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The 1986 NBA Draft was held on June 17, 1986.


Overview and aftermath

Drug and health issues involving drafted players

There were various drug-related problems that plagued players in the 1986 NBA draft. Most notable was the death of highly-touted Len Bias. Bias died less than two days after being selected second overall by the defending champion Boston Celtics. His death was ruled an overdose that resulted from the abuse of the drug cocaine. Other problems involving drugs hampered the careers of Chris Washburn, Roy Tarpley, and William Bedford.

Another player who had no drug issues, top overall pick Brad Daugherty, nonetheless saw his career end at age 28 due to a chronically bad back.

Some of these problems opened the door for lesser-known, second-round draft choices such as Mark Price, Dennis Rodman, Kevin Duckworth, and Jeff Hornacek, who all went on to have all-star careers.

International draftees

This draft contained two exceptional international players, both of whom had shortened careers for unusual reasons. Third-round selection Dražen Petrović was coming off an all-star caliber fourth season when he was killed in an automobile accident in 1993. He has since been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The other, Arvydas Sabonis, was not permitted to play in the United States because of the dangerous political climate in the Soviet Union. He won gold and bronze Olympic medals in 1988 (USSR), and in 1992 (Lithuania). After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, Sabonis had a very successful career in Europe before finally joining the Portland Trail Blazers in 1995. Arvydas Sabonis had lost much of his mobility by the time he joined the team because of a string of knee and Achilles tendon injuries. He finished second in both the Sixth Man Award, and Rookie of the Year voting. He played seven seasons with Portland before returning to his homeland of Lithuania where he finished his career.

Other draftee contributions to the game

This draft is known for the number of players who made important contributions to the sport of basketball outside of the court. For example, Nate McMillan had a highly successful run with the Seattle SuperSonics as a player and then as head coach before taking his current job with the Portland Trail Blazers, Scott Skiles is the current coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and also the first coach to lead the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs in the post-Jordan era. John Salley won four championship rings with three different NBA teams Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers before becoming one of the hosts of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Network. Jay Bilas is an ESPN college basketball analyst.

Round one

= All-Star
= Hall of Fame
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Brad Daugherty  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers via Philadelphia) North Carolina
2 Len Bias  United States Boston Celtics (from Seattle) Maryland
3 Chris Washburn  United States Golden State Warriors NC State
4 Chuck Person  United States Indiana Pacers Auburn
5 Kenny Walker  United States New York Knicks Kentucky
6 William Bedford  United States Phoenix Suns Memphis State
7 Roy Tarpley  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Cleveland) Michigan
8 Ron Harper  United States Cleveland Cavaliers * Miami (OH)
9 Brad Sellers  United States Chicago Bulls Ohio State
10 Johnny Dawkins  United States San Antonio Spurs Duke
11 John Salley  United States Detroit Pistons (from Sacramento) Georgia Tech
12 John S. Williams  United States Washington Bullets LSU
13 Dwayne Washington  United States New Jersey Nets Syracuse
14 Walter Berry  United States Portland Trail Blazers St. John's
15 Dell Curry  United States Utah Jazz Virginia Tech
16 Maurice Martin  United States Denver Nuggets (from Dallas) Saint Joseph's
17 Harold Pressley  United States Sacramento Kings (from Detroit) Villanova
18 Mark Alarie  United States Denver Nuggets Duke
19 Billy Thompson  United States Atlanta Hawks Louisville
20 Buck Johnson  United States Houston Rockets Alabama
21 Anthony Jones  United States Washington Bullets (from Philadelphia) UNLV
22 Scott Skiles  United States Milwaukee Bucks Michigan State
23 Ken Barlow  United States Los Angeles Lakers Notre Dame
24 Arvydas Sabonis  Soviet Union
( Lithuania)
Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston via L.A. Clippers) Zalgiris (USSR, now Lithuania)

* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien

Round two

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
25 Mark Price  United States Dallas Mavericks, traded on draft day to the Cleveland Cavaliers Georgia Tech
26 Greg Dreiling  United States Indiana Pacers Kansas
27 Dennis Rodman  United States Detroit Pistons Southeastern Oklahoma State
28 Larry Krystkowiak  United States Chicago Bulls Montana
29 Johnny Newman  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Richmond
30 Nate McMillan  United States Seattle SuperSonics NC State
31 Nik Hakso  United States Washington Bullets Georgia
32 Cedric Henderson  United States Atlanta Hawks Georgia
33 Kevin Duckworth  United States San Antonio Spurs Eastern Illinois
34 Johnny Rogers  United States Sacramento Kings UC Irvine
35 Milt Wagner  United States Dallas Mavericks Louisville
36 Steve Mitchell  United States Washington Bullets UAB
37 Panagiotis "Pano" Fasoulas  Greece Portland Trail Blazers NC State
38 LeMone Lampley  United States Seattle SuperSonics DePaul
39 Rafael Addison  United States Phoenix Suns Syracuse
40 Augusto Binelli  Italy Atlanta Hawks Virtus Bologna (Italy)
41 Otis Smith  United States Denver Nuggets Jacksonville
42 Ron Kellogg  United States Atlanta Hawks Kansas
43 Dave Feitl  United States Houston Rockets UTEP
44 David Wingate  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgetown
45 Keith Smith  United States Milwaukee Bucks Loyola Marymount
46 Jeff Hornacek  United States Phoenix Suns Iowa State
47 Michael Jackson  United States New York Knicks Georgetown

Round three

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
48 Forrest McKenzie  United States San Antonio Spurs Loyola Marymount
49 Juden Smith  United States Portland Trail Blazers UTEP
50 Kevin Henderson  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Cal State Fullerton
51 Mike Williams  United States Golden State Warriors Bradley
52 Ricky Wilson  United States Chicago Bulls George Mason
53 Tod Murphy  United States Seattle SuperSonics UC Irvine
54 Dwayne Polee  United States L.A. Clippers Pepperdine
55 Kenny Gattison  United States Phoenix Suns Old Dominion
56 Keith Colbert  United States Philadelphia 76ers Virginia Tech
57 Bruce Douglas  United States Sacramento Kings Illinois
58 David Henderson  United States Washington Bullets Duke
59 Wendell Alexis  United States Golden State Warriors Syracuse
60 Dražen Petrović  Yugoslavia
( Croatia)
Portland Trail Blazers Cibona Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
61 John Shasky  United States Utah Jazz Minnesota
62 Anthony Welch  United States Dallas Mavericks Illinois
63 Bill Breeding  United States Utah Jazz Rocky Mountain
64 Don Redden  United States Denver Nuggets LSU
65 Dave Hoppen  United States Atlanta Hawks Nebraska
66 Anthony Bowie  United States Houston Rockets Oklahoma
67 Ron Rowan  United States Philadelphia 76ers St. John's
68 Baskerville Holmes  United States Milwaukee Bucks Memphis State
69 Andre Turner  United States Los Angeles Lakers Memphis State
70 Jim Les  United States Atlanta Hawks Bradley

Fourth round

Pick Player School Team
1 Calvin Thompson Kansas New York Knicks
2 Derrick Taylor LSU Indiana Pacers
3 Warren Martin North Carolina Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Scott Meents Illinois Chicago Bulls
5 Dan Bingenheimer Missouri Golden State Warriors
6 Michael Graham Georgetown Seattle SuperSonics
7 Grant Gondrezick Pepperdine Phoenix Suns
8 John Borwnlee Texas Los Angeles Clippers
9 Carlos Briggs Baylor San Antonio Spurs
10 Alvin Franklin Houston Sacramento Kings
11 Steve Hale North Carolina New Jersey Nets
12 Barry Mungar St. Bonaventure Washington Bullets
13 David Shaffer Florida State Portland Trail Blazers
14 Marty Embry DePaul Utah Jazz
15 Myron Jackson Arkansas–Little Rock Dallas Mavericks
16 Chauncey Robinson Mississippi State Detroit Pistons
17 Anthony Watson San Diego State Denver Nuggets
18 Efrem Winters Illinois Atlanta Hawks
19 Conner Henry UC Santa Barbara Houston Rockets
20 Wes Stallings East Tennessee State Philadelphia 76ers
21 Bob Beecher Virginia Tech Sacramento Kings
22 Dale Blaney West Virginia Los Angeles Lakers
23 Tony Benford Texas Tech Boston Celtics

Fifth round

Pick Player School Team
1 Jerome Mincy Alabama–Birmingham New York Knicks
2 Richard Rellford Michigan Indiana Pacers
3 Ben Davis Gardner-Webb Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Clinton Smith Cleveland State Golden State Warriors
5 Jimmy Gilbert Texas A&M Chicago Bulls
6 Dominic Pressley Boston College Seattle SuperSonics
7 Steffond Johnson San Diego State Los Angeles Clippers
8 Greg Spurling Carson-Newman Phoenix Suns
9 Earl Kelley Connecticut San Antonio Spurs
10 Keith Morrison Washington State Sacramento Kings
11 Paul Fortier Washington Washington Bullets
12 Archie Johnson Alabama–Birmingham New Jersey Nets
13 Jerry Adams Oregon Portland Trail Blazers
14 Kerry Boagni Cal State–Fullerton Utah Jazz
15 Jay Bilas Duke Dallas Mavericks
16 Clarence Hanley Old Dominion Detroit Pistons
17 Jon Collins Eastern Illinois Denver Nuggets
18 Nicky Jones Virginia Commonwealth Atlanta Hawks
19 Andre Banks Iowa Houston Rockets
20 Kevin Holmes DePaul Philadelphia 76ers
21 Bobby Deaton Southwestern (Tex.) Milwaukee Bucks
22 Roger Harden Kentucky Los Angeles Lakers
23 Dave Colbert Dayton Boston Celtics

Sixth Round

Pick Player School Team
1 Butch Wade Michigan New York Knicks
2 Jeff Hall Louisville Indiana Pacers
3 Gilbert Wilburn New Mexico State Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Pete Myers Arkansas–Little Rock Chicago Bulls
5 Bobby Lee Hurt Alabama Golden State Warriors
6 Curtis Kitchen South Florida Seattle SuperSonics
7 Jim McCaffrey Holy Cross Phoenix Suns
8 Tim Kempton Notre Dame Los Angeles Clippers
9 Kevin Lewis SMU San Antonio Spurs
10 John Flowers UNLV Sacramento Kings
11 Troy Webster George Washington New Jersey Nets
12 Lorenzo Duncan Sam Houston State Washington Bullets
13 Tony Hampton Montana State Portland Trail Blazers
14 Chuck Everson Villanova Utah Jazz
15 Greg Anderson Lamar Dallas Mavericks
16 Greg Grant Utah State Detroit Pistons
17 Anthony Frederick Pepperdine Denver Nuggets
18 Alexander Volkov Kiev Institute (USSR) Atlanta Hawks
19 Robert Worthy Dyke (Ohio) Houston Rockets
20 Andre McCloud Seton Hall Philadelphia 76ers
21 John Kimbrell David Lipscomb (Tenn.) Milwaukee Bucks
22 Walter Downing Marquette Los Angeles Lakers
23 Greg Wendt Detroit Boston Celtics

Seventh Round

Pick Player School Team
1 Duane Kendall South Carolina New York Knicks
2 Steve Woodside Oregon State Indiana Pacers
3 Ralph Dalton Georgetown Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Steve Kenilvort Santa Clara Golden State Warriors
5 Robert Henderson Michigan Chicago Bulls
6 Glen McCants Clemson Seattle SuperSonics
7 Johnny Brown New Mexico Los Angeles Clippers
8 Damon Goodwin Dayton Phoenix Suns
9 Michael Anderson Pan American San Antonio Spurs
10 Ron Rankin SE Missouri State Sacramento Kings
11 Joe Price Notre Dame Washington Bullets
12 Jim Dolan Notre Dame New Jersey Nets
13 Randy Schiff Linfield Portland Trail Blazers
14 Mark Mitchell Hartford Utah Jazz
15 Kim Cooksey Middle Tennessee Dallas Mavericks
16 Larry Polec Michigan State Detroit Pistons
17 Mike Marshall McNeese State Denver Nuggets
18 Valerie Tikhonenko Soviet Union Atlanta Hawks
19 Rick Olson Wisconsin Houston Rockets
20 Dan Palombizio Ball State Philadelphia 76ers
21 Jeff Strong Missouri Milwaukee Bucks
22 Mark Coleman Mississippi Valley State Los Angeles Lakers
23 Tom Ivey Boston Univ. Boston Celtics

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