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The 1981 NBA Draft took place on June 9, 1981. It featured NBA teams selecting college and other players in a pre-decided order based on their record in the previous season.

The draft consisted of 10 rounds. Two players drafted in the final round went on to very successful careers in other sports. Tony Gwynn went on to a baseball career that eventually put him in the Hall of Fame as an outfielder with the San Diego Padres, while Kenny Easley had a long and productive NFL career, that included five Pro Bowl selections with the Seattle Seahawks.

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

Round one

= All-Star
No. Player Team Position College/HS/Country
1 Mark Aguirre Dallas Mavericks PF/SF DePaul-Jr.
2 Isiah Thomas* Detroit Pistons PG Indiana-So.
3 Buck Williams New Jersey Nets PF/C Maryland-Jr.
4 Al Wood Atlanta Hawks SG/SF North Carolina-Sr.
5 Danny Vranes Seattle SuperSonics SF Utah-Sr.
6 Orlando Woolridge Chicago Bulls PF Notre Dame-Sr.
7 Steve Johnson Kansas City Kings C/PF Oregon State-Sr.
8 Tom Chambers San Diego Clippers PF/C Utah-Sr.
9 Rolando Blackman Dallas Mavericks SG Kansas State-Sr.
10 Albert King New Jersey Nets SF/SG Maryland-Sr.
11 Frank Johnson Washington Bullets G Wake Forest-Sr.
12 Kelly Tripucka Detroit Pistons SF/SG Notre Dame-Sr.
13 Danny Schayes Utah Jazz C/PF Syracuse-Sr.
14 Herb Williams Indiana Pacers C/PF Ohio State-Sr.
15 Jeff Lamp Portland Trail Blazers SF/SG Virginia-Sr.
16 Darnell Valentine Portland Trail Blazers PG Kansas-Sr.
17 Kevin Loder Kansas City Kings SF/SG Alabama State-Sr.
18 Ray Tolbert New Jersey Nets PF Indiana -Sr.
19 Mike McGee Los Angeles Lakers SG/SF Michigan-Sr.
20 Larry Nance Phoenix Suns PF/C Clemson-Sr.
21 Alton Lister Milwaukee Bucks C/PF Arizona State-Sr.
22 Franklin Edwards Philadelphia 76ers PG Cleveland State-Sr.
23 Charles Bradley Boston Celtics SG Wyoming-Sr.

Notable post-first round picks

Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
24 Jay Vincent (SF)  United States Dallas Mavericks Michigan State
29 Eddie Johnson (SF)  United States Kansas City Kings (from Atlanta via Utah Jazz) Illinois
31 Danny Ainge (SG)  United States Boston Celtics (from San Diego) BYU
57 Frank Brickowski (SF)  United States New York Knicks (from Washington) Penn State
214 Tony Gwynn (PG)  United States San Diego Clippers San Diego State
221 Kenny Easley (PG)  United States Chicago Bulls UCLA
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