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1959 NBA draft

1959 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) March 31, 1959
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Territorial pick(s) Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors
Bob Ferry, St. Louis Hawks
First selection Bob Boozer, Cincinnati Royals
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The 1959 NBA draft was the 13th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 31, 1959 before the 1959–60 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. The draft consisted of 14 rounds comprising 85 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Bob Boozer from Kansas State University was selected first overall by the Cincinnati Royals. Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Ferry were selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' and St. Louis Hawks' territorial picks respectively. Although Chamberlain played at the University of Kansas, outside the territory of any NBA team, he was selected as the Warriors' territorial pick because the Warriors argued that Chamberlain had grown up in Philadelphia and played high school basketball at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. The NBA agreed with the argument, hence making him the first territorial pick based solely on his pre-college roots.[1] Chamberlain went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in his first season.[2][3] Two players from this draft, Wilt Chamberlain and Bailey Howell, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[4]

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Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
0T 00 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain^ C 23x15px United States Philadelphia Warriors Kansas1[›]
0T 00 Ferry, BobBob Ferry F/C 23x15px United States St. Louis Hawks Saint Louis
1 01 Boozer, BobBob Boozer+ F 23x15px United States Cincinnati Royals Kansas State
1 02 Howell, BaileyBailey Howell^ F 23x15px United States Detroit Pistons Mississippi State
1 03 Hawkins, TomTom Hawkins F 23x15px United States Minneapolis Lakers Notre Dame
1 04 Barnett, DickDick Barnett+ G/F 23x15px United States Syracuse Nationals Tennessee State
1 05 Green, JohnnyJohnny Green+ F/C 23x15px United States New York Knicks Michigan State
1 06 Richter, JohnJohn Richter F 23x15px United States Boston Celtics NC State
2 07 Robitaille, TomTom Robitaille# F/C 23x15px United States Detroit Pistons (from Cincinnati)[a] Rice
2 08 Goldstein, DonDon Goldstein# F 23x15px United States Detroit Pistons Louisville
2 09 Ruklick, JoeJoe Ruklick F/C 23x15px United States Philadelphia Warriors Northwestern
2 10 LaRusso, RudyRudy LaRusso+ F/C 23x15px United States Minneapolis Lakers Dartmouth
2 11 Tormohlen, BumperBumper Tormohlen F/C 23x15px United States Syracuse Nationals Tennessee
2 12 Seiden, AlAl Seiden# G 23x15px United States St. Louis Hawks (from New York)[b] St. John's
2 13 Ramsey, CalCal Ramsey F 23x15px United States St. Louis Hawks NYU
2 14 Guarilia, GeneGene Guarilia F 23x15px United States Boston Celtics George Washington
3 15 Mendenhall, MikeMike Mendenhall G 23x15px United States Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati
3 16 Alcorn, GaryGary Alcorn C 23x15px United States Detroit Pistons Fresno State
3 17 Hockaday, JimJim Hockaday F 23x15px United States Philadelphia Warriors Memphis
3 18 Smith, BobbyBobby Smith G 23x15px United States Minneapolis Lakers West Virginia
3 19 Cincebox, JonJon Cincebox F 23x15px United States Syracuse Nationals Syracuse
3 20 Anderegg, BobBob Anderegg G/F 23x15px United States New York Knicks Michigan State
3 21 Stein, HankHank Stein G 23x15px United States St. Louis Hawks Xavier
3 22 Crosthwaite, RalphRalph Crosthwaite C 23x15px United States Boston Celtics Western Kentucky
4 23 Byrd, LeoLeo Byrd G 23x15px United States Cincinnati Royals Marshall
4 24 Lee, GeorgeGeorge Lee G/F 23x15px United States Detroit Pistons Michigan
4 25 Stevenson, RonRon Stevenson F 23x15px United States Philadelphia Warriors TCU
4 26 Eison, WilsonWilson Eison F 23x15px United States Minneapolis Lakers Purdue
4 27 Neumann, PaulPaul Neumann G 23x15px United States Syracuse Nationals Stanford
4 28 Cox, JohnnyJohnny Cox G 23x15px United States New York Knicks Kentucky
4 29 Harman, LeeLee Harman G 23x15px United States St. Louis Hawks Oregon State
4 30 Kazakavich, EdEd Kazakavich F 23x15px United States Boston Celtics Scranton
5 31 Kirchner, HarryHarry Kirchner G/F 23x15px United States Detroit Pistons TCU
5 32 Windis, TonyTony Windis G 23x15px United States Detroit Pistons Wyoming
5 37 Mantis, NickNick Mantis G 23x15px United States St. Louis Hawks Northwestern
8 56 Gunther, DaveDave Gunther F 23x15px United States Philadelphia Warriors Iowa
8 59 Merriweather, WillieWillie Merriweather F 23x15px United States St. Louis Hawks Purdue
11 77 Barnhill, JohnJohn Barnhill G 23x15px United States St. Louis Hawks Tennessee State
14 83 Israel, JackJack Israel G/F 23x15px United States New York Knicks Missouri State

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Notes

^ 1: Wilt Chamberlain was playing for the University of Kansas until May 1958, when he decided to leave college early to play professional basketball. However, the NBA rules prevented college players from playing in the league until their class graduated, therefore Chamberlain wasn't eligible to play in the 1958–59 season. He spent the 1958–59 season playing for the Harlem Globetrotters prior to the 1959 draft.[1]

References

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  1. ^ a b "Wilt Chamberlain Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Most Valuable Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Archie Dees Bio". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ "All-Time Transactions". NBA.com/Pistons. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Knicks' Quintet Obtains Selvy From Hawks for 2d Draft Pick; New Member of Club Paced College Scorers When Playing at Furman". NYTimes.com. The New York Times Company. October 23, 1958. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 

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