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1964 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) May 4, 1964
Location New York City, New York
Territorial pick(s) Mahdi Abdul-Rahman, Los Angeles Lakers
George Wilson, Cincinnati Royals
First selection Jim Barnes, New York Knicks
NBA Draft
 < 1963 1965 > 

The 1964 NBA Draft was the 18th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 4, 1964 before the 1964–65 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 draft consisted of 15 rounds comprising 101 players selected.

Jim Barnes from Texas Western College was selected first overall by the New York Knicks. Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (then known as Walt Hazzard) and George Wilson were selected before the draft as Los Angeles Lakers' and Cincinnati Royals' territorial picks respectively. Willis Reed, who was selected eight overall, went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[1] Reed have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and was also named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[2][3] Reed won the NBA championships twice with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973. In both NBA Finals, he was named as the Finals MVP. He also won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1970 and was selected to five All-NBA Teams and seven All-Star Games.[4] Territorial pick Mahdi Abdul-Rahman and five other players, including third round pick Jerry Sloan, are the only other players from this draft who have been selected to an All-Star Game.

Third round pick Jerry Sloan played 11 seasons before became a coach. He later coached the Chicago Bulls for three seasons before fired during the 1981–82 season. He then became the head coach of the Utah Jazz in 1988, the position he has held since.[5] He has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[2] Another third round pick, John Thompson, has also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Hame as a coach.[2] After finishing his playing career, he became a successful college basketball head coach at Georgetown University. He coached the Georgetown Hoyas for 27 seasons, winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title in 1984 and becoming the first African American head coach to win a major collegiate championship.[6][7]



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 Hazzard, WaltWalt Hazzard+1[›] G  United States Los Angeles Lakers UCLA
T Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson C  United States Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati
1 1 Barnes, JimJim Barnes F/C  United States New York Knicks Texas Western
1 2 Caldwell, JoeJoe Caldwell+ G/F  United States Detroit Pistons Arizona State
1 3 Bradds, GaryGary Bradds F  United States Baltimore Bullets Ohio State
1 4 Jackson, LuciousLucious Jackson+ F/C  United States Philadelphia 76ers Pan American
1 5 Mullins, JeffJeff Mullins+ G/F  United States St. Louis Hawks Duke
1 6 Kramer, BarryBarry Kramer G/F  United States San Francisco Warriors NYU
1 7 Counts, MelMel Counts F/C  United States Boston Celtics Oregon State
2 8 Reed, WillisWillis Reed^ F/C  United States New York Knicks Grambling
2 9 Hunter, LesLes Hunter F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Loyola (IL)
2 10 Silas, PaulPaul Silas+ F/C  United States St. Louis Hawks (from Baltimore) Creighton
2 11 Harge, IraIra Harge C  United States Philadelphia 76ers New Mexico
2 12 Nash, CottonCotton Nash F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Kentucky
2 13 Komives, HowardHoward Komives G  United States New York Knicks (from St. Louis)[a] Bowling Green
2 14 Koper, BudBud Koper G  United States San Francisco Warriors Oklahoma City
2 15 Chmielewski, BillBill Chmielewski C  United States Cincinnati Royals Philadelphia Tapers (ABL)
2 16 Bonham, RonRon Bonham F  United States Boston Celtics Cincinnati

^ 1: Walt Hazzard changed his name into Mahdi Abdul-Rahman in 1972.[8]

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 18 Jones, WaliWali Jones G  United States Detroit Pistons Villanova
3 19 Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan+ G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Evansville
3 20 Jones, LarryLarry Jones G/F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Toledo
3 23 McLemore, McCoyMcCoy McLemore F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors Drake
3 24 Courtin, SteveSteve Courtin G  United States Cincinnati Royals Saint Joseph's
3 25 Thompson, JohnJohn Thompson F  United States Boston Celtics Providence
4 26 Crawford, FreddieFreddie Crawford G/F  United States New York Knicks St. Bonaventure
4 27 Davis, JimJim Davis F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Colorado
4 30 Finkel, HankHank Finkel C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Dayton
4 33 Hairston, HappyHappy Hairston F  United States Cincinnati Royals NYU
4 34 Strawder, JoeJoe Strawder C  United States Boston Celtics Bradley
5 40 Tresvant, JohnJohn Tresvant F/C  United States St. Louis Hawks Seattle
7 53 Bryant, EmEm Bryant G  United States New York Knicks DePaul
9 72 Black, TomTom Black C  United States Baltimore Bullets South Dakota State



  1. ^ "Rookie of the Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "The NBA's 50 Greatest Players". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Willis Reed Bio". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jerry Sloan Coach Bio". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ Himmelsbach, Adam (March 3, 2006). "Hoyas' First Thompson Era Has Long Life on the Payroll". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 
  7. ^ "John Thompson, Kay Yow Honored". CBS Interactive. November 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ McCallum, Jack (April 16, 1984). "The March Of The Wooden Soldiers". Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Richie Guerin Bio". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 

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