1995 NBA draft

1995 NBA draft

1995 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 28, 1995
Time 6:30 pm EDT
Location SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Network(s) (US) TNT
First selection Joe 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, and will likely be in the Basketball Hall of Fame after retirement. 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. [3]

This draft was also notable for two of the biggest busts in NBA history, 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]


  • Draft 1
  • Notable undrafted players 2
  • Trades involving draft picks 3
    • Draft-day trades 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


G Guard PG Point guard SG Shooting guard F Forward SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
* 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 never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs

Joe Smith, the 1st pick of the Golden State Warriors
Antonio McDyess, the 2nd pick of the Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Denver)
Jerry Stackhouse, the 3rd pick of the Philadelphia 76ers
Rasheed Wallace, the 4th pick of the Washington Bullets
Kevin Garnett, the 5th pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves
Theo Ratliff the 18th pick of the Detroit Pistons
Michael Finley, the 21st pick of the Phoenix Suns
Fred Hoiberg, the 52nd pick of the Indiana Pacers
Round Pick Player Position Nationality NBA Team School/Club team
1 1 Smith, JoeJoe Smith PF  United States Golden State Warriors Maryland (So.)
1 2 McDyess, AntonioAntonio McDyess* PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Denver)[a] Alabama (So.)
1 3 Stackhouse, JerryJerry Stackhouse+ SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers North Carolina (So.)
1 4 Wallace, RasheedRasheed Wallace+ PF  United States Washington Bullets North Carolina (So.)
1 5 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett* PF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Farragut Academy HS (Chicago)
1 6 Reeves, BryantBryant Reeves C  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Oklahoma State (Sr.)
1 7 Stoudamire, DamonDamon Stoudamire PG  United States Toronto Raptors Arizona (Sr.)
1 8 Respert, ShawnShawn Respert SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Detroit, traded to Milwaukee) Michigan State (Sr.)
1 9 O'Bannon, EdEd O'Bannon SF  United States New Jersey Nets UCLA (Sr.)
1 10 Thomas, KurtKurt Thomas PF/C  United States Miami Heat TCU (Sr.)
1 11 Trent, GaryGary Trent PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Portland) Ohio (Jr.)
1 12 Parks, CherokeeCherokee Parks C  United States Dallas Mavericks Duke (Sr.)
1 13 Williamson, CorlissCorliss Williamson PF  United States Sacramento Kings Arkansas (Jr.)
1 14 Williams, EricEric Williams SF  United States Boston Celtics Providence (Sr.)
1 15 Barry, BrentBrent Barry SG  United States Denver Nuggets (traded to L.A. Clippers)[a] Oregon State (Sr.)
1 16 Henderson, AlanAlan Henderson PF  United States Atlanta Hawks Indiana (Sr.)
1 17 Sura, BobBob Sura SG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Florida State (Sr.)
1 18 Ratliff, TheoTheo Ratliff+ PF/C  United States Detroit Pistons (from Portland) Wyoming (Sr.)
1 19 Childress, RandolphRandolph Childress PG  United States Detroit Pistons (from Houston via Portland) Wake Forest (Sr.)
1 20 Caffey, JasonJason Caffey PF  United States Chicago Bulls Alabama (Sr.)
1 21 Finley, MichaelMichael Finley+ SF/SG  United States Phoenix Suns (from L.A. Lakers) Wisconsin (Sr.)
1 22 Zidek, GeorgeGeorge Zidek C  Czech Republic Charlotte Hornets UCLA (Sr.)
1 23 Best, TravisTravis Best PG  United States Indiana Pacers Sr.)
1 24 Meyer, LorenLoren Meyer PF  United States Dallas Mavericks (from New York) Iowa State (Sr.)
1 25 Vaughn, DavidDavid Vaughn PF/C  United States Orlando Magic Memphis (Jr.)
1 26 Ford, SherellSherell Ford PF  United States Seattle SuperSonics UIC (Sr.)
1 27 Bennett, MarioMario Bennett PF  United States Phoenix Suns Arizona State (Jr.)
1 28 Ostertag, GregGreg Ostertag C  United States Utah Jazz Kansas (Sr.)
1 29 Alexander, CoryCory Alexander PG  United States San Antonio Spurs Virginia (Jr.)
2 30 Roe, LouLou Roe F  United States Detroit Pistons UMass (Sr.)
2 31 Tarlać, DraganDragan Tarlać C  Yugoslavia
Chicago Bulls Olympiakos (Greece)
2 32 Rencher, TerrenceTerrence Rencher G  United States Washington Bullets Texas (Sr.)
2 33 Burrough, JuniorJunior Burrough F  United States Boston Celtics Virginia (Sr.)
2 34 DeClercq, AndrewAndrew DeClercq PF/C  United States Golden State Warriors Florida (Sr.)
2 35 King, JimmyJimmy King G  United States Toronto Raptors Michigan (Sr.)
2 36 Moten, LawrenceLawrence Moten G  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Syracuse (Sr.)
2 37 King, FrankieFrankie King G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Western Carolina (Sr.)
2 38 Griffith, RashardRashard Griffith # C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Wisconsin (So.)
2 39 Marshall, DonnyDonny Marshall F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Connecticut (Sr.)
2 40 Whitfield, DwayneDwayne Whitfield F  United States Golden State Warriors Jackson State (Sr.)
2 41 Meek, ErikErik Meek# C  United States Houston Rockets Duke (Sr.)
2 42 Boyce, DonnieDonnie Boyce G  United States Atlanta Hawks Colorado (Sr.)
2 43 Snow, EricEric Snow PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan State (Sr.)
2 44 Pelle, AnthonyAnthony Pelle# C  United States Denver Nuggets Fresno State (Sr.)
2 45 Brown, TroyTroy Brown# F/C  United States Atlanta Hawks Providence (Sr.)
2 46 Banks, GeorgeGeorge Banks# F  United States Miami Heat UTEP (Sr.)
2 47 Edney, TyusTyus Edney PG  United States Sacramento Kings UCLA (Sr.)
2 48 Davis, MarkMark Davis G/F  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Texas Tech (Sr.)
2 49 Allen, JeromeJerome Allen G  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Pennsylvania (Sr.)
2 50 Lewis, MartinMartin Lewis F  United States Golden State Warriors Seward County (So.)
2 51 Bodiroga, DejanDejan Bodiroga# SF  Yugoslavia Sacramento Kings Olimpia (Stefanel) Milano (Italy)
2 52 Hoiberg, FredFred Hoiberg SG  United States Indiana Pacers Iowa State (Sr.)
2 53 Popa, ConstantinConstantin Popa# C  Romania Los Angeles Clippers Miami (Fla.) (Sr.)
2 54 Zukauskas, EurelijusEurelijus Žukauskas # C  Lithuania Seattle SuperSonics Neptunas (Lithuania)
2 55 McDonald, MichaelMichael McDonald C  United States Golden State Warriors New Orleans (Sr.)
2 56 Carr, ChrisChris Carr G  United States Phoenix Suns Southern Illinois (Jr.)
2 57 Martin, CuonzoCuonzo Martin G/F  United States Atlanta Hawks Purdue (Sr.)
2 58 Reid, DonDon Reid F  United States Detroit Pistons Sr.)

Notable undrafted players

The following players went undrafted in the 1995 NBA Draft but later played multiple seasons in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School/Club team
Amaechi, JohnJohn Amaechi C  United Kingdom Penn State (Sr.)
Brunson, RickRick Brunson G  United States Temple (Sr.)
Maloney, MattMatt Maloney G  United States Pennsylvania (Sr.)
Ollie, KevinKevin Ollie G  United States Connecticut (Sr.)

Trades involving draft picks

Draft-day trades

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


  1. ^ NBA Draft Busts - Joe Smith
  2. ^ Millea, John (2000). "Lonewolf". The Sporting News. 
  3. ^ CNNSI.com: Say It Ain't So - Vancouver Grizzlies
  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

External links

  • 1995 NBA Draft