1957 NBA draft
The 1957 NBA draft was the 11th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 17, 1957, before the 1957–58 season. In this draft, eight NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. Prior to the draft, the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Rochester Royals relocated to Detroit and Cincinnati, and became the Detroit Pistons and the Cincinnati Royals respectively. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The draft consisted of 14 rounds comprising 83 players selected.
|1957 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 17, 1957|
|Location||St. Louis, Missouri|
|85 total selections in 14 rounds|
|First selection||Rod Hundley Cincinnati Royals|
Draft selections and draftee career notesEdit
Rod Hundley from West Virginia University was selected first overall by the Cincinnati Royals. However, the Royals immediately traded his draft rights to the Minneapolis Lakers. Eight pick of the draft, Sam Jones from North Carolina Central University, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Woody Sauldsberry, who was selected in the eighth round, went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season. He would be the highest selected rookie to ever win the award in league history, being selected as the 60th pick in the NBA that year. Jim Brown from Syracuse University was selected in the ninth round by the Syracuse Nationals, but he opted for a professional football career and eventually playing nine successful seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Brown was later inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is considered as one of the greatest professional football players ever.
|^||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|
|#||Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
|3||17||Jerry Paulson||G||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Manhattan|
|3||18||Bill Ebben||G||United States||Detroit Pistons||Detroit|
|4||27||George Brown||F||United States||Minneapolis Lakers||Wayne State|
|4||30||Ray Radziszewski||F||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Saint Joseph's|
|6||48||Maury King||G||United States||Boston Celtics||Kansas|
|8||57||Doug Bolstorff||G||United States||Detroit Pistons||Minnesota|
|8||60||Woody Sauldsberry+||F/C||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Texas Southern|
|9||67||Steve Hamilton||F/C||United States||Philadelphia Warriors||Morehead State|
- a On draft-day, the Minneapolis Lakers acquired the draft rights to first pick Rod Hundley along with Bob Burrow, Ed Fleming, Don Meineke and Art Spoelstra from the Cincinnati Royals in exchange for Clyde Lovellette and Jim Paxson.
- b Prior to the draft, the New York Knicks acquired the Detroit Pistons' first-round pick, which was used to select Charlie Tyra, along with Mel Hutchins from the Pistons in exchange for Dick Atha, Nathaniel Clifton and Harry Gallatin.
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