The 1998 NBA Draft took place on June 24, 1998 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

This draft helped turn around three struggling franchises: the Dallas Mavericks, the Sacramento Kings, and the Toronto Raptors.

The Mavericks, despite having a talented nucleus of Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson in the mid 1990s, had not had a winning season since 1989–1990. By the end of the 1997 season, all three players were traded and it was time to rebuild. With the sixth selection in 1998, they drafted Robert Traylor and quickly traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity. They then traded Garrity in a package to the Phoenix Suns for Steve Nash. With Nash and Nowitzki, the Mavericks quickly went from a lottery team in the late 1990s to a perennial playoff contender throughout the 2000s.

Meanwhile, the Raptors were a recent expansion team that had failed to win more than 30 games in its first three seasons. With the fourth pick they selected Antawn Jamison, whom they quickly dealt to the Golden State Warriors for Vince Carter.

The Kings, having been a perennial lottery bound franchise, skyrocketed in popularity with the addition of Chris Webber and 7th pick Jason Williams. The Kings went to the playoffs that year and took the defending Western Conference Champions to the final game of their 1st round Playoff series.

First overall pick Michael Olowokandi is regarded by Sports Illustrated as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history.[1]

Six players from the 1998 draft class have played in the NBA All-Star Game at least once in their careers: Nowitzki, Carter, Jamison, Paul Pierce, Rashard Lewis and the undrafted Brad Miller.

This draft included Rafer Alston, also known as Skip to My Lou in the AND1 Mixtape Tour team. As of the 2009–10 NBA season, only Pierce and Nowitzki were still playing for their original teams.

* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)

Round one

Pick Player Pos. Nationality NBA club School/Club
1 Michael Olowokandi C Nigeria Flag Los Angeles Clippers Pacific (Jr.)
2 Mike Bibby PG U.S. Flag Vancouver Grizzlies Arizona (So.)
3 Raef LaFrentz C/PF U.S. Flag Denver Nuggets Kansas (Sr.)
4 Antawn Jamison+ SF U.S. Flag Toronto Raptors (traded to Golden State) North Carolina (Jr.)
5 Vince Carter* SF U.S. Flag Golden State Warriors (traded to Toronto) North Carolina (Jr.)
6 Robert Traylor C U.S. Flag Dallas Mavericks (traded to Milwaukee) Michigan (Jr.)
7 Jason Williams PG U.S. Flag Sacramento Kings Florida (Jr.)
8 Larry Hughes SG U.S. Flag Philadelphia 76ers Saint Louis (Fr.)
9 Dirk Nowitzki* PF Germany Flag Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Dallas) DJK Würzburg (Germany)
10 Paul Pierce* (G/F) U.S. Flag Boston Celtics Kansas Jr.
11 Bonzi Wells (G/F) U.S. Flag Detroit Pistons Ball State Sr.
12 Michael Doleac (C) U.S. Flag Orlando Magic Utah Sr.
13 Keon Clark (F/C) U.S. Flag Orlando Magic (from Golden State via Washington) UNLV Sr.
14 Michael Dickerson (SG) U.S. Flag Houston Rockets Arizona Sr.
15 Matt Harpring (F/G) U.S. Flag Orlando Magic (from New Jersey) Georgia Tech Sr.
16 Bryce Drew (PG) U.S. Flag Houston Rockets Valparaiso Sr.
17 Radoslav Nesterovič (C) Slovenia Flag Minnesota Timberwolves Kinder Bologna (Italy)
18 Mirsad Türkcan (PF) Turkеy Flag Houston Rockets (from Toronto via Portland) Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
19 Pat Garrity (PF) U.S. Flag Milwaukee Bucks (from Cleveland, traded to Phoenix) Notre Dame Sr.
20 Roshown McLeod (SF) U.S. Flag Atlanta Hawks Duke Sr.
21 Ricky Davis (G/F) U.S. Flag Charlotte Hornets Iowa Fr.
22 Brian Skinner (F/C) U.S. Flag Los Angeles Clippers (from Miami) Baylor Sr.
23 Tyronn Lue (PG) U.S. Flag Denver Nuggets (from Phoenix traded to L.A. Lakers) Nebraska Jr.
24 Felipe López (SG) Dominican Republic Flag San Antonio Spurs (traded to Vancouver) St. John's Sr.
25 Al Harrington (F) U.S. Flag Indiana Pacers St. Patrick's High School (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
26 Sam Jacobson (SG) U.S. Flag Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Sr.
27 Vladimir Stepania (C) Georgia (country) Flag Seattle SuperSonics Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
28 Corey Benjamin (SG) U.S. Flag Chicago Bulls Oregon State So.
29 Nazr Mohammed (C/F) U.S. Flag Utah Jazz (traded to Philadelphia) Kentucky Jr.

Round two

Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis, the 32nd pick

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Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
30 Ansu Sesay (SF) U.S. Flag Dallas Mavericks (from Toronto) Mississippi
31 Ruben Patterson (SF) U.S. Flag Los Angeles Lakers (from Vancouver) Cincinnati
32 Rashard Lewis+ (SF) U.S. Flag Seattle SuperSonics (from Detroit) Alief Elsik High School (Houston, Texas)
33 Jelani McCoy (F/C) U.S. Flag Seattle SuperSonics (from L.A. Clippers) UCLA
34 Shammond Williams (PG) U.S. Flag Chicago Bulls (from Golden State) North Carolina
35 Bruno Šundov (C) Croatia Flag Dallas Mavericks Split (Croatia)
36 Jerome James (C) U.S. Flag Sacramento Kings Florida A&M
37 Casey Shaw (C) U.S. Flag Philadelphia 76ers Toledo
38 DeMarco Johnson (PF) U.S. Flag New York Knicks (from Boston) UNC Charlotte
39 Rafer Alston (PG) U.S. Flag Milwaukee Bucks Fresno State
40 Korleone Young (SF) U.S. Flag Detroit Pistons Hargrave Military Academy
41 Cuttino Mobley (SG) U.S. Flag Houston Rockets Rhode Island
42 Miles Simon (SG) U.S. Flag Orlando Magic Arizona
43 Jahidi White (F/C) U.S. Flag Washington Wizards Georgetown
44 Sean Marks (PF) New Zealand Flag New York Knicks California
45 Toby Bailey (SG) U.S. Flag Los Angeles Lakers (from New Jersey) UCLA
46 Andrae Patterson (SF) U.S. Flag Minnesota Timberwolves Indiana
47 Tyson Wheeler (PG) U.S. Flag Toronto Raptors Rhode Island
48 Ryan Stack (C) U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers South Carolina
49 Cory Carr (SG) U.S. Flag Atlanta Hawks Texas Tech
50 Andy Betts (C) United Kingdom Flag Charlotte Hornets Long Beach State
51 Corey L. Brewer (PG) U.S. Flag Miami Heat Oklahoma
52 Derrick Dial (SG) U.S. Flag San Antonio Spurs Eastern Michigan
53 Greg Buckner (SG) U.S. Flag Dallas Mavericks (from Phoenix) Clemson
54 Tremaine Fowlkes (SF) U.S. Flag Denver Nuggets (from Indiana) Fresno State
55 Ryan Bowen (SF) U.S. Flag Denver Nuggets (from Seattle) Iowa
56 J.R. Henderson (SF) U.S. Flag Vancouver Grizzlies (from L.A. Lakers) UCLA
57 Torraye Braggs (PF) U.S. Flag Utah Jazz Xavier
58 Maceo Baston (PF) U.S. Flag Chicago Bulls Michigan

Notable undrafted players

All players are American unless otherwise mentioned.

Player School/Club Team
Earl Boykins (PG) Eastern Michigan
Anthony Carter (PG) Hawaiʻi
Mike James (PG) Duquesne
Brad Miller+ (C) Purdue

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