1953 NBA draft
The 1953 NBA draft was the seventh annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 24, 1953, before the 1953–54 season. In this draft, nine remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The draft consisted of 19 rounds comprising 122 players selected.
|1953 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 24, 1953|
|Territorial pick(s)||Ernie Beck, Philadelphia Warriors
Walter Dukes, New York Knicks
Larry Hennessy, Philadelphia Warriors
|First selection||Ray Felix, Baltimore Bullets|
← 1952NBA draft
Draft selections and draftee career notesEdit
Ray Felix from Long Island University was selected first overall by the Baltimore Bullets and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season. Ernie Beck and Walter Dukes were selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' and New York Knicks' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Bob Houbregs, Frank Ramsey and Cliff Hagan, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
|^||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 never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs|
|0T||00–||Beck, ErnieErnie Beck||G/F||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Pennsylvania|
|0T||00–||Dukes, WalterWalter Dukes+||C||United States||New York Knicks||Seton Hall|
|0T||00–||Hennessy, LarryLarry Hennessy||G||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Villanova|
|1||01||Felix, RayRay Felix+||C||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Long Island|
|1||02||Houbregs, BobBob Houbregs^||F/C||Canada||Milwaukee Hawks||Washington|
|1||03||Molinas, JackJack Molinas||F||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||Columbia|
|1||04||Regan, RichieRichie Regan||G||United States||Rochester Royals||Seton Hall|
|1||05||Ramsey, FrankFrank Ramsey^||G/F||United States||Boston Celtics||Kentucky|
|1||06||Neal, JimJim Neal||C||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Wofford|
|1||07||Fritsche, JimJim Fritsche||F/C||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Hamline|
|2||8||Ackerman, DonDon Ackerman||G||United States||New York Knicks (from Baltimore)||Long Island|
|2||9||Speight, BobbyBobby Speight#||F/C||United States||Baltimore Bullets (from Milwaukee)||NC State|
|2||10||Glasgow, GeorgeGeorge Glasgow#||G||United States||Fort Wayne Pistons||Fairleigh Dickinson|
|2||11||Swanson, NormNorm Swanson||F||United States||Rochester Royals||Detroit|
|2||12||Noe, ChetChet Noe#||F/C||United States||Boston Celtics||Oregon|
|2||13||Knostman, DickDick Knostman||C||United States||Syracuse Nationals||Kansas State|
|2||14||Gordon, NeilNeil Gordon#||F||United States||New York Knicks||Furman|
|2||15||Feiereisel, RonRon Feiereisel||G||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||DePaul|
The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.
|3||16||Grekin, NormNorm Grekin||F||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||La Salle|
|3||17||Peterson, BobBob Peterson||F||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Oregon|
|3||18||Bemoras, IrvIrv Bemoras||G/F||United States||Milwaukee Hawks||Illinois|
|3||20||Reddout, FrankFrank Reddout||F||United States||Rochester Royals||Syracuse|
|3||21||Hagan, CliffCliff Hagan^||G/F||United States||Boston Celtics||Kentucky|
|3||22||Kenville, BillyBilly Kenville||G/F||United States||Syracuse Nationals||St. Bonaventure|
|5||35||Nolen, PaulPaul Nolen||C||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Texas Tech|
|5||36||Dyker, GeneGene Dyker||F||United States||Milwaukee Hawks||DePaul|
|5||41||Santini, BobBob Santini||F||United States||New York Knicks||Iona|
|6||50||Atha, RichardRichard Atha||G||United States||New York Knicks||Indiana State|
|7||57||Tsioropoulos, LouLou Tsioropoulos||F||United States||Boston Celtics||Kentucky|
|8||63||Rea, ConnieConnie Rea||G/F||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Centenary|
|9||77||Smyth, JoeJoe Smyth||F||United States||New York Knicks||Niagara|
|11||89||Bolger, BillBill Bolger||F||United States||Milwaukee Hawks||Georgetown|
|13||102||George, JackJack George*||G||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||La Salle|
|14||108||Sears, KenKen Sears+||F||United States||Rochester Royals||Santa Clara|
- Bradley, Robert D. (2013). The basketball draft fact book: A history of professional basketball's college drafts (E-book ed.). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press (Rowman & Littlefield). p. 30. ISBN 978-0-8108-9069-5.
- "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- "1953 Draft Day Trades". The Draft Review. Retrieved October 30, 2009.