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The 1978 NBA Draft was notable for the selection of Indiana State's Larry Bird. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics with a then-rule which allowed teams to draft players whose class hadn't graduated yet. Also, it marked the first time that a non-American, Mychal Thompson of The Bahamas, had been selected first overall. However, this was not as much of a landmark in the internationalization of the NBA as it may have appeared, since Thompson had spent much of his childhood in Florida, and had played U.S. college basketball.

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

Round one

Larry Bird, the 6th pick of the Boston Celtics
= All-Star
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team College/HS/Club Team
1 Mychal Thompson (C)  Bahamas Portland Trail Blazers Minnesota-Sr.
2 Phil Ford (PG)  United States Kansas City Kings North Carolina-Sr.
3 Rick Robey (C/PF)  United States Indiana Pacers Kentucky-Sr.
4 Micheal Ray Richardson (SG)  United States New York Knicks Montana-Sr.
5 Purvis Short (SF)  United States Golden State Warriors Jackson State-Sr.
6 Larry Bird* (SF/PF)  United States Boston Celtics Indiana State-Jr.
7 Ron Brewer (SG)  United States Portland Trail Blazers Arkansas-Sr.
8 Freeman Williams (SG)  United States Boston Celtics Portland State-Sr.
9 Reggie Theus (SF/SG)  United States Chicago Bulls UNLV-Jr.
10 Butch Lee (PG)  Puerto Rico Atlanta Hawks Marquette-Sr.
11 James Hardy (PF)  United States New Orleans Jazz San Francisco-Jr.
12 George Johnson (SF/PF)  United States Milwaukee Bucks St. John's-Sr.
13 Winford Boynes (SG/SF)  United States New Jersey Nets San Francisco-Sr.
14 Roger Phegley (SG/SF)  United States Washington Bullets Bradley-Sr.
15 Mike Mitchell (SF)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Auburn-Sr.
16 Jack Givens (SF)  United States Atlanta Hawks Kentucky-Sr.
17 Rod Griffin (PF)  United States Denver Nuggets Wake Forest-Sr.
18 Dave Corzine (C)  United States Washington Bullets DePaul-Sr.
19 Marty Byrnes (SF)  United States Phoenix Suns Syracuse-Sr.
20 Frank Sanders (SG/SF)  United States San Antonio Spurs Southern-Jr.
21 Mike Evans (PG)  United States Denver Nuggets Kansas State-Sr.
22 Raymond Townsend (PG)  United States Golden State Warriors UCLA-Sr.

List of Notable Round 2 Picks

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team College/HS/Club Team
23 Terry Tyler (SF)  United States Detroit Pistons Detroit
29 John Long (SG)  United States Detroit Pistons Detroit
36 Maurice Cheeks (PG)  United States Philadelphia 76ers West Texas State
40 Wayne Cooper (C)  United States Golden State Warriors New Orleans
44 Clemon Johnson (C)  United States Portland Trail Blazers Florida A&M
60 Michael Cooper (SG)  United States Los Angeles Lakers New Mexico
64 Gerald Henderson (SG)  United States San Antonio Spurs Virginia Commonwealth

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