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The 1981 NBA Draft was the 35th draft of the NBA. Taking place on June 9, 1981, it featured NBA teams selecting college and other players in a pre-decided order based on their record in the previous season.

The draft consisted of 10 rounds. Two players drafted in the final round went on to have very successful careers in other sports. Tony Gwynn had a baseball career that eventually put him in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as an outfielder with the San Diego Padres, while Kenny Easley had a long and productive NFL career, that included five Pro Bowl selections with the Seattle Seahawks. The 31st pick, Danny Ainge, played baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays, but had a much longer and more successful career in the NBA.

Draft

Round one

Pick

Player

Nationality

Team

School/Club Team

1 Mark Aguirre Flag of the United States American Dallas Mavericks DePaul (Jr.)
2 Isiah Thomas Flag of the United States American Detroit Pistons Indiana (So.)
3 Buck Williams Flag of the United States American New Jersey Nets Maryland (Jr.)
4 Al Wood Flag of the United States American Atlanta Hawks <smal>(from CLE via PHI, POR and CHI) North Carolina (Sr.)
5 Danny Vranes Flag of the United States American Seattle SuperSonics (from UTAH) Utah (Sr.)
6 Orlando Woolridge Flag of the United States American Chicago Bulls (from ATL) Notre Dame (Sr.)
7 Steve Johnson Flag of the United States American Kansas City Kings (from SEA via NYK) Oregon State (Sr.)
8 Tom Chambers Flag of the United States American San Diego Clippers Utah (Sr.)
9 Rolando Blackman Panama Flag Panamanian / Flag of the United States American Dallas Mavericks (from DEN) Kansas State (Sr.)
10 Albert King Flag of the United States American New Jersey Nets (from GSW via POR) Maryland (Sr.)
11 Frank Johnson Flag of the United States American Washington Bullets Wake Forest (Sr.)
12 Kelly Tripucka Flag of the United States American Detroit Pistons (from KCK) Notre Dame (Sr.)
13 Danny Schayes Flag of the United States American Utah Jazz (from HOU) Syracuse (Sr.)
14 Herb Williams Flag of the United States American Indiana Pacers Ohio State (Sr.)
15 Jeff Lamp Flag of the United States American Portland Trail Blazers Virginia (Sr.)
16 Darnell Valentine Flag of the United States American Portland Trail Blazers (from CHI) Kansas (Sr.)
17 Kevin Loder Flag of the United States American Kansas City Kings (from NYK via CLE) Alabama State (Sr.)
18 Ray Tolbert Flag of the United States American New Jersey Nets (from SAS) Indiana (Sr.)
19 Mike McGee Flag of the United States American Los Angeles Lakers Michigan (Sr.)
20 Larry Nance Flag of the United States American Phoenix Suns Clemson (Sr.)
21 Alton Lister Flag of the United States American Milwaukee Bucks Arizona State (Sr.)
22 Franklin Edwards Flag of the United States American Philadelphia 76ers Cleveland State (Sr.)
23 Charles Bradley Flag of the United States American Boston Celtics Wyoming (Sr.)

Round two

Pick

Player

Nationality

Team

School/Club Team

24 Jay Vincent Flag of the United States American Dallas Mavericks Michigan State (Sr.)
25 Tracy Jackson Flag of the United States American Boston Celtics (from DET) Notre Dame (Sr.)
26 Brian Jackson Flag of the United States American Portland Trail Blazers (from NJN via IND) Utah State (Sr.)
27 Howard Wood Flag of the United States American Utah Jazz Tennessee (Sr.)
28 Gene Banks Flag of the United States American San Antonio Spurs (from CLE via LAL and CHI) Duke (Sr.)
29 Eddie Johnson Flag of the United States American Kansas City Kings (from ATL) Illinois (Sr.)
30 Ed Rains Flag of the United States American San Antonio Spurs (from SEA via CHI) South Alabama (Sr.)
31 Danny Ainge Flag of the United States American Boston Celtics (from SDC) BYU (Sr.)
32 Mike Olliver Flag of the United States American Chicago Bulls (from DEN, traded to IND) Lamar (Sr.)
33 Sam Williams Flag of the United States American Golden State Warriors (from WAS) Arizona State (Sr.)
34 Ken Green Flag of the United States American Denver Nuggets (from GSW via UTA) Pan American (Sr.)
35 Charles Davis Flag of the United States American [[Washington Bullets] (from HOU) Vanderbilt (Sr.)
36 Ray Blume Flag of the United States American Indiana Pacers (from KCK via CLE, traded to CHI) Oregon State (Sr.)
37 Al Leslie Flag of the United States American Indiana Pacers Bucknell (Sr.)
38 Clyde Bradshaw Flag of the United States American Atlanta Hawks (from CHI) DePaul (Sr.)
39 Harvey Knuckles Flag of the United States American Los Angeles Lakers (from POR via DET) Toledo (Sr.)
40 Greg Cook Flag of the United States American New York Knicks LSU (Sr.)
41 Claude Gregory Flag of the United States American Washington Bullets (from SAS) Wisconsin (Sr.)
42 Elvis Rolle Flag of the United States American Los Angeles Lakers Flordia State (Sr.)
43 Elston Turner Flag of the United States American Dallas Mavericks (from PHO) Ole Miss (Sr.)
44 Steve Lingenfelter Flag of the United States American Washington Bullets (from MIL via KCK and NJN) South Dakota State (Sr.)
45 Ed Turner Flag of the United States American Houston Rockets (from BOS) Texas A&M - Kingsville (Sr.)
46 Vernon Smith Flag of the United States American Philadelphia 76ers Texas A&M (Sr.)

Round three

Pick

Player

Nationality

Team

School/Club Team

47 Art Housey Flag of the United States American Dallas Mavericks Kansas (Sr.)
48 Mike Ferrara Flag of the United States American Washington Bullets Colgate (Sr.)
49 David Burns Flag of the United States American New Jersey Nets Saint Louis (Sr.)
50 Derek Holcomb Flag of the United States American Portland Trail Blazers Indiana (Sr.)
51 Zam Fredrick Flag of the United States American Los Angeles Lakers South Carolina (Sr.)
52 Rudy Macklin Flag of the United States American Atlanta Hawks LSU (Sr.)
53 Mark Radford Flag of the United States American Seattle SuperSonics Oregon State (Sr.)
54 Jim Smith Flag of the United States American San Diego Clippers Ohio State (Sr.)
55 Mickey Dillard Flag of the United States American Cleveland Cavaliers (from DEN) Florida State (Sr.)
56 Carlton Neverson Flag of the United States American Golden State Warriors Pittsburgh (Sr.)
57 Frank Brickowski Flag of the United States American New York Knicks (from WAS) Penn State (Sr.)
58 Curtis Berry Flag of the United States American Kansas City Kings Missouri (Sr.)
59 Russell Bowers Flag of the United States American Cleveland Cavaliers American University (Sr.)
60 Purvis Miller Flag of the United States American Indiana Pacers USC (Sr.)
61 Pétur Guðmundsson Iceland Flag Icelandic Portland Trail Blazers Washington (Sr.)
62 Sam Clancy Flag of the United States American Phoenix Suns Pittsburgh (Sr.)
63 Wayne McKoy Flag of the United States American New York Knicks St. John's (Sr.)
64 Tom Baker Flag of the United States American San Antonio Spurs Eastern Kentucky (Sr.)
65 Ron Cornelius Flag of the United States American Los Angeles Lakers Pacific (Sr.)
66 Craig Dykema Flag of the United States American Phoenix Suns Long Beach State (Sr.)
67 Mark Smith Flag of the United States American Milwaukee Bucks Illinois (Sr.)
68 Ernest Graham Flag of the United States American Philadelphia 76ers Maryland (Sr.)
69 John Johnson Flag of the United Kingdom English Boston Celtics Michigan (Sr.)

Round four

Pick

Player

Nationality

Team

School/Club Team

70 Eddie Moss Flag of the United States American Dallas Mavericks Syracuse (Sr.)
71 John May Flag of the United States American Washington Bullets South Alabama (Sr.)
72 Ed Sherod Flag of the United States American New Jersey Nets VCU (Sr.)
73 George Torres Puerto Rico Flag Puerto Rican Utah Jazz Indiana (Sr.)
74 Ethan Martin Flag of the United States American Cleveland Cavaliers LSU (Sr.)
75 Kevin Figaro Flag of the United States American Atlanta Hawks Louisiana - Lafayette (Sr.)
76 Lewis Lloyd Flag of the United States American Golden State Warriors (from SEA) Drake (Sr.)
77 Lee Raker Flag of the United States American San Diego Clippers Virginia (Sr.)
78 Mickey Dillard Flag of the United States American Kansas City Kings (from DEN) Duke (Sr.)
79 Ron Davis Flag of the United States American Washington Bullets Arizona (Sr.)
80 Terry Adolph Flag of the United States American Golden State Warriors West Texas A&M (Sr.)
81 Larry Spriggs Flag of the United States American Houston Rockets Howard (Sr.)
82 B.B. Davis Flag of the United States American Kansas City Kings Lamar (Sr.)
83 Rolando Frazier Panama Flag Panamanian Indiana Pacers Briar Cliff (Sr.)
84 Oliver Lee Flag of the United States American Chicago Bulls Marquette (Sr.)
85 Pete Verhoeven Flag of the United States American Portland Trail Blazers Fresno State (Sr.)
86 Alex Bradley Flag of the United States American New York Knicks Villanova (Sr.)
87 Earl Belcher Flag of the United States American San Antonio Spurs St. Bonaventure (Sr.)
88 Kevin McKenna Flag of the United States American Los Angeles Lakers Creighton (Sr.)
89 Don Koonce Flag of the United States American Detroit Pistons Charlotte (Sr.)
90 Kris Anderson Flag of the United States American Milwaukee Bucks Florida State (Sr.)
91 Stanley Williams Flag of the United States American Boston Celtics La Salle (Sr.)
92 Rynn Wright Flag of the United States American Philadelphia 76ers Texas A&M (Sr.)

Round five

Pick

Player

Nationality

Team

School/Club Team

93 Pete Budko Flag of the United States American Dallas Mavericks North Carolina (Sr.)
94 George DeVone Flag of the United States American Detroit Pistons Charlotte (Sr.)
95 Joe Cooper Flag of the United States American New Jersey Nets Colorado (Sr.)
96 Ken Page Flag of the United States American Cleveland Cavaliers New Mexico (Sr.)
97 Mike Clark Flag of the United States American Utah Jazz Oregon (Sr.)
98 Steve Krafscisin Flag of the United States American Atlanta Hawks Iowa (Sr.)
99 Andra Griffin Flag of the United States American Seattle SuperSonics Washington (Sr.)
100 Dennis Isbell Flag of the United States American San Diego Clippers Memphis (Sr.)
101 Willie Sims Flag of the United States American
Israel Flag Israeli
Denver LSU (Sr.)
102 Hank McDowell Flag of the United States American Golden State Warriors Memphis (Sr.)
103 Garry Witts Flag of the United States American Washington Bullets Holy Cross (Sr.)
104 U.S. Reed Flag of the United States American Kansas City Kings Arkansas (Sr.)
105 Hasan Houston Flag of the United States American Houston Rockets Bradley (Sr.)
106 George Peterson Flag of the United States American Indiana Pacers New Jersey City (Sr.)
107 Herb Andrew Flag of the United States American Portland Trail Blazers South Alabama (Sr.)
108 Johnny Nash Flag of the United States American Chicago Bulls Arizona State (Sr.)
109 Jim Wright Flag of the United States American New York Knicks Rhode Island (Sr.)
110 Mike Rhodes Flag of the United States American San Antonio Spurs Vanderbilt (Sr.)
111 Craig Watts Flag of the United States American Los Angeles Lakers North Carolina State (Sr.)
112 Paul Heuerman Flag of the United States American Phoenix Suns Michigan (Sr.)
113 Kelvin Troy Flag of the United States American Milwaukee Bucks Rutgers (Sr.)
114 Steve Craig Flag of the United States American Philadelphia 76ers BYU (Sr.)
115 Glen Grunwald Flag of the United States American Boston Celtics Indiana (Sr.)

Round six

Undrafted players

These players were not selected in the 1969 NBA Draft.

Player Original NBA team Nationality School/club team
Ron Cavenall New York Knicks Flag of the United States American Texas Southern (Sr.)
Jerome Henderson Detroit Pistons Flag of the United States American New Mexico (Sr.)
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