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ESPN's David Schoenfield described the 1972 NBA Draft as "maybe...the worst draft ever."[1] Perhaps the biggest name that came out of the 1972 NBA Draft was "Dr.J" (Julius Erving), who was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, although he never played for them. Dr. J would lead the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1982-83 NBA Championship.

Names in bold had been selected into All-NBA Team. Names with asterisk had been inducted into Hall of Fame.

Round one

= All-Star
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team College/HS/Club Team
1 LaRue Martin (C)  United States Portland Trail Blazers Loyola (Chicago)-Sr.
2 Bob McAdoo* (C)  United States Buffalo Braves North Carolina-Jr.
3 Dwight Davis (F)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Houston-Sr.
4 Corky Calhoun (F)  United States Phoenix Suns Pennsylvania-Sr.
5 Fred Boyd (G)  United States Philadelphia 76ers Oregon State-Sr.
6 Russell Lee (F)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Marshall-Sr.
7 Isaac Stallworth (F)  United States Seattle SuperSonics Kansas-Sr.
8 Tom Riker (F)  United States New York Knicks South Carolina-Sr.
9 Bob Nash (F)  United States Detroit Pistons Hawaii-Sr.
10 Paul Westphal (G)  United States Boston Celtics Southern California-Sr.
11 Ralph Simpson (G)  United States Chicago Bulls Michigan State
12 Julius Erving* (F)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Massachusetts
13 Travis Grant (F)  United States Los Angeles Lakers Kentucky State-Sr.

Notable post-first round picks

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team College/HS/Club Team
17 Chris Ford (SG)  United States Detroit Pistons Villanova
26 Dave Twardzik (SG)  United States Portland Trail Blazers Old Dominion
31 Lloyd Neal (PF)  United States Portland Trail Blazers Tennessee State
34 Don Buse  United States Phoenix Suns University of Evansville
62 Henry Bibby (PG)  United States New York Knicks UCLA
74 James Silas (PG)  United States Houston Rockets Stephen F. Austin


  1. ^ Page 2 : The 100 worst draft picks ever


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