The 1985 NBA draft took place on June 18, 1985. It was also the first NBA draft of the "lottery" era. It was also around this time where the league decreased the amount of rounds the draft spent, with the previous few years lasting up to 10 rounds total. A total of 162 players were selected over seven rounds by the league's 23 teams.[1] The New York Knicks were awarded the first overall pick by winning the first-ever NBA draft lottery, which was held in May of that year. The Knicks ultimately used it on Georgetown's Patrick Ewing. In addition to Ewing, this draft was also notable for being the draft that Karl Malone was taken by the Utah Jazz at pick 13. Malone spent all but one season with the Jazz, eventually being the player with the second-highest point total in league history, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as of the 2018–19 season.

1985 NBA Draft
General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)June 18, 1985
LocationFelt Forum, New York City, New York
Network(s)TBS Superstation
Overview
162 total selections in 7 rounds
LeagueNBA
First selectionPatrick Ewing, New York Knicks
← 1984
1986 →

Contents

Draft selectionsEdit

 
Patrick Ewing, the 1st pick
 
Wayman Tisdale, the 2nd pick
 
Chris Mullin, the 7th pick
 
Charles Oakley, the 9th pick
 
Karl Malone, the 13th pick
 
Bill Wennington, the 16th pick
 
Joe Dumars, the 18th pick
 
A. C. Green, the 23rd pick
 
Terry Porter, the 24th pick
 
Sam Mitchell, the 54th pick
 
Mario Elie, the 160th pick
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 never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] Team School/club team
1 1 Patrick Ewing^ C   Jamaica
  United States[2]
New York Knicks Georgetown (Sr.)
1 2 Wayman Tisdale PF   United States Indiana Pacers Oklahoma (Jr.)
1 3 Benoit Benjamin C   United States Los Angeles Clippers Creighton (Jr.)
1 4 Xavier McDaniel+ PF   United States Seattle SuperSonics Wichita State (Sr.)
1 5 Jon Koncak C   United States Atlanta Hawks SMU (Sr.)
1 6 Joe Kleine C   United States Sacramento Kings Arkansas (Sr.)
1 7 Chris Mullin^ SF   United States Golden State Warriors St. John's (Sr.)
1 8 Detlef Schrempf* SF/PF   West Germany Dallas Mavericks (from Cleveland) Washington (Sr.)
1 9 Charles Oakley+ PF   United States Cleveland Cavaliers * Virginia Union (Sr.)
1 10 Ed Pinckney PF   United States Phoenix Suns Villanova (Sr.)
1 11 Keith Lee C   United States Chicago Bulls Memphis State (Sr.)
1 12 Kenny Green F   United States Washington Bullets Wake Forest (Jr.)
1 13 Karl Malone^ PF   United States Utah Jazz Louisiana Tech (Jr.)
1 14 Alfredrick Hughes SG   United States San Antonio Spurs Loyola (IL) (Sr.)
1 15 Blair Rasmussen C   United States Denver Nuggets (from Portland) Oregon (Sr.)
1 16 Bill Wennington C   Canada Dallas Mavericks (from New Jersey) St. John's (Sr.)
1 17 Uwe Blab C   West Germany Dallas Mavericks Indiana (Sr.)
1 18 Joe Dumars^ SG   United States Detroit Pistons McNeese State (Sr.)
1 19 Steve Harris SG   United States Houston Rockets Tulsa (Sr.)
1 20 Sam Vincent SG   United States Boston Celtics (from Denver via Dallas) Michigan State (Sr.)
1 21 Terry Catledge PF   United States Philadelphia 76ers South Alabama (Sr.)
1 22 Jerry Reynolds G/F   United States Milwaukee Bucks LSU (Jr.)
1 23 A. C. Green+ SF/PF   United States Los Angeles Lakers Oregon State (Sr.)
1 24 Terry Porter+ PG   United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston via Dallas) Wisconsin–Stevens Point (Sr.)
2 25 Mike Smrek C   Canada Portland Trail Blazers Canisius (Sr.)
2 26 Bill Martin F   United States Indiana Pacers Georgetown (Sr.)
2 27 Dwayne McClain SG   United States Indiana Pacers Villanova (Sr.)
2 28 Ken Johnson F   United States Chicago Bulls Michigan State (Sr.)
2 29 Mike Brittain C   United States San Antonio Spurs South Carolina (Sr.)
2 30 Calvin Duncan# G   United States Cleveland Cavaliers VCU (Sr.)
2 31 Manute Bol C   Sudan Washington Bullets Bridgeport (Fr.)
2 32 Nick Vanos C   United States Phoenix Suns Santa Clara (Sr.)
2 33 Greg Stokes F/C   United States Philadelphia 76ers Iowa (Sr.)
2 34 Aubrey Sherrod# SG   United States Chicago Bulls Wichita State (Sr.)
2 35 Tyrone Corbin SF/PF   United States San Antonio Spurs DePaul (Sr.)
2 36 Yvon Joseph C   Haiti New Jersey Nets Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 37 Carey Scurry F   United States Utah Jazz LIU Brooklyn (Sr.)
2 38 Fernando Martín PF   Spain New Jersey Nets Real Madrid (Spain)
2 39 George Montgomery# F   United States Portland Trail Blazers Illinois (Sr.)
2 40 Mark Acres F/C   United States Dallas Mavericks Oral Roberts (Sr.)
2 41 Lorenzo Charles PF   United States Atlanta Hawks NC State (Sr.)
2 42 Bobby Lee Hurt# C/F   United States Golden State Warriors Alabama (Sr.)
2 43 Barry Stevens G/F   United States Denver Nuggets Iowa State (Sr.)
2 44 Voise Winters SG   United States Philadelphia 76ers Bradley (Sr.)
2 45 John "Hot Rod" Williams PF   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Tulane (Sr.)
2 46 Adrian Branch SF   United States Chicago Bulls (from L.A. Lakers) Maryland (Sr.)
2 47 Gerald Wilkins SG   United States New York Knicks (from Boston) Chattanooga (Sr.)

*Further compensation for draft choices previously traded away by Ted Stepien.

Notable post-second round picksEdit

This list includes only players who appeared in at least one NBA game but were not selected in the first or second rounds of the 1985 NBA draft.[3][4]

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 49 Brad Wright PF   United States Golden State Warriors UCLA (Sr.)
3 54 Sam Mitchell SF/PF   United States Houston Rockets (from San Antonio via Atlanta)*** Mercer (Sr.)
3 59 Sedric Toney PG   United States Atlanta Hawks* Dayton (Sr.)
3 61 Perry Young SG   United States Portland Trail Blazers Virginia Tech (Sr.)
3 63 Harold Keeling SG   United States Dallas Mavericks Santa Clara (Sr.)
3 66 Michael Adams+ PG   United States Kansas City Kings (from Denver) Boston College (Sr.)
3 69 Mike Brown C   United States Chicago Bulls** George Washington (Sr.)
4 73 Fred Cofield PG   United States New York Knicks Eastern Michigan (Sr.)
4 75 Alex Stivrins F   United States Seattle SuperSonics Colorado (Sr.)
4 77 Arvydas Sabonis^ C   Soviet Union
(  Lithuania)
Atlanta Hawks (pick voided because Sabonis was not yet 21 at the time of the draft)[5] Žalgiris Kaunas (Soviet Union)
4 79 Mark Davis SF   United States Cleveland Cavaliers Old Dominion (Sr.)
4 82 Scott Roth SF   United States San Antonio Spurs Wisconsin (Sr.)
4 83 Delaney Rudd G   United States Utah Jazz Wake Forest (Sr.)
4 84 John Battle SG   United States Atlanta Hawks (from New Jersey) Rutgers (Sr.)
4 87 Spud Webb PG   United States Detroit Pistons NC State (Sr.)
4 89 Pete Williams PF   United States Denver Nuggets Arizona (Sr.)
4 90 Derrick Gervin PF   United States Philadelphia 76ers UTSA (Jr.)
4 91 Cozell McQueen PF   United States Milwaukee Bucks NC State (Sr.)
4 92 Dexter Shouse PG   United States Los Angeles Lakers South Alabama (Sr.)
6 139 Ralph Lewis SG   United States Boston Celtics La Salle (Sr.)
7 144 Mike Phelps SG   United States Seattle SuperSonics Alcorn State (Sr.)
7 148 Georgi Glouchkov PF   Bulgaria Phoenix Suns Akademik Varna (Bulgaria)
7 160 Mario Elie SF/SG   United States Milwaukee Bucks American International (Sr.)
  1. ^ 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.

* Compensation for the Utah Jazz signing Billy Paultz
** Compensation for the Los Angeles Lakers signing Larry Spriggs
*** Compensation for the Atlanta Hawks signing Billy Paultz

ControversyEdit

Some have argued that NBA Commissioner David Stern fixed the first overall pick to help his hometown team, the struggling New York Knicks. The lottery system used in 1985 involved a random drawing of seven envelopes from a hopper, with each of the then-seven non-playoff teams having an equal chance of obtaining the first pick. Inside each of the envelopes was the logo of a non-playoff team. The team whose envelope was drawn first would get the first pick. The process was then repeated until the rest of the first seven lottery picks were determined. In the U.S., CBS had live coverage of Stern pulling the envelopes from the hopper (as opposed to NBA Draft lotteries today where the actual drawing is held behind closed doors before the results are revealed on TV).

There is speculation that the envelope containing the Knicks logo was refrigerated beforehand, enabling David Stern to recognize and select it.[6][7][8]

According to another theory, some claim that when an accountant from Ernst & Whinney (the same firm used by Gulf + Western, then-owners of the Knicks[9]) inserted the seven envelopes into the glass drum, some have claimed that he banged the fourth one against the side of the drum to create a creased corner, thereby making it easier for Stern to determine which envelope to choose: the envelope containing the Knicks logo.[10] As the drum was being spun by NBA security director Jack Joyce, Stern was watching the envelopes closely. He then opened the drum, took a deep breath, reached in and selected the envelope with the bent corner and the Knicks logo.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1985 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. ^ Ewing was born in   Jamaica, but had become a naturalized United States citizen while at Georgetown, as evidenced by his selection to the USA team at the 1984 Olympics.
  3. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_1985.html
  4. ^ http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/past_drafts/1985
  5. ^ McCallum, Jack (August 11, 2011). "Hoops giant Sabonis was a mystery man with indisputable talent". SI.com. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2014. Sabonis was subsequently selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 1986 NBA draft.
  6. ^ "Griffin the big gift at lottery's 25th anniversary". USA Today. May 18, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  7. ^ McManis, Sam (May 14, 1985). "NBA's New Showtime: It's Called the Lottery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  8. ^ Rovell, Darren (May 16, 2002). "NBA out to prove conspiracy theorists wrong". ESPN. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  9. ^ https://www.si.com/longform/2015/1985/ewing/index.html
  10. ^ Rosenberg, Michael (29 October 2010). "Viewpoint: Sports conspiracy theories". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  11. ^ Mike Korzemba (2 March 2016). "Did David Stern Fix The 1985 NBA Draft?". Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018 – via YouTube.