|1996 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 26, 1996|
|Location||East Rutherford, New Jersey|
|58 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers|
The 1996 NBA draft was the 50th draft in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was held on June 26, 1996 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In this draft, NBA teams took turns selecting college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from high schools and non-North American leagues. The Vancouver Grizzlies had the highest probability to win the NBA draft lottery, but since they were an expansion team along with the Toronto Raptors, they were not allowed to select first in this draft. The team with the second highest probability, the Philadelphia 76ers, won the lottery and obtained the first selection. The Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies were second and third respectively.
It is widely considered to be one of the deepest and most talented NBA drafts in history, with one-third of the first round picks later becoming NBA All-Stars. The draft class produced three players who won NBA MVP awards (Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash), seven other drafted players who became All-Stars (Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ray Allen, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O'Neal, Peja Stojaković, Antoine Walker), and one undrafted All-Star (Ben Wallace), for a grand total of 11 All-Stars. Moreover, eight players from this draft class have been named to at least one All-NBA Team, the most among any draft. The draft class also produced three players who have been named to the NBA's all-defensive first team: Bryant, Marcus Camby, and Wallace. Camby won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2007, while Wallace earned the same award in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher was also selected in the draft.
On April 13, 2016, Bryant played his final NBA game, making him the last player from this draft to play in the NBA. He scored 60 points in his final game.
Most experts rate it along with the 1984 NBA draft and 2003 NBA draft as one of the best drafts in history. Sports Illustrated named it the second-best, behind the 1984 draft, which included a draft class of Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.
|PG||Point guard||SG||Shooting guard||SF||Small forward||PF||Power forward||C||Center|
|^||Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|*||Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team|
|+||Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game|
|x||Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team|
|#||Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
- Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.
Notable undrafted players
The following are undrafted players of the 1996 NBA Draft but later played in the NBA.
|Chucky Atkins||G||United States||South Florida (Sr.)|
|Adrian Griffin||G||United States||Seton Hall (Sr.)|
|Darvin Ham||F||United States||Texas Tech (Sr.)|
|Horacio Llamas||C||Mexico||Grand Canyon (Sr.)|
|Erick Strickland||G||United States||Nebraska (Sr.)|
|Ben Wallace*||C||United States||Virginia Union (Sr.)|
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- The Bucks traded the draft rights of Stephon Marbury to the Timberwolves for Ray Allen and a future first-round pick on June 26, 1996.
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- The Mavericks traded the No. 6 pick and a future pick (#6 pick in 1997 NBA draft) to the Celtics for Eric Montross and a No. 9 pick on June 21, 1996.
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- The Pacers traded No. 23 pick along with Mark Jackson and Ricky Pierce to the Nuggets for No. 10 pick along with Jalen Rose and Reggie Williams on June 13, 1996.
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- The Magic traded No. 11 pick and Scott Skiles to the Bullets for No. 42 pick on July 29, 1994.
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- The Bullets traded No. 11 pick along with Tom Gugliotta, No. 13 pick in the 1998 NBA draft, and No. 7 pick in the 2000 NBA draft to the Warriors for Chris Webber on November 17, 1994.
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- The Cavaliers traded Mark Price to the Wizards(then Bullets) for No. 12 pick on September 27, 1995.
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- The Hornets traded the draft rights of Kobe Bryant to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac on July 1, 1996.
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- The Heat traded No. 16 pick along with Glen Rice, Khalid Reeves, and Matt Geiger for Alonzo Mourning, Pete Myers and LeRon Ellis on November 3, 1995.
Nielsen, David (November 4, 1995). "Heat get Mourning from the Hornets". The Washington Times. p. D1.
- The Pistons traded the No. 18 pick along with Dennis Rodman to the Spurs for the No. 26 pick along with Sean Elliott and David Wood on October 1, 1993.Adler, Alan L. (October 2, 1993). "Sports News". Associated Press.
- The Spurs traded No. 18 pick along with J.R. Reid and Brad Lohaus to the Knicks for Charles Smith and Monty Williams on February 8, 1996.
Daniels, Graig (February 9, 1996). "Spurs put boots to deal". Financial Post. p. 43.
- The Hawks traded No. 19 pick along with Kevin Willis to the Heat for No. 45 pick along with Steve Smith and Grant Long on November 7, 1994."Atlanta trades Willis to Heat". Financial Post. November 8, 1994. p. 53.
- The Heat sent No. 19 pick and $1 million to the Knicks for a right to pursue hiring Pat Riley on September 1, 1995.
"Knicks, Heat arrange deal in Riley case". Toronto Star. September 2, 1995. p. F8.
- The Rockets traded No. 22 and No. 51 picks along with Pete Chilcutt, Tim Breaux and the No. 53 pick in the 1997 NBA draft to the Grizzlies for No. 30 and No. 42 picks along with No. 30 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft on June 19, 1996.
Harris, Bill (June 20, 1996). "Grizzlies Deal For Another First-round Pick". The Toronto Sun. p. 115.
- The Jazz traded the draft rights of Martin Müürsepp to the Heat for a future draft pick (#23 in 2000 NBA draft) on June 26, 1996.
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- The Hawks traded No. 45 and No. 47 picks to the Supersonics for No. 28 pick on June 25, 1996.
"Hawks Regain First-Round Draft Pick in Sonics Trade". Associated Press. June 25, 1996. p. D1.
- The Chicago Bulls renounced the draft rights to Travis Knight on July 12, 1996.
- The Raptors traded No. 32 pick along with No. 37 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Tony Massenburg and Ed Pinckney to the 76ers for Sharone Wright on February 22, 1996.
"Raptors swing deal with Philly". Financial Post. February 23, 1996. p. 64.
- The Timberwolves traded No. 35 pick to the SuperSonics for Željko Rebrača on June 29, 1994.
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- The Nets traded No. 37 pick along with No. 31 pick in the 1991 NBA draft to the Kings for Mike McGee on October 31, 1988.
"Nets Acquire Kings' McGee". The New York Times. November 1, 1988. p. D30.
- The Kings traded No. 37 pick along with Šarūnas Marčiulionis to the Nuggets for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on June 13, 1996.
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- The Nuggets traded No. 39 pick to the Clippers for Winston Garland on June 26, 1991.
"Clippers pull off two trades". St. Petersburg Times. June 27, 1991. p. 3C.
- The Clippers traded No. 39 pick along with No. 41 pick in the 1997 NBA draft and Olden Polynice to the Pistons for William Bedford and draft rights to Don MacLean on June 24, 1992.
"Knicks get Blackman in top NBA trade". The Washington Times. June 25, 1992. p. D3.
- The Pistons traded No. 39 pick along with a No. 49 pick in the 1999 NBA draft to the Suns for Mark West on August 1, 1994.
"SPORTS PEOPLE: BASKETBALL". The New York Times. August 2, 1994. p. B8.
- The Magic traded No. 42 pick along with Kenny Gattison to the Grizzlies for Jeff Turner on February 22, 1996.
"Gattison, Turner Swapped". Associated Press. February 22, 1996.
- The Pistons traded No. 48 pick to the 76ers for Eric Leckner on July 25, 1994.
"TRANSACTIONS". The New York Times. July 26, 1994. p. B12.
- The Cavaliers traded No. 50 pick to the Rockets for Keith Hughes on June 26, 1991.
"PICKS BY TEAM". The Washington Post. June 27, 1991. p. B6.
- Nordgaard was born in the United States, but represented Poland in international competitions.
- The Lakers traded No. 53 pick along with No. 37 pick in the 1994 NBA draft and No. 50 pick in the 1995 NBA draft to the SuperSonics for Sedale Threatt on October 2, 1991.
"Lakers Get Threatt From Seattle". The New York Times. October 3, 1991. p. B10.
- The SuperSonics traded No. 53 pick along with Eurelijus Žukauskas to the Bucks for Eric Snow on June 28, 1995.
"Wednesday's Sports Transactions". Associated Press. June 29, 1995.
- The Hornets traded J.R. Reid to the Spurs for Sidney Green, a 1993 first-round pick (#20 overall), and a 1996 second-round pick (#55 overall) on December 9, 1992.
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- The Hornets traded a 1996 second-round pick (#55 overall), and a 1997 second-round pick (#48 overall) to the Wizards for Michael Adams on August 2, 1994.
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- The Magic traded No. 56 pick to the Cavaliers for Steve Kerr on December 3, 1992.
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- The Mavericks traded Rodney McCray in a 3-team trade with the Bulls and the Warriors for a No. 19 pick in the 1994 draft, No. 58 pick in the 1996 draft on September 18, 1992.
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