”” 1950 NBA DRAFT

to 1951

  • Chicago Stags franchise ceased operations after the 1950 Draft and before the start of the 1950-1951 Season. *[See note below]
  • Washington Capitols franchise ceased operations during the 1950-51 season. **[See Note Below]

1st round

First Round Pick 1
Boston Celtics – Chuck Share – 7’0 C Bowling Green
First Round Pick 2
Baltimore Bullets – Don Rehfeldt – 6’6 Wisconsin
First Round Pick T
Philadelphia Warriors – Paul Arizin – 6’5 GF Villanova
First Round Pick 3
Tri-Cities Blackhawks – Bob Cousy – 6’5 PG Holy Cross
Draft Rights Traded to Chicago Stags
Rights Awarded to Boston Celtics
First Round Pick 4
Washington Capitols – Dick Schnittker – 6’5 Ohio State
First Round Pick 5
Indianapolis Olympians – Bob LaVoy – 6’7 Western Kentucky
First Round Pick 6
Fort Wayne Pistons – George Yardley – 6’5 GF Stanford
First Round Pick 7
Chicago Stags – Larry Foust – 6’9 FC LaSalle
Rights Awarded to Fort Wayne Pistons
First Round Pick 8
New York Knicks – Irwin Dambrot – CCNY
First Round Pick 9
Rochester Royals – Joe McNamee – 6’6 San Fransisco
First Round Pick 10
Syracuse Nationals – Don Lofgran – 6’6 San Fransisco
First Round Pick 11
Minneapolis Lakers – Kevin O’Shea – 6’2 G Notre Dame

2nd round

Second Round Pick 12
Boston Celtics – Chuck Cooper – 6’5 Duquense
Second Round Pick 13
Baltimore Bullets – John Pilch – 6’3 Wyoming
Second Round Pick 14
Philadelphia Warriors – Ed Dahler – 6’5 Duquesne
Second Round Pick 15
Tri-Cities Blackhawks – Ed Gayda – 6’4 G Washington State
Second Round Pick 16
Washington Capitols – Bill Sharman – 6’1 SG USC
Second Round Pick 17
Indianapolis Olympians – Wally Osterkorn – 6’5 Illinois
Second Round Pick 18
Fort Wayne Pistons – Herb Scherer – 6’9 C Long Island
Second Round Pick 19
Chicago Stags – Jim Riffey – 6’4 Tulane
Second Round Pick 20
New York Knicks – Paul Unruh – Bradley
Second Round Pick 21
Rochester Royals – George Stanrich – UCLA
Second Round Pick 22
Syracuse Nationals – Hal Haskins – Hamline
Second Round Pick 23
Minneapolis Lakers – Gerry Calabrese – 6’1 St Johns

Later rounds [underline denotes player who played in league]

Boston Celtics
Bob Donham 6’2–Ohio State; Ken Reeves-Louisville; Jack Shelton-Oklahoma A&M; Francis “Mo” Mahoney 6’3-Brown; Dale Barnstable-Kentucky; Frank Oftring-Holy Cross; Bob Cope-Montana State; Matt Forman-Holy Cross

Baltimore Bullets
Dick Dickey 6’1–NC State; Jerry Reed-Wyoming; Norm Mager 6’5-CCNY; Rick Harman-Kansas State; Frank Comerford-LaSalle; George Bush-Toledo; Jack Laub-Cincinnati; Mike Zedalis-Loyola[MD]

Philadelphia Warriors
Buddy Cate–Western Kentucky; Paul Senesky-St. Joseph’s [PA]; Ike Borsavage 6’8-Temple; Dick Dallmer-Cincinnati; Charles Northrup-Siena; Brooks Ricca-Villanova; Joe Kaufman-NYU; Bernie Adams-Princeton; Leo Wolfe-Villanova; Ed Montgomery-Tennessee

Tri-Cities Blackhawks
ClarenceBrannum–KansasState; Paul Hicks-Eastern Kentucky; Cal Christensen 6’5-Toledo; Bob Anderson-Loyola[MD]; Bill Erickson-Illinois; Loy Doty-Wyoming; Nate DeLong 6’7-River Falls Teachers; Keith Bloom-Wyoming

Washington Capitols
Alan Sawyer–UCLA; Tommy O’Keefe 6’2-Georgetown; Claude Overton 6’2-East Central Oklahoma; Warren Cartier-NC State; Jim Cathcart-Arkansas; Joe Greenbach-Santa Clara; Earl “Big Cat” Lloyd 6’6-West Virginia State; Joe Noertker-Virginia

Indianapolis Olympians
Chuck Mrazovich 6’5–Eastern Kentucky; Jim Line-Kentucky; Sonny Allen-Morehead State; Ralph “Buckshot” O’Brien 5’9-Butler; Leon Blevins 6’2-Arizona; Jerry Stuteville-Indiana; Gene Schmidt-TCU; Colin Anderson-Georgia Tech; Jimmy Doyle-Butler

Fort Wayne Pistons
Art Burris 6’5-Tennessee; Len Rzewszewski-Indiana State; Ed Thompson-Kent State; Bob Metcalf-Valparaiso; Ed Jones-Tennessee; Billy Joe Adcock-Vanderbilt; Al Henningsen-Northwest Missouri

Chicago Stags
Lou Watson-Indiana; Ken Murray 6’2-St. Bonnaventure; Don Stroot-Missouri; Stu Inman-San Jose State; Milt Whitehead-Nebraska; George King 6’0-Morris Harvey; John Brown-Georgetown; Bud Schaeffer-Wheaton

New York Knicks
Stan Weber–Bowling Green; Joe Ossola-St. Louis; Dick Barnes-San Diego State; Don Parsons-Rutgers; Dan Bagley-Notre Dame; Charles Hope-Appalachian; Don Heathington-Baylor

Rochester Royals
Bob Roper-John Carroll; Chet Giermak-William & Mary; Joe Nelson-BYU; John Givens-Western Kentucky; Dan Kahler-Southwestern[KS]; Carl Kraushaar-UCLA; Warren Switzer-Rice; Harry Foley-Niagra

Syracuse Nationals
Stan Christie-USC; Paul Merchant-Oklahoma; Paul Hickey-Denver; Mack Suprunowicz-Michigan; Lou Arko-Akron; Bob Healey-Georgia; Bob Savage-Syracuse; Glenn Wilkes-Mercer

Minneapolis Lakers
Howie Williams-Purdue; Bud Grant 6’3-Minnesota; Ed Beach 6’3-West Virginia; Wayne Glasgow-Oklahoma; Joe Hutton Jr. 6’1-Hamline; Newt Benson-River Falls Teachers; Jim Reilly-Swarthmore; Andy Butchko-Purdue

* Several teams were losing money and were forced to disband prior to the 1950 NBA Draft and their players were dispersed to the remaining teams. Although the Chicago Stags were also deep in the red, they chose to continue to operate throughout the off-season despite knowing that they were not going to play in the upcoming season in an attempt to recoup some money. They even participated in the dispersal draft selecting all-star guard Frankie Brian from the Anderson Packers.

Once it was known that the Stags were not going to play in the upcoming season, League Commissioner Maurice Podoloff declared the Stags’ three best players available during a drawing as part of a dispersal draft: NBA scoring champion Max Zaslofsky, and All-Star guards Andy Phillip, and Frankie Brian…However the Tri-Cities owner and the league agreed to exchange the draft rights to Bob Cousy for Frankie Brian since Cousy had refused to sign with the Blackhawks after the draft.

The Chicago Stags Dispersal Draft was held on October 5, 1950:
Only three club owners were invited and rights to the top three players were determined by lot… Max Zaslofsky was drawn from the hat first by the New York Knicks, Boston drew Bob Cousy’s name from the hat second, leaving Andy Phillip for the Philadelphia Warriors. Other selections included: The Fort Wayne Pistons selected Larry Foust; The Washington Capitols selected Frank Kudelka and Joe Bradley; The Tri-Cities Blackhawks selected Kleggie Hermsen; and The Indianapolis Olympians selected Leo Barnhorst.

** On January 9, 1951 The league held a second dispersal draft after the Washington Capitols ceased operations during the 1950-51 season. Selections included: The Baltimore Bullets selected Chick Halbert; The Fort Wayne Pistons selected Bill Sharman; The Minneapolis Lakers selected Dick Schnittker; The Syracuse Nationals selected Fred Scolari; The Boston Celtics selected Frank Kudelka; The Syracuse Nationals selected Earl Lloyd; The Boston Celtics selected Bones McKinney; and The Tri-Cities Blackhawks selected Alan Sawyer.

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