1986 NBA Draft The 1986 NBA Draft was held on June 17, 1986. Overview and aftermath Drug and health issues involving drafted players There were various drug-related problems that plagued players in the 1986 NBA draft. Most notable was the death of highly-touted Len Bias. Bias died less than two days after being selected second overall by the defending champion Boston Celtics. His death was ruled an overdose that resulted from the abuse of cocaine.