1968 NBA draft

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The 1968 NBA draft was the 22nd annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA).wikipedia
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The 1968 NBA draft was the 22nd annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The 1960 and 1968 drafts went 21 rounds.

Washington Wizards

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The San Diego Rockets won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Baltimore Bullets were awarded the second pick.
In the late 1960s, the Bullets drafted two future Hall of Fame members: Earl Monroe, in the 1967 draft, number two overall, and Wes Unseld, in the 1968 draft, also number two overall.

Wes Unseld

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Wes Unseld from the University of Louisville was selected second by the Baltimore Bullets.
Unseld was drafted by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1968 American Basketball Association draft, and was drafted second overall in the first round by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1968 NBA draft.

Houston Rockets

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The San Diego Rockets won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Baltimore Bullets were awarded the second pick.
In the 1968 NBA draft, the Rockets were awarded the first overall pick and selected power forward Elvin Hayes, who would lead the team to its first playoff appearance in his rookie season.

Bob Kauffman

Bob Kauffman, the third pick, is the only other player from this draft who has been selected to an All-Star Game; he was selected to three All-Star Games during his career.
Kauffman was selected with the third overall pick of the 1968 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics behind Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld; he was also selected in the 1968 American Basketball Association Draft by the Oakland Oaks.

Elvin Hayes

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Elvin Hayes from the University of Houston was selected first overall by the San Diego Rockets.
With his departure from college Hayes was selected as the first overall selection in both the 1968 NBA draft and 1968 ABA draft.

List of first overall NBA draft picks

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The San Diego Rockets won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Baltimore Bullets were awarded the second pick. Elvin Hayes from the University of Houston was selected first overall by the San Diego Rockets.

Don Chaney

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Three other players drafted also went on to have a coaching career: 12th pick Don Chaney and 79th pick Rick Adelman.
That year Chaney became the first-round pick (12th overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 1968 NBA draft; he was also drafted by the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association.

Rick Adelman

Three other players drafted also went on to have a coaching career: 12th pick Don Chaney and 79th pick Rick Adelman.
In the 1968 NBA draft, he was selected by the San Diego Rockets (now the Houston Rockets) in the 7th round.

NBA Rookie of the Year Award

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He went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in his first season, becoming only the second player to win both awards in the same season, after Wilt Chamberlain in 1960.

Zaid Abdul-Aziz

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The 6'9" Abdul-Aziz starred at Iowa State University before being drafted by the NBA's Cincinnati Royals in 1968. He played ten seasons in the league as a member of the Royals, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Houston Rockets, Buffalo Braves, and Boston Celtics. Nicknamed "The Kangaroo", he had his finest season in 1971–1972, when he averaged 13.8 points and 11.3 rebounds for Seattle. He retired in 1978 with career totals of 4,557 points and 4,065 rebounds.

Tom Boerwinkle

Boerwinkle was drafted as the fourth pick of the 1968 NBA Draft and played with the Bulls until 1978.

Ron Williams (basketball)

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A 6'3" guard from Weirton, West Virginia, Williams starred at West Virginia University in the mid-1960s, where he was one of the school's first African American basketball players. He was selected by the San Francisco Warriors with the ninth pick of the 1968 NBA draft, and was also drafted as a defensive back by the Dallas Cowboys in the 14th round of the 1968 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in the NBA as a member of the Warriors, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 assists per game in his professional career and ranked third in the league in free throw percentage during the 1970–71 NBA season.

Charlie Paulk

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Paulk was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 1968 NBA draft.

Manny Leaks

Leaks was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 20th pick of the 1968 NBA draft, but he began his professional career in the American Basketball Association, where he played four seasons as a member of the Kentucky Colonels, New York Nets, Dallas Chaparrals, Texas Chaparrals, Utah Stars, and Floridians.

Gene Moore (basketball)

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A 6'9" center from Saint Louis University, Moore was selected in the second round of the 1968 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and by the Kentucky Colonels in the American Basketball Association draft.

Art Harris

Harris was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 1968 NBA draft and by the Oakland Oaks in the 1969 ABA Draft.

Loy Petersen

A guard, he played in college for Oregon State University, and was drafted in the second round (17th overall) of the 1968 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls; previously, he was also drafted in the 17th round of the 1967 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets (now the Washington Wizards).

Shaler Halimon

At the conclusion of his college career, Halimon was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1968 NBA Draft (14th overall pick).

Dick Cunningham

Cunningham was the 21st overall selection in the 1968 National Basketball Association draft by the Phoenix Suns and also was picked by the New York Nets in the American Basketball Association draft.

Rich Niemann

Niemann was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 1968 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.

Fred Foster (basketball)

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He was drafted in the third round of the 1968 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals and was also selected in the 1968 American Basketball Association draft by the Kentucky Colonels.

Jim Eakins

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A 6'11" center from Brigham Young University, Eakins was selected in the fifth round of the 1968 NBA draft by the San Francisco Warriors and in the 1968 ABA Draft by the Oakland Oaks.