1965 NBA draft
|1965 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||May 6, 1965|
|Location||New York City, New York|
|Territorial pick(s)||Bill Bradley, New York Knicks
Bill Buntin, Detroit Pistons
Gail Goodrich, Los Angeles Lakers
|First selection||Fred Hetzel, San Francisco Warriors|
In this draft, nine NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection. If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated. Teams that finished last in each division, the San Francisco Warriors and the New York Knicks, were awarded the first four picks in the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season.
Before the draft, a team could forfeit its first-round draft pick and then select any player from within a 50-mile radius of its home arena as their territorial pick. The draft consisted of 17 rounds comprising 112 players selected. This draft was the last in which the territorial pick rule remained in effect, before it was eliminated prior to the 1966 draft.
Draft selections and draftee career notes
Bill Bradley, Bill Buntin and Gail Goodrich were selected before the draft as New York Knicks', Detroit Pistons' and Los Angeles Lakers' territorial picks respectively. Fred Hetzel from Davidson College was selected first overall by the San Francisco Warriors. Rick Barry from the University of Miami, who went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season, was drafted second by the Warriors. Four players from this draft, Barry, Bradley, Goodrich and fifth pick Billy Cunningham, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Barry and Cunningham were also named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.
Barry's achievements include one NBA championship with the Warriors in 1975, one Finals MVP, five All-NBA Team selections and four All-Star Game selections. Cunningham's achievements include an NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1967, four All-NBA Team selections and four All-Star Game selections. He also played two seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Carolina Cougars. In his first season there, he won the ABA Most Valuable Player Award and was selected to the ABA All-Star Game and All-ABA Team. He later coached the 76ers for eight seasons and won the NBA championship in 1983. Goodrich's achievements include an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972, one All-NBA Team selection and five All-Star Game selections. Bradley, who spent all of his 10-year playing career with the Knicks, won the NBA championships twice in 1970 and 1973 and was also selected to one All-Star Game. Bradley became a successful politician after retiring from basketball. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate for 18 years. He was also a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000, losing to incumbent Vice President Al Gore in the presidential primaries.
Bob Love, the 33rd pick, was selected to two All-NBA Teams and three All-Star Games. Jerry Sloan, the 4th pick, was selected to two All-Star Games during his playing career before becoming a head coach. He coached the Chicago Bulls for three seasons before being fired during the 1981–82 season. He then became the head coach of the Utah Jazz in 1988, the position he held until resigning in early 2011. He has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Twin brothers Dick and Tom Van Arsdale, who were drafted with the 10th and 11th picks, became the first set of twins to play in the NBA. Each of them had three All-Star Game selections. They played for different NBA teams until their last season, which they spent together as a member of the Phoenix Suns. Dick Van Arsdale also had a coaching career. He was the interim head coach of the Suns in 1987. Two other players from this draft, 15th pick Flynn Robinson and 24th pick Jon McGlocklin, have also been selected to an All-Star Game. Bob Weiss, the 22nd pick, also became a head coach after ending his playing career. He coached four NBA teams, most recently with the Seattle SuperSonics. Tal Brody, the 12th pick, never played in the NBA. He joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in 1966 and played there until his retirement in 1980, winning several Israeli league titles and an European Cup Championship in 1977. He also became an Israeli citizen and played for Israeli national team. Aside from playing in the NBA, 20th pick Ron Reed also played professional baseball in the Major League Baseball (MLB). He ended his dual-sport career in 1967 to focus on baseball. He played 19 seasons in the MLB with three teams, winning the World Series once. He was also an MLB All-Star. He is one of only 12 athletes who have played in both NBA and MLB.
|^||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 played in the NBA regular season or playoffs|
|0T||00–||Bradley, BillBill Bradley^||G/F||United States||New York Knicks||Princeton|
|0T||00–||Buntin, BillBill Buntin||F/C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Michigan|
|0T||00–||Goodrich, GailGail Goodrich^||G||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||UCLA|
|1||01||Hetzel, FredFred Hetzel||F/C||United States||San Francisco Warriors||Davidson|
|1||02||Barry, RickRick Barry^||F||United States||San Francisco Warriors||Miami (FL)|
|1||03||Stallworth, DaveDave Stallworth||F/C||United States||New York Knicks||Wichita State|
|1||04||Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan+1[›]||G/F||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Evansville|
|1||05||Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham^||F/C||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||North Carolina|
|1||06||Washington, JimJim Washington||F/C||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Villanova|
|1||07||Bowman, NateNate Bowman||C||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Wichita State|
|1||08||Johnson, OllieOllie Johnson#||C||United States||Boston Celtics||San Francisco|
|2||09||Frazier, WilbertWilbert Frazier||F/C||United States||San Francisco Warriors||Grambling|
|2||10||Van Arsdale, DickDick Van Arsdale+||G/F||United States||New York Knicks||Indiana|
|2||11||Van Arsdale, TomTom Van Arsdale+||G/F||United States||Detroit Pistons||Indiana|
|2||12||Brody, TalTal Brody#2[›]||G|| United States
|2||13||Branson, JesseJesse Branson||F||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Elon|
|2||14||Blevins, HalHal Blevins#||G||United States||New York Knicks (from St. Louis)||Arkansas AM&N|
|2||15||Robinson, FlynnFlynn Robinson+||G||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Wyoming|
|2||16||Fairchild, JohnJohn Fairchild||F||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Brigham Young|
|2||17||Watts, RonRon Watts||F||United States||Boston Celtics||Wake Forest|
The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.
|3||18||Erickson, KeithKeith Erickson||G/F||United States||San Francisco Warriors||UCLA|
|3||19||Clemens, BarryBarry Clemens||F||United States||New York Knicks||Ohio Wesleyan|
|3||20||Reed, RonRon Reed||F||United States||Detroit Pistons||Notre Dame|
|3||22||Weiss, BobBob Weiss||G||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Pennsylvania State|
|3||24||McGlocklin, JonJon McGlocklin+||G/F||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Indiana|
|3||25||Caldwell, JimJim Caldwell||C||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Georgia Tech|
|3||26||Kimball, TobyToby Kimball||F/C||United States||Boston Celtics||Connecticut|
|4||31||Finkel, HankHank Finkel||C||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Dayton|
|4||33||Love, BobBob Love*||F||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Southern|
|7||56||Somerset, WillieWillie Somerset||G||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Duquesne|
|8||67||Fox, JimJim Fox||F/C||United States||Cincinnati Royals||South Carolina|
|10||75||Molis, WayneWayne Molis||F||United States||New York Knicks||Lewis|
|11||82||McReynolds, ThalesThales McReynolds||G||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Miles|
^ 1: Jerry Sloan was selected as an eligible junior in the 3rd round of the 1964 draft by the Baltimore Bullets but decided to stay in college.
^ 2: Tal Brody was born in the United States and became an Israeli citizen in 1970. He has represented both United States and Israel in international basketball competitions.
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