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The 1966 NBA Expansion Draft was the second expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 30, 1966 before the 1966–67 season, as the league expanded to ten franchises with the addition of the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls were founded after the city of Chicago, Illinois was granted an NBA franchise on January 16, 1966.[1] The Bulls were the third NBA team from Chicago, after the Chicago Stags, which folded in 1950, and the Chicago Packers–Zephyrs, which moved to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Bullets in 1963.[2]

The Bulls selected 18 unprotected players from the other NBA teams, including former first overall pick Bob Boozer, three-time All-Star Johnny Kerr and one-time All-Star Len Chappell. However, Kerr retired from playing prior to the start of the season.[3] Kerr was later named as the franchise's first head coach.[2] Ten players from the expansion draft went on to join the Bulls for their inaugural season. Guy Rodgers, whom the Bulls acquired in exchange for Jim King and Jeff Mullins, and Jerry Sloan were named to the 1967 All-Star Game, becoming the first All-Stars from the franchise.[4][5] Boozer became the third All-Star from the franchise when he was named to the 1968 All-Star Game.[6]

Sloan played ten seasons with the Bulls before became a coach. He later coached the 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.[7] He has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[8] John Thompson has also been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Hame as a coach.[8] Although he did not resume his playing career after being selected by the Bulls, he became a successful college basketball head coach at Georgetown University. He coached the Georgetown Hoyas for 27 seasons, winning the NCAA title in 1984 and becoming the first African American head coach to win a major collegiate championship.[9][10]

Contents

Selections

G Guard F Forward C Center
Player Position Nationality Previous team Years pro[a] Career with
the franchise
Barnhill, JohnJohn Barnhill G  United States Detroit Pistons 4 [b]
Bianchi, AlAl Bianchi G  United States Philadelphia 76ers 10 [b]
Bonham, RonRon Bonham F  United States Boston Celtics 2 [b]
Boozer, BobBob Boozer F  United States Los Angeles Lakers 6 19661969
Bowman, NateNate Bowman C  United States Cincinnati Royals 0[c] 1966–1967
Chappell, LenLen Chappell F/C  United States New York Knicks 4 1966
Clemens, BarryBarry Clemens F  United States New York Knicks 1 19661969
Erickson, KeithKeith Erickson G/F  United States San Francisco Warriors 1 19661968
Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr F/C  United States Baltimore Bullets 12 [b]
King, JimJim King G  United States Los Angeles Lakers 3 [b]
Kojis, DonDon Kojis F  United States Detroit Pistons 3 1966–1967
McLemore, McCoyMcCoy McLemore F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors 2 19661968
Mullins, JeffJeff Mullins G/F  United States St. Louis Hawks 2 [b]
Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets 1 19661976
Thacker, TomTom Thacker G/F  United States Cincinnati Royals 3 [b]
Thompson, JohnJohn Thompson F  United States Boston Celtics 2 [b]
Ward, GerryGerry Ward G  United States Philadelphia 76ers 3 1966–1967
Washington, JimJim Washington F/C  United States St. Louis Hawks 1 19661969

Notes

  • a Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Never played a game for the franchise
  • c Never played in the NBA prior to the expansion draft

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ "This Date in History–January". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/this_date_january.html. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "History of the Chicago Bulls". NBA.com/Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/bulls/history/Chicago_Bulls_History-24393-42.html. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Johnny "Red" Kerr Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/players/kerrj_bio.html. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1967 NBA All-Star Game". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/allstar/NBA_1967.html. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Guy Rodgers Bio". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/rodgegu01.html. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "1968 NBA All-Star Game". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/allstar/NBA_1968.html. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jerry Sloan Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/coachfile/jerry_sloan/. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/hof.html. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ Himmelsbach, Adam (March 3, 2006). "Hoyas' First Thompson Era Has Long Life on the Payroll". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/03/sports/ncaabasketball/03hoyas.html. 
  10. ^ "John Thompson, Kay Yow Honored". NCAA.com. CBS Interactive. November 20, 2009. http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/112009aaa.html. 

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