1949 BAA Draft

1949 BAA Draft

1949 BAA draft
General information
Date(s) March 21, 1949
Location New York City, New York
Territorial pick(s) Ed Macauley, St. Louis Bombers
Vern Mikkelsen, Minneapolis Lakers
First selection Howie Shannon, Providence Steamrollers
BAA draft
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The 1949 BAA draft was the third annual draft of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on March 21, 1949 before the 1949–50 season. In this draft, eleven remaining BAA teams along with the Indianapolis Olympians who joined the BAA, took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. The draft consisted of 8 rounds and a regional selection period, with 75 players selected. This was the final BAA Draft before the league was renamed the NBA in August 1949.[1] The 75 players selected matched the same number of players selected in the 1989 draft; both drafts have the least number of picks selected prior to 1989 (when the NBA draft was reduced to two rounds ever since).


  • Draft selections and draftee career notes 1
  • Key 2
  • Draft 3
  • Other picks 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Howie Shannon from Kansas State University was selected first overall by the Providence Steamrollers. However, Ed Macauley and Vern Mikkelsen were selected before the draft as St. Louis Bombers' and Minneapolis Lakers' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Vern Mikkelsen, Ed Macauley and Dick McGuire, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[2]


Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
^ 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 and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs


Round Pick Player Position Team College
0T 00 Macauley, EdEd Macauley^ F/C St. Louis Bombers Saint Louis
0T 00 Mikkelsen, VernVern Mikkelsen^ F/C Minneapolis Lakers Hamline
1 01 Shannon, HowieHowie Shannon G/F Providence Steamrollers Kansas State
1 02 Groza, AlexAlex Groza* C Indianapolis Olympians Kentucky
1 03 Harris, BobBob Harris F/C Fort Wayne Pistons Oklahoma State
1 04 Lavelli, TonyTony Lavelli F Boston Celtics Yale
1 05 Gardner, VernVern Gardner F/C Philadelphia Warriors Utah
1 06 Livingstone, RonRon Livingstone C Baltimore Bullets Wyoming
1 07 McGuire, DickDick McGuire^ G New York Knicks St. John's
1 08 Jones, WallaceWallace Jones F Washington Capitols Kentucky
1 09 Kerris, JackJack Kerris F/C Chicago Stags Loyola (IL)
1 10 Saul, FrankFrank Saul G/F Rochester Royals Seton Hall
2 Barnhorst, LeoLeo Barnhorst+ G/F Indianapolis Olympians Notre Dame
2 Beard, RalphRalph Beard* G Chicago Stags Kentucky
2 Coleman, JackJack Coleman+ F/C Rochester Royals Louisville
2 Donovan, HarryHarry Donovan G New York Knicks Muhlenberg
2 Kaftan, GeorgeGeorge Kaftan F Boston Celtics Holy Cross
2 Nolan, JimJim Nolan C Philadelphia Warriors Georgia Tech
2 Oldham, JohnJohn Oldham G Fort Wayne Pistons Western Kentucky
2 Orr, JohnnyJohnny Orr F St. Louis Bombers Beloit
2 Owens, RedRed Owens G Washington Capitols Baylor

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one BAA/NBA game.
Round Pick Player Position Team College
3 Bobb, NelsonNelson Bobb G Philadelphia Warriors Temple
3 Eddleman, DwightDwight Eddleman+ G/F Chicago Stags Illinois
3 Gordon, PaulPaul Gordon F Baltimore Bullets Notre Dame
3 Leede, EdEd Leede G/F Providence Steamrollers Dartmouth
3 Mullaney, JoeJoe Mullaney G Boston Celtics Holy Cross
3 Otten, MacMac Otten F/C Indianapolis Olympians Bowling Green
3 Schaus, FredFred Schaus* F Fort Wayne Pistons West Virginia
3 Vandeweghe, ErnieErnie Vandeweghe G/F New York Knicks Colgate
4 Evans, BobBob Evans G Indianapolis Olympians Butler
4 Nagel, JerryJerry Nagel G Fort Wayne Pistons Loyola (IL)
4 Perkins, WarrenWarren Perkins G/F Providence Steamrollers Tulane
5 Barker, CliffCliff Barker G Washington Capitols Kentucky
5 Corley, RayRay Corley G Providence Steamrollers Georgetown
5 Dodd, EarlEarl Dodd F St. Louis Bombers Northeast Missouri
6 Boven, DonDon Boven G/F Indianapolis Olympians Western Michigan
7 Pritchard, JohnJohn Pritchard C St. Louis Bombers Drake
8 Klueh, DuaneDuane Klueh G Boston Celtics Indiana State
8 Royer, BobBob Royer G Providence Steamrollers Indiana State
Harrison, BobBob Harrison+ G Minneapolis Lakers Michigan
Walther, PaulPaul Walther+ G/F Minneapolis Lakers Tennessee
Schatzman, MarvMarv Schatzman F St. Louis Bombers Saint Louis


  • "1949 BAA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  • "1947–1948 BAA Drafts, 1949–1951 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Archived from the original on September 22, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  1. ^ Berger, Phil. "First Season". AmericanHeritage.com. American Heritage Publishing. Archived from the original on September 24, 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 

External links

  • NBA.com
  • NBA.com: NBA Draft History