1961 NBA draft

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1961 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s) March 27, 1961
Location New York City, New York
First selection Walt Bellamy, Chicago Packers
NBA draft
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1961 NBA expansion draft

The 1961 NBA draft was the 15th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 27, 1961 before the 1961–62 season. In this draft, nine NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. 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. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. Before the draft, a team could forfeit its first-round draft pick and then select any player from within a 50-mile radius of its home arena as their territorial pick.[1][2] An expansion franchise, the Chicago Packers, were assigned the first pick of the first round and the last pick of each subsequent round, along with five extra picks at the end of the second round.[3] The draft consisted of 15 rounds comprising 107 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes[edit]

Walt Bellamy from the Indiana University was selected first overall by the Chicago Packers. Bellamy went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season and was selected to the All-Star Game in his first season.[4][5] In his rookie season, he averaged 31.6 points per game, the second highest scoring average for a rookie, and 19.0 rebounds per game, the third highest rebounding average for a rookie.[6][7] He was selected to four consecutive All-Star Games during his stint with the Packers, which later became the Chicago Zephyrs and Baltimore Bullets. He then played for three other NBA teams during his 14-year career.[5] For his achievements, he has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[8]

Three other players from this draft, 7th pick Tom Meschery, 21st pick Don Kojis and 32nd pick Bill Bridges, have also been selected to at least one All-Star Game.[9][10][11] Doug Moe, the 22nd pick, never played in the NBA. His contract with the Packers was voided due to his suspected involvement in the college basketball point shaving scandal.[12][13] He eventually played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for five years. He won the ABA championship in 1969 and was selected to three ABA All-Star Games and two All-ABA Teams.[14] After his playing career, he became a head coach. He coached four NBA teams and won the Coach of the Year Award in 1988 with the Denver Nuggets.[15][16] Ray Scott, the 4th pick, played for the Detroit Pistons for five and a half seasons before he moved on to play with two other teams in the NBA and ABA.[17] After retiring as a player in 1972, he immediately became a head coach. He coached the Pistons for three and a half seasons and won the Coach of the Year Award in 1974.[18] Two other players drafted also went on to have a coaching career: 12th pick Johnny Egan and 60th pick Donnie Butcher.[19][20]

Key[edit]

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
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season and playoffs

Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Bellamy, WaltWalt Bellamy^ C  United States Chicago Packers Indiana
1 2 Stith, TomTom Stith F  United States New York Knicks St. Bonaventure
1 3 Siegfried, LarryLarry Siegfried F  United States Cincinnati Royals Ohio State
1 4 Scott, RayRay Scott F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Allentown Jets (EPBL)[21]
1 5 Yates, WayneWayne Yates C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Memphis State
1 6 Warley, BenBen Warley G/F  United States Syracuse Nationals Cleveland Pipers (NIBL)[22]
1 7 Meschery, TomTom Meschery+ F  United States1[›] Philadelphia Warriors Saint Mary's (CA)
1 8 Hill, CleoCleo Hill G  United States St. Louis Hawks Winston-Salem State
1 9 Phillips, GaryGary Phillips G  United States Boston Celtics Houston
2 10 Martin, WhiteyWhitey Martin G  United States New York Knicks St. Bonaventure
2 11 Wiesenhahn, BobBob Wiesenhahn F  United States Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati
2 12 Egan, JohnnyJohnny Egan G  United States Detroit Pistons Providence
2 13 Sawyer, FredFred Sawyer# C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Louisville
2 14 Smith, ChrisChris Smith# C  United States Syracuse Nationals Virginia Tech
2 15 Luckenbill, TedTed Luckenbill F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Houston
2 16 Horn, RonRon Horn F  United States St. Louis Hawks Indiana
2 17 Butler, AlAl Butler G  United States Boston Celtics Niagara
2 18 Turner, JackJack Turner G/F  United States Chicago Packers Louisville
2 19 Graves, JerryJerry Graves# F  United States Chicago Packers Mississippi State
2 20 Larese, YorkYork Larese G  United States Chicago Packers North Carolina
2 21 Kojis, DonDon Kojis+ F  United States Chicago Packers Marquette
2 22 Moe, DougDoug Moe# G/F  United States Chicago Packers North Carolina
2 23 Cohen, JeffJeff Cohen# C  United States Chicago Packers William & Mary

Other picks[edit]

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

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 25 Nordmann, BevoBevo Nordmann C  United States Cincinnati Royals Saint Louis
3 26 Kistler, DougDoug Kistler F  United States Detroit Pistons Duke
3 28 Osborne, ChuckChuck Osborne F  United States Syracuse Nationals Western Kentucky
3 32 Bridges, BillBill Bridges+ F/C  United States Chicago Packers Kansas
4 33 Blaney, GeorgeGeorge Blaney G  United States New York Knicks Holy Cross
5 42 Smith, BillBill Smith G/F  United States New York Knicks Saint Peter's
5 44 Doyle, DannyDanny Doyle F  United States Detroit Pistons Belmont Abbey
5 50 Carl, HowieHowie Carl G  United States Chicago Packers DePaul
6 51 Buckner, ClevelandCleveland Buckner F/C  United States New York Knicks Jackson State
7 60 Butcher, DonnieDonnie Butcher G  United States New York Knicks Pikeville
7 61 Zeller, DaveDave Zeller G  United States Cincinnati Royals Miami (OH)
10 91 Comley, LarryLarry Comley G  United States Chicago Packers Kansas State
11 92 Loughery, KevinKevin Loughery G  United States New York Knicks St. John's
12 100 Patterson, GeorgeGeorge Patterson F/C  United States Cincinnati Royals Toledo

Notes[edit]

^ 1: Tom Meschery (formerly Tomislav Mescheryakov) was born in Harbin, Manchuria (now part of China) to Russian parents. He moved to the United States at the age of 8 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.[23][24]

References[edit]

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