1953 NBA draft
|1953 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 24, 1953|
|122 total selections in 20 rounds|
|Territorial pick(s)||Ernie Beck, Philadelphia Warriors|
Walter Dukes, New York Knicks
Larry Hennessy, Philadelphia Warriors
|First selection||Ray Felix, Baltimore Bullets|
The 1953 NBA draft was the seventh annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 24, 1953, before the 1953–54 season. In this draft, nine 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 draft consisted of 19 rounds comprising 122 players selected.
Draft selections and draftee career notes
Ray Felix from Long Island University was selected first overall by the Baltimore Bullets and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season. Ernie Beck and Walter Dukes were selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' and New York Knicks' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Bob Houbregs, Frank Ramsey and Cliff Hagan, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
|^||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 appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
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