1954 NBA draft

1954 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) April 24, 1954
Location New York City, New York
First selection Frank Selvy, Baltimore Bullets
NBA draft
< 1953 1955 >

The 1954 NBA draft was the eight annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 24, 1954, before the 1954–55 season. In this draft, nine 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 13 rounds comprising 100 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Frank Selvy from Furman University was selected first overall by the Baltimore Bullets. Second pick of the draft, Bob Pettit from Louisiana State University, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[1] Pettit also won the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[2]


^ 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


Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
1 1 Selvy, FrankFrank Selvy+ G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Furman
1 2 Pettit, BobBob Pettit^ F/C  United States Milwaukee Hawks LSU
1 3 Shue, GeneGene Shue* G  United States Philadelphia Warriors Maryland
1 4 Rosenthal, DickDick Rosenthal G/F  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Notre Dame
1 5 Palazzi, TogoTogo Palazzi G/F  United States Boston Celtics Holy Cross
1 6 Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr+ F/C  United States Syracuse Nationals Illinois
1 7 Marshall, TomTom Marshall G/F  United States Rochester Royals Western Kentucky
1 8 Turner, JackJack Turner G/F  United States New York Knicks Western Kentucky
1 9 Kalafat, EdEd Kalafat F/C  United States Minneapolis Lakers Minnesota
2 10 Leonard, BobbyBobby Leonard G  United States Baltimore Bullets Indiana
2 11 Mattick, BobBob Mattick# C  United States Milwaukee Hawks Oklahoma A&M
2 12 Costello, LarryLarry Costello* G  United States Philadelphia Warriors Niagara
2 13 Short, ArnoldArnold Short# G  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Oklahoma City
2 14 Morrison, RedRed Morrison F/C  United States Boston Celtics Idaho
2 15 Farley, DickDick Farley G/F  United States Syracuse Nationals Indiana
2 16 Nachamkin, BorisBoris Nachamkin F  United States Rochester Royals NYU
2 17 Guerin, RichieRichie Guerin^ G  United States New York Knicks Iona
2 18 Bianchi, AlAl Bianchi G  United States Minneapolis Lakers Bowling Green

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 24 Tucker, JimJim Tucker F  United States Syracuse Nationals Duquesne
3 26 Anielak, DonDon Anielak F  United States New York Knicks SW State
4 29 Martin, PhilPhil Martin G  United States Milwaukee Hawks Toledo
4 30 Noble, ChuckChuck Noble+ G  United States Philadelphia Warriors Louisville
4 34 Spoelstra, ArtArt Spoelstra C  United States Rochester Royals Western Kentucky
5 43 Erias, BoBo Erias F  United States Rochester Royals Niagara
6 47 Carney, BobBob Carney G  United States Milwaukee Hawks Bradley
6 52 Davis, RedRed Davis F/C  United States Rochester Royals St. John's
8 67 Bielke, DonDon Bielke C  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Valparaíso
9 80 Garmaker, DickDick Garmaker* G/F  United States Minneapolis Lakers Minnesota
11 95 Paxson, JimJim Paxson G/F  United States Rochester Royals Dayton
13 100 Holup, JoeJoe Holup F  United States Philadelphia Warriors George Washington


  1. "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  2. "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009.

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