1976 NBA draft

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The 1976 NBA draft was the 30th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA).wikipedia
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The 76ers, the Golden State Warriors and the Buffalo Braves also forfeited their second, third and fourth-round picks respectively due to their participation in 1975 supplementary draft American Basketball Association (ABA) players who had never been drafted in the NBA.
As part of the merger agreement, the four teams were not permitted to participate in the 1976 NBA Draft.

John Lucas II

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John Lucas from the University of Maryland was selected first overall by the Houston Rockets.
Then, following this senior season, Lucas was the first overall pick of the 1976 NBA draft, selected by the Houston Rockets.

Dennis Johnson

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Four players from this draft, Dantley, 8th pick Robert Parish, 23rd pick Alex English and 29th pick Dennis Johnson, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
After that year, Johnson made himself eligible for the 1976 NBA draft, but was skeptical that any team would take him.

Alex English

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Four players from this draft, Dantley, 8th pick Robert Parish, 23rd pick Alex English and 29th pick Dennis Johnson, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
English was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft with the 23rd pick.

Quinn Buckner

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Two other players drafted also went on to have coaching careers in the NBA: Dennis Johnson and seventh pick Quinn Buckner.
He played collegiate basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers, and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 7th pick of the 1976 NBA draft.

Robert Parish

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Four players from this draft, Dantley, 8th pick Robert Parish, 23rd pick Alex English and 29th pick Dennis Johnson, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
After college, Parish was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.

Lonnie Shelton

Lonnie Shelton, the 25th pick, is the only other player from this draft who was selected to an All-Star Game.
He was then selected by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft.

1976–77 NBA season

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The draft was held on June 8, 1976, before the 1976–77 season.

Mike Dunleavy Sr.

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Lucas, 22nd pick Johnny Davis and 99th pick Mike Dunleavy all became head coaches after ending their playing career.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 1976 NBA Draft with the 99th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, the 6'3" guard played for them for one full season along with Hall-of-Fame teammate Julius Erving and made the Finals in a losing effort against the Portland Trail Blazers. Dunleavy then split the following season between Philadelphia and the Houston Rockets after being traded, and soon made the Finals once again, but yet again his team lost, this time to the Boston Celtics, led by Larry Bird.

List of first overall NBA draft picks

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The Atlanta Hawks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Chicago Bulls were awarded the second pick.

NBA Rookie of the Year Award

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Adrian Dantley from the University of Notre Dame, who went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season, was selected 6th by the Buffalo Braves.

Larry Wright (basketball)

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After being named the SWAC Player-of-the-Year in 1975–76 as a junior, he decided to declare for the 1976 NBA draft.

Scott May

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The Chicago Bulls chose May with the second overall pick in the 1976 NBA draft.

Terry Furlow

Furlow was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 12th overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft; he was also selected in the sixth round of the 1975 ABA draft by the Memphis Sounds.

Willie Smith (basketball)

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Smith played in the NBA from 1976 to 1980 after being selected with the 1st pick in the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.

ABA–NBA merger

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On August 8, 1976, the league also hosted a Dispersal draft for ABA players from the Kentucky Colonels and Spirits of St. Louis, who were not included in the ABA–NBA merger.

Bayard Forrest

He was a 6'10" 235 lb center who played at Grand Canyon University before being drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1976 NBA draft. Forrest never played for the Sonics but played one season for Athletes in action. Then played two seasons for the Phoenix Suns before retiring in 1980.

Scott Lloyd

Lloyd was selected in the second round in the 1976 NBA draft (24th pick overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Armond Hill

He was named Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year as a senior in 1976 and entered the NBA draft.

Bob Carrington

Carrington was selected with the 11th pick of the second round in the 1976 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

Major Jones

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He was drafted by the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1974 by the San Diego Conquistadors, and in 1976 by the National Basketball Association's Portland Trail Blazers.

1975 NBA draft

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The 76ers, the Golden State Warriors and the Buffalo Braves also forfeited their second, third and fourth-round picks respectively due to their participation in 1975 supplementary draft American Basketball Association (ABA) players who had never been drafted in the NBA.
The team that made a selection must withdraw their equivalent selection in the 1976 Draft.