, 1996). "Spurs put boots to deal". Financial Post. p. 43.
  13. ^ a b The Hawks traded No. 19 pick along with Kevin Willis to the Heat for No. 45 pick along with Steve Smith and Grant Long on November 7, 1994."Atlanta trades Willis to Heat". Financial Post. November 8, 1994. p. 53.
  14. ^ The Heat sent No. 19 pick and $1 million to the Knicks for a right to pursue hiring Pat Riley on September 1, 1995.
    "Knicks, Heat arrange deal in Riley case". Toronto Star. September 2, 1995. p. F8.
  15. ^ a b c d The Rockets traded No. 22 and No. 51 picks along with Pete Chilcutt, Tim Breaux and the No. 53 pick in the 1997 NBA draft to the Grizzlies for No. 30 and No. 42 picks along with No. 30 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft on June 19, 1996.
    Harris, Bill (June 20, 1996). "Grizzlies Deal For Another First-round Pick". The Toronto Sun. p. 115.
  16. ^ The Jazz traded the draft rights of Martin Müürsepp to the Heat for a future draft pick (#23 in 2000 NBA draft) on June 26, 1996.
    Jackson, Barry (June 27, 1996). "Riley Finds New Forward in Estonia". The Miami Herald.
  17. ^ a b c The Hawks traded No. 45 and No. 47 picks to the Supersonics for No. 28 pick on June 25, 1996.
    "Hawks Regain First-Round Draft Pick in Sonics Trade". Associated Press. June 25, 1996. p. D1.
  18. ^ The Chicago Bulls renounced the draft rights to Travis Knight on July 12, 1996.
  19. ^ The Raptors traded No. 32 pick along with No. 37 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Tony Massenburg and Ed Pinckney to the 76ers for Sharone Wright on February 22, 1996.
    "Raptors swing deal with Philly". Financial Post. February 23, 1996. p. 64.
  20. ^ The Timberwolves traded No. 35 pick to the SuperSonics for Željko Rebrača on June 29, 1994.
    Cour, Jim (June 30, 1994). "The Associated Press report". Associated Press.
  21. ^ The Nets traded No. 37 pick along with No. 31 pick in the 1991 NBA draft to the Kings for Mike McGee on October 31, 1988.
    "Nets Acquire Kings' McGee". The New York Times. November 1, 1988. p. D30.
  22. ^ The Kings traded No. 37 pick along with Šarūnas Marčiulionis to the Nuggets for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on June 13, 1996.
    Farine, Michael (June 14, 1996). "Nuggets trade Abdul-Rauf to Kings". The Washington Times. p. B3.
  23. ^ The Nuggets traded No. 39 pick to the Clippers for Winston Garland on June 26, 1991.
    "Clippers pull off two trades". St. Petersburg Times. June 27, 1991. p. 3C.
  24. ^ The Clippers traded No. 39 pick along with No. 41 pick in the 1997 NBA draft and Olden Polynice to the Pistons for William Bedford and draft rights to Don MacLean on June 24, 1992.
    "Knicks get Blackman in top NBA trade". The Washington Times. June 25, 1992. p. D3.
  25. ^ The Pistons traded No. 39 pick along with a No. 49 pick in the 1999 NBA draft to the Suns for Mark West on August 1, 1994.
    "SPORTS PEOPLE: BASKETBALL". The New York Times. August 2, 1994. p. B8.
  26. ^ The Magic traded No. 42 pick along with Kenny Gattison to the Grizzlies for Jeff Turner on February 22, 1996.
    "Gattison, Turner Swapped". Associated Press. February 22, 1996.
  27. ^ The Pistons traded No. 48 pick to the 76ers for Eric Leckner on July 25, 1994.
    "TRANSACTIONS". The New York Times. July 26, 1994. p. B12.
  28. ^ The Cavaliers traded No. 50 pick to the Rockets for Keith Hughes on June 26, 1991.
    "PICKS BY TEAM". The Washington Post. June 27, 1991. p. B6.
  29. ^ Nordgaard was born in the United States, but represented Poland in international competitions.
  30. ^ The Lakers traded No. 53 pick along with No. 37 pick in the 1994 NBA draft and No. 50 pick in the 1995 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.
  31. ^ The SuperSonics traded No. 53 pick along with Eurelijus Žukauskas to the Bucks for Eric Snow on June 28, 1995.
    "Wednesday's Sports Transactions". Associated Press. June 29, 1995.
  32. ^ The Hornets traded J.R. Reid to the Spurs for Sidney Green, a 1993 first-round pick (#20 overall), and a 1996 second-round pick (#55 overall) on December 9, 1992.
    "2007–08 Media Guide: All-time Transactions" (PDF). New Orleans Hornets. NBA. p. 129. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 25, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
  33. ^ The Hornets traded a 1996 second-round pick (#55 overall), and a 1997 second-round pick (#48 overall) to the Wizards for Michael Adams on August 2, 1994.
    "Predrag Drobnjak". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
  34. ^ The Magic traded No. 56 pick to the Cavaliers for Steve Kerr on December 3, 1992.
    "PEOPLE TRANSACTIONS". The Gazette. December 4, 1992. p. C4.
  35. ^ The Mavericks traded Rodney McCray in a 3-team trade with the Bulls and the Warriors for a No. 19 pick in the 1994 draft, No. 58 pick in the 1996 draft on September 18, 1992.
    "Byron Houston". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  36. ^ a b c "1996 Underclassmen". The Draft Review. August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  37. ^ "Priest Lauderdale". The Draft Review. June 3, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2022.