1952 NBA draft

1952 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) April 26, 1952
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Territorial pick(s) Bill Mlkvy, Philadelphia Warriors
First selection Mark Workman, Milwaukee Hawks
NBA draft
< 1951 1953 >

The 1952 NBA draft was the sixth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 26, 1952, before the 1952–53 season. In this draft, ten remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams selected in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season, except for the defending champion, the Minneapolis Lakers, who was assigned the last pick of each round. The draft consisted of 17 rounds comprising 106 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Mark Workman from West Virginia University was selected first overall by the Milwaukee Hawks. Bill Mlkvy from Temple University was selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' territorial pick. Don Meineke from the University of Dayton was selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the second round and went on to win the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award.[1] Ninth pick of the draft, Clyde Lovellette from University of Kansas, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[2]

10th round pick Gene Conley played both professional basketball and baseball. He played six seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks as well as 11 seasons in the Major League Baseball (MLB). He won three NBA championships with the Celtics as well as the 1957 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves, becoming the only athlete to win world championships in both basketball and baseball.[3]


^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs


Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
0T 00 Mlkvy, BillBill Mlkvy F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Temple
1 01 Workman, MarkMark Workman F/C  United States Milwaukee Hawks West Virginia
1 02 Baechtold, JimJim Baechtold G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Eastern Kentucky
1 03 Groat, DickDick Groat G  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Duke
1 04 Dean, JoeJoe Dean# G  United States Indianapolis Olympians LSU
1 05 Polson, RalphRalph Polson F/C  United States New York Knicks Whitworth
1 06 Stauffer, BillBill Stauffer# F  United States Boston Celtics Missouri
1 07 Lochmueller, BobBob Lochmueller F  United States Syracuse Nationals Louisville
1 08 Darling, ChuckChuck Darling# F/C  United States Rochester Royals Iowa
1 09 Lovellette, ClydeClyde Lovellette^ F/C  United States Minneapolis Lakers Kansas
2 10 Miller, EddieEddie Miller F/C  United States Milwaukee Hawks Syracuse
2 11 Denning, BlaineBlaine Denning G  United States Baltimore Bullets Lawrence Tech
2 12 Meineke, DonDon Meineke F/C  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Dayton
2 13 Davis, WaltWalt Davis F/C  United States Philadelphia Warriors Texas A&M
2 14 Zawoluk, BobBob Zawoluk F/C  United States Indianapolis Olympians St. John's
2 15 Belliveau, RoyRoy Belliveau#  United States New York Knicks Seton Hall
2 16 Iverson, JimJim Iverson# G  United States Boston Celtics Kansas State
2 17 Brasco, JimJim Brasco G  United States Syracuse Nationals NYU
2 18 Ivey, BryantBryant Ivey#  United States Rochester Royals Alabama
2 19 Ackerman, TomTom Ackerman#  United States Minneapolis Lakers West Liberty State

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
3 21 Grigsby, ChuckChuck Grigsby G  United States Baltimore Bullets Dayton
3 25 Bunt, DickDick Bunt G  United States New York Knicks NYU
4 35 Cook, BertBert Cook G/F  United States New York Knicks Utah State
4 37 Hedderick, HermHerm Hedderick G  United States Boston Celtics Canisius
4 38 MacGilvray, RonnieRonnie MacGilvray G  United States Rochester Royals St. John's
5 40 McLeod, GeorgeGeorge McLeod F  United States Milwaukee Hawks TCU
5 43 Brennan, TomTom Brennan F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Villanova
5 44 Rhodes, GeneGene Rhodes G  United States Indianapolis Olympians Western Kentucky
5 47 McBride, KenKen McBride G/F  United States Syracuse Nationals Maryland State
6 58 McMahon, JackJack McMahon G  United States Rochester Royals St. John's
6 59 Holstein, JimJim Holstein G/F  United States Minneapolis Lakers Cincinnati
7 61 Priddy, BobBob Priddy F  United States Baltimore Bullets New Mexico A&M
7 64 Whitaker, SkippySkippy Whitaker G  United States Indianapolis Olympians Kentucky
8 73 Radovich, MoeMoe Radovich G  United States Philadelphia Warriors Wyoming
8 75 Surhoff, DickDick Surhoff F  United States New York Knicks Long Island
10 90 Conley, GeneGene Conley F/C  United States Boston Celtics Washington State
11 93 Peterson, BobBob Peterson F  United States Baltimore Bullets Oregon
11 96 McNulty, CarlCarl McNulty G  United States Minneapolis Lakers Purdue
12 97 Walsh, JimJim Walsh F  United States Baltimore Bullets Stanford


  1. "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  2. "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  3. Grossfeld, Stan (January 13, 2008). "Conley had twice as much fun". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 14, 2010.

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