1956 NBA Draft Recap

The 1956 NBA Draft took place in New York on April 30, 1956

Territorial Selections

Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
Tommy Heinsohn BOS PF 6-7 218 21 9 Holy Cross Jr United States

First Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
1 Si Green ROR G 6-2 185 22 9 Duquesne Sr United States
2 Bill Russell STH STH to BOS C 6-10 215 22 13 San Francisco Sr United States
3 Jim Paxson, Sr. MIN GF 6-6 200 23 2 Dayton Sr United States
4 Ronnie Shavlik NYK PF 6-8 200 22 2 NC State Sr United States
5 Joe Holup SYR F 6-6 215 22 3 George Washington Sr United States
6 Ron Sobiezczyk FWP FWP to NYK G 6-3 185 21 4 DePaul Sr United States
7 Hal Lear PHI G 5-11 163 21 1 Temple Sr United States

Second Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
8 Bob Burrow ROR C 6-7 228 21 2 Kentucky Sr United States
9 Willie Naulls STH F 6-6 225 21 10 UCLA Sr United States
10 Terry Rand MIN C 6-9 210 21 0 Marquette Sr United States
11 Gary Bergen NYK C 6-8 210 23 1 Utah Sr United States
12 Paul Judson SYR F 6-4 170 N/A 0 Illinois Sr United States
13 K.C. Jones BOS G 6-1 200 23 9 San Francisco Sr United States
14 Bob Kessler FWP F 6-4 190 N/A 0 Maryland Sr United States
15 Phil Rollins PHI G 6-2 155 22 3 Louisville Sr United States

Third Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
16 Dave Piontek ROR F 6-6 230 21 7 Xavier Sr United States
17 Darrell Floyd STH G 6-1 175 23 0 Furman Sr United States
18 Jerry Bird MIN MIN to NYK F 6-6 200 21 1 Kentucky Sr United States
19 Jerry Harper NYK C 6-8 215 N/A 0 Alabama Sr United States
20 Forest Able SYR G 6-3 175 23 1 Western Kentucky Sr United States
21 George Linn BOS G 6-4 185 N/A 0   Sr United States
22 Bill Thieben FWP F 6-6 195 21 2 Hofstra Sr United States
23 Bevo Francis PHI F 6-9 190 23 0 Boston Whirlwinds (ABL) (United States) 1932 DOB United States

Fourth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
24 Johnny McCarthy ROR G 6-0 170 22 6 Canisius Sr United States
25 Robin Freeman STH G 5-11 160 22 0 Ohio State Sr United States
26 Lloyd Aubrey MIN F 6-5 205 N/A 0 Notre Dame Sr United States
27 Ronnie Mayer NYK G 6-4 195 N/A 0 Duke Sr United States
28 Swede Halbrook SYR C 7-3 240 23 2 Wichita (NIBL) (United States) 1933 DOB United States
29 Dan Swartz BOS F 6-4 205 21 1 Morehead State Sr United States
30 Charles Slack FWP F 6-5 215 N/A 0 Marshall Sr United States
31 Phil Wheeler PHI F 6-4 200 N/A 0 Cincinnati Sr United States

Fifth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
32 Bill Uhl ROR C 7-0 245 23 0 Dayton Sr United States
33 Norm Stewart STH - - 21 1 Missouri Sr United States
34 Bill Reigel MIN G 6-3 - N/A 0 McNeese State Sr United States
35 Joe Sexton NYK - - N/A 0 Purdue Sr United States
36 Jim Ray SYR PG 6-1 180 22 2 Toledo Sr United States
37 Bill Logan BOS - - N/A 0 Iowa Sr United States
38 Joe Lieber FWP - - N/A 0 Holy Cross Sr United States
39 Joe Belmont PHI G 5-11 165 21 0 Duke Sr United States

Sixth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
40 Kevin Thomas ROR C 6-8 - N/A 0 Boston University Sr United States
41 Dave Plunkett STH - - N/A 0 Cincinnati Sr United States
42 Phil Jordon MIN C 6-10 205 22 7 Whitworth University Sr United States
43 Pat Dunn NYK G 6-2 170 25 1 Utah State Sr United States
44 Jim McLaughlin SYR - - N/A 0 Saint Louis Sr United States
45 Don Boldebuck BOS - - N/A 0 Houston Sr United States
46 John Schlimm FWP - - N/A 0 John Carroll Sr United States
47 Mickey Winograd PHI G - - N/A 0 Duquesne Sr United States

Seventh Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
48 Carl Cain ROR G 6-3 190 21 0 Iowa Sr United States
49 Julius McCoy STH - - N/A 0 Michigan State Sr United States
50 John Barber MIN F 6-6 210 28 1 Cal State Los Angeles Sr United States
51 Jack Adams NYK - - N/A 0 Eastern Kentucky Sr United States
52 Jess Roh SYR - - N/A 0 Idaho State Sr United States
53 O'Neal Weaver BOS - - N/A 0 Midwestern State Jr United States
54 Bruce Harris FWP - - N/A 0 Tennessee Tech Sr United States
55 John Fannon PHI - - N/A 0 Notre Dame Sr United States

Eighth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
56 Clayton Carter ROR - - N/A 0 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Sr United States
57 Morris Taft STH G - - N/A 0 UCLA Sr United States
58 Sam Jones MIN GF 6-4 198 22 12 North Carolina Central Sr United States
59 Art Bunte NYK GF 6-3 - N/A 0 Utah Sr United States
60 Chester Webb SYR - - N/A 0 Georgia State Sr United States
61 Vic Molodet BOS G 5-11 - N/A 0 NC State Sr United States
62 Max Anderson PHI - - N/A 0 Oregon Sr United States

Ninth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
63 Dan Mannix ROR - - N/A 0 St. Francis (NY) Sr United States
64 Jim Reed STH - - N/A 0 Texas Tech Sr United States
65 Jim Springer MIN PF 6-9 235 16 0 Gustavus Adolphus Sr United States
66 Dick Miller NYK - - N/A 0 Wisconsin Sr United States
67 Dick Julio SYR - - N/A 0 New Bedford Institute of Technology Sr United States
68 Jim Houston BOS - - N/A 0 Brandeis Sr United States
69 Ronald Clark PHI F 6-9 185 23 0 Springfield College (Massachusetts) Sr United States

Tenth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
70 Jerry Moreman ROR - - N/A 0 Louisville Sr United States
71 Hershel Pederson STH C 6-6 205 N/A 0 Brigham Young Sr United States
72 Phil Grawmeyer MIN F 6-7 180 N/A 0 Kentucky Sr United States
73 Howard Crittendon NYK - - 23 0 Murray State Sr United States
74 Bob Hopkins SYR F 6-7 205 21 4 Grambling State Sr United States
75 Theophileus Lloyd BOS - - N/A 0 Maryland-Eastern Shore Sr United States

11th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
76 Gene Carpenter ROR - - 21 0 Texas Tech Sr United States
77 Wally Choice STH F 6-4 - N/A 0 Indiana Sr United States
78 Robert Hodgson MIN - - N/A 0 Wichita State Sr United States
79 Dick Miani NYK - - N/A 0 Miami (FL) Sr United States
80 Willie Bergines SYR F 6-6 185 N/A 0 West Virginia Sr United States

12th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
81 Ed Huse STH - - N/A 0 Wyoming Sr United States
82 Carl Widseth MIN - - N/A 0 Tennessee Sr United States
83 Ed Petrie NYK - - N/A 0 Seton Hall Sr United States
84 Dick Kenyon SYR - - N/A 0 Le Moyne Sr United States

13th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
85 Arthur Helms STH - - N/A 0 Houston Sr United States
86 John Patzwald MIN G 5-9 - N/A 0 Gustavus Adolphus Sr United States
87 Tony Roybal NYK - - N/A 0 New Mexico Sr United States
88 Milt Graham SYR - - N/A 0 Colgate Sr United States

14th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
89 Junior Morgan STH C - - N/A 0 Duke Sr United States
90 Elgin Baylor MIN F 6-5 225 21 14 Seattle Jr United States
91 Chuck Rolles SYR G 5-6 - N/A 0 Cornell Sr United States

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