1959 NBA Draft Recap

The 1959 NBA Draft took place in Cincinnati on March 31, 1959

Territorial Selections

Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
Wilt Chamberlain PHI C 7-1 265 22 14 Kansas Sr United States
Bob Ferry STH FC 6-8 230 21 10 Saint Louis Sr United States

First Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
1 Bob Boozer CIN CIN to STH
STH to CIN
PF 6-8 215 21 11 Kansas State Sr United States
2 Bailey Howell DET SF 6-7 210 22 12 Mississippi State Sr United States
3 Tom Hawkins MIN F 6-5 210 22 10 Notre Dame Sr United States
4 Dick Barnett SYR SG 6-4 190 22 14 Tennessee State Sr United States
5 Johnny Green NYK SF 6-5 200 25 14 Michigan State Sr United States
6 John Richter BOS C 6-9 225 22 1 NC State Sr United States

Second Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
7 Tom Robitaille DET FC 6-9 200 N/A 0 Rice Sr United States
8 Don Goldstein DET F 6-5 190 N/A 0 Louisville Sr United States
9 Joe Ruklick PHI FC 6-9 220 20 3 Northwestern Sr United States
10 Rudy LaRusso MIN FC 6-7 220 21 10 Dartmouth Sr United States
11 Gene Tormohlen SYR FC 6-8 230 21 6 Tennessee Sr United States
12 Al Seiden STH G 5-11 170 21 0 St. John's Sr United States
13 Cal Ramsey STH F 6-4 200 21 2 NYU Sr United States
14 Gene Guarilia BOS F 6-6 215 21 4 George Washington Sr United States

Third Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
15 Mike Mendenhall CIN G 6-3 180 N/A 0 Cincinnati Sr United States
16 Gary Alcorn DET C 6-8 225 22 2 Fresno State Sr United States
17 Jim Hickaday PHI F 6-6 - N/A 0 Memphis Sr United States
18 Bobby Smith MIN G 6-4 190 21 2 West Virginia Sr United States
19 Jon Cincebox SYR F 6-7 225 N/A 0 Syracuse Sr United States
20 Bob Anderegg NYK G 6-3 200 21 1 Michigan State Sr United States
21 Hank Stein STH G 6-2 170 N/A 0 Xavier Sr United States
22 Ralph Croswaite BOS C 6-9 240 23 0 Western Kentucky Jr United States

Fourth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
23 Leo Byrd CIN G 6-1 170 21 0 Marshall Sr United States
24 George Lee DET G 6-3 - 22 7 Michigan Sr United States
25 Ron Stevenson PHI F 6-5 205 N/A 0 Texas Christian Sr United States
26 Wilson Eison MIN F 6-5 185 N/A 0 Purdue Sr United States
27 Paul Neumann SYR PG 6-1 170 21 6 Stanford Sr United States
28 Johnny Cox NYK G 6-4 185 22 1 Kentucky Jr United States
29 Lee Harman STH G 6-0 190 N/A 0 Oregon State Sr United States
30 Ed Kazakavich BOS F 6-5 - N/A 0 Scranton Sr United States

Fifth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
31 Harry Kirchner CIN - - N/A 0 Texas Christian Sr United States
32 Tony Windis DET G 6-1 160 26 1 Wyoming Sr United States
33 Bill Telasky PHI G 6-1 - N/A 0 George Washington Sr United States
34 Bobby Joe Mason MIN - - N/A 0 Bradley Jr United States
35 Herb Busch NYK - - N/A 0 Virginia Sr United States
36 Nick Mantis STH STH to MIN SG 6-3 190 23 2 Northwestern Sr United States
37 Don Lange BOS - - N/A 0 William & Mary Sr United States

Sixth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
38 Don Hennon CIN G 5-8 - N/A 0 Pittsburgh Sr United States
39 Lou Jordan DET - - N/A 0 Cornell Sr United States
40 Joe Spratt PHI - - N/A 0 Saint Joseph's Sr United States
41 Jim Henry MIN - - N/A 0 Vanderbilt Sr United States
42 Bob Dalton SYR - - N/A 0 California Sr United States
43 Bucky McDonald NYK - - N/A 0 George Washington Sr United States
44 Mike Moran STH FC 6-9 - N/A 0 Marquette Sr United States
45 Bob Cumings BOS - - N/A 0 Boston University Sr United States

Seventh Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
46 Dale Moore CIN - - N/A 0 Eastern Kentucky Sr United States
47 Doug Smart DET - - N/A 0 Washington Sr United States
48 Joe Ryan PHI - - N/A 0 Villanova Sr United States
49 Charley Grote MIN - - N/A 0 Georgetown College (Kentucky) Sr United States
50 Darnell Haney SYR - - N/A 0 Navy Sr United States
51 Russ Robinson NYK - - N/A 0 Missouri State Sr United States
52 Orby Arnold STH - - N/A 0 Memphis Sr United States

Eighth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
53 Don Matuszak CIN - - N/A 0 Kansas State Sr United States
54 Chuck Curtis DET - - N/A 0 Pacific Lutheran Sr United States
55 Dave Gunther PHI F 6-7 190 21 1 Iowa Sr United States
56 Leon Hill MIN - - N/A 0 Texas Tech Sr United States
57 Walt Torrence NYK G - - N/A 0 UCLA Sr United States
58 Willie Merriweather STH STH to MIN - - N/A 0 Purdue Sr United States

Ninth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
59 Joe Billy McDade CIN - - N/A 0 Bradley Sr United States
60 Doyle Edmiston DET - - N/A 0 Hardin-Simmons Sr United States
61 Carl Belz PHI - - N/A 0 Princeton Sr United States
62 Jim Mudd MIN - - N/A 0 North Texas Jr United States
63 Jerry Shipp NYK SF 6-6 196 23 0 Southeastern Oklahoma State Sr United States
64 Lou Pucillo STH G 5-9 155 N/A 0 NC State Sr United States

Tenth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
65 Joe Viviano CIN - - N/A 0 Xavier Sr United States
66 Bruno Boin DET - - N/A 0 Washington Jr United States
67 Tony Sellari PHI - - N/A 0 Lenoir-Rhyne Sr United States
68 Roger Johnson MIN PG - - N/A 0 Minnesota Sr United States
69 Paul Wilcox NYK - - N/A 0 Davis & Elkins Sr United States
70 Ron Loneski STH GF 6-4 217 N/A 0 Kansas Sr United States

11th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
71 Charley Brown CIN - - N/A 0 Seattle Sr United States
72 M.C. Burton DET - - 21 0 Michigan Sr United States
73 Phil Warren PHI - - N/A 0 Northwestern Sr United States
74 Jack Evans MIN - - N/A 0 Lake Superior St. Sr United States
75 Paul Benes NYK - - N/A 0 Hope College (MI) Sr United States
76 John Barnhill STH G 6-1 180 21 7 Tennessee State Sr United States

12th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
77 Roger Wendel CIN - - N/A 0 Tulsa Sr United States
78 Vern Baggenstoss MIN - - N/A 0 St. Cloud State Sr United States
79 Ed Blair NYK - - N/A 0 Western Michigan Jr United States

13th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
80 Dwayne Smith MIN - - N/A 0 Gustavus Adolphus Sr United States
81 John Nicoll NYK - - N/A 0 Brigham Young Sr United States

14th Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
82 Jack Israel NYK - - N/A 0 Missouri State Sr United States

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