1979 NBA Draft Pick Transactions

[I] = players who were later ruled ineligible by the NBA

yellow = data that is incomplete or uncertain

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

  Earvin "Magic" Johnson
2 1-2
Bulls
  David Greenwood
3 1-3
Celtics
Knicks

 

Traded • Bob McAdoo to Celtics for • 1979 first round pick (#3-Bill Cartwright) • 1979 first round pick (#9-Larry Demic) • 1979 first round pick (#21-Sylvester "Sly" Williams) • player to be named later (Tom Barker on 02-14) on 1979-02-12

  Bill Cartwright
4 1-4
Cavaliers
Bucks

 

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

Pistons

 

Traded • 1979 first round pick (#5-Sidney Moncrief) • cash to Bucks for • 1979 first round pick (#4-Greg Kelser) on 1979-06-25

Greg Kelser
5 1-5
Pistons
Bucks

 

Traded • 1979 first round pick (#4-Greg Kelser) to Pistons for • 1979 first round pick (#5-Sidney Moncrief) • cash on 1979-06-25

  Sidney Moncrief
6 1-6
Knicks
Thunder

 

Traded • Spencer Haywood to Knicks for • Eugene Short • conditional 1979 first round pick (Sonics would apparently get pick if Short failed to remain on Sonics roster for specified length of time, which he ultimately did not) (#6-James Bailey) • cash on 1975-10-23

  James Bailey
7 1-7
Nets
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

Thunder

 

Sent (in later modification of compensation on 1980-07-29) • 1981 first round pick (subsequent) (#7-Steve Johnson) • cash (subsequent) to Knicks and received • Lonnie Shelton • 1979 first round pick (#7-Vinnie Johnson) • $450K cash from Knicks as compensation for Knicks signing of free agent Marvin Webster on 1979-09-29

Vinnie Johnson
8 1-8
Pacers
Bucks

 

Traded • Bucks agreed to not exercise their right of first refusal on free agent Alex English to Pacers for • 1979 first round pick (#8-Calvin Natt) on 1978-10-03

Nets

 

Traded • Harvey Catchings to Bucks for • John Gianelli • 1979 first round pick (#8-Calvin Natt) on 1979-05-31

Calvin Natt
9 1-9
Warriors
Celtics

 

Traded • Jo Jo White to Warriors for • 1979 first round pick (#9-Larry Demic) on 1979-01-30

Knicks

 

Traded • Bob McAdoo to Celtics for • 1979 first round pick (#3-Bill Cartwright) • 1979 first round pick (#9-Larry Demic) • 1979 first round pick (#21-Sylvester "Sly" Williams) • player to be named later (Tom Barker on 02-14) on 1979-02-12

Larry Demic
10 1-10
Bucks
Warriors

 

Traded • John Gianelli to Bucks for • 1979 or 1980 first round pick (1979 #10-Roy Hamilton) • cash on 1977-09-02

Pistons

 

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

Roy Hamilton
11 1-11
Clippers
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

  Cliff Robinson
12 1-12
Blazers
  Jim Paxson
13 1-13
Hawks
Pacers

 

Received • 1979 first round pick (#13-Dudley Bradley) • cash from Hawks as compensation for their 1978-06-09 signing of free agent Dan Roundfield on 1978-07-28

  Dudley Bradley
14 1-14
Lakers
  Brad Holland
15 1-15
Nuggets
Pistons

 

Unconfirmed.

 

Traded • Ralph Simpson to Nuggets for • Jim Price • 1979 first round pick (#15-Phil Hubbard) (future draft choices (plural) per 1980-81 Register) (?-?) on 1978-02-01

 

Traded • Ralph Simpson • draft pick (possibly 1979 #25-Oliver Mack) • draft pick (possibly 1980 #47-Kurt Nimphius) to Nuggets for • Jim Price • 1979 first round pick (#15-Phil Hubbard) on 1978-02-01

  Phil Hubbard
16 1-16
76ers
  Jim Spanarkel
17 1-17
Rockets
  Lee Johnson
18 1-18
Kings
  Reggie King
19 1-19
Spurs
  Wiley Peck
20 1-20
Suns
Jazz

 

Traded • Leonard "Truck" Robinson to Suns for • Marty Byrnes • Ron Lee • 1979 first round pick (#20-Larry Knight) • 1980 first round pick (#19-John Duren) • cash on 1979-01-12

  Larry Knight
21 1-21
Thunder
Celtics

 

Traded • Dennis Awtrey to Sonics for • 1979 first round pick (#21-Sylvester "Sly" Williams) • cash on 1979-01-17

Knicks

 

Traded • Bob McAdoo to Celtics for • 1979 first round pick (#3-Bill Cartwright) • 1979 first round pick (#9-Larry Demic) • 1979 first round pick (#21-Sylvester "Sly" Williams) • player to be named later (Tom Barker on 02-14) on 1979-02-12

Sylvester "Sly" Williams
22 1-22
Wizards
Suns

 

Traded • rights to Steve Malovic to Bullets for • 1979 first round pick (#22-Kyle Macy) • 1980 third round pick (#59-John Campbell) on 1979-06-22

  Kyle Macy
Round 2
23 2-1
Jazz
  Tico Brown
24 2-2
Celtics
Suns

 

Traded • Dennis Awtrey to Celtics for • 1979 second round pick (#24-Johnny High) • cash on 1978-10-11

  Johnny High
25 2-3
Pistons
Nuggets

 

Traded • Jim Price • 1979 first round pick (#15-Phil Hubbard) to Pistons for • Ralph Simpson • draft pick (possibly 1979 #25-Oliver Mack) • draft pick (possibly 1980 #47-Kurt Nimphius) on 1978-02-01

Lakers

 

Traded • Charlie Scott in 3-team trade with Kings and Nuggets for • Ron Boone • 1979 second round pick (#25-Oliver Mack) • 1979 second round pick (#41-Mark Young) on 1978-06-26

Oliver Mack
26 2-4
Cavaliers
  Bruce Flowers
27 2-5
Knicks
  Reggie Carter
28 2-6
Bulls
Warriors

 

Traded • Charles Dudley to Bulls for • future draft considerations (1979 #28-Danny Salisbury) on 1978-10-10

  Danny Salisbury
29 2-7
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

 

Pistons and Nets media guides both mention the 1979 pick; the Register has conflicting information as to whether or not it was included.

  Tony Price
30 2-8
Warriors
Clippers

 

Received • 1979 second round pick (#30-Gary Garland) from Warriors on 1978-12-28 as compensation for Warriors 1978-07-15 signing of free agent Tom Abernathy

Nuggets

 

Received • 1979 second round pick (#30-Gary Garland) • 1979 second round pick (#33-Lawrence Butler / Larry Butler) from Clippers on 1979-06-14 as compensation for Clippers signing of free agent Brian Taylor on 1979-02-15

Gary Garland
31 2-9
Bucks
  Edgar Jones
32 2-10
Pacers
  Tony Zeno
33 2-11
Clippers
Nuggets

 

Received • 1979 second round pick (#30-Gary Garland) • 1979 second round pick (#33-Lawrence Butler) from Clippers on 1979-06-14 as compensation for Clippers signing of free agent Brian Taylor on 1979-02-15

Bulls

 

Traded • cash to Nuggets for • 1979 draft pick (probably #33-Lawrence Butler) • 1979 draft pick (possibly #197-Cortez Collins) on 1979-06-23

Lawrence Butler
34 2-12
Blazers
Knicks

 

Received • 1979 second round pick (#34-Kim Goetz) from Blazers on 1978-12-15 as compensation for free agent signing of Jim McMillian

  Kim Goetz
35 2-13
Hawks
  James Bradley
36 2-14
Nuggets
Nets

 

Traded • Darnell Hillman to Nuggets for • 1979 second round pick (#36-Clint Richardson) • cash on 1978-01-30

76ers

 

Traded • Wilson Washington to Nets for • 1979 second round pick (#36-Clint Richardson) • 1982 second round pick (#36-Mitchell "J.J." Anderson) • 1983 third round pick (#64-Claude Riley) on 1978-01-31

Clint Richardson
37 2-15
76ers
  Bernard Toone
38 2-16
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

  Larry Wilson
39 2-17
Lakers
  Victor King
40 2-18
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

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

Andrew Fields
41 2-19
Kings
Lakers

 

Traded • Charlie Scott in a 3-team trade with Kings, Nuggets for • Ron Boone • 1979 second round pick (#25-Oliver Mack) • 1979 second round pick (#41-Mark Young) on 1978-06-26

  Mark Young
42 2-20
Suns
Thunder

 

Traded • rights to Bayard Forrest to Suns for • 1979 second round pick (#42-Paul Mokeski) • cash on 1977-03-18

Rockets

 

Traded • John Johnson to Sonics for • 1979 second round pick (#42-Paul Mokeski) • 1980 second round pick (#43-Billy Williams) on 1977-10-22

Paul Mokeski
43 2-21
Thunder
  John Moore
44 2-22
Wizards
  Joe DeSantis
Round 3
45 3-1
Jazz
  Arvid Kramer
46 3-2
Celtics
Wizards

 

Unknown.

 

compensation for Joe Pace?

  Andrew Parker
47 3-3
Cavaliers
Bulls

 

Unknown.

 

Traded Chuck Jura to Cavaliers for future considerations (?) on 1978-08-11?

  Calvin Garrett
48 3-4
Pistons
  Terry Duerod
49 3-5
Bulls
  Cedrick Hordges
50 3-6
Knicks
  Geoff Huston
51 3-7
Nets
  John Gerdy
52 3-8
Bucks
  Larry Gibson
53 3-9
Pacers
Celtics

 

Received • 1979 third round pick (#53-Wayne Kreklow) from Pacers on 1978-08-07 as compensation for veteran free agent Kevin Stacom

  Wayne Kreklow
54 3-10
Warriors
  Lynbert Johnson
55 3-11
Clippers
  Tom Channel
56 3-12
Blazers
  Mickey Fox
57 3-13
Hawks
  Don March
58 3-14
76ers
  Earl Cureton
59 3-15
Rockets
  Ricardo Brown
60 3-16
Lakers
  Walter Daniels
61 3-17
Nuggets
Celtics

 

Received • 1979 third round pick (#61-Ernesto Malcolm) from Nuggets on 1978-09-08 as compensation for veteran free agent Tom Boswell

  Ernesto Malcolm
62 3-18
Kings
  Terry Crosby
63 3-19
Spurs
  Sylvester Norris
64 3-20
Suns
  Al Green
65 3-21
Thunder
Cavaliers

 

Received • 1979 third round pick (#65-Bill Laimbeer) • third round pick (1984 #60-Leonard Mitchell) from Sonics on 1978-09-05 as compensation for veteran free agent Dick Snyder

 

The Sonics media guide and other sources indicate that the compensation for Snyder was two second round picks. We belive this to be incorrect.

  Bill Laimbeer
66 3-22
Wizards
  Charles Floyd
Round 4
67 4-1
Jazz
  Greg Deane
68 4-2
Celtics
  Nick Galis
69 4-3
Pistons
Bucks

 

Traded • Otis Howard to Pistons for • 1979 fourth round pick (#69-Eugene Robinson) on 1978-10-23

  Eugene Robinson
70 4-4
Cavaliers
  Rick Swing
71 4-5
Knicks
  Larry Rogers
72 4-6
Bulls
  George Maynor
73 4-7
Nets
Thunder

 

Unknown.

 

TSN says trade involving Mike Bantom and Bob Love, but we know of no such trade. We do show that the Braves owed the Nets a 1979 fourth round pick as compensation for signing Bantom as a free agent in 1977. That transaction itself is very odd because (1) the Braves traded Bantom to the Pacers on the same day they signed him and (2) it seems like compensation for Bantom should have been more than just a fourth round pick.

 

Nets media guide says Nets "acquired Mike Bantom from Seattle in exchange for the Sonics' 1979 4th round pick (James Donaldson) and cash" on 1977-01-27

  James Donaldson
74 4-8
Pacers
  Don Newman
75 4-9
Warriors
  Ron Ripley
76 4-10
Bucks
Rockets

 

Traded • C.J. Kupec to Bucks for • 1979 fourth round pick (#76-Sammy Drummer) on 1978-07-26

  Sammy Drummer
77 4-11
Clippers
  Lionel Garrett
78 4-12
Blazers
  Daryll Robinson
79 4-13
Hawks
Lakers

 

Unknown.

 

Tony Robertson — The 1978-79 NBA Guide says Roberston was traded for a draft choice [singular], but the 1979 and 1980 TSN draft coverage issues both show picks going from Hawks to Lakers for him.

 

Lakers traded Connie Hawkins to Hawks for draft picks (?-?) on 1975-08-08?

  Ray White
80 4-14
Rockets
  Lionel Green
81 4-15
Lakers
  Ricky Reed
82 4-16
Nuggets
Warriors

 

Unknown.

 

TSN says Skip Wise— possibly they meant Willie Wise?

  Jerry Sichting
83 4-17
76ers
  Mike Niles
84 4-18
Spurs
  Al Daniel
85 4-19
Kings
  John McCullough
86 4-20
Suns
  Malcolm Cesare
87 4-21
Thunder
  Richie Allen
88 4-22
Wizards
  Lamont Reid
Round 5
89 5-1
Jazz
  Perry Wolfe
90 5-2
Celtics
  Jimmy Allen
91 5-3
Cavaliers
  Matt Simpkins
92 5-4
Pistons
  Flintie Ray Williams
93 5-5
Bulls
  Larry Washington
94 5-6
Knicks
  Johnny Green
95 5-7
Nets
  Joe Abramaitis (Jim Abromaitis)
96 5-8
Warriors
  George Lett
97 5-9
Bucks
  Jim Tillman
98 5-10
Pacers
  Billy Reid
99 5-11
Clippers
  Greg Joyner
100 5-12
Blazers
  Matt White
101 5-13
Hawks
  Tiny Pinder
102 5-14
Nuggets
  Larry Williams
103 5-15
76ers
  Carl McPipe
104 5-16
Rockets
  Allen Leavell
105 5-17
Kings
  Curtis Watkins
106 5-18
Spurs
  Steve Schall
107 5-19
Suns
  Mark Eaton
108 5-20
Wizards
  Marshall Ashford
Round 6
109 6-1
Jazz
  Ernie Cobb
110 6-2
Celtics
  Marvin Delph
111 6-3
Pistons
  Truman Clayton
112 6-4
Cavaliers
  Joe Manning
113 6-5
Knicks
  Phil Abney
114 6-6
Bulls
  Steve Smith
115 6-7
Nets
  Tony Smith
116 6-8
Bucks
  Derrick Mayes
117 6-9
Pacers
  Greg Guye
118 6-10
Warriors
  Jim Mitchem
119 6-11
Clippers
  Bob Bender
120 6-12
Blazers
  Ray Ellis
121 6-13
Hawks
  Dwight Williams
122 6-14
Nuggets
  Odell Ball
123 6-15
76ers
  Dan Hartshorne
124 6-16
Rockets
  Collie Davis
125 6-17
Spurs
  Terry Knight
126 6-18
Kings
  Bob Roma
127 6-19
Suns
  Dale Shackelford
128 6-20
Wizards
  Garcia Hopkins
Round 7
129 7-1
Jazz
  Paul Poe
130 7-2
Celtics
  Steve Castellan
131 7-3
Cavaliers
  Steve Skaggs
132 7-4
Pistons
  Ken Jones
133 7-5
Bulls
  Mike Eversley
134 7-6
Knicks
  Marc Coleman
135 7-7
Nets
  Jim Strickland
136 7-8
Pacers
  Dirk Ewing
137 7-9
Warriors
  Ren Watson
138 7-10
Bucks
  Stan Ray
139 7-11
Clippers
  Jene Grey
140 7-12
Blazers
  Jeff Tropf
141 7-13
Hawks
  Tim Waterman
142 7-14
76ers
  Bobby Willis
143 7-15
Rockets
  Rich Valavicius
144 7-16
Nuggets
  John Johnson
145 7-17
Kings
  Nick Daniels
146 7-18
Spurs
  Tyrone Branyan
147 7-19
Suns
  Ollie Matson
 
Wizards
  Joeffre Whitsenton [I]
Round 8
148 8-1
Jazz
  Keith McDonald
149 8-2
Celtics
  Glenn Sudhop
150 8-3
Pistons
  Rodney Lee
151 8-4
Cavaliers
  Mark Haymore
152 8-5
Knicks
  Billy Tucker
153 8-6
Bulls
  Tony Warren
154 8-7
Nets
  Henry Hollingsworth
155 8-8
Warriors
  Mario Butler
156 8-9
Bucks
  Larry Spicer
157 8-10
Pacers
  Brian Magid
158 8-11
Clippers
  Renaldo Lawrence
159 8-12
Blazers
  Willie Pounds
160 8-13
Hawks
  John Goedeke
161 8-14
Rockets
  Delbert Watson
162 8-15
Nuggets
  Matt Teahan
163 8-16
76ers
  Rick Raivio
164 8-17
Kings
  Tony Vann
 
Spurs
  Ed "Too Tall" Jones [I]
165 8-18
Suns
  Charles Jones
166 8-19
Wizards
  Jo Jo Walters
Round 9
167 9-1
Jazz
  Milt Huggins
168 9-2
Celtics
  Kevin Sinnett
169 9-3
Cavaliers
  Tim Joyce
170 9-4
Pistons
  Val Bracey
171 9-5
Bulls
  James Jackson
172 9-6
Knicks
  Brett Wyatt
173 9-7
Nets
  Ricky Free
174 9-8
Bucks
  Roger Lapham
175 9-9
Warriors
  Gene Ransom
176 9-10
Clippers
  Mike Dodd
177 9-11
Blazers
  Stan Eckwood
178 9-12
Hawks
  Cedric Oliver
179 9-13
Nuggets
  Emmett Lewis
180 9-14
76ers
  Coby Leavitt
181 9-15
Kings
  Gary Wilson
182 9-16
Spurs
  Eddie McLeod
183 9-17
Suns
  Hosea Champine
184 9-18
Wizards
  Ray Hooker
Round 10
185 10-1
Jazz
  Paul Dawkins
186 10-2
Celtics
  Alton Byrd
187 10-3
Pistons
  Willie Polk
188 10-4
Cavaliers
  Terry Peavy
189 10-5
Knicks
  Gordon Thomas
190 10-6
Bulls
  Marvin Thoms
191 10-7
Nets
  Eric Fleisher
192 10-8
Warriors
  Kevin Heenan
193 10-9
Bucks
  Chris Fahrbach
194 10-10
Clippers
  Greg Hunter
195 10-11
Blazers
  Kelvin Small
196 10-12
Hawks
  Chad Nelson
197 10-13
Nuggets
Bulls

 

Unconfirmed.

 

Traded • cash to Nuggets for • 1979 draft pick (probably #33-Lawrence Butler) • 1979 draft pick (possibly #197-Cortez Collins) on 1979-06-23

  Cortez Collins
198 10-14
76ers
  Keith McCord
199 10-15
Spurs
  Glen Fine
200 10-16
Kings
  Russell Saunders
201 10-17
Suns
  Korky Nelson
202 10-18
Wizards
  Steve Martin