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The 1983 NBA Draft took place on June 28, 1983 in New York City. A total of 226 players were selected over 10 rounds by the league's 23 teams. At least four players from the 1983 draft now serve as coaches. Two serve at major-college programs—Sidney Lowe at North Carolina State and Craig Robinson (who never played in the NBA) at Oregon State—and two in the NBA—Doc Rivers for the Boston Celtics, and Byron Scott for the New Orleans Hornets. While Scott won the Coach of the Year award in 2008, Rivers won an NBA Championship with the Celtics on that same year (it could be also noted that Rivers won that award prior to Scott, in 2000, while he was still coaching the Orlando Magic). Robinson, who led the Beavers to the 2009 College Basketball Invitational title, has an additional claim to fame as the older brother of current First Lady Michelle Obama.

Names in bold had been selected into All-NBA Team. Names with asterisk had been inducted into Hall of Fame.

Round one

= All-Star
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Ralph Sampson (C)  United States Houston Rockets Virginia-Sr.
2 Steve Stipanovich (C)  United States Indiana Pacers Missouri-Sr.
3 Rodney McCray (SF)  United States Houston Rockets (from Cleveland via Philadelphia) Louisville-Sr.
4 Byron Scott (SG)  United States San Diego Clippers Arizona State-Jr.
5 Sidney Green (PF)  United States Chicago Bulls UNLV-Sr.
6 Russell Cross (C)  United States Golden State Warriors Purdue-Jr.
7 Thurl Bailey (SF)  United States Utah Jazz North Carolina State-Sr.
8 Antoine Carr (SF)  United States Detroit Pistons Wichita State-Sr.
9 Dale Ellis (SG)  United States Dallas Mavericks Tennessee-Sr.
10 Jeff Malone (SG)  United States Washington Bullets Mississippi State-Sr.
11 Derek Harper (PG/SG)  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Atlanta via Cleveland) Illinois-Jr.
12 Darrell Walker (SG)  United States New York Knicks Arkansas-Sr.
13 Ennis Whatley (PG)  United States Kansas City Kings Alabama-So.
14 Clyde Drexler* (SG)  United States Portland Trail Blazers Houston-Jr.
15 Howard Carter (SG)  United States Denver Nuggets LSU-Sr.
16 Jon Sundvold (PG)  United States Seattle SuperSonics Missouri-Sr.
17 Leo Rautins (SF)  Canada Philadelphia 76ers (from New Jersey) Syracuse-Sr.
18 Randy Breuer (C)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Minnesota-Sr.
19 John Paxson (PG)  United States San Antonio Spurs Notre Dame-Sr.
20 Roy Hinson (C)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Phoenix) Rutgers-Sr.
21 Greg Kite (C)  United States Boston Celtics BYU
22 Randy Wittman (SG)  United States Washington Bullets (from Los Angeles) Indiana-Sr.
23 Mitchell Wiggins (SG)  United States Indiana Pacers (from Philadelphia) Florida State-Sr.
24 Stewart Granger (PG)  Canada Cleveland Cavaliers * Villanova-Sr.

* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien

Notable post-first round picks

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
25 Sidney Lowe (PG)  United States Chicago Bulls N.C. State
30 Mark West (C)  United States Dallas Mavericks Old Dominion
31 Doc Rivers (PG)  United States Atlanta Hawks Marquette
48 Craig Ehlo (SG)  United States Houston Rockets Washington State
54 Bobby Hansen (SG)  United States Utah Jazz Iowa
93 Craig Robinson (SF)  United States Philadelphia 76ers Princeton
97 Manute Bol (C)  Sudan San Diego Clippers Bridgeport
137 Sedale Threatt (SG)  United States Philadelphia 76ers West Virginia Tech
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