1968 NBA Expansion Draft

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1968 NBA Expansion draft
General information
Expansion team(s) Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns
Date(s) May 6, 1968
NBA expansion draft
1967 1970 >
1968 NBA Draft
A man, wearing a jersey with a word "TEMPLE" and the number "5" written in the front, is holding a basketball while posing for a photo.
Guy Rodgers was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks from the Cincinnati Royals.

The 1968 NBA Expansion Draft was the fourth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 6, 1968, so that the newly founded Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns could acquire players for the upcoming 1968–69 season. Milwaukee and Phoenix had been awarded the expansion teams on January 22, 1968.[1] 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. In this draft, each of the twelve other NBA teams had protected seven players from their roster. After each round, where each the Suns and the Bucks had selected one player, the existing teams added another player to their protected list.[2] The draft continued until both teams had selected eighteen unprotected players each, while the existing teams had lost three players each.

The Milwaukee Bucks were formed and owned by a group of investors headed by Wesley Pavalon and Marvin Fishman, which called the Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, Inc. (Milwaukee Pro).[3] The Bucks were the second NBA team from Milwaukee, after the Milwaukee Hawks, which moved to St. Louis in 1955 and then Atlanta in 1968, becoming the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks' selections included former first overall pick Fred Hetzel, six-time All-Star Larry Costello, five-time All-Star Wayne Embry, four-time All-Star Guy Rodgers and one-time All-Star Len Chappell. Prior to the expansion draft, Costello retired from playing due to injury and was named as the franchise's first head coach.[4][5] Ten players from the expansion draft joined the Bucks for their inaugural season, but only three played more than one season for the team. Jon McGlocklin, who played eight seasons with the Bucks, was named to the 1969 All-Star Game, becoming the franchise's first All-Star.[6] He was the only player from the expansion draft that was on the Bucks team that won the NBA championship in 1971.[7] Embry was later inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.[8]

The Phoenix Suns were formed and owned by a group of investors headed by Richard Bloch.[9] Former Chicago Bulls head coach and 1967 Coach of the Year Johnny Kerr was named as the franchise's first head coach.[10] The Suns' selections included territorial picks Gail Goodrich and George Wilson. Eight players from the expansion draft joined the Suns for their inaugural season, but only five played more than one season for the team. John Wetzel was the ninth player from the expansion draft to play for the Suns. He made his first appearance in 1970 after serving in the military for two years.[11] Goodrich and Dick Van Arsdale were named to the 1969 All-Star Game, becoming the franchise's first All-Stars.[6] Van Arsdale played nine seasons with the Suns and became the Suns' franchise leader in games played when he retired in 1977, a record which has since been broken by Alvan Adams and Walter Davis.[12] Goodrich played two seasons with the Suns and was later inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player.[13]

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 and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game

Selections[edit]

Player Pos. Nationality Team Previous team Years of NBA experience[a] Career with the franchise[b] Ref.
Chappell, LenLen Chappell+ F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Detroit Pistons 6 19681970 [14]
Costello, LarryLarry Costello* G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Philadelphia 76ers 12 [c] [15]
Egan, JohnnyJohnny Egan G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets 7 [c] [16]
Embry, WayneWayne Embry+ F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics 10 1968–1969 [17]
Gambee, DaveDave Gambee F  United States Milwaukee Bucks San Diego Rockets 10 1968 [18]
Gray, GaryGary Gray G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Cincinnati Royals 1 [c] [19]
Hetzel, FredFred Hetzel F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks San Francisco Warriors 3 1968–1969 [20]
Jones, JohnnyJohnny Jones F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics 1 [c] [21]
Love, BobBob Love* F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Cincinnati Royals 2 1968 [22]
McGlocklin, JonJon McGlocklin+ G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks San Diego Rockets 3 19681976 [23]
Miller, JayJay Miller F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Atlanta Hawks 1 1968 [24]
Olsen, BudBud Olsen F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics 6 [c] [25]
Patterson, GeorgeGeorge Patterson F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Detroit Pistons 1 [c] [26]
Reid, JimJim Reid F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Philadelphia 76ers 1 [c] [27]
Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers^ G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Cincinnati Royals 10 19681970 [28]
Thacker, TomTom Thacker G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics 4 [c] [29]
Warlick, BobBob Warlick G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks San Francisco Warriors 3 1968 [30]
Weiss, BobBob Weiss G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics 3 1968 [31]
Barnhill, JohnJohn Barnhill G  United States Phoenix Suns San Diego Rockets 6 [c] [32]
Bryant, EmEm Bryant G  United States Phoenix Suns New York Knicks 4 [c] [33]
Goodrich, GailGail Goodrich^ G  United States Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers 3 19681970 [34]
Hamilton, DennisDennis Hamilton F  United States Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers 1 [c] [35]
Johnson, NeilNeil Johnson F/C  United States Phoenix Suns New York Knicks 2 19681970 [36]
Lattin, DaveDave Lattin F/C  United States Phoenix Suns San Francisco Warriors 1 1968–1969 [37]
Long, PaulPaul Long G  United States Phoenix Suns Detroit Pistons 1 [c] [38]
McKenzie, StanStan McKenzie G/F  United States Phoenix Suns Baltimore Bullets 1 19681970 [39]
McLemore, McCoyMcCoy McLemore F/C  United States Phoenix Suns Chicago Bulls 4 1968 [40]
Melchionni, BillBill Melchionni G  United States Phoenix Suns Philadelphia 76ers 1 [c] [41]
Schellhase, DaveDave Schellhase G  United States Phoenix Suns Chicago Bulls 2 [c] [42]
Snyder, DickDick Snyder G/F  United States Phoenix Suns Atlanta Hawks 2 19681969 [43]
Spitzer, CraigCraig Spitzer C  United States Phoenix Suns Chicago Bulls 1 [c] [44]
Tormohlen, BumperBumper Tormohlen F/C  United States Phoenix Suns Atlanta Hawks 5 [c] [45]
Van Arsdale, DickDick Van Arsdale+ G/F  United States Phoenix Suns New York Knicks 3 19681977 [46]
West, RolandRoland West G  United States Phoenix Suns Baltimore Bullets 1 [c] [47]
Wetzel, JohnJohn Wetzel G/F  United States Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers 1 19701972; 1975–1976 [48]
Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson C  United States Phoenix Suns Seattle SuperSonics 4 1968–1969 [49]

Notes[edit]

  • a Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Career with the expansion franchise that drafted the player
  • c Never played a game for the franchise

References[edit]

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