1954 NBA Draft Recap

The 1954 NBA Draft took place in New York on April 24, 1954

First Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
1 Frank Selvy BAL SG 6-3 180 21 9 Furman Sr United States
2 Bob Pettit MIL FC 6-9 205 21 11 LSU Sr United States
3 Gene Shue PHI G 6-2 170 22 10 Maryland Sr United States
4 Dick Rosenthal FWP F 6-5 205 24 2 Notre Dame Sr United States
5 Togo Palazzi BOS F 6-4 205 21 6 Holy Cross Sr United States
6 Red Kerr SYR FC 6-9 230 21 12 Illinois Sr United States
7 Tom Marshall ROR F 6-4 215 23 4 Western Kentucky Sr United States
8 Jack Turner NYK G 6-4 170 23 1 Western Kentucky Sr United States
9 Ed Kalafat MIN F 6-6 245 21 3 Minnesota Sr United States

Second Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
10 Slick Leonard BAL G 6-3 185 21 7 Indiana Sr United States
11 Bob Mattick MIL C 6-10 225 20 0 Oklahoma State Sr United States
12 Larry Costello PHI PG 6-1 186 22 12 Niagara Sr United States
13 Arnold Short FWP G 6-3 175 21 0 Oklahoma City Sr United States
14 Red Morrison BOS FC 6-8 220 21 3 Idaho Sr United States
15 Dick Farley SYR GF 6-4 190 22 3 Indiana Sr United States
16 Boris Nachamkin ROR F 6-6 210 20 1 NYU Sr United States
17 Richie Guerin NYK SG 6-4 195 21 13 Iona Sr United States
18 Al Bianchi MIN G 6-3 185 22 10 Bowling Green Sr United States

Third Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
19 Werner Killen BAL C 6-8 210 N/A 0 Lawrence Tech (MI) Sr United States
20 Walt Walowac MIL G 5-11 170 N/A 0 Marshall Sr United States
21 Ben Peters PHI F 6-4 190 N/A 0 Benedictine College (KS) Sr United States
22 B.H. Born FWP C 6-9 205 21 0 Kansas Sr United States
23 Henry Daubenschmidt BOS C 6-8 - 21 0 St. Francis (NY) Sr United States
24 Jim Tucker SYR C 6-8 185 21 3 Duquesne Sr United States
25 Lee Morton ROR G 6-2 175 N/A 0 Cornell Sr United States
26 Don Anielak NYK C 6-7 195 23 1 Missouri State Sr United States
27 Don Lance MIN G 6-3 180 N/A 0 Rice Sr United States

Fourth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
28 Burt Spice BAL F 6-6 - N/A 0 Toledo Sr United States
29 Phil Martin MIL G 6-3 190 26 1 Toledo Sr United States
30 Chuck Noble PHI PHI to FWP SG 6-4 200 22 7 Louisville Sr United States
31 Mel Thompson FWP F 6-4 - 21 0 NC State Sr United States
32 Ron Perry BOS G 6-1 180 N/A 0 Holy Cross Sr United States
33 Don McLane SYR F 6-4 220 22 0 Franciscan Trans United States
34 Art Spoelstra ROR C 6-10 205 21 4 Western Kentucky Sr United States
35 Don Lange NYK G 6-4 190 N/A 0 Navy Sr United States
36 Gene Schwinger MIN F 6-6 215 N/A 0 Rice Sr United States

Fifth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
37 Lou Scott BAL C 6-10 - N/A 0 Indiana Sr United States
38 Paul Ebert MIL GF 6-4 188 21 0 Ohio State Sr United States
39 Rudy D'Emilio PHI G 5-11 175 N/A 0 Duke Sr United States
40 Dutch Burch FWP - - 21 0 Pittsburgh Sr United States
41 Troy Burris BOS - - N/A 0 West Texas A&M Sr United States
42 Paul Pottenburgh SYR - - N/A 0 Siena Sr United States
43 Bo Erias ROR SF 6-3 220 21 1 Niagara Sr United States
44 Jesse Priscock NYK - - N/A 0 Kansas State Sr United States
45 Buzz Bennett MIN - - N/A 0 Minnesota Sr United States

Sixth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
46 Bob Heim BAL - - N/A 0 Xavier Sr United States
47 Bob Carney MIL MIL to MIN G 6-3 170 21 1 Bradley Sr United States
48 Len Winogard PHI - - N/A 0 Brandeis Sr United States
49 Charles Kraak FWP PF 6-5 210 21 0 Indiana Sr United States
50 Otto Krieghauser BOS - - N/A 0 Washington (Mo.) Sr United States
51 Norman Pott SYR F 6-7 - N/A 0 Wheaton (IL) Sr United States
52 Red Davis ROR F 6-7 220 23 1 St. John's Sr United States
53 Ron Rivers NYK - - N/A 0 Wyoming Sr United States
54 Nick Revon MIN - - N/A 0 Southern Mississippi Sr United States

Seventh Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
55 Joe Pehanick BAL C 6-9 - N/A 0 Seattle Sr United States
56 Alan Kelley MIL G 5-11 164 21 0 Kansas Sr United States
57 Bob Brady PHI - - N/A 0 San Diego State Sr United States
58 Bernie Janicki FWP GF 6-4 180 N/A 0 Duke Sr United States
59 Paul Estergaard BOS - - N/A 0 Bradley Sr United States
60 Gus Levett SYR - - N/A 0 Franklin & Marshall Sr United States
61 Bill Hull ROR - - N/A 0 Utah State Sr United States
62 Solly Walker NYK G - - N/A 0 St. John's Sr United States
63 Dan Finch MIN - - N/A 0 Vanderbilt Sr United States

Eighth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
64 Harry Brooks BAL - - N/A 0 Seton Hall Sr United States
65 Dick Nunneley MIL - - N/A 0 Tulsa Sr United States
66 Bob Hodges PHI - - N/A 0 East Carolina Sr United States
67 Don Bielke FWP C 6-8 240 N/A 1 Valparaiso Sr United States
68 Jim Young BOS - - N/A 0 Santa Clara Sr United States
69 Mel Besdin SYR GF 6-3 190 N/A 0 Syracuse Sr United States
70 Paul Morrow ROR C - - 21 0 Wisconsin Sr United States
71 Cob Jarvis NYK - - 21 0 Ole Miss Sr United States
72 Bob Hopkins MIN - - N/A 0 Pasadena Sr United States

Ninth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
73 Ron Goerrs BAL - - N/A 0 Concordia University (MO) Sr United States
74 Hal Cervini MIL - - N/A 0 Tulane Sr United States
75 Vince Leta PHI - - N/A 0 Lycoming Sr United States
76 Joel Hittleman FWP - - N/A 0 Loyola (MD) Sr United States
77 Fletcher Johnson SYR - - N/A 0 Duquesne Sr United States
78 Roy Irvin ROR - - N/A 0 USC Sr United States
79 Henry Duckham NYK - - N/A 0 NYU Poly Sr United States
80 Dick Garmaker MIN GF 6-3 200 21 6 Minnesota Sr United States

Tenth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
81 Gary Shivers BAL - - N/A 0 Houston Sr United States
82 Joe Bertrand MIL - - N/A 0 Notre Dame Sr United States
83 Bill Sullivan PHI - - N/A 0 Notre Dame Sr United States
84 Phil Larson FWP - - N/A 0 Brigham Young Sr United States
85 Tony Daukas BOS F 6-7 - N/A 0 Boston College Sr United States
86 Jack Davidson SYR - - N/A 0 UCLA Sr United States
87 Ed Parchinski ROR - - N/A 0 Fordham Sr United States
88 John Clune NYK - - 21 0 Navy Sr United States
89 John Blever MIN - - N/A 0 Northwestern Sr United States

11th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
90 Elliot Karver BAL - - N/A 0 George Washington Sr United States
91 Jerry Domerschick MIL - - N/A 0 City College of New York Sr United States
92 Frank O'Hara PHI - - N/A 0 La Salle Sr United States
93 Forrest Jackson FWP - - N/A 0 Taylor Sr United States
94 Bill Johnson BOS - - N/A 0 Nebraska Sr United States
95 Jim Paxson, Sr. ROR GF 6-6 200 21 2 Dayton Sr United States
96 Bob Walter NYK - - N/A 0 Oklahoma Sr United States

12th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
97 Ron Weisner MIL GF - - N/A 0 Wisconsin Sr United States
98 John Glinski PHI - - N/A 0 SUNY Cortland Sr United States
99 Bill Stickel NYK - - N/A 0 Hastings College Sr United States

13th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
100 Joe Holup PHI F 6-6 215 20 3 George Washington Sr United States

Undrafted Players

Player Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
Jackie Moore F 6-5 190 21 3 La Salle Sr United States
Fred Christ GF 6-4 210 23 1 Fordham Sr United States
Dan King - - 23 1 Western Kentucky Sr United States
Bobby Knight G 6-2 185 24 1   Sr United States
Worthy Patterson G 6-2 175 22 1 Connecticut Sr United States

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