1979 NBA draft

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1979 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) June 25, 1979
Location New York City
First selection Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
NBA draft
1978 1980 >
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Magic Johnson was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 1979 NBA draft was the 33rd annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 25, 1979, before the 1979–80 season. In this draft, 22 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 Los Angeles Lakers, who obtained the New Orleans Jazz' first-round pick in a trade, won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Chicago Bulls 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. 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, five college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule.[2] 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.[3] Prior to the draft, the Jazz relocated from New Orleans, Louisiana to Salt Lake City, Utah and became the Utah Jazz.[4] The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 202 players.

Draft selections and draftee career notes[edit]

Magic Johnson from Michigan State University, one of the "hardship" players, was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson, who had just finished his sophomore season in college, became the first underclassman to be drafted first overall.[5] He went on to win the NBA championship with the Lakers in his rookie season. He also won the Finals Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first rookie ever to win the award. He spent his entire 13-year career with the Lakers and won five NBA championships. He also won three Most Valuable Player Awards, three Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, ten consecutive All-NBA Team selections and twelve All-Star Game selections.[6] For his achievements, he has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[7] He was also named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[8] After retiring as a player, Johnson went on to have a brief coaching career as an interim head coach of the Lakers in 1994.[9]

Sidney Moncrief, the fifth pick, won two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and was selected to five consecutive All-NBA Teams, five consecutive All-Defensive Teams and five consecutive All-Star Games.[10] Jim Paxson, the twelfth pick, was selected to one All-NBA Team and two All-Star Games.[11] Bill Cartwright, the third pick, won three consecutive NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1991 through 1993. He also had one All-Star Game selection, which occurred in his rookie season.[12] He then became the Bulls' head coach for three seasons.[13] Bill Laimbeer, the 65th pick, won two NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990 and was selected to four All-Star Games.[14] After retiring, he coached the Detroit Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for eight seasons, leading them to three WNBA championships in 2003, 2006 and 2008.[15] Mark Eaton, who had only completed one year of college basketball, was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 107th pick.[16] He opted to return to college basketball and later joined the NBA in 1982, after he was drafted again by the Utah Jazz in the 1982 Draft. During his eleven-year career with the Jazz, he won two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and was selected to five consecutive All-Defensive Team and one All-Star Game.[17] Two other players from this draft, eighth pick Calvin Natt and 73rd pick James Donaldson, were also selected to one All-Star Game each.[18][19]

In the fourth round, the Boston Celtics selected Nick Galis from Seton Hall University with the 68th pick. However, he suffered a serious injury in the training camp and was waived by the Celtics before the season started. Galis, who was born in the United States to Greek parents, opted to play in Greece. He never played in the NBA and spent all of his professional career in Greece. He won 8 Greek championships, 7 Greek cups and as numerous personal honors and awards. For his achievements, he has been inducted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to the FIBA Hall of Fame.[20]

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]

Bill Cartwright was selected 3rd overall by the New York Knicks.
A man, wearing a blue shirt and brown pants, is shooting a basketball on a basketball court.
Kyle Macy was selected 22nd overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson^ G/F  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Utah)[a] Michigan State (So.)
1 2 Greenwood, DavidDavid Greenwood F/C  United States Chicago Bulls UCLA (Sr.)
1 3 Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright+ C  United States New York Knicks (from Boston)[b] San Francisco (Sr.)
1 4 Kelser, GregGreg Kelser F  United States Detroit Pistons (from Cleveland via Milwaukee)[c] Michigan State (Sr.)
1 5 Moncrief, SidneySidney Moncrief* G  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Detroit)[c] Arkansas (Sr.)
1 6 Bailey, JamesJames Bailey F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from New York)[d] Rutgers (Sr.)
1 7 Johnson, VinnieVinnie Johnson G  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from New Jersey via New York)[e] Baylor (Sr.)
1 8 Natt, CalvinCalvin Natt+ F  United States New Jersey Nets (from Indiana via Milwaukee)[f] Northeast Louisiana (Sr.)
1 9 Demic, LarryLarry Demic F/C  United States New York Knicks (from Golden State via Boston)[b] Arizona (Sr.)
1 10 Hamilton, RoyRoy Hamilton G  United States Detroit Pistons (from Milwaukee via San Diego)[g] UCLA (Sr.)
1 11 Robinson, CliffCliff Robinson F  United States New Jersey Nets (from San Diego)[h] USC (So.)
1 12 Paxson, JimJim Paxson* G/F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Dayton (Sr.)
1 13 Bradley, DudleyDudley Bradley G/F  United States Indiana Pacers (from Atlanta)[i] North Carolina (Sr.)
1 14 Holland, BradBrad Holland G  United States Los Angeles Lakers UCLA (Sr.)
1 15 Hubbard, PhilPhil Hubbard F/C  United States Detroit Pistons (from Denver)[j] Michigan (Sr.)
1 16 Spanarkel, JimJim Spanarkel G/F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Duke (Sr.)
1 17 Johnson, LeeLee Johnson F  United States Houston Rockets East Texas State (Sr.)
1 18 King, ReggieReggie King F  United States Kansas City Kings Alabama (Sr.)
1 19 Peck, WileyWiley Peck G  United States San Antonio Spurs Mississippi State (Sr.)
1 20 Knight, LarryLarry Knight# F  United States Utah Jazz (from Phoenix)[k] Loyola (IL) (Sr.)
1 21 Williams, SlySly Williams G/F  United States New York Knicks (from Seattle via Boston)[b] Rhode Island (Jr.)
1 22 Macy, KyleKyle Macy G  United States Phoenix Suns (from Washington)[l] Kentucky (Sr.)
2 23 Brown, TicoTico Brown# G  United States Utah Jazz Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 24 High, JohnnyJohnny High G  United States Phoenix Suns (from Boston)[m] Nevada (Sr.)
2 25 Mack, OliverOliver Mack G  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Detroit via Denver) East Carolina (Sr.)
2 26 Flowers, BruceBruce Flowers F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Notre Dame (Sr.)
2 27 Carter, ReggieReggie Carter G  United States New York Knicks St. John's (Sr.)
2 28 Salisbury, DannyDanny Salisbury# F  United States Golden State Warriors (from Chicago) Pan American (Sr.)
2 29 Price, TonyTony Price G  United States Detroit Pistons (from New Jersey) Pennsylvania (Sr.)
2 30 Garland, GaryGary Garland G  United States Denver Nuggets (from Golden State via San Diego) DePaul (Sr.)
2 31 Jones, EdgarEdgar Jones F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Nevada (Sr.)
2 32 Zeno, TonyTony Zeno F  United States Indiana Pacers Arizona State (Sr.)
2 33 Butler, LawrenceLawrence Butler# G  United States Chicago Bulls (from San Diego via Denver) Idaho State (Sr.)
2 34 Goetz, KimKim Goetz# F  United States New York Knicks (from Portland) San Diego State (Sr.)
2 35 Bradley, JamesJames Bradley# F  United States Atlanta Hawks Memphis State (Sr.)
2 36 Richardson, ClintClint Richardson G  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Denver via New Jersey) Seattle (Sr.)
2 37 Toone, BernardBernard Toone F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Marquette (Sr.)
2 38 Wilson, LarryLarry Wilson# F  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Houston) Nicholls State (Sr.)
2 39 King, VictorVictor King# F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Louisiana Tech (Sr.)
2 40 Fields, AndrewAndrew Fields# F  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from San Antonio via Seattle) Cheyney State (Sr.)
2 41 Young, MarkMark Young# F  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Kansas City via Denver) Fairfield (Sr.)
2 42 Mokeski, PaulPaul Mokeski F/C  United States Houston Rockets (from Phoenix via Seattle) Kansas (Sr.)
2 43 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Texas (Sr.)
2 44 DeSantis, JoeJoe DeSantis# G  United States Washington Bullets Fairfield (Sr.)

Other picks[edit]

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

A man, wearing a black suit, is standing and laughing in front of spectators.
Bill Laimbeer was selected 65th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A man, wearing a yellow t-shirt, is standing and pointing to the camera.
James Donaldson was selected 73rd overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 45 Kramer, ArvidArvid Kramer C  United States Utah Jazz Augustana (SD) (Sr.)
3 47 Garrett, CalvinCalvin Garrett F  United States Chicago Bulls (from Cleveland) Oral Roberts (Sr.)
3 48 Duerod, TerryTerry Duerod G  United States Detroit Pistons Detroit (Sr.)
3 49 Hordges, CedrickCedrick Hordges F/C  United States Chicago Bulls South Carolina (Sr.)
3 50 Huston, GeoffGeoff Huston G  United States New York Knicks Texas Tech (Sr.)
3 53 Kreklow, WayneWayne Kreklow G  United States Boston Celtics (from Indiana) Drake (Sr.)
3 54 Johnson, LynbertLynbert Johnson G/F  United States Golden State Warriors Wichita State (Sr.)
3 58 Cureton, EarlEarl Cureton F/C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Detroit (Sr.)
3 62 Crosby, TerryTerry Crosby G  United States Kansas City Kings Tennessee (Sr.)
3 63 Norris, SylvesterSylvester Norris C  United States San Antonio Spurs Jackson State (Sr.)
3 65 Laimbeer, BillBill Laimbeer+ C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Seattle) Notre Dame (Sr.)
4 67 Deane, GregGreg Deane G  United States Utah Jazz Utah (Sr.)
4 73 Donaldson, JamesJames Donaldson+ C  Great Britain/ United States Seattle SuperSonics (from New Jersey) Washington State (Sr.)
4 82 Sichting, JerryJerry Sichting G  United States Golden State Warriors (from Denver) Purdue (Sr.)
4 83 Niles, MikeMike Niles F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
4 85 McCullough, JohnJohn McCullough G  United States Kansas City Kings Oklahoma (Sr.)
5 98 Reid, BillyBilly Reid G  United States Indiana Pacers San Francisco (Jr.)
5 104 Leavell, AllenAllen Leavell G  United States Houston Rockets Oklahoma City (Sr.)
5 107 Eaton, MarkMark Eaton+ C  United States Phoenix Suns Cypress JC (Fr.)1[›]
8 165 Jones, CharlesCharles Jones F/C  United States Phoenix Suns Albany State (Sr.)
10 185 Dawkins, PaulPaul Dawkins F  United States Utah Jazz Northern Illinois (Sr.)
10 198 McCord, KeithKeith McCord G  United States Philadelphia 76ers UAB (Sr.)

Trades[edit]

  • a On August 5, 1976, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired 1977, 1978 and 1979 first-round picks, and a 1980 second-round pick from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 1978 first-round pick and a 1977 second-round pick. This trade was arranged as compensation when the Jazz signed Gail Goodrich on July 19, 1976.[21] The Lakers used the pick to draft Magic Johnson.
  • c 1 2 On the draft-day, the Detroit Pistons acquired the fifth pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for the sixth pick and cash considerations.[25] Previously, the Bucks acquired the pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 1, 1978 in exchange for a 1978 first-round pick.[26] The Pistons used the pick to draft Greg Kelser. The Bucks used the pick to draft Sidney Moncrief
  • d On October 24, 1975, the Seattle SuperSonics acquired Gene Short and a first-round pick from the New York Knicks in exchange for Spencer Haywood.[27] The Sonics used the pick to draft James Bailey.
  • e On October 4, 1978, the Seattle SuperSonics acquired Lonnie Shelton and a 1979 first-round pick from the New York Knicks in exchange for a 1981 first-round pick. This trade was arranged as compensation when the Knicks signed Marvin Webster on September 29, 1978.[28] Previously, the Knicks acquired the 1978 and 1979 first-round picks on June 8, 1978 from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Phil Jackson, a 1978 first-round pick and US$3.2-million settlement of their indemnification debt to the Knicks.[29][30] The Sonics used the pick to draft Vinnie Johnson.
  • f On May 31, 1979, the New Jersey Nets acquired John Gianelli and the eighth pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Harvey Catchings.[31] Previously, the Bucks acquired the pick on June 8, 1978 from the Indiana Pacers as compensation for the signing of Alex English as a free agent.[32] The Nets used the pick to draft Calvin Natt.
  • g On November 23, 1977, the Detroit Pistons acquired Gus Gerard, John Shumate and 1979 first-round pick from the San Diego Clippers in exchange for Marvin Barnes, a 1978 second-round pick and a 1978 fourth-round pick.[33] Previously, the Clippers acquired the pick on September 2, 1977 from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for John Gianelli.[31] The Pistons used the pick to draft Roy Hamilton.
  • h On September 1, 1977, the New Jersey Nets acquired George E. Johnson, 1978 and 1979 first-round picks from the San Diego Clippers in exchange for Nate Archibald.[34] The Nets used the pick to draft Cliff Robinson.
  • i On June 9, 1978, the Indiana Pacers acquired a first-round pick from the Atlanta Hawks as compensation for the signing of Dan Roundfield as a free agent.[35] The Pacers used the pick to draft Dudley Bradley.
  • l On June 22, 1979, the Phoenix Suns acquired the 22nd pick and a 1980 third-round pick from the Washington Bullets in exchange for Steve Malovic.[38] The Suns used the pick to draft Kyle Macy.
  • m On October 11, 1978, the Phoenix Suns acquired a second-round pick from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Dennis Awtrey.[24] The Suns used the pick to draft Johnny High.

Notes[edit]

^ 1: Even though Mark Eaton was a freshman, he was eligible to be drafted because he was already four years out of high school and therefore he did not need to apply for early entry.[16]

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