The 1949 BAA Draft was the third annual draft of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 21, 1949 before the 1949–50 season. In this draft, eleven remaining BAA teams along with the Indianapolis Olympians who joined the BAA, took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. The draft consisted of 8 rounds and a regional selection period, with 75 players selected. This was the final BAA Draft before the league was renamed into NBA on August 1949, prior to the start of the 1949–50 season.
Draft selections and draftee career notes
Howie Shannon from Kansas State University was selected first overall by the Providence Steamrollers. However, Ed Macauley and Vern Mikkelsen were selected before the draft as St. Louis Bombers' and Minneapolis Lakers' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Vern Mikkelsen, Ed Macauley and Dick McGuire, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one BAA/NBA game.