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1971 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s) March 29, 1971 (first 10 rounds)
March 30, 1971 (remaining rounds)
Location New York City
First selection Austin Carr, Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA draft
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The 1971 NBA draft was the 25th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 29 and 30, 1971 before the 1971–72 season. In this draft, 17 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international 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 conference, with the order determined by a coin flip.1 The Cleveland Cavaliers won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Portland Trail Blazers 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. Prior to the start of the season, the San Diego Rockets and the San Francisco Warriors relocated to Houston, Texas and Oakland, California, and became the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors respectively.23 The draft consisted of 19 rounds comprising the selection of 237 players. The league also hosted a supplemental hardship draft on September 20, 1971 for college underclassmen who wish to join the league.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Austin Carr from the University of Notre Dame was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sidney Wicks from the University of California, Los Angeles, who went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season, was selected second by the Portland Trail Blazers.4 Spencer Haywood, the 30th pick, and Randy Smith, the 104th pick, were selected to both the All-NBA Team and the All-Star Game. Haywood was selected to four All-NBA Teams and five All-Star Games. He also won the NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980.5 During his first and only season in the American Basketball Association (ABA), he won the ABA Most Valuable Player Award, and was selected to the ABA All-Star Game and All-ABA Team.6 Smith was selected to one All-NBA Team and two All-Star Games.7 Artis Gilmore, the 117th pick, initially opted to play in the ABA. He spent five seasons with the Kentucky Colonels before finally joined the NBA in 1976 after both leagues merged. His achievements include ABA Most Valuable Player Award in 1972, five All-ABA Team selections, five ABA All-Star Game selections and six NBA All-Star Game selections.8 For his achievements, he will be inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.9 Fred Brown, the 6th pick, spent all of his 13-year playing career with the Sonics and was selected to one All-Star Game.10 Carr, Wicks, and 11th pick Curtis Rowe are the only other players from this draft who were selected to an All-Star Game.111213 Phil Chenier, a college underclassman selected in the supplemental hardship draft, was also selected to both All-NBA Team and All-Star Game.14 Two players drafted went on to have coaching careers in the NBA: 13th pick Jim Cleamons and 46th pick Dave Wohl.1516

Spencer Haywood was selected in the second round by the Buffalo Braves although he already played in the NBA with the Seattle SuperSonics in the previous season.17 He left college basketball in 1969 with two years remaining in his college eligibility. At that time, the NBA prohibited the drafting or signing of a player before his college class had graduated. He then played in the ABA with the Denver Rockets for a season before controversially signed by the Sonics. The league and the other NBA teams opposed the move and argued Haywood should be prohibited to join and play with the Sonics. This led to a court case between the NBA against the Sonics and Haywood. He argued that he should be allowed to play because he was a "hardship case", due to his position as the sole wage earner in his family. He then won the case and was allowed to play late in the 1970–71 season. This led to the NBA allowing college underclassmen to enter the draft provided they could give evidence of "hardship". With the existing rules, Haywood was eligible for this year's draft, when his college class graduated. The Braves used one of their three second-round picks to select him, hoping that they would win the rights to sign him. However, he remained with the Sonics and never played for the Braves.518

Key

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 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 and playoffs

Draft

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Carr, AustinAustin Carr+ G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Notre Dame
1 2 Wicks, SidneySidney Wicks+ F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers UCLA
1 3 Smith, ElmoreElmore Smith C  United States Buffalo Braves Kentucky State
1 4 Durrett, KenKen Durrett F  United States Cincinnati Royals La Salle
1 5 Trapp, GeorgeGeorge Trapp F/C  United States Atlanta Hawks Long Beach State
1 6 Brown, FredFred Brown+ G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Iowa
1 7 Meely, CliffCliff Meely F/C  United States San Diego Rockets Colorado
1 8 Hillman, DarnellDarnell Hillman F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors U.S. Armed Forces (AAU)1920
1 9 Love, StanStan Love F  United States Baltimore Bullets Oregon
1 10 Glover, ClarenceClarence Glover F  United States Boston Celtics Western Kentucky
1 11 Rowe, CurtisCurtis Rowe+ F  United States Detroit Pistons UCLA
1 12 Lewis, DanaDana Lewis# C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Tulsa
1 13 Cleamons, JimJim Cleamons G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Ohio State
1 14 Roche, JohnJohn Roche G  United States Phoenix Suns South Carolina
1 15 McIntosh, KennedyKennedy McIntosh F  United States Chicago Bulls Eastern Michigan
1 16 Meminger, DeanDean Meminger G  United States New York Knicks Marquette
1 17 Jones, CollisCollis Jones# F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Notre Dame
2 18 Patterson, SteveSteve Patterson C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers UCLA
2 19 Hilton, FredFred Hilton G/F  United States Buffalo Braves Grambling
2 20 Sojourner, WillieWillie Sojourner# F/C  United States Chicago Bulls (from Portland)[a] Weber State
2 21 Mengelt, JohnJohn Mengelt G  United States Cincinnati Royals Auburn
2 22 McClain, TedTed McClain G  United States Atlanta Hawks Tennessee State
2 23 McDaniels, JimJim McDaniels F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Western Kentucky
2 24 Newlin, MikeMike Newlin G/F  United States San Diego Rockets Utah
2 25 Yelverton, CharlieCharlie Yelverton G/F  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from San Francisco)[b] Fordham
2 26 Thomas, AmosAmos Thomas# F  United States Buffalo Braves Southwestern State
2 27 Fisher, RickRick Fisher# F  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Baltimore)[c] Colorado State
2 28 Rose, JimJim Rose# G  United States Boston Celtics Western Kentucky
2 29 Wilson, IsaiahIsaiah Wilson G  United States Detroit Pistons Baltimore
2 30 Haywood, SpencerSpencer Haywood* F/C  United States Buffalo Braves (from Philadelphia)[d] Seattle SuperSonics (NBA)5
2 31 Bergman, JoeJoe Bergman# F  United States Cincinnati Royals (from Los Angeles)[e] Creighton
2 32 Porter, HowardHoward Porter F/C  United States Chicago Bulls (from Phoenix)[f] Villanova
2 33 Stewart, MarvinMarvin Stewart# G  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Chicago)[g] Nebraska
2 34 Northington, GreggGregg Northington# C  United States New York Knicks Alabama State
2 35 Long, WillieWillie Long# F/C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Milwaukee)[h] New Mexico

Other picks

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

A black person, wearing a black suit and a tie, is standing beside a basketball player in front of the spectators.
Clifford Ray was selected in 40th overall by the Chicago Bulls.
A black person, wearing a black suit and a tie, is posing for a photo.
Artis Gilmore was selected in 117th overall by the Chicago Bulls.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 37 Steele, LarryLarry Steele G/F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Kentucky
3 39 Halliburton, JeffJeff Halliburton G  United States Atlanta Hawks Drake
3 40 Ray, CliffordClifford Ray C  United States Chicago Bulls (from Seattle)[i] Oklahoma
3 41 Ridgle, JackieJackie Ridgle G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from San Diego)[j] California
3 42 Smith, WilliamWilliam Smith C  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from San Francisco)[b] Syracuse
3 43 Rinaldi, RichRich Rinaldi G  United States Baltimore Bullets Saint Peter's
3 44 Robisch, DaveDave Robisch F/C  United States Boston Celtics Kansas
3 45 Roberts, MarvMarv Roberts F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Utah State
3 46 Wohl, DaveDave Wohl G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Pennsylvania
3 47 Gale, MikeMike Gale G  United States Chicago Bulls (from Los Angeles)[k] Elizabeth City State
3 48 Layton, DennisDennis Layton# G  United States Phoenix Suns USC
3 49 Gibbs, DickDick Gibbs G/F  United States Chicago Bulls Texas-El Paso
3 50 Mayfield, KennyKenny Mayfield G  United States New York Knicks Tuskegee
4 55 Catlett, SidSid Catlett F  United States Cincinnati Royals Notre Dame
4 58 Owens, TomTom Owens F/C  United States San Diego Rockets South Carolina
4 61 Denton, RandyRandy Denton C  United States Boston Celtics Duke
4 64 Brown, RogerRoger Brown C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Kansas
5 76 Allison, OdisOdis Allison F  United States San Francisco Warriors Nevada-Las Vegas
5 85 Nelson, BarryBarry Nelson C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Duquesne
6 89 McGregor, GilGil McGregor F  United States Cincinnati Royals Wake Forest
6 93 Johnson, CharlesCharles Johnson G  United States San Francisco Warriors California
6 97 Jones, JakeJake Jones G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Assumption
7 104 Smith, RandyRandy Smith* G/F  United States Buffalo Braves Buffalo State
7 117 Gilmore, ArtisArtis Gilmore^ C  United States Chicago Bulls Jacksonville
8 120 Davis, CharlieCharlie Davis G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Wake Forest
8 125 Lowery, CharlieCharlie Lowery G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Puget Sound
8 131 Yates, BarryBarry Yates F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Maryland
9 139 Kennedy, GooGoo Kennedy F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Texas Christian
9 150 Dinkins, JackieJackie Dinkins F  United States Chicago Bulls Voorhees

Trades

  • b 1 2 On March 23, 1971, the Portland Trail Blazers acquired 1971 and 1972 second-round picks and a 1971 third-round pick from the San Francisco Warriors in exchange for Jim Barnett.2324 The Blazers used the picks to draft Charlie Yelverton and William Smith.
  • c On October 22, 1970, the Portland Trail Blazers acquired a second-round pick from the Baltimore Bullets in exchange for Dorie Murrey.25 The Blazers used the pick to draft Rick Fisher.
  • f On April 23, 1970, the Chicago Bulls acquired Jim Fox and a second-round pick from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Clem Haskins.2922 The Bulls used the pick to draft Howard Porte.
  • g On October 16, 1970, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired a second-round pick from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Matt Guokas.3022 The 76ers used the pick to draft Marvin Stewart.
  • j On December 9, 1970, the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired a third-round pick from the San Diego Rockets in exchange for Johnny Egan.33 The Cavaliers used the pick to draft Jackie Ridgle.
  • k On September 9, 1969, the Chicago Bulls acquired a third-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Mike Lynn.3422 The Bulls used the pick to draft Mike Gale.

Hardship draft

Headshot of a man, who wears grey suit, a blue shirt and a blue tie
Phil Chenier was selected by the Baltimore Bullets with the fourth pick.

On September 10, 1971, the NBA hosted a supplemental hardship draft for college underclassmen who wish to join the league. Prior to the 1971 Draft, college underclassmen were not eligible to be drafted until their college class graduated. These underclassmen fulfilled the "hardship" criteria and were allowed to enter the draft early. This new rule came as a result of Spencer Haywood winning the court case against the NBA which allowed him to play in the NBA before his college class graduated.535 The teams selected in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The team that made a selection must withdraw their equivalent selection in the 1972 Draft.36 The teams were allowed to not exercise their rights on this hardship draft and thus retained their full selection in the 1972 Draft.

Three teams that were supposed to have the first three selections, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Buffalo Braves and Portland Trail Blazers, declined to exercise their rights. Therefore, the Cincinnati Royals had the first selection, which they used to select Nate Williams from Utah State University. Phil Chenier, a junior guard from the University of California, was selected by the Baltimore Bullets.37 He is the only player from the hardship draft who was selected to All-NBA Team and All-Star Game.14 Joe Hammond, who had not played high school and college basketball, was selected in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Lakers.38 Hammond, who had played for the Allentown Jets in the Eastern Basketball Association (EBA) prior to the draft, had to apply as the "hardship case" because his college class could not graduate until 1972 if he had gone to the college.39 From the six players that were available for selection, only Ed Owens from Weber State University that was not selected by any NBA team.40

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Williams, NateNate Williams G/F  United States Cincinnati Royals Utah State (Jr.)
1 2 Payne, TomTom Payne C  United States Atlanta Hawks Kentucky (So.)
1 3 Baptiste, CyrilCyril Baptiste# F/C  United States Golden State Warriors Creighton (Jr.)
1 4 Chenier, PhilPhil Chenier* G  United States Baltimore Bullets California (Jr.)
4 5 Hammond, JoeJoe Hammond# G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Allentown Jets (EBA)

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