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1972 NBA draft

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1972 NBA draft
General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)April 10, 1972 (first 10 rounds)
April 15, 1972 (remaining rounds)
LocationNew York City, New York
Overview
198 total selections in 18 rounds
LeagueNBA
First selectionLaRue Martin, Portland Trail Blazers
← 1971
1973 →

The 1972 NBA draft was the 26th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 10 and 15, 1972 before the 1972–73 season. In this draft, 17 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each conference, with the order determined by a coin flip.[1] The Portland Trail Blazers won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Buffalo Braves were awarded the second pick. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. As a result of last year's supplemental hardship draft, the Cincinnati Royals, the Atlanta Hawks, the Golden State Warriors and the Baltimore Bullets forfeited their first round picks, while the Los Angeles Lakers forfeited their fourth round pick.[2] Prior to the start of the season, the Cincinnati Royals relocated and became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. The draft consisted of 18 rounds comprising the selection of 198 players.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection. If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated. Before the draft, eight college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule, a similar case in which Spencer Haywood successfully argued in his court case against the NBA which allowed him to play in the NBA before his college class graduated.[3][4] These players had applied and gave evidence of financial hardship to the league, which granted them the right to start earning their living by starting their professional careers earlier.[5] This was the first draft where college underclassmen were allowed to enter.

LaRue Martin from Loyola University Chicago was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. Bob McAdoo, a college junior from the University of North Carolina, was selected second by the Buffalo Braves, and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[6] McAdoo, 10th pick Paul Westphal, and 12th pick Julius Erving have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame,[7] and Erving was also named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[8] McAdoo was a 3-time NBA Scoring champion, and NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982 and 1985. He won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1975, had two All-NBA Team selections, and was a five-time All-Star.[9] Erving had left college in 1971 to play professionally in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Virginia Squires. He joined the NBA in 1976 after both leagues merged, playing 11 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. An NBA champion in 1983, he was MVP in 1981, won three ABA Most Valuable Player Awards, was All-ABA five times and All-NBA seven, and an ABA All-Star five times and NBA All-Star eleven.[10][11]

Paul Westphal, the 9th pick, was named All-NBA four times, an All-Star five, and on the 1974 NBA championship Boston Celtics.[12] After retiring as a player, he went on to coach three NBA teams, most recently the Sacramento Kings.[13] The 16th pick, Jim Price, and 34th pick, Don Buse, were also selected to an All-Star Game.[14][15] Chris Ford, the 17th pick, won the NBA championship in 1981 with the Celtics.[16] After retiring as a player, he went on to coach four NBA teams, including the Celtics.[17] Ralph Simpson, the 11th pick, had left college in 1970 to play professionally in the ABA with Denver Rockets. He was selected to five ABA All-Star Games and four All-ABA Teams before he joined the NBA in 1976.[18]

LaRue Martin is considered as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history.[19][20][21] Martin only lasted four seasons in the league with a career scoring average of 5.3.[22] Martin and eight other first-round picks all had insignificant contributions to the league; none of them had career scoring averages above 9 points per game and only one of them lasted more than six seasons in the NBA. Two of the first-round picks, Erving and Simpson, had already played in the ABA before the draft. They stayed there until both leagues merged in 1976 and only Simpson played for the team that he got drafted to.[10][18]

In the tenth round, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Krešimir Ćosić from Brigham Young University with the 144th pick. However, he opted to play another season in college before returning to Yugoslavia in 1973. Ćosić, who was also selected in the fifth round of the 1973 Draft, had a successful career in Europe, winning numerous league and club titles, as well as six gold medals with the Yugoslavian national team. For his achievements, he has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to the FIBA Hall of Fame.[23][24]

Key

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game

Draft

Bob McAdoo was selected 2nd overall by the Buffalo Braves.
Bob McAdoo was selected 2nd overall by the Buffalo Braves.
A man with long hair wearing a basketball jersey smiles.
Paul Westphal was selected 10th overall by the Boston Celtics.
A basketball player, wearing a red jersey with the word "SIXERS" on the front, is looking to his right side.
Julius Erving was selected 12th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.
A man, wearing a black jacket with blue shirt, is standing in the middle of a classroom.
Brian Taylor was selected 23rd overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 LaRue Martin C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Loyola (Illinois) (Sr.)
1 2 Bob McAdoo^ F/C  United States Buffalo Braves North Carolina (Jr.)
1 3 Dwight Davis F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Houston (Sr.)
1 4 Corky Calhoun F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Detroit via Houston)[a] Pennsylvania (Sr.)
1 5 Fred Boyd G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Oregon State (Sr.)
1 6 Russ Lee G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston)[b] Marshall (Sr.)
1 7 Isaac Stallworth G/F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Kansas (Sr.)
1 8 Tom Riker F/C  United States New York Knicks South Carolina (Sr.)
1 9 Bob Nash F  United States Detroit Pistons (from Phoenix)[c] Hawaii (Sr.)
1 10 Paul Westphal^ G  United States Boston Celtics Southern California (Sr.)
1 11 Ralph Simpson G/F  United States Chicago Bulls Denver Rockets (ABA)[18]
1 12 Julius Erving^ G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Virginia Squires (ABA)[10]
1 13 Travis Grant F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Kentucky State (Sr.)
2 14 Bob Davis F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Weber State (Sr.)
2 15 Harold Fox G  United States Buffalo Braves Jacksonville (Sr.)
2 16 Jim Price+ G  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland)[d] Louisville (Sr.)
2 17 Chris Ford G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Villanova (Sr.)
2 18 Joby Wright F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Philadelphia)[e] Indiana (Sr.)
2 19 Sam Sibert F  United States Cincinnati Royals Kentucky State (Sr.)
2 20 John Gianelli F/C  United States Houston Rockets Pacific (Sr.)
2 21 Steve Bracey G  United States Atlanta Hawks Tulsa (Sr.)
2 22 Paul Stovall F  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Baltimore)[f] Arizona State (Sr.)
2 23 Brian Taylor G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Princeton (Jr.)
2 24 Steve Hawes F/C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from New York)[g] Washington (Sr.)
2 25 Tom Patterson F  United States Baltimore Bullets (from Phoenix)[h] Ouachita Baptist (Sr.)
2 26 Dave Twardzik G  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Golden State)[i] Old Dominion (Sr.)
2 27 Dennis Wuycik# F  United States Boston Celtics North Carolina (Sr.)
2 28 Mike Ratliff C  United States Cincinnati Royals (from Chicago)[j] Eau Claire State (Sr.)
2 29 Chuck Terry F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Long Beach State (Sr.)
2 30 Ollie Johnson F  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Los Angeles)[k] Temple (Sr.)

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.[25][26]

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 31 Lloyd Neal F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Tennessee State (Sr.)
3 33 Scott English F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland)[l] Texas-El Paso (Sr.)
3 34 Don Buse+ G  United States Phoenix Suns (from Detroit) Evansville (Sr.)
3 35 Frank Russell G  United States Chicago Bulls (from Cincinnati)[j] Detroit (Sr.)
3 37 Eric McWilliams F  United States Houston Rockets Long Beach State (Sr.)
3 38 Ron Riley F  United States Cincinnati Royals (from Atlanta)[m] Southern California (Sr.)
3 39 Kevin Porter G  United States Baltimore Bullets Saint Francis (PA) (Sr.)
3 40 Jim Creighton F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Colorado (Sr.)
3 42 Claude Terry G/F  United States Phoenix Suns Stanford (Sr.)
3 43 Bill Chamberlain F  United States Golden State Warriors North Carolina (Sr.)
4 53 Frank Schade G  United States Cincinnati Royals Eau Claire State (Sr.)
4 58 Henry Bibby G  United States New York Knicks UCLA (Sr.)
4 60 John Tschogl F  United States Golden State Warriors UC Santa Barbara (Sr.)
5 70 James Silas G  United States Houston Rockets Stephen F. Austin (Sr.)
5 76 Charles Dudley G  United States Golden State Warriors Washington (Sr.)
5 78 Rowland Garrett F  United States Chicago Bulls Florida State (Sr.)
7 109 Bernie Fryer G  United States Phoenix Suns Brigham Young (Sr.)
7 113 Mickey Davis G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Duquesne (Sr.)
8 117 Ben Kelso G  United States Detroit Pistons Central Michigan (Sr.)
11 165 Mark Minor F  United States Boston Celtics Ohio State (Sr.)
13 180 Mike Barr G  United States Chicago Bulls Duquesne (Sr.)

Trades

References

General
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