1949 BAA draft

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1949 BAA draft
General information
Date(s)March 21, 1949
LocationNew York City
76 total selections in 11 rounds
Territorial pick(s)Ed Macauley, St. Louis Bombers
Vern Mikkelsen, Minneapolis Lakers
First selectionHowie Shannon, Providence Steamrollers
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The 1949 BAA draft was the third annual draft of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 21, 1949, before the 1949–50 season. In this draft, eleven remaining BAA teams along with the Indianapolis Olympians who joined the BAA, took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. The draft consisted of 8 rounds and a regional selection period, with 75 players selected. This was the final BAA Draft before the league was renamed the NBA in August 1949.[1] The 75 players selected matched the same number of players selected in the 1989 draft; both drafts have the fewest picks selected prior to 1989 (when the NBA draft was reduced to two rounds ever since).

Draft selections and draftee career notes[edit]

Howie Shannon from Kansas State University was selected first overall by the Providence Steamrollers. However, Ed Macauley and Vern Mikkelsen were selected before the draft as St. Louis Bombers' and Minneapolis Lakers' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Vern Mikkelsen, Ed Macauley and Dick McGuire, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[2]


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 has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game


Round Pick Player Position Team College
T Ed Macauley^ F/C St. Louis Bombers Saint Louis
T Vern Mikkelsen^ F/C Minneapolis Lakers Hamline
1 1 Howie Shannon G/F Providence Steamrollers Kansas State
1 2 Alex Groza* C Indianapolis Olympians Kentucky
1 3 Bob Harris F/C Fort Wayne Pistons Oklahoma State
1 4 Tony Lavelli F Boston Celtics Yale
1 5 Vern Gardner F/C Philadelphia Warriors Utah
1 6 Ron Livingstone C Baltimore Bullets Wyoming
1 7 Dick McGuire^ G New York Knicks St. John's
1 8 Wallace Jones F Washington Capitols Kentucky
1 9 Jack Kerris F/C Chicago Stags Loyola (IL)
1 10 Frank Saul G/F Rochester Royals Seton Hall
2 Leo Barnhorst+ G/F Indianapolis Olympians Notre Dame
2 Ralph Beard* G Chicago Stags Kentucky
2 Jack Coleman+ F/C Rochester Royals Louisville
2 Harry Donovan G New York Knicks Muhlenberg
2 George Kaftan F Boston Celtics Holy Cross
2 Jim Nolan C Philadelphia Warriors Georgia Tech
2 John Oldham G Fort Wayne Pistons Western Kentucky
2 Johnny Orr F St. Louis Bombers Beloit
2 Red Owens G Washington Capitols Baylor

Other picks[edit]

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one BAA/NBA game.[3][4]

Round Pick Player Position Team College
3 Nelson Bobb G Philadelphia Warriors Temple
3 Dwight Eddleman+ G/F Chicago Stags Illinois
3 Paul Gordon F Baltimore Bullets Notre Dame
3 Ed Leede G/F Providence Steamrollers Dartmouth
3 Joe Mullaney G Boston Celtics Holy Cross
3 Mac Otten F/C Indianapolis Olympians Bowling Green
3 Fred Schaus* F Fort Wayne Pistons West Virginia
3 Ernie Vandeweghe G/F New York Knicks Colgate
4 Bob Evans G Indianapolis Olympians Butler
4 Jerry Nagel G Fort Wayne Pistons Loyola (IL)
4 Warren Perkins G/F Providence Steamrollers Tulane
5 Cliff Barker G Washington Capitols Kentucky
5 Ray Corley G Providence Steamrollers Georgetown
5 Earl Dodd F St. Louis Bombers Northeast Missouri
6 Don Boven G/F Indianapolis Olympians Western Michigan
7 John Pritchard C St. Louis Bombers Drake
8 Duane Klueh G Boston Celtics Indiana State
8 Bob Royer G Providence Steamrollers Indiana State
Mal McMullen C Baltimore Bullets Xavier
Bob Harrison+ G Minneapolis Lakers Michigan
Paul Walther+ G/F Minneapolis Lakers Tennessee
Marv Schatzman F St. Louis Bombers Saint Louis

Undrafted players[edit]

These players were not selected in the 1948 draft but played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Position College
Joe Dolhon G NYU
George Feigenbaum G LIU Brooklyn
Howie Janotta F Seton Hall
Dermie O'Connell G Holy Cross


  • "1949 BAA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  • "1947–1948 BAA Drafts, 1949–1951 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Archived from the original on September 22, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2009.
  1. ^ Berger, Phil. "First Season". AmericanHeritage.com. American Heritage Publishing. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
  2. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  3. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/BAA_1949.html
  4. ^ http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/past_drafts/1949

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