The 1948 BAA draft was the second annual draft of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 10, 1948, before to the 1948–49 season. In this draft, eight BAA teams along with four teams who moved from the National Basketball League, took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players.

1948 BAA draft
General information
Date(s)May 10, 1948
113 total selections in 15 rounds
First selectionAndy Tonkovich, Providence Steamrollers
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Draft selections and draftee career notesEdit

Andy Tonkovich from Marshall University was selected first overall by the Providence Steamrollers. Four of the first round pick, George Kok, George Hauptfuhrer, Robert Gale and Chuck Hanger, never played in the BAA. Three players from this draft, Harry Gallatin, Dolph Schayes and Bobby Wanzer, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[1]


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


Round Pick Player Position Team College
1 1 Andy Tonkovich G Providence Steamrollers Marshall
1 2 George Kok# C Indianapolis Jets Arkansas
1 3 George Hauptfuhrer# C Boston Celtics Harvard
1 4 Dolph Schayes^ F/C New York Knicks NYU
1 5 Ed Mikan F/C Chicago Stags DePaul
1 6 Walt Budko F/C Baltimore Bullets Columbia
1 7 Robert Gale# G/F St. Louis Bombers Cornell
1 8 Ward Williams F Fort Wayne Pistons Indiana
1 9 Chuck Hanger# Minneapolis Lakers California
1 10 Bobby Wanzer^ G Rochester Royals Seton Hall
1 11 Don Ray F/C Philadelphia Warriors Western Kentucky
1 12 Jack Nichols F/C Washington Capitols Washington

Other picksEdit

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one BAA/NBA game.[2][3]

Round Pick Player Position Team College
Johnny Bach G/F Boston Celtics Fordham
Gene Berce G/F New York Knicks Marquette
Darrell Brown F Baltimore Bullets Humboldt State
Jack Burmaster G St. Louis Bombers Illinois
Jake Carter F/C Baltimore Bullets East Texas State
Jack Coleman+ F/C Providence Steamrollers Louisville
Bobby Cook G Fort Wayne Pistons Wisconsin
Hook Dillon F Chicago Stags North Carolina
Arnie Ferrin G/F Minneapolis Lakers Utah
Bill Gabor+ G/F Rochester Royals Syracuse
Harry Gallatin^ F/C New York Knicks Northeast Missouri
Earl Gardner F Minneapolis Lakers DePauw
Dee Gibson G/F Minneapolis Lakers Western Kentucky
Alex Hannum F/C Indianapolis Jets USC
Marshall Hawkins F Boston Celtics Tennessee
Joe Holland F Baltimore Bullets Kentucky
Whitey Kachan G Chicago Stags DePaul
Leo Katkaveck G Washington Capitols NC State
Tom Kelly G Boston Celtics NYU
Andy Kostecka F Indianapolis Jets Georgetown
Dan Kraus G Baltimore Bullets Georgetown
Herb Krautblatt G Baltimore Bullets Rider
Leo Kubiak G/F Rochester Royals Bowling Green
Ray Lumpp G Indianapolis Jets NYU
Johnny Macknowski F Rochester Royals Seton Hall
Mel McGaha G New York Knicks Arkansas
Murray Mitchell C Boston Celtics Sam Houston State
Johnny Orr F Minneapolis Lakers Beloit
Easy Parham G/F St. Louis Bombers Texas Wesleyan
Jack Parkinson G Washington Capitols Kentucky
Ed Peterson C New York Knicks Cornell
Roy Pugh F/C Philadelphia Warriors SMU
Tex Ritter G New York Knicks Eastern Kentucky
Kenny Rollins G Fort Wayne Pistons Kentucky
Dick Shrider G New York Knicks Ohio
Odie Spears G Chicago Stags Western Kentucky
Brady Walker F/C Providence Steamrollers BYU
Dick Wehr F Indianapolis Jets Rice
Murray Wier G Fort Wayne Pistons Iowa
D. C. Wilcutt G St. Louis Bombers Saint Louis

Notable undrafted playersEdit

These players were not selected in the 1948 draft but played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Position College
Joe Colone F Bloomsburg
Ray Ellefson C Oklahoma State
Jack Eskridge C/F Kansas
Phil Farbman F CCNY
Donnie Forman G NYU
Gene James F Marshall
John Hazen G Indiana State
Lionel Malamed G CCNY
Bill Miller F North Carolina
Dave Minor G UCLA
Jim Spruill G Rice


  • "1948 BAA Draft". Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  • "1947–1948 BAA Drafts, 1949–1951 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Archived from the original on September 22, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2009.

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