The 1989 draft wasn't particularly deep, but it did have nine players who played in at least one All-Star game and had a handful of players make all-NBA teams. The ’89 draft consisted of just 54 picks over the course of two rounds. Of the 54 players selected, 48 of them played in the NBA, according to Basketball-reference.com. The player drafted the lowest to play in the league was Greg Grant, who was taken with the 25th pick in the second round (52nd overall) by the Phoenix Suns.

While the Jazz made a solid choice with the selection of Blue Edwards, there were five players who were still left on the board who had very good NBA careers when he was taken.

Here is a look at how the ’89 draft would have gone if we knew then what we know now.

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27. Jeff Martin

Martin was originally taken with the fourth pick of the second round (31st overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers out of Murray State. Martin played just 143 games over two seasons with the Clippers. His best statistical season came in 1990-91 when he averaged 7.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 74 games (26 starts). For his career, he averaged 6.7 points and two rebounds a contest.

26. Michael Ansley

Ansley was originally taken with the 10th pick in the second round (37th overall) by the Orlando Magic out of the University of Alabama. Ansley played three seasons in the NBA for the Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets. His most productive season came in 1989-90 when he averaged 8.7 points and five rebounds in 72 games. For his career, Ansley averaged 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 149 games.

25. Tom Hammonds

Hammonds was originally taken with the ninth overall pick by the Washington Bullets out of Georgia Tech. Hammonds played 12 seasons in the league with the Bullets, Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Hammonds' best statistical season came with Washington in 1991-92 when he averaged 11.9 points and five rebounds in 37 games (19 starts). For his career, Hammonds averaged 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 687 games.

24. Randy White



White was originally selected with the eighth overall pick in the draft by the Dallas Mavericks out of Louisiana Tech University. White only played for five seasons in the NBA for the Mavericks. His best season came in 1992-93 when he averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and a steal a game.

For his career, White averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 281 games.


23. Todd Lichti

Lichti was originally drafted with the 15th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets out of Stanford. He played five seasons in the NBA for the Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics. His best statistical season came with the Nuggets in 1990-91 when he averaged 14 points to go along with 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

For his career, Lichti averaged 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 237 games.


22. Chucky Brown

Brown (No. 52 in photo) was originally picked 16th in the second round (43rd overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers out of North Carolina State. Brown played 13 seasons in the league for the Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. His best season came with the Rockets in 1995-96 when Brown started all 82 games and averaged 8.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the field.

For his career, Brown averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 694 games.

21. Stacey King

King (at right in photo) was originally taken with the sixth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls out of Oklahoma. King played eight seasons in the NBA for the Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks. His best season came as a rookie with the Bulls in 1989-90 when King averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 82 games.

For his career, King averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 438 games.

20. Haywoode Workman

Workman (at left in photo) was originally selected with the 22nd pick of the second round (49th overall) by the Atlanta Hawks out of Oral Roberts. Workman played eight seasons in the NBA for the Hawks, Washington Bullets, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors. His most productive season came with the Pacers in 1993-94 when he averaged 7.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.3 steals a game.

For his career, Workman averaged 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game.


19. JR Reid



Reid was originally the fifth overall pick in the draft by the Charlotte Hornets out of North Carolina. Reid played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His best statistical season came with the Hornets in 1989-90 when he averaged 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 82 games as a rookie.

For his career, Reid averaged 8.5 points, five rebounds and one assist in 672 games.

18. Danny Ferry

Ferry was the second overall pick in the draft by the Los Angeles Clippers out of Duke. Ferry got traded from the Clippers to the Cleveland Cavaliers before ever playing a game. He played for 13 seasons in the NBA with the Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs. His best season came with the Cavaliers in 1995-96 when he averaged 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 82 games (79 starts).

For his career, Ferry averaged seven points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 917 games.

17. Blue Edwards

Edwards was originally taken with the 21st pick in the draft by the Utah Jazz out of East Carolina. Edwards spent 10 years in the NBA with the Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Vancouver Grizzlies and the Miami Heat. His best season came with the Bucks in 1992-93 when he averaged 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

For his career, Edwards averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and two assists in 704 contests.

16. George McCloud

McCloud was the seventh overall pick of the draft by the Indiana Pacers out of Florida State. McCloud played for 12 seasons in the league with the Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. His best season came with the Mavericks in 1995-96 when McCloud averaged 18.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals a game.

For his career, McCloud averaged nine points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 766 games.

15. Doug West

West was originally selected with the 11th pick of the second round (38th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Villanova. West played 12 seasons in the league for the Timberwolves and the Vancouver Grizzlies. His best season came with Minnesota in 1992-93 when he averaged 19.3 points on 51.7 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 80 games.

For his career, West averaged 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 676 games.

14. B.J. Armstrong

Armstrong was originally taken by the Chicago Bulls with the 18th overall pick in the draft out of the University of Iowa. Armstrong played 11 years in the NBA for the Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and the Orlando Magic. His best season came in 1993-94 when Armstrong made his lone All-Star game appearance after he averaged 14.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and one steal a game.

For his career, Armstrong averaged 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 747 games and was a part of three NBA championship teams.

13. Pervis Ellison

Ellison was the first pick in the draft by the Sacramento Kings out of Louisville. Ellison played in the league for 11 years with the Kings, Washington Bullets, Boston Celtics and the Seattle SuperSonics. His best season came with the Bullets in 1991-92 when he averaged 20 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.7 blocks a game in 66 games.

For his career, he averaged 9.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocks in 474 games.


12. Dana Barros

Barros was originally drafted with the 16th overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics out of Boston College. Barros spent 14 years in the NBA with the Sonics, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons. His best season by far came with the 76ers in 1994-95 when he averaged 20.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.8 steals a game and made the All-Star game for the only time.

For his career, Barros averaged 10.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 850 games.

11. Sherman Douglas

Douglas was originally selected with the first pick of the second round (28th overall) by the Miami Heat out of Syracuse. Douglas spent 12 years in the NBA with the Heat, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers. His best season came with the Heat in 1990-91 when he averaged 18.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.7 steals a game.

For his career, Douglas averaged 11 points, 2.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and one steal in 765 games.


10. Pooh Richardson

Richardson (at right in photo) was originally taken with the 10th overall selection in the draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of UCLA. Richardson spent 10 seasons in the NBA with the Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers and the Los Angeles Clippers. His best season came with Minnesota in 1990-91 when Richardson averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, nine assists and 1.6 steals a game.

For his career, he averaged 11.1 points 2.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 639 games.

9. Dino Radja

Radja was originally taken with the 13th pick of the second round (40th overall) by the Boston Celtics out of Croatia. Radja only spent four years in the NBA with the Celtics but he produced at a high level every season. His best season came in 1995-96 when he averaged 19.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and almost a steal a game.

For his career, Radja averaged 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game.

8. Nick Anderson

Anderson was originally selected with the 11th overall pick in the draft by the Orlando Magic out of the University of Illinois. Anderson played for 13 seasons in the NBA with the Magic, Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies. His best season came with Orlando in 1992-93 when he averaged 19.9 points, six rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

For his career, Anderson averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 800 games.


7. Clifford Robinson

Robinson was originally taken with the ninth pick of the second round (36th overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers out of the University of Connecticut. Robinson played 18 seasons in the NBA with the Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and the New Jersey Nets. One his most productive seasons came with Portland in 1993-94 when he made his only All-Star appearance after averaging 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in 82 games.

For his career, the two-time all-defensive second-team honoree averaged 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, one steal and one block in 844 games.


6. Vlade Divac

Divac was originally selected with the 26th overall pick in the draft by the Los Angeles Lakers out of Serbia. Divac played 16 years in the NBA with the Lakers, Charlotte Hornets and the Sacramento Kings. His best statistical season came with Los Angeles in 1994-95 when Divac averaged 16 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 blocks a game.

For his career, the one-time All-Star averaged 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks in 1,134 games.

5. Mookie Blaylock

Blaylock was originally drafted with the 12th overall pick in the draft by the New Jersey Nets out of Oklahoma University. Blaylock spent 13 years in the NBA with the Nets, Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors. Blaylock was a pass-first point guard and a defensive stopper who was named NBA all-defensive first or second team six times. His most impressive statistical season came in 1993-94 when he averaged 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 2.6 steals a game and made his only All-Star game appearance.

For his career, Blaylock averaged 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 889 games.


4. Sean Elliott

Elliott was originally selected with the third overall pick in the draft by the San Antonio Spurs out of the University of Arizona. Elliott played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Spurs and the Detroit Pistons. His best season came with San Antonio in 1995-96 when he averaged 20 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists to make his second All-Star game.

For his career, Elliott averaged 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 742 games and won an NBA title as part of the 1998-99 Spurs.

3. Glen Rice

Rice was originally drafted with the fourth overall pick by the Miami Heat out of the University of Michigan. Rice played for 14 seasons in the NBA with the Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers. The most productive season of his career came with the Hornets in 1996-97 when Rice made the second of three straight All-Star game appearances after averaging a career-high 26.8 points on a league-leading 47 percent shooting from behind the arc. That season, Rice won the All-Star game MVP and earned all-NBA second-team honors.

For his career, Rice averaged 18.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and one steal in 1,000 games and won his lone NBA championship as a starter with the 1999-2000 Lakers.


2. Shawn Kemp

Kemp was originally taken with the 17th overall pick in the draft by the Seattle SuperSonics out of Trinity Valley Community College. Kemp played 15 seasons in the NBA with the Sonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and the Orlando Magic. His most impressive season came with Seattle in 1995-96 when he averaged 19.6 points on 56.1 percent shooting from the floor, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks a game. That campaign earned Kemp his fourth of six straight All-Star game appearances and also landed him on the all-NBA second-team for the third consecutive time.

For his career, he averaged 14.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks in 1,051 games.


1. Tim Hardaway

Hardaway was originally selected with the 14th overall pick of the draft by the Golden State Warriors out of UTEP. Hardaway played 13 years in the NBA for the Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers. One of his most impressive seasons came with the Warriors in 1991-92 when he averaged a career-high 23.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals to make his second of three straight All-Star games to earned all-NBA second-team honors. Hardaway had another great year in 1996-97 as a member of the Heat when he finished fourth in the MVP voting and earned all-NBA first-team after averaging 20.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 8.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals.

For his career, the five-time all-NBA first-, second- or third-team selection averaged 17.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 8.2 assists a game and 1.6 steals in 867 games.