The 2002 NBA Draft
was held on June 26, 2002 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
in New York City, New York. 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
). The NBA announced that 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.
<nowiki>#2</nowiki> 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,... Read More