The biggest story happened before the 1985 draft when the Knicks won the lottery and the rights to take Patrick Ewing at No. 1. David Stern, who passed away in 2020, denied any wrongdoing, but conspiracy theories remain.
The most unexpected story happened with Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb — a 5-foot-7 guard who was drafted in the fourth round (No. 87 overall) by the Detroit Pistons and became one the NBA's most unlikely stars.
Waived by the Pistons, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks and won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1986. Before that, Webb, a Dallas native, led Midland (Texas) College to the National Junior College Athletic Association national title in 1982, then played for Jim Valvano at North Carolina State, and was told his only real shot at playing pro basketball was with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Webb didn't listen. He ended up playing in the NBA for 12 seasons, with career averages of 9.9 points and 5.7 assists.