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1959 NBA Draft

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Date: Tuesday, March 31, 1959
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Number of Picks: 85 (23 played in NBA)
First Overall Pick: Bob Boozer (64.2 Win Shares)

Most Win Shares: W. Chamberlain (247.3), B. Howell (114.8) and D. Barnett (68.7)

All-Stars: 6 (D. Barnett, B. Boozer, W. Chamberlain, J. Green, B. Howell and R. LaRusso)

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85 Selections

Stats shown are for the player's NBA career
Territorial Picks Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
1 PHW Wilt Chamberlain University of Kansas 1045 47859 31419 23924 4643 .540 .511 45.8 30.1 22.9 4.4 247.3 .248
2 STL Bob Ferry Saint Louis University 634 12828 5780 3343 906 .433 .664 20.2 9.1 5.3 1.4 20.2 .076
Round 1 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
3 1 CIN Bob Boozer Kansas State University 874 25549 12964 7119 1237 .462 .761 29.2 14.8 8.1 1.4 64.2 .121
4 2 DET Bailey Howell Mississippi State University 950 30627 17770 9383 1853 .480 .762 32.2 18.7 9.9 2.0 114.8 .180
5 3 MNL Tom Hawkins University of Notre Dame 764 18465 6672 4607 871 .447 .570 24.2 8.7 6.0 1.1 24.1 .063
6 4 SYR Dick Barnett Tennessee State University 971 28937 15358 2812 2729 .456 .761 29.8 15.8 2.9 2.8 68.7 .114
7 5 NYK Johnny Green Michigan State University 1057 24624 12281 9083 1449 .493 .553 23.3 11.6 8.6 1.4 58.0 .113
8 6 BOS John Richter North Carolina State University 66 808 285 312 27 .340 .504 12.2 4.3 4.7 0.4 0.4 .026
Round 2 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
9 7 DET Tom Robitaille Rice University
10 8 DET Don Goldstein University of Louisville
11 9 PHW Joe Ruklick Northwestern University 114 909 398 286 48 .366 .613 8.0 3.5 2.5 0.4 0.0 -0.001
12 10 MNL Rudy LaRusso Dartmouth College 736 24487 11507 6936 1556 .431 .767 33.3 15.6 9.4 2.1 61.4 .120
13 11 SYR Gene Tormholen University of Tennessee 271 3223 1191 1122 257 .411 .579 11.9 4.4 4.1 0.9 2.3 .034
14 12 STL Alan Seiden St. John's University
15 13 STL Cal Ramsey New York University 13 222 103 73 12 .383 .568 17.1 7.9 5.6 0.9 0.1 .013
16 14 BOS Gene Guarilia George Washington University 129 1082 413 294 36 .376 .611 8.4 3.2 2.3 0.3 1.2 .055
Round 3 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
17 15 CIN Mike Mendenhall University of Cincinnati
18 16 DET Gary Alcorn California State University, Fresno 78 844 261 329 24 .293 .598 10.8 3.3 4.2 0.3 -1.3 -0.072
19 17 PHW Jim Hickaday University of Memphis
20 18 MNL Bobby Smith West Virginia University 13 137 37 33 14 .236 .688 10.5 2.8 2.5 1.1 -0.3 -0.097
21 19 SYR Jon Cincebox Syracuse University
22 20 NYK Bob Anderegg Michigan State University 33 373 133 69 29 .385 .548 11.3 4.0 2.1 0.9 0.0 .002
23 21 STL Hank Stein Xavier University
24 22 BOS Ralph Croswaite Western Kentucky University
Round 4 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
25 23 CIN Leo Byrd Marshall University
26 24 DET George Lee University of Michigan 297 5158 2229 1235 258 .379 .734 17.4 7.5 4.2 0.9 6.6 .061
27 25 PHW Ron Stevenson Texas Christian University
28 26 MNL Wilson Eison Purdue University
29 27 SYR Paul Neumann Stanford University 451 11003 4989 1318 1453 .442 .799 24.4 11.1 2.9 3.2 28.3 .124
30 28 NYK Johnny Cox University of Kentucky 73 1685 573 280 142 .421 .704 23.1 7.8 3.8 1.9 0.5 .015
31 29 STL Lee Harman Oregon State University
32 30 BOS Ed Kazakavich University of Scranton
Round 5 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
33 31 CIN Harry Kirchner Texas Christian University
34 32 DET Tony Windis University of Wyoming 9 193 36 47 32 .267 .667 21.4 4.0 5.2 3.6 -0.2 -0.057
35 33 PHW Bill Telasky George Washington University
36 34 MNL Bobby Joe Mason Bradley University
37 35 SYR Roger Taylor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
38 36 NYK Herb Busch University of Virginia
39 37 STL Nick Mantis Northwestern University 52 755 236 91 92 .367 .549 14.5 4.5 1.8 1.8 -0.8 -0.049
40 38 BOS Don Lange College of William & Mary
Round 6 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
41 39 CIN Don Hennon University of Pittsburgh
42 40 DET Lou Jordan Cornell University
43 41 PHW Joe Spratt Saint Joseph's University
44 42 MNL Jim Henry Vanderbilt University
45 43 SYR Bob Dalton University of California
46 44 NYK Bucky McDonald George Washington University
47 45 STL Mike Moran Marquette University
48 46 BOS Bob Cumings Boston University
Round 7 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
49 47 CIN Dale Moore Eastern Kentucky University
50 48 DET Doug Smart University of Washington
51 49 PHW Joe Ryan Villanova University
52 50 MNL Charley Grote Georgetown College
53 51 SYR Darnell Haney Utah State University
54 52 NYK Russ Robinson Missouri State University
55 53 STL Orby Arnold University of Memphis
Round 8 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
56 54 CIN Don Matuszak Kansas State University
57 55 DET Chuck Curtis Pacific Lutheran University
58 56 PHW Dave Gunther University of Iowa 1 5 2 3 3 .500 5.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 0.0 .204
59 57 MNL Leon Hill Texas Tech University
60 58 NYK Walt Torrence University of California, Los Angeles
61 59 STL Willie Merriwether Purdue University
Round 9 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
62 60 CIN Joe Billy McDade Bradley University
63 61 DET Doyle Edmiston Hardin-Simmons University
64 62 PHW Carl Belz Princeton University
65 63 MNL Jim Mudd North Texas State University
66 64 NYK Jerry Shipp Southeastern Oklahoma State University
67 65 STL Lou Pucillo North Carolina State University
Round 10 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
68 66 CIN Joe Viviano Xavier University
69 67 DET Bruno Boin University of Washington
70 68 PHW Tony Sellari Lenoir-Rhyne College
71 69 MNL Roger Johnson University of Minnesota
72 70 NYK Paul Wilcox Davis & Elkins College
73 71 STL Ron Loneski University of Kansas
Round 11 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
74 72 CIN Charley Brown Seattle University
75 73 DET M.C. Burton University of Michigan
76 74 PHW Phil Warren Northwestern University
77 75 MNL Jack Evans Lake Superior State University
78 76 NYK Paul Benes Hope College
79 77 STL John Barnhill Tennessee State University 426 10054 3648 1193 1205 .416 .651 23.6 8.6 2.8 2.8 10.4 .050
Round 12 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
80 78 CIN Roger Wendel University of Tulsa
81 79 MNL Vern Baggenstoss St. Cloud State University
82 80 NYK Ed Blair Western Michigan University
Round 13 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
83 81 MNL Dwayne Smith Gustavus Adolphus
84 82 NYK John Nicoll Brigham Young University
Round 14 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Rk Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
85 83 NYK Jack Israel Missouri State University