1961 NBA Expansion Draft

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1961 NBA Expansion draft
General information
Expansion team(s) Chicago Packers
Date(s) April 26, 1961
NBA expansion draft
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1961 NBA Draft

The 1961 NBA Expansion Draft was the inaugural expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 26, 1961, so that the newly founded Chicago Packers could acquire players for the upcoming 1961–62 season. The Packers were the second NBA team from Chicago, after the Chicago Stags, which folded in 1950.[1] The Packers later underwent several name changes and relocations before moving to Washington, D.C.. They are currently known as the Washington Wizards.[2] In an NBA expansion draft, new NBA teams are allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league. Not all players on a given team are available during an expansion draft, since each team can protect a certain number of players from being selected.

The Packers appointed four-times All-Star and former Minneapolis Lakers head coach Jim Pollard as the franchise's first head coach.[3][4] The Packers selected eight unprotected players, one from each of the other NBA teams. Their selections included former second overall pick Archie Dees from the Detroit Pistons. However, he and Barney Cable only played briefly for the Packers before he was traded to the St. Louis Hawks in exchange for former first overall pick Sihugo Green, one-time All-Star Woody Sauldsberry and Joe Graboski.[5] Dave Budd, who was selected from the New York Knicks, was traded back to the Knicks without playing any games for the Packers. He was traded in exchange for former second overall pick Charlie Tyra and Bob McNeill.[6] Six players from the expansion draft joined the Packers for their inaugural season, but only two played more than one season for the team.

Key[edit]

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center

Selections[edit]

Player Pos. Nationality Previous team Years of NBA experience[a] Career with the franchise[b] Ref.
Budd, DaveDave Budd F  United States New York Knicks 1 [c] [6]
Cable, BarneyBarney Cable F  United States Syracuse Nationals 3 1961; 19631964 [7]
Conley, GeneGene Conley F/C  United States Boston Celtics 4 [c] [8]
Davis, RalphRalph Davis G  United States Cincinnati Royals 1 1961–1962 [9]
Dees, ArchieArchie Dees F/C  United States Detroit Pistons 3 1961 [5]
Johnson, AndyAndy Johnson G/F  United States Philadelphia Warriors 3 1961–1962 [10]
Leonard, BobbyBobby Leonard G  United States Los Angeles Lakers 5 19611963 [11]
Piontek, DaveDave Piontek F/C  United States St. Louis Hawks 5 1961–1962 [12]

Notes[edit]

  • a Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Includes career with the Chicago Zephyrs (1962–1963) and Baltimore Bullets (1963–1973)
  • c Never played a game for the franchise

References[edit]

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Specific
  1. ^ "History of the Chicago Bulls". NBA.com/Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 19 March 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Washington Wizards History". NBA.com/Wizards. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jim Pollard Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jim Pollard Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Archie Dees Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Dave Budd Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Barney Cable Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Gene Conley Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ralph Davis Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Andy Johnson Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Slick Leonard Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Dave Piontek Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 

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