|1988 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 28, 1988|
|Location||Felt Forum (New York City, New York)|
|75 total selections in 3 rounds|
|First selection||Danny Manning (Los Angeles Clippers)|
The 1988 NBA draft took place on June 28, 1988, in New York City, New York. The length was reduced from seven rounds in the previous year to three rounds. This was also the first draft for the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, prior to their inaugural season.
|PG||Point guard||SG||Shooting guard||SF||Small forward||PF||Power forward||C||Center|
|^||Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame|
|*||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)|
|#||Denotes player who has never played in the NBA|
- Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.
Notable undrafted players
This section is for players who were eligible for the 1988 NBA draft, did not get selected, but still later appeared in at least one NBA regular season or postseason game.
|Wayne Engelstad||PF||United States||UC Irvine (Sr.)|
|Duane Ferrell||SF||United States||Georgia Tech (Sr.)|
|Ben Gillery||C||United States||Georgetown (Sr.)|
|Henry James||PF/SF||United States||St. Mary's (TX) (Sr.)|
|Avery Johnson||PG||United States||Southern (Sr.)|
|Bill Jones||PF||United States||Iowa (Sr.)|
|Tim Legler||SG||United States||La Salle (Sr.)|
|Carlton McKinney||SG||United States||SMU (Sr.)|
|Tracy Moore||SG/SF||United States||Tulsa (Sr.)|
|Richard Morton||PG||United States||Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)|
|Žarko Paspalj||SF||Yugoslavia ( Serbia)||KK Partizan (Yugoslavia)|
|Ramon Rivas||C||Puerto Rico||Temple (Sr.)|
|John Starks+||SG||United States||Oklahoma State (Sr.)|
|Kennard Winchester||SG/SF||United States||Averett (Sr.)|
- a On June 23, 1988, the Heat received the 1988 NBA Draft first-round draft pick from the Dallas Mavericks for not picking centers Bill Wennington and Uwe Blab or guard Steve Alford in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft.
- "HEAT: Key Dates and Transactions: 1988". NBA.com. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2011.