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1970 NBA Expansion Draft

1970 NBA Expansion draft
General information
Expansion team(s) Buffalo Braves
Cleveland Cavaliers
Portland Trail Blazers
Date(s) May 11, 1970
NBA expansion draft
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1970 NBA Draft
A man, wearing a jacket with a white shirt and tie, is raising his hands in the air during a basketball game.
Pat Riley was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers from the San Diego Rockets.

The 1970 NBA Expansion Draft was the fifth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 11, 1970, so that the newly founded Buffalo Braves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers could acquire players for the upcoming 1970–71 season. Buffalo, Cleveland and Portland had been awarded the expansion teams on February 6, 1970. The Braves later underwent several name changes and relocations before moving to Los Angeles. They are currently known as the Los Angeles Clippers.[1] In an NBA expansion draft, new NBA teams are allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league. Not all players on a given team are available during an expansion draft, since each team can protect a certain number of players from being selected. In this draft, each of the fourteen other NBA teams had protected seven players from their roster. After each round, where each of the expansion teams had selected one player each, the existing teams added another player to their protected list. In the first round, the Braves had the first pick, while the Blazers and the Cavaliers had the second and the third pick respectively. In the subsequent rounds, the Braves and the Cavaliers exchanged their order of selection, while the Blazers had the second pick throughout the draft. The draft continued until all three teams had selected eleven unprotected players each, while the existing teams had lost two or three players each.[2]

The Buffalo Braves were formed and owned by local businessman Paul Snyder.[3] He hired former Philadelphia 76ers head coach and 1966 Coach of the Year Dolph Schayes as the franchise's first head coach.[4] The Braves' selections included six-time All-Star Bailey Howell. However, Howell was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Bob Kauffman and a future second-round pick.[5] Nine players from the expansion draft joined the Braves for their inaugural season, but only three played more than one season for the team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were formed and owned by businessman Nick Mileti.[6] He hired former college basketball coach Bill Fitch as the franchise's first head coach.[7] The Cavaliers' selections included five-time All-Star Don Ohl and one-time All-Star Len Chappell. However, Ohl retired from playing prior to the start of the season and Chappell only played briefly before he was waived. Eight players from the expansion draft joined the Cavaliers for their inaugural season, but only four played more than one season for the team. Butch Beard was the ninth player from the expansion draft to play for the Cavaliers. After one year serving in the military, he started playing with the Cavaliers in the 1971–72 season.[8] Bingo Smith played nine and a half seasons with the Cavaliers before he was traded to the San Diego Clippers in 1979. He became the Cavaliers' franchise leader in games played when he left, a record which has since been broken by Danny Ferry and Žydrūnas Ilgauskas.[9]

The Portland Trail Blazers were formed by Harry Glickman, who created the franchise through the financers turned co-owners Larry Weinberg, Herman Sarkowsky and Robert Shmertz.[10] They hired former college basketball coach Rolland Todd as the franchise's first head coach.[11] The Blazers' selections included former first overall pick Fred Hetzel and former third pick Larry Siegfried. However, Hetzel was waived without playing a game for the Blazers and Siegfried was immediately traded to the San Diego Rockets in exchange for Jim Barnett.[12] Six players from the expansion draft joined the Blazers for their inaugural season, but only three played more than one season for the team.

Key

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game

Selections

Player Pos. Nationality Team Previous team Years of NBA experience[a] Career with the franchise[b] Ref.
Bryant, EmEm Bryant G  United States Buffalo Braves Boston Celtics 6 19701972 [13]
Crawford, FreddieFreddie Crawford G/F  United States Buffalo Braves Milwaukee Bucks 4 1970 [14]
Garrett, DickDick Garrett G  United States Buffalo Braves Los Angeles Lakers 1 19701973 [15]
Gilliam, HermHerm Gilliam G/F  United States Buffalo Braves Cincinnati Royals 1 1970–1971 [16]
Hosket, BillBill Hosket F/C  United States Buffalo Braves New York Knicks 2 19701972 [17]
Howell, BaileyBailey Howell^ F  United States Buffalo Braves Boston Celtics 11 [c] [18]
Long, PaulPaul Long G  United States Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons 2 1970–1971 [19]
Lynn, MikeMike Lynn F  United States Buffalo Braves Los Angeles Lakers 1 1970 [20]
May, DonDon May F  United States Buffalo Braves New York Knicks 2 1970–1971 [21]
Scott, RayRay Scott F/C  United States Buffalo Braves Baltimore Bullets 9 [c] [22]
Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson C  United States Buffalo Braves Philadelphia 76ers 6 1970–1971 [23]
Beard, ButchButch Beard+ G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks 1 1971–1972; 1975 [24]
Chappell, LenLen Chappell+ F/C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Milwaukee Bucks 8 1970 [25]
Egan, JohnnyJohnny Egan G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers 9 1970 [26]
Lewis, BobBob Lewis G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers San Francisco Warriors 3 1970–1971 [27]
McLemore, McCoyMcCoy McLemore F/C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons 6 1970–1971 [28]
Ohl, DonDon Ohl+ G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks 10 [c] [29]
Petersen, LoyLoy Petersen G  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls 2 [c] [30]
Rackley, LutherLuther Rackley C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Cincinnati Royals 1 19701971 [31]
Smith, BingoBingo Smith G/F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers San Diego Rockets 1 19701979 [32]
Warren, JohnJohn Warren G/F  United States Cleveland Cavaliers New York Knicks 1 19701974 [33]
Wesley, WaltWalt Wesley C  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls 4 19701972 [34]
Adelman, RickRick Adelman G  United States Portland Trail Blazers San Diego Rockets 2 19701973 [35]
Chambers, JerryJerry Chambers F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Phoenix Suns 2 [c] [36]
Ellis, LeRoyLeRoy Ellis F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Baltimore Bullets 8 1970–1971 [37]
Hetzel, FredFred Hetzel F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Philadelphia 76ers 5 [c] [38]
Kennedy, JoeJoe Kennedy F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Seattle SuperSonics 2 [c] [39]
Manning, EdEd Manning F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Chicago Bulls 3 1970–1971 [40]
McKenzie, StanStan McKenzie G/F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Phoenix Suns 3 19701972 [41]
Murrey, DorieDorie Murrey F/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers Seattle SuperSonics 4 1970 [42]
Riley, PatPat Riley G/F  United States Portland Trail Blazers San Diego Rockets 3 [c] [43]
Schlueter, DaleDale Schlueter C  United States Portland Trail Blazers San Francisco Warriors 2 19701972; 1977–1978 [44]
Siegfried, LarryLarry Siegfried F  United States Portland Trail Blazers Boston Celtics 7 [c] [45]

Notes

  • a Number of years played in the NBA prior to the draft
  • b Career with the expansion franchise that drafted the player
  • c Never played a game for the franchise

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External links

  • NBA.com
  • NBA.com: NBA Draft History
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