1970 NBA draft

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1970 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) March 23, 1970
Location New York City
First selection Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons
NBA draft
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1970 NBA expansion draft
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Bob Lanier was selected first overall by the Detroit Pistons.

The 1970 NBA draft was the 24th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 23, 1970 before the 1970–71 season. In this draft, 17 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international 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 San Diego Rockets 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. Three expansion franchises, the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time and were assigned the seventh, the eighth and the ninth pick in each round. In the first round, the Cavaliers had the seventh pick, while the Blazers and the Braves had the eighth and the ninth pick respectively. In the subsequent rounds, the Cavaliers and the Braves exchanged their order of selection, while the Blazers had the eighth pick throughout the draft. The draft consisted of 19 rounds comprising the selection of 239 players; it holds the record for the most prospects selected in any NBA draft.

Draft selections and draftee career notes[edit]

Bob Lanier from St. Bonaventure University was selected first overall by the Detroit Pistons. Rudy Tomjanovich from the University of Michigan and Pete Maravich from Louisiana State University were selected second and third respectively. Fourth pick Dave Cowens from Florida State University and eighth pick Geoff Petrie from Princeton University went on to be named as joint winners of the Rookie of the Year Award in their first season.[2] Six players from this draft, Lanier, Maravich, Cowens, 18th pick Calvin Murphy, 19th pick Nate Archibald and 122nd pick Dan Issel, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[3] Maravich, Cowens and Archibald were also named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[4] Maravich had four All-NBA Team selections and five All-Star Game selections.[5] Cowens won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and 1976, one Most Valuable Player Award in 1973, and had three All-NBA Team selections and seven All-Star Game selections.[6] Archibald won one NBA championship with the Celtics in 1981 and had five All-NBA Team selections and six All-Star Game selections.[7] Lanier and Murphy were selected to eight and one All-Star Games respectively.[8][9] Dan Issel initially opted to play in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Kentucky Colonels. He played six seasons in the ABA before finally joining the NBA with the Denver Nuggets when both leagues merged. He was selected to five All-ABA Teams, six ABA All-Star Games and one NBA All-Star Game.[10][11]

Randy Smith, who was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 205th pick, did not enter the league until the 1971–72 season, after he was drafted again in the 1971 Draft by the Buffalo Braves with the 104th pick. He was selected to both the All-NBA Team and the All-Star Game.[12] Tomjanovich was selected to five All-Star Games during his career.[13] Charlie Scott, the 106th pick, initially opted to play in the ABA with the Virginia Squires before joining the NBA in 1972. He was selected to two All-ABA Teams, two ABA All-Star Games and three NBA All-Star Games.[14] Three other players from this draft, fifth pick Sam Lacey, seventh pick John Johnson and eighth pick Geoff Petrie, was also selected to at least one All-Star Game.[15][16][17] The Rockets' first and second round picks, Tomjanovich and Murphy spent all of their playing career with the Rockets. Tomjanovich played 11 seasons while Murphy played 13 seasons with the Rockets.[9][13]

Lanier, Tomjanovich, Cowens and Issel all became head coaches after ending their playing career. Lanier was the interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors in the 1995.[18] Tomjanovich coached two NBA teams, the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. He coached the Rockets for 12 seasons, leading them to the NBA championship twice in 1994 and 1995.[19] He also coached the United States national basketball team to a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. Cowens started his coaching career as a player-coach with the Celtics during the 1978–79 season, before returning to a full-time player in the next season. He later coached two more NBA teams, most recently with the Golden State Warriors.[20] Issel coached the Denver Nuggets for six seasons in two separate three-year stints.[21] Two other players drafted also went on to have coaching careers in the NBA: 40th pick Gar Heard and 125th pick George Irvine.[22][23]

The 1970 draft class is considered to be one of the best in NBA history as it produced seven Hall of Famers and twelve All-Stars.[24] Three of the first four picks were inducted to the Hall of Fame and seven of the first eight picks became All-Stars. The 1970 Draft is also known as the first draft where international players who had never played U.S. high school and college basketball were selected. In the 10th and 11th round, the Atlanta Hawks drafted Mexican Manuel Raga and Italian Dino Meneghin; both were playing in the Italian league at the time.[25] They became the first two international players drafted to the NBA.[26] However, neither of them ever played in the league as the Hawks did not have US$35,000 to buy out either of their contracts with their teams.[27] Meneghin, who played 28 seasons in Italy, has been inducted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to the FIBA Hall of Fame and also to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[28][29][30]

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

Draft[edit]

A man, wearing a light blue sweater, is looking to the front.
Rudy Tomjanovich was selected second overall by the San Diego Rockets.
A man, wearing white and green jacket with the NBA logo and green shamrock on the front, is standing and looking to the front.
Dave Cowens was selected fourth overall by the Boston Celtics.
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Geoff Petrie was selected eighth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Calvin Murphy was selected 18th overall by the San Diego Rockets.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Lanier, BobBob Lanier^ C  United States Detroit Pistons St. Bonaventure
1 2 Tomjanovich, RudyRudy Tomjanovich+ F  United States San Diego Rockets Michigan
1 3 Maravich, PetePete Maravich^ G  United States Atlanta Hawks (from San Francisco)[a] Louisiana State
1 4 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens^ F/C  United States Boston Celtics Florida State
1 5 Lacey, SamSam Lacey+ C  United States Cincinnati Royals New Mexico State
1 6 Ard, JimJim Ard F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Cincinnati
1 7 Johnson, JohnJohn Johnson+ F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Iowa
1 8 Petrie, GeoffGeoff Petrie+ G  United States Portland Trail Blazers Princeton
1 9 Johnson, George E.George E. Johnson C  United States Baltimore Bullets (from Buffalo)[b] Stephen F. Austin
1 10 Howard, GregGreg Howard F/C  United States Phoenix Suns Brill Cagliari (Italy)[31][32]
1 11 Collins, JimmyJimmy Collins G  United States Chicago Bulls New Mexico State
1 12 Henry, AlAl Henry C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Wisconsin
1 13 McMillian, JimJim McMillian F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Columbia
1 14 Vallely, JohnJohn Vallely G  United States Atlanta Hawks UCLA
1 15 Hummer, JohnJohn Hummer F/C  United States Buffalo Braves (from Baltimore)[b] Princeton
1 16 Freeman, GaryGary Freeman F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Oregon State
1 17 Price, MikeMike Price G  United States New York Knicks Illinois
2 18 Murphy, CalvinCalvin Murphy^ G  United States San Diego Rockets Niagara
2 19 Archibald, NateNate Archibald^ G  United States Cincinnati Royals (from San Francisco)[c] Texas-El Paso
2 20 Ford, JakeJake Ford G  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Detroit)[d] Maryland State
2 21 Morgan, RexRex Morgan G  United States Boston Celtics Jacksonville
2 22 Cook, DougDoug Cook# F  United States Cincinnati Royals Davidson
2 23 Cross, PetePete Cross F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics San Francisco
2 24 Warner, CornellCornell Warner F/C  United States Buffalo Braves Jackson State
2 25 Gilmore, WaltWalt Gilmore F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Fort Valley State
2 26 Sorenson, DaveDave Sorenson F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Ohio State
2 27 Taylor, FredFred Taylor G/F  United States Phoenix Suns Pan American
2 28 Ruffner, PaulPaul Ruffner F/C  United States Chicago Bulls Brigham Young
2 29 DePre, JoeJoe DePre# G  United States Phoenix Suns (from Philadelphia)[e] St. John's
2 30 Killum, EarnieEarnie Killum G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Stetson
2 31 Hester, DanDan Hester# F  United States Atlanta Hawks Louisiana State
2 32 Warzynski, KenKen Warzynski# F  United States Detroit Pistons (from Baltimore)[f] DePaul
2 33 Zopf, BillBill Zopf G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Duquesne
2 34 Wright, HowieHowie Wright# G  United States New York Knicks Austin Peay

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 35 Perry, CurtisCurtis Perry F  United States San Diego Rockets Southwest Missouri
3 38 Williams, WillieWillie Williams F  United States Boston Celtics Florida State
3 39 Hyder, GregGreg Hyder F  United States Cincinnati Royals Eastern New Mexico
3 40 Heard, GarGar Heard F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Oklahoma
3 46 Awtrey, DennisDennis Awtrey C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Santa Clara
3 50 Winkler, MarvMarv Winkler G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Southwestern Louisiana
4 53 Ogden, RalphRalph Ogden F  United States San Francisco Warriors Santa Clara
4 54 Stricker, BillBill Stricker F  United States Baltimore Bullets (from Detroit)[f] Pacific
4 64 Mikan, LarryLarry Mikan F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota
5 70 Fontaine, LeviLevi Fontaine G  United States San Francisco Warriors Maryland State
5 76 Knight, RonRon Knight F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Cal State-Los Angeles
5 79 Johnson, George T.George T. Johnson F/C  United States Chicago Bulls Dillard
5 82 Riley, BobBob Riley F  United States Atlanta Hawks Mount St. Mary's
5 83 Zeller, GaryGary Zeller G  United States Baltimore Bullets Drake
6 87 Bartolome, VicVic Bartolome C  United States San Francisco Warriors Oregon State
6 94 Cooke, JoeJoe Cooke G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Indiana
6 95 Thomas, JoeJoe Thomas F  United States Phoenix Suns Marquette
7 103 Paultz, BillyBilly Paultz F/C  United States San Diego Rockets St. John's
7 106 Scott, CharlieCharlie Scott+ G/F  United States Boston Celtics North Carolina
7 110 English, ClaudeClaude English F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Rhode Island
8 120 Adams, DonDon Adams F  United States San Diego Rockets Northwestern
8 122 Issel, DanDan Issel^ F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Kentucky
8 129 Patterson, SteveSteve Patterson C  United States Phoenix Suns UCLA
8 133 White, HerbHerb White G  United States Atlanta Hawks Georgia
8 136 Fillmore, GregGreg Fillmore C  United States New York Knicks Cheyney State
10 155 Dietrick, CobyCoby Dietrick F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors San Jose State
10 167 Raga, ManuelManuel Raga# F/C  Mexico Atlanta Hawks Pallacanestro Varese (Italy)
11 182 Meneghin, DinoDino Meneghin# F  Italy Atlanta Hawks Pallacanestro Varese (Italy)
14 205 Smith, RandyRandy Smith* G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Buffalo State
16 224 Marlatt, HarveyHarvey Marlatt G  United States Detroit Pistons Eastern Michigan

Trades[edit]

  • c On December 25, 1969, the Cincinnati Royals acquired a second-round pick from the San Francisco Warriors in exchange for Adrian Smith.[34][37] The Royals used the pick to draft Nate Archibald.
  • f 1 2 On February 1, 1970, the Detroit Pistons acquired Bob Quick and a second-round pick from the Bullets in exchange for Eddie Miles and a fourth-round pick.[39][41] The Pistons used the pick to draft Ken Warzynski. The Bullets used the pick to select Bill Stricker.

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