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1952 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) April 26, 1952
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Territorial pick(s) Bill Mlkvy, Philadelphia Warriors
First selection Mark Workman, Milwaukee Hawks
NBA Draft
 < 1951 1953 > 

The 1952 NBA Draft was the sixth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 26, 1952, prior to the 1952–53 season. In this draft, ten 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, except for the defending champion, the Minneapolis Lakers, who was assigned the last pick of each round. The draft consisted of 10 rounds with 106 players selected.

Mark Workman from West Virginia University was selected first overall by the Milwaukee Hawks. Bill Mlkvy from Temple University was selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' territorial pick. Don Meineke from the University of Dayton was selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the second round and went on to win the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award.[1] Ninth pick of the draft, Clyde Lovellette from University of Kansas, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[2]

10th round pick Gene Conley played both professional basketball and baseball. He played six seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks as well as 11 seasons in the Major League Baseball (MLB). He won three NBA championships with the Celtics as well as the World Series in 1957 with the Atlanta Braves, becoming the only athlete to win world championships in both basketball and baseball.[3]



G Guard F Forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
T Mlkvy, BillBill Mlkvy F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Temple
1 1 Workman, MarkMark Workman F/C  United States Milwaukee Hawks West Virginia
1 2 Baechtold, JimJim Baechtold G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Eastern Kentucky
1 3 Groat, DickDick Groat G  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Duke
1 4 Dean, JoeJoe Dean  United States Indianapolis Olympians LSU
1 5 Polson, RalphRalph Polson F/C  United States New York Knicks Whitworth
1 6 Stauffer, BobBob Stauffer  United States Boston Celtics Missouri
1 7 Lochmueller, BobBob Lochmueller F  United States Syracuse Nationals Louisville
1 8 Darling, CharlesCharles Darling  United States Rochester Royals Iowa
1 9 Lovellette, ClydeClyde Lovellette^ F/C  United States Minneapolis Lakers Kansas
2 10 Miller, EddieEddie Miller F/C  United States Milwaukee Hawks Syracuse
2 12 Meineke, DonDon Meineke F/C  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Dayton
2 13 Davis, BuddyBuddy Davis F/C  United States Philadelphia Warriors Texas A&M
2 14 Zawoluk, ZekeZeke Zawoluk F/C  United States Indianapolis Olympians St. John's
2 16 Iverson, JimJim Iverson  United States Boston Celtics Kansas State

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
4 Hedderick, HermHerm Hedderick G  United States Boston Celtics Canisius
10 Conley, GeneGene Conley F/C  United States Boston Celtics Washington State
Brasco, JimJim Brasco G  United States Syracuse Nationals NYU
Brennan, TomTom Brennan F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Villanova
Bunt, DickDick Bunt G  United States New York Knicks NYU
Cook, BertBert Cook G/F  United States New York Knicks Utah State
Denning, BlaineBlaine Denning G  United States Baltimore Bullets Lawrence Tech
Grigsby, ChuckChuck Grigsby G  United States Baltimore Bullets Dayton
Holstein, JimJim Holstein G/F  United States Minneapolis Lakers Cincinnati
MacGilvray, RonnieRonnie MacGilvray G  United States Rochester Royals St. John's
McBride, KenKen McBride G/F  United States Syracuse Nationals Maryland State
McLeod, GeorgeGeorge McLeod F  United States Milwaukee Hawks TCU
McMahon, JackJack McMahon G  United States Rochester Royals St. John's
McNulty, CarlCarl McNulty G  United States Minneapolis Lakers Purdue
Peterson, BobBob Peterson F  United States Baltimore Bullets Oregon
Priddy, BobBob Priddy F  United States Baltimore Bullets New Mexico A&M
Radovich, MoeMoe Radovich G  United States Philadelphia Warriors Wyoming
Rhodes, GeneGene Rhodes G  United States Indianapolis Olympians Western Kentucky
Surhoff, DickDick Surhoff F  United States New York Knicks Long Island
Walsh, JimJim Walsh F  United States Baltimore Bullets Stanford
Watson, BobbyBobby Watson G  United States Milwaukee Hawks Kentucky
Whitaker, SkippySkippy Whitaker G  United States Indianapolis Olympians Kentucky


  1. ^ "Rookie of the Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Conley had twice as much fun". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. January 13, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 

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