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1962 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) March 26, 1962
Location New York City, New York
Territorial pick(s) Dave DeBusschere, Detroit Pistons
Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati Royals
First selection Bill McGill, Chicago Zephyrs
NBA Draft
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The 1962 NBA Draft was the 16th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 26, 1962 prior to the 1962–63 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. The Chicago Packers, who finished last in the previous season, were renamed the Chicago Zephyrs.[1] The Philadelphia Warriors relocated to San Francisco, California and became the San Francisco Warriors prior to the start of the season.[2] The draft consisted of 16 rounds with 102 players selected.

Bill McGill from the University of Utah was selected first overall by the Chicago Zephyrs. Dave DeBusschere and Jerry Lucas were selected before the draft as Cincinnati Royals' and Detroit Pistons' territorial picks respectively. However, Jerry Lucas opted to sign for the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League (ABL). Lucas eventually entered the NBA in the 1963–64 season and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award.[3] Terry Dischinger, who was selected eight overall, went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in the 1962–63 season.[4] Fourth round pick, Reggie Harding, became the first player drafted out of high school. However, he did not enter the league until the 1963–64 season.[5] Three players from this draft, Dave DeBusschere, Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[6]



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
T DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere^ G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Detroit
T Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas^ F/C  United States Cincinnati Royals Ohio State
1 1 McGill, BillBill McGill F/C  United States Chicago Zephyrs Utah
1 2 Hogue, PaulPaul Hogue C  United States New York Knicks Cincinnati
1 3 Beaty, ZelmoZelmo Beaty+ C  United States St. Louis Hawks Prairie View A&M
1 4 Chappell, LenLen Chappell+ F/C  United States Syracuse Nationals Wake Forest
1 5 Hightower, WayneWayne Hightower F/C  United States Philadelphia Warriors Real Madrid (Spain)
1 6 Ellis, LeRoyLeRoy Ellis F/C  United States Los Angeles Lakers St. John's
1 7 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek^ G/F  United States Boston Celtics Ohio State
2 8 Dischinger, TerryTerry Dischinger+ G/F  United States Chicago Zephyrs Purdue
2 9 Rudometkin, JohnJohn Rudometkin F  United States New York Knicks USC
2 10 Duffy, BobBob Duffy G  United States St. Louis Hawks Colgate
2 11 Loughery, KevinKevin Loughery G  United States Detroit Pistons St. John's
2 12 Walker, ChetChet Walker G/F  United States Syracuse Nationals Bradley
2 13 Olsen, BudBud Olsen F/C  United States Cincinnati Royals Louisville
2 14 White, HubieHubie White G/F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Villanova
2 15 Wiley, GeneGene Wiley C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Wichita
2 16 Foley, JackJack Foley F  United States Boston Celtics Holy Cross

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 17 Nelson, DonDon Nelson F  United States Chicago Zephyrs Iowa
3 19 Hardnett, CharlesCharles Hardnett F/C  United States St. Louis Hawks Grambling
3 21 Meriwether, PorterPorter Meriwether G  United States Syracuse Nationals Tennessee State
3 23 Fedor, DaveDave Fedor F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Florida State
4 26 Vaughn, ChicoChico Vaughn G  United States St. Louis Hawks (from Chicago) Southern Illinois
4 28 Grote, JerryJerry Grote G  United States St. Louis Hawks Loyola (CA)
4 29 Harding, ReggieReggie Harding C  United States Detroit Pistons Eastern HS (Detroit, MI)
4 34 Strickland, RogerRoger Strickland F  United States Boston Celtics Jacksonville
5 39 Windsor, JohnJohn Windsor F  United States Syracuse Nationals Stanford
6 46 Carty, JayJay Carty G  United States St. Louis Hawks Oregon State
7 59 Montgomery, HowieHowie Montgomery F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Pan American
8 65 Harkness, JerryJerry Harkness G  United States Syracuse Nationals Loyola (IL)
11 85 Slade, JeffJeff Slade F  United States Chicago Zephyrs Kenyon
12 90 Nowell, MelMel Nowell G  United States Chicago Zephyrs Ohio State


  1. ^ Hareas, John (August 6, 2001). "A Colorful Tradition". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ May, Peter (May 23, 2004). "Kings still waiting to reign". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jerry Lucas Bio". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Rookie of the Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  5. ^ Hilton, Dan (July 14, 2008). "Doesn't the Extra Year Help Teams?". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 

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