The 1988 draft was full of changes. The NBA changed the draft from seven rounds to just three which meant only 75 players were selected. Of the 75 players taken, 58 of them played in the NBA according to basketball-reference.com. The player taken with the lowest pick to play in the league was Gerald Paddio who appeared in 129 games after being picked with the second to last overall choice. While there was 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 respective careers.
Note: The Utah Jazz selected Leckner with the 17th overall pick out of Wyoming. He played eight seasons in the NBA with the Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and the Vancouver Grizzlies but was never more than a part-time player.
For his career, Leckner averaged 4.1 points on 50.8 percent shooting and 3.2 rebounds in 449 games.
25. Tim Perry: Perry was the seventh 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 seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks a night.
For his career, Perry averaged 6.8 points and four rebounds in 481 games.
24. Will Perdue: Perdue was taken with the 11th overall 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 four championship rings from his time with the Bulls and the Spurs.
For his career, Perdue averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 792 games.
23. Steve Kerr: Kerr was the 25th pick in the second round (50th overall) 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 five NBA championship teams.
For his career, Kerr averaged six points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 910 games.
22. Ricky Berry: Berry was the 18th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings out of San Jose State. Berry only played one season in the NBA, but showed enormous potential in his 64 games. Berry had one of his most impressive outings of his rookie season against the Jazz when registered 33 points on the strength of 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range to go along with four steals in a 20 point Kings win. During that season, Berry averaged 11 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
Berry passed away only months before his second season was about to begin.
21. Ledell Eackles: Eackles was the 11th pick in the second round (36th overall) by the Washington Bullets out of the University of New Orleans. Although he only spent seven years in the league, he was a double figure scorer in four of those years. His best year came in 1989-90 when he averaged 13.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 78 games.
For his career, Eackles averaged 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 441 games.
20. Brian Shaw: Shaw was the 24th overall pick by the Boston Celtics out of UCSB. Shaw’s numbers don’t blow you away, but he was a very solid point guard who was a very solid passer. His best season came in his last full year as a Celtic when he averaged almost 14 points, 7.6 assists and just under five rebounds a night while starting all 79 games he played in.
For his career, Shaw averaged 6.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 943 games.
19. Vinny Del Negro: Del Negro was the fourth pick in the second round (29th overall) by the Sacramento Kings out of North Carolina State. He played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns. He found his greatest success while playing with the Spurs where he was a double figure scorer four straight seasons.
For his career, Del Negro averaged 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 771 games.
18. Cary Grant: Grant was originally selected with the 15th overall pick of the draft by the SuperSonics out of the University of Michigan and then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent his first four NBA seasons as a starter and they were his best. His best season came in year two when he averaged 13.1 points, 10 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 44 games for the Clippers. Grant spent 11 more years in the NBA after that, but could never duplicate those remarkable numbers.
For his career, Grant averaged 7.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 552 games.
17. Kevin Edwards: Edwards was the 20th overall pick by the Miami Heat out of DePaul. He spent 11 seasons in the NBA with four different teams averaging nearly 11 points a night. His best season came in New Jersey where he averaged 14 points, almost three assists and 1.5 steals a night for the Nets.
For his career, Edwards averaged 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 604 games.
16. Grant Long: Long was originally drafted with the eighth pick of the second round (33rd overall) by the Miami Heat out of Eastern Michigan. He spent 15 seasons in the NBA and was an efficient scorer and solid rebounder. His best year came as a member of the Heat when Long averaged almost 15 points, 8.4 rebounds, and just under two steals in the 1991-92 season.
For his career, Long averaged 9.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 1,003 games.
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 three straight seasons before being traded to the Blazers for Kevin Duckworth. He spent six more seasons in the NBA, but never found the same individual success as he did early on in Washington.
For his career, Grant averaged 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 783 games.
14. Chris Morris: Morris was originally taken with the fourth overall pick in the draft out of Auburn by the New Jersey Nets. His best seasons came in New Jersey where he was a double figure scorer in all seven 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.
For his career, Morris averaged 11 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 Assists in 747 games.
13. Michael Williams: Williams was taken with the 23rd pick of the second round (48th overall) by the Detroit Pistons out of Baylor. He played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors. One of his best seasons came with the Pacers in 1991-92 when Williams averaged 15 points, 3.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 2.9 steals in 79 games.
For his career, Williams averaged 11 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 413 games.
12. Willie Anderson: Anderson was the 10th overall pick in the draft by the San Antonio Spurs out of the University of Georgia. He played for nine seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. His best season came as a rookie when he averaged 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals in 81 games.
For his career, Anderson averaged 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 555 games.
11. Vernon Maxwell: Maxwell was drafted with the 22nd pick of the second round (47th overall) by the Denver Nuggets out of the University of Florida. He 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 according to basketball-reference.com. It was in Houston where he had his greatest impact and most success as a player. He averaged over 13 points a game in all of his five seasons in Houston and was the starting shooting guard on two Rockets championship teams.
For his career, Maxwell averaged 12.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 855 games.
10. Rex Chapman: Chapman was the eighth overall pick of the draft out of Kentucky by the Charlotte Hornets. Chapman spent 11 seasons in the NBA for the Hornets, Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns. His most productive year came with the Bullets in 1993-94 when Chapman averaged a career-high 18.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and one steal in 60 games.
For his career, Chapman averaged 14.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 666 games.
9. Dan Majerle: Majerle was the 14th overall pick in the draft by the Phoenix Suns out of Central Michigan. While known primarily for his 3-point shooting, he was a good all-around player who made three all-star teams during his career. During a four-year stretch with the Suns, he averaged 16 points, 3.5 assists, just under five boards and 1.5 steals a game.
For his career, Majerle averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 955 games.
8. Charles Smith: Smith was the third overall 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 Smith averaged 20 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals and two blocks a game.
For his career, Smith averaged 14.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 564 games.
7. Rony Seikaly: Seikaly was originally taken with the ninth overall pick in the draft by the Miami Heat out of Syracuse. Seikaly played 11 seasons in the league for the Heat, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and the New Jersey Nets. He averaged a double-double in points and rebounds in five straight seasons including 1992-93 when he averaged 17.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 72 games.
For his career, Seikaly averaged 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 678 games.
6. Hersey Hawkins: Hawkins was drafted with the sixth pick by the L.A. Clippers out of Bradley. He was traded to the 76ers on draft night for Charles Smith. Hawkins was a great scorer right from the start of his NBA career averaging at least 18.5 points per game in four of his first five seasons. Hawkins was a really good defender as well averaging almost two steals a game for his entire career. He made the all-star game in 1990-91.
For his career, Hawkins averaged 14.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 983 games.
5. Anthony Mason: Mason was the 53rd pick in the third round (53rd overall) by the Portland Trailblazers out of Tennessee State. Mason played 13 seasons in the league for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks. His best statistical season came with the Hornets in 1996-97 when he averaged a career-high 16.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists and one steal in 73 contests.
For his career, the one-time all-star averaged 10.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 882 games.
4. Rik Smits: Smits was the second overall 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. One of his best statistical seasons came in 1994-95 when Smits averaged 17.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and one block over 78 games .
For his career, the one-time all-star averaged 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds,1.4 assists and 1.3 blocks in 867 games.
3. Danny Manning: Manning was the first overall pick in the by the Los Angeles Clippers out of Kansas. Manning played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and the Detroit Pistons. His best season came with the Clippers in 1992-93 when he averaged a career-high 22.8 points to go along with 6.6 rebounds 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks in 79 games to make the all-star team.
For his career, Manning averaged 14 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 883 games.
2. Rod Strickland: Strickland was originally the 19th overall pick in the draft by the New York Knicks out of DePaul. Although he never made an all-star game, Strickland was one of the finest NBA point guards over a 10 year stretch. His best season came in 1997-98 when he earned second-team all NBA honors in after averaging 17.8 points, 10.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game. He is 10th all-time in assists and 27th in steals according to basketball-reference.com.
For his career, Strickland averaged 13.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 1,094 games.
1. Mitch Richmond: He was originally taken with the fifth 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. The six-time all-star, finished his career with more than 20,000 points. He was also named second-team all NBA three times and third-team all NBA on two occasions.
For his career, Richmond averaged 21 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 976 games. He is part of the 2014 class that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.