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1963 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) April 30, 1963
Location New York City, New York
Territorial pick(s) Tom Thacker, Cincinnati Royals
First selection Art Heyman, New York Knicks
NBA Draft
 < 1962 1964 > 

The 1963 NBA Draft was the 17th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 30, 1963 prior to the 1963–64 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 Zephyrs relocated to Baltimore, Maryland and became the Baltimore Bullets prior to the draft.[1] The Syracuse Nationals participated in the draft, but relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and became the Philadelphia 76ers prior to the start of the season.[2] The draft consisted of 15 rounds with 84 players selected.

Art Heyman from Duke University was selected first overall by the New York Knicks. Tom Thacker from the University of Cincinnati was selected before the draft as Cincinnati Royals' territorial pick. Last year's fourth round pick, Reggie Harding, who was the first player drafted out of high school, was drafted again and finally enter the league after spending a year in Midwest Professional Basketball League (MPBL).[3] Third pick of the draft, Nate Thurmond from Bowling Green State University, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[4]

Contents

Draft

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)
A basketball player, wearing a jersey with the word "PHILA" and the number 13, is holding a basketball while another basketball player, wearing a jersey with the word "RIP CITY" and the number 42, is standing next to him.
Nate Thurmond (left) was selected third overall by the San Francisco Warriors.
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
T Thacker, TomTom Thacker G/F  United States Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati
1 1 Heyman, ArtArt Heyman G/F  United States New York Knicks Duke
1 2 Thorn, RodRod Thorn G  United States Baltimore Bullets West Virginia
1 3 Thurmond, NateNate Thurmond^ F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors Bowling Green
1 4 Miles, EddieEddie Miles+ G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Seattle
1 5 Ward, GerryGerry Ward G  United States St. Louis Hawks Boston College
1 6 Hoover, TomTom Hoover C  United States Syracuse Nationals Camden Bullets (EPBL)
1 7 Strickland, RogerRoger Strickland F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Jacksonville
1 8 Green, BillBill Green  United States Boston Celtics Colorado State
2 9 Harkness, JerryJerry Harkness G  United States New York Knicks Loyola (IL)
2 10 Johnson, GusGus Johnson* F/C  United States Baltimore Bullets Idaho
2 11 Hill, GaryGary Hill G  United States San Francisco Warriors Oklahoma City
2 12 Smith, JerryJerry Smith  United States Detroit Pistons Furman
2 13 King, JimJim King+ G  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Cincinnati)[a] Tulsa
2 14 Mitchell, LelandLeland Mitchell  United States St. Louis Hawks Mississippi State
2 15 West, HershellHershell West  United States Syracuse Nationals Grambling
2 16 Gibson, MelMel Gibson G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Western Carolina
2 17 Saylors, KenKen Saylors  United States St. Louis Hawks (from Boston) Arkansas Tech

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 24 Greenspan, JerryJerry Greenspan F  United States Syracuse Nationals Maryland
5 43 Jones, LarryLarry Jones G/F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Toledo
6 48 Harding, ReggieReggie Harding C  United States Detroit Pistons Holland Oilers (MPBL)
7 59 Rohloff, KenKen Rohloff G  United States St. Louis Hawks NC State
8 63 Crawford, FreddieFreddie Crawford G/F  United States New York Knicks St. Bonaventure

Trades

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ Hareas, John (August 6, 2001). "A Colorful Tradition". NBA.com/Wizards. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/wizards/news/WizHistory_010806.html. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sixers History". NBA.com/Sixers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/sixers/history/index.html. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Hilton, Dan (July 14, 2008). "Doesn't the Extra Year Help Teams?". NBA.com/Suns. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/suns/news/oneononedebate_080711.html. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/hof.html. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tom Hawkins Bio". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hawkito01.html. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 

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