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1980 NBA Expansion Draft

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1980 NBA Expansion Draft

1980 NBA Expansion draft
General information
Expansion team(s) Dallas Mavericks
Date(s) May 28, 1980
NBA expansion draft
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1980 NBA Draft

The 1980 NBA Expansion Draft was the seventh expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 28, 1980, so that the newly founded Dallas Mavericks could acquire players for the upcoming 1980–81 season. Dallas had been awarded the expansion team on February 3, 1980.[1] 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. In this draft, each of the twenty-two other NBA teams had protected eight players from their roster and the Mavericks selected twenty-two unprotected players, one from each team.[2]

The Mavericks were formed and owned by a group headed by Don Carter and Norm Sonju. Former Chicago Bulls head coach and 1971 Coach of the Year Dick Motta was hired as the franchise's first head coach.[1] The Mavericks' went with young players in the expansion draft and avoided selecting experienced players with large contracts or injury problems.[3] Eighteen of the twenty-two players chosen had less than three years of NBA experience.[1] The Mavericks' selections included former first overall pick Austin Carr, one-time All-Defensive Team Jim Cleamons and eleven-year veteran Bingo Smith. However, Cleamons and Smith never played for the Mavericks and Carr only played briefly before he was sold to the Washington Bullets.[4] Eleven of the selections were former first-round draft picks.[1] Eleven players from the expansion draft joined the Mavericks for their inaugural season, but only two played more than one season for the team. Tom LaGarde played two seasons and Jim Spanarkel played four seasons for the Mavericks.[5][6]


Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game


Player Pos. Nationality Previous team Years of NBA experience[a] Career with the franchise Ref.
Beshore, DelDel Beshore G  United States Chicago Bulls 2 [b] [7]
Boynes, WinfordWinford Boynes G/F  United States New Jersey Nets 2 1980–1981 [8]
Bradley, AlonzoAlonzo Bradley F  United States Houston Rockets 3 [b] [9]
Bratz, MikeMike Bratz G  United States Phoenix Suns 3 [b] [10]
Byrnes, MartyMarty Byrnes F  United States Los Angeles Lakers 2 1980–1981 [11]
Carr, AustinAustin Carr+ G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers 9 1980 [4]
Cleamons, JimJim Cleamons G  United States Washington Bullets 9 [b] [12]
Duerod, TerryTerry Duerod G  United States Detroit Pistons 1 1980 [13]
Givens, JackJack Givens G/F  United States Atlanta Hawks 2 [b] [14]
Hassett, JoeJoe Hassett G  United States Indiana Pacers 3 1980 [15]
Huston, GeoffGeoff Huston G  United States New York Knicks 1 1980–1981 [16]
Jeelani, AbdulAbdul Jeelani[c] F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers 1 1980–1981 [17]
Judkins, JeffJeff Judkins G/F  United States Boston Celtics 2 [b] [18]
Kramer, ArvidArvid Kramer C  United States Denver Nuggets 1 [b] [19]
Silas, PaulPaul Silas F/C  United States Seattle SuperSonics 16
McKinney, BillyBilly McKinney G  United States Kansas City Kings 2 [b] [20]
Peck, WileyWiley Peck G  United States San Antonio Spurs 1 [b] [21]
Carrington, BobBob Carrington G/F  United States San Diego Clippers 1 [b] [22]
Skinner, AlAl Skinner G/F  United States Philadelphia 76ers 6
Townsend, RaymondRaymond Townsend G  United States Golden State Warriors 2 [b] [23]
Washington, RichardRichard Washington F/C  United States Milwaukee Bucks 4 1980 [24]
Whitehead, JeromeJerome Whitehead F/C  United States Utah Jazz 2 1980-1985 [25]


  • a Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Never played a game for the franchise
  • c Abdul Jeelani was known as Gary Cole during his college career.[26]


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External links

  • NBA Draft History
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