1964 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)May 4, 1964
LocationNew York City, New York
101 total selections in 15 rounds
Territorial pick(s)Walt Hazzard, Los Angeles Lakers
George Wilson, Cincinnati Royals
First selectionJim Barnes, New York Knicks
← 1963
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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.[1][2] The draft consisted of 15 rounds comprising 101 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Walt Hazzard and George Wilson were selected as Los Angeles Lakers' and Cincinnati Royals' territorial picks before the draft 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 eighth overall by the New York Knicks.[3] Reed has been inducted into 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.[4][5] 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 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] After his playing career, he coached four NBA teams, most recently with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets).[9] 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.[10] He has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[4] Hazzard, 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.[11][12][13][14] John Thompson, the 25th pick, has also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Hame as a coach.[4] 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.[15][16] 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.[17][18] He is one of only 12 athletes who have played in both NBA and MLB.[19][20][21]

Also of note was a player who was officially undrafted in 1964 named Connie Hawkins. While a successful player overall, Hawkins during his freshman year at the University of Iowa back in 1961 was involved with a point shaving scandal. Despite never being convicted of point shaving (with the only involvement being him borrowing $200 by Jack Molinas for school expenses, which he paid back to Jack's brother, Fred Molinas, before the scandal broke out), he was officially kicked out of the team before having a chance to play due to NCAA rules and regulations at the time. Hawkins would later play with the Pittsburgh Rens of the rivaling American Basketball League and the independent Harlem Globetrotters before officially being undrafted in 1964. He became undrafted again in 1965 before being permanently banned from the NBA altogether in 1966. However, Hawkins would sue the NBA for $6 million in damages to his reputation, saying the league banned him unfairly and that they had no substantial evidence linking him to the point shaving scandal of that time. Eventually, the league settled with Hawkins by paying him a settlement of $1.3 million and assigning him to the Phoenix Suns in 1969, effectively removing his permanent ban. While he would only play in the NBA for seven seasons afterwards, his number would be retired by the Suns on November 19, 1976 before being in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.


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


Walt Hazzard was a territorial pick selected by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Willis Reed was the 8th pick, selected by the New York Knicks.
Paul Silas was the 10th pick, selected by the St. Louis Hawks.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
T Walt Hazzard+[1] G  United States Los Angeles Lakers UCLA
T George Wilson C  United States Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati
1 1 Jim Barnes F/C  United States New York Knicks Texas Western
1 2 Joe Caldwell+ G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Arizona State
1 3 Gary Bradds F  United States Baltimore Bullets Ohio State
1 4 Lucious Jackson+ F/C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Pan American
1 5 Jeff Mullins+ G/F  United States St. Louis Hawks Duke
1 6 Barry Kramer G/F  United States San Francisco Warriors NYU
1 7 Mel Counts F/C  United States Boston Celtics Oregon State
2 8 Willis Reed^ F/C  United States New York Knicks Grambling
2 9 Les Hunter F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Loyola (IL)
2 10 Paul Silas+ F/C  United States St. Louis Hawks (from Baltimore) Creighton
2 11 Ira Harge# C  United States Philadelphia 76ers New Mexico
2 12 Cotton Nash F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Kentucky
2 13 Howard Komives G  United States New York Knicks (from St. Louis)[a] Bowling Green
2 14 Bud Koper G  United States San Francisco Warriors Oklahoma City
2 15 Bill Chmielewski# C  United States Cincinnati Royals Philadelphia Tapers (ABL)[2]
2 16 Ron Bonham F  United States Boston Celtics Cincinnati

Other picks

Jerry Sloan was the 19th pick, selected by the Baltimore Bullets.
Despite being permanently banned at one point, Connie Hawkins is considered one of the most successful undrafted NBA players of all time.

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.[22][23]

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 18 Wali Jones G  United States Detroit Pistons Villanova
3 19 Jerry Sloan^ G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Evansville
3 20 Larry Jones G/F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Toledo
3 23 McCoy McLemore F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors Drake
3 24 Steve Courtin G  United States Cincinnati Royals Saint Joseph's
3 25 John Thompson F  United States Boston Celtics Providence
4 26 Freddie Crawford G/F  United States New York Knicks St. Bonaventure
4 27 Jim Davis F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Colorado
4 30 Hank Finkel C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Dayton
4 33 Happy Hairston F  United States Cincinnati Royals NYU
4 34 Joe Strawder C  United States Boston Celtics Bradley
5 40 John Tresvant F/C  United States St. Louis Hawks Seattle
7 53 Em Bryant G  United States New York Knicks DePaul
9 72 Tom Black C  United States Baltimore Bullets South Dakota State

Notable undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 1964 draft but played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School/club team
Steve Jones G  United States Oregon



^ 1: Walt Hazzard changed his name to Mahdi Abdul-Rahman in 1972. However, he retained his birth name throughout his professional career.[25]
^ 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.[26][27]

See also


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