1968 NBA draft

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1968 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) April 3, 1968 (First round)
May 8 and 10, 1968 (Other rounds)
Location New York City, New York
First selection Elvin Hayes, San Diego Rockets
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The 1968 NBA draft was the 22nd annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 3, 1968, and May 8 and 10, 1968 before the 1968–69 season.[1] In this draft, 14 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. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each division, with the order determined by a coin flip.[2] The San Diego Rockets won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Baltimore Bullets were awarded the second pick. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. Six teams that had the best records in previous season were not awarded second round draft picks. Two expansion franchises, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time and were assigned the seventh and eighth pick in the first round, along with the last two picks of each subsequent round. The St. Louis Hawks relocated to Atlanta and became the Atlanta Hawks prior to the start of the season.[3] The draft consisted of 21 rounds comprising 214 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes[edit]

Elvin Hayes from the University of Houston was selected first overall by the San Diego Rockets. Wes Unseld from the University of Louisville was selected second by the Baltimore Bullets. He went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in his first season,[4][5] becoming only the second player to win both awards in the same season, after Wilt Chamberlain in 1960. Hayes and Unseld have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[6] They were also named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[7] Hayes and Unseld both won the NBA championship with the Washington Bullets in 1978. In the Finals, Unseld was named as the Finals Most Valuable Player. Unseld, who spent all of his 13-year playing career with the Bullets, was also selected to one All-NBA Team and five All-Star Games, while Hayes was selected to six All-NBA Teams and twelve All-Star Games.[8][9] Bob Kauffman, the third pick, is the only other player from this draft who has been selected to an All-Star Game; he was selected to three All-Star Games during his career.[10]

Unseld became a head coach after ending his playing career. He coached the Washington Bullets for seven seasons.[11] Three other players drafted also went on to have a coaching career: 12th pick Don Chaney and 79th pick Rick Adelman. Chaney coached four NBA teams and won the Coach of the Year Award in 1991 with the Houston Rockets.[12][13] Adelman coached four NBA teams, most recently with the Houston Rockets. He lost the NBA Finals twice with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1990 and 1992.[14]

In the fourteenth round, the Seattle SuperSonics selected Mike Warren of UCLA. However, Warren never played professional basketball; he opted for an acting career in films and television instead.[15]

Key[edit]

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
^ 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

Draft[edit]

A black man wearing a tie and a suit standing behind a microphone
Elvin Hayes was selected first overall by the San Diego Rockets.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Elvin Hayes^ F/C  United States San Diego Rockets Houston
1 2 Wes Unseld^ F/C  United States Baltimore Bullets Louisville
1 3 Bob Kauffman+ F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Guilford
1 4 Tom Boerwinkle C  United States Chicago Bulls Tennessee
1 5 Don Smith
(now Zaid Abdul-Aziz)1[›]
F/C  United States Cincinnati Royals Iowa State
1 6 Otto Moore F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Pan American
1 7 Charlie Paulk F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Northeastern State
1 8 Gary Gregor F/C  United States Phoenix Suns South Carolina
1 9 Ron Williams G  United States San Francisco Warriors West Virginia
1 10 Bill Hosket F/C  United States New York Knicks Ohio State
1 11 Bill Hewitt F  United States Los Angeles Lakers USC
1 12 Don Chaney G  United States Boston Celtics Houston
1 13 Skip Harlicka G  United States Atlanta Hawks South Carolina
1 14 Shaler Halimon G/F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Utah State
2 15 John Trapp F  United States San Diego Rockets Nevada Southern
2 16 Art Harris G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Stanford
2 17 Loy Petersen G  United States Chicago Bulls Oregon State
2 18 Bob Quick G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Xavier (OH)
2 19 Ron Dunlap# C  United States Chicago Bulls (from Cincinnati)[a] Illinois
2 20 Manny Leaks F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Niagara
2 21 Dick Cunningham C  United States Phoenix Suns Murray State
2 22 Gene Moore# F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Saint Louis

Other picks[edit]

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.[16][17]

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 23 Stu Lantz G  United States San Diego Rockets Nebraska
3 27 Pat Frink G  United States Cincinnati Royals Colorado
3 28 Fred Foster F  United States Cincinnati Royals (from Detroit)[b] Miami (OH)
3 30 Don May F  United States New York Knicks Dayton
3 31 Dave Newmark C  United States Chicago Bulls (from Los Angeles)[c] Columbia
3 32 Garfield Smith F/C  United States Boston Celtics Eastern Kentucky
3 35 Sam Williams G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Iowa
4 37 Harry Barnes F  United States San Diego Rockets Northeastern
4 39 Mike Lynn F  United States Chicago Bulls UCLA
4 42 Rich Niemann C  United States Detroit Pistons Saint Louis
4 45 Ed Biedenbach G  United States Los Angeles Lakers North Carolina State
4 46 Rich Johnson C  United States Boston Celtics Grambling
4 49 Rich Jones F/C  United States Phoenix Suns Memphis State
4 50 Greg Smith F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Western Kentucky
5 52 Al Hairston G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Bowling Green
5 57 Jim Eakins C  United States San Francisco Warriors Brigham Young
6 70 Wally Anderzunas F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Creighton
6 71 Bob Allen F  United States San Francisco Warriors Marshall
6 76 Chuck Williams G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Colorado
6 77 Rod Knowles F/C  United States Phoenix Suns Davidson
7 79 Rick Adelman G  United States San Diego Rockets Loyola (CA)
8 96 Barry Orms G  United States Baltimore Bullets Saint Louis
10 122 Joe Kennedy F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Duke
10 131 Dwight Waller F  United States Atlanta Hawks Tennessee State
11 136 Jim Marsh F  United States Seattle SuperSonics USC
11 147 Ron Boone G/F  United States Phoenix Suns Idaho State
13 162 Bud Ogden F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Santa Clara
13 163 Herm Gilliam G/F  United States Chicago Bulls Purdue
15 187 Johnny Baum F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Temple
17 202 Milt Williams G  United States New York Knicks Lincoln (MO)

Trades[edit]

Notes[edit]

^ 1: Don Smith changed his name to Zaid Abdul-Aziz in 1976.[23]

References[edit]

General
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  • "1968 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  • "1967–1971 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  • "1968 NBA Draft". The Draft Review. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
Specific
  1. ^ "Atlanta Gets Cage Hawks". Ocala Star-Banner. May 5, 1968. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  2. ^ "Evolution of the Draft and Lottery". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 21 March 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hawks: Franchise History". NBA.com/Hawks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 19 March 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
  5. ^ "Most Valuable Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2009.
  6. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  7. ^ "The NBA's 50 Greatest Players". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  8. ^ "Wes Unseld Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved March 17, 2009.
  9. ^ "Elvin Hayes Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 9 March 2009. Retrieved March 17, 2009.
  10. ^ "Bob Kauffman Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  11. ^ "Wes Unseld Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  12. ^ "Don Chaney Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  13. ^ "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2009.
  14. ^ "Rick Adelman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  15. ^ Michael Warren (actor)
  16. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_1968.html
  17. ^ http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/past_drafts/1968
  18. ^ "Guy Rodgers Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  19. ^ a b "Chicago Bulls All-Time Transactions". NBA.com/Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  20. ^ "Len Chappell Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  21. ^ "Pistons: All-Time Transactions". NBA.com/Pistons. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 20 March 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  22. ^ "Jim Barnes Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  23. ^ Abdul-Aziz, Zaid (2006). Darkness to Sunlight. Sunlight Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-0-9778861-0-4. Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.

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