1953 NBA draft

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1953 NBA draft
General information
Date(s) April 24, 1953
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Territorial pick(s) Ernie Beck, Philadelphia Warriors
Walter Dukes, New York Knicks
Larry Hennessy, Philadelphia Warriors[1]
First selection Ray Felix, Baltimore Bullets
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The 1953 NBA draft was the seventh annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 24, 1953, before the 1953–54 season. In this draft, nine remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The draft consisted of 19 rounds comprising 122 players selected.

Draft selections and draftee career notes

Ray Felix from Long Island University was selected first overall by the Baltimore Bullets and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season.[2] Ernie Beck and Walter Dukes were selected before the draft as Philadelphia Warriors' and New York Knicks' territorial picks respectively. Three players from this draft, Bob Houbregs, Frank Ramsey and Cliff Hagan, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.[3]


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 and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs


Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
0T 00 Beck, ErnieErnie Beck G/F  United States Philadelphia Warriors Pennsylvania
0T 00 Dukes, WalterWalter Dukes+ C  United States New York Knicks Seton Hall
0T[1] 00 Hennessy, LarryLarry Hennessy G  United States Philadelphia Warriors Villanova
1 01 Felix, RayRay Felix+ C  United States Baltimore Bullets Long Island
1 02 Houbregs, BobBob Houbregs^ F/C  Canada Milwaukee Hawks Washington
1 03 Molinas, JackJack Molinas F  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Columbia
1 04 Regan, RichieRichie Regan G  United States Rochester Royals Seton Hall
1 05 Ramsey, FrankFrank Ramsey^ G/F  United States Boston Celtics Kentucky
1 06 Neal, JimJim Neal C  United States Syracuse Nationals Wofford
1 07 Fritsche, JimJim Fritsche F/C  United States Minneapolis Lakers Hamline
2 8 Ackerman, DonDon Ackerman G  United States New York Knicks (from Baltimore)[4] Long Island
2 9 Speight, BobbyBobby Speight# F/C  United States Baltimore Bullets (from Milwaukee)[4] NC State
2 10 Glasgow, GeorgeGeorge Glasgow# G  United States Fort Wayne Pistons Fairleigh Dickinson
2 11 Swanson, NormNorm Swanson F  United States Rochester Royals Detroit
2 12 Noe, ChetChet Noe# F/C  United States Boston Celtics Oregon
2 13 Knostman, DickDick Knostman C  United States Syracuse Nationals Kansas State
2 14 Gordon, NeilNeil Gordon# F  United States New York Knicks Furman
2 15 Feiereisel, RonRon Feiereisel G  United States Minneapolis Lakers DePaul

Other picks

The following list includes other draft picks who have appeared in at least one NBA game.[5][6]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team College
3 16 Grekin, NormNorm Grekin F  United States Philadelphia Warriors La Salle
3 17 Peterson, BobBob Peterson F  United States Baltimore Bullets Oregon
3 18 Bemoras, IrvIrv Bemoras G/F  United States Milwaukee Hawks Illinois
3 20 Reddout, FrankFrank Reddout F  United States Rochester Royals Syracuse
3 21 Hagan, CliffCliff Hagan^ G/F  United States Boston Celtics Kentucky
3 22 Kenville, BillyBilly Kenville G/F  United States Syracuse Nationals St. Bonaventure
5 35 Nolen, PaulPaul Nolen C  United States Baltimore Bullets Texas Tech
5 36 Dyker, GeneGene Dyker F  United States Milwaukee Hawks DePaul
5 41 Santini, BobBob Santini F  United States New York Knicks Iona
6 50 Atha, RichardRichard Atha G  United States New York Knicks Indiana State
7 57 Tsioropoulos, LouLou Tsioropoulos F  United States Boston Celtics Kentucky
8 63 Rea, ConnieConnie Rea G/F  United States Baltimore Bullets Centenary
9 77 Smyth, JoeJoe Smyth F  United States New York Knicks Niagara
11 89 Bolger, BillBill Bolger F  United States Milwaukee Hawks Georgetown
13 102 George, JackJack George* G  United States Philadelphia Warriors La Salle
14 108 Sears, KenKen Sears+ F  United States Rochester Royals Santa Clara


  • "1953 NBA Draft". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2009. 
  • "1952–1956 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  • "1953 NBA Draft". The Draft Review. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  1. ^ a b Bradley, Robert D. (2013). The basketball draft fact book: A history of professional basketball's college drafts (E-book ed.). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press (Rowman & Littlefield). p. 30. ISBN 978-0-8108-9069-5. 
  2. ^ "Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "1953 Draft Day Trades". The Draft Review. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_1953.html
  6. ^ http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/past_drafts/1953

External links

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