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1967 NBA Expansion Draft

1967 NBA Expansion draft
General information
Expansion team(s) San Diego Rockets
Seattle SuperSonics
Date(s) May 1, 1967
NBA expansion draft
1966 1968 >
1967 NBA Draft

The 1967 NBA Expansion Draft was the third expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 1, 1967, so that the newly founded San Diego Rockets and Seattle SuperSonics could acquire players for the upcoming 1967–68 season. Seattle and San Diego had been awarded the expansion teams on December 20, 1966, and January 11, 1967, respectively.[1][2] The Rockets moved to Houston, Texas, in 1971 and are currently known as the Houston Rockets.[3] The SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 2008 and are currently known as the Oklahoma City Thunder.[4] In an NBA expansion draft, new NBA teams are allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league. Not all players on a given team are available during an expansion draft, since each team can protect a certain number of players from being selected. The Rockets and the Sonics selected fifteen unprotected players each, while the ten other NBA teams lost three players each.

The Rockets, the 12th franchise in the NBA, were founded by Robert Breitbard. The Rockets name was chosen because it reflects the growth of the space-age industries in the city as well as the city's theme of "a city in motion".[3] Former Cincinnati Royals and Chicago Zephyrs head coach Jack McMahon was named as the franchise's first head coach and general manager.[5] The Rockets' selections included three-time All-Star Johnny Green. Ten players from the expansion draft joined the Rockets for their inaugural season, but only five played more than one season for the team. Don Kojis, who played three seasons with the Rockets, was named to the 1968 All-Star Game, becoming the franchise's first All-Star.[6]

The SuperSonics, the 11th franchise in the NBA, were founded by a group of investors led by Sam Schulman and Eugene Klein.[7] Schulman then served as president of the team and head of operations. He hired former Chicago Bulls assistant coach Al Bianchi to became the franchise's first head coach.[8] The Sonics' selections included six-time All-Star Richie Guerin and one-time All-Star Tom Meschery. Guerin, who was serving as the St. Louis Hawks' player-coach when the Sonics selected him, decided to retire from playing and became a full-time head coach for the Hawks. He never played for the Sonics, even though he later came back from retirement to play with the Hawks.[9] Nine players from the expansion draft joined the Sonics for their inaugural season, but only four played more than one season for the team. Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (then known as Walt Hazzard), who only played one season with the Sonics, was named to the 1968 All-Star Game, becoming the franchise's first All-Star.[6]

Key

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
* 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

Selections

Player Pos. Nationality Team Previous team Years of NBA experience[a] Career with the franchise[b] Ref.
Barnett, JimJim Barnett G/F  United States San Diego Rockets Boston Celtics 1 19671970 [10]
Barnhill, JohnJohn Barnhill G  United States San Diego Rockets Baltimore Bullets 5 1967–1968 [11]
Block, JohnJohn Block+ F/C  United States San Diego Rockets Los Angeles Lakers 1 19671971 [12]
Finkel, HankHank Finkel C  United States San Diego Rockets Los Angeles Lakers 1 19671969 [13]
Gambee, DaveDave Gambee F  United States San Diego Rockets Philadelphia 76ers 9 1967–1968 [14]
Green, JohnnyJohnny Green+ F/C  United States San Diego Rockets Baltimore Bullets 8 1967–1968 [15]
Kimball, TobyToby Kimball F/C  United States San Diego Rockets Boston Celtics 1 19671971 [16]
Kojis, DonDon Kojis+ F  United States San Diego Rockets Chicago Bulls 4 19671970 [17]
Lewis, FreddieFreddie Lewis G  United States San Diego Rockets Cincinnati Royals 1 [c] [18]
McGlocklin, JonJon McGlocklin+ G/F  United States San Diego Rockets Cincinnati Royals 2 1967–1968 [19]
Molis, WayneWayne Molis F  United States San Diego Rockets New York Knicks 1 [c] [20]
Neumann, PaulPaul Neumann G  United States San Diego Rockets San Francisco Warriors 6 [c] [21]
Vaughn, ChicoChico Vaughn G  United States San Diego Rockets Detroit Pistons 5 [c] [22]
Ward, GerryGerry Ward G  United States San Diego Rockets Chicago Bulls 4 [c] [23]
Ware, JimJim Ware F  United States San Diego Rockets Cincinnati Royals 1 1967–1968 [24]
Akin, HenryHenry Akin F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics New York Knicks 1 1967–1968 [25]
Bowman, NateNate Bowman C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Philadelphia 76ers 1 [c] [26]
Deutsch, DaveDave Deutsch G  United States Seattle SuperSonics New York Knicks 1 [c] [27]
Guerin, RichieRichie Guerin* G  United States Seattle SuperSonics St. Louis Hawks 11 [c] [28]
Hazzard, WaltWalt Hazzard+[d] G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Los Angeles Lakers 3 1967–1968 [29]
Kron, TommyTommy Kron G  United States Seattle SuperSonics St. Louis Hawks 1 19671969 [30]
Meschery, TomTom Meschery+ F  United States[e] Seattle SuperSonics San Francisco Warriors 6 19671971 [31]
Murrey, DorieDorie Murrey F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Detroit Pistons 1 19671970 [32]
Olsen, BudBud Olsen F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics San Francisco Warriors 1 1967–1968 [33]
Reed, RonRon Reed F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Detroit Pistons 2 [c] [34]
Thorn, RodRod Thorn G  United States Seattle SuperSonics St. Louis Hawks 4 19671971 [35]
Warley, BenBen Warley G/F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Baltimore Bullets 5 [c] [36]
Watts, RonRon Watts F  United States Seattle SuperSonics Boston Celtics 2 [c] [37]
Weiss, BobBob Weiss G  United States Seattle SuperSonics Philadelphia 76ers 2 1967–1968 [38]
Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson C  United States Seattle SuperSonics Chicago Bulls 3 1967–1968 [39]

Notes

  • a Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Career with the expansion franchise that drafted the player
  • c Never played a game for the franchise
  • d Walt Hazzard changed his name into Mahdi Abdul-Rahman in 1972.[40]
  • e Tom Meschery (formerly Tomislav Mescheryakov) was born in Harbin, Manchuria (now part of China) to Russian parents. He moved to the United States at the age of 8 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.[41][42]

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External links

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