The 1998 NBA Draft occurred on June 24, 1998, in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada at General Motors Place. It is best known as the draft that enabled Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki to enter the league. Former Finals MVP Paul Pierce was also selected in 1998, by the Boston Celtics, at #10. To this date, Carter is the only active player remaining in the NBA.
1998 NBA Draft Class
There were several highly-touted prospects in the 98 draft. Antwan Jamison, Mike Bibby, and Robert Traylor were perhaps the most notable collegiate prospects at the time, with Carter, Pierce, and Micheal Dickerson also well known to college basketball fans. St John’s Guard Felipe Lopez was an accomplished prospect who some scouts considered a phenom in his amateur years. The class also consisted of legendary foreign import Dirk Nowitzki and multiple High School prospects including Al Harrington and Rashard Lewis.
1998 NBA Draft Order
1998 NBA Draft Results
|4||Antawn Jamison||Raptors (Traded to GSW)|
|5||Vince Carter||Warriors (Traded to TOR)|
|6||Robert Traylor||Mavericks (Traded to MIL)|
|9||Dirk Nowitzki||Bucks (Traded to DAL)|
|19||Pat Garrity||Bucks (Traded to PHO)|
|23||Tyronn Lue||Nuggets (Traded to LAL)|
|24||Felipe López||Spurs (Traded to VAN)|
|29||Nazr Mohammed||Jazz (Traded to PHI)|
1998 NBA Redraft
Best Player in 1998 NBA Draft
1) Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki went on to be a 14-time All-Star, 1-time League MVP, 1-time NBA Champion, and 1-time Finals MVP. He was named to 12 All-NBA teams and is 6th all-time in scoring.
2) Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce played his way to 10 All-Star selections, 1 NBA Finals, and 1 NBA Finals MVP. He was named to 4 All-NBA teams and joined only Larry Bird and John Havlicek as Celtics to score over 20,000 points.
3) Vince Carter
The most culturally influential player of the draft went on to become the greatest dunker in NBA history. His legacy was cemented in the 2000 NBA Dunk Contest where he defeated his cousin Tracy McGrady, along with Steve Francis and others in the greatest All-Star weekend performance in league history. Carter was awarded Rookie of The Year in 1999 and later made 8 All-Star teams and 2 All-NBA teams. The class of 98 is now often referred to as: the Vince Carter draft class.