1959 NBA draft
|1959 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||March 31, 1959|
|Territorial pick(s)||Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors
Bob Ferry, St. Louis Hawks
|First selection||Bob Boozer, Cincinnati Royals|
← 1958NBA draft
The 1959 NBA draft was the 13th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 31, 1959, before the 1959–60 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. The draft consisted of 14 rounds comprising 85 players selected.
Draft selections and draftee career notes
Bob Boozer from Kansas State University was selected first overall by the Cincinnati Royals. Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Ferry were selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' and St. Louis Hawks' territorial picks respectively. Although Chamberlain played at the University of Kansas, outside the territory of any NBA team, he was selected as the Warriors' territorial pick because the Warriors argued that Chamberlain had grown up in Philadelphia and played high school basketball at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. The NBA agreed with the argument, hence making him the first territorial pick based solely on his pre-college roots. Chamberlain went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in his first season. Two players from this draft, Wilt Chamberlain and Bailey Howell, 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|
|#||Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs|
|0T||00–||Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain^||C||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Kansas1[›]|
|0T||00–||Ferry, BobBob Ferry||F/C||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Saint Louis|
|1||01||Boozer, BobBob Boozer+||F||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Kansas State|
|1||02||Howell, BaileyBailey Howell^||F||United States||Detroit Pistons||Mississippi State|
|1||03||Hawkins, TomTom Hawkins||F||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Notre Dame|
|1||04||Barnett, DickDick Barnett+||G/F||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Tennessee State|
|1||05||Green, JohnnyJohnny Green+||F/C||United States||New York Knicks||Michigan State|
|1||06||Richter, JohnJohn Richter||F||United States||Boston Celtics||NC State|
|2||07||Robitaille, TomTom Robitaille#||F/C||United States||Detroit Pistons (from Cincinnati)[a]||Rice|
|2||08||Goldstein, DonDon Goldstein#||F||United States||Detroit Pistons||Louisville|
|2||09||Ruklick, JoeJoe Ruklick||F/C||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Northwestern|
|2||10||LaRusso, RudyRudy LaRusso+||F/C||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Dartmouth|
|2||11||Tormohlen, BumperBumper Tormohlen||F/C||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Tennessee|
|2||12||Seiden, AlAl Seiden#||G||United States||St. Louis Hawks (from New York)[b]||St. John's|
|2||13||Ramsey, CalCal Ramsey||F||United States||St. Louis Hawks||NYU|
|2||14||Guarilia, GeneGene Guarilia||F||United States||Boston Celtics||George Washington|
|3||15||Mendenhall, MikeMike Mendenhall||G||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Cincinnati|
|3||16||Alcorn, GaryGary Alcorn||C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Fresno State|
|3||17||Hockaday, JimJim Hockaday||F||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Memphis|
|3||18||Smith, BobbyBobby Smith||G||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||West Virginia|
|3||19||Cincebox, JonJon Cincebox||F||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Syracuse|
|3||20||Anderegg, BobBob Anderegg||G/F||United States||New York Knicks||Michigan State|
|3||21||Stein, HankHank Stein||G||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Xavier|
|3||22||Crosthwaite, RalphRalph Crosthwaite||C||United States||Boston Celtics||Western Kentucky|
|4||23||Byrd, LeoLeo Byrd||G||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Marshall|
|4||24||Lee, GeorgeGeorge Lee||G/F||United States||Detroit Pistons||Michigan|
|4||25||Stevenson, RonRon Stevenson||F||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||TCU|
|4||26||Eison, WilsonWilson Eison||F||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Purdue|
|4||27||Neumann, PaulPaul Neumann||G||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Stanford|
|4||28||Cox, JohnnyJohnny Cox||G||United States||New York Knicks||Kentucky|
|4||29||Harman, LeeLee Harman||G||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Oregon State|
|4||30||Kazakavich, EdEd Kazakavich||F||United States||Boston Celtics||Scranton|
|5||31||Kirchner, HarryHarry Kirchner||G/F||United States||Detroit Pistons||TCU|
|5||32||Windis, TonyTony Windis||G||United States||Detroit Pistons||Wyoming|
|5||37||Mantis, NickNick Mantis||G||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Northwestern|
|8||56||Gunther, DaveDave Gunther||F||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Iowa|
|8||59||Merriweather, WillieWillie Merriweather||F||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Purdue|
|11||77||Barnhill, JohnJohn Barnhill||G||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Tennessee State|
|14||83||Israel, JackJack Israel||G/F||United States||New York Knicks||Missouri State|
- a Prior to the draft, the Detroit Pistons acquired Archie Dees along with the Cincinnati Royals' second-round pick, which was used to select Tom Robitaille, from the Royals in exchange for Phil Jordon.
- b Prior to the draft, the St. Louis Hawks acquired the New York Knicks' second-round pick, which was used to select Alan Seiden, from the Knicks in exchange for Frank Selvy.
^ 1: Wilt Chamberlain was playing for the University of Kansas until May 1958, when he decided to leave college early to play professional basketball. However, the NBA rules prevented college players from playing in the league until their class graduated, therefore Chamberlain wasn't eligible to play in the 1958–59 season. He spent the 1958–59 season playing for the Harlem Globetrotters prior to the 1959 draft.
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