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The 1982 NBA Draft took place on June 29, 1982 at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)

Round one

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 James Worthy^ (SF)  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland) North Carolina-Jr.
2 Terry Cummings* (SF)  United States San Diego Clippers DePaul-Jr.
3 Dominique Wilkins^ (SF)  United States Utah Jazz Georgia-Jr.
4 Bill Garnett (SF)  United States Dallas Mavericks Wyoming-Sr.
5 LaSalle Thompson (C)  United States Kansas City Kings Texas-Jr.
6 Trent Tucker (SG)  United States New York Knicks Minnesota-Sr.
7 Quintin Dailey (SG)  United States Chicago Bulls San Francisco-Jr.
8 Clark Kellogg (PF)  United States Indiana Pacers Ohio State-Jr.
9 Cliff Levingston (PF)  United States Detroit Pistons Wichita State-Jr.
10 Keith Edmonson (SG)  United States Atlanta Hawks Purdue-Sr.
11 Lafayette Lever*  United States Portland Trail Blazers Arizona State-Sr.
12 John Bagley (PG)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Washington via Detroit) Boston College-Jr.
13 Eric "Sleepy" Floyd+ (SG)  United States New Jersey Nets Georgetown-Sr.
14 Lester Conner (PG)  United States Golden State Warriors Oregon State-Sr.
15 David Thirdkill (SF)  United States Phoenix Suns (from Denver) Bradley-Sr.
16 Terry Teagle (SG)  United States Houston Rockets Baylor-Sr.
17 Brook Steppe (SG)  United States Kansas City Kings (from Phoenix via New Jersey) Georgia Tech-Sr.
18 Ricky Pierce+ (SG)  United States Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio via Portland) Rice-Sr.
19 Rob Williams (PG)  United States Denver Nuggets (from Seattle)-Jr. Houston
20 Paul Pressey (SF)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Tulsa-Sr.
21 Eddie Phillips (SF)  United States New Jersey Nets (from Los Angeles) Alabama-Sr.
22 Mark McNamara (C)  United States Philadelphia 76ers California-Sr.
23 Darren Tillis (C)  United States Boston Celtics Cleveland State-Sr.

Notable post-first round picks

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
31 Rod Higgins (PF)  United States Chicago Bulls (from Indiana) Fresno State
35 Derek Smith (SG)  United States Golden State Warriors (from Washington) Louisville
48 Craig Hodges (SG)  United States San Diego Clippers Long Beach State
63 Chuck Nevitt (C)  United States Houston Rockets North Carolina State
72 Mark Eaton+ (C)  United States Utah Jazz UCLA
207 Panagiotis Giannakis (PG)  Greece Boston Celtics Ionikos Nikaias BC
220 Sean Tuohy (PG)  United States New Jersey Nets University of Mississippi
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