The 1990 NBA draft redone

The 1990 NBA draft wasn’t loaded with superstars, but there were plenty of talented players who had solid careers, including six all-stars and a hall of famer. The ’90 draft consisted of 54 selections over the course of two rounds, including 52 players who played in the NBA, according to basketball-reference.com.

The player draft the lowest who played in the league was Sean Higgins. He was taken with the last pick in the draft by the San Antonio Spurs, but manged to play six seasons.

Here is a look at how the 1990 NBA draft would have gone if it were done today.

27. Jud Buechler

Buechler was originally selected with the 11th pick in the second round (38th overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics and then traded to the New Jersey Nets. While he never saw a lot of floor time, he lasted 12 seasons with the Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic. His most productive season came with the Warriors in 1992-93 when he averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 70 games.

For his career, he averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 720 games. He won three championships as a member of the Bulls.

26. Greg Foster

Foster was originally taken with the eighth pick in the second round (35th overall) by the Washington Bullets. He played 13 seasons for the Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors. His Best season came with the Jazz in 1997-98 when he averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 78 games.

For his career, he averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 656 games. He won a championship with the Lakers in 2000-01.

25. Travis Mays

Mays was taken with the 14th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. He spent three seasons in the league with the Kings and Atlanta Hawks before he finished his playing career overseas. His best season came as a rookie in 1990-91 when he averaged 14.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 64 games.

For his career, he averaged 11.1 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 115 games.

24. Carl Herrera

Herrera was selected with the third pick of the second round (30th overall) by the Miami Heat but was traded to the Houston Rockets on draft night. He played eight seasons for the Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Vancouver Grizzlies and the Denver Nuggets. His best season came with Houston in 1992-92 when he averaged 7.5 points on 54.1 percent shooting from the floor with 5.6 rebounds in 81 games.

For his career, he averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 465 games. He won two rings during his time with the Rockets.

23. Duane Causwell

Causwell was taken with the 18th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. He played 11 seasons for the Kings and the Miami Heat. His most productive season came with Sacramento in 1991-92 when he averaged 8.0 points on 54.9 percent shooting to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 80 games.

For his career, he averaged 4.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 541 games.

22. Anthony Bonner

Bonner was selected with the 23rd overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. He played six seasons for the Kings, New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic. His best season came with the Kings in 1991-92 when he averaged 9.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 79 games.

For his career, he averaged 6.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 318 games.

21. Rumeal Robinson

Robinson was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks. He played six seasons with the Hawks, New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns. His best season came with the Hawks in 1991-92 when he averaged 13 points, 5.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 81 games.

For his career, he averaged 7.6 points, 3.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 336 games.

20. Felton Spencer

Spencer was taken with the sixth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played 12 seasons for the Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and the New York Knicks. His best season came with the Jazz in 1993-94 when he averaged 8.6 points on 50.5 percent shooting with 8.3 rebounds in 79 games.

For his career, he averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 640 games.

19. Tony Massenburg

Massenburg was selected with the 16th pick In the second round (43rd overall) by the San Antonio Spurs. He played 13 seasons with the Spurs, Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings. His best season came in Vancouver in 1998-99 when he averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 43 games.

For his career, he averaged 6.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 683 games.

18. Derek Strong

Strong was taken with the 20th pick in the second round (47th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 10 seasons for the Washington Bullets, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Clippers. His best season came with the Magic in 1997-98 when he averaged 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds in 58 games.

For his career, he averaged 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 456 games.

17. Willie Burton

Burton was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Miami Heat. He played eight seasons for the Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs and the Charlotte Hornets. His best season came with the 76ers in 1994-95 when he averaged 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 53 games.

For his career, he averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 316 games.

16. Bimbo Coles

Coles was taken with the 13th pick in the second round (40th overall) by the Sacramento Kings and then traded to the Miami Heat. He played 14 seasons for the Heat, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. His best season came with the Heat in 1994-95 when he averaged 10 points, 6.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 68 games.

For his career, he averaged 7.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 852 games.

15. Dee Brown

Brown was taken by the Boston Celtics with the 19th overall pick. He played 12 seasons with the Celtics, Toronto Raptors  and the Orlando Magic. His most productive season came with the Celtics in 1993-94 when he averaged 15.5 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 77 games.

For his career, he averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 608 games.

14. Terry Mills

Mills was selected with the 16th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks, but was traded to the Denver Nuggets before playing a game. He played 11 season for the Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. His best season came with the Pistons in 1993-94 when he averaged 17.3 points on 51.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 80 games.

For his career, he averaged 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 678 games.

13. Dennis Scott

Scott was taken by the Orlando Magic with the fourth overall pick. He played for 10 seasons with the Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Vancouver Grizzlies. His best season came with Orlando in 1995-96 when he averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 82 games.

For his career, he averaged 12.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 629 games.

12. Jayson Williams

Williams was selected with the 21st overall pick by the Phoenix Suns, but was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers before he ever played a regular season game. He played nine seasons with the 76ers and the New Jersey Nets. His best season came with New Jersey in 1997-98 when he made the all-star game after he averaged 12.9 points while finishing second in the league with 13.6 rebounds in 65 games.

For his career, he averaged 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 475 games.

11. Lionel Simmons

Simmons was taken with the seventh overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. He spent his entire seven-year career and was a solid all-around player. His most productive season game in 1991-92 when he averaged 17.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks in 78 games.

For his career, he averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 454 games.

10. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Abdul-Rauf was selected with the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets. He played nine seasons for the Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and the Vancouver Grizzlies. His best season came in Denver in 1995-96 when he averaged 19.2 points, 6.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals while leading the league in free-throw shooting.

For his career, he averaged 14.6 points, 3.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 586 games.

9. Loy Vaught

Vaught was taken with the 13th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent 11 seasons in the NBA with the Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks and the Washington Wizards. One of his best seasons came with Los Angeles in 1995-96 when he averaged 16.2 points on 52.5 percent shooting. He added 10.1 rebounds,1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 80 games.

For his career, he averaged 10.1 points on 50.4 percent shooting with 7.1 rebounds in 689 games.

8. Elden Campbell

He was selected with the 27th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 15 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Seattle SuperSonics, Detroit Pistons and the New Jersey Nets. His best season came with Los Angeles in 1995-96 when he averaged 13.9 points on 50.3 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 82 games.

For his career, he averaged 10.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 assists in 1,044 games.

7. Tyrone Hill

Hill was taken with the 11th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors. He played 14 seasons for the Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat. His best season came in Cleveland in 1994-95 when he averaged 13.8 points on 50.4 percent shooting from the floor. He added 10.9 rebounds in 70 games to make his only all-star games appearance.

For his career, he averaged 9.4 points on 50.2 percent shooting with 8.6 rebounds in 801 games.

6. Antonio Davis

Davis was taken with the 18th pick in the second round (45th overall) by the Indiana Pacers. He played 13 seasons for the Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks. ONe of his best seasons came with the Raptors in 2000-01 when he averaged 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 assists to make his only all-star game.

For his career, he averaged 10 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks in 903 games.

5. Kendall Gill

Gill was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. He played 15 seasons for the Hornets, Seattle SuperSonics, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks. His best season came with the Nets in 1996-97 when he averaged 21.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals in 82 games.

For his career, he averaged 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 966 games.

4. Cedric Ceballos

Ceballos was taken with the 21st pick in the second round (48th overall) by the Phoenix Suns. He played 11 seasons for the Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and the Miami Heat. One of his most productive seasons came with the Lakers in 1994-95 when he averaged 21.7 points on 50.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 58 games to earn a spot on the all-star game roster.

For his career, he averaged 14.3 points on 50 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 609 games.

3. Toni Kukoc

Kukoc was selected with the second pick in the second round (29th overall) by the Chicago Bulls. He played 13 seasons for the Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks. One of his best statistical seasons came with Chicago in 1998-99 when he averaged 18.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 44 games.

For his career, he averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals in 846 games. He won three championships during his time with the Bulls.

2. Derrick Coleman

Coleman was taken with the first overall pick by the New Jersey Nets. He played 15 seasons for the Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Detroit Pistons. One of his best seasons came in New Jersey in 1993-94 when he averaged 20.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 blocks to make his only all-star game.

For his career, he averaged 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks in 781 games.

1. Gary Payton

Payton was selected with the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics. He played 17 seasons for the Sonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat and was a nine-time all-star. His best season came in Seattle in 1999-2000 when he averaged 24.2 points, 8.9 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 82 games. He was a lockdown defender who earned first-team all-defense nine years in a row while being named all-NBA  first, second or third team each of those years.

For his career, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 1,335 games. He was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

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