The 1968 NBA draft was the 22nd annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 3, 1968, and May 8 and 10, 1968 before the 1968–69 season. In this draft, 14 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection. If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each division, with the order determined by a coin flip. The San Diego Rockets won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Baltimore Bullets 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. Six teams that had the best records in previous season were not awarded second round draft picks. Two expansion franchises, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time and were assigned the seventh and eighth pick in the first round, along with the last two picks of each subsequent round. The St. Louis Hawks relocated to Atlanta and became the Atlanta Hawks prior to the start of the season. The draft consisted of 21 rounds comprising 214 players selected.
|1968 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 3, 1968 (First round)|
May 8 and 10, 1968 (Other rounds)
|Location||New York City, New York|
|214 total selections in 21 rounds|
|First selection||Elvin Hayes, San Diego Rockets|
Elvin Hayes from the University of Houston was selected first overall by the San Diego Rockets. Wes Unseld from the University of Louisville was selected second by the Baltimore Bullets. He went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in his first season, becoming only the second player to win both awards in the same season, after Wilt Chamberlain in 1960. Hayes and Unseld have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame. They were also named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996. Hayes and Unseld both won the NBA championship with the Washington Bullets in 1978. In the Finals, Unseld was named as the Finals Most Valuable Player. Unseld, who spent all of his 13-year playing career with the Bullets, was also selected to one All-NBA Team and five All-Star Games, while Hayes was selected to six All-NBA Teams and twelve All-Star Games. Bob Kauffman, the third pick, is the only other player from this draft who has been selected to an All-Star Game; he was selected to three All-Star Games during his career.
Unseld became a head coach after ending his playing career. He coached the Washington Bullets for seven seasons. Three other players drafted also went on to have a coaching career: 12th pick Don Chaney and 79th pick Rick Adelman. Chaney coached four NBA teams and won the Coach of the Year Award in 1991 with the Houston Rockets. Adelman coached four NBA teams, most recently with the Houston Rockets. He lost the NBA Finals twice with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1990 and 1992.
|^||Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|+||Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game|
|#||Denotes player who never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
|1||1||Elvin Hayes^||F/C||United States||San Diego Rockets||Houston|
|1||2||Wes Unseld^||F/C||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Louisville|
|1||3||Bob Kauffman+||F/C||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||Guilford|
|1||4||Tom Boerwinkle||C||United States||Chicago Bulls||Tennessee|
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|F/C||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Iowa State|
|1||6||Otto Moore||F/C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Pan American|
|1||7||Charlie Paulk||F/C||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Northeastern State|
|1||8||Gary Gregor||F/C||United States||Phoenix Suns||South Carolina|
|1||9||Ron Williams||G||United States||San Francisco Warriors||West Virginia|
|1||10||Bill Hosket||F/C||United States||New York Knicks||Ohio State|
|1||11||Bill Hewitt||F||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||USC|
|1||12||Don Chaney||G||United States||Boston Celtics||Houston|
|1||13||Skip Harlicka||G||United States||Atlanta Hawks||South Carolina|
|1||14||Shaler Halimon||G/F||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Utah State|
|2||15||John Trapp||F||United States||San Diego Rockets||Nevada Southern|
|2||16||Art Harris||G||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||Stanford|
|2||17||Loy Petersen||G||United States||Chicago Bulls||Oregon State|
|2||18||Bob Quick||G/F||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Xavier (OH)|
|2||19||Ron Dunlap#||C||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Cincinnati)[a]||Illinois|
|2||20||Manny Leaks||F/C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Niagara|
|2||21||Dick Cunningham||C||United States||Phoenix Suns||Murray State|
|2||22||Gene Moore#||F/C||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Saint Louis|
|3||23||Stu Lantz||G||United States||San Diego Rockets||Nebraska|
|3||27||Pat Frink||G||United States||Cincinnati Royals||Colorado|
|3||28||Fred Foster||F||United States||Cincinnati Royals (from Detroit)[b]||Miami (OH)|
|3||30||Don May||F||United States||New York Knicks||Dayton|
|3||31||Dave Newmark||C||United States||Chicago Bulls (from Los Angeles)[c]||Columbia|
|3||32||Garfield Smith||F/C||United States||Boston Celtics||Eastern Kentucky|
|3||35||Sam Williams||G||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Iowa|
|4||37||Harry Barnes||F||United States||San Diego Rockets||Northeastern|
|4||39||Mike Lynn||F||United States||Chicago Bulls||UCLA|
|4||42||Rich Niemann||C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Saint Louis|
|4||45||Ed Biedenbach||G||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||North Carolina State|
|4||46||Rich Johnson||C||United States||Boston Celtics||Grambling|
|4||49||Rich Jones||F/C||United States||Phoenix Suns||Memphis State|
|4||50||Greg Smith||F||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Western Kentucky|
|5||52||Al Hairston||G||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||Bowling Green|
|5||57||Jim Eakins||C||United States||San Francisco Warriors||Brigham Young|
|6||70||Wally Anderzunas||F/C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Creighton|
|6||71||Bob Allen||F||United States||San Francisco Warriors||Marshall|
|6||76||Chuck Williams||G||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Colorado|
|6||77||Rod Knowles||F/C||United States||Phoenix Suns||Davidson|
|7||79||Rick Adelman||G||United States||San Diego Rockets||Loyola (CA)|
|8||96||Barry Orms||G||United States||Baltimore Bullets||Saint Louis|
|10||122||Joe Kennedy||F||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||Duke|
|10||131||Dwight Waller||F||United States||Atlanta Hawks||Tennessee State|
|11||136||Jim Marsh||F||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||USC|
|11||147||Ron Boone||G/F||United States||Phoenix Suns||Idaho State|
|13||162||Bud Ogden||F||United States||Seattle SuperSonics||Santa Clara|
|13||163||Herm Gilliam||G/F||United States||Chicago Bulls||Purdue|
|15||187||Johnny Baum||F||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Temple|
|17||202||Milt Williams||G||United States||New York Knicks||Lincoln (MO)|
The 1967–68 Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team represented the University of Iowa in intercollegiate basketball during the 1967–68 season. The team was led by Ralph Miller and played their home games at the Iowa Field House. The Hawkeyes finished the season 16–9 and were Big Ten co-Champions with a 10-4 conference record.
Senior guard Sam Williams was named Big Ten Player of the Year after averaging 25.3 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. To date, he is the last winner of the award for the Iowa men's basketball team.Bob Allen (basketball)
Robert J. Allen (born July 17, 1946) is a retired American basketball player.
Allen played collegiately for Marshall University. He was selected by the San Francisco Warriors in the 6th round (71st pick overall) of the 1968 NBA draft. He played in 27 games in the NBA for the Warriors (1968/69 season).Edgar Lacy
Edgar Eddie Lacy (August 2, 1944 – March 22, 2011) was an American basketball player who won two NCAA championships at UCLA, then played one season in the American Basketball Association with the Los Angeles Stars. In public printed media, his last name was generally rendered as Lacey. However, at the time he signed his professional contract, he indicated the correct spelling had always been Lacy.Lacy was a highly decorated player at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. He was twice named a high school All-American by Parade Magazine and was Los Angeles city player of the year as a senior in 1963. Lacy chose to attend hometown UCLA and play for future Hall of Fame coach John Wooden. In his sophomore season, he was a starter on the Bruins' 1964–65 championship team. After a strong junior season, Lacy redshirted what would have been his senior year with a broken leg in 1966–67 as the Bruins won their third championship.
In 1967–68, Lacy opted to return and was again a starter for the Bruins. However, in a highly anticipated match-up between the Bruins and the Houston Cougars—a contest dubbed the "Game of the Century" by the media—Wooden benched Lacy after 11 minutes and he never re-entered the game. Upset with Wooden's public comments implying that he did not want back into the game, Lacy quit the team, missing what would be another UCLA championship run. "I've never enjoyed playing for that man," Lacy said of Wooden after quitting. In 2008, Wooden stated, "I'm sorry I said that. It hurt him, and that's why he quit. I was very disappointed. Edgar was a fine boy."Lacy was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors in the fourth round of the 1968 NBA Draft (he had also been drafted by the Boston Celtics the previous year). However, he instead played in the ABA for the Los Angeles Stars. Lacy played one season for the Stars, averaging 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 46 games. Prior to the next season, he retired from professional basketball, stating his intention to return to college to pursue a law degree. Lacy ended up playing his entire basketball career -- high school, college and pro -- for teams based in Los Angeles.
Edgar Lacy lived in West Sacramento, California where he died on March 22, 2011. He was survived by his daughter, Celeste Lacy.Gene Moore (basketball)
Eugene Wilbert Moore (born July 29, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player from St. Louis, Missouri.
A 6'9" center from Saint Louis University, Moore was selected in the second round of the 1968 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and by the Kentucky Colonels in the American Basketball Association draft.Moore played in the American Basketball Association from 1968 through 1970 for the Kentucky Colonels, and spent the 1970-71 season with the Texas Chaparrals. After playing for the New York Nets during the 1971-72 season, Moore was selected by the expansion San Diego Conquistadors in the 1972 expansion draft and played two seasons with that team before finishing his ABA career with the Spirits of St. Louis during the 1974-75 season. Moore averaged 12.0 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game in his ABA career and appeared in the 1970 ABA All-Star Game.
Moore holds the ABA records for the most personal fouls in a season (382 in 1969-70), the most personal fouls in an ABA career (1,348), and the most disqualifications in an ABA career (43).George Stone (basketball)
George E. Stone (February 9, 1946 – December 30, 1993) was an American professional basketball player who spent several seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA). He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1968 NBA draft (115th pick overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers, but never played for them or any other NBA team.
A 6'7" forward from Marshall University, Stone played four seasons (1968–1972) in the ABA as a member of the Los Angeles Stars, Utah Stars, and Carolina Cougars. He averaged 13.6 points per game over the course of his career and ranked tenth in ABA history in three point field goal percentage (.323). He also won a league championship with the Utah Stars in 1971.Stone died of a heart attack on December 30, 1993.Glynn Saulters
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A 6'2" guard from Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe), Saulters competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal with the United States national basketball team. Despite being drafted in the 12th round (152nd overall pick) of the 1968 NBA draft by the National Basketball Association's Cincinnati Royals, he played one season (1968–69) in the American Basketball Association as a member of the New Orleans Buccaneers, scoring 59 points in 22 games.Greg Smith (basketball, born 1947)
Gregory Darnell Smith (born January 28, 1947) is an American retired basketball player.
Smith was born in Princeton, Kentucky and played college basketball at Western Kentucky University and was drafted by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1968 American Basketball Association draft and by the Milwaukee Bucks in the fourth round of the 1968 NBA draft.Smith played forward for the Milwaukee Bucks (1968–72), Houston Rockets (1972) and Portland Trail Blazers (1972–76).
He helped the Bucks win the 1970–71 NBA Championship and the 1971–72 NBA Midwest Division.
In 8 seasons Smith played in 524 games and had 12,269 minutes played. He had a .482 field goal percentage (1,737 for 3,607), and a .646 free throw percentage (623 for 965). He recorded 3,249 total rebounds, 969 assists, 1,553 personal fouls and 4,097 points.Harry Barnes (basketball)
Harry J. Barnes (born July 25, 1945) is a retired American basketball player.
He played collegiately for Northeastern University and Thornhill School.
He was selected by the San Diego Rockets in the 4th round (37th pick overall) of the 1968 NBA draft.
He played for the Rockets (1968–69) in the NBA for 22 games.Jim Eakins
James Scott Eakins (born May 24, 1946) is a retired American professional basketball player.
A 6'11" center from Brigham Young University, Eakins was selected in the fifth round of the 1968 NBA draft by the San Francisco Warriors and in the 1968 ABA Draft by the Oakland Oaks.
Eakins played eight seasons (1968–1976) in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Oakland Oaks, Washington Caps, Virginia Squires, Utah Stars, and New York Nets. He won ABA championships in 1969 with the Oakland Oaks and in 1976 with the New York Nets. Eakins also represented Virginia in the 1974 ABA All-Star Game.
After the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, Eakins played in the NBA until 1978 as a member of the Kansas City Kings, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks. In his ABA/NBA career, he scored 8,255 points and grabbed 5,578 rebounds.Johnny Baum
John "Jumpin' Johnny" Baum (born June 17, 1946) is a retired American basketball player. Born in Philadelphia, he played collegiately for Temple University.A 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) and 200 lb (91 kg) forward, he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 15th round (187th pick overall) of the 1968 NBA draft and by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (23rd pick overall) of the 1969 NBA draft.
He played for the Chicago Bulls (1969–71) in the NBA and for the New York Nets (1971–73), Memphis Tams and Indiana Pacers (1973–74) in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for 244 games.Loy Petersen
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Loy now lives in Madras, Oregon, with his wife, Carol.Manny Leaks
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Michael Edward Butler (born October 22, 1946 died November 18, 2018) is an American former professional basketball player born in Memphis, Tennessee.
He was selected in the 1968 NBA draft by the San Diego Rockets, and in the 1972 American Basketball Association (ABA) Draft by the San Diego Conquistadors. He played four seasons in the ABA with the New Orleans Buccaneers and the Utah Stars.
Since retiring from professional basketball, Butler has been working in the transportation and distribution business. He lives in Lakeland, Tennessee.Butler lived in St. Louis, Missouri for a short period of time (from 1959–1961) and attended Lindbergh High School. From 1962–1964 Mike played for Coach Bill Todd at Memphis Kingsbury High School. In 102 games he set the then Shelby Metro Area Record by scoring 1,976 points.Mike Lynn (basketball)
Michael Edward Lynn (born November 25, 1945) is a retired American basketball player. He won two NCAA championships at UCLA, then played two seasons in the National Basketball Association.
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Ronald Robert Williams (September 24, 1944 – April 4, 2004) was an American basketball player.
A 6'3" guard from Weirton, West Virginia, Williams starred at West Virginia University in the mid-1960s, where he was one of the school's first African American basketball players. He was selected by the San Francisco Warriors with the ninth pick of the 1968 NBA draft, and was also drafted as a defensive back by the Dallas Cowboys in the 14th round of the 1968 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in the NBA as a member of the Warriors, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 assists per game in his professional career and ranked third in the league in free throw percentage during the 1970–71 NBA season.After his playing career ended, Williams held several basketball coaching positions, including stints as an assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley and Iona College. He died of a heart attack in 2004.Shaler Halimon
Shaler Halimon, Jr. (born March 30, 1945) is a former American basketball player. He played five seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA).
Halimon, a 6'5" swingman from Tampa, Florida, played college basketball at Imperial Valley Community College and Utah State University. Halimon averaged 25.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in his two seasons at Utah State.At the conclusion of his college career, Halimon was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1968 NBA Draft (14th overall pick). He played in the NBA for the 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks and for the Dallas Chaparrals of the ABA. He averaged 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the NBA and 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in the ABA.In 1973, Halimon retired from the game. He worked first as a social worker in San Antonio, Texas, then as a bus driver in Tigard, Oregon, a suburb of Portland.Skip Harlicka
Jules Peter "Skip" Harlicka (born October 14, 1946) is an American former NBA basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks.
Harlicka attended the University of South Carolina on a basketball scholarship, but also played baseball his freshmen year. During his college basketball career, Skip averaged 17.5 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field. Skip was drafted with the 13th pick in the 1968 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played one season for the Hawks, appearing in 26 games while averaging 4.1 points per game and 1.4 assists per game.Stu Lantz
Stuart Burrell Lantz (born July 13, 1946) is an American former basketball player who is a television commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Spectrum SportsNet. He has been the Lakers' color commentator since 1987, sharing the microphone with Chick Hearn, Paul Sunderland, Joel Meyers and now Bill Macdonald. Lantz has won numerous awards for his work along the way. The Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association has named Lantz best radio commentator in six of the last seven years.
Lantz played in the National Basketball Association from 1968 until 1976. He was drafted by the San Diego Rockets in the third round (1st Pick, 23rd Overall) of the 1968 NBA draft and by the Oakland Oaks in the 1968 ABA Draft after attending the University of Nebraska.Wally Anderzunas
Walter Charles "Wally" Anderzunas (January 11, 1946 – May 28, 1989) was an American basketball player.
He attended high school in Omaha, Nebraska and collegiately for the Creighton University.
He was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 6th round (70th pick overall) of the 1968 NBA draft and by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2nd round (25th pick overall) of the 1969 NBA draft.
He played for the Cincinnati Royals (1969–70) in the NBA for 44 games.
1968–69 NBA season by team