1978 NBA Draft Pick Transactions

yellow = data that is incomplete or uncertain

Overall # Round # Team Transactions Player Drafted
Round 1
1 1-1
Pacers
Blazers

 

Traded • Johnny Davis • 1978 first round pick (#3-Rick Robey) to Pacers for • 1978 first round pick (#1-Mychal Thompson) on 1978-06-07

  Mychal Thompson
2 1-2
Nets
Kings

 

Traded • Nate Archibald to Nets for • Jim Eakins • Brian Taylor • 1977 first round pick (#2-Otis Birdsong) • 1978 first round pick (#2-Phil Ford) on 1976-09-10

  Phil Ford
3 1-3
Clippers
Blazers

 

Traded • Moses Malone to Braves for • 1978 first round pick (#3-Rick Robey) • $232K cash on 1976-10-18

Pacers

 

Traded • 1978 first round pick (#1-Mychal Thompson) to Blazers for • Johnny Davis • 1978 first round pick (#3-Rick Robey) on 1978-06-07

  Rick Robey
4 1-4
Rockets
Clippers

 

Traded • Moses Malone to Rockets for • 1977 first round pick (#18-Wesley Cox) • 1978 first round pick (#4-Micheal Ray Richardson) on 1976-10-24

Nets

 

Traded • Nate Archibald to Braves for • George Johnson • 1978 first round pick (#4-Micheal Ray Richardson) • 1979 first round pick (#11-Cliff Robinson) on 1977-09-01

Knicks

 

Sent • Phil Jackson • 1978 first round pick (#13-Winford Boynes) to Nets for • 1978 first round pick (#4-Micheal Ray Richardson) • 1979 first round pick (most favorable of Nets picks) (#7-Vinnie Johnson) • cash on 1978-06-08 in settlement of Nets' indemnity agreement with Knicks

Micheal Ray Richardson
5 1-5
Kings
Lakers

 

Traded • Lucius Allen to Kings for • Ollie Johnson • 1978 first round pick (#5-Purvis Short) • 1978 second round pick (#26-Ron Carter) on 1977-06-01

Warriors

 

Received • 1978 first round pick (#5-Purvis Short) • $250K cash from Lakers on 1977-09-14 as compensation for free agent Jamaal Wilkes

  Purvis Short
6 1-6
Celtics
  Larry Bird
7 1-7
Pistons
Thunder

 

Traded • Archie Clark to Pistons for • 1978 first round pick (#7-Ron Brewer) on 1975-09-24

Blazers

 

Traded • Wally Walker to Sonics for • 1978 first round pick (#7-Ron Brewer) • 1979 second round pick (#40-Andrew Fields) on 1977-11-11

  Ron Brewer
8 1-8
Jazz
Lakers

 

Sent • 1977 second round pick (#44-Essie Hollis) • 1978 first round pick (#16-Jack Givens) to Jazz and received • 1977 first round pick (#6-Kenny Carr) • 1978 first round pick (#8-Freeman Williams) • 1979 first round pick (#1-Earvin "Magic" Johnson) • 1980 second round pick (#26-Sam Worthen) from Jazz on 1976-08-05 as compensation for Lakers 1976-07-19 signing of free agent Gail Goodrich

Celtics

 

Traded • Charlie Scott to Lakers for • Don Chaney • Kermit Washington • 1978 first round pick (#8-Freeman Williams) on 1977-12-27

  Freeman Williams
9 1-9
Bulls
  Reggie Theus
10 1-10
Hawks
  Butch Lee
11 1-11
Warriors
Jazz

 

Received • Jazz option of Wesley Cox • $40K cash (declined) OR 1978 first round pick (#11-James Hardy) • $75K cash (accepted) on 1977-11-02 as compensation for veteran free agent E.C. Coleman

  James Hardy
12 1-12
Cavaliers
Bucks

 

Traded • Elmore Smith • Gary Brokaw to Cavaliers for • Rowland Garrett • 1977 first round pick (#11-Ernie Grunfeld) • 1978 first round pick (#12-George Johnson) on 1977-01-13

  George Johnson
13 1-13
Knicks
Nets

 

Sent • 1978 first round pick (#4-Micheal Ray Richardson) • 1979 first round pick (most favorable of Nets picks) (#7-Vinnie Johnson) • cash to Knicks and received • Phil Jackson • 1978 first round pick (#13-Winford Boynes) from Knicks on 1978-06-08 in settlement of Nets' indemnity agreement

  Winford Boynes
14 1-14
Wizards
  Roger Phegley
15 1-15
Bucks
Cavaliers

 

Traded • 1979 first round pick (#4-Greg Kelser) to Bucks for • 1978 first round pick (#15-Mike Mitchell) on 1978-06-01

  Mike Mitchell
16 1-16
Lakers
Jazz

 

Sent • 1977 first round pick (#6-Kenny Carr) • 1978 first round pick (#8-Freeman Williams) • 1979 first round pick (#1-Earvin "Magic" Johnson) • 1980 second round pick (#26-Sam Worthen) to Lakers and received • 1977 second round pick (#44-Essie Hollis) • 1978 first round pick (#16-Jack Givens) from Lakers on 1976-08-05 as compensation for Lakers 1976-07-19 signing of free agent Gail Goodrich

Hawks

 

Traded • Joe C. Meriweather to Jazz for • 1978 first round pick (#16-Jack Givens) • future considerations (?) on 1977-10-13

  Jack Givens
17 1-17
Thunder
Nuggets

 

Traded • Tom LaGarde to Sonics for • 1978 first round pick (#17-Rod Griffin) on 1978-06-09

  Rod Griffin
18 1-18
Nuggets
Wizards

 

Traded • Bo Ellis to Nuggets for • 1978 first round pick (#18-Dave Corzine) on 1977-10-11

  Dave Corzine
19 1-19
Suns
  Marty Byrnes
20 1-20
Spurs
  Frank Sanders
21 1-21
76ers
Nuggets

 

Traded • Bobby Jones • Ralph Simpson • 1980-84 first round pick (1984 #10-Leon Wood) to 76ers for • George McGinnis • 1978 first round pick (#21-Mike Evans) on 1978-08-16

 

More info

  Mike Evans
22 1-22
Blazers
Warriors

 

Traded • 1979 or 1981 first round pick (1981 #10-Albert King) to Blazers for • 1978 first round pick (#22-Raymond Townsend) on 1978-06-07

  Raymond Townsend
Round 2
23 2-1
Nets
Pistons

 

Traded • Howard Porter • Kevin Porter • cash to Nets for • Al Skinner • 1978 second round pick (#23-Terry Tyler) • 1979 second round pick (#29-Tony Price) on 1977-11-07

  Terry Tyler
24 2-2
Clippers
Hawks

 

Traded • Bill Willoughby to Braves for • 1978 second round pick (#24-Keith Herron) on 1977-09-13

Blazers

 

Traded • rights to Rich Laurel to Hawks for • 1978 second round pick (#24-Keith Herron) • future considerations (?) on 1977-10-05

  Keith Herron
25 2-3
Rockets
Hawks

 

Traded • Ron Behagen to Rockets for • 1978 second round pick (#25-Rick Wilson) • 1979 second round pick (#38-Larry Wilson) on 1977-12-16

  Rick Wilson
26 2-4
Kings
Lakers

 

Traded • Lucius Allen to Kings for • Ollie Johnson • 1978 first round pick (#5-Purvis Short) • 1978 second round pick (#26-Ron Carter) on 1977-06-01

  Ron Carter
27 2-5
Pacers
  Wayne Radford
28 2-6
Celtics
Rockets

 

Traded • John Johnson to Celtics for • 1977 second round pick (#34-Larry Moffett) • 1978 second round pick (#28-Buster Matheney) on 1977-06-09

  Buster Matheney
29 2-7
Pistons
  John Long
30 2-8
Jazz
Celtics

 

Traded • Fred Saunders to Jazz for • 1978 second round pick (#30-Jeff Judkins) on 1978-02-01

  Jeff Judkins
31 2-9
Bulls
  Marvin Johnson
32 2-10
Hawks
Knicks

 

Traded • Tom McMillen to Hawks for • 1978 second round pick (#32-John Rudd) on 1977-11-14

  John Rudd
33 2-11
Cavaliers
  Harry Davis
34 2-12
Knicks
  Greg Bunch
35 2-13
Warriors
Jazz

 

Traded • Nate Williams • 1981 first round pick (#5-Danny Vranes) in a 3-team trade with Sonics, Warriors for • Don "Slick" Watts • 1978 second round pick (#35-Tom Green) • cash on 1978-01-04

  Tom Green
36 2-14
Bucks
76ers

 

Traded • Fred Carter to Bucks for • 1977 second round pick (#25-Wilson Washington) • 1978 second round pick (#36-Maurice Cheeks) on 1976-12-08

  Maurice Cheeks
37 2-15
Wizards
  Terry Sykes
38 2-16
Lakers
Pistons

 

Unknown.

 

second round #16 Lew Massey "Los Angeles from Los Angeles through Detroit and Buffalo" per AP and 1978-79 NBA Guide

Clippers

 

Traded • John Shumate • player to be named later (Gus Gerard on 11-25) • 1979 or 1980 first round pick (1979 #10-Roy Hamilton) to Pistons for • Marvin Barnes • 1978 second round pick (#38-Lew Massey) • 1978 fourth round pick (#73-Larry Harris) on 1977-11-23

Lakers

 

Traded • Tom Abernethy to Braves for • 1978 second round pick (#38-Lew Massey) on 1978-06-07

Lew Massey
39 2-17
Thunder
  James Lee
40 2-18
Nuggets
Warriors

 

Unknown.

 

second round #18 Wayne Cooper "Golden State from Denver" per AP and 1978-79 NBA Guide

  Wayne Cooper
41 2-19
Suns
Clippers

 

Unknown.

 

second round #19 Jerome Whitehead "Buffalo from Phoenix" per AP and 1978-79 NBA Guide

  Jerome Whitehead
42 2-20
Spurs
Thunder

 

Traded • Mike Green to Spurs for • 1978 second round pick (#42-Kevin McDonald) • 1979 second round pick (#40-Andrew Fields) on 1977-11-12

  Kevin McDonald
43 2-21
76ers
  Glenn Hagan
44 2-22
Blazers
  Clemon Johnson
Round 3
45 3-1
Nets
  Mike Phillips
46 3-2
Clippers
Nuggets

 

Received • 1978 third round pick (#46-Hollis Copeland) from Braves on 1977-10-06 as compensation for Braves signing of free agent Ted McClaine

  Hollis Copeland
47 3-3
Rockets
  Billy Ray
48 3-4
Pacers
Clippers

 

Traded • Johnny Neumann to Pacers for • 1978 third round pick (#48-Mike Santos) • future considerations / cash on 1977-10-18

  Mike Santos
49 3-5
Kings
  Jeff Cook
50 3-6
Celtics
  Dana Skinner
51 3-7
Pistons
Clippers

 

Received • 1978 third round pick (#51-Ricky Gallon) from Pistons on 1977-08-05 as compensation for free agent Don Adams

  Ricky Gallon
52 3-8
Jazz
Kings

 

Received • 1978 third round pick (#52-Mike Russell) from Jazz on 1977-07-15 as compensation for Jazz signing of veteran free agent Glenn Hansen

  Mike Russell
53 3-9
Bulls
  Randy Ayers
54 3-10
Hawks
  Steve Grant
55 3-11
Knicks
  Marc Iavaroni
56 3-12
Warriors
  Steve Neff
57 3-13
Cavaliers
  Ken Higgs
58 3-14
Wizards
  Rick Apke
59 3-15
Bucks
  Pat Cummings
60 3-16
Lakers
  Michael Cooper
61 3-17
Thunder
  Dave Baxter
62 3-18
Nuggets
Nets

 

Traded • Ted McClain to Nuggets for • 1978 third round pick (#62-Dave Batton) • 1978 fourth round pick (#84-Walter Jordan) • cash on 1976-09-14

  Dave Batton
63 3-19
Suns
  Joel Kramer
64 3-20
Spurs
  Gerald Henderson
65 3-21
76ers
Clippers

 

Traded • Ted McClain to 76ers for • 1978 third round pick (#65-Marvin Dalph) • cash on 1978-01-31

  Marvin Dalph
66 3-22
Blazers
  Sterling Edmunds
Round 4
67 4-1
Nets
Rockets

 

Traded • Dave Wohl to Nets for • 1978 fourth round pick (#67-Jackie Robinson) on 1977-01-07

  Jackie Robinson
68 4-2
Clippers
  Jim Boylan
69 4-3
Rockets
  Joel Thompson
70 4-4
Kings
  Jeffrey Crompton
71 4-5
Pacers
  Ricky Lee
72 4-6
Celtics
  Dave Nelson
73 4-7
Pistons
Clippers

 

Traded • John Shumate • player to be named later (Gus Gerard on 11-25) • 1979 or 1980 first round pick (1979 #10-Roy Hamilton) to Pistons for • Marvin Barnes • 1978 second round pick (#38-Lew Massey) • 1978 fourth round pick (#73-Larry Harris) on 1977-11-23

  Larry Harris
74 4-8
Jazz
  Mel Davis
75 4-9
Bulls
Jazz

 

Traded • Glenn Hansen to Bulls for • 1978 fourth round pick (#75-Jeff Covington) on 1977-10-18

  Jeff Covington
76 4-10
Hawks
Clippers

 

Unknown.

 

Part of Bill Willoughby trade?

 

fourth round #10 Leroy McDonald "Buffalo from Atlanta" per AP and 1978-79 NBA Guide

  Leroy McDonald
77 4-11
Warriors
  Derrick Jackson
78 4-12
Cavaliers
  Stan Rome
79 4-13
Knicks
  Erving Giddings
80 4-14
Bucks
  Otis Howard
81 4-15
Wizards
  Larry Boston
82 4-16
Lakers
  Harold Robertson
83 4-17
Thunder
  Billy Lewis
84 4-18
Nuggets
Nets

 

Traded • Ted McClain to Nuggets for • 1978 third round pick (#62-Dave Batton) • 1978 fourth round pick (#84-Walter Jordan) • cash on 1976-09-14

  Walter Jordan
85 4-19
Suns
  Bob Miller
86 4-20
Spurs
  Rich Adams
87 4-21
76ers
  Brett Vroman
88 4-22
Blazers
Suns

 

Traded • Dale Schlueter to Blazers for • 1978 fourth round pick (#88-Wayne Smith) • 1978 conditional third round pick (conditioned on Schlueter being on the Blazers’ roster as of 1977-12-01) (not exercised) on 1977-07-15

  Wayne Smith
Round 5
89 5-1
Nets
  Cecile Rose
90 5-2
Clippers
  David Thompson
91 5-3
Rockets
  Gary Goodner
92 5-4
Pacers
  James Sparrow
93 5-5
Kings
  Derick Clairborne
94 5-6
Celtics
  Greg Tynes
95 5-7
Pistons
  Dave Caligaris
96 5-8
Jazz
  Donald Williams
97 5-9
Bulls
  Ron Anthony
98 5-10
Hawks
  Chris Potter
99 5-11
Cavaliers
  Ken Koenigs
100 5-12
Knicks
  Greg Green
101 5-13
Warriors
  Bubba Wilson
102 5-14
Wizards
  Roger Dickens
103 5-15
Bucks
  Russ Coleman
104 5-16
Lakers
  Carlos Terry
105 5-17
Thunder
  Ralph Drollinger
106 5-18
Nuggets
  Michael Edwards
107 5-19
Suns
  Andre Wakefield
108 5-20
Spurs
  Eugene Parker
109 5-21
76ers
  Mark Haymoore
110 5-22
Blazers
  Clay Johnson
Round 6
111 6-1
Nets
  Golie Augustus
112 6-2
Clippers
  Bob Miscevicious
113 6-3
Rockets
  Eddie Joe
114 6-4
Kings
  Jim Krivacs
115 6-5
Pacers
  Sherman Dillard
116 6-6
Celtics
  Dave Winey
117 6-7
Pistons
  Audie Matthews
118 6-8
Jazz
  John Douglas
119 6-9
Bulls
  John Shoemaker
120 6-10
Hawks
  Gerald Glover
121 6-11
Knicks
  Ed Warren
122 6-12
Warriors
  Buzz Hartnett
123 6-13
Cavaliers
  Ron Bell
124 6-14
Bucks
  Dave Kyle
125 6-15
Wizards
  Archie Aldridge
126 6-16
Lakers
  Kim Stewart
127 6-17
Nuggets
  Robert Heard
128 6-18
Suns
  Charles Thompson
129 6-19
Spurs
  Harry Morgan
130 6-20
76ers
  Osborne Lockhart
131 6-21
Blazers
  Tim Evans
Round 7
132 7-1
Nets
  Doug Jemison
133 7-2
Clippers
  Stan Pietkiewicz
134 7-3
Rockets
  Stan Stewart
135 7-4
Pacers
  Ollie Matson
136 7-5
Kings
  Charles McMilliam
137 7-6
Celtics
  Steve Balkun
138 7-7
Pistons
  Herb Entzminger
139 7-8
Jazz
  Willie Howard
140 7-9
Bulls
  Jarvis Reynolds
141 7-10
Hawks
  Jim DeWeese
142 7-11
Warriors
  Rick Bernard
143 7-12
Cavaliers
  Tony Smith
144 7-13
Knicks
  Gary Pember
145 7-14
Wizards
  Ed Hopkins
146 7-15
Bucks
  Kim Anderson
147 7-16
Lakers
  Larry Paige
148 7-17
Nuggets
  Jack Gilloon
149 7-18
Suns
  Steve Malovic
150 7-19
Spurs
  Hector Olivencia
151 7-20
76ers
  Anthony Murray
152 7-21
Blazers
  Walter Reason
Round 8
153 8-1
Nets
  Bruce Campbell
154 8-2
Clippers
  Felton Young
155 8-3
Kings
  Ron Hammye
156 8-4
Celtics
  Kim Fisher
157 8-5
Pistons
  Earl Evans
158 8-6
Jazz
  Carl Kilpatrick
159 8-7
Bulls
  Chubby Cox
160 8-8
Hawks
  Ed Murphy
161 8-9
Cavaliers
  Roland Martin
162 8-10
Knicks
  Greg Sanders
163 8-11
Warriors
  Tony Searcy
164 8-12
Bucks
  Tom Zaligaris
165 8-13
Wizards
  Nestor Cora
166 8-14
Nuggets
  Larry Vaculik
167 8-15
Suns
  George Fowler
168 8-16
Spurs
  Henry Taylor
169 8-17
76ers
  Alan Cunningham
170 8-18
Blazers
  Mark Wickman
Round 9
171 9-1
Nets
  Frank Sowinski
172 9-2
Clippers
  Bobby White
173 9-3
Celtics
  Les Anderson
174 9-4
Pistons
  Ulice Payne
175 9-5
Jazz
  Chad Nelson
176 9-6
Bulls
  Joe Ponsetto
177 9-7
Hawks
  Maurice Robinson
178 9-8
Knicks
  Danny Fields
179 9-9
Warriors
  Bobby Humbles
180 9-10
Cavaliers
  Steve Bayless
181 9-11
Wizards
  Tim Claxton
182 9-12
Bucks
  Gary Rosenberger
183 9-13
Nuggets
  Tom Schneeburger
184 9-14
Suns
  Nate Stokes
185 9-15
Spurs
  Rick Taylor
186 9-16
Blazers
  Paul Cozens
Round 10
187 10-1
Nets
  Michael Vicens
188 10-2
Celtics
  Walter Harrigan
189 10-3
Pistons
  Dave Grauzer
190 10-4
Jazz
  Rickey Williams
191 10-5
Bulls
  Mark Tucker
192 10-6
Hawks
  Marshall Lester
193 10-7
Warriors
  Mike Muff
194 10-8
Cavaliers
  Gary Winston
195 10-9
Knicks
  Ernest Simons
196 10-10
Bucks
  Tom Anderson
197 10-11
Wizards
  Steve Connor
198 10-12
Nuggets
  Phil Taylor
199 10-13
Suns
  Lewis Cohen
200 10-14
Spurs
  Larry Brewster
201 10-15
76ers
  Dennis James
202 10-16
Blazers
  Tim Workington