|2002 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 26, 2002|
|Location||Madison Square Garden (New York City, New York)|
|57 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)|
The 2002 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2002, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting 57 amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from non-North American leagues.The draft was broadcast on TNT at 7:30 PM (EDT).This was the last time a draft was broadcast on TNT When ESPN got the license to air the NBA draft for the 2003 draft after ESPN picked up the NBA Licence from NBC before the 2002–03 season. The NBA announced that about 42 college and high school players, and five international players, had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft. The Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors both had a 22.5 percent probability of acquiring the first overall pick, but the Houston Rockets, with an 8.9 percent probability, won the NBA draft lottery on May 19. The Bulls and Warriors were second and third, respectively. As punishment for salary-cap violations during the 2000–01 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their first-round draft pick.
The 2002 draft set a record with 17 international selections, with six coming in the first round alone.
Number 2 pick Jay Williams violated his contract by riding a motorcycle, and nearly lost his life in an accident that shattered his pelvis, severed a main nerve in his leg, and tore three ligaments in his left knee including his ACL. Although he underwent an intense rehabilitation program, Williams never played a game in the NBA again. When it became clear Williams would not be returning to the Bulls because of his injuries, he was waived. The Bulls could have voided Williams' contract, since riding a motorcycle was contractually prohibited. Instead the Bulls completed a $3 million buyout of the contract instead of having him walk away with nothing.
The draft was notable for its relative weakness outside the top prospects, as well as the rampant injury concerns of those players. Top players had promising careers end prematurely due to injury, such as Yao Ming, Williams and Dajuan Wagner. Nevertheless, Yao was named a Hall of Famer—a selection predicated as much on his role in popularizing basketball in China as it was his actual on-court play. As of 2021, Udonis Haslem is the only remaining active player from this draft, though Haslem went undrafted.
|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|
|#||Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
|~||Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year|
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||Team||School or club team|
|1||1||Yao Ming ^||C||China||Houston Rockets||Shanghai Sharks (China)|
|1||2||Jay Williams||PG||United States||Chicago Bulls||Duke (Jr.)|
|1||3||Mike Dunleavy Jr.||SF/SG||United States||Golden State Warriors||Duke (Jr.)|
|1||4||Drew Gooden||PF/C||United States||Memphis Grizzlies||Kansas (Jr.)|
|1||5||Nikoloz Tskitishvili||PF/C||Georgia||Denver Nuggets||Benetton Treviso (Italy)|
|1||6||Dajuan Wagner||PG||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||Memphis (Fr.)|
|1||7||Nenê Hilario||C/PF||Brazil||New York Knicks (traded to Denver)||Vasco da Gama (Brazil)|
|1||8||Chris Wilcox||PF/C||United States||Los Angeles Clippers (from Atlanta)||Maryland (So.)|
|1||9||Amar'e Stoudemire *~||PF/C||United States||Phoenix Suns||Cypress Creek HS (Orlando, Florida)|
|1||10||Caron Butler +||SF||United States||Miami Heat||Connecticut (So.)|
|1||11||Jared Jeffries||PF/C||United States||Washington Wizards||Indiana (So.)|
|1||12||Melvin Ely||C/PF||United States||Los Angeles Clippers||Fresno State (Sr.)|
|1||13||Marcus Haislip||PF||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Tennessee (Jr.)|
|1||14||Fred Jones||SG||United States||Indiana Pacers||Oregon (Sr.)|
|1||15||Boštjan Nachbar||SF/PF||Slovenia||Houston Rockets (from Toronto)||Benetton Treviso (Italy)|
|1||16||Jiří Welsch||SG/SF||Czech Republic||Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Golden State)||Union Olimpija (Slovenia and Adriatic League)|
|1||17||Juan Dixon||PG||United States||Washington Wizards (from New Orleans)||Maryland (Sr.)|
|1||18||Curtis Borchardt||C||United States||Orlando Magic (traded to Utah)||Stanford (Jr.)|
|1||19||Ryan Humphrey||PF||United States||Utah Jazz (traded to Orlando)||Notre Dame (Sr.)|
|1||20||Kareem Rush||SG||United States||Toronto Raptors (from Seattle via New York, traded to Los Angeles Lakers)||Missouri (Jr.)|
|1||21||Qyntel Woods||SF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Northeast Mississippi CC (So.)|
|1||22||Casey Jacobsen||SG||United States||Phoenix Suns (from Boston)||Stanford (Jr.)|
|1||23||Tayshaun Prince||SF||United States||Detroit Pistons||Kentucky (Sr.)|
|1||24||Nenad Krstić||C/PF||FR Yugoslavia||New Jersey Nets||Partizan Belgrade (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League)|
|1||25||Frank Williams||PG||United States||Denver Nuggets (from Dallas, traded to New York)||Illinois (Jr.)|
|1||26||John Salmons||SF/SG||United States||San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia)||Miami (Sr.)|
|1||27||Chris Jefferies||SF||United States||Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Toronto)||Fresno State (Jr.)|
|1||28||Dan Dickau||PG||United States||Sacramento Kings (traded to Atlanta)||Gonzaga (Sr.)|
|1||29||Forfeited pick||Minnesota Timberwolves (forfeited their first-round pick due to salary cap violations)|
|2||30||Steve Logan #||PG||United States||Golden State Warriors||Cincinnati (Sr.)|
|2||31||Roger Mason Jr.||SG||United States||Chicago Bulls||Virginia (Jr.)|
|2||32||Robert Archibald||PF||United Kingdom||Memphis Grizzlies||Illinois (Sr.)|
|2||33||Vincent Yarbrough||SF||United States||Denver Nuggets||Tennessee (Sr.)|
|2||34||Dan Gadzuric||C||Netherlands||Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston)||UCLA (Sr.)|
|2||35||Carlos Boozer *||PF||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||Duke (Jr.)|
|2||36||Miloš Vujanić #||PG||FR Yugoslavia||New York Knicks||Partizan Belgrade (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League)|
|2||37||David Andersen||C||Australia||Atlanta Hawks||Virtus Bologna (Italy)|
|2||38||Tito Maddox||PG||United States||Houston Rockets (from Miami)||Fresno State (So.)|
|2||39||Rod Grizzard #||SG||United States||Washington Wizards (from Phoenix via Denver)||Alabama (Jr.)|
|2||40||Juan Carlos Navarro||PG||Spain||Washington Wizards||FC Barcelona (Spain)|
|2||41||Mario Kasun||C||Croatia||Los Angeles Clippers||Opel Skyliners (Germany)|
|2||42||Ronald Murray||SG||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Shaw (Sr.)|
|2||43||Jason Jennings #||C||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Toronto via Chicago)||Arkansas State (Sr.)|
|2||44||Lonny Baxter||PF||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Indiana)||Maryland (Sr.)|
|2||45||Sam Clancy #||PF||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||USC (Sr.)|
|2||46||Matt Barnes||SF||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (from Orlando)||UCLA (Sr.)|
|2||47||Jamal Sampson||C||United States||Utah Jazz (traded to Orlando)||California (Fr.)|
|2||48||Chris Owens||PF||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (from New Orleans, traded to Memphis)||Texas (Sr.)|
|2||49||Peter Fehse #||PF||Germany||Seattle SuperSonics||Halle (Germany)|
|2||50||Darius Songaila||PF||Lithuania||Boston Celtics||Wake Forest (Sr.)|
|2||51||Federico Kammerichs #||SF||Argentina||Portland Trail Blazers||Ourense (Spain)|
|2||52||Marcus Taylor #||PG||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves||Michigan State (So.)|
|2||53||Rasual Butler||SF||United States||Miami Heat (from Detroit via Toronto and Houston)||La Salle (Sr.)|
|2||54||Tamar Slay||SG||United States||New Jersey Nets||Marshall (Sr.)|
|2||55||Mladen Šekularac #||SG||FR Yugoslavia||Dallas Mavericks||FMP Železnik (Sinalco Superleague and Adriatic League)|
|2||56||Luis Scola||PF||Argentina||San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers)||TAU Cerámica (Spain)|
|2||57||Randy Holcomb||PF|| United States|
|San Antonio Spurs (traded to Philadelphia)||San Diego State (Sr.)|
|2||58||Corsley Edwards||PF||United States||Sacramento Kings||Central Connecticut (Sr.)|
These players were not selected in this draft but played at least one game in the NBA.
|Player||Position||Nationality||School or club team|
|J. R. Bremer||PG||United States||St. Bonaventure (Sr.)|
|Devin Brown||SG||United States||UTSA (Sr.)|
|Josh Davis||PF/SF||United States||Wyoming (Sr.)|
|Reggie Evans||PF||United States||Iowa (Sr.)|
|Lynn Greer||PG/SG||United States||Temple (Sr.)|
|Anthony Grundy||PG/SG||United States||NC State (Sr.)|
|Adam Harrington||PG/SG||United States||Auburn (Sr.)|
|Lorinza Harrington||PG/SG||United States||Wingate (Sr.)|
|Udonis Haslem||PF||United States||Florida (Sr.)|
|Linton Johnson||SF||United States||Tulane (Sr.)|
|Arvydas Macijauskas||SG||Lithuania||Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)|
|Keith McLeod||PG||United States||Bowling Green (Sr.)|
|Jannero Pargo||PG||United States||Arkansas (Sr.)|
|D.J. Mbenga||C|| DR Congo |
|Leuven Bears (Belgium)|
|Smush Parker||PG/SG||United States||Fordham (So.)|
|Predrag Savović||SG||Serbia and Montenegro||Hawaii (Sr.)|
|Awvee Storey||PF/SF||United States||Arizona State (Sr.)|
|Yuta Tabuse||PG||Japan||BYU–Hawaii (Fr.)|
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