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The 1955 NBA draft was the ninth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 13, 1955, before the 1955–56 season. In this draft, eight 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 Milwaukee Hawks participated in the draft, but relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, and became the St. Louis Hawks prior to the start of the season.[1] The draft consisted of 15 rounds comprising 96 players selected.

1955 NBA draft
General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)April 13, 1955
LocationNew York City, New York
Overview
95 total selections in 14 rounds
LeagueNBA
Territorial pick(s)Dick Garmaker, Minneapolis Lakers
Tom Gola, Philadelphia Warriors
First selectionDick Ricketts, Milwaukee Hawks
← 1954
1956 →

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Draft selections and draftee career notesEdit

Dick Ricketts from Duquesne University was selected first overall by the Milwaukee Hawks. Second pick of the draft, Maurice Stokes from Saint Francis University won the Rookie of the Year Award.[2] Dick Garmaker and Tom Gola were selected before the draft as Minneapolis Lakers' and Philadelphia Warriors' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Maurice Stokes, Tom Gola, and Jack Twyman, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[3] K. C. Jones, who was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the later rounds, has also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame, although he did not enter the league immediately after the draft. In the 1956 draft, he was selected in the second round by the Boston Celtics, with whom he played for in his whole career.[4]

KeyEdit

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 never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game

DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
T Dick Garmaker* G/F   United States Minneapolis Lakers Minnesota
T Tom Gola^ G/F   United States Philadelphia Warriors La Salle
1 1 Dick Ricketts F/C   United States Milwaukee Hawks Duquesne
1 2 Maurice Stokes^ F/C   United States Rochester Royals Saint Francis (PA)
1 3 Jim Loscutoff F   United States Boston Celtics Oregon
1 4 Ken Sears+ F   United States New York Knicks Santa Clara
1 5 Ed Conlin G/F   United States Syracuse Nationals Fordham
1 6 Johnny Horan F   United States Fort Wayne Pistons Dayton
2 7 Jack Stephens G/F   United States Milwaukee Hawks Notre Dame
2 8 Jack Twyman^ G/F   United States Rochester Royals Cincinnati
2 9 Walter Devlin G   United States Philadelphia Warriors George Washington
2 10 Dickie Hemric F   United States Boston Celtics Wake Forest
2 11 Jerry Mullen# F   United States New York Knicks San Francisco
2 12 Chuck Mencel G   United States Minneapolis Lakers Minnesota
2 13 Jesse Arnelle F   United States Fort Wayne Pistons Penn State
2 14 Don Schlundt# C   United States Syracuse Nationals Indiana

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 15 Al Ferrari G/F   United States Milwaukee Hawks Michigan State
3 16 Ed Fleming G/F   United States Rochester Royals Niagara
3 17 Bob Schafer G   United States Philadelphia Warriors Villanova
3 19 Guy Sparrow F   United States New York Knicks Detroit
10 76 K. C. Jones^ G   United States Minneapolis Lakers San Francisco
12 87 Bob Armstrong F/C   United States Rochester Royals Michigan State

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "1955 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  • "1952–1956 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  • "1955 NBA Draft". The Draft Review. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
Specific
  1. ^ "Hawks: Franchise History". NBA.com/Hawks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
  2. ^ "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  3. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
  4. ^ "K.C. Jones Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  5. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_1955.html
  6. ^ http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/past_drafts/1955

External linksEdit