1988 NBA Draft
|1988 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 28, 1988|
|Time||7:35 pm EDT|
|Location||Felt Forum in New York, NY|
|Network(s) (US)||TBS Superstation|
|First selection||Danny Manning|
|PG||Point guard||SG||Shooting guard||SF||Small forward||PF||Power forward||C||Center|
|^||Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame|
|*||Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)|
|+||Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)|
|x||Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)|
|#||Denotes player who has never played in the NBA|
Notable undrafted players
This section is for players who were eligible for the 1988 NBA draft, did not get selected, but still later appeared in at least one (1) NBA regular season or postseason game.
|Englestad, WayneWayne Englestad||PF||United States||UC Irvine (Sr.)|
|Ferrell, DuaneDuane Ferrell||SF||United States||Georgia Tech (Sr.)|
|Gillery, BenBen Gillery||C||United States||Georgetown (Sr.)|
|James, HenryHenry James||PF/SF||United States||St. Mary's (TX) (Sr.)|
|Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson||PG||United States||Southern (Sr.)|
|Jones, BillBill Jones||PF||United States||Iowa (Sr.)|
|Legler, TimTim Legler||SG||United States||La Salle (Sr.)|
|McKinney, CarltonCarlton McKinney||SG||United States||SMU (Sr.)|
|Moore, TracyTracy Moore||SG/SF||United States||Tulsa (Sr.)|
|Morton, RichardRichard Morton||PG||United States||Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)|
|Paspalj, ŽarkoŽarko Paspalj||SF||Yugoslavia ( Serbia)||KK Partizan (Serbia)|
|Rivas, RamonRamon Rivas||C||Puerto Rico||Temple (Sr.)|
|Starks, JohnJohn Starks+||SG||United States||Oklahoma State (Sr.)|
|Winchester, KennardKennard Winchester||SG/SF||United States||Averett (Sr.)|
More players born in Lebanon were selected in this draft than any other:
- Rony Seikaly, a citizen of both Lebanon and the U.S., played college ball at Syracuse.
- Steve Kerr, who starred at Arizona, was also born in Lebanon. The son of academic Malcolm Kerr, he spent much of his childhood in the Middle East. The elder Kerr was the president of the American University of Beirut when he was murdered by Islamic militants in 1984.
- Rod Strickland (no. 19) holds the rare distinction of being named to an All-NBA team (second team in 1997-98) without ever being picked for the All-Star game. Since 1951, only Dražen Petrović, who was killed in a car accident while an active player, and current Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (2010) have achieved such distinction. Recently, both Goran Dragić and Al Jefferson have gained those distinctions as well.
- David Rivers (no. 25) was involved in a horrendous auto accident with his Notre Dame teammate Ken Barlow, but the two have since recovered and Barlow lives in Indianapolis.
- professional wrestler, competing as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in the WWF.
- When Dan Majerle was drafted by the Suns, he was promptly booed by the audience. But Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons publicly chastised them and told them "you'll be sorry you ever booed this young man". He would end up having his number retired by the Suns after the 2001-02 NBA season.
- a On June 23, 1988, the Heat received the 1988 NBA Draft first-round draft pick from the Dallas Mavericks for not picking centers Bill Wennington and Uwe Blab or guard Steve Alford in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft.
b On October 30, 1986, the New York Knicks traded the 1988 NBA Draft second-round pick along with the Denver's 1987 NBA Draft first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls for center Jawann Oldham.
On June 22, 1987, the Chicago Bulls traded the New York's 1988 NBA Draft second-round pick along with the draft rights to center Olden Polynice and the Chicago's 1989 NBA Draft first-round pick to the Seattle SuperSonics for the draft rights to forward Scottie Pippen and the Seattle's 1989 NBA Draft first-round pick.
On October 16, 1987, the Seattle SuperSonics traded the New York's 1988 NBA Draft second-round pick along with an undisclosed amount of cash to the Boston Celtics for guard Sam Vincent and forward Scott Wedman.
On June 23, 1988, the Boston Celtics traded the New York's 1988 NBA Draft second-round draft pick to the Miami Heat for not selecting guard Dennis Johnson in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft.
- c On June 23, 1988, the Heat received the 1988 NBA Draft second-round draft pick from the Seattle SuperSonics for not selecting guard Danny Young in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft.
- 1988 NBA Draft