The 1989 NBA draft redone: Who was still left on the board when the Jazz selected Blue Edwards (27 items)
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.
1 of 27. 27. Jeff Martin
2 of 27. 26. Michael Ansley
3 of 27. 25. Tom Hammonds
4 of 27. 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.
5 of 27. 23. Todd Lichti
For his career, Lichti averaged 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 237 games.