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The 1997 NBA Draft took place on June 25, 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Although the Celtics had the second worst record in the 1996-97 season and the best odds (36 percent) of winning the lottery with two picks, the Spurs, usually a model of winning and consistency, lost David Robinson to an injury early in the season and finished with the third worst record, subsequently winning the lottery. Leading up to the draft, there was no doubt that Tim Duncan would be selected at No. 1 by the Spurs[1]. The Celtics would end up with the third and sixth picks selecting Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer, both of whom were traded in the next two years. Although the draft class only produced three All-Stars (Duncan, Billups and Tracy McGrady).

Names in bold had been selected into All-NBA Team.

Round one

= All-Star
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Tim Duncan (F/C) U.S. Flag United States / U.S. Virgin Islands Flag US Virgin Islands San Antonio Spurs Wake Forest-Sr.
2 Keith Van Horn (PF) U.S. Flag United States Philadelphia 76ers Utah-Sr.
3 Chauncey Billups (PG) U.S. Flag United States Boston Celtics Colorado-So.
4 Antonio Daniels (PG) U.S. Flag United States Vancouver Grizzlies Bowling Green-Sr.
5 Tony Battie (C/PF) U.S. Flag United States Denver Nuggets Texas Tech-Jr.
6 Ron Mercer (SF) U.S. Flag United States Boston Celtics Kentucky-So.
7 Tim Thomas (SF) U.S. Flag United States New Jersey Nets Villanova-Fr.
8 Adonal Foyle (C) Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Flag Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Golden State Warriors Colgate-Jr.
9 Tracy McGrady (G/F) U.S. Flag United States Toronto Raptors Mt. Zion Academy (Durham, NC)
10 Danny Fortson (PF) U.S. Flag United States Milwaukee Bucks Cincinnati-Jr.
11 Tariq Abdul-Wahad (SF) U.S. Flag United States Sacramento Kings San Jose State-Sr.
12 Austin Croshere (F) U.S. Flag United States Indiana Pacers Providence-Sr.
13 Derek Anderson (SG) U.S. Flag United States Cleveland Cavaliers Kentucky-Sr.
14 Maurice Taylor (PF) U.S. Flag United States Los Angeles Clippers Michigan-Jr.
15 Kelvin Cato (C) U.S. Flag United States Dallas Mavericks (from Minnesota) Iowa State-Jr.
16 Brevin Knight (PG) U.S. Flag United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Phoenix) Stanford-Sr.
17 Johnny Taylor (F) U.S. Flag United States Orlando Magic Chattanooga-Sr.
18 Chris Anstey (F) Austrаlia Flag Australia Dallas Mavericks (from Portland) SE Melbourne Magic (Australia)
19 Scot Pollard (C) U.S. Flag United States Detroit Pistons Kansas-Sr.
20 Paul Grant (C) U.S. Flag United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Charlotte) Wisconsin-Sr.
21 Anthony Parker (SG) U.S. Flag United States New Jersey Nets (from L.A. Lakers) Bradley-Sr.
22 Ed Gray (G) U.S. Flag United States Atlanta Hawks California-Sr.
23 Bobby Jackson (G) U.S. Flag United States Seattle SuperSonics Minnesota-Sr.
24 Rodrick Rhodes (G) U.S. Flag United States Houston Rockets USC-Sr.
25 John Thomas (C) U.S. Flag United States New York Knicks Minnesota-Sr.
26 Charles Smith (G) U.S. Flag United States Miami Heat New Mexico-Sr.
27 Jacque Vaughn (G) U.S. Flag United States Utah Jazz Kansas-Sr.
28 Keith Booth (F) U.S. Flag United States Chicago Bulls Maryland-Sr.

Round two

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
30 Serge Zwikker (C) Netherlands Flag Netherlands Houston Rockets (from Vancouver) North Carolina
31 Mark Sanford (F) U.S. Flag United States Miami Heat (from Boston) Washington
32 Charles O'Bannon (G) U.S. Flag United States Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio) UCLA
33 James Cotton (G) U.S. Flag United States Denver Nuggets Long Beach State
34 Marko Milič (G) Slovenia Flag Slovenia Philadelphia 76ers Smelt Olimpija (Slovenia)
35 Bubba Wells (F) U.S. Flag United States Dallas Mavericks Austin Peay
36 Kebu Stewart (F) U.S. Flag United States Philadelphia 76ers (from New Jersey) Cal State Bakersfield
37 James Collins (G) U.S. Flag United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Toronto) Florida State
38 Marc Jackson (F) U.S. Flag United States Golden State Warriors Temple
39 Jerald Honeycutt (F) U.S. Flag United States Milwaukee Bucks Tulane
40 Anthony Johnson (G) U.S. Flag United States Sacramento Kings College of Charleston
41 Ed Elisma (F) U.S. Flag United States Seattle SuperSonics (from L.A. Clippers) Georgia Tech
42 Jason Lawson (C) U.S. Flag United States Denver Nuggets (from Indiana) Villanova
43 Stephen Jackson (G) U.S. Flag United States Phoenix Suns Butler CC (Kansas)
44 Gordon Malone (F) U.S. Flag United States Minnesota Timberwolves West Virginia
45 Cedric Henderson (F) U.S. Flag United States Cleveland Cavaliers Memphis
46 God Shammgod (G) U.S. Flag United States Washington Bullets Providence
47 Eric Washington (G) U.S. Flag United States Orlando Magic (traded to Denver) Alabama
48 Alvin Williams (G) U.S. Flag United States Portland Trail Blazers Villanova
49 Predrag Drobnjak (C) SFR Yugoslavia Flag Yugoslavia / Montenegro Flag Montenegro Washington Bullets (from Charlotte) Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
50 Alain Digbeu (G) Frаnce Flag France Atlanta Hawks (from Detroit) Villeurbanne (France)
51 Chris Crawford (F) U.S. Flag United States Atlanta Hawks Marquette
52 DeJuan Wheat (G) U.S. Flag United States Los Angeles Lakers Louisville
53 C. J. Bruton (G) Austrаlia Flag Australia Vancouver Grizzlies (from Houston) Indian Hills CC (Iowa)
54 Paul Rogers (C) Austrаlia Flag Australia Los Angeles Lakers (from New York) Gonzaga
55 Mark Blount (C) U.S. Flag United States Seattle SuperSonics Pittsburgh
56 Ben Pepper (C) Austrаlia Flag Australia Boston Celtics (from Miami) Newcastle Falcons (Australia)
57 Nate Erdmann (G) U.S. Flag United States Utah Jazz Oklahoma
58 Roberto Dueñas (C) Spain Flag Spain Chicago Bulls FC Barcelona (Spain)

Notable undrafted players

All players are American unless otherwise indicated.

Player School/Club Team
Pat Burke (C, Template:IRL) Auburn
Troy Hudson (PG) Southern Illinois
Damon Jones (PG) Houston
Mikki Moore (PF/C) Nebraska
Ira Newble (SG/SF) Miami (Ohio)

References

  1. "Boston Globe"

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