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.
|*||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)|
Notable undrafted players
All players are American unless otherwise mentioned.
|Earl Boykins (PG)||Eastern Michigan|
|Anthony Carter (PG)||Hawaiʻi|
|Mike James (PG)||Duquesne|
|Brad Miller+ (C)||Purdue|