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1966 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) May 11, 1966
Location New York City, New York
First selection Cazzie Russell, New York Knicks
NBA Draft
 < 1965 1967 > 

The 1966 NBA Draft was the 20th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 11, 1966 before the 1966–67 season. In this draft, ten NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. The first two picks in the draft were belonged to the teams that finished last in each division, with the order determined by a coin flip.[1] The Detroit Pistons won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the New York Knicks were awarded the second pick. This draft was the first to use the coin flip method, which replace the territorial pick rule.[2] The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The Chicago Bulls, the expansion franchise, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time and were assigned the last pick of each round. The draft consisted of 19 rounds comprising 112 players selected.

Cazzie Russell from the University of Michigan was selected first overall by the New York Knicks. Dave Bing from Syracuse University was drafted second by the Detroit Pistons and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[3] He was named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996 and have also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[4][5] He was selected to three All-NBA Teams and seven All-Star Games.[6] He became a politician after ending his playing career and successfully won the election to became the mayor of Detroit in 2009.[7] Fourth pick Lou Hudson and fourth round pick Archie Clark have also been selected to both All-NBA Team and All-Star Game. First pick Cazzie Russell and three other players, including third round pick John Block, are the only other players from this draft who have been selected to an All-Star Game. Russell was also a member of the Knicks that won the NBA for the first time in 1970.

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)
Head shot of an older man, wearing a brown suit and hat
Dave Bing was selected second overall by the Detroit Pistons.
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Russell, CazzieCazzie Russell+ G/F  United States New York Knicks Michigan
1 2 Bing, DaveDave Bing^ G  United States Detroit Pistons Syracuse
1 3 Lee, ClydeClyde Lee+ F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors Vanderbilt
1 4 Hudson, LouLou Hudson* G/F  United States St. Louis Hawks Minnesota
1 5 Marin, JackJack Marin+ G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Duke
1 6 Wesley, WaltWalt Wesley C  United States Cincinnati Royals Kansas
1 7 Chambers, JerryJerry Chambers F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Utah
1 8 Barnett, JimJim Barnett G/F  United States Boston Celtics Oregon
1 9 Guokas, MattMatt Guokas G/F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Saint Joseph's
1 10 Schellhase, DaveDave Schellhase G  United States Chicago Bulls Purdue
2 11 Akin, HenryHenry Akin F/C  United States New York Knicks Morehead State
2 12 Murrey, DorieDorie Murrey F/C  United States Detroit Pistons Detroit
2 13 Ellis, JoeJoe Ellis G/F  United States San Francisco Warriors San Francisco
2 14 Snyder, DickDick Snyder G/F  United States St. Louis Hawks Davidson
2 15 Johnson, NeilNeil Johnson F/C  United States Baltimore Bullets Creighton
2 16 Wells, Jerry LeeJerry Lee Wells G  United States Cincinnati Royals Oklahoma City
2 17 Finkel, HankHank Finkel C  United States Los Angeles Lakers Dayton
2 18 Clark, LeonLeon Clark F  United States Boston Celtics Wyoming
2 19 Melchionni, BillBill Melchionni G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Villanova
2 20 Mueller, ErwinErwin Mueller F/C  United States Chicago Bulls San Francisco

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 Kron, TommyTommy Kron G  United States St. Louis Hawks Kentucky
3 26 Ware, JimJim Ware F  United States Cincinnati Royals Oklahoma City
3 27 Block, JohnJohn Block+ F/C  United States Los Angeles Lakers USC
3 29 Freeman, DonnieDonnie Freeman G  United States Philadelphia 76ers Illinois
4 37 Clark, ArchieArchie Clark* G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota
4 38 Austin, JohnnyJohnny Austin G  United States Boston Celtics Boston College
4 39 Wilburn, KenKen Wilburn F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Central State
8 69 Silliman, MikeMike Silliman F  United States New York Knicks Army
8 73 West, RolandRoland West G  United States Baltimore Bullets Cincinnati
8 75 Wetzel, JohnJohn Wetzel G/F  United States Los Angeles Lakers Virginia Tech
9 78 Turner, BillBill Turner F  United States New York Knicks Akron
10 88 Lewis, FreddieFreddie Lewis G  United States Cincinnati Royals Arizona State
11 94 McKenzie, StanStan McKenzie G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets NYU
12 98 Deutsch, DaveDave Deutsch G  United States New York Knicks Rochester
15 106 Long, PaulPaul Long G  United States St. Louis Hawks Wake Forest

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Evolution of the Draft and Lottery". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/draft_evolution.html. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ Dengate, Jeff (May 16, 2007). "Let the Ping-Pong Balls Fall". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/features/inside_lottery_050524.html. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/awards_rookieofyear.html. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ "The NBA's 50 Greatest Players". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/50greatest.html. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/hof.html. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dave Bing Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/players/bing_bio.html. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ "NBA great Dave Bing elected as Detroit mayor". USA Today. Gannett Co. Inc. May 6, 2009. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2009-05-05-Detroit_N.htm. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 

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