1956 NBA draft
|1956 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 30, 1956|
|Location||New York City, New York|
|Territorial pick(s)||Tom Heinsohn, Boston Celtics|
|First selection||Sihugo Green, Rochester Royals|
← 1955NBA draft
The 1956 NBA draft was the tenth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 30, 1956, before the 1956–57 season. In this draft, eight 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, except for the defending champion and runner-up, who were assigned the last two pick on each round. The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising 92 players selected.
Draft selections and draftee career notes
Sihugo Green from Duquesne University was selected first overall by the Rochester Royals. Tom Heinsohn from the College of the Holy Cross was selected before the draft as Boston Celtics' territorial pick. Heinsohn went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season. Bill Russell from the University of San Francisco was selected second overall by the St. Louis Hawks and immediately traded to the Boston Celtics for Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan. Three players from this draft, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, and K. C. Jones, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Elgin Baylor and Sam Jones, who were selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the later rounds, have also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame, although they did not enter the league immediately after the draft. In the 1957 draft, Sam Jones was selected in the first round by the Boston Celtics, with whom he played for in his whole career. In the 1958 draft, Elgin Baylor was selected first overall by the Lakers, with whom he played for in his whole career.
|0T||00–||Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn^||F/C||United States||Boston Celtics||Holy Cross|
|1||01||Green, SihugoSihugo Green||G/F||United States||Rochester Royals||Duquesne|
|1||02||Russell, BillBill Russell^||C||United States||St. Louis Hawks (traded to Boston)[a]||San Francisco|
|1||03||Paxson, JimJim Paxson||G/F||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Dayton|
|1||04||Shavlik, RonnieRonnie Shavlik||F||United States||New York Knicks||NC State|
|1||05||Holup, JoeJoe Holup||F||United States||Syracuse Nationals||George Washington|
|1||06||Sobieszczyk, RonRon Sobieszczyk||G||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons (traded to New York)[b]||DePaul|
|1||07||Lear, HalHal Lear||G||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Temple|
|2||08||Burrow, BobBob Burrow||F/C||United States||Rochester Royals||Kentucky|
|2||09||Naulls, WillieWillie Naulls+||F/C||United States||St. Louis Hawks||UCLA|
|2||10||Rand, TerryTerry Rand#||C||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Marquette|
|2||11||Bergen, GaryGary Bergen||C||United States||New York Knicks||Utah|
|2||12||Judson, PaulPaul Judson#||F||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Illinois|
|2||13||Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones^||G||United States||Boston Celtics||San Francisco|
|2||14||Kessler, BobBob Kessler#||F||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||Maryland|
|2||15||Rollins, PhilPhil Rollins||G||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Louisville|
The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.
|3||16||Piontek, DaveDave Piontek||F/C||United States||Rochester Royals||Xavier (OH)|
|3||18||Bird, JerryJerry Bird||F||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Kentucky|
|3||20||Able, ForestForest Able||G||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Western Kentucky|
|3||22||Thieben, BillBill Thieben||F/C||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||Hofstra|
|4||24||McCarthy, JohnnyJohnny McCarthy||G||United States||Rochester Royals||Canisius|
|4||28||Halbrook, SwedeSwede Halbrook||C||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Oregon State|
|4||29||Swartz, DanDan Swartz||F||United States||Boston Celtics||Morehead State|
|5||33||Stewart, NormNorm Stewart||F||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Missouri|
|5||36||Ray, JimJim Ray||G||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Toledo|
|6||42||Jordon, PhilPhil Jordon||F/C||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Whitworth|
|6||43||Dunn, PatPat Dunn||G||United States||New York Knicks||Utah State|
|7||50||Barber, JohnJohn Barber||F||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Cal State L.A.|
|7||58||Jones, SamSam Jones^||G/F||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||NC Central|
|10||74||Hopkins, BobBob Hopkins||F/C||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Grambling|
|14||90||Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor^||F||United States||Minneapolis Lakers[c]||Seattle|
- a On draft-day, the Boston Celtics acquired the draft rights to second pick Bill Russell from the St. Louis Hawks in exchange for Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan.
- b On draft-day, the New York Knicks acquired the draft rights to sixth pick Ron Sobieszczyk from the Fort Wayne Pistons in exchange for Gene Shue.
- c Baylor would not play for the Minneapolis Lakers until he was drafted by them again 1st overall in the 1958 NBA draft.
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- "Elgin Baylor Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
- Janssen, Kim (October 25, 2009). "Ron Sobieszczyk, 1934-2009: Former DePaul basketball standout, played in NBA". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2009.