1967 NBA draft

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1967 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s) May 3, 1967 (Rounds 1–11)
May 4, 1967 (Rounds 12–20)
Location New York City, New York
First selection Jimmy Walker, Detroit Pistons
NBA draft
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1967 NBA expansion draft

The 1967 NBA draft was the 21st annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 3 and 4, 1967 before the 1967–68 season. In this draft, 12 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. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each division, with the order determined by a coin flip.[1] The Detroit Pistons won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Baltimore Bullets 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. Five teams that had the best records in previous season were not awarded second round draft picks. Two expansion franchises, the San Diego Rockets and the Seattle SuperSonics, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time and were assigned the sixth and seventh pick in the first round, along with the last two picks of each subsequent round. The draft consisted of 20 rounds comprising 162 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes[edit]

Jimmy Walker from Providence College was selected first overall by the Detroit Pistons. Earl Monroe from Winston-Salem State University, who went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season, was drafted second by the Baltimore Bullets.[2] Monroe, fifth pick Walt Frazier and ninth pick Mel Daniels have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[3] They were also named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[4] Monroe and Frazier both won the NBA championship with the Knicks in 1973. Three seasons earlier in 1970, Frazier was also a member of the Knicks team that won the NBA championship for the first time. Frazier was selected to seven All-NBA Teams, six All-Star Games and seven All-Defensive Teams, while Monroe was selected to one All-NBA Team and four All-Star Games.[5][6] Walker and 19th pick Bob Rule are the only other players from this draft who have been selected to an All-Star Game.[7][8] Daniels, the 9th pick, opted to play in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Minnesota Muskies. He won the ABA Most Valuable Player Award twice and was selected to five All-ABA Teams and seven ABA All-Star Games. He later played one season in the NBA with the New York Nets after the ABA–NBA merger.[9] After his playing career, he became a coach for the Indiana Pacers and served two games as their interim head coach in 1988.[10]

Pat Riley, the 7th pick, and Phil Jackson, the 17th pick, became successful NBA head coaches after ending their playing career. Riley won five NBA championships as head coach; four with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s and one with the Miami Heat in 2006.[11] He also won the Coach of the Year Award for a record three times, tied with Don Nelson.[12] Jackson won eleven NBA championships, the most in NBA history.[13] He led the Chicago Bulls to win three straight championships twice over separate three year periods; during 19911993 and 19961998. He then captured his third "three-peat" with the Lakers during 20002002, before winning two more title in 2009 and 2010. He also won a Coach of the Year Award in 1996 with the Bulls.[14] Both coaches have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[3] They were also named among the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[15]

First pick Jimmy Walker was also drafted in the 1967 National Football League (NFL) Draft, despite never having played college football.[16] He was drafted last in the 17-round draft by the New Orleans Saints.[17] He stayed with his basketball career and became a two-time All-Star.[18] On the other hand, the first pick in the 1967 NFL Draft, Bubba Smith, was drafted by an NBA team. He was selected with the 114th pick in the 11th round by the Baltimore Bullets. However, he stayed with his football career and played nine seasons in the NFL as a defensive end.[19]

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]

A man, wearing red and green jacket with a red shirt and tie, is standing on a basketball court while holding a microphone.
Walt Frazier was selected fifth overall by the New York Knicks.
A man, wearing a jacket with a white shirt and tie, is raising his hands in the air during a basketball game.
Pat Riley was selected seventh overall by the San Diego Rockets.
A man, wearing a jacket with a white shirt and tie, is looking ahead.
Phil Jackson was selected 17th overall by the New York Knicks.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Walker, JimmyJimmy Walker+ G  United States Detroit Pistons Providence
1 2 Monroe, EarlEarl Monroe^ G  United States Baltimore Bullets Winston-Salem State
1 3 Haskins, ClemClem Haskins G  United States Chicago Bulls Western Kentucky
1 4 Dove, SonnySonny Dove F  United States Detroit Pistons (from Los Angeles)[a] St. John's
1 5 Frazier, WaltWalt Frazier^ G  United States New York Knicks Southern Illinois
1 6 Tucker, AlAl Tucker F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Oklahoma Baptist
1 7 Riley, PatPat Riley G/F  United States San Diego Rockets Kentucky
1 8 Workman, TomTom Workman F/C  United States St. Louis Hawks Seattle
1 9 Daniels, MelMel Daniels C  United States Cincinnati Royals New Mexico
1 10 Lattin, DaveDave Lattin F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors Texas Western
1 11 Graham, MalMal Graham G  United States Boston Celtics NYU
1 12 Raymond, CraigCraig Raymond C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Brigham Young
2 13 Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Grambling
2 14 Sullivan, SteveSteve Sullivan# F  United States Detroit Pistons Georgetown
2 15 Beck, ByronByron Beck F/C  United States Chicago Bulls Denver
2 16 Mahaffey, RandolphRandolph Mahaffey# F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Clemson
2 17 Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson F/C  United States New York Knicks North Dakota
2 18 Netolicky, BobBob Netolicky# F/C  United States San Diego Rockets Drake
2 19 Rule, BobBob Rule+ F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Colorado State

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 24 Gregor, GaryGary Gregor F/C  United States New York Knicks South Carolina
3 25 Verga, BobBob Verga G  United States St. Louis Hawks Duke
3 26 Gray, GaryGary Gray G  United States Cincinnati Royals Oklahoma City
3 27 Turner, BillBill Turner F  United States San Francisco Warriors Akron
3 31 Jones, NickNick Jones G  United States San Diego Rockets Oregon
4 34 Burns, JimJim Burns G  United States Chicago Bulls Northwestern
4 35 Anderson, CliffCliff Anderson G/F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Saint Joseph's
4 38 Dampier, LouieLouie Dampier G  United States Cincinnati Royals Kentucky
4 39 Lewis, BobBob Lewis G  United States San Francisco Warriors North Carolina
5 45 Long, PaulPaul Long G  United States Detroit Pistons Wake Forest
5 51 Lynn, MikeMike Lynn F  United States San Francisco Warriors UCLA
5 53 Reid, JimJim Reid F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Winston-Salem State
5 54 Lott, PlummerPlummer Lott G/F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Seattle
6 63 Schlueter, DaleDale Schlueter C  United States San Francisco Warriors Colorado State
8 80 Manning, EdEd Manning F  United States Baltimore Bullets Jackson State
8 81 Carter, GeorgeGeorge Carter G/F  United States Detroit Pistons St. Bonaventure
9 96 Biedenbach, EdEd Biedenbach G  United States St. Louis Hawks North Carolina State
9 100 Filipek, RonRon Filipek F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Tennessee Tech
10 110 Weitzman, RickRick Weitzman G  United States Boston Celtics Northeastern
12 128 Riordan, MikeMike Riordan G/F  United States New York Knicks Providence
17 157 Petersen, LoyLoy Petersen G  United States Baltimore Bullets Oregon State
20 162 West, RolandRoland West G  United States Baltimore Bullets Cincinnati

Trades[edit]

  • a On February 17, 1967, the Detroit Pistons acquired a first-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers as compensation when Rudy LaRusso refused to report to the Lakers after being traded to the Pistons in a three-team trade on January 16, 1967.[20][21][22] The Lakers used the pick to draft Sonny Dove.

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Bob Rule Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mel Daniels Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
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