1956 NBA draft

1956 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) April 30, 1956
Location New York City, New York
Territorial pick(s) Tom Heinsohn, Boston Celtics
First selection Sihugo Green, Rochester Royals
NBA draft
< 1955 1957 >

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.[1] 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.[2] Three players from this draft, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, and K. C. Jones, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[3] 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.[4] In the 1958 draft, Elgin Baylor was selected first overall by the Lakers, with whom he played for in his whole career.[5]


Tom Heinsohn was selected as the Boston Celtics' territorial pick.
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
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

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 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



  1. "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  2. 1 2 "Bill Russell Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  3. "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  4. "Sam Jones Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  5. "Elgin Baylor Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  6. Janssen, Kim (October 25, 2009). "Ron Sobieszczyk, 1934-2009: Former DePaul basketball standout, played in NBA". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2009.

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