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The 1968 NBA Expansion Draft was the fourth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 6, 1968 before the 1968–69 season, as the league expanded to 14 franchises with the additon of the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Both franchise were founded after the league granted NBA franchises for Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Phoenix, Arizona on January 22, 1968.[1] In this draft, the Bucks and the Suns were allowed to select unprotected players from the existing NBA teams. Each of the existing teams had protected seven players from their roster. After the each round, where both the Suns and the Bucks had selected one player each, the existing teams added another player to their protected list.[2] The draft continued until both teams had selected 18 players each, while the existing teams had lost three players each.

The Milwaukee Bucks were formed and owned by a group of investors headed by Wesley Pavalon and Marvin Fishman, which called the Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, Inc. (Milwaukee Pro).[3] The Bucks were the second NBA team from Milwaukee, after the Milwaukee Hawks, which moved to St. Louis in 1955 and then Atlanta in 1968, becoming the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks selected 18 players from the other NBA teams, including former first overall pick Fred Hetzel, six-time All-Star Larry Costello, five-time All-Star Wayne Embry, four-time All-Star Guy Rodgers and one-time All-Star Len Chappell. However, Costello retired from playing prior to the start of the season and was later named as the franchise's first head coach.[4] Ten players from the expansion draft went on to join the Bucks for their inaugural season. Jon McGlocklin was named to the 1969 All-Star Game, becoming the first All-Star from the franchise.[5] Embry was later inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.[6]

The Phoenix Suns were formed and owned by a group of investors headed by Richard Bloch.[7] Former Chicago Bulls head coach and 1967 Coach of the Year Johnny Kerr was named as the franchise's first head coach.[8] The Suns selected 18 players from the other NBA teams, including territorial picks Gail Goodrich and George Wilson. Eight players from the expansion draft went on to join the Suns for their inaugural season. John Wetzel was the ninth player from the expansion draft to play for the Suns. However, he only made his first appearance in 1970 after serving in the military for two years.[9] Goodrich and Dick Van Arsdale were named to the 1969 All-Star Game, becoming the first All-Stars from the franchise.[5] Goodrich was later inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player.[10]

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Milwaukee Bucks

A man, wearing a jersey with a word "TEMPLE" and the number "5" written in the front, is holding a basketball while posing for a photo.
Guy Rodgers was selected from the Cincinnati Royals.
Player Position Nationality Previous team Years pro[a] Career with
the franchise
Chappell, LenLen Chappell F/C  United States Detroit Pistons 6 19681970
Costello, LarryLarry Costello G  United States Philadelphia 76ers 12 [b]
Egan, JohnnyJohnny Egan G  United States Baltimore Bullets 7 [b]
Embry, WayneWayne Embry F/C  United States Boston Celtics 10 1968–1969
Gambee, DaveDave Gambee F  United States San Diego Rockets 10 1968
Gray, GaryGary Gray G  United States Cincinnati Royals 1 [b]
Hetzel, FredFred Hetzel F/C  United States San Francisco Warriors 3 1968–1969
Jones, JohnnyJohnny Jones F  United States Boston Celtics 1 [b]
Love, BobBob Love F  United States Cincinnati Royals 2 1968
McGlocklin, JonJon McGlocklin G/F  United States San Diego Rockets 3 19681976
Miller, JayJay Miller F  United States Atlanta Hawks 1 1968
Olsen, BudBud Olsen F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics 6 [b]
Patterson, GeorgeGeorge Patterson F/C  United States Detroit Pistons 1 [b]
Reid, JimJim Reid F  United States Philadelphia 76ers 1 [b]
Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers G  United States Cincinnati Royals 10 19681970
Thacker, TomTom Thacker G/F  United States Boston Celtics 4 [b]
Warlick, BobBob Warlick G/F  United States San Francisco Warriors 3 1968
Weiss, BobBob Weiss G  United States Seattle SuperSonics 3 1968

Phoenix Suns

An older man, wearing a purple and yellow jacket is holding a basketball, handed out by a kid who is standing in front of him.
Gail Goodrich (left) was selected from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Player Position Nationality Previous team Years pro[a] Career with
the franchise
Barnhill, JohnJohn Barnhill G  United States San Diego Rockets 6 [b]
Bryant, EmEm Bryant G  United States New York Knicks 4 [b]
Goodrich, GailGail Goodrich G  United States Los Angeles Lakers 3 19681970
Hamilton, DennisDennis Hamilton F  United States Los Angeles Lakers 1 [b]
Johnson, NeilNeil Johnson F/C  United States New York Knicks 2 19681970
Lattin, DaveDave Lattin F/  United States San Francisco Warriors 1 1968–1969
Long, PaulPaul Long G  United States Detroit Pistons 1 [b]
McKenzie, StanStan McKenzie G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets 1 19681970
McLemore, McCoyMcCoy McLemore F/C  United States Chicago Bulls 4 1968
Melchionni, BillBill Melchionni G  United States Philadelphia 76ers 1 [b]
Schellhase, DaveDave Schellhase G  United States Chicago Bulls 2 [b]
Snyder, DickDick Snyder G/F  United States Atlanta Hawks 2 19681969
Spitzer, CraigCraig Spitzer C  United States Chicago Bulls 1 [b]
Tormohlen, BumperBumper Tormohlen F/C  United States Atlanta Hawks 5 [b]
Van Arsdale, DickDick Van Arsdale G/F  United States New York Knicks 3 19681977
West, RolandRoland West G  United States Baltimore Bullets 1 [b]
Wetzel, JohnJohn Wetzel G/F  United States Los Angeles Lakers 1 19701972; 1975–1976
Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson C  United States Seattle SuperSonics 4 1968–1969

Notes

  • a 1 2 Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Never played a game for the franchise

References

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  1. ^ "This Date in History–January". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/this_date_january.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Atlanta Gets Cage Hawks". Ocala Star-Banner. May 5, 1968. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_wYkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZgUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2905,2907187&dq=1968+nba+draft&hl=en. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "How the Bucks became the Bucks". NBA.com/Bucks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 18, 2008. http://www.nba.com/bucks/history/teamhistory.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Goldstein, Richard (December 14, 2001). "Larry Costello, 70, Player and Coach in N.B.A., Is Dead". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/14/nyregion/larry-costello-70-player-and-coach-in-nba-is-dead.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "1969 NBA All-Star Game". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/allstar/NBA_1969.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wayne Embry Bio". NBA.com/Raptors. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/raptors/news/embry_bio.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Suns Rise in Phoenix". NBA.com/Suns. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/suns/history/68_69recap.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Johnny Kerr Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/players/kerrj_bio.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ "King's Assistant Coach John Wetzel Retires". NBA.com/Kings. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 3, 2004. http://www.nba.com/kings/news/Wetzel_retires_J-110759-58.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Gail Goodrich Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/players/goodrich_bio.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 

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