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1979 NBA Draft

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Date: Monday, June 25, 1979
Location: New York, New York

Number of Picks: 202 (55 played in NBA)
First Overall Pick: Magic Johnson (155.8 Win Shares)

Most Win Shares: M. Johnson (155.8), B. Laimbeer (105.6) and S. Moncrief (90.3)

All-Stars: 8 (B. Cartwright, J. Donaldson, M. Eaton, M. Johnson, B. Laimbeer, S. Moncrief, C. Natt and J. Paxson)

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202 Selections

Stats shown are for the player's NBA career
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
1 1 LAL Magic Johnson Michigan State University 906 33245 17707 6559 10141 .520 .303 .848 36.7 19.5 7.2 11.2 155.8 .225
2 2 CHI Dave Greenwood University of California, Los Angeles 823 23370 8428 6537 1614 .477 .138 .765 28.4 10.2 7.9 2.0 46.4 .095
3 3 NYK Bill Cartwright University of San Francisco 963 27491 12713 6106 1390 .525 .000 .771 28.5 13.2 6.3 1.4 72.8 .127
4 4 DET Greg Kelser Michigan State University 305 6032 2961 1402 411 .486 .167 .686 19.8 9.7 4.6 1.3 8.6 .069
5 5 MIL Sidney Moncrief University of Arkansas 767 23150 11931 3575 2793 .502 .284 .831 30.2 15.6 4.7 3.6 90.3 .187
6 6 SEA James Bailey Rutgers University 595 11625 5246 2988 488 .484 .077 .703 19.5 8.8 5.0 0.8 16.3 .067
7 7 SEA Vinnie Johnson Baylor University 984 24308 11825 3109 3212 .464 .254 .740 24.7 12.0 3.2 3.3 50.8 .100
8 8 NJN Calvin Natt University of Louisiana at Monroe 599 18818 10291 4070 1306 .528 .219 .768 31.4 17.2 6.8 2.2 57.2 .146
9 9 NYK Larry Demic University of Arizona 206 3192 976 805 106 .459 .000 .580 15.5 4.7 3.9 0.5 1.4 .022
10 10 DET Roy Hamilton University of California, Los Angeles 73 1121 336 110 192 .400 .000 .684 15.4 4.6 1.5 2.6 -0.4 -0.017
11 11 NJN Cliff Robinson University of Southern California 629 19284 10823 5237 1249 .468 .184 .722 30.7 17.2 8.3 2.0 30.5 .076
12 12 POR Jim Paxson University of Dayton 784 21357 11199 1593 2300 .498 .225 .807 27.2 14.3 2.0 2.9 53.7 .121
13 13 IND Dudley Bradley University of North Carolina 600 10192 3131 1098 1147 .440 .293 .730 17.0 5.2 1.8 1.9 16.5 .078
14 14 LAL Brad Holland University of California, Los Angeles 93 686 293 59 63 .403 .190 .746 7.4 3.2 0.6 0.7 0.4 .026
15 15 DET Phil Hubbard University of Michigan 665 15863 7228 3538 857 .495 .038 .706 23.9 10.9 5.3 1.3 29.0 .088
16 16 PHI Jim Spanarkel Duke University 259 5290 2505 652 572 .470 .250 .855 20.4 9.7 2.5 2.2 12.3 .112
17 17 HOU Lee Johnson East Texas State University 12 90 17 22 1 .280 .600 7.5 1.4 1.8 0.1 -0.2 -0.095
18 18 KCK Reggie King University of Alabama 438 11345 3898 2707 691 .514 .000 .699 25.9 8.9 6.2 1.6 24.8 .105
19 19 SAS Wiley Peck Mississippi State University 52 628 180 183 33 .432 .000 .618 12.1 3.5 3.5 0.6 0.3 .023
20 20 UTA Larry Knight Loyola University of Chicago
21 21 NYK Sly Williams University of Rhode Island 305 6617 3327 1287 603 .478 .162 .692 21.7 10.9 4.2 2.0 13.4 .097
22 22 PHO Kyle Macy University of Kentucky 551 14246 5259 1214 2198 .501 .337 .873 25.9 9.5 2.2 4.0 36.0 .121
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
23 23 UTA Tico Brown Georgia Institute of Technology
24 24 PHO Johnny High University of Nevada, Reno 274 4538 1396 617 525 .435 .105 .619 16.6 5.1 2.3 1.9 4.7 .050
25 25 LAL Ollie Mack East Carolina University 128 2513 916 319 230 .458 .000 .674 19.6 7.2 2.5 1.8 2.5 .048
26 26 CLE Bruce Flowers University of Notre Dame 53 699 261 180 47 .534 .000 .774 13.2 4.9 3.4 0.9 1.7 .119
27 27 NYK Reggie Carter St. John's University 135 1459 471 164 206 .388 .000 .772 10.8 3.5 1.2 1.5 0.4 .014
28 28 GSW Danny Salisbury University of Texas-Pan American
29 29 DET Tony Price University of Pennsylvania 5 29 4 0 3 .286 5.8 0.8 0.0 0.6 -0.1 -0.089
30 30 DEN Gary Garland DePaul University 78 1106 334 138 145 .435 .316 .692 14.2 4.3 1.8 1.9 0.5 .020
31 31 MIL Edgar Jones University of Nevada, Reno 363 6960 3257 1745 331 .506 .262 .710 19.2 9.0 4.8 0.9 15.0 .103
32 32 IND Tony Zeno Arizona State University 8 59 14 14 1 .286 1.000 7.4 1.8 1.8 0.1 -0.2 -0.160
33 33 CHI Lawrence Butler Idaho State University
34 34 NYK Kim Goetz San Diego State University
35 35 ATL James Bradley University of Memphis
36 36 PHI Clint Richardson Seattle University 586 11818 4084 1378 1461 .463 .244 .770 20.2 7.0 2.4 2.5 16.6 .067
37 37 PHI Bernard Toone Marquette University 23 124 55 34 12 .359 .143 .800 5.4 2.4 1.5 0.5 -0.1 -0.036
38 38 ATL Larry Wilson Nicholls State University
39 39 LAL Victor King Louisiana Tech University
40 40 POR Andrew Fields Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
41 41 LAL Mark Young Fairfield University
42 42 HOU Paul Mokeski University of Kansas 694 9739 2764 2342 500 .451 .216 .694 14.0 4.0 3.4 0.7 13.5 .067
43 43 SEA Johnny Moore University of Texas at Austin 520 13430 4890 1548 3866 .460 .251 .712 25.8 9.4 3.0 7.4 30.1 .108
44 44 WSB Joe DeSantis Fairfield University
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
45 45 UTA Arvid Kramer Augustana College (SD) 8 45 16 12 3 .318 1.000 5.6 2.0 1.5 0.4 -0.1 -0.102
46 46 WSB Andrew Parker Iowa State University
47 47 CHI Calvin Garrett Oral Roberts University 166 3008 855 436 242 .457 .300 .767 18.1 5.2 2.6 1.5 2.6 .042
48 48 DET Terry Duerod University of Detroit Mercy 143 1977 961 160 170 .462 .329 .672 13.8 6.7 1.1 1.2 1.0 .023
49 49 CHI Cedrick Hordges University of South Carolina 145 2971 1099 853 169 .475 .188 .639 20.5 7.6 5.9 1.2 2.2 .036
50 50 NYK Geoff Huston Texas Tech University 496 12252 4380 684 2509 .483 .254 .708 24.7 8.8 1.4 5.1 11.9 .047
51 51 NJN John Gerdy Davidson College
52 52 MIL Larry Gibson University of Maryland
53 53 BOS Wayne Kreklow Drake University 25 100 30 12 9 .234 .250 .700 4.0 1.2 0.5 0.4 -0.3 -0.167
54 54 GSW Cheese Johnson Wichita State University 9 53 27 14 2 .400 .600 5.9 3.0 1.6 0.2 0.0 -0.033
55 55 SDC Tom Channel Boston University
56 56 POR Mickey Fox Saint Mary's University
57 57 ATL Don March Franklin & Marshall College
58 58 PHI Earl Cureton University of Detroit Mercy 674 12420 3620 3172 678 .473 .000 .538 18.4 5.4 4.7 1.0 14.4 .056
59 59 HOU Ricardo Brown Pepperdine University
60 60 LAL Walter Daniels University of Georgia
61 61 BOS Ernesto Malcolm Briar Cliff University
62 62 KCK Terry Crosby University of Tennessee 4 28 6 1 7 .500 1.000 7.0 1.5 0.3 1.8 0.0 -0.051
63 63 SAS Sylvester Norris Jackson State University 17 189 40 43 6 .419 .667 11.1 2.4 2.5 0.4 -0.2 -0.055
64 64 PHO Al Green Louisiana State University
65 65 CLE Bill Laimbeer University of Notre Dame 1068 33956 13790 10400 2184 .498 .326 .837 31.8 12.9 9.7 2.0 105.6 .149
66 66 WSB Charles Floyd High Point 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
67 67 UTA Greg Deane University of Utah 7 48 10 6 6 .182 1.000 .714 6.9 1.4 0.9 0.9 -0.1 -0.070
68 68 BOS Nick Galis Seton Hall University
69 69 MIL Eugene Robinson University of Louisiana at Monroe
70 70 CLE Rick Swing The Citadel
71 71 NYK Larry Rogers Southeast Missouri State University
72 72 CHI George Maynor East Carolina University
73 73 SEA James Donaldson Washington State University 957 26222 8203 7492 765 .571 .732 27.4 8.6 7.8 0.8 62.3 .114
74 74 IND Don Newman University of Idaho
75 75 GSW Ron Ripley University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
76 76 HOU Sammy Drummer Georgia Institute of Technology
77 77 SDC Lionel Garrett Southern University and A&M College
78 78 POR Daryll Robinson Appalachian State University
79 79 LAL Ray White Mississippi State University
80 80 HOU Lionel Green Louisiana State University
81 81 LAL Ricky Reed Temple University
82 82 GSW Jerry Sichting Purdue University 598 12732 4141 817 1962 .507 .271 .857 21.3 6.9 1.4 3.3 21.2 .080
83 83 PHI Mike Niles California State University, Fullerton 44 231 115 58 15 .348 .500 .459 5.3 2.6 1.3 0.3 -0.3 -0.062
84 84 SAS Al Daniel Furman University
85 85 KCK John McCullough University of Oklahoma 8 23 21 4 3 .692 .600 2.9 2.6 0.5 0.4 0.1 .239
86 86 PHO Malcolm Cesare University of Florida
87 87 SEA Richie Allen California State University, Dominguez Hills
88 88 WSB Lamont Reid Oral Roberts University
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
89 89 UTA Wolfe Perry Stanford University
90 90 BOS Jimmy Allen University of New Haven
91 91 CLE Matt Simpkins Georgia Southern University
92 92 DET Flintie Ray Williams University of Nevada, Las Vegas
93 93 CHI Larry Washington Drury University
94 94 NYK Johnny Green University of California, Riverside
95 95 NJN Jim Abromaitis University of Connecticut
96 96 GSW George Lett Centenary College of Louisiana
97 97 MIL Jim Tillman Eastern Kentucky University
98 98 IND Billy Reid University of San Francisco 59 597 190 60 71 .454 .000 .564 10.1 3.2 1.0 1.2 -0.6 -0.050
99 99 SDC Greg Joyner Middle Tennessee State University
100 100 POR Matt White University of Pennsylvania
101 101 ATL Tiny Pinder North Carolina State University
102 102 DEN Larry Williams University of Louisville
103 103 PHI Carl McPipe University of Nebraska
104 104 HOU Allen Leavell Oklahoma City University 700 16248 6684 1164 3339 .450 .234 .834 23.2 9.5 1.7 4.8 29.9 .088
105 105 KCK Curtis Watkins DePaul University
106 106 SAS Steve Schall University of Arkansas
107 107 PHO Mark Eaton University of California, Los Angeles 875 25169 5216 6939 840 .458 .000 .649 28.8 6.0 7.9 1.0 44.8 .085
108 108 WSB Marshall Ashford Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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
109 109 UTA Ernie Cobb Boston University
110 110 BOS Marvin Delph University of Arkansas
111 111 DET Truman Claytor University of Kentucky
112 112 CLE Joe Manning North Texas State University
113 113 NYK Phil Abney University of New Mexico
114 114 CHI Steve Smith University of Southern California
115 115 NJN Tony Smith University of Nevada, Las Vegas
116 116 MIL Derrick Mayes Illinois State University
117 117 IND Greg Guye Stetson University
118 118 GSW Jim Mitchem DePaul University
119 119 SDC Bob Bender Duke University
120 120 POR Ray Ellis Pepperdine University
121 121 ATL Dwight Williams Gardner-Webb University
122 122 DEN Odell Ball Marquette University
123 123 PHI Dan Hartshorne University of Oregon
124 124 HOU Collie Davis Southern University and A&M College
125 125 SAS Terry Knight University of Pittsburgh
126 126 KCK Bob Roma Princeton University
127 127 PHO Dale Shackelford Syracuse University
128 128 WSB Garcia Hopkins Morgan State 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
129 129 UTA Paul Poe Louisiana College
130 130 BOS Steve Castellan University of Virginia
131 131 CLE Steve Skaggs Ohio University
132 132 DET Ken Jones Saint Mary's College of California
133 133 CHI Mike Eversley Chicago State University
134 134 NYK Marc Coleman Seton Hall University
135 135 NJN Jim Strickland University of South Carolina
136 136 IND Dirk Ewing Stetson University
137 137 GSW Ren Watson Virginia Commonwealth University
138 138 MIL Stan Ray California State University, Fullerton
139 139 SDC Jene Grey LeMoyne College
140 140 POR Jeff Tropf Central Michigan University
141 141 ATL Tim Waterman St. Bonaventure University
142 142 PHI Bobby Willis University of Pennsylvania
143 143 HOU Rich Valavicius Auburn University
144 144 DEN John Johnson Creighton University
145 145 KCK Nick Daniels Xavier University
146 146 SAS Tyrone Branyan University of Texas at Austin
147 147 PHO Ollie Matson Pepperdine University
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
148 148 UTA Keith McDonald Utah State University
149 149 BOS Glenn Sudhop North Carolina State University
150 150 DET Rodney Lee University of Memphis
151 151 CLE Mark Haymore University of Massachusetts Amherst
152 152 NYK Billy Tucker Tennessee State University
153 153 CHI Tony Warren North Carolina State University
154 154 NJN Henry Hollingsworth Hofstra University
155 155 GSW Mario Butler Briar Cliff University
156 156 MIL Larry Spicer University of Alabama at Birmingham
157 157 IND Brian Magid George Washington University
158 158 SDC Renaldo Lawrence Appalachian State University
159 159 POR Willie Pounds Chaminade University of Honolulu
160 160 ATL John Goedeke University of Maryland, Baltimore County
161 161 HOU Delbert Watson East Tennessee State University
162 162 DEN Matt Teahan University of Denver
163 163 PHI Rick Raivio University of Portland
164 164 KCK Tony Vann University of Alabama at Huntsville
165 165 PHO Charles Jones Albany State University 726 14095 1826 3253 623 .480 .000 .618 19.4 2.5 4.5 0.9 24.6 .084
166 166 WSB Jo Jo Walters Manhattan College
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
167 167 UTA Milt Huggins Southern Illinois University
168 168 BOS Kevin Sinnett United States Naval Academy
169 169 CLE Tim Joyce Ohio University
170 170 DET Val Bracey Central Michigan University
171 171 CHI James Jackson University of Minnesota
172 172 NYK Brett Wyatt New Jersey City University
173 173 NJN Ricky Free Columbia University
174 174 MIL Roger Lapham University of Maine
175 175 GSW Gene Ransom University of California
176 176 SDC Mike Dodd San Diego State University
177 177 POR Stan Eckwood Harding University
178 178 ATL Cedric Oliver Hamilton College
179 179 DEN Emmett Lewis University of Colorado
180 180 PHI Coby Leavitt University of Utah
181 181 KCK Gary Wilson Southern Illinois University
182 182 SAS Eddie McLeod University of Nevada, Las Vegas
183 183 PHO Hosea Champine Robert Morris University (PA)
184 184 WSB Ray Hooker Murray 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
185 185 UTA Paul Dawkins Northern Illinois University 57 776 316 125 77 .470 .200 .688 13.6 5.5 2.2 1.4 -0.1 -0.009
186 186 BOS Alton Byrd Columbia University
187 187 DET Willie Polk Grand Canyon University
188 188 CLE Terry Peavy Point Park University
189 189 NYK Gordon Thomas St. John's University
190 190 CHI Marvin Thoms University of California, Los Angeles
191 191 NJN Eric Fleisher Tulane University
192 192 GSW Kevin Heenan California State University, Fullerton
193 193 MIL Chris Fahrbach University of North Dakota
194 194 SDC Greg Hunter Loyola Marymount University
195 195 POR Kelvin Small University of Oregon
196 196 ATL Chad Nelson Drake University
197 197 CHI Cortez Collins University of Southern Indiana
198 198 PHI Keith McCord University of Alabama at Birmingham 2 9 4 2 1 .500 4.5 2.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 -0.136
199 199 SAS Glen Fine Harvard University
200 200 KCK Russell Saunders University of New Mexico
201 201 PHO Korky Nelson Santa Clara University
202 202 WSB Steve Martin Georgetown University