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1981 NBA Draft

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Date: Tuesday, June 9, 1981
Location: New York, New York

Number of Picks: 223 (58 played in NBA)
First Overall Pick: Mark Aguirre (67.8 Win Shares)

Most Win Shares: B. Williams (120.1), L. Nance (109.6) and I. Thomas (80.7)

All-Stars: 9 (M. Aguirre, D. Ainge, R. Blackman, T. Chambers, S. Johnson, L. Nance, I. Thomas, K. Tripucka and B. Williams)

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223 Selections

Stats shown are for the player's NBA career
Round 1 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
1 DAL Mark Aguirre DePaul University 923 27730 18458 4578 2871 .484 .312 .741 30.0 20.0 5.0 3.1 67.8 .117
2 DET Isiah Thomas Indiana University 979 35516 18822 3478 9061 .452 .290 .759 36.3 19.2 3.6 9.3 80.7 .109
3 NJN Buck Williams University of Maryland 1307 42464 16784 13017 1646 .549 .167 .664 32.5 12.8 10.0 1.3 120.1 .136
4 ATL Al Wood University of North Carolina 417 9939 4902 1262 742 .465 .211 .789 23.8 11.8 3.0 1.8 15.4 .074
5 SEA Danny Vranes University of Utah 510 10624 2613 1998 594 .496 .105 .570 20.8 5.1 3.9 1.2 15.3 .069
6 CHI Orlando Woolridge University of Notre Dame 851 24041 13623 3696 1609 .513 .091 .737 28.3 16.0 4.3 1.9 53.0 .106
7 KCK Steve Johnson Oregon State University 626 13618 7345 3450 777 .572 .000 .634 21.8 11.7 5.5 1.2 26.9 .095
8 SDC Tom Chambers University of Utah 1107 33922 20049 6703 2283 .468 .307 .807 30.6 18.1 6.1 2.1 79.0 .112
9 DAL Rolando Blackman Kansas State University 980 32087 17623 3278 2981 .493 .343 .840 32.7 18.0 3.3 3.0 75.6 .113
10 NJN Albert King University of Maryland 534 12836 6470 2262 1171 .461 .268 .791 24.0 12.1 4.2 2.2 16.3 .061
11 WSB Frank Johnson Wake Forest University 596 12897 4937 1025 2476 .439 .218 .760 21.6 8.3 1.7 4.2 17.2 .064
12 DET Kelly Tripucka University of Notre Dame 707 20959 12142 2703 2090 .473 .361 .849 29.6 17.2 3.8 3.0 44.4 .102
13 UTA Danny Schayes Syracuse University 1138 21975 8780 5671 1299 .481 .133 .806 19.3 7.7 5.0 1.1 48.8 .107
14 IND Herb Williams Ohio State University 1102 28484 11944 6509 1856 .467 .095 .696 25.8 10.8 5.9 1.7 36.1 .061
15 POR Jeff Lamp University of Virginia 291 3471 1495 437 269 .470 .222 .841 11.9 5.1 1.5 0.9 5.2 .072
16 POR Darnell Valentine University of Kansas 620 14395 5400 1318 3080 .437 .261 .787 23.2 8.7 2.1 5.0 22.1 .074
17 KCK Kevin Loder Alabama State University 148 2094 875 338 174 .461 .261 .695 14.1 5.9 2.3 1.2 2.4 .055
18 NJN Ray Tolbert Indiana University 261 2789 928 609 135 .495 .000 .544 10.7 3.6 2.3 0.5 2.9 .051
19 LAL Mike McGee University of Michigan 520 9271 4968 1112 629 .487 .354 .597 17.8 9.6 2.1 1.2 15.1 .078
20 PHO Larry Nance Clemson University 920 30697 15687 7352 2393 .546 .145 .755 33.4 17.1 8.0 2.6 109.6 .171
21 MIL Alton Lister Arizona State University 953 18965 6298 5996 914 .512 .111 .597 19.9 6.6 6.3 1.0 36.6 .093
22 PHI Franklin Edwards Cleveland State University 296 4436 1802 300 774 .449 .030 .795 15.0 6.1 1.0 2.6 3.9 .043
23 BOS Charles Bradley University of Wyoming 110 910 347 119 55 .416 .000 .585 8.3 3.2 1.1 0.5 0.3 .016
Round 2 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
24 DAL Jay Vincent Michigan State University 576 15556 8729 3167 1124 .474 .148 .784 27.0 15.2 5.5 2.0 27.5 .085
25 BOS Tracy Jackson University of Notre Dame 129 1797 694 243 132 .463 .154 .749 13.9 5.4 1.9 1.0 2.4 .064
26 POR Brian Jackson Utah State University
27 UTA Howard Wood University of Tennessee 42 342 144 65 9 .458 .000 .654 8.1 3.4 1.5 0.2 0.3 .049
28 SAS Gene Banks Duke University 468 13074 5305 2718 1335 .539 .043 .730 27.9 11.3 5.8 2.9 31.2 .115
29 KCK Eddie Johnson University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1199 32604 19202 4832 2550 .472 .335 .840 27.2 16.0 4.0 2.1 65.6 .097
30 SAS Ed Rains University of South Alabama 83 929 287 124 62 .423 .000 .626 11.2 3.5 1.5 0.7 0.7 .034
31 BOS Danny Ainge Brigham Young University 1042 27755 11964 2768 4199 .469 .378 .846 26.6 11.5 2.7 4.0 71.5 .124
32 CHI Mike Olliver Lamar University
33 GSW Sam Williams Arizona State University 257 4528 1628 1146 156 .500 .000 .653 17.6 6.3 4.5 0.6 9.0 .095
34 DEN Ken Green University of Texas-Pan American 7 72 31 27 2 .481 .556 10.3 4.4 3.9 0.3 0.3 .184
35 WSB Charles Davis Vanderbilt University 415 5050 2214 1008 309 .451 .170 .737 12.2 5.3 2.4 0.7 5.8 .056
36 IND Ray Blume Oregon State University 49 546 226 41 68 .459 .222 .643 11.1 4.6 0.8 1.4 -0.1 -0.013
37 IND Al Leslie Bucknell University
38 ATL Clyde Bradshaw DePaul University
39 LAL Harvey Knuckles University of Toledo
40 NYK Greg Cook Louisiana State University
41 WSB Claude Gregory University of Wisconsin 25 315 136 97 16 .456 .000 .333 12.6 5.4 3.9 0.6 0.0 .007
42 LAL Elvis Rolle Florida State University
43 DAL Elston Turner University of Mississippi 505 9006 2397 1375 914 .432 .152 .714 17.8 4.7 2.7 1.8 8.5 .045
44 WSB Steve Lingenfelter South Dakota State University 10 67 10 16 5 .714 .000 6.7 1.0 1.6 0.5 0.0 .009
45 HOU Ed Turner Texas A&M University-Kingsville
46 PHI Vernon Smith Texas A&M University
Round 3 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
47 DAL Art Housey University of Kansas
48 WSB Mike Ferrara Colgate University
49 NJN David Burns Saint Louis University 9 87 23 5 15 .438 .600 9.7 2.6 0.6 1.7 -0.1 -0.071
50 POR Derek Holcomb University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
51 LAL Zam Fredrick University of South Carolina
52 ATL Rudy Macklin Louisiana State University 160 2752 1030 464 121 .449 .000 .776 17.2 6.4 2.9 0.8 3.2 .056
53 SEA Mark Radford Oregon State University 97 808 347 76 161 .507 .286 .458 8.3 3.6 0.8 1.7 0.4 .023
54 SDC Jim Smith Ohio State University 76 876 219 187 46 .514 .461 11.5 2.9 2.5 0.6 0.7 .037
55 CLE Mickey Dillard Florida State University 33 221 73 15 34 .367 .000 .652 6.7 2.2 0.5 1.0 -0.2 -0.051
56 GSW Carlton Neverson University of Pittsburgh
57 NYK Frank Brickowski Pennsylvania State University 731 16278 7302 3410 1384 .519 .324 .740 22.3 10.0 4.7 1.9 29.8 .088
58 KCK Curtis Berry University of Missouri
59 CLE Russell Bowers American University
60 IND Purvis Miller University of Southern California
61 POR Petur Gudmundsson University of Washington 150 2060 693 563 153 .494 .500 .754 13.7 4.6 3.8 1.0 2.1 .050
62 PHO Sam Clancy University of Pittsburgh
63 NYK Wayne McKoy St. John's University
64 SAS Tom Baker Eastern Kentucky University
65 LAL Ron Cornelius University of the Pacific
66 PHO Craig Dykema California State University, Long Beach 32 103 43 12 15 .459 .500 .778 3.2 1.3 0.4 0.5 0.2 .095
67 MIL Mark Smith University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
68 PHI Ernest Graham University of Maryland
69 BOS John Johnson University of Michigan
Round 4 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
70 DAL Eddie Moss Syracuse University
71 DET John May University of South Alabama
72 NJN Edmund Sherod Virginia Commonwealth University
73 UTA George Torres Southern Nazarene University
74 CLE Ethan Martin Louisiana State University
75 ATL Kevin Figaro University of Louisiana at Lafayette
76 GSW Lewis Lloyd Drake University 388 9406 5130 1192 1138 .524 .213 .771 24.2 13.2 3.1 2.9 19.8 .101
77 SDC Lee Raker University of Virginia
78 KCK Kenny Dennard Duke University 95 1244 268 286 93 .429 .300 .644 13.1 2.8 3.0 1.0 1.4 .056
79 WSB Ron Davis University of Arizona
80 GSW Terry Adolph West Texas A&M University
81 HOU Larry Spriggs Howard University 169 2202 873 384 218 .517 .000 .752 13.0 5.2 2.3 1.3 3.4 .074
82 KCK B. B. Davis Lamar University
83 IND Rolando Frazier Briar Cliff University
84 CHI Oliver Lee Marquette University
85 POR Pete Verhoeven California State University, Fresno 282 3220 1000 641 152 .505 .250 .689 11.4 3.5 2.3 0.5 5.2 .078
86 NYK Alex Bradley Villanova University 39 331 137 65 11 .524 .000 .604 8.5 3.5 1.7 0.3 0.4 .053
87 SAS Earl Belcher St. Bonaventure University
88 LAL Kevin McKenna Creighton University 243 3460 1320 317 342 .414 .367 .819 14.2 5.4 1.3 1.4 4.0 .056
89 DET Don Koonce University of North Carolina at Charlotte
90 MIL Kris Anderson Florida State University
91 BOS Stanley Williams La Salle University
92 PHI Rynn Wright Texas A&M University
Round 5 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
93 DAL Pete Budko University of North Carolina
94 DET George DeVone University of North Carolina at Charlotte
95 NJN Joe Cooper University of Colorado 24 389 109 97 19 .506 .543 16.2 4.5 4.0 0.8 0.3 .037
96 CLE Ken Page University of New Mexico
97 UTA Mike Clark University of Oregon
98 ATL Steve Krafscisin University of Iowa
99 SEA Andra Griffin University of Washington
100 SDC Dennis Isbell University of Memphis
101 DEN Willie Sims Louisiana State University
102 GSW Hank McDowell University of Memphis 206 1857 600 464 98 .451 .000 .710 9.0 2.9 2.3 0.5 2.0 .052
103 WSB Garry Witts College of the Holy Cross 46 493 132 62 38 .583 .500 .825 10.7 2.9 1.3 0.8 1.1 .104
104 KCK U. S. Reed University of Arkansas
105 HOU Hasan Houston Bradley University
106 IND George Peterson New Jersey City University
107 POR Herb Andrew University of South Alabama
108 CHI Johnny Nash Arizona State University
109 NYK Jim Wright University of Rhode Island
110 SAS Mike Rhodes Vanderbilt University
111 LAL Craig Watts North Carolina State University
112 PHO Paul Heuerman University of Michigan
113 MIL Kelvin Troy Rutgers University
114 PHI Steve Craig Brigham Young University
115 BOS Glen Grunwald Indiana University
Round 6 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
116 DAL Karl Bakowski University of Utah
117 DET Vince Brookins University of Iowa
118 NJN Kevin Lynam La Salle University
119 UTA Kevin Sprewer Loyola University of Chicago
120 CLE Aaron Strayhorn University of Hawaii
121 ATL Darryl Warwick Hampton University
122 SEA Earl Banks Auburn University
123 SDC Mike Pepper University of North Carolina
124 DEN Alonzo Weatherley University of Denver
125 WSB Robert Williams Grambling State University
126 GSW Carter Scott Ohio State University
127 HOU Fred Cowan University of Kentucky
128 KCK Brian Walker Purdue University
129 IND Robert Fronk University of Washington
130 CHI Roger Burkman University of Louisville 6 30 5 6 5 .000 .000 .833 5.0 0.8 1.0 0.8 0.1 .093
131 POR Roshern Arnie University of Texas at El Paso
132 NYK John Blair Monmouth University
133 SAS Norman Shavers Jackson State University
134 LAL Kevin Singleton University of California
135 PHO Pete Harris Northeastern University
136 MIL Jo Jo Hunter University of Colorado
137 BOS Steve Waite University of Iowa
138 PHI Michael Thomas North Park University
Round 7 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
139 DAL Danny Davis University of North Carolina at Wilmington
140 DET Greg Nance West Virginia University
141 NJN Rod Robertson Northwestern University
142 CLE Andre Smith University of Nebraska
143 UTA Mike Robinson Central Michigan University
144 ATL Kevin Vesey Iona College
145 SEA Tom Sienkiewicz Villanova University
146 SDC Randy Johnson University of Southern Colorado
147 DEN Greg Manning University of Maryland
148 GSW Robby Dosty University of Arizona
149 WSB Randy Martel Houston Baptist University
150 KCK Clinton Wheeler William Paterson University 87 867 254 71 157 .489 .000 .741 10.0 2.9 0.8 1.8 1.1 .058
151 HOU Joe Faine Bowling Green State University
152 IND Larry McKinney Boise State University
153 POR Julius Wayne University of Texas at El Paso
154 CHI Scott Williams University of South Alabama
155 NYK Terry Cramer Ripon College
156 SAS Mark Minderman Northern Michigan University
157 LAL Larry Petty University of Wisconsin
158 PHO David Williams Southern University and A&M College
159 MIL Lewis Latimore University of Virginia
160 PHI John Crawford University of Kansas
161 BOS Tom Seaman College of the Holy Cross
Round 8 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
162 DAL David Kennedy University of Cincinnati
163 DET Joe Schoen Saint Francis University
164 NJN Ken Webb Fairleigh Dickinson University
165 UTA Bobby Cattage Auburn University 78 522 242 107 11 .404 .143 .765 6.7 3.1 1.4 0.1 0.3 .027
166 CLE Glen Marcus University of Alabama at Birmingham
167 ATL Gilbert Salinas University of Notre Dame
168 SDC Todd Haynes Davidson College
169 DEN Curtis Redding St. John's University
170 WSB Mike Howard Wofford College
171 GSW Yasutaka Okayama
172 HOU Stanley Brewer State University of West Georgia
173 KCK Randy Smithson Wichita State University
174 IND Len Hatzenbeller Drexel University
175 CHI Ben Mitchell University of Alabama at Huntsville
176 POR John Smith Saint Joseph's University
177 NYK Brian O'Connor Thomas More College
178 SAS Bob Bartholomew University of San Diego
179 LAL Jay Triano Simon Fraser University
180 PHO Steve Risley Indiana University
181 MIL Mike Brkovich Michigan State University
182 BOS George Morrow Creighton University
183 PHI Frank Gilroy St. John's University
Round 9 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
184 DAL John Hollinden University of Southern Indiana
185 DET Eddie Baker Alcorn State University
186 NJN Rudy Williams Providence College
187 CLE Paul Roba Cleveland State University
188 UTA Ken Ollie University of Wyoming
189 ATL Howard Thompkins Wagner College
190 SDC Art Jones North Carolina State University
191 DEN Andrew Burton Austin Peay State University
192 GSW Doug Murrey San Jose State University
193 WSB Eddie Brown Valdosta State University
194 KCK Mike Perry University of Richmond
195 IND Scott Whitley College of William & Mary
196 POR Sid Williams San Jose State University
197 CHI Terry Martin Lambath University
198 NYK Marty Headd Syracuse University
199 SAS Leonel Marquetti Hampton University
200 PHO Brian Johnson University of Colorado
201 MIL Chip Rucker Northeastern University
202 PHI Ron Wister Temple University
203 BOS Greg McCray Virginia Commonwealth University
Round 10 Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST WS WS/48
204 DAL Scott Bosanko Northern State University
205 DET Melvin Maxwell Western Michigan University
206 NJN Vic Sison University of California, Los Angeles
207 UTA Joe Merten University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
208 CLE Greg Boone Augsburg College
209 ATL Mike Frazier Georgetown University
210 SDC Tony Gwynn San Diego State University
211 DEN Derrick Rowland State University of New York at Potsdam 2 9 3 1 1 .333 .500 4.5 1.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 .048
212 WSB Ralton Way Houston Baptist University
213 GSW Barry Brooks University of Southern California
214 KCK Mark Wilson Fort Hays State University
215 IND Rodney Benson Wright State University
216 CHI Kenny Easley University of California, Los Angeles
217 POR Steve Cochran Lewis and Clark College
218 NYK Kevin Rogers Saint Peter's College
219 SAS Alvin Brooks Lamar University
220 PHO Felton Sealey University of Oregon
221 MIL Artie Green Marquette University
222 BOS Ken Matthews North Carolina State University
223 PHI Pete Mullenberg University of Delaware