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The 1952 NBA draft was the sixth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 26, 1952, before the 1952–53 season. In this draft, ten remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams selected in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season, except for the defending champion, the Minneapolis Lakers, who was assigned the last pick of each round. The draft consisted of 17 rounds comprising 106 players selected.

1952 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)April 26, 1952
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota
106 total selections in 17 rounds
First selectionMark Workman, Milwaukee Hawks
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Draft selections and draftee career notesEdit

Mark Workman from West Virginia University was selected first overall by the Milwaukee Hawks. Bill Mlkvy from Temple University was selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' territorial pick. Don Meineke from the University of Dayton was selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the second round and went on to win the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award.[1] The ninth pick of the draft, Clyde Lovellette from University of Kansas, was the only player from that draft to make it to an NBA All-Star Game at least once and to have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[2][3]

Tenth-round pick Gene Conley played both professional basketball and baseball. He played six seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks as well as 11 seasons in the Major League Baseball (MLB). He won three NBA championships with the Celtics as well as the 1957 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves, becoming the only athlete to win world championships in both basketball and baseball.[4]

Dick Groat from Duke was picked 3rd overall by the Fort Wayne Pistons and went on to win the National League 1960 MVP, and two World Series championships while playing shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates and then the St. Louis Cardinals.


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 never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game


Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
T Bill Mlkvy F   United States Philadelphia Warriors Temple
1 1 Mark Workman F/C   United States Milwaukee Hawks West Virginia
1 2 Jim Baechtold G/F   United States Baltimore Bullets Eastern Kentucky
1 3 Dick Groat G   United States Fort Wayne Pistons Duke
1 4 Joe Dean# G   United States Indianapolis Olympians LSU
1 5 Ralph Polson F/C   United States New York Knicks Whitworth
1 6 Bill Stauffer# F   United States Boston Celtics Missouri
1 7 Bob Lochmueller F   United States Syracuse Nationals Louisville
1 8 Chuck Darling# F/C   United States Rochester Royals Iowa
1 9 Clyde Lovellette^ F/C   United States Minneapolis Lakers Kansas
2 10 Eddie Miller F/C   United States Milwaukee Hawks Syracuse
2 11 Blaine Denning G   United States Baltimore Bullets Lawrence Tech
2 12 Don Meineke F/C   United States Fort Wayne Pistons Dayton
2 13 Walt Davis F/C   United States Philadelphia Warriors Texas A&M
2 14 Bob Zawoluk F/C   United States Indianapolis Olympians St. John's
2 15 Roy Belliveau#   United States New York Knicks Seton Hall
2 16 Jim Iverson# G   United States Boston Celtics Kansas State
2 17 Jim Brasco G   United States Syracuse Nationals NYU
2 18 Bryant Ivey#   United States Rochester Royals Alabama
2 19 Tom Ackerman#   United States Minneapolis Lakers West Liberty State

Other picksEdit

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.[5][6]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
3 21 Chuck Grigsby G   United States Baltimore Bullets Dayton
3 25 Dick Bunt G   United States New York Knicks NYU
4 35 Bert Cook G/F   United States New York Knicks Utah State
4 37 Herm Hedderick G   United States Boston Celtics Canisius
4 38 Ronnie MacGilvray G   United States Rochester Royals St. John's
5 40 George McLeod F   United States Milwaukee Hawks TCU
5 43 Tom Brennan F   United States Philadelphia Warriors Villanova
5 44 Gene Rhodes G   United States Indianapolis Olympians Western Kentucky
5 47 Ken McBride G/F   United States Syracuse Nationals Maryland State
6 58 Jack McMahon G   United States Rochester Royals St. John's
6 59 Jim Holstein G/F   United States Minneapolis Lakers Cincinnati
7 61 Bob Priddy F   United States Baltimore Bullets New Mexico A&M
7 64 Skippy Whitaker G   United States Indianapolis Olympians Kentucky
8 73 Moe Radovich G   United States Philadelphia Warriors Wyoming
8 75 Dick Surhoff F   United States New York Knicks Long Island
10 90 Gene Conley F/C   United States Boston Celtics Washington State
11 93 Bob Peterson F   United States Baltimore Bullets Oregon
11 96 Carl McNulty G   United States Minneapolis Lakers Purdue
12 97 Jim Walsh F   United States Baltimore Bullets Stanford


  • "1952 NBA Draft". Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  • "1952–1956 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  • "1952 NBA Draft". The Draft Review. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  1. ^ "Rookie of the Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  2. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Grossfeld, Stan (January 13, 2008). "Conley had twice as much fun". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  5. ^ "1952 NBA Draft".
  6. ^ "NBA Past Drafts - RealGM".

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