1981 NBA draft

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The 1981 NBA draft was the 35th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA).wikipedia
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Mark Aguirre

The Dallas Mavericks used their first pick to draft 1980 Naismith College Player of the Year Mark Aguirre from DePaul University.
Aguirre was chosen as the first overall pick of the 1981 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks after playing three years at DePaul University.

Isiah Thomas

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The Detroit Pistons used the second overall pick to draft Isiah Thomas, a sophomore guard from Indiana University.
He was taken as the second overall pick by the Pistons in the 1981 NBA draft, and played for them his entire career, while leading the "Bad Boys" to the 1988–89 and 1989–90 NBA championships.

Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Detroit Pistons were awarded the second pick.
Vandeweghe was traded to the Denver Nuggets, along with a first-round pick, in 1981, in exchange for two future first-round picks that eventually materialized into Rolando Blackman in 1981 and Sam Perkins in 1984.

Danny Ainge

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Danny Ainge, the 1981 Wooden College Player of the Year, was selected in the second round with the 31st pick by the Boston Celtics.
He was then drafted into the NBA by the Celtics.

Al Wood

Martin Alphonzo "Al" Wood (born June 2, 1958) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1981 NBA draft.

Frank Johnson (basketball)

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Aside from Thomas, four other players drafted also went on to have coaching careers in the NBA: Danny Ainge, 11th pick Frank Johnson, 14th pick Herb Williams and 179th pick Jay Triano.
After playing collegiately for Wake Forest University, Johnson was selected in the first round of the 1981 NBA draft with the 11th pick by the Washington Bullets.

Danny Vranes

A 6'7" small forward from the University of Utah, he was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 1981 NBA draft. Vranes played in 7 NBA seasons with the SuperSonics and Philadelphia 76ers from 1981 to 1988.

Albert King (basketball)

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A 6ft 6in guard-forward from the University of Maryland, King was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the first round (10th overall) of the 1981 NBA draft.

Buck Williams

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The New Jersey Nets used the third pick to draft another underclassman, Buck Williams, from the University of Maryland.
The New Jersey Nets selected him third overall in the 1981 NBA draft, behind Olympic teammates Aguirre and Thomas.

Ray Tolbert

Raymond Lee "Ray" Tolbert (born September 10, 1958) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the first round (18th overall) of the 1981 NBA draft.

Rolando Blackman

Five other players from this draft, seventh pick Steve Johnson, ninth pick Rolando Blackman, 12th pick Kelly Tripucka, 20th pick Larry Nance and 31st pick Danny Ainge, were also selected to at least one All-Star Game each.
Rolando Blackman was drafted by the Mavericks in the first round (9th overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Tom Chambers (basketball)

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Tom Chambers, the eighth pick, was selected to two All-NBA Teams and four All-Star Games.
At the NBA level he would not likely remain a center, but the-then San Diego Clippers took a gamble on Chambers in the 1981 NBA draft.

Orlando Woolridge

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Woolridge was selected sixth in the 1981 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, where he played for his first five seasons.

List of first overall NBA draft picks

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The Dallas Mavericks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Detroit Pistons were awarded the second pick.

Brian Jackson (basketball)

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He was selected in the second round (26th overall) of the 1981 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers but was waived before the start of the NBA season, and he moved to Europe where he played in Italy and most notably in Spain, where he was selected as an All-Star 4 times.

Kevin Loder

Kevin Allen Loder (born March 15, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Kansas City Kings in the first round (17th overall) of the 1981 NBA draft.

Kelly Tripucka

Five other players from this draft, seventh pick Steve Johnson, ninth pick Rolando Blackman, 12th pick Kelly Tripucka, 20th pick Larry Nance and 31st pick Danny Ainge, were also selected to at least one All-Star Game each.
Tripucka was selected 12th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1981 NBA draft.

Herb Williams

Aside from Thomas, four other players drafted also went on to have coaching careers in the NBA: Danny Ainge, 11th pick Frank Johnson, 14th pick Herb Williams and 179th pick Jay Triano.
Williams was a first-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers in 1981, where he played from 1982 to 1989 and had his most productive years.

Charles Bradley (basketball)

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He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

NBA Rookie of the Year Award

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Williams went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and was also selected to the All-Star Game in his rookie season.

Franklin Edwards

Franklin Delano Edwards (born February 2, 1959) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1981 NBA draft.

Harvey Knuckles

He was a second round draft pick in the 1981 NBA Draft and played professionally in the United States and Europe.

Jay Vincent

A 6'7" forward, Vincent played at Michigan State University under coach, Jud Heathcote, where he teamed with Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser to win the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Vincent won the Big Ten scoring championship in his junior and senior years. He was then selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1981 NBA draft (24th overall pick), and he went on to have a productive 9-year NBA career, playing for the Mavericks (1981–86), Washington Bullets (1986–87), Denver Nuggets (1987–89), San Antonio Spurs (1989), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–1990) and Los Angeles Lakers (1990). He concluded his NBA career in 1990 with 8,729 career points, 3,167 career rebounds, and 1,124 career assists.

Tracy Jackson

Jackson was selected in the second round 1981 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics and split the 1981-82 season playing for both them and the Chicago Bulls.

Eddie Johnson (basketball, born 1959)

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Eddie Johnson, the 29th pick, is the only other player from this draft who has won an annual NBA award as a player; he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1989.
After graduating from Chicago's Westinghouse High School, Johnson, a sharpshooting 6'7" forward/guard, attended the University of Illinois, majoring in history, before being selected by the Kansas City Kings in the 1981 NBA draft. Among Fighting Illini fans he is probably best remembered for his game-winning shot against Michigan State University (MSU). At the time, MSU, which was led by future all-time NBA great Earvin "Magic" Johnson, was undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation, but Illinois was also undefeated at 14–0. The victory gave Illinois a 15–0 record and the #2 ranking nationally (Illinois subsequently faded during regular season play, but MSU went on to become eventual National Champions).