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1969 NBA Draft
General Information
Date(s) April 7, 1969 (First and second round)
May 7, 1969 (Other rounds)
Location New York City, New York
First selection Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Draft
 < 1968 1970 > 

The 1969 NBA Draft was the 23rd annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 7, 1969 and May 7, 1969 before the 1969–70 season. In this draft, 14 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 Milwaukee Bucks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Phoenix Suns were awarded the second pick. 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 Los Angeles Lakers were awarded an extra first-round draft pick as a settlement of the Rudy LaRusso trade to the San Francisco Warriors.[2] The draft consisted of 20 rounds comprising 218 players selected.

This draft drastically changed the franchise fortunes of two teams. In only their second year of existence, the Milwaukee Bucks won a coin flip with the Phoenix Suns for the right to draft Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks to the NBA title the very next year, while the Suns still have not won an NBA championship.

The San Francisco Warriors selected Denise Long, a girl's high school player from Whitten, Iowa that was later voided by the commissioner as a publicity stunt.



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
1 1 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor^ C  United States Milwaukee Bucks UCLA
1 2 Walk, NealNeal Walk C  United States Phoenix Suns Florida
1 3 Allen, LuciusLucius Allen G  United States Seattle SuperSonics UCLA
1 4 Driscoll, TerryTerry Driscoll F  United States Detroit Pistons Boston College
1 5 Cannon, LarryLarry Cannon G  United States Chicago Bulls La Salle
1 6 Smith, BingoBingo Smith F  United States San Diego Rockets Tulsa
1 7 Portman, BobBob Portman F  United States San Francisco Warriors Creighton
1 8 Gilliam, HermHerm Gilliam G  United States Cincinnati Royals Purdue
1 9 White, Jo JoJo Jo White* G  United States Boston Celtics Kansas
1 10 Beard, ButchButch Beard G  United States Atlanta Hawks Louisville
1 11 Warren, JohnJohn Warren G  United States New York Knicks St. John's
1 12 McCarter, WillieWillie McCarter G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Drake
1 13 Ogden, BudBud Ogden F  United States Philadelphia 76ers Santa Clara
1 14 Davis, MikeMike Davis G  United States Baltimore Bullets Virginia Union
1 15 Roberson, RickRick Roberson C  United States Los Angeles Lakersa[›] Cincinnati
2 16 Hill, SimmieSimmie Hill F  United States Chicago Bulls (from Phoenix) West Texas State
2 17 Greacen, BobBob Greacen F  United States Milwaukee Bucks Rutgers
2 18 Taylor, RonRon Taylor C  United States Seattle SuperSonics USC
2 19 Norwood, WillieWillie Norwood F  United States Detroit Pistons Alcorn A&M
2 20 Spain, KennyKenny Spain C  United States Chicago Bulls Houston
2 21 Williams, BernieBernie Williams G  United States San Diego Rockets La Salle
2 22 Siudet, EdEd Siudet  United States San Francisco Warriors Holy Cross
2 23 Baum, JohnnyJohnny Baum F  United States Chicago Bulls (from Cincinnati) Temple
2 24 Williams, GeneGene Williams F  United States Phoenix Suns (from Boston) Kansas State
2 25 Anderzunas, WallyWally Anderzunas C  United States Atlanta Hawks Creighton
2 26 Bunting, BillBill Bunting F  United States New York Knicks North Carolina
2 27 Garrett, DickDick Garrett G  United States Los Angeles Lakers Southern Illinois
2 28 Taylor, WillieWillie Taylor  United States Philadelphia 76ers LeMoyne-Owen
2 29 Scott, WillieWillie Scott  United States Baltimore Bullets Alabama State

^ a: The Los Angeles Lakers were awarded an extra first-round draft pick as a settlement of the Rudy LaRusso trade to the San Francisco Warriors on August 31, 1967.[2][3]

List of notable later picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team School/club team
5 45 Dandridge, BobBob Dandridge* G  United States Milwaukee Bucks Norfolk State


  1. ^ "Evolution of the Draft and Lottery". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Big Dropoff in 2nd Pick". Beaver Country Times. April 8, 1969.,1629834. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rudy LaRusso Bio". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 

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