1976 NBA draft
General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)June 8, 1976
LocationMadison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Overview
173 total selections in 10 rounds
LeagueNBA
First selectionJohn Lucas, Houston Rockets
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The 1976 NBA draft was the 30th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 8, 1976, before the 1976–77 season. In this draft, 18 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. 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 Atlanta Hawks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Chicago Bulls were awarded the second pick.[2] The Hawks then traded the first pick to the Houston Rockets before the draft. 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. The New York Knicks forfeited their first-round draft pick due to their illegal signing of George McGinnis whose rights were held by the Philadelphia 76ers.[3] The 76ers, the Golden State Warriors and the Buffalo Braves also forfeited their second, third and fourth-round picks respectively due to their participation in 1975 supplementary draft American Basketball Association (ABA) players who had never been drafted in the NBA.[4] 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. Before the draft, 26 college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule.[5] 13 of them withdrew before the draft, leaving only 13 early entry candidates eligible for selection.[6] These players had applied and gave evidence of financial hardship to the league, which granted them the right to start earning their living by starting their professional careers earlier.[7] The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 173 players. On August 8, 1976, the league also hosted a Dispersal draft for ABA players from the Kentucky Colonels and Spirits of St. Louis, who were not included in the ABA–NBA merger.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

John Lucas from the University of Maryland was selected first overall by the Houston Rockets. Adrian Dantley from the University of Notre Dame, who went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season, was selected 6th by the Buffalo Braves.[8] Four players from this draft, Dantley, 8th pick Robert Parish, 23rd pick Alex English and 29th pick Dennis Johnson, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[9] Parish was also named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[10] Dantley was selected to two All-NBA Teams and six All-Star Games.[11] Parish won three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s. Later in his career, he added another championship in 1997 with the Chicago Bulls. His other achievements include two All-NBA Team selections and nine All-Star Game selections.[12] English's achievements include three All-NBA Team selections and eight All-Star Game selections.[13] Johnson won the NBA championships, along with the Finals Most Valuable Player Award, with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979. He then won two other championships with the Celtics in the 1980s. He was selected to two All-NBA Teams, five All-Star Games and nine All-Defensive Teams.[14]

Lonnie Shelton, the 25th pick, is the only other player from this draft who was selected to an All-Star Game.[15] Lucas, 22nd pick Johnny Davis and 99th pick Mike Dunleavy all became head coaches after ending their playing career. Lucas has coached three teams in six seasons while Davis has coached three teams in four seasons.[16][17] Dunleavy won the Coach of the Year Award in 1999 with the Portland Trail Blazers.[18] He coached four teams in 17 seasons.[19] Two other players drafted also went on to have coaching careers in the NBA: Dennis Johnson and seventh pick Quinn Buckner.[20][21]

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 has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game

Draft

Wally Walker was selected fifth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Wally Walker was selected fifth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Robert Parish was selected eighth overall by the Golden State Warriors.
Robert Parish was selected eighth overall by the Golden State Warriors.
Alex English was selected 23rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Alex English was selected 23rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dennis Johnson was selected 29th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.
Dennis Johnson was selected 29th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.
Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 John Lucas G  United States Houston Rockets (from Atlanta)[a] Maryland (Sr.)
1 2 Scott May F  United States Chicago Bulls Indiana (Sr.)
1 3 Richard Washington F/C  United States Kansas City Kings UCLA (Jr.)
1 4 Leon Douglas F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Alabama (Sr.)
1 5 Wally Walker F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Virginia (Sr.)
1 6 Adrian Dantley^ G/F  United States Buffalo Braves (from New Orleans via Phoenix)[b] Notre Dame (Jr.)
1 7 Quinn Buckner G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Indiana (Sr.)
1 8 Robert Parish^ C  United States Golden State Warriors (from Los Angeles)[c] Centenary (Sr.)
1 9 Armond Hill G  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Houston)[a] Princeton (Sr.)
1 10 Ron Lee G  United States Phoenix Suns Oregon (Sr.)
1 11 Bob Wilkerson G/F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Indiana (Sr.)
1 12 Terry Furlow G/F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Michigan State (Sr.)
1 13 Mitch Kupchak F/C  United States Washington Bullets (from Buffalo)[d] North Carolina (Sr.)
1 14 Larry Wright G  United States Washington Bullets Grambling State (Jr.)
1 15 Chuckie Williams G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Kansas State (Sr.)
1 16 Norm Cook F  United States Boston Celtics Kansas (Jr.)
1 17 Sonny Parker G/F  United States Golden State Warriors Texas A&M (Sr.)
2 18 Willie Smith G  United States Chicago Bulls Missouri (Sr.)
2 19 Bayard Forrest C  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from Atlanta via Milwaukee)[e] Grand Canyon (Sr.)
2 20 Major Jones F  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Kansas City via New Orleans)[f] Albany State (Sr.)
2 21 Earl Tatum G/F  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Detroit via Phoenix)[g] Marquette (Sr.)
2 22 Johnny Davis G  United States Portland Trail Blazers Dayton (Jr.)
2 23 Alex English^ F  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from New Orleans via Atlanta)[e] South Carolina (Sr.)
2 24 Scott Lloyd F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks Arizona State (Sr.)
2 25 Lonnie Shelton+ F/C  United States New York Knicks Oregon State (Jr.)
2 26 Jacky Dorsey F  United States New Orleans Jazz (from Los Angeles via Phoenix and Portland)[h] Georgia (So.)
2 27 Phil Hicks F  United States Houston Rockets Tulane (Sr.)
2 28 Bob Carrington G/F  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Phoenix)[i] Boston College (Sr.)
2 29 Dennis Johnson^ G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Pepperdine (Sr.)
2 30 Al Fleming F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Buffalo)[j] Arizona (Sr.)
2 31 Joe Pace C  United States Washington Bullets Coppin State (Sr.)
2 32 Mo Howard G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Maryland (Sr.)
2 33 Butch Feher G  United States Phoenix Suns (from Boston)[k] Vanderbilt (Sr.)
2 34 Marshall Rogers G  United States Golden State Warriors Pan American (Sr.)

Other picks

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 37 Lars Hansen C  Canada[1] Chicago Bulls (from Kansas City)[l] Washington (Sr.)
3 38 Phil Sellers G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Rutgers (Sr.)
3 40 Lloyd Walton G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Marquette (Sr.)
3 43 Tom Abernethy F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Indiana (Sr.)
3 45 Ira Terrell F/C  United States Phoenix Suns SMU (Sr.)
3 50 Gary Cole
(now Abdul Jeelani)[2]
F/C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Wisconsin–Parkside (Sr.)
4 52 Keith Starr G/F  United States Chicago Bulls Pittsburgh (Sr.)
4 53 Tom Barker F/C  United States Atlanta Hawks Hawaii (Sr.)
4 60 Wayman Britt G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Michigan (Sr.)
5 70 Ron Davis G/F  United States Atlanta Hawks Washington State (Sr.)
5 74 Paul Griffin F/C  United States New Orleans Jazz Western Michigan (Sr.)
5 84 Edmund Lawrence C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers McNeese State (Sr.)
6 89 Andre McCarter G  United States Kansas City Kings UCLA (Sr.)
6 99 Mike Dunleavy G  United States Philadelphia 76ers South Carolina (Sr.)
6 103 Art Collins G  United States Boston Celtics Biscayne (Sr.)
7 111 Andy Walker G  United States New Orleans Jazz Niagara (Sr.)
7 117 Phil Walker G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Millersville (Sr.)
7 121 Ralph Drollinger C  United States Boston Celtics UCLA (Sr.)
8 134 Norton Barnhill G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Washington State (Sr.)

Trades

ABA dispersal draft

Moses Malone was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Spirits of St. Louis.
Moses Malone was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Spirits of St. Louis.

On August 5, 1976, the NBA hosted a dispersal draft to select players from the Kentucky Colonels and Spirits of St. Louis, the American Basketball Association (ABA) franchises that were not included in the ABA–NBA merger. The eighteen NBA teams and the four ABA teams that joined the NBA, the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs, were allowed to participate in the draft. The teams selected in reverse order of their win–loss percentage in the previous NBA and ABA seasons.[44] The team that made a selection must pay a certain price for the signing rights to the player, which are set by the league's committee. The money from the draft was used to help the four ABA teams that merged with the NBA to pay off some of their obligations to the two folded ABA franchises, the Colonels and the Spirits. The team that made a selection must assume the player's ABA contract. Players who were not selected would become free agents.[45]

Twenty players from the Colonels and the Spirits were available for the draft. Eleven were selected in the first round and the twelfth player was selected in the second round. Eight players were not selected and thus became a free agent. The Chicago Bulls used the first pick to select five-time ABA All-Star Artis Gilmore with a signing price of $1,100,000. The Portland Trail Blazers, who acquired the Atlanta Hawks' second pick, selected Maurice Lucas and Moses Malone with signing price of $300,000 and $350,000 respectively. Marvin Barnes, who was selected fourth by the Detroit Pistons was the second most expensive player in the draft with a signing price of $500,000. Several teams elected to pass their first-round picks and only the Kansas City Kings used the second-round pick. The draft continued until the third round, but no other players were selected.[46]

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team ABA team Signing price Ref.
1 1 Artis Gilmore^ C  United States Chicago Bulls Kentucky Colonels $1,100,000 [47]
1 2 Maurice Lucas* F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers (from Atlanta)[m] Kentucky Colonels $300,000 [48]
1 3 Ron Boone G/F  United States Kansas City Kings Spirits of St. Louis $250,000 [49]
1 4 Marvin Barnes F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Spirits of St. Louis $500,000 [50]
1 5 Moses Malone^ F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Spirits of St. Louis $350,000 [51]
1 6 Randy Denton C  United States New York Knicks Spirits of St. Louis $50,000 [52]
1 7 Bird Averitt G  United States Buffalo Braves (from Milwaukee)[n] Kentucky Colonels $125,000 [53]
1 8 Wil Jones F  United States Indiana Pacers Kentucky Colonels $50,000 [54]
1 9 Ron Thomas# G/F  United States Houston Rockets Kentucky Colonels $15,000 [55]
1 10 Louie Dampier^ G  United States San Antonio Spurs Kentucky Colonels $20,000 [56]
1 11 Jan van Breda Kolff G/F  United States New York Nets Kentucky Colonels $60,000 [57]
2 12 Mike Barr G  United States Kansas City Kings Spirits of St. Louis $15,000 [58]

Trades

Notes

^ 1: Lars Hansen was born in Denmark, but grew up in Canada and has represented the Canadian national team.[59]
^ 2: Gary Cole later changed his name into Abdul Jeelani. He used that name during his career in the NBA.[60]

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