1964 NBA draft
|1964 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||May 4, 1964|
|Location||New York City, New York|
Walt Hazzard, Los Angeles Lakers|
George Wilson, Cincinnati Royals
|First selection||Jim Barnes, New York Knicks|
The 1964 NBA draft was the 18th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 4, 1964, before the 1964–65 season. 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. In each round, the teams select 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 (80 km) radius of its home arena as their territorial pick. The draft consisted of 15 rounds comprising 101 players selected.
Draft selections and draftee career notes
Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (then known as Walt Hazzard) and George Wilson were selected before the draft as Los Angeles Lakers' and Cincinnati Royals' territorial picks respectively. Jim Barnes from Texas Western College was selected first overall by the New York Knicks. Willis Reed from Grambling College, who went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season, was selected eight overall by the New York Knicks. Reed has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and was also named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996. Reed, who spent all of his 10-year playing career with the Knicks, won the NBA championships twice in 1970 and 1973. In both NBA Finals, he was named as the Finals MVP. He also won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1970 and was selected to five All-NBA Teams and seven All-Star Games. He became a head coach after ending his playing career. He coached the Knicks for two seasons and then the New Jersey Nets for two seasons.
Paul Silas, the 10th pick, won three NBA championships, two with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and 1976 and one with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979. He also had two All-Star Game selections. After his playing career, he coached three NBA teams, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jerry Sloan, the 19th pick, was selected to two All-Star Games in 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. Abdul-Rahman, 2nd pick Joe Caldwell, 4th pick Lucious Jackson and 5th pick Jeff Mullins are the only other players from this draft who have been selected to an All-Star Game. John Thompson, the 25th pick, has also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Hame as a coach. After finishing his playing career, he became a successful college basketball head coach at Georgetown University. He coached the Georgetown Hoyas for 27 seasons, winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship in 1984 and becoming the first African American head coach to win a major collegiate championship. Aside from playing basketball, 12th pick Cotton Nash also played professional baseball in the Major League Baseball (MLB). He played baseball for three seasons in between his basketball career. 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|
|#||Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs|
|0T||00–||Hazzard, WaltWalt Hazzard+1[›]||G||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||UCLA|
|0T||00–||Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson||C||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Cincinnati|
|1||01||Barnes, JimJim Barnes||F/C||United States||New York Knicks||Texas Western|
|1||02||Caldwell, JoeJoe Caldwell+||G/F||United States||Detroit Pistons||Arizona State|
|1||03||Bradds, GaryGary Bradds||F||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Ohio State|
|1||04||Jackson, LuciousLucious Jackson+||F/C||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Pan American|
|1||05||Mullins, JeffJeff Mullins+||G/F||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Duke|
|1||06||Kramer, BarryBarry Kramer||G/F||United States||San Francisco Warriors||NYU|
|1||07||Counts, MelMel Counts||F/C||United States||Boston Celtics||Oregon State|
|2||08||Reed, WillisWillis Reed^||F/C||United States||New York Knicks||Grambling|
|2||09||Hunter, LesLes Hunter||F/C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Loyola (IL)|
|2||10||Silas, PaulPaul Silas+||F/C||United States||St. Louis Hawks (from Baltimore)||Creighton|
|2||11||Harge, IraIra Harge#||C||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||New Mexico|
|2||12||Nash, CottonCotton Nash||F||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Kentucky|
|2||13||Komives, HowardHoward Komives||G||United States||New York Knicks (from St. Louis)[a]||Bowling Green|
|2||14||Koper, BudBud Koper||G||United States||San Francisco Warriors||Oklahoma City|
|2||15||Chmielewski, BillBill Chmielewski#||C||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Philadelphia Tapers (ABL)2[›]|
|2||16||Bonham, RonRon Bonham||F||United States||Boston Celtics||Cincinnati|
The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.
|3||18||Jones, WaliWali Jones||G||United States||Detroit Pistons||Villanova|
|3||19||Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan^||G/F||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Evansville|
|3||20||Jones, LarryLarry Jones||G/F||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Toledo|
|3||23||McLemore, McCoyMcCoy McLemore||F/C||United States||San Francisco Warriors||Drake|
|3||24||Courtin, SteveSteve Courtin||G||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Saint Joseph's|
|3||25||Thompson, JohnJohn Thompson||F||United States||Boston Celtics||Providence|
|4||26||Crawford, FreddieFreddie Crawford||G/F||United States||New York Knicks||St. Bonaventure|
|4||27||Davis, JimJim Davis||F/C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Colorado|
|4||30||Finkel, HankHank Finkel||C||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Dayton|
|4||33||Hairston, HappyHappy Hairston||F||United States||Cincinnati Royals||NYU|
|4||34||Strawder, JoeJoe Strawder||C||United States||Boston Celtics||Bradley|
|5||40||Tresvant, JohnJohn Tresvant||F/C||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Seattle|
|7||53||Bryant, EmEm Bryant||G||United States||New York Knicks||DePaul|
|9||72||Black, TomTom Black||C||United States||Baltimore Bullets||South Dakota State|
- a On October 18, 1963, the New York Knicks acquired a second-round pick from the St. Louis Hawks in exchange for Richie Guerin. The Knicks used the pick to draft Howard Komives.
^ 1: Walt Hazzard changed his name to Mahdi Abdul-Rahman in 1972. However, he retained his birth name throughout his professional career.
^ 2: Bill Chmielewski left college in 1962 after his sophomore year. He then played in the American Basketball League (ABL), before the league folded in 1963.
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