1950 NBA draft
The 1950 NBA draft was the fourth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). This is the first draft after the Basketball Association of America (BAA) was renamed the NBA. The draft was held on April 25, 1950, before the 1950–51 season. In this draft, 12 remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The Chicago Stags participated in the draft but folded prior to the start of the season. The draft consisted of 12 rounds comprising 121 players selected.
|1950 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 25, 1950|
|121 total selections in 12 rounds|
|First selection||Chuck Share, Boston Celtics|
Draft selections and draftee career notesEdit
Chuck Share from Bowling Green State University was selected first overall by the Boston Celtics. Paul Arizin from Villanova University was selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' territorial pick. The sixth pick, Irwin Dambrot, did not play in the NBA and opted for a career as a dentist. Four players from this draft, Paul Arizin, Bob Cousy, George Yardley and Bill Sharman, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Chuck Cooper, the 12th pick, and Earl Lloyd, the 100th pick, were the first African Americans to be drafted by an NBA team. Lloyd became the first African American to play in the NBA on October 31, 1950, one day before Cooper made his debut.
|^||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 and All-NBA Team|
|#||Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
Notable undrafted playersEdit
These players were not selected in the 1950 draft, but played at least one game in the NBA.
|Ed Earle||F||United States||Loyola (Illinois)|
|Al Masino||G||United States||Canisius|
|Andy O'Donnell||G||United States||Loyola (Maryland)|
|Bob Wilson||G||United States||West Virginia State|
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