1984 NBA Draft

The 1984 NBA Draft saw the selection of four players who would be named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. These four players accumulated seven MVP awards, 23 All-NBA First Team appearances and 45 NBA All-Star Game selections. Barkley and Olajuwon are currently in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Jordan and Stockton are eligible in 2009.

Many other solid players were drafted in 1984, including Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Michael Cage, Sam Perkins and Alvin Robertson. Also of note is the Chicago Bulls' selection of track and field star Carl Lewis with the 208th pick overall. Lewis would stay with track and never played basketball for the Bulls. Thorpe was the last remaining Kansas City Kings player on an NBA roster (2000-01 Charlotte Hornets) and Willis signed to the Dallas Mavericks for the 2006-2007 season.

This was also the final NBA Draft held before the birth of the NBA Draft Lottery in 1985.

Round one

= All-Star
= Hall of Fame
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Hakeem Olajuwon (C) Houston Rockets Houston
2 Sam Bowie (C) Portland Trail Blazers (from Indiana) Kentucky
3 Michael Jordan (SG) Chicago Bulls North Carolina
4 Sam Perkins (PF/C) Dallas Mavericks North Carolina
5 Charles Barkley (PF) Philadelphia 76ers (from L.A. Clippers) Auburn
6 Melvin Turpin (C) Washington Bullets Kentucky
7 Alvin Robertson (SG) San Antonio Spurs Arkansas
8 Lancaster Gordon (SG) Los Angeles Clippers (from Golden State) Louisville
9 Otis Thorpe (PF) Kansas City Kings Providence
10 Leon Wood (SG) Philadelphia 76ers (from Denver) Cal State Fullerton
11 Kevin Willis (PF/C) Atlanta Hawks Michigan State
12 Tim McCormick Cleveland Cavaliers * Michigan
13 Jay Humphries Phoenix Suns Colorado
14 Michael Cage (PF) Los Angeles Clippers (from Seattle) San Diego State
15 Terence Stansbury (SG) Dallas Mavericks Temple
16 John Stockton (PG) Utah Jazz Gonzaga
17 Jeff Turner (PF) New Jersey Nets Vanderbilt
18 Vern Fleming (SF/SG) Indiana Pacers (from New York) Georgia
19 Bernard Thompson Portland Trail Blazers Fresno State
20 Tony Campbell Detroit Pistons Ohio State
21 Kenny Fields Milwaukee Bucks UCLA
22 Tom Sewell Philadelphia 76ers Lamar
23 Earl Jones (C) Los Angeles Lakers District of Columbia
24 Michael Young (SG) Boston Celtics Houston

* compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien

The legendary 1984 draft class is often considered the best draft ever; the 1996 and 2003 NBA Draft classes are often compared with the 1984 draft as being among the best in history.

Notable other picks

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
27 Ron Anderson (SG/SF) Cleveland Cavaliers Fresno State
46 Jerome Kersey (SF) Portland Trail Blazers Longwood
68 Earl "Butch" Graves Cleveland Cavaliers Yale
70 Rick Carlisle (PG) Boston Celtics Virginia
208 Carl Lewis Chicago Bulls Houston

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