1997 NBA draft

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1997 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 25, 1997
Time 7:30 pm (EDT)
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Network(s) (US) TNT
First selection Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
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The 1997 NBA draft took place on June 25, 1997, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although the Boston Celtics had the second-worst record in the 1996–97 season and the best odds (36 percent) of winning the lottery with two picks, the Spurs, usually a model of winning and consistency, lost David Robinson and Sean Elliott to injury early in the season, finished with the third-worst record, and subsequently won the lottery. Leading up to the draft, there was no doubt that Tim Duncan would be selected at No. 1 by the Spurs, and the rest of the draft was regarded with some skepticism.[1] The Celtics had the third and sixth picks, selecting Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer, both of whom were traded in the next two years.

The Washington Wizards forfeited their 1997 first-round pick in connection with the signing of Juwan Howard. (Washington would have had the 17th pick.) Thus, the draft only had 28 first-round selections and 57 selections overall.

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 played in the NBA regular season or playoffs

Draft selections

Tim Duncan was selected 1st overall by the San Antonio Spurs.
Chauncey Billups was selected 3rd overall by the Boston Celtics.
Tracy McGrady was selected 9th overall by the Toronto Raptors.
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] NBA team School/Club team
1 1 Tim Duncan* PF/C  United States[n 2] San Antonio Spurs Wake Forest (Sr.)
1 2 Van Horn, KeithKeith Van Horn PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers Utah (Sr.)
1 3 Billups, ChaunceyChauncey Billups* PG  United States Boston Celtics Colorado (So.)
1 4 Daniels, AntonioAntonio Daniels PG  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Bowling Green (Sr.)
1 5 Battie, TonyTony Battie C/F  United States Denver Nuggets Texas Tech (Jr.)
1 6 Mercer, RonRon Mercer SF  United States Boston Celtics (from Dallas) Kentucky (So.)
1 7 Thomas, TimTim Thomas SF  United States New Jersey Nets Villanova (Fr.)
1 8 Foyle, AdonalAdonal Foyle C  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Golden State Warriors Colgate (Jr.)
1 9 McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady^ SG/SF  United States Toronto Raptors Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Durham, North Carolina)
1 10 Fortson, DannyDanny Fortson PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Cincinnati (Jr.)
1 11 Abdul-Wahad, TariqTariq Abdul-Wahad SF  France Sacramento Kings San Jose State (Sr.)
1 12 Croshere, AustinAustin Croshere PF  United States Indiana Pacers Providence (Sr.)
1 13 Anderson, DerekDerek Anderson SG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Kentucky (Sr.)
1 14 Taylor, MauriceMaurice Taylor PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers Michigan (Jr.)
1 15 Cato, KelvinKelvin Cato C  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Minnesota) Iowa State (Jr.)
1 16 Knight, BrevinBrevin Knight PG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Phoenix) Stanford (Sr.)
1 17 Taylor, JohnnyJohnny Taylor PF  United States Orlando Magic Chattanooga (Sr.)
1 18 Anstey, ChrisChris Anstey PF  Australia Portland Trail Blazers SE Melbourne Magic (Australia)
1 19 Pollard, ScotScot Pollard C  United States Detroit Pistons Kansas (Sr.)
1 20 Grant, PaulPaul Grant C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Charlotte via Milwaukee and Portland) Wisconsin (Sr.)
1 21 Parker, AnthonyAnthony Parker SG  United States New Jersey Nets(from L.A. Lakers) Bradley (Sr.)
1 22 Gray, EdEd Gray PG/SG  United States Atlanta Hawks California (Sr.)
1 23 Jackson, BobbyBobby Jackson PG  United States Seattle SuperSonics Minnesota (Sr.)
1 24 Rhodes, RodrickRodrick Rhodes SG  United States Houston Rockets USC (Sr.)
1 25 Thomas, JohnJohn Thomas C  United States New York Knicks Minnesota (Sr.)
1 26 Smith, CharlesCharles Smith SG  United States Miami Heat New Mexico (Sr.)
1 27 Vaughn, JacqueJacque Vaughn PG  United States Utah Jazz Kansas (Sr.)
1 28 Booth, KeithKeith Booth SF  United States Chicago Bulls Maryland (Sr.)
2 29 Zwikker, SergeSerge Zwikker# C  Netherlands Houston Rockets (from Vancouver) North Carolina (Sr.)
2 30 Sanford, MarkMark Sanford# SF/PF  United States Miami Heat (from Boston) Washington (Jr.)
2 31 O'Bannon, CharlesCharles O'Bannon PG  United States Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio) UCLA (Sr.)
2 32 Cotton, JamesJames Cotton SF  United States Denver Nuggets Long Beach State (Sr.)
2 33 Milič, MarkoMarko Milič PG/SG  Slovenia Philadelphia 76ers Smelt Olimpija (Slovenia)
2 34 Wells, BubbaBubba Wells SF/PF  United States Dallas Mavericks Austin Peay (Sr.)
2 35 Stewart, KebuKebu Stewart SF/PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from New Jersey Nets) Cal State Bakersfield (Sr.)
2 36 Collins, JamesJames Collins PG/SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers(from Toronto) Florida State (Sr.)
2 37 Jackson, MarcMarc Jackson SF/PF  United States Golden State Warriors Temple (Sr.)
2 38 Honeycutt, JeraldJerald Honeycutt PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Tulane (Sr.)
2 39 Johnson, AnthonyAnthony Johnson PG/SG  United States Sacramento Kings College of Charleston (Sr.)
2 40 Elisma, EdEd Elisma# SF  United States Seattle SuperSonics(from L.A. Clippers) Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 41 Lawson, JasonJason Lawson C  United States Denver Nuggets(from Indiana) Villanova (Sr.)
2 42 Jackson, StephenStephen Jackson SG  United States Phoenix Suns Butler CC (Sr.)
2 43 Malone, GordonGordon Malone# SF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves West Virginia (Sr.)
2 44 Henderson, CedricCedric Henderson PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Memphis (Sr.)
2 45 Shammgod, GodGod Shammgod PG  United States Washington Bullets Providence (Sr.)
2 46 Washington, EricEric Washington SG  United States Orlando Magic(traded to Denver) Alabama (Sr.)
2 47 Williams, AlvinAlvin Williams PG  United States Portland Trailblazers Villanova (Sr.)
2 48 Drobnjak, PredragPredrag Drobnjak C  Yugoslavia Washington Bullets (from Charlotte) KK Partizan (Yugoslavia)
2 49 Digbeu, AlainAlain Digbeu# SG  France Atlanta Hawks(from Detroit) ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France)
2 50 Crawford, ChrisChris Crawford SF  United States Atlanta Hawks Marquette (Sr.)
2 51 Wheat, DeJuanDeJuan Wheat PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers Louisville (Sr.)
2 52 Bruton, C.J.C.J. Bruton# PG/SG  Australia Vancouver Grizzlies(from Houston) Indian Hills CC (So.)
2 53 Rogers, PaulPaul Rogers# C  Australia Los Angeles Lakers (from New York) Gonzaga (Sr.)
2 54 Blount, MarkMark Blount C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Pittsburgh (So.)
2 55 Pepper, BenBen Pepper# C  Australia Boston Celtics (from Miami) Newcastle Falcons (Australia)
2 56 Erdmann, NateNate Erdmann# SG  United States Utah Jazz Oklahoma (Senior)
2 57 Dueñas, RobertoRoberto Dueñas# C  Spain Chicago Bulls FC Barcelona (Spain)
  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.
  2. ^ Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands, he has represented the United States internationally.[2]

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 1997 NBA Draft but have played in the NBA.

Despite going undrafted Pat Burke gained notability through being the NBA's first Irish player.
Player Pos. Nationality School/Club team
Aluma, PeterPeter Aluma C  Nigeria Liberty (Sr.)
Burke, PatPat Burke C  Ireland Auburn (Sr.)
Garnett, MarlonMarlon Garnett G  Belize
 United States
Santa Clara (Sr.)
Hudson, TroyTroy Hudson G  United States Southern Illinois (Jr.)
Jones, DamonDamon Jones G  United States Houston (Jr.)
Moore, MikkiMikki Moore F/C  United States Nebraska (Sr.)
Newble, IraIra Newble F  United States Miami (Ohio) (Sr.)
Penberthy, MikeMike Penberthy G  United States The Master's (Sr.)
Stewart, MichaelMichael Stewart F/C  France California (Sr.)


  1. ^ Peter May. May 21, 2007. "Luck of draw went Spurs' way in '97 with Duncan - The Boston Globe". Boston Globe
  2. ^ "Virgin Islands". CIA World Factbook. August 12, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008. 

External links

  • "Official website". Archived from the original on 2001-02-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  • 1997 NBA Draft at Basketball-reference
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