I’ve decided to release my NBA re drafts in succession. That means 1988 is the next in line. The 1988 draft was a draft full of changes. The NBA changed the draft from 7 rounds to 3. They also expanded to 25 teams by adding the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat. With only three rounds a lot fewer players were selected than the year before. While there was probably only one hall of fame worthy player in this draft there were still a bunch of all-stars and guys who had good careers. There were also more than a handful of players who didn’t quite reach the potential that they showed early in their careers.
25. Tim Perry- Perry was the 7th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns out of Temple. Although he was traded for some great players during his career Perry never reached the lofty expectations the Suns had for him. His best year came in his last season in phoenix where he averaged 12.3 points, almost 7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a night.
24. Will Perdue- Will was taken with the 11th pick of the draft by the Chicago Bulls out of Vanderbilt. Perdue was a serviceable bench player for most of his career and even started for a full season in Chicago. His best year came in San Antonio, where as a part time starter he averaged almost 9 points to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a night. He walked away from the game with 4 championship rings from his time with the Bulls and the Spurs.
23. Steve Kerr- Kerr was the 50th pick in the 2nd round out of Arizona. He never averaged double figures in points in any season during his NBA career. The reason he lands at 23 is because of his remarkable 3 point shooting. In fact, he is the leading 3 point shooter by percentage in NBA history. Because of that great stroke, Steve was a huge part of 5 NBA championship teams.
22. Ricky Berry- Berry was the 18th pick by the Sacramento Kings out of San Jose State. Who knows how high he would be on this list had his life and career not ended so tragically from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. In his one NBA season Rickey averaged 11 points and over 3 rebounds a night.
21. Ledell Eackles- Eackles was the 36th pick in the 2nd round by the Washington Bullets out of the University of New Orleans. Although he only spent 7 years in the league, Ledell was a double figure scorer in 4 of those years. His best year came in year 2 when he averaged over 13 points a night.
20. Brian Shaw- Shaw was the 24th pick by the Boston Celtics out of UCSB. Shaw’s numbers don’t blow you away but he was a very solid point guard averaging over 4 assists a night during his career. Brian’s best season came in his last full year as a Celtic when he averaged almost 14 points, 7.6 assists and just under 5 rebounds a night while starting all 79 games he played in.
19. Vinny Del Negro- Vinny was the 29th pick in the 2nd round by the Sacramento Kings out of North Carolina State. For his career Del Negro averaged aver 9 points and 3 assists a night while playing for 5 different NBA teams. He found his greatest success while playing with the Spurs where he was a double figure scorer 4 straight seasons.
18. Cary Grant- Grant was originally selected with the 15th pick of the draft by the Supersonics out of the University of Michigan. Cary spent his first 4 NBA seasons as a starter and they were his best. His best season came in year two when he averaged over 13 points, 10 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals a night. Grant spent 11 more years in the NBA after that but could never duplicate those remarkable numbers.
17. Kevin Edwards- Edwards was the 20th overall pick by the Miami Heat out of DePaul. Kevin spent 11 seasons in the NBA with 4 different teams averaging nearly 11 points a night. His best season came in New Jersey where he averaged 14 points, almost 3 assists and 1.5 steals a night for the Nets.
16. Grant Long- Long was originally drafted with the 33rd pick of the 2nd round by the Miami Heat out of Eastern Michigan. Grant spent 15 seasons in the NBA and was an efficient scorer and solid rebounder. His best year came as a member of the Heat where long averaged almost 15 points, 8.4 rebounds, and just under 2 steals in the 1991-92 season.
15. Harvey Grant- Grant was the 12th overall pick by the Washington Bullets out of the University of Oklahoma. When Grant got his touches, he could really score. Grant averaged over 18 points a night in 3 straight seasons before being traded to the Blazers for Kevin Duckworth. He spent 6 more seasons in the NBA but never found the same individual success as he did early on in Washington.
14. Chris Morris- Morris was originally taken with the 4th pick in the draft out of Auburn by the New Jersey Nets. Chris’s best seasons came in New Jersey where he was a double figure scorer in all 7 of his seasons. Near the end of his career Morris was a key piece on the Utah Jazz, helping them make back to back NBA finals before losing to the Chicago Bulls.
13. Michael Williams- Williams was the 48th pick by the Detroit Pistons out of Baylor. Williams was almost invisible for his first 2 and last 4 years in the league. What he was able to do in the 4 seasons he saw the floor was quite remarkable. In his best 2 seasons, Williams averaged 15 points, 8.5 assists and 2.5 steals while playing for the Pacers and Timberwolves.
12. Willie Anderson- Anderson was the 10th pick in the draft by the San Antonio Spurs out of the University of Georgia. Willie had a dominant rookie season averaging 18.6 points, over 5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and just under 2 steals a night. He never had another season quite like that, but during his 9 year career Anderson averaged over 12 points to go along with almost 4 boards, 4 assists and over a steal a game.
11. Vernon Maxwell- “Mad Max” was drafted with the 47th pick of the second round by the Denver Nuggets out of the University of Florida. Maxwell was traded on draft day to the San Antonio Spurs where he played his first year and a half. During year two he was sold to the Houston Rockets. It was in Houston where he had his greatest impact and most success as a player. Vernon averaged over 13 points a game in all of his 5 seasons in Houston and was the starting shooting guard on 2 Rockets championship teams.
10. Rex Chapman- Chapman was the 8th pick of the draft out of Kentucky by the Charlotte Hornets. Chapman spent 11 seasons in the NBA averaging 14.6 points a game along the way.
9. Dan Majerle- “Thunder Dan” was the 14th pick in the draft by the Phoenix Suns out of Central Michigan. While known primarily for his three point shooting, Majerle was a good all-around player who made 3 all-star teams during his career. During a 4 year stretch with the Suns Dan averaged 16 points, 3.5 assists, just under 5 boards and 1.5 steals a game.
8. Charles Smith- Smith was the 3rd pick of the draft by the 76ers out of the University of Pittsburgh. He started out his career with a bang averaging over 20 points a game in two of his first three years with the Clippers. His best season came in year three when Charles averaged 20 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2 blocks a game. He finished his career averaging 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game to go along with 1.4 blocks in 9 NBA seasons.
7. Rony Seikaly- Rony was originally taken with the 9th pick in the draft by the Miami Heat out of Syracuse. Seikaly was a rebounding force at times during his career finishing top 10 in rebounds per game 3 times and ending his career averaging 9.5 rebounds a night. He was also a solid scorer and shot blocker.
6. Hersey Hawkins- Hawkins was drafted with the 6th pick by the L.A. Clippers out of Bradley. He was traded to the 76ers on draft night for Charles Smith. Hersey was a great scorer right from the start of his NBA career averaging at least 18.5 points per game in 4 of his first 5 seasons. Hawkins was a really good defender as well averaging almost 2 steals a game for his entire career. He made the all-star game in 1990-91.
5. Anthony Mason- Mason was the 53rd pick in the third round by the Portland Trailblazers out of Tennessee State. He never played a game for the Blazers however and didn’t really get playing time anywhere until he landed in New York in 1991. During his 13 year career Mason only averaged 8 shots a game but still managed to averaged 11 points a game. He also averaged over 8 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Mason was a great post defender who led the NBA in minutes per game in back to back seasons. For his efforts, Anthony was named to the all-star game in 2000-01.
4. Rik Smits- Smits was the 2nd pick in the Draft by the Indiana Pacers out of the University of Washington. Smits was a starter for the Pacers from day one and would remain that way throughout his 12 year career. While only playing just over 26 minutes a game, Rik still averaged 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Smits also played in the all-star game in 1997-98.
3. Danny Manning- Manning was the first pick in the by the L.A. Clippers from Kansas. Danny had a very impressive NBA career going until a knee injury changed his game dramatically. He averaged almost 19 points a game over his first 7 seasons. Manning’s most impressive stretch came during the year he was traded for Dominique Wilkins. During that season he averaged 23.7 points, 7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks while he was a Clipper. Manning finished his career as a two time all-star.
2. Rod Strickland- Strickland was the 19th pick in the draft by the New York Knicks out of DePaul. Although never making an all-star Strickland was one of the finest NBA point guards for a 10 year stretch. Rod finished 2nd team all NBA in 1997-98 after averaging 17.8 points, 10.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game. For his career he averaged more than 13 points and 7 assists a night to go along with 1.5 steals. He is 9th all time in assists and 26th in steals.
1. Mitch Richmond- it was a no brainer for me to have Richmond as the top spot in the re-draft. He was originally taken with the 5th pick overall by Golden State out of Kansas State. Richmond averaged more than 21.9 points a game in each of his first 10 season in the league. A 6 time all-star, Mitch finished his career with over 20,000 points. He was also named 2nd team all NBA 3 times and 3rd team all NBA twice.