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The 1970 NBA Expansion Draft was the fifth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 11, 1970 before the 1970–71 season, as the league expanded to 17 franchises with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Portland Trail Blazers. Both franchise were founded after the league granted NBA franchises for Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, and Portland, Oregon on February 6, 1970. The Braves later underwent several name change and relocation before moving to Los Angeles. They are currently known as the Los Angeles Clippers.[1] In this draft, the Braves, the Cavaliers and the Blazers were allowed to select unprotected players from the existing NBA teams. Each of the existing teams had protected seven players from their roster. After the 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 third pick respectively. In the subsequent rounds, the Braves and Cavaliers exchanged their order of selection, while the Blazers had the second pick throughout the draft. The draft continued until both teams had selected 11 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 Template:Nbay Coach of the Year Dolph Schayes as the franchise's first head coach.[4] The Braves selected 11 players from the other NBA teams, including 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. Kauffman was named to the 1971 All-Star Game, becoming the franchise's first All-Star.[6]

The Cleveland Cavaliers were formed and owned by businessman Nick Mileti.[7] He hired former college basketball coach Bill Fitch as the franchise's first head coach.[8] The Cavaliers selected 11 players from the other NBA teams, including 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 Braves for their inaugural season. 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 and was named to the 1972 All-Star Game, becoming the franchise's second All-Star, after 1970 first-round pick John Johnson.[9][10]

The Portland Trail Blazers were formed and co-owned by Larry Weinberg, Herman Sarkowsky and Robert Shmertz.[11] They hired former college basketball coach Rolland Todd as the franchise's first head coach.[12] The Blazers selected 11 players from the other NBA teams, including 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.[13] Six players from the expansion draft joined the Blazers for their inaugural season.

Key

Pos.GFC
PositionGuardForwardCenter

Selections

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Player Pos. Nationality Team Previous team Years pro[a] Career with the franchise[b]
Bryant, EmEm Bryant G U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Boston Celtics 6 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Crawford, FreddieFreddie Crawford G/F U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Milwaukee Bucks 4 Template:Nbay
Garrett, DickDick Garrett G U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Los Angeles Lakers 1 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Gilliam, HermHerm Gilliam G/F U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Cincinnati Royals 1 Template:Nbay
Hosket, BillBill Hosket F/C U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves New York Knicks 2 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Howell, BaileyBailey Howell F U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Boston Celtics 11 [c]
Long, PaulPaul Long G U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons 2 Template:Nbay
Lynn, MikeMike Lynn F U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Los Angeles Lakers 1 Template:Nbay
May, DonDon May F U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves New York Knicks 2 Template:Nbay
Scott, RayRay Scott F/C U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Baltimore Bullets 9 [c]
Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson C U.S. Flag Buffalo Braves Philadelphia 76ers 6 Template:Nbay
Beard, ButchButch Beard G U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks 1 Template:Nbay; Template:Nbay
Chappell, LenLen Chappell F/C U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Milwaukee Bucks 8 Template:Nbay
Egan, JohnnyJohnny Egan G U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers 9 Template:Nbay
Lewis, BobBob Lewis G U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers San Francisco Warriors 3 Template:Nbay
McLemore, McCoyMcCoy McLemore F/C U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons 6 Template:Nbay
Ohl, DonDon Ohl G U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks 10 [c]
Petersen, LoyLoy Petersen G U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls 2 [c]
Rackley, LutherLuther Rackley C U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Cincinnati Royals 1 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Smith, BingoBingo Smith G/F U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers San Diego Rockets 1 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Warren, JohnJohn Warren G/F U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers New York Knicks 1 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Wesley, WaltWalt Wesley C U.S. Flag Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls 4 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Adelman, RickRick Adelman G U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers San Diego Rockets 2 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Chambers, JerryJerry Chambers F U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Phoenix Suns 2 [c]
Ellis, LeRoyLeRoy Ellis F/C U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Baltimore Bullets 8 Template:Nbay
Hetzel, FredFred Hetzel F/C U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Philadelphia 76ers 5 [c]
Kennedy, JoeJoe Kennedy F U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Seattle SuperSonics 2 [c]
Manning, EdEd Manning F U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Chicago Bulls 3 Template:Nbay
McKenzie, StanStan McKenzie G/F U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Phoenix Suns 3 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Murrey, DorieDorie Murrey F/C U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Seattle SuperSonics 4 Template:Nbay
Riley, PatPat Riley G/F U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers San Diego Rockets 3 [c]
Schlueter, DaleDale Schlueter C U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers San Francisco Warriors 2 Template:NbayTemplate:Nbay
Siegfried, LarryLarry Siegfried F U.S. Flag Portland Trail Blazers Boston Celtics 7 [c]

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

References

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  1. "This Date in History–February". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/this_date_february.html. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  2. Recht, Mike (May 7, 1970). "Pro Basketball Draft Slated". Daily News. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=vQgeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wUYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7096,1783617. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  3. "Clippers: 1970–71". NBA.com/Clippers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/clippers/history/Clippers_History__Buffalo-53157-111.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  4. "Dolph Schayes Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/history/players/schayes_bio.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  5. "Clippers: All-Time Transactions". NBA.com/Clippers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/clippers/history/transactions.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  6. "1971 NBA All-Star Game". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/allstar/NBA_1971.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  7. Davis, Dave (February 24, 2010). "The Cleveland Cavaliers were born 40 years ago this month when the NBA voted to give Cleveland a team: Our weekly photo flashback". Cleveland.com. Cleveland Live, Inc. http://www.cleveland.com/plain-dealer-library/index.ssf/2010/02/the_cleveland_cavaliers_were_born_40_years_ago_this_month_when_the_nba_voted_to_give_cleveland_a_tea.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  8. Dean, Dan. "The Storm That Passed". NBA.com/Cavaliers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/history/storm_passed.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  9. "Cavaliers Say Butch Beard Available". Daily News. August 10, 1971. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xcYaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=n0YEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6333,5995152. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  10. "Cleveland Cavaliers Season Summaries". NBA.com/Cavaliers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/history/season_summaries.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  11. "Blazers reminded of humble beginnings during 25th year". November 20, 1994. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=elghAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0YUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4500,2162510. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  12. "History of the Portland Trail Blazers". NBA.com/Blazers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/blazers/history/history_main.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  13. "Jim Barnett Bio". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/barneji02.html. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 

External links

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