1981 NBA Draft Recap

The 1981 NBA Draft took place in New York on June 9, 1981

First Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
1 Mark Aguirre DAL SF 6-6 232 21 13 DePaul Jr * United States
2 Isiah Thomas DET PG 6-1 180 20 13 Indiana So * United States
3 Buck Williams NJN PF 6-8 215 21 17 Maryland Jr * United States
4 Al Wood ATL GF 6-6 193 23 7 North Carolina Sr United States
5 Danny Vranes SEA SF 6-7 210 22 0 Utah Sr United States
6 Orlando Woolridge CHI PF 6-9 215 21 13 Notre Dame Sr United States
7 Steve Johnson KCK FC 6-10 235 23 10 Oregon State Sr United States
8 Tom Chambers SDC PF 6-10 220 21 16 Utah Sr United States
9 Rolando Blackman DAL G 6-6 190 22 13 Kansas State Sr Panama / United States
10 Albert King NJN GF 6-6 190 21 9 Maryland Sr United States
11 Frank Johnson WAS G 6-1 185 22 10 Wake Forest Sr United States
12 Kelly Tripucka DET SF 6-6 220 22 10 Notre Dame Sr United States
13 Danny Schayes UTH C 6-11 235 22 19 Syracuse Sr United States
14 Herb Williams IND C 6-10 242 23 18 Ohio State Sr United States
15 Jeff Lamp POR GF 6-6 195 22 6 Virginia Sr United States
16 Darnell Valentine POR G 6-1 183 22 9 Kansas Sr United States
17 Kevin Loder KCK SF 6-6 205 22 4 Alabama State Sr United States
18 Ray Tolbert NJN F 6-9 225 22 5 Indiana Sr United States
19 Mike McGee LAL GF 6-5 190 21 9 Michigan Sr United States
20 Larry Nance PHX PF 6-10 205 22 13 Clemson Sr United States
21 Alton Lister MIL FC 7-0 240 22 18 Arizona State Sr United States
22 Franklin Edwards PHL G 6-1 170 22 7 Cleveland State Sr United States
23 Charles Bradley BOS SG 6-5 215 22 3 Wyoming Sr United States

Second Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
24 Jay Vincent DAL F 6-7 220 21 9 Michigan State Sr United States
25 Tracy Jackson BOS SG 6-6 205 22 3 Notre Dame Sr United States
26 Brian Jackson POR PF 6-8 200 22 0 Utah State Sr United States
27 Howard Wood UTH SF 6-7 235 22 1 Tennessee Sr United States
28 Gene Banks SAN GF 6-7 215 22 7 Duke Sr United States
29 Eddie Johnson KCK SF 6-7 215 22 17 Illinois Sr United States
30 Ed Rains SAN SF 6-7 190 24 3 South Alabama Sr United States
31 Danny Ainge BOS G 6-4 175 22 14 Brigham Young Sr United States
32 Mike Olliver CHI CHI to IND PG 6-1 185 22 0 Lamar Sr United States
33 Sam Williams GOS F 6-8 210 22 0 Arizona State Jr United States
34 Ken Green DEN PF 6-8 215 21 2 Texas-RGV Sr United States
35 Charles Davis WAS F 6-7 215 22 8 Vanderbilt Sr United States
36 Ray Blume IND IND to CHI SG 6-4 185 22 1 Oregon State Sr United States
37 Al Leslie IND SG 6-3 185 21 0 Bucknell Sr United States
38 Clyde Bradshaw ATL PG 6-0 170 21 0 DePaul Sr United States
39 Harvey Knuckles LAL SF 6-6 185 22 1 Toledo Sr United States
40 Greg Cook NYK PF 6-8 225 22 1 LSU Sr United States
41 Claude Gregory WAS F 6-8 205 22 3 Wisconsin Sr United States
42 Elvis Rolle LAL FC 6-10 225 23 0 Florida State Sr United States
43 Elston Turner DAL GF 6-5 190 21 8 Ole Miss Sr United States
45 Steve Lingenfelter WAS PF 6-9 225 22 2 South Dakota State Sr United States
45 Ed Turner HOU SF 6-6 195 23 0 Texas A&M - Kingsville Sr United States
46 Vernon Smith PHL PF 6-8 220 22 1 Texas A&M Sr United States

Third Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
47 Art Housey DAL PF 6-10 220 23 2 Kansas Sr United States
48 Mike Ferrara WAS SG 6-4 190 22 1 Colgate Sr United States
49 David Burns NJN PG 6-2 180 22 1 Saint Louis Sr United States
50 Derek Holcomb POR C 6-11 240 N/A 0 Indiana Sr United States
51 Zam Fredrick LAL SG 6-2 180 21 0 South Carolina Sr United States
52 Rudy Macklin ATL PF 6-7 205 23 4 LSU Sr United States
53 Mark Radford SEA SG 6-4 190 21 2 Oregon State Sr United States
54 Jim Smith SDC PF 6-9 225 23 2 Ohio State Sr United States
55 Mickey Dillard CLE PG 6-3 170 22 1 Florida State Sr United States
56 Carlton Neverson GOS SG 6-5 195 23 0 Pittsburgh Sr United States
57 Frank Brickowski NYK PF 6-9 240 21 13 Penn State Sr United States
58 Curtis Berry KCK PF 6-7 215 21 0 Missouri Sr United States
59 Russell Bowers CLE SF 6-5 205 23 1 American University Sr United States
60 Purvis Miller IND F 6-7 225 N/A 0 USC Sr United States
61 Petur Gudmundsson POR C 7-2 260 22 6 Washington Sr Iceland
62 Sam Clancy PHX FC 6-6 238 23 0 Pittsburgh Sr United States
63 Wayne McKoy NYK PF 6-9 235 23 0 St. John's Sr United States
64 Tom Baker SAN PG 6-2 - N/A 0 Eastern Kentucky Sr United States
65 Ron Cornelius LAL PF 6-8 200 N/A 0 Pacific Sr United States
66 Craig Dykema PHX PF 6-8 190 21 3 Long Beach State Sr United States
67 Mark Smith MIL SF 6-7 195 21 1 Illinois Sr United States
68 Ernest Graham PHL SF 6-7 180 21 1 Maryland Sr United States
69 John Johnson BOS G 6-4 200 22 0 Michigan Sr England

Fourth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
70 Eddie Moss DAL PG 6-2 180 22 0 Syracuse Sr United States
71 John May WAS PF 6-8 200 N/A 0 South Alabama Sr United States
72 Ed Sherod NJN PG 6-2 170 21 4 VCU Sr United States
73 Georgie Torres UTH PG 6-3 214 23 0 Southern Nazarene Sr Puerto Rico
74 Ethan Martin CLE PG 6-1 170 N/A 1 LSU Sr United States
75 Kevin Figaro ATL SG 6-4 190 21 1 Louisiana Sr United States
76 Lewis Lloyd GOS GF 6-6 205 22 7 Drake Sr United States
77 Lee Raker SDC SG 6-5 190 22 0 Virginia Sr United States
78 Kenny Dennard KCK PF 6-8 220 22 3 Duke Sr United States
79 Ron Davis WAS SF 6-6 200 21 0 Arizona Sr United States
80 Terry Adolph GOS PG 5-8 165 N/A 0 West Texas A&M Sr United States
81 Larry Spriggs HOU F 6-7 230 21 6 Howard Sr United States
82 B.B. Davis KCK PF 6-8 230 N/A 0 Lamar Sr United States
83 Rolando Frazier IND SF 6-6 190 22 0 Briar Cliff Sr Panama
84 Oliver Lee CHI F 6-7 215 N/A 0 Marquette Sr United States
85 Pete Verhoeven POR F 6-9 215 22 6 Fresno State Sr United States
86 Alex Bradley NYK F 6-6 215 21 1 Villanova Sr United States
87 Earl Belcher SAN SF 6-6 - N/A 0 St. Bonaventure Sr United States
88 Kevin McKenna LAL GF 6-5 195 22 7 Creighton Sr United States
89 Don Koonce DET SG 6-3 180 21 1 Charlotte Sr United States
90 Kris Anderson MIL PF 6-9 220 N/A 0 Florida State Sr United States
91 Stanley Williams BOS F 6-7 190 N/A 0 La Salle Sr United States
92 Rynn Wright PHL SF 6-6 225 22 0 Texas A&M Sr United States

Fifth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
93 Pete Budko DAL - - N/A 0 North Carolina Sr United States
94 George DeVone DET G - - N/A 0 Charlotte Sr United States
95 Joe Cooper NJN FC 6-10 230 23 3 Colorado Sr United States
96 Ken Page CLE G - - N/A 1 New Mexico Sr * United States
97 Mike Clark UTH - - N/A 0 Oregon Sr United States
98 Steve Krafscisin ATL C 6-9 - N/A 0 Iowa Sr United States
99 Andra Griffin SEA F - - N/A 0 Washington Sr United States
100 Dennis Isbell SDC F - - N/A 0 Memphis Sr United States
101 Willie Sims DEN - - 22 0 LSU Sr United States / Israel
102 Hank McDowell GOS FC 6-9 215 21 7 Memphis Sr United States
103 Garry Witts WAS G 6-7 - 21 1 Holy Cross Sr United States
104 U.S. Reed KCK - - N/A 2 Arkansas Sr United States
105 Hasan Houston HOU - - N/A 0 Bradley Sr United States
106 George Peterson IND - - N/A 0 New Jersey City Sr United States
107 Herb Andrew POR - - N/A 1 South Alabama Sr United States
108 Johnny Nash CHI F - - N/A 0 Arizona State Sr United States
109 Jim Wright NYK - - N/A 0 Rhode Island Sr United States
110 Mike Rhodes SAN G - - N/A 0 Vanderbilt Sr United States
111 Craig Watts LAL C 6-11 - N/A 0 NC State Sr United States
112 Paul Heuerman PHX - - N/A 0 Michigan Sr United States
113 Kelvin Troy MIL - - N/A 0 Rutgers Sr United States
114 Steve Craig PHL - - N/A 0 Brigham Young Sr United States
115 Glen Grunwald BOS - - 22 0 Indiana Sr United States

Sixth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
116 Karl Bakowski DAL F - - N/A 0 Utah Sr United States
117 Vince Brookins DET F 6-5 235 N/A 0 Iowa Sr United States
118 Kevin Lynam NJN G 6-2 180 N/A 0 La Salle Sr United States
119 Kevin Sprewer UTH - - N/A 0 Loyola (IL) Sr United States
120 Aaron Strayhorn CLE G - - N/A 0 Hawaii Sr United States
121 Darryl Warwick ATL - - N/A 0 Hampton Sr United States
122 Earl Banks SEA F 6-7 220 N/A 0 Auburn Sr United States
123 Mike Pepper SDC PG 6-3 188 N/A 0 North Carolina Sr United States
124 Alonzo Weatherley DEN - - N/A 0 Denver Sr United States
125 Robert Williams WAS - - N/A 0 Grambling State Sr United States
126 Carter Scott GOS G - - N/A 0 Ohio State Sr United States
127 Fred Cowan HOU FC 6-8 - N/A 0 Kentucky Sr United States
128 Brian Walker KCK G - - N/A 0 Purdue Sr United States
129 Robert Fronk IND - - N/A 0 Washington Sr United States
130 Roger Burkman CHI SG 6-5 175 23 1 Louisville Sr United States
131 Roshern Arnie POR - - N/A 0 UTEP Sr United States
132 John Blair NYK - - N/A 1 Monmouth Sr United States
133 Norman Shavers SAN - - N/A 0 Jackson State Sr United States
134 Kevin Singleton LAL - - N/A 0 California Sr United States
135 Pete Harris PHX - - N/A 0 Northeastern Sr United States
136 Jo Jo Hunter MIL - - N/A 0 Colorado Sr United States
137 Steve Waite BOS - - N/A 0 Iowa Sr United States
138 Michael Thomas PHL - - N/A 0 North Park Sr United States

Seventh Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
139 Danny Davis DAL SF 6-7 235 N/A 1 UNC Wilmington Sr United States
140 Greg Nance DET PF 6-8 205 N/A 0 West Virginia Sr United States
141 Rod Robertson NJN - - N/A 0 Northwestern Sr United States
142 Andre Smith CLE C 6-7 - N/A 0 Nebraska Sr United States
143 Mike Robinson UTH - - N/A 0 Central Michigan Sr United States
144 Kevin Vesey ATL C 6-10 - N/A 0 Iona Sr United States
145 Tom Sienkiewicz SEA G - - N/A 0 Villanova Sr United States
146 Randy Johnson SDC - - N/A 0 Colorado-Colorado Springs Sr United States
147 Greg Manning DEN SG - - N/A 0 Maryland Sr United States
148 Robby Dosty GOS - - N/A 0 Arizona Sr United States
149 Randy Martel WAS - - N/A 1 Houston Baptist Sr United States
150 Clinton Wheeler KCK G 6-1 185 21 5 William Paterson Sr United States
151 Joe Faine HOU - - N/A 0 Bowling Green Sr United States
152 Larry McKinney IND - - N/A 0 Boise State Sr United States
153 Julius Wayne HOU - - N/A 0 UTEP Sr United States
154 Scott Williams CHI - - N/A 0 South Alabama Sr United States
155 Terry Cramer NYK - - N/A 0 Ripon College Sr United States
156 Mark Minderman SAN - - N/A 0 Northern Michigan Sr United States
157 Larry Petty LAL - - N/A 0 Wisconsin Sr United States
158 David Williams PHX SF 6-6 - N/A 0 Southern Sr United States
159 Lewis Latimore MIL FC 6-9 - N/A 0 Virginia Sr United States
160 John Crawford PHL F 6-7 178 N/A 0 Kansas Sr United States
161 Tom Seaman BOS - - N/A 0 Holy Cross Sr United States

Eighth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
162 David Kennedy DAL - - N/A 0 Cincinnati Sr United States
163 Joe Schoen DET F - - N/A 0 St. Francis (PA) Sr United States
164 Ken Webb DET - - N/A 0 Fairleigh Dickinson Sr United States
165 Bobby Cattage UTH PF 6-9 250 22 3 Auburn Sr United States
166 Glen Marcus CLE PG - - N/A 0 UAB Sr United States
167 Gilbert Salinas ATL C 6-11 - N/A 0 Notre Dame Sr United States
168 Todd Haynes SDC - - N/A 0 Davidson Sr United States
169 Curtis Redding DEN G 6-5 - N/A 0 St. John's Sr United States
170 Mike Howard WAS - - N/A 1 Wofford Sr United States
171 Yasutaka Okayama GOS C 7-7 - 26 0   1954 DOB Japan
172 Stanley Brewer HOU - - N/A 0 West Georgia Sr United States
173 Randy Smithson KCK G - - N/A 0 Wichita State Sr United States
174 Len Hatzenbeller IND C - - N/A 0 Drexel Sr United States
175 Ben Mitchell CHI - - N/A 0 Alabama-Huntsville Sr United States
176 John Smith POR - - N/A 1 Saint Joseph's Sr United States
177 Brian O'Connor NYK - - N/A 0 Thomas More Sr United States
178 Bob Bartholomew SAN - - N/A 0 San Diego Sr United States
179 Jay Triano LAL SG 6-4 194 22 1 Simon Fraser Sr Canada
180 Steve Risley PHX PF 6-8 - N/A 0 Indiana Sr United States
181 Mike Brkovich MIL - - N/A 0 Michigan State Sr Canada
182 George Morrow BOS F - - N/A 0 Creighton Sr United States
183 Frank Gilroy PHL - - N/A 0 St. John's Sr United States

Ninth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
184 John Hollinden DAL C 7-6 - N/A 0 Indiana State Sr United States
185 Eddie Baker DET C - - N/A 0 Alcorn State Sr United States
186 Rudy Williams NJN F 6-7 - N/A 0 Providence Sr United States
187 Paul Roba CLE - - N/A 0 Cleveland State Sr United States
188 Ken Ollie UTH F - - N/A 0 Wyoming Sr United States
189 Howard Thompkins ATL - - N/A 0 Wagner Sr United States
190 Art Jones SDC F 6-7 185 N/A 0 North Carolina Central Sr United States
191 Andrew Burton DEN - - N/A 0 Austin Peay Sr United States
192 Doug Murrey GOS - - N/A 0 San Jose State Sr United States
193 Eddie Brown WAS - - N/A 1 Valdosta State Sr United States
194 Mike Perry KCK - - N/A 1 Richmond Sr United States
195 Scott Whitley IND - - N/A 0 William & Mary Sr United States
196 Sid Williams POR - - N/A 0 San Jose State Sr United States
197 Terry Martin CHI - - N/A 0 Lambuth Sr United States
198 Marty Headd NYK SG 6-2 180 22 0 Syracuse Sr United States
199 Leonel Marquetti SAN F 6-7 - N/A 0 Hampton Sr * United States
200 Brian Johnson PHX - - N/A 0 Colorado Sr United States
201 Chip Rucker MIL - - N/A 0 Northeastern Sr United States
202 Ron Wister PHL - - N/A 0 Temple Sr United States
203 Greg McCray BOS - - N/A 0 VCU Sr United States

Tenth Round Selections

Pick Player Team Draft Trades Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
204 Scott Bolanko DAL - - N/A 0 Northern State Sr United States
205 Melvin Maxwell DET - - N/A 0 Western Michigan Sr United States
206 Vic Sison NJN - - N/A 0 UCLA Sr United States
207 Joe Merten UTH - - N/A 0 Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sr United States
208 Greg Boone CLE - - N/A 0 Augsburg College Sr United States
209 Mike Frazier ATL C 7-0 240 N/A 0 Georgetown Sr United States
210 Tony Gwynn SDC PG 5-11 195 21 0 San Diego State Sr United States
211 Derrick Rowland DEN GF 6-5 185 21 3 SUNY Potsdam Sr United States
212 Ralton Way WAS - - N/A 0 Houston Baptist Sr United States
213 Barry Brooks GOS - - N/A 0 USC Sr United States
214 Mark Wilson KCK - - N/A 0 Fort Hays State Sr United States
215 Rodney Benson IND - - N/A 0 Wright State Sr United States
216 Kenny Easley CHI - - 22 0 UCLA Sr United States
217 Steve Cochran POR - - N/A 0 Lewis & Clark Sr United States
218 Kevin Rogers NYK - - N/A 1 Saint Peter's Sr United States
219 Alvin Brooks SAN - - N/A 0 Saint Peter's Sr United States
220 Felton Sealey PHX - - N/A 0 Oregon Sr United States
221 Artie Green MIL - - N/A 0 Lamar Sr United States
222 Ken Matthews BOS - - N/A 0 NC State Sr United States
223 Pete Mullenberg PHL C 6-7 - N/A 0 Delaware Sr United States

Undrafted Players

Player Pos HT WT Age YOS Pre-Draft Team Class Nationality
Jerome Henderson FC 6-11 230 21 5 New Mexico Sr United States
Ron Cavenall C 7-1 230 22 2 Texas Southern Sr United States

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