1948 BAA draft
General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)May 10, 1948
LocationChicago, Illinois
Overview
113 total selections in 15 rounds
LeagueBAA/NBA
First selectionAndy Tonkovich, Providence Steamrollers
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The 1948 BAA draft was the second annual draft of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 10, 1948, before the 1948–49 season. In this draft, eight BAA teams along with four teams who moved from the National Basketball League, took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Andy Tonkovich from Marshall University was selected first overall by the Providence Steamrollers. Four of the first round picks, George Kok, George Hauptfuhrer, Bob Gale and Chuck Hanger, never played in the BAA. Four players from this draft, Harry Gallatin, Dolph Schayes, Bobby Wanzer and Alex Hannum have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.[1]

Draft

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 has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Andy Tonkovich was the first overall pick by the Providence Steamrollers.
Andy Tonkovich was the first overall pick by the Providence Steamrollers.
George Kok was selected second overall by the Indianapolis Jets.
George Kok was selected second overall by the Indianapolis Jets.
Rnd. Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] Team School / club team
1 1 Andy Tonkovich G  United States Providence Steamrollers Marshall
1 2 George Kok# C  United States Indianapolis Jets Arkansas
1 3 George Hauptfuhrer# C  United States Boston Celtics Harvard
1 4 Dolph Schayes^ F/C  United States New York Knicks NYU
1 5 Ed Mikan F/C  United States Chicago Stags DePaul
1 6 Walt Budko F/C  United States Baltimore Bullets Columbia
1 7 Bob Gale# G/F  United States St. Louis Bombers Cornell
1 8 Ward Williams F  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Indiana
1 9 Chuck Hanger#  United States Minneapolis Lakers California
1 10 Bobby Wanzer^ G  United States Rochester Royals Seton Hall
1 11 Don Ray F/C  United States Philadelphia Warriors Western Kentucky
1 12 Jack Nichols F/C  United States Washington Capitols Washington

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one BAA/NBA game.[2][3]

Arnie Ferrin was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers.
Arnie Ferrin was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers.
Billy Gabor was selected by the Rochester Royals.
Billy Gabor was selected by the Rochester Royals.
Future Hall of Famer Harry Gallatin was selected by the New York Knicks.
Future Hall of Famer Harry Gallatin was selected by the New York Knicks.
Rnd. Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School / club team
Johnny Bach G/F  United States Boston Celtics Fordham
Gene Berce G/F  United States New York Knicks Marquette
Darrell Brown F  United States Baltimore Bullets Humboldt State
Jack Burmaster G  United States St. Louis Bombers Illinois
Jake Carter F/C  United States Baltimore Bullets East Texas State
Jack Coleman+ F/C  United States Providence Steamrollers Louisville
Bobby Cook G  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Wisconsin
Hook Dillon F  United States Chicago Stags North Carolina
Arnie Ferrin G/F  United States Minneapolis Lakers Utah
Bill Gabor+ G/F  United States Rochester Royals Syracuse
Harry Gallatin^ F/C  United States New York Knicks Northeast Missouri
Earl Gardner F  United States Minneapolis Lakers DePauw
Dee Gibson G/F  United States Minneapolis Lakers Western Kentucky
Alex Hannum^ F/C  United States Indianapolis Jets USC
Marshall Hawkins F  United States Boston Celtics Tennessee
Joe Holland F  United States Baltimore Bullets Kentucky
Whitey Kachan G  United States Chicago Stags DePaul
Leo Katkaveck G  United States Washington Capitols NC State
Tom Kelly G  United States Boston Celtics NYU
Andy Kostecka F  United States Indianapolis Jets Georgetown
Dan Kraus G  United States Baltimore Bullets Georgetown
Herb Krautblatt G  United States Baltimore Bullets Rider
Leo Kubiak G/F  United States Rochester Royals Bowling Green
Ray Lumpp G  United States Indianapolis Jets NYU
Johnny Macknowski F  United States Rochester Royals Seton Hall
Mel McGaha G  United States New York Knicks Arkansas
Murray Mitchell C  United States Boston Celtics Sam Houston State
Johnny Orr F  United States Minneapolis Lakers Beloit
Easy Parham G/F  United States St. Louis Bombers Texas Wesleyan
Jack Parkinson G  United States Washington Capitols Kentucky
Ed Peterson C  United States New York Knicks Cornell
Roy Pugh F/C  United States Philadelphia Warriors SMU
Tex Ritter G  United States New York Knicks Eastern Kentucky
Kenny Rollins G  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Kentucky
Dick Shrider G  United States New York Knicks Ohio
Odie Spears G  United States Chicago Stags Western Kentucky
Brady Walker F/C  United States Providence Steamrollers BYU
Dick Wehr F  United States Indianapolis Jets Rice
Murray Wier G  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Iowa
D. C. Wilcutt G  United States St. Louis Bombers Saint Louis

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 1948 draft but played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School / club team
Joe Colone F  United States Bloomsburg
Ray Ellefson C  United States Oklahoma State
Jack Eskridge C/F  United States Kansas
Phil Farbman F  United States CCNY
Donnie Forman G  United States NYU
Gene James F  United States Marshall
John Hazen G  United States Indiana State
Lionel Malamed G  United States CCNY
Bill Miller F  United States North Carolina
Dave Minor G  United States UCLA
Jim Spruill G  United States Rice

Notes

  1. ^ Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.

See also

References

General
  • "1948 BAA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  • "1947–1948 BAA Drafts, 1949–1951 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Archived from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2009.
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