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1998 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) June 24, 1998
Time 7:30 pm (EDT)
Location General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Network(s) (US) TNT
First selection Michael Olowokandi
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The 1998 NBA Draft took place on June 24, 1998 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This draft helped turn around two struggling franchises: the Dallas Mavericks and the Toronto Raptors.

The Mavericks, despite having a talented nucleus of Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn and Jimmy Jackson in the mid 90s, had not had a winning season since 1989-90. By the end of the 1997 season, all three players were traded and it was time to rebuild. With the sixth selection in 1998, they drafted Robert Traylor and quickly traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity. They then traded Garrity in a package to the Phoenix Suns for Steve Nash. With Nash and Nowitzki, the Mavericks quickly went from a lottery team in the late-90s to a perennial playoff contender throughout the 2000s.

Meanwhile, the Raptors were a recent expansion team that had failed to win more than 30 games in its first three seasons. With the fourth pick they selected Antawn Jamison, whom they quickly dealt to the Golden State Warriors for Vince Carter.

First overall pick Michael Olowokandi is regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history [1]

Six players from the 1998 draft class have played in the NBA All-Star Game at least once in their career: Nowitzki, Carter, Jamison, Paul Pierce, Rashard Lewis and the undrafted Brad Miller.

This draft included Rafer Alston, also known as Skip to My Lou in the AND1 Mixtape Tour Team.

* 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)

Contents

Round one

Mike Bibby, the 2nd pick
Antawn Jamison, the 4th pick
Vince Carter, the 5th pick
Dirk Nowitzki, the 9th pick
Paul Pierce, the 10th pick
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Michael Olowokandi (C)  Nigeria Los Angeles Clippers Pacific-Jr.
2 Mike Bibby+ (PG)  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Arizona So.
3 Raef LaFrentz (C/F)  United States Denver Nuggets Kansas Sr.
4 Antawn Jamison+ (F)  United States Toronto Raptors (traded to Golden State) North Carolina Jr.
5 Vince Carter* (G/F)  United States Golden State Warriors (traded to Toronto) North Carolina Jr.
6 Robert Traylor (F/C)  United States Dallas Mavericks (traded to Milwaukee) Michigan Jr.
7 Jason Williams (PG)  United States Sacramento Kings Florida Jr.
8 Larry Hughes (SG)  United States Philadelphia 76ers Saint Louis Fr.
9 Dirk Nowitzki* (PF)  Germany Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Dallas) DJK Würzburg (Germany, 2nd division)
10 Paul Pierce* (G/F)  United States Boston Celtics Kansas Jr.
11 Bonzi Wells (G/F)  United States Detroit Pistons Ball State Sr.
12 Michael Doleac (C)  United States Orlando Magic Utah Sr.
13 Keon Clark (F/C)  United States Orlando Magic (from Golden State via Washington) UNLV Sr.
14 Michael Dickerson (SG)  United States Houston Rockets Arizona Sr.
15 Matt Harpring (F/G)  United States Orlando Magic (from New Jersey) Georgia Tech Sr.
16 Bryce Drew (PG)  United States Houston Rockets Valparaiso Sr.
17 Radoslav Nesterovič (C)  Slovenia Minnesota Timberwolves Kinder Bologna (Italy)
18 Mirsad Türkcan (PF)  Turkey Houston Rockets (from Toronto via Portland) Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
19 Pat Garrity (PF)  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Cleveland, traded to Phoenix) Notre Dame Sr.
20 Roshown McLeod (SF)  United States Atlanta Hawks Duke Sr.
21 Ricky Davis (G/F)  United States Charlotte Hornets Iowa Fr.
22 Brian Skinner (F/C)  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Miami) Baylor Sr.
23 Tyronn Lue (PG)  United States Denver Nuggets (from Phoenix traded to L.A. Lakers) Nebraska Jr.
24 Felipe López (SG)  Dominican Republic San Antonio Spurs (traded to Vancouver) St. John's Sr.
25 Al Harrington (F)  United States Indiana Pacers St. Patrick's High School (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
26 Sam Jacobson (SG)  United States Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Sr.
27 Vladimir Stepania (C) Georgia (country) Georgia Seattle SuperSonics Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
28 Corey Benjamin (SG)  United States Chicago Bulls Oregon State So.
29 Nazr Mohammed (C/F)  United States Utah Jazz (traded to Philadelphia) Kentucky Jr.

Round two

Rashard Lewis, the 32nd pick
Rafer Alston, the 39th pick
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
30 Ansu Sesay (SF)  United States Golden State Warriors (from Toronto) Mississippi
31 Ruben Patterson (SF)  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Vancouver) Cincinnati
32 Rashard Lewis+ (SF)  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Detroit) Alief Elsik High School (Houston, Texas)
33 Jelani McCoy (F/C)  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from L.A. Clippers) UCLA
34 Shammond Williams (PG)  United States Chicago Bulls (from Golden State) North Carolina
35 Bruno Šundov (C)  Croatia Dallas Mavericks Split (Croatia)
36 Jerome James (C)  United States Sacramento Kings Florida A&M
37 Casey Shaw (C)  United States Philadelphia 76ers Toledo
38 DeMarco Johnson (PF)  United States New York Knicks (from Boston) UNC Charlotte
39 Rafer Alston (PG)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Fresno State
40 Korleone Young (SF)  United States Detroit Pistons Hargrave Military Academy
41 Cuttino Mobley (SG)  United States Houston Rockets Rhode Island
42 Miles Simon (SG)  United States Orlando Magic Arizona
43 Jahidi White (F/C)  United States Washington Wizards Georgetown
44 Sean Marks (PF)  New Zealand New York Knicks California
45 Toby Bailey (SG)  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from New Jersey) UCLA
46 Andrae Patterson (SF)  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Indiana
47 Tyson Wheeler (PG)  United States Toronto Raptors Rhode Island
48 Ryan Stack (C)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers South Carolina
49 Cory Carr (SG)  United States Atlanta Hawks Texas Tech
50 Andy Betts (C)  United Kingdom Charlotte Hornets Long Beach State
51 Corey L. Brewer (PG)  United States Miami Heat Oklahoma
52 Derrick Dial (SG)  United States San Antonio Spurs Eastern Michigan
53 Greg Buckner (SG)  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Phoenix) Clemson
54 Tremaine Fowlkes (SF)  United States Denver Nuggets (from Indiana) Fresno State
55 Ryan Bowen (SF)  United States Denver Nuggets (from Seattle) Iowa
56 J.R. Henderson (SF)  United States Vancouver Grizzlies (from L.A. Lakers) UCLA
57 Torraye Braggs (PF)  United States Utah Jazz Xavier
58 Maceo Baston (PF)  United States Chicago Bulls Michigan

Notable undrafted players

All players are American unless otherwise mentioned.

Player School/Club Team
Earl Boykins (PG) Eastern Michigan
Anthony Carter (PG) Hawaiʻi
Mike James (PG) Duquesne
Brad Miller+ (C) Purdue

External links

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