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1972 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) April 10, 1972 (first 10 rounds)
April 15, 1972 (remaining rounds)
Location New York City
First selection LaRue Martin, Portland Trail Blazers
NBA draft
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The 1972 NBA draft was the 26th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 10 and 15, 1972 before the 1972–73 season. In this draft, 17 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each conference, with the order determined by a coin flip.[1] The Portland Trail Blazers won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Buffalo Braves 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. As a result of last year's supplemental hardship draft, the Cincinnati Royals, the Atlanta Hawks, the Golden State Warriors and the Baltimore Bullets forfeited their first round picks, while the Los Angeles Lakers forfeited their fourth round pick.[2] Prior to the start of the season, the Cincinnati Royals relocated and became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. The draft consisted of 18 rounds comprising the selection of 198 players.

Draft selections and draftee career notes[edit]

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. Before the draft, eight college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule, a similar case in which Spencer Haywood successfully argued in his court case against the NBA which allowed him to play in the NBA before his college class graduated.[3][4] These players had applied and gave evidence of financial hardship to the league, which granted them the right to start earning their living by starting their professional careers earlier.[5] This was the first draft where college underclassmen were allowed to enter.

LaRue Martin from Loyola University Chicago was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. Bob McAdoo, a college junior from the University of North Carolina, was selected second by the Buffalo Braves. He went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[6] McAdoo and 12th pick Julius Erving have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[7] Erving was also named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[8] McAdoo won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982 and 1985, one Most Valuable Player Award in 1975, and had two All-NBA Team selections and five All-Star Game selections.[9] Erving had left college in 1971 to play professionally in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Virginia Squires. He later joined the NBA in 1976 after both leagues merged. He played 11 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and won the NBA championship in 1983. His other achievements include an NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 1981, three ABA Most Valuable Player Award, five All-ABA Team selections, seven All-NBA Team selections, five ABA All-Star Game selections and eleven NBA All-Star Game selections.[10][11]

Paul Westphal, the 9th pick, was selected to both the All-NBA Team and the All-Star Game; he had four All-NBA selections and five All-Star selections. He also won the NBA championship in 1974 with the Boston Celtics.[12] After retiring as a player, he went on to coach three NBA teams, most recently with the Sacramento Kings.[13] Two other players from this draft, 16th pick Jim Price and 34th pick Don Buse, were also selected to an All-Star Game.[14][15] Chris Ford, the 17th pick, won the NBA championship in 1981 with the Celtics.[16] After retiring as a player, he went on to coach four NBA teams, including the Celtics.[17] Ralph Simpson, the 11th pick, had left college in 1970 to play professionally in the ABA with Denver Rockets. He was selected to five ABA All-Star Games and four All-ABA Teams before he joined the NBA in 1976.[18]

LaRue Martin and the 1972 draft class is considered as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history.[19][20][21] Martin only lasted four seasons in the league with a career scoring average of 5.3.[22] The other first-round picks, except McAdoo, Westphal and Erving, were also had insignificant contributions to the league. None of them had career scoring averages above 9 points per game and only one of them had lasted more than six seasons in the NBA. Two of the first-round picks, Erving and Simpson had already played in the ABA before the draft. They stayed there until both leagues merged in 1976 and none of them played for the team that drafted them.[10][18]

In the tenth round, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Krešimir Ćosić from Brigham Young University with the 144th pick. However, he opted to play another season in college before returning to Yugoslavia in 1973. Ćosić, who was also selected in the fifth round of the 1973 Draft, had a successful career in Europe, winning numerous league and club titles, as well as six gold medals with the Yugoslavian national team. For his achievements, he has been inducted by to the Basketball Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to the FIBA Hall of Fame.[23][24]

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]

Bob McAdoo was selected 2nd overall by the Buffalo Braves.
A man with long hair wearing a basketball jersey smiles.
Paul Westphal was selected 10th overall by the Detroit Pistons.
A basketball player, wearing a red jersey with the word "SIXERS" on the front, is looking to his right side.
Julius Erving was selected 12th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.
A man, wearing a black jacket with blue shirt, is standing in the middle of a classroom.
Brian Taylor was selected 23rd overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Martin, LaRueLaRue Martin C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Loyola (Illinois) (Sr.)
1 2 McAdoo, BobBob McAdoo^ F/C  United States Buffalo Braves North Carolina (Jr.)
1 3 Davis, DwightDwight Davis F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Houston (Sr.)
1 4 Calhoun, CorkyCorky Calhoun F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Detroit via Houston)[a] Pennsylvania (Sr.)
1 5 Boyd, FredFred Boyd G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Oregon State (Sr.)
1 6 Lee, RussRuss Lee G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston)[b] Marshall (Sr.)
1 7 Stallworth, IsaacIsaac Stallworth G/F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Kansas (Sr.)
1 8 Riker, TomTom Riker F/C  United States New York Knicks South Carolina (Sr.)
1 9 Nash, BobBob Nash F  United States Detroit Pistons (from Phoenix)[c] Hawaii (Sr.)
1 10 Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal* G  United States Boston Celtics Southern California (Sr.)
1 11 Simpson, RalphRalph Simpson G/F  United States Chicago Bulls Denver Rockets (ABA)[18]
1 12 Erving, JuliusJulius Erving^ G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Virginia Squires (ABA)[10]
1 13 Grant, TravisTravis Grant F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Kentucky State (Sr.)
2 14 Davis, BobBob Davis F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Weber State (Sr.)
2 15 Fox, HaroldHarold Fox G  United States Buffalo Braves Jacksonville (Sr.)
2 16 Price, JimJim Price+ G  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland)[d] Louisville (Sr.)
2 17 Ford, ChrisChris Ford G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Villanova (Sr.)
2 18 Wright, JobyJoby Wright F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Philadelphia)[e] Indiana (Sr.)
2 19 Sibert, SamSam Sibert F  United States Cincinnati Royals Kentucky State (Sr.)
2 20 Gianelli, JohnJohn Gianelli F/C  United States Houston Rockets Pacific (Sr.)
2 21 Bracey, SteveSteve Bracey G  United States Atlanta Hawks Tulsa (Sr.)
2 22 Stovall, PaulPaul Stovall F  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Baltimore)[f] Arizona State (Sr.)
2 23 Taylor, BrianBrian Taylor G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Princeton (Jr.)
2 24 Hawes, SteveSteve Hawes F/C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from New York)[g] Washington (Sr.)
2 25 Patterson, TomTom Patterson F  United States Baltimore Bullets (from Phoenix)[h] Ouachita Baptist (Sr.)
2 26 Twardzik, DaveDave Twardzik G  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Golden State)[i] Old Dominion (Sr.)
2 27 Wuycik, DennisDennis Wuycik# F  United States Boston Celtics North Carolina (Sr.)
2 28 Ratliff, MikeMike Ratliff C  United States Cincinnati Royals (from Chicago)[j] Eau Claire State (Sr.)
2 29 Terry, ChuckChuck Terry F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Long Beach State (Sr.)
2 30 Johnson, OllieOllie Johnson F  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Los Angeles)[k] Temple (Sr.)

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 31 Neal, LloydLloyd Neal F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Tennessee State (Sr.)
3 33 English, ScottScott English F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland)[l] Texas-El Paso (Sr.)
3 34 Buse, DonDon Buse+ G  United States Phoenix Suns (from Detroit) Evansville (Sr.)
3 35 Russell, FrankFrank Russell G  United States Chicago Bulls (from Cincinnati)[j] Detroit (Sr.)
3 37 McWilliams, EricEric McWilliams F  United States Houston Rockets Long Beach State (Sr.)
3 38 Riley, RonRon Riley F  United States Cincinnati Royals (from Atlanta)[m] Southern California (Sr.)
3 39 Porter, KevinKevin Porter G  United States Baltimore Bullets Saint Francis (PA) (Sr.)
3 40 Creighton, JimJim Creighton F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Colorado (Sr.)
3 42 Terry, ClaudeClaude Terry G/F  United States Phoenix Suns Stanford (Sr.)
3 43 Chamberlain, BillBill Chamberlain F  United States Golden State Warriors North Carolina (Sr.)
4 53 Schade, FrankFrank Schade G  United States Cincinnati Royals Eau Claire State (Sr.)
4 58 Bibby, HenryHenry Bibby G  United States New York Knicks UCLA (Sr.)
4 60 Tschogl, JohnJohn Tschogl F  United States Golden State Warriors UC Santa Barbara (Sr.)
5 70 Silas, JamesJames Silas G  United States Houston Rockets Stephen F. Austin (Sr.)
5 76 Dudley, CharlesCharles Dudley G  United States Golden State Warriors Washington (Sr.)
5 78 Garrett, RowlandRowland Garrett F  United States Chicago Bulls Florida State (Sr.)
7 109 Fryer, BernieBernie Fryer G  United States Phoenix Suns Brigham Young (Sr.)
7 113 Davis, MickeyMickey Davis G/F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Duquesne (Sr.)
8 117 Kelso, BenBen Kelso G  United States Detroit Pistons Central Michigan (Sr.)
11 165 Minor, MarkMark Minor F  United States Boston Celtics Ohio State (Sr.)
13 180 Barr, MikeMike Barr G  United States Chicago Bulls Duquesne (Sr.)

Trades[edit]

  • c On April 2, 1971, the Detroit Pistons acquired a first-round pick from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Otto Moore.[25][27] The Pistons used the pick to draft Bob Nash.
  • f On November 11, 1970, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired a second-round pick from the Baltimore Bullets in exchange for John Tresvant.[31] The Lakers used the pick to draft Paul Stovall.
  • g On November 15, 1971, the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired a second-round pick and a future pick from the New York Knicks in exchange for Luther Rackley.[32] The Cavaliers used the pick to draft Steve Hawes.
  • h On the draft-day, the Baltimore Bullets acquired a second-round pick from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Gus Johnson.[33] The Bullets used the pick to draft Tom Patterson.
  • k On September 11, 1971, the Portland Trail Blazers acquired a second-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for LeRoy Ellis.[38] The Blazers used the pick to draft Ollie Johnson.
  • l On August 13, 1971, the Phoenix Suns acquired 1972 and a future third-round picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Greg Howard.[39] The Suns used the pick to draft Scott English.
  • k On October 12, 1969, the Cincinnati Royals acquired Wally Anderzunas and a third-round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Dave Newmark.[40] The Royals used the pick to draft Ron Riley.

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