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1995 NBA Expansion Draft


1995 NBA Expansion Draft

1995 NBA Expansion draft
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Expansion team(s) Toronto Raptors
Vancouver Grizzlies
Date(s) June 24, 1995
NBA expansion draft
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1995 NBA Draft

The 1995 NBA Expansion Draft was the tenth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 24, 1995, so that the newly founded Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies could acquire players for the upcoming 1995–96 season. Toronto was awarded an expansion team on September 30, 1993,[1] while Vancouver was awarded the league's 29th franchise on April 27, 1994.[2] They were the first NBA teams based in Canada since the 1946–47 season Toronto Huskies.[1] In an NBA expansion draft, new NBA teams are allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league. Not all players on a given team are available during an expansion draft, since each team can protect a certain number of players from being selected. In this draft, each of the twenty-seven other NBA teams had protected eight players from their roster and the Raptors and the Grizzlies selected fourteen and thirteen unprotected players respectively, one from each team. Prior to the draft, the league conducted a coin flip between the Raptors and the Grizzlies to decide their draft order in this expansion draft and in the 1995 NBA Draft. The Grizzlies won the coin flip and chose to have the higher pick in the 1995 Draft, thus allowing the Raptors to receive the first selection and the right to select fourteen players in this expansion draft.[2]

The Raptors were formed and owned by a group headed by Toronto businessman John Bitove. Brendan Malone was hired as the franchise's first head coach. The Raptors used their first pick to select three-time NBA champion B. J. Armstrong from the Chicago Bulls. However, Armstrong refused to report for training and was traded to the Golden State Warriors for five other players. The Raptors' other selections included four-time NBA champion John Salley and six other former first-round picks, Doug Smith, Willie Anderson, Ed Pinckney, Acie Earl, B. J. Tyler and Oliver Miller. Seven players from the expansion draft joined the Raptors for their inaugural season, but only Miller, Earl and Žan Tabak played more than one season for the team. Tabak and Andrés Guibert were the only international players in the draft.

The Grizzlies were formed and owned by Vancouver sports magnate Arthur Griffiths. Former Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Brian Winters was hired as the franchise's first head coach. The Grizzlies used their first pick to select former first-round pick Greg Anthony from the New York Knicks. The Grizzlies' other selections included three-time NBA champion Byron Scott and three other former first-round picks, Benoit Benjamin, Doug Edwards and Blue Edwards. On draft day, the Grizzlies acquired a second-round draft pick from the Orlando Magic in exchange for selecting Rodney Dent, who had never played in the NBA.[3] Eight players from the expansion draft joined the Grizzlies for their inaugural season, but only Anthony and Blue Edwards played more than one season for the team.


  • Key 1
  • Selections 2
  • Notes 3
  • Trades 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs


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Byron Scott was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies from the Indiana Pacers with the 18th pick.

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John Salley was selected by the Toronto Raptors from the Miami Heat with the 25th pick.

Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team Previous team NBA years[a] Career with the franchise[b] Ref.
1 Armstrong, B. J.B. J. Armstrong+ G  United States Toronto Raptors Chicago Bulls 6 [c] [4]
2 Anthony, GregGreg Anthony G  United States Vancouver Grizzlies New York Knicks 4 19951997 [5]
3 Massenburg, TonyTony Massenburg F  United States Toronto Raptors Los Angeles Clippers 3 1995–1996 [6]
4 Dent, RodneyRodney Dent#[A] F  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Orlando Magic 0[d] [c] [7]
5 Guibert, AndrésAndrés Guibert F/C  Cuba[e] Toronto Raptors Minnesota Timberwolves 2 [c] [8]
6 Harvey, AntonioAntonio Harvey F/C  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Los Angeles Lakers 2 1995 [9]
7 Jennings, KeithKeith Jennings G  United States Toronto Raptors Golden State Warriors 3 [c] [10]
8 Slater, ReggieReggie Slater F  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Denver Nuggets 1 [c] [11]
9 Wingfield, DontonioDontonio Wingfield F  United States Toronto Raptors Seattle SuperSonics 1 [c] [12]
10 Ruffin, TrevorTrevor Ruffin G  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Phoenix Suns 1 [c] [13]
11 Smith, DougDoug Smith F  United States Toronto Raptors Dallas Mavericks 4 [c] [14]
12 Phelps, DerrickDerrick Phelps G  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Sacramento Kings 1 [c] [15]
13 Kersey, JeromeJerome Kersey F  United States Toronto Raptors Portland Trail Blazers 11 [c] [16]
14 Stewart, LarryLarry Stewart F  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Washington Bullets 4 [c] [17]
15 Tabak, ŽanŽan Tabak C  Croatia[f] Toronto Raptors Houston Rockets 1 19951998 [18]
16 Gattison, KennyKenny Gattison F/C  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Charlotte Hornets 8 1995–1996 [19]
17 Anderson, WillieWillie Anderson G/F  United States Toronto Raptors San Antonio Spurs 7 1995–1996 [20]
18 Scott, ByronByron Scott G  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Indiana Pacers 12 1995–1996 [21]
19 Pinckney, EdEd Pinckney F  United States Toronto Raptors Milwaukee Bucks 10 1995–1996 [22]
20 Wilkins, GeraldGerald Wilkins G/F  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Cleveland Cavaliers 9 1995–1996 [23]
21 Earl, AcieAcie Earl F/C  United States Toronto Raptors Boston Celtics 2 19951997 [24]
22 Benjamin, BenoitBenoit Benjamin C  United States Vancouver Grizzlies New Jersey Nets 10 1995 [25]
23 Tyler, B. J.B. J. Tyler G  United States Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers 1 [c] [26]
24 Edwards, DougDoug Edwards F  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Atlanta Hawks 2 1995–1996 [27]
25 Salley, JohnJohn Salley F/C  United States Toronto Raptors Miami Heat 9 1995–1996 [28]
26 Edwards, BlueBlue Edwards G/F  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Utah Jazz 6 19951998 [29]
27 Miller, OliverOliver Miller C  United States Toronto Raptors Detroit Pistons 3 1995–1996; 19971998 [30]


  • a Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Career with the expansion franchise that drafted the player
  • c Never played a game for the franchise
  • d Never played in the NBA prior to the expansion draft
  • e Andrés Guibert defected from Cuba to Puerto Rico in 1993.[31]
  • f Žan Tabak represented SFR Yugoslavia national team prior to the dissolution of SFR Yugoslavia in 1992.


Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of future draft picks between the teams, along with a particular agreement in the expansion draft.


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External links

  • NBA Draft History
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