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1987 NBA draft

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June 22, 1987

Network(s) (US)
TBS Superstation

7:35 pm EDT

First selection
David Robinson

1987 NBA draft

Felt Forum, New York City, New York

The 1987 NBA draft was held on June 22, 1987, in New York City.


This draft is notable for the selection of two future members of the NBA 50 Greatest Players list, David Robinson and Scottie Pippen, as well as fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Miller. Other notable selections include Kevin Johnson, Kenny Smith, Horace Grant, Reggie Lewis, Muggsy Bogues, Mark Jackson, and Šarūnas Marčiulionis. Also in this draft, former Florida Gators head men's basketball coach Billy Donovan (drafted 68th by the Utah Jazz), who led that program to NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships in 2006 and in 2007.

Note that David Robinson did not join the NBA until the 1989–90 season due to his service commitment with the United States Navy. This was the last NBA draft to go over three rounds, as it was reduced to exactly three next year and later to two since 1989.

Notable post-second round picks

These draft picks played at least one game in the NBA but were selected after the second round.

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the draft but still appeared in at least one regular or postseason NBA game.


1987 NBA draft Wikipedia