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1953 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) April 24, 1953
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Territorial pick(s) Ernie Beck, Philadelphia Warriors
Walter Dukes, New York Knicks
First selection Ray Felix, Baltimore Bullets
NBA Draft
 < 1952 1954 > 

The 1953 NBA Draft was the seventh annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 24, 1953, prior to the 1953–54 season. In this draft, nine 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 draft consisted of 12 rounds with 122 players selected.

Ray Felix from Long Island University was selected first overall by the Baltimore Bullets and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[1] Ernie Beck and Walter Dukes were selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' and New York Knicks' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Bob Houbregs, Frank Ramsey and Cliff Hagan, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[2]



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 Beck, ErnieErnie Beck G/F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Pennsylvania
T Dukes, WalterWalter Dukes+ C  United States New York Knicks Seton Hall
1 1 Felix, RayRay Felix+ C  United States Baltimore Bullets Long Island
1 2 Houbregs, BobBob Houbregs^ F/C  Canada Milwaukee Hawks Washington
1 3 Molinas, JackJack Molinas F  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Columbia
1 4 Regan, RichieRichie Regan G  United States Rochester Royals Seton Hall
1 5 Ramsey, FrankFrank Ramsey^ G/F  United States Boston Celtics Kentucky
1 6 Neal, JimJim Neal C  United States Syracuse Nationals Wofford
1 7 Fritsche, JimJim Fritsche F/C  United States Minneapolis Lakers Hamline
2 8 Hennessy, LarryLarry Hennessy G  United States Philadelphia Warriors Villanova
2 9 Ackerman, DonDon Ackerman G  United States New York Knicks (from Baltimore)[3] Long Island
2 10 Speight, BobBob Speight  United States Baltimore Bullets (from Milwaukee)[3] NC State
2 11 Glasgow, GeorgeGeorge Glasgow  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Fairleigh Dickinson
2 12 Swanson, NormNorm Swanson F  United States Rochester Royals Detroit
2 13 Noe, ChetChet Noe  United States Boston Celtics Oregon
2 14 Knostman, DickDick Knostman C  United States Syracuse Nationals Kansas State
2 15 Gordon, NeilNeil Gordon  United States New York Knicks Furman
2 16 Feiereisel, RonRon Feiereisel G  United States Minneapolis Lakers DePaul

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
3 Grekin, NormNorm Grekin F  United States Philadelphia Warriors La Salle
3 Hagan, CliffCliff Hagan^ G/F  United States Boston Celtics Kentucky
5 Holup, JoeJoe Holup F  United States Boston Celtics George Washington
5 Santini, BobBob Santini F  United States New York Knicks Iona
7 Tsioropoulos, LouLou Tsioropoulos F  United States Boston Celtics Kentucky
Atha, RichardRichard Atha G  United States New York Knicks Indiana State
Bemoras, IrvIrv Bemoras G/F  United States Milwaukee Hawks Illinois
Dyker, GeneGene Dyker F  United States Milwaukee Hawks DePaul
George, JackJack George* G  United States Philadelphia Warriors La Salle
Sears, KenKen Sears+ F  United States New York Knicks Santa Clara
Kenville, BillyBilly Kenville G/F  United States Syracuse Nationals St. Bonaventure
Nolen, PaulPaul Nolen C  United States Baltimore Bullets Texas Tech
Peterson, BobBob Peterson F  United States Baltimore Bullets Oregon
Rea, ConnieConnie Rea G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Centenary
Reddout, FrankFrank Reddout F  United States Rochester Royals Syracuse
Smyth, JoeJoe Smyth F  United States New York Knicks Niagara


  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. ^ a b "1953 Draft Day Trades". The Draft Review. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 

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