1974 NBA draft

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1974 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) May 28, 1974
Location New York City
First selection Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers
NBA draft
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1974 NBA expansion draft

The 1974 NBA draft was the 28th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 28, 1974 before the 1974–75 season.[1] In this draft, 18 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.[2] The Portland Trail Blazers won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Philadelphia 76ers 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. Prior to the draft, the Capital Bullets were renamed the Washington Bullets.[3] An expansion franchise, the New Orleans Jazz, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time and were assigned the tenth pick in each round. 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, 20 college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule.[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] The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 178 players.

Draft selections and draftee career notes[edit]

A man, wearing a white jersey with UCLA 32 on front, with both arms raised and ball in his right hand while looking to his left.
Bill Walton was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Bill Walton from the University of California, Los Angeles was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. Jamaal Wilkes (then known as Keith Wilkes) from the University of California, Los Angeles, who went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season, was selected 11th by the Golden State Warriors.[6] Walton, Wilkes, and 40th pick George Gervin have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[7] Both Walton and Gervin were also named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[8] Walton won the NBA championship, along with the Finals Most Valuable Player Award, with the Blazers in 1977. Later in his career, he won another NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 1986. During that season, he also won the Sixth Man of the Year Award.[9] Walton's other achievements include one Most Valuable Player Award in 1978, two All-NBA Team selections and five All-Star Game selections.[10] Gervin had left college in 1972 to play professionally in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Virginia Squires. He later joined the NBA in 1976 after both leagues merged. His achievements include two All-ABA Team selections, seven All-NBA Team selections, three ABA All-Star Game selections and nine NBA All-Star Game selections.[11][12]

Jamaal Wilkes won four NBA championships, one with the Golden State Warriors and three with the Los Angeles Lakers, and was selected to three All-Star Games.[13] Maurice Lucas, the 14th pick, was selected to one All-NBA Team and four All-Star Games. He also won the NBA championship in 1977 with the Trail Blazers.[14] Truck Robinson, the 22nd pick, and Phil Smith, the 29th pick, were selected to one All-NBA Team and two All-Star Games each.[15][16] Bobby Jones, the 5th pick, initially opted to play in the ABA. He played two seasons in the ABA before finally joined the NBA with the Denver Nuggets when both leagues merged. His achievements include an NBA championship with the 76ers in 1983, one All-ABA Team selection, one ABA All-Star Game selection, four NBA All-Star Game selections, nine NBA All-Defensive Team selections and one Sixth Man of The Year Award.[17] Five other players from this draft, 6th pick Scott Wedman, 8th pick Campy Russell, 12th pick Brian Winters, 21st pick Billy Knight and 25th pick John Drew, were also selected to at least one All-Star Game.[18][19][20][21][22] Two players drafted went on to have coaching careers in the NBA: Brian Winters and 45th pick Kim Hughes.[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]

Tom McMillen was selected 9th overall by the Buffalo Braves.
A man, wearing a white shirt and tie, is sitting behind a desk.
Len Elmore was selected 13th overall by the Washington Bullets.
A man, wearing a white jersey with the number "34" written in the front, is jumping to grab the basketball, while several players are standing and jumping around him.
Billy Knight (center) was selected 21st overall by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Walton, BillBill Walton^ F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers UCLA (Sr.)
1 2 Barnes, MarvinMarvin Barnes F/C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Providence (Sr.)
1 3 Burleson, TommyTommy Burleson C  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Cleveland)[a] North Carolina State (Sr.)
1 4 Shumate, JohnJohn Shumate F/C  United States Phoenix Suns Notre Dame (Sr.)1[›]
1 5 Jones, BobbyBobby Jones+ F  United States Houston Rockets North Carolina (Sr.)
1 6 Wedman, ScottScott Wedman+ G/F  United States Kansas City-Omaha Kings Colorado (Sr.)
1 7 Henderson, TomTom Henderson G  United States Atlanta Hawks Hawaii (Sr.)
1 8 Russell, CampyCampy Russell+ F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Seattle)[a] Michigan (Jr.)
1 9 McMillen, TomTom McMillen F/C  United States Buffalo Braves Maryland (Sr.)
1 10 Sojourner, MikeMike Sojourner F/C  United States Atlanta Hawks (from New Orleans)[b] Utah (So.)
1 11 Wilkes, KeithKeith Wilkes^
(now Jamaal Wilkes)2[›]
G/F  United States Golden State Warriors UCLA (Sr.)
1 12 Winters, BrianBrian Winters+ G/F  United States Los Angeles Lakers South Carolina (Sr.)
1 13 Elmore, LenLen Elmore F/C  United States Washington Bullets Maryland (Sr.)
1 14 Lucas, MauriceMaurice Lucas* F/C  United States Chicago Bulls (from New York)[c] Marquette (Jr.)
1 15 Eberhard, AlAl Eberhard F  United States Detroit Pistons Missouri (Sr.)
1 16 Pondexter, CliffCliff Pondexter F/C  United States Chicago Bulls Long Beach State (Fr.)
1 17 McDonald, GlennGlenn McDonald G/F  United States Boston Celtics Long Beach State (Sr.)
1 18 Brokaw, GaryGary Brokaw G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Notre Dame (Jr.)
2 19 Smith, DonDon Smith G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Dayton (Sr.)
2 20 van Breda Kolff, JanJan van Breda Kolff G/F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Vanderbilt (Sr.)
2 21 Knight, BillyBilly Knight+ G/F  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland)[d] Pittsburgh (Sr.)
2 22 Robinson, TruckTruck Robinson* F/C  United States Washington Bullets (from Phoenix via Los Angeles)[e] Tennessee State (Sr.)
2 23 Bailey, GusGus Bailey G/F  United States Houston Rockets Texas-El Paso (Sr.)
2 24 Kosmalski, LenLen Kosmalski C  United States Kansas City-Omaha Kings Tennessee (Sr.)
2 25 Drew, JohnJohn Drew+ G/F  United States Atlanta Hawks Gardner–Webb (Jr.)
2 26 Gray, LeonardLeonard Gray F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Long Beach State (Sr.)
2 27 Benbow, LeonLeon Benbow G  United States Chicago Bulls (from Buffalo)[f] Jacksonville (Sr.)
2 28 James, AaronAaron James F  United States New Orleans Jazz Grambling (Sr.)
2 29 Smith, PhilPhil Smith* G  United States Golden State Warriors San Francisco (Sr.)
2 30 DuVal, DennisDennis DuVal G  United States Washington Bullets Syracuse (Sr.)
2 31 Saunders, FredFred Saunders F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Los Angeles)[g] Syracuse (Sr.)
2 32 Dark, JesseJesse Dark G  United States New York Knicks Virginia Commonwealth (Sr.)
2 33 Money, EricEric Money G  United States Detroit Pistons Arizona (So.)
2 34 Lumpkin, PhilPhil Lumpkin G  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Chicago)[h] Miami (Ohio) (Sr.)
2 35 Stacom, KevinKevin Stacom G  United States Boston Celtics Providence (Sr.)
2 36 Collins, RubinRubin Collins# G  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Milwaukee via Philadelphia)[i] Maryland-Eastern Shore (Jr.)

Other picks[edit]

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.

A man, wearing a black coat, white shirt and tie, is standing in front of the American flag.
George Gervin was selected 40th overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 37 Norman, ConielConiel Norman G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Arizona (So.)
3 38 Walker, FootsFoots Walker G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Portland)[j] West Georgia (Sr.)
3 39 Restani, KevinKevin Restani F/C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers San Francisco (Sr.)
3 40 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin^ G/F  United States Phoenix Suns Virginia Squires (ABA)[12]
3 42 Catchings, HarveyHarvey Catchings F/C  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Kansas City-Omaha)[k] Hardin–Simmons (Sr.)
3 43 Elston, DarrellDarrell Elston G  United States Atlanta Hawks North Carolina (Sr.)
3 44 Skinner, TalvinTalvin Skinner G/F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Maryland-Eastern Shore (Sr.)
3 45 Hughes, KimKim Hughes C  United States Buffalo Braves Wisconsin (Sr.)
3 47 Kendrick, FrankFrank Kendrick F  United States Golden State Warriors Purdue (Sr.)
3 49 Williams, EarlEarl Williams F/C  United States Phoenix Suns (from Washington)[l] Winston-Salem State (Sr.)
3 52 Wilson, BobbyBobby Wilson G  United States Chicago Bulls Wichita State (Sr.)
4 56 Johnson, MickeyMickey Johnson F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Aurora (Sr.)
4 63 Harris, BernieBernie Harris F  United States Buffalo Braves Virginia Commonwealth (Sr.)
4 66 Washington, StanStan Washington G  United States Washington Bullets San Diego State (Sr.)
5 77 Wells, OwenOwen Wells F  United States Houston Rockets Detroit (Sr.)
5 80 Tolson, DeanDean Tolson F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Arkansas (Sr.)
5 82 Searcy, EdEd Searcy F  United States New Orleans Jazz St. John's (Sr.)
5 86 Jackson, GregGreg Jackson G  United States New York Knicks Guilford (Sr.)
5 89 Clyde, BenBen Clyde F  United States Boston Celtics Florida State (Sr.)
6 92 Anderson, DanielDaniel Anderson G  United States Portland Trail Blazers USC (Sr.)
6 98 Jackson, WardellWardell Jackson F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Ohio State (Sr.)
7 115 Lee, GregGreg Lee G  United States Atlanta Hawks UCLA (Sr.)
9 145 Warbington, PerryPerry Warbington G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Georgia Southern (Sr.)
9 154 Boyd, KenKen Boyd F  United States New Orleans Jazz Boston University (Sr.)
9 160 Skinner, AlAl Skinner G  United States Boston Celtics Massachusetts (Sr.)
10 169 Derline, RodRod Derline G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Seattle (Sr.)
10 175 Ligon, BillBill Ligon G  United States Detroit Pistons Vanderbilt (Sr.)

Trades[edit]

  • d On August 31, 1972, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired a second-round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Jim Cleamons.[28] The Lakers used the pick to draft Billy Knight.
  • e On August 23, 1973, the Washington Bullets (as the Capital Bullets) acquired a second-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Stan Love.[29] Previously, the Lakers acquired the pick on September 19, 1972 from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Paul Stovall.[30] The Bullets used the pick to draft Truck Robinson.
  • g On October 30, 1973, the Phoenix Suns acquired Keith Erickson and a second-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Connie Hawkins.[32] The Suns used the pick to draft Fred Saunders.
  • i On September 11, 1972, the Portland Trail Blazers acquired a second-round pick from the Philadelphia 76ers as compensation for the signing of Gary Gregor as a free agent.[34] Previously, the 76ers acquired the pick and future consideration (the 76ers acquired John Block on July 28, 1972) on December 13, 1971 from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Wali Jones.[30] The Blazers used the pick to draft Rubin Collins.
  • j On October 24, 1972, the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired a third-round pick from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Charlie Davis.[35] The Cavaliers used the pick to draft Foots Walker.
  • l On October 9, 1973, the Phoenix Suns acquired 1974 and 1975 third-round picks from the Washington Bullets (as the Capital Bullets) in exchange for Walt Wesley.[37] The Suns used the pick to draft Earl Williams.

Notes[edit]

^ 1: Even though John Shumate was a senior, he had one extra year of college eligibility remaining after he missed his sophomore year due to an illness. However, he decided to pass up his final year to enter the draft.[38]
^ 2: Keith Wilkes changed his name into Jamaal Abdul-Lateef prior to the start of the season. However, he retained his surname throughout his NBA career and is commonly known as Jamaal Wilkes.[13]

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