1951 NBA draft
|1951 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 25, 1951|
|Location||New York City, New York|
|Territorial pick(s)||Myer Skoog, Minneapolis Lakers|
|First selection||Gene Melchiorre, Baltimore Bullets|
← 1950NBA draft
The 1951 NBA draft was the fifth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 25, 1951, before the 1951–52 season. In this draft, ten remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The Tri-Cities Blackhawks participated in the draft, but relocated to Milwaukee and became the Milwaukee Hawks prior to the start of the season. The draft consisted of 12 rounds comprising 87 players selected.
Draft selections and draftee career notes
Gene Melchiorre from Bradley University was selected first overall by the Baltimore Bullets. However, he never played in the NBA due to his involvement in a point shaving scandal while playing college basketball. Myer Skoog from University of Minnesota was selected before the draft as Minneapolis Lakers' territorial pick.
|+||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|
|0T||00–||Skoog, MyerMyer Skoog||G||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Minnesota|
|1||01||Melchiorre, GeneGene Melchiorre#||G||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Bradley|
|1||02||Hutchins, MelMel Hutchins+||F/C||United States||Tri-Cities Blackhawks||Brigham Young|
|1||03||Freiberger, MarcMarc Freiberger#||C||United States||Indianapolis Olympians||Oklahoma|
|1||04||Sinicola, ZekeZeke Sinicola||G||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||Niagara|
|1||05||McConathy, JohnJohn McConathy||F||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Northwestern State|
|1||06||Smith, EdEd Smith||F||United States||New York Knicks||Harvard|
|1||07||Barrett, ErnieErnie Barrett||G/F||United States||Boston Celtics||Kansas State|
|1||08||Ranzino, SamSam Ranzino||G||United States||Rochester Royals||NC State|
|1||09||Sunderlage, DonDon Sunderlage+||G||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Illinois|
|2||10||Stone, JackJack Stone#||G/F||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Kansas State|
|2||11||Gossett, BillBill Gossett#||F/C||United States||Tri-Cities Blackhawks||Colorado A&M|
|2||12||Steagall, ScottyScotty Steagall#||G||United States||Indianapolis Olympians||Millikin|
|2||13||Kiley, JackJack Kiley||G||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||Syracuse|
|2||14||Savage, DonDon Savage||G/F||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Le Moyne|
|2||15||Minson, RolandRoland Minson#||G||United States||New York Knicks||Brigham Young|
|2||16||Garrett, BillBill Garrett#||F||United States||Boston Celtics||Indiana|
|2||17||Ragelis, RayRay Ragelis||F||United States||Rochester Royals||Northwestern|
|2||18||Payton, MelMel Payton||G/F||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Tulane|
|2||19||Hitch, LewLew Hitch||F/C||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Kansas State|
The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.
|3||23||Fendley, JakeJake Fendley||F||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||Northwestern|
|3||24||Govedarica, BatoBato Govedarica||G||United States||Syracuse Nationals||DePaul|
|3||27||Diute, FredFred Diute||G||United States||Rochester Royals||St. Bonaventure|
|4||31||Slaughter, JimJim Slaughter||C||United States||Tri-Cities Blackhawks||South Carolina|
|4||32||Tosheff, BillBill Tosheff||G||United States||Indianapolis Olympians||Indiana|
|4||37||Behnke, ElmerElmer Behnke||C||United States||Rochester Royals||Bradley|
|5||48||Kearns, MikeMike Kearns||G||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Princeton|
|6||51||Rennicke, JohnJohn Rennicke||G||United States||Tri-Cities Blackhawks||Drake|
|6||55||McGuire, AlAl McGuire||G/F||United States||New York Knicks||St. John's|
|6||56||Luisi, JamesJames Luisi||G||United States||Boston Celtics||St. Francis (NY)|
|7||68||Dempsey, GeorgeGeorge Dempsey||G||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||King's (NY)|
|8||77||Phelan, JamesJames Phelan||G||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||La Salle|
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