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The 1979 NBA Draft was the 33rd annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 25, 1979, before the 1979–80 season. In this draft, 22 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each conference, with the order determined by a coin flip.[1] The Los Angeles Lakers, who obtained the New Jersey Nets' first-round pick in a trade, won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Chicago Bulls 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. 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. Before the draft, five college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule.[2] These players had applied and gave evidence of financial hardship to the league, which granted them the right to start earning their living by starting their professional careers earlier.[3] Prior to the draft, the New Orleans Jazz relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah and became the Utah Jazz.[4] The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 202 players.

Magic Johnson from Michigan State University, one of the "hardship" players, was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson, who had just finished his sophomore season in college, became the first underclassman to be drafted first overall.[5] He went on to win the NBA championship with the Lakers in his rookie season. He also won the Finals Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first rookie ever to win the award. He played 13 seasons with the Lakers, winning a total of five NBA championships, three Most Valuable Player Awards and three Finals Most Valuable Player Awards. He was also selected to ten consecutive All-NBA Teams and twelve All-Star Games.[6] For his achievements, he has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[7] He was also named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.[8] After retiring as a player, Johnson went on to have a brief coaching career as an interim head coach of the Lakers in Template:Nbay.[9]

Sidney Moncrief, the fifth pick, won two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and was selected to five consecutive All-NBA Teams, five consecutive All-Defensive Teams and five consecutive All-Star Games.[10] Jim Paxson, the twelfth pick, was selected to one All-NBA Team and two All-Star Games.[11] Bill Cartwright, the second pick, won three consecutive NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls from Template:Nbay through Template:Nbay. He also had one All-Star Game selection, which occurred in his rookie season.[12] He then became the Bulls' head coach for three seasons.[13] Bill Laimbeer, the 65th pick, won two NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons in Template:Nbay and Template:Nbay and was selected to four All-Star Games.[14] After retiring, he coached the Detroit Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for eight seasons, leading them to three consecutive WNBA championships in 2003, 2006 and 2008.[15] Mark Eaton, who had only completed one year of college basketball, was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 107th pick.[16] He opted to return to college basketball and later joined the NBA in Template:Nbay, after he was drafted again by the Utah Jazz in the 1982 Draft. During his eleven year career with the Jazz, he won two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and was selected to five consecutive All-Defensive Team and one All-Star Game.[17] Two other players from this draft, eighth pick Calvin Natt and 73rd pick James Donaldson, were also selected to one All-Star Game each.[18][19]

Key

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the 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
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never played in the NBA

Draft

File:20061013 Kyle Macy at March Madness.jpg

Kyle Macy was selected 22nd overall by the Phoenix Suns.

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
1 1 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson^ G/F U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers (from Utah)[a] Michigan State (So.)
1 2 Greenwood, DavidDavid Greenwood F/C U.S. Flag.png Chicago Bulls UCLA (Sr.)
1 3 Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright+ C U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks (from Boston)[b] San Francisco (Sr.)
1 4 Kelser, GregGreg Kelser F U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons (from Cleveland via Milwaukee)[c] Michigan State (Sr.)
1 5 Moncrief, SidneySidney Moncrief* G U.S. Flag.png Milwaukee Bucks (from Detroit)[c] Arkansas (Sr.)
1 6 Bailey, JamesJames Bailey F/C U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics (from New York)[d] Rutgers (Sr.)
1 7 Johnson, VinnieVinnie Johnson G U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics (from New Jersey via New York)[e] Baylor (Sr.)
1 8 Natt, CalvinCalvin Natt+ F U.S. Flag.png New Jersey Nets (from Indiana via Milwaukee)[f] Northeast Louisiana (Sr.)
1 9 Demic, LarryLarry Demic F/C U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks (from Golden State via Boston)[b] Arizona (Sr.)
1 10 Hamilton, RoyRoy Hamilton G U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons (from Milwaukee via San Diego)[g] UCLA (Sr.)
1 11 Robinson, CliffCliff Robinson F U.S. Flag.png New Jersey Nets (from San Diego)[h] USC (So.)
1 12 Paxson, JimJim Paxson* G/F U.S. Flag.png Portland Trail Blazers Dayton (Sr.)
1 13 Bradley, DudleyDudley Bradley G/F U.S. Flag.png Indiana Pacers (from Atlanta)[i] North Carolina (Sr.)
1 14 Holland, BradBrad Holland G U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers UCLA (Sr.)
1 15 Hubbard, PhilPhil Hubbard F/C U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons (from Denver)[j] Michigan (Sr.)
1 16 Spanarkel, JimJim Spanarkel G/F U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Duke (Sr.)
1 17 Johnson, LeeLee Johnson F U.S. Flag.png Houston Rockets East Texas State (Sr.)
1 18 King, ReggieReggie King F U.S. Flag.png Kansas City Kings Alabama (Sr.)
1 19 Peck, WileyWiley Peck G U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs Mississippi State (Sr.)
1 20 Knight, LarryLarry Knight# F U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz (from Phoenix)[k] Loyola (Illinois) (Sr.)
1 21 Williams, SlySly Williams G/F U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks (from Seattle via Boston)[b] Rhode Island (Jr.)
1 22 Macy, KyleKyle Macy G U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns (from Washington)[l] Kentucky (Sr.)
2 23 Brown, TicoTico Brown# G U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz Georgia Tech (Sr.)
2 24 High, JohnnyJohnny High G U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns (from Boston)[m] Nevada (Sr.)
2 25 Mack, OliverOliver Mack G U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers (from Detroit via Denver) East Carolina (Sr.)
2 26 Flowers, BruceBruce Flowers F U.S. Flag.png Cleveland Cavaliers Notre Dame (Sr.)
2 27 Carter, ReggieReggie Carter G U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks St. John's (Sr.)
2 28 Salisbury, DannyDanny Salisbury# F U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors (from Chicago) Pan American (Sr.)
2 29 Price, TonyTony Price G U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons (from New Jersey) Pennsylvania (Sr.)
2 30 Garland, GaryGary Garland G U.S. Flag.png Denver Nuggets (from Golden State via San Diego) DePaul (Sr.)
2 31 Jones, EdgarEdgar Jones F/C U.S. Flag.png Milwaukee Bucks Nevada (Sr.)
2 32 Zeno, TonyTony Zeno F U.S. Flag.png Indiana Pacers Arizona State (Sr.)
2 33 Butler, LawrenceLawrence Butler# G U.S. Flag.png Chicago Bulls (from San Diego via Denver) Idaho State (Sr.)
2 34 Goetz, KimKim Goetz# F U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks (from Portland) San Diego State (Sr.)
2 35 Bradley, JamesJames Bradley# F U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks Memphis State (Sr.)
2 36 Richardson, ClintClint Richardson G U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers (from Denver via New Jersey) Seattle (Sr.)
2 37 Toone, BernardBernard Toone F U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Marquette (Sr.)
2 38 Wilson, LarryLarry Wilson# F U.S. Flag.png Atlanta Hawks (from Houston) Nicholls State (Sr.)
2 39 King, VictorVictor King# F U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers Louisiana Tech (Sr.)
2 40 Fields, AndrewAndrew Fields# F U.S. Flag.png Portland Trail Blazers (from San Antonio via Seattle) Cheyney State (Sr.)
2 41 Young, MarkMark Young# F U.S. Flag.png Los Angeles Lakers (from Kansas City via Denver) Fairfield (Sr.)
2 42 Mokeski, PaulPaul Mokeski F/C U.S. Flag.png Houston Rockets (from Phoenix via Seattle) Kansas (Sr.)
2 43 Moore, JohnnyJohnny Moore G U.S. Flag.png Seattle SuperSonics Texas (Sr.)
2 44 DeSantis, JoeJoe DeSantis# G U.S. Flag.png Washington Bullets Fairfield (Sr.)

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.

File:Bill Laimbeer.jpg

Bill Laimbeer was selected 65th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

File:James Donaldson 01A.jpg

James Donaldson was selected 73rd overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.

Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School/club team
3 45 Kramer, ArvidArvid Kramer C U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz Augustana (South Dakota) (Sr.)
3 47 Garrett, CalvinCalvin Garrett F U.S. Flag.png Chicago Bulls (from Cleveland) Oral Roberts (Sr.)
3 48 Duerod, TerryTerry Duerod G U.S. Flag.png Detroit Pistons Detroit (Sr.)
3 49 Hordges, CedrickCedrick Hordges F/C U.S. Flag.png Chicago Bulls South Carolina (Sr.)
3 50 Huston, GeoffGeoff Huston G U.S. Flag.png New York Knicks Texas Tech (Sr.)
3 53 Kreklow, WayneWayne Kreklow G U.S. Flag.png Boston Celtics (from Indiana) Drake (Sr.)
3 54 Johnson, LynbertLynbert Johnson G/F U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors Wichita State (Sr.)
3 58 Cureton, EarlEarl Cureton F/C U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Detroit (Sr.)
3 62 Crosby, TerryTerry Crosby G U.S. Flag.png Kansas City Kings Tennessee (Sr.)
3 63 Norris, SylvesterSylvester Norris C U.S. Flag.png San Antonio Spurs Jackson State (Sr.)
3 65 Laimbeer, BillBill Laimbeer+ C U.S. Flag.png Cleveland Cavaliers (from Seattle) Notre Dame (Sr.)
4 67 Deane, GregGreg Deane G U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz Utah (Sr.)
4 73 Donaldson, JamesJames Donaldson+ C Template:GBR2 Seattle SuperSonics (from New Jersey) Washington State (Sr.)
4 82 Sichting, JerryJerry Sichting G U.S. Flag.png Golden State Warriors (from Denver) Purdue (Sr.)
4 83 Niles, MikeMike Niles F U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Cal State Fullerton (Sr.)
4 85 McCullough, JohnJohn McCullough G U.S. Flag.png Kansas City Kings Oklahoma (Sr.)
5 98 Reid, BillyBilly Reid G U.S. Flag.png Indiana Pacers San Francisco (Sr.)
5 104 Leavell, AllenAllen Leavell G U.S. Flag.png Houston Rockets Oklahoma City (Sr.)
5 107 Eaton, MarkMark Eaton+ C U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns Cypress JC (Fr.)1[›]
8 165 Jones, CharlesCharles Jones F/C U.S. Flag.png Phoenix Suns Albany State (Sr.)
10 185 Dawkins, PaulPaul Dawkins F U.S. Flag.png Utah Jazz Northern Illinois (Sr.)
10 198 McCord, KeithKeith McCord G U.S. Flag.png Philadelphia 76ers Alabama-Birmingham (Sr.)

^ 1: Even though Mark Eaton was a freshman, he was eligible to be drafted because he was already four years out of high school and therefore he did not need to apply for early entry.[16]

Trades

  • a On August 5, 1976, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired 1977, 1978 and 1979 first-round picks, and a 1980 second-round pick from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 1978 first-round pick and a 1977 second-round pick. This trade was arranged as compensation when the Jazz signed Gail Goodrich on July 19, 1976.[20] The Lakers used the pick to draft Magic Johnson.
  • c 1 2 On the draft-day, the Detroit Pistons acquired the fifth pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for the sixth pick and cash considerations.[24] Previously, the Bucks acquired the pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 1, 1978 in exchange for a 1978 first-round pick.[25] The Pistons used the pick to draft Greg Kelser. The Bucks used the pick to draft Sidney Moncrief
  • d On October 24, 1975, the Seattle SuperSonics acquired Gene Short and a first-round pick from the New York Knicks in exchange for Spencer Haywood.[26] The Sonics used the pick to draft James Bailey.
  • e On October 4, 1978, the Seattle SuperSonics acquired Lonnie Shelton and a 1979 first-round pick from the New York Knicks in exchange for a 1981 first-round pick. This trade was arranged as compensation when the Knicks signed Marvin Webster on September 29, 1978.[27] Previously, the Knicks acquired the 1978 and 1979 first-round picks on June 8, 1978 from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Phil Jackson, a 1978 first-round pick and US$3.2-million settlement of their indemnification debt to the Knicks.[28][29]. The Sonics used the pick to draft Vinnie Johnson.
  • f On May 31, 1979, the New Jersey Nets acquired John Gianelli and the eighth pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Harvey Catchings.[30] Previously, the Bucks acquired the pick on June 8, 1978 from the Indiana Pacers as compensation for the signing of Alex English as a free agent.[31] The Nets used the pick to draft Calvin Natt.
  • g On November 23, 1977, the Detroit Pistons acquired Gus Gerard, John Shumate and 1979 first-round pick from the San Diego Clippers in exchange for Marvin Barnes, a 1978 second-round pick and a 1978 fourth-round pick.[32] Previously, the Clippers acquired the pick on September 2, 1977 from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for John Gianelli.[30] The Pistons used the pick to draft Roy Hamilton.
  • h On September 1, 1977, the New Jersey Nets acquired George E. Johnson, 1978 and 1979 first-round picks from the San Diego Clippers in exchange for Nate Archibald.[33] The Nets used the pick to draft Cliff Robinson.
  • i On June 9, 1978, the Indiana Pacers acquired a first-round pick from the Atlanta Hawks as compensation for the signing of Dan Roundfield as a free agent.[34] The Pacers used the pick to draft Dudley Bradley.
  • j On February 1, 1978, the Detroit Pistons acquired Jim Price and a first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Ralph Simpson.[35] The Pistons used the pick to draft Phil Hubbard.
  • k On January 12, 1979, the Utah Jazz acquired Marty Byrnes, Ron Lee, 1979 and 1980 first-round picks from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Truck Robinson.[36] The Jazz used the pick to draft Larry Knight.
  • l On June 22, 1979, the Phoenix Suns acquired the 22nd pick and a 1980 third-round pick from the Washington Bullets in exchange for Steve Malovic.[37] The Suns used the pick to draft Kyle Macy.
  • m On October 11, 1978, the Phoenix Suns acquired a second-round pick from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Dennis Awtrey.[23] The Suns used the pick to draft Johnny High.

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