1954 NBA draft

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The 1954 NBA draft was the eight annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 24, 1954, before the 1954–55 season. In this draft, nine 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 13 rounds comprising 100 players selected.

1954 NBA draft
General information
Date(s)April 24, 1954
LocationNew York City, New York
100 total selections in 13 rounds
First selectionFrank Selvy, Baltimore Bullets
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Draft selections and draftee career notesEdit

Frank Selvy from Furman University was selected first overall by the Baltimore Bullets. Second pick of the draft, Bob Pettit from Louisiana State University, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[1] Pettit also won the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[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


Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
1 1 Frank Selvy+ G/F   United States Baltimore Bullets Furman
1 2 Bob Pettit^ F/C   United States Milwaukee Hawks LSU
1 3 Gene Shue* G   United States Philadelphia Warriors Maryland
1 4 Dick Rosenthal G/F   United States Fort Wayne Pistons Notre Dame
1 5 Togo Palazzi G/F   United States Boston Celtics Holy Cross
1 6 Johnny Kerr+ F/C   United States Syracuse Nationals Illinois
1 7 Tom Marshall G/F   United States Rochester Royals Western Kentucky
1 8 Jack Turner G/F   United States New York Knicks Western Kentucky
1 9 Ed Kalafat F/C   United States Minneapolis Lakers Minnesota
2 10 Bobby Leonard G   United States Baltimore Bullets Indiana
2 11 Bob Mattick# C   United States Milwaukee Hawks Oklahoma A&M
2 12 Larry Costello* G   United States Philadelphia Warriors Niagara
2 13 Arnold Short# G   United States Fort Wayne Pistons Oklahoma City
2 14 Red Morrison F/C   United States Boston Celtics Idaho
2 15 Dick Farley G/F   United States Syracuse Nationals Indiana
2 16 Boris Nachamkin F   United States Rochester Royals NYU
2 17 Richie Guerin^ G   United States New York Knicks Iona
2 18 Al Bianchi G   United States Minneapolis Lakers Bowling Green

Other picksEdit

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.[3][4]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
3 24 Jim Tucker F   United States Syracuse Nationals Duquesne
3 26 Don Anielak F   United States New York Knicks SW Missouri State
4 29 Phil Martin G   United States Milwaukee Hawks Toledo
4 30 Chuck Noble+ G   United States Philadelphia Warriors Louisville
4 34 Art Spoelstra C   United States Rochester Royals Western Kentucky
5 43 Bo Erias F   United States Rochester Royals Niagara
6 47 Bob Carney G   United States Milwaukee Hawks Bradley
6 52 Red Davis F/C   United States Rochester Royals St. John's
8 67 Don Bielke C   United States Fort Wayne Pistons Valparaíso
9 80 Dick Garmaker* G/F   United States Minneapolis Lakers Minnesota
11 95 Jim Paxson G/F   United States Rochester Royals Dayton
13 100 Joe Holup F   United States Philadelphia Warriors George Washington


  • "1954 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  • "1952–1956 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  • "1954 NBA Draft". The Draft Review. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  1. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  2. ^ "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  3. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_1954.html
  4. ^ http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/past_drafts/1954

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