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The 1949 BAA draft was the third annual draft of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 21, 1949, before the 1949–50 season. In this draft, eleven remaining BAA teams along with the Indianapolis Olympians who joined the BAA, took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. The draft consisted of 8 rounds and a regional selection period, with 75 players selected. This was the final BAA Draft before the league was renamed the NBA in August 1949.[1] The 75 players selected matched the same number of players selected in the 1989 draft; both drafts have the fewest picks selected prior to 1989 (when the NBA draft was reduced to two rounds ever since).

1949 BAA draft
General information
Date(s)March 21, 1949
LocationNew York City
76 total selections in 11 rounds
Territorial pick(s)Ed Macauley, St. Louis Bombers
Vern Mikkelsen, Minneapolis Lakers
First selectionHowie Shannon, Providence Steamrollers
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Draft selections and draftee career notesEdit

Howie Shannon from Kansas State University was selected first overall by the Providence Steamrollers. However, Ed Macauley and Vern Mikkelsen were selected before the draft as St. Louis Bombers' and Minneapolis Lakers' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Vern Mikkelsen, Ed Macauley and Dick McGuire, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[2]


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


Other picksEdit

Undrafted playersEdit

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

Player Position College
Joe Dolhon G NYU
George Feigenbaum G LIU Brooklyn
Howie Janotta F Seton Hall
Dermie O'Connell G Holy Cross


  • "1949 BAA Draft". Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved September 22, 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.
  1. ^ Berger, Phil. "First Season". American Heritage Publishing. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
  2. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved October 28, 2009.
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