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The 1989 NBA draft redone: Who was still left on the board when the Jazz selected Blue Edwards (27 items)

By , For the Deseret News

June 3, 2014

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.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

1 of 27. 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.

2 of 27. 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.

3 of 27. 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.

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

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.


1. eagle
Provo, UT,
June 4, 2014

It appears the Jazz drafted well overall. It would have been nice to have got Divac but according to this Blue Edwards should have been picked up a few spots before the Jazz got him so it appears the Jazz made a decent pick.