1964 NBA draft
|1964 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||May 4, 1964|
|Location||New York City, New York|
|Territorial pick(s)||Walt Hazzard, Los Angeles Lakers|
|First selection||Jim Barnes, New York Knicks|
The draft was held on May 4, 1964, before the 1964–65 season.
A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection.
If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated.
In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season.
Before the draft, a team could forfeit its first-round draft pick and then select any player from within a 50-mile (80 km) radius of its home arena as their territorial pick.
The draft consisted of 15 rounds comprising 101 players selected.
Draft selections and draftee career notes
He became a head coach after ending his playing career.
He coached the Knicks for two seasons and then the New Jersey Nets for two seasons.
He also had two All-Star Game selections.
Jerry Sloan, the 19th pick, was selected to two All-Star Games in his playing career before becoming a head coach.
He has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.
John Thompson, the 25th pick, has also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Hame as a coach.
After finishing his playing career, he became a successful college basketball head coach at Georgetown University.
He coached the Georgetown Hoyas for 27 seasons, winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship in 1984 and becoming the first African American head coach to win a major collegiate championship.
He played baseball for three seasons in between his basketball career.
He is one of only 12 athletes who have played in both NBA and MLB.
Also of note was a player who was officially undrafted in 1964 named Connie Hawkins.
While a successful player overall, Hawkins during his freshman year at the University of Iowa back in 1961 was involved with a point shaving scandal.
Despite never being convicted of point shaving (with the only involvement being him borrowing $200 by Jack Molinas for school expenses, which he paid back to Jack's brother, Fred Molinas, before the scandal broke out), he was officially kicked out of the team before having a chance to play due to NCAA rules and regulations at the time.
He became undrafted again in 1965 before being permanently banned from the NBA altogether in 1966.
However, Hawkins would sue the NBA for $6 million in damages to his reputation, saying the league banned him unfairly and that they had no substantial evidence linking him to the point shaving scandal of that time.
Eventually, the league settled with Hawkins by paying him a settlement of $1.3 million and assigning him to the Phoenix Suns in 1969, effectively removing his permanent ban.
While he would only play in the NBA for seven seasons afterwards, his number would be retired by the Suns on November 19, 1976 before being in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
|^||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|
|Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.
|3||18||Wali Jones||G||United States||Detroit Pistons||Villanova|
|3||19||Jerry Sloan||G/F||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Evansville|
|3||20||Larry Jones||G/F||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Toledo|
|3||23||McCoy McLemore||F/C||United States||San Francisco Warriors||Drake|
|3||24||Steve Courtin||G||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Saint Joseph's|
|3||25||John Thompson||F||United States||Boston Celtics||Providence|
|4||26||Freddie Crawford||G/F||United States||New York Knicks||St. Bonaventure|
|4||27||Jim Davis||F/C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Colorado|
|4||30||Hank Finkel||C||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Dayton|
|4||33||Happy Hairston||F||United States||Cincinnati Royals||NYU|
|4||34||Joe Strawder||C||United States||Boston Celtics||Bradley|
|5||40||John Tresvant||F/C||United States||St. Louis Hawks||Seattle|
|7||53||Em Bryant||G||United States||New York Knicks||DePaul|
|9||72||Tom Black||C||United States||Baltimore Bullets||South Dakota State|
- #ref_Note1a On October 18, 1963, the New York Knicks acquired a second-round pick from the St. Louis Hawks in exchange for Richie Guerin. The Knicks used the pick to draft Howard Komives.
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