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1961 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) March 27, 1961
Location New York City, New York
First selection Walt Bellamy, Chicago Packers
NBA Draft
 < 1960 1962 > 

The 1961 NBA Draft was the 15th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 27, 1961 prior to the 1961–62 season. In this draft, nine 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. An expansion franchise, the Chicago Packers, were assigned the first overall pick and the last picks of each round, along with five extra picks at the end of the second round.[1] The draft consisted of 15 rounds with 107 players selected.

Walt Bellamy from the Indiana University was selected first overall by the Chicago Packers. Bellamy went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[2] Bellamy have also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[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 School/club team
1 1 Bellamy, WaltWalt Bellamy^ C  United States Chicago Packers Indiana
1 2 Stith, TomTom Stith F  United States New York Knicks St. Bonaventure
1 3 Siegfried, LarryLarry Siegfried F  United States Cincinnati Royals Ohio State
1 4 Scott, RayRay Scott F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Allentown Jets (EPBL)
1 5 Yates, WayneWayne Yates C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Memphis State
1 6 Warley, BenBen Warley G/F  United States Syracuse Nationals Cleveland Pipers (NIBL)
1 7 Meschery, TomTom Meschery+ F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Saint Mary's (CA)
1 8 Hill, CleoCleo Hill G  United States St. Louis Hawks Winston-Salem State
1 9 Phillips, GaryGary Phillips G  United States Boston Celtics Houston
2 10 Martin, WhiteyWhitey Martin G  United States New York Knicks St. Bonaventure
2 11 Wiesenhahn, BobBob Wiesenhahn F  United States Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati
2 12 Egan, JohnnyJohnny Egan G  United States Detroit Pistons Providence
2 13 Sawyer, FredFred Sawyer  United States Los Angeles Lakers Louisville
2 14 Smith, ChrisChris Smith  United States Syracuse Nationals Virginia Tech
2 15 Luckenbill, TedTed Luckenbill F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Houston
2 16 Horn, RonRon Horn F  United States St. Louis Hawks Indiana
2 17 Butler, AlAl Butler G  United States Boston Celtics Niagara
2 18 Turner, JackJack Turner G/F  United States Chicago Packers Louisville
2 19 Graves, JerryJerry Graves  United States Chicago Packers Mississippi State
2 20 Larese, YorkYork Larese G  United States Chicago Packers North Carolina
2 21 Kojis, DonDon Kojis+ F  United States Chicago Packers Marquette
2 22 Moe, DougDoug Moe  United States Chicago Packers North Carolina
2 23 Cohen, JeffJeff Cohen  United States Chicago Packers William & Mary

Other picks

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

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
3 25 Nordmann, BevoBevo Nordmann C  United States Cincinnati Royals Saint Louis
3 26 Kistler, DougDoug Kistler F  United States Detroit Pistons Duke
3 28 Osborne, ChuckChuck Osborne F  United States Syracuse Nationals Western Kentucky
3 32 Bridges, BillBill Bridges+ F/C  United States Chicago Packers Kansas
4 33 Blaney, GeorgeGeorge Blaney G  United States New York Knicks Holy Cross
5 42 Smith, BillBill Smith G/F  United States New York Knicks Saint Peter's
5 44 Doyle, DannyDanny Doyle F  United States Detroit Pistons Belmont Abbey
5 50 Carl, HowieHowie Carl G  United States Chicago Packers DePaul
6 51 Buckner, ClevelandCleveland Buckner F/C  United States New York Knicks Jackson State
7 60 Butcher, DonnieDonnie Butcher G  United States New York Knicks Pikeville
7 61 Zeller, DaveDave Zeller G  United States Cincinnati Royals Miami (OH)
10 91 Comley, LarryLarry Comley G  United States Chicago Packers Kansas State
11 92 Loughery, KevinKevin Loughery G  United States New York Knicks St. John's
12 100 Patterson, GeorgeGeorge Patterson F/C  United States Cincinnati Royals Toledo


  1. ^ Hareas, John (August 6, 2001). "A Colorful Tradition". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rookie of the Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 

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