1989 NBA Re-Draft

The 1989 draft isn’t known for its depth or hall of fame talent.  Even though it wasn’t full of hall of famers there were plenty of all-star players and longtime contributors.  It also had more than its fair share of busts. In fact, only ten first round picks averaged double figures in scoring for their careers. The 1989 draft was down to two rounds with 27 picks in each.  This is how the draft would look if it was done today.

27. Jeff Martin- Martin was the 31st pick in the second round by the Los Angeles Clippers out of Murray St. He only played two years in the NBA and averaged 6.7 points and 2 rebounds a game.

26. Michael Ansley- Ansley was the 37th pick in the second round by the Orlando Magic out of the University of Alabama. Ansley only spent three seasons in the league averaged 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. Ansley’s best season came in his rookie year, when he averaged 8.7 points and 5 boards a night.

25. Tom Hammonds- Hammonds was the 9th pick in the first round by the Washington Bullets out of Georgia Tech.  Hammonds played 687 games over 12 seasons, mostly coming off the bench. Hammonds best statistical season came in a year where he only played in 37 games but averaged 11.9 points a game to go along with 5 rebounds.

24. Randy White- White was the 8th pick in the draft by the Dallas Mavericks out of Louisiana Tech University. White only played 5 NBA seasons and averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds a night. White’s best season came 92-93 when he averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and a steal a game.

23. Todd Lichti- Lichti was the 15th pick in the draft by the Denver Nuggets out of Stanford. He played 5 seasons in the NBA and averaged almost 8 points a game, to go along with 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists a game. Lichti’s best season came in 90-91 when he averaged 14 points to go along with 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

22. Chucky Brown- brown was the 43rd pick of the second round by the Cleveland cavaliers out of North Carolina State.  Brown played on 12 teams over 13 seasons and put up modest numbers of 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds a game.  Brown’s best season came in 95-96 when he averaged 8.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the field.

21. Stacey King- King was the 6th pick in the draft by the Chicago Bulls out of Oklahoma. King spent the majority of his career as a backup and averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. His best season came in 1989-90 when King averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists a game.

20. Haywoode Workman- Workman was the 49th pick in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks out of Oral Roberts. Workman spent 8 years in the league, averaging 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game. Workman’s best year came in 93-94, when as a member of the Pacers, he averaged 7.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.3 steals a game.

19. JR Reid- Reid was the 5th pick in the draft by the Charlotte Hornets out of North Carolina. Reid was a serviceable big man, averaging 8.5 points and 5 rebounds a game over his NBA career. Reid’s best season came in 1989-90 when he averaged 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals a game.

18. Danny Ferry- ferry was the second pick in the draft by the Los Angeles Clippers out of Duke. Ferry played for 13 seasons in the NBA with career averages of 7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game. Ferry’s best season came in 1995-96 when he averaged 13.3 points a game to go along with 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

17. Blue Edwards- Edwards was 21st pick in the draft by the Utah Jazz out of East Carolina. Edwards spent 10 years in NBA and averaged 10.8 points a game, to go along with 3.4 rebounds and 2 assists. His best season came in 92-93, when as a member of the Bucks, Edwards averaged 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

16. George McCloud- McCloud was the 7th pick of the draft by the Pacers out of Florida State. McCloud spent 12 years in the NBA and averaged 9 points a game to go along with 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. His best season came in 1995-96 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, when McCloud averaged 18.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals a game.

15. Doug West- West was the 38th pick in the second round by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Villanova. West played 12 seasons in the league and averaged 9.6 points a game to go along with 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. West’s best season came in 1992-93 when he averaged 19.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals a game.

14. BJ Armstrong- Armstrong was the 18th pick in the draft by the Chicago bulls out of the University of Iowa. Armstrong spent 11 years in the NBA and averaged 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game, while winning 3 championship rings and playing in the 1994 all-star game. Armstrong’s best season came in 1993-94, when he averaged 14.8 points a game to go along with 2.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1 steal a game.

13. Pervis Ellison- Ellison was the 1st pick in the draft by the Sacramento Kings out of Louisville. After a slow first couple of years, Ellison found finally reached his potential before injuries derailed his career. Ellison played in the league for 11 years and finished with averages of 9.5 points, 6.7 assists and 1.5 assists a night. Ellison’s best season came in 1991-92 when he averaged 20 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.7 steals a game.

12. Dana Barros- Barros was the 16th pick of the draft by the Seattle Supersonics out of Boston College. Barros spent 14 years in the NBA and averaged 10.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game, while making one all-star appearance. Barros’s best season came in 1994-95, when he averaged 20.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.8 steals a game while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.

11. Sherman Douglas- Douglas was the 28th pick in the second round of the draft by the Miami Heat out of Syracuse.  Douglas spent 12 years in the NBA and averaged 11 points to go along with 2.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists a game, while finishing in the top 10 in assists in two separate seasons.  Douglas’ best season came in 1990-91 when he averaged 18.5 points 2.9 rebounds 8.5 assists and 1.7 steals a game.

10. Pooh Richardson- Richardson was the 10th pick in the draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of UCLA. Richardson spent 10 seasons in the NBA and averaged 11.1 points 2.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists a game, while finishing in the top 10 in assists per game 3 different seasons.  His best season came in 1990-91, when Richardson averaged 17.1 points 3.5 rebounds 9 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

9. Dino Radja- Radja was the 40th pick in the second round of the draft by the Boston Celtics out of Croatia. Radja only spent 4 years in the NBA but was a great player every year, finishing with career averages of 16.7 points 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game.  Radja’s best season came in 1995-96 when Dino averaged 197 points 9.8 rebounds 1.6 assists 1.5 blocks and almost a steal a game.

8. Nick Anderson- Anderson was the 11th pick in the draft by the Orlando magic out of the University of Illinois.  Anderson spent 13 seasons in the NBA and averaged 14.4 pints 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game.  Anderson’s best season came in 1992-93 when he averaged 19.9 points to go along with 6 rebounds 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

7. Clifford Robinson- Robinson was the 36th pick in the second round by the Portland Trailblazers out of UConn.  Robinson played 18 seasons in the NBA and averaged 14.2 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game, while being named NBA All-Defensive second team twice and playing in an All-Star game.

6. Vlade Divac- Divac was the 26th pick in the draft by the LA Lakers out of Serbia.  Divac played 16 years in the NBA and averaged 11.8 pints to go along 8.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game. His best season came in 1994-95 when Divac averaged 16 points 10.4 rebounds 4.1 assists 1.4 steals and 2.2 blocks a game.

5. Mookie Blaylock- Blaylock was the 12th pick in the draft by the New Jersey Nets out of the Oklahoma University.  Blaylock spent 13 years in the NBA and finished with career averages of 13.5 points 4.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists a game while being named NBA All-Defensive first or second team 6 times and playing in an All-Star game.  Blaylock best season came in 1993-94 when he averaged 13.8 points a game to go along with 5.2 rebounds 9.7 assists and 2.6 steals a game.

4. Sean Elliot- Elliot was the 3rd pick in the draft by the San Antonio Spurs out of the University of Arizona.  Elliot played 12 seasons in the NBA and averaged 14.2 points 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game while playing in two All-Star games and bringing home a championship ring. Elliot’s best season was in 1995-96 when he averaged 20 points as game to go along with 5.1 rebounds 2.7 assists.

3. Glen Rice- Rice was the 4th pick in the draft by the Miami Heat out of the University of Michigan during Rice’s impressive career he finished top 10  in scoring in 5 seasons, played in 3 All-Star games and made all NBA second and third team one time each.  During his 14 seasons in the NBA, Rice averaged 18.3 points a game to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

2. Shawn Kemp- Kemp was the 17th pick in the draft by the Seattle Supersonics out of Trinity Valley Community College.  Kemp played 15 seasons in the NBA and averaged 14.5 points 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game, while playing in 6 All-Star games and being named to the all NBA second team 3 times.  Kemp’s best season came in 1995-96 when he averaged 19.6 points 11.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks a game.

1. Tim Hardaway- Hardaway was the 14th pick of the draft by the Golden State Warriors out of UTEP.  Hardaway played 13 years in the NBA and averaged 17.7 points 3.3 rebounds 8.2 assists a game, while playing in 5 All-Star games.  For his efforts in the NBA, Hardaway was names all NBA first team once, second team 3 times and third team another.

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