1981 NBA Draft Pick Transactions

yellow = data that is incomplete or uncertain

Overall # Round # Team Transactions Player Drafted
Round 1
1 1-1
Mavericks
  Mark Aguirre
2 1-2
Pistons
  Isiah Thomas
3 1-3
Nets
  Buck Williams
4 1-4
Cavaliers
76ers

 

Traded Terry Furlow to Cavaliers for 1981 first round pick (#4-Al Wood), 1983 first round pick (#3-Rodney McCray) on 1977-10-03

Blazers

 

Traded Lionel Hollins to 76ers for 1981 first round pick (#4-Al Wood), cash on 1980-02-08

Bulls

 

Traded Kelvin Ransey, 1981 first round pick (#16-Darnell Valentine) to Blazers for rights to Ronnie Lester, Bulls choice of Blazers 1981 first round pick, Cavaliers 1981 first round pick, or Blazers 1992 first round pick (1981 #4-Al Wood) on 1980-06-10

Hawks

 

Traded 1981 first round pick (#6-Orlando Woolridge), 1982 second round pick (#26-Ricky Frazier), option to swap first round picks in 1982 (not exercised) to Bulls for 1981 first round pick (#4-Al Wood), 1981 second round pick (#38-Clyde Bradshaw) on 1981-06-08

Al Wood
5 1-5
Jazz
Thunder

 

Traded Don "Slick" Watts in a 3-team trade with Jazz, Warriors for 1981 first round pick (#5-Danny Vranes) on 1978-01-04

  Danny Vranes
6 1-6
Hawks
Bulls

 

Traded 1981 first round pick (#4-Al Wood), 1981 second round pick (#38-Clyde Bradshaw) to Hawks for 1981 first round pick (#6-Orlando Woolridge), 1982 second round pick (#26-Ricky Frazier), option to swap first round picks in 1982 (not exercised) on 1981-06-08

  Orlando Woolridge
7 1-7
Thunder
Knicks

 

Received 1981 first round pick (#7-Steve Johnson) from Sonics in a modification of the compensation for the free agent Marvin Webster

Kings

 

Traded Bill Robinzine in 3-team trade with Cavaliers and Knicks for Joe C. Meriweather, 1981 first round pick (#7-Steve Johnson) on 1980-09-25

  Steve Johnson
8 1-8
Clippers
  Tom Chambers
9 1-9
Nuggets
Mavericks

 

Traded Kiki Vandeweghe, 1986 first round pick (#16-Maurice Martin) to Nuggets for 1981 first round pick (#9-Rolando Blackman), 1985 first round pick (#20-Sam Vincent) on 1980-12-10

  Rolando Blackman
10 1-10
Warriors
Blazers

 

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

Nets

 

Traded Calvin Natt to Blazers for Maurice Lucas, 1980 first round pick (#7-Mike Gminski), 1981 first round pick (#10-Albert King) on 1980-02-08

  Albert King
11 1-11
Wizards
  Frank Johnson
12 1-12
Kings
Pistons

 

Received 1981 first round pick (#12-Kelly Tripuka), cash from Kings as compensation for the 1980-06-12 signing of free agent Leon Douglas

  Kelly Tripucka
13 1-13
Rockets
Jazz

 

Traded Don "Slick" Watts to Rockets for 1981 first round pick (#13-Danny Schayes) on 1978-09-21

  Danny Schayes
14 1-14
Pacers
  Herb Williams
15 1-15
Blazers
  Jeff Lamp
16 1-16
Bulls
Blazers

 

Traded rights to Ronnie Lester, Bulls choice of Blazers 1981 first round pick, Cavaliers 1981 first round pick, or Blazers 1992 first round pick (1981 #4-Al Wood) to Bulls for Kelvin Ransey, 1981 first round pick (#16-Darnell Valentine) on 1980-06-10

  Darnell Valentine
17 1-17
Knicks
Cavaliers

 

Traded Randy Smith to Knicks for 1981 first round pick (#17-Kevin Loder) on 1981-05-20

Kings

 

Traded 1981 second round pick (#36-Ray Blume) and agreed to not exercise their right of first refusal on free agent Scott Wedman to Cavaliers for 1981 first round pick (#17-Kevin Loder) on 1981-06-09

  Kevin Loder
18 1-18
Spurs
Nets

 

Received 1981 first round pick (#18-Ray Tolbert) from Spurs as compensation for the Nets signing of free agent George Johnson 1980-08-15

  Ray Tolbert
19 1-19
Lakers
  Mike McGee
20 1-20
Suns
  Larry Nance
21 1-21
Bucks
  Alton Lister
22 1-22
76ers
  Franklin Edwards
23 1-23
Celtics
  Charles Bradley
Round 2
24 2-1
Mavericks
  Jay Vincent
25 2-2
Pistons
Celtics

 

Traded Earl Tatum to Detroit for Chris Ford, 1981 second round pick (#25-Tracy Jackson) on 1978-10-19

  Tracy Jackson
26 2-3
Nets
Pacers

 

Traded John Williamson to Nets for Bob Carrington, 1980 second round pick (#29-Louis Orr), 1981 second round pick (#25-Brian Jackson) on 1978-01-27

Blazers

 

Traded Clemon Johnson to Pacers for 1981 second round pick (#26-Brian Jackson) on 1979-10-09

  Brian Jackson
27 2-4
Jazz
  Howard Wood
28 2-5
Cavaliers
Lakers

 

Traded Kenny Carr to Cavaliers for 1980 second round pick (#31-Wayne Robinson), 1981 second round pick (#28-Gene Banks) on 1979-10-24

Bulls

 

Traded Mark Landsberger to Lakers for Oliver Mack, 1980 second round pick (#26-Sam Worthen), 1981 second round pick (#28-Gene Banks), cash on 1980-02-13

Spurs

 

Awarded two 1981 second round picks (#28-Gene Banks) (#30-Ed Rains), cash from Bulls on 1980-09-12 as compensation for free agent Larry Kenon

  Gene Banks
29 2-6
Hawks
Jazz

 

Traded Ron Lee to Hawks for 1980 second round pick (#41-Jawann Oldham), 1981 second round pick (#29-Eddie Johnson), future considerations (?) on 1979-10-10

Hawks

 

Traded Terry Furlow to Jazz for 1981 second round pick (#29-Eddie Johnson), 1982 second round pick (#26-Ricky Frazier), future considerations (?) on 1979-11-23

Kings

 

Awarded 1981 second round pick (#29-Eddie Johnson), cash from Hawks on 1980-11-03 as compensation for free agent Tom Burleson

  Eddie Johnson
30 2-7
Thunder
Bulls

 

Awarded 1981 second round pick (#30-Ed Rains) from Sonics on 1980-08-08 as compensation for free agent Dennis Awtrey

Spurs

 

Awarded two 1981 second round picks (#28-Gene Banks) (#30-Ed Rains), cash from Bulls on 1980-09-12 as compensation for free agent Larry Kenon

  Ed Rains
31 2-8
Clippers
Celtics

 

Traded Kevin Kunnert, Kermit Washington, rights to Freeman Williams, future considerations (Sidney Wicks on 08-15) to Clippers for Nate Archibald, Marvin Barnes, Billy Knight, 1981 second round pick (#31-Danny Ainge), 1983 second round pick (#28-Rod Foster) on 1978-08-15

  Danny Ainge
32 2-9
Nuggets
Bulls

 

Traded the rights to Cedric Hordges to Nuggets for a 1981 second round pick (#32-Mike Olliver) on 1980-06-09

  Mike Olliver
33 2-10
Wizards
Warriors

 

Traded Jeff Ruland to Bullets for 1981 second round pick (#33-Sam Williams) on 1980-06-10

  Sam Williams
34 2-11
Warriors
Jazz

 

Traded Bernard King to Warriors for Wayne Cooper, 1981 second round pick (#34-Kenneth Green) on 1980-09-11

Nuggets

 

Traded Robert Smith to Jazz for 1980 third round pick (#48-Eddie Lee), 1981 second round pick (#34-Kenneth Green) on 1979-10-09

  Kenneth Green
35 2-12
Rockets
Wizards

 

Traded Elvin Hayes to Rockets for 1981 second round pick (#35-Charles Davis), 1983 second round pick (#25-Sidney Lowe) on 1981-06-08

  Charles Davis
36 2-13
Kings
Cavaliers

 

Traded 1981 first round pick (#17-Kevin Loder) for 1981 second round pick (#36-Ray Blume) and agreed to not exercise their right of first refusal on free agent Scott Wedman to Cavaliers on 1981-06-09

Pacers

 

Traded 1981 second round pick (#36-Ray Blume), 1982 second round pick (#40-Guy Morgan) to Cavaliers for Pacers agreement not to exercise their right of first refusal over veteran free agent James Edwards on 1981-06-08

  Ray Blume
37 2-14
Pacers
Suns

 

Traded Don Buse to Pacers for 1981 second round pick (#37-Al Leslie), 1982 second round pick (#43-Jose Slaughter) on 1980-11-25

Pacers

 

Traded Dudley Bradley to Suns for 1981 second round pick (#37-Al Leslie), 1982 second round pick (#43-Jose Slaughter) on 1981-06-08

  Al Leslie
38 2-15
Bulls
Hawks

 

Traded 1981 first round pick (#6-Orlando Woolridge), 1982 second round pick (#26-Ricky Frazier), option to swap first round picks in 1982 (not exercised) to Bulls for 1981 first round pick (#4-Al Wood), 1981 second round pick (#38-Clyde Bradshaw) on 1981-06-08

  Clyde Bradshaw
39 2-16
Blazers
Pistons

 

Traded Jim Brewer to Blazers for 1981 second round pick (#39-Harvey Knuckles) on 1979-09-18

Lakers

 

Traded Wayne Robinson to Pistons for a 1981 second round pick (#39-Harvey Knuckles) on 1980-10-02

  Harvey Knuckles
40 2-17
Knicks
  Greg Cook
41 2-18
Spurs
Wizards

 

Traded Dave Corzine to Spurs for 1981 second round pick (#41-Claude Gregory), 1982 second round pick (#41-Dwight Anderson) on 1980-09-26

  Claude Gregory
42 2-19
Lakers
  Elvis Rolle
43 2-20
Suns
Mavericks

 

Traded Wiley Peck to Suns for 1981 second round pick (#43-Elston Turner), future considerations (?) on 1980-06-09

  Elston Turner
44 2-21
Bucks
Kings

 

Received 1981 second round pick (#44-Steve Lingenfelter) from Bucks on 1980-06-20 as compensation for free agent Len Elmore

Nets

 

Traded Cliff Robinson to Kings for Otis Birdsong, 1981 second round pick (#44-Steve Lingenfelter) on 1981-06-08

Wizards

 

Traded Roger Phegley to Nets for John Williamson, second round pick (1981 #44-Steve Lingenfelter) on 1980-02-04

  Steve Lingenfelter
45 2-22
Celtics
Rockets

 

Awarded 1981 second round pick (#45-Ed Turner), cash from Celtics on 1978-06-28 for free agent Kevin Kunnert

  Ed Turner
46 2-23
76ers
  Vernon Smith
Round 3
47 3-1
Mavericks
  Art Housey
48 3-2
Pistons
Wizards

 

Awarded 1981 third round pick (#48-Mike Ferrara), 1983 second round pick (#32-Michael Britt) from Pistons on 1980-11-12 as compensation for free agent Larry Wright

  Mike Ferrara
49 3-3
Nets
  David Burns
50 3-4
Cavaliers
Blazers

 

Traded Willie Smith to Cavaliers for 1981 third round pick (#50-Derek Holcomb) on 1979-08-24

  Derek Holcomb
51 3-5
Jazz
Lakers

 

Traded Ron Boone to Jazz for 1981 third round pick (#51-Zam Fredrick), future considerations (?) on 1979-10-25

  Zam Fredrick
52 3-6
Hawks
  Rudy Macklin
53 3-7
Thunder
  Mark Radford
54 3-8
Clippers
  Jim Smith
55 3-9
Nuggets
Cavaliers

 

Traded Dave Robisch to Nuggets for Kim Hughes, 1981 third round pick (#55-Mickey Dillard), 1982 second round pick (#40-Guy Morgan), future considerations (?) on 1980-10-30

  Mickey Dillard
56 3-10
Warriors
  Carlton Neverson
57 3-11
Wizards
Knicks

 

Traded Jim Cleamons to Bullets for 1981 third round pick (#57-Frank Brickowski) on 1979-12-04

  Frank Brickowski
58 3-12
Kings
  Curtis Berry
59 3-13
Rockets
Cavaliers

 

Awarded 1981 third round pick (#59-Russell Bowers) from Rockets as compensation for Rockets signing of free agent Bill Willoughby on 1980-11-27

  Russell Bowers
60 3-14
Pacers
  Purvis Miller
61 3-15
Blazers
  Petur Gudmundsson
62 3-16
Bulls
Clippers

 

Traded Scott Lloyd to Bulls for 1981 third round pick (#62-Sam Clancy) on 1978-10-26

Suns

 

Received 1981 third round pick (#62-Sam Clancy), 1983 third round pick (#51-Derek Whittenburg) from Clippers on 1981-02-03 as compensation for free agent Garfield Heard

  Sam Clancy
63 3-17
Knicks
  Wayne McKoy
64 3-18
Spurs
  Tom Baker
65 3-19
Lakers
  Ron Cornelius
66 3-20
Suns
  Craig Dykema
67 3-21
Bucks
  Mark Smith
68 3-22
76ers
  Ernest Graham
69 3-23
Celtics
  John Johnson
Round 4
70 4-1
Mavericks
  Eddie Moss
71 4-2
Pistons
  John May
72 4-3
Nets
  Edmund Sherod
73 4-4
Jazz
  George Torres
74 4-5
Cavaliers
  Ethan Martin
75 4-6
Hawks
  Kevin Figaro
76 4-7
Thunder
Warriors

 

Traded Rudy White to Sonics for 1981 fourth round pick (#76-Lewis Lloyd) on 1980-11-03

  Lewis Lloyd
77 4-8
Clippers
  Lee Raker
78 4-9
Nuggets
Kings

 

Traded rights to Geoff Crompton (who had been a fourth round pick in the 1978 draft) to Nuggets for 1981 fourth round pick (#78-Kenny Dennard) on 1978-07-10

  Kenny Dennard
79 4-10
Wizards
  Ron Davis
80 4-11
Warriors
  Terry Adolph
81 4-12
Rockets
  Larry Spriggs
82 4-13
Kings
  B.B. Davis
83 4-14
Pacers
  Rolando Frazier
84 4-15
Bulls
  Oliver Lee
85 4-16
Blazers
  Peter Verhoeven
86 4-17
Knicks
  Alex Bradley
87 4-18
Spurs
  Earl Belcher
88 4-19
Lakers
  Kevin McKenna
89 4-20
Suns
Pistons

 

Traded Andre Wakefield to Suns for 1981 fourth round pick (#89-Don Koonce) on 1979-08-20

  Don Koonce
90 4-21
Bucks
  Kris Anderson
91 4-22
Celtics
  Stanley Williams
92 4-23
76ers
  Rynn Wright
Round 5
93 5-1
Mavericks
  Pete Budko
94 5-2
Pistons
  George DeVone
95 5-3
Nets
  Joe Cooper
96 5-4
Cavaliers
  Ken Page
97 5-5
Jazz
  Mike Clark
98 5-6
Hawks
  Steve Krafscisin
99 5-7
Thunder
  Andra Griffin
100 5-8
Clippers
  Dennis Isbell
101 5-9
Nuggets
  Willie Sims
102 5-10
Warriors
  Hank McDowell
103 5-11
Wizards
  Garry Witts
104 5-12
Kings
  U.S. Reed
105 5-13
Rockets
  Hasan Houston
106 5-14
Pacers
  George Peterson
107 5-15
Blazers
  Herb Andrew
108 5-16
Bulls
  Johnny Nash
109 5-17
Knicks
  Jim Wright
110 5-18
Spurs
  Mike Rhodes
111 5-19
Lakers
  Craig Watts
112 5-20
Suns
  Paul Heuerman
113 5-21
Bucks
  Kelvin Troy
114 5-22
76ers
  Steve Craig
115 5-23
Celtics
  Glen Grunwald
Round 6
116 6-1
Mavericks
  Karl Bakowski
117 6-2
Pistons
  Vince Brookins
118 6-3
Nets
  Kevin Lynam
119 6-4
Jazz
  Kevin Sprewer
120 6-5
Cavaliers
  Aaron Strayhorn
121 6-6
Hawks
  Darryl Warwick
122 6-7
Thunder
  Earl Banks
123 6-8
Clippers
  Mike Pepper
124 6-9
Nuggets
  Alonzo Weatherley
125 6-10
Wizards
  Robert Williams
126 6-11
Warriors
  Carter Scott
127 6-12
Rockets
  Fred Cowan
128 6-13
Kings
  Brian Walker
129 6-14
Pacers
  Robert Fronk
130 6-15
Bulls
  Roger Burkman
131 6-16
Blazers
  Roshern Arnie
132 6-17
Knicks
  John Blair
133 6-18
Spurs
  Norman Shavers
134 6-19
Lakers
  Kevin Singleton
135 6-20
Suns
  Pete Harris
136 6-21
Bucks
  Jo Jo Hunter
137 6-22
Celtics
  Steve Waite
138 6-23
76ers
  Michael Thomas
Round 7
139 7-1
Mavericks
  Davis North
140 7-2
Pistons
  Greg Nance
141 7-3
Nets
  Rod Robertson
142 7-4
Cavaliers
  Andre Smith
143 7-5
Jazz
  Mike Robinson
144 7-6
Hawks
  Kevin Vesey
145 7-7
Thunder
  Tom Sienkiewicz
146 7-8
Clippers
  Randy Johnson
147 7-9
Nuggets
  Greg Manning
148 7-10
Warriors
  Robby Dosty
149 7-11
Wizards
  Randy Martel
150 7-12
Kings
  Clinton Wheeler
151 7-13
Rockets
  Joe Faine
152 7-14
Pacers
  Larry McKinney
153 7-15
Blazers
  Julius Wayne
154 7-16
Bulls
  Scott Williams
155 7-17
Knicks
  Terry Cramer
156 7-18
Spurs
  Mark Minderman
157 7-19
Lakers
  Larry Petty
158 7-20
Suns
  David Williams
159 7-21
Bucks
  Lewis Latimore
160 7-22
76ers
  John Crawford
161 7-23
Celtics
  Tom Seaman
Round 8
162 8-1
Mavericks
  David Kennedy
163 8-2
Pistons
  Joe Schoen
164 8-3
Nets
  Ken Webb
165 8-4
Jazz
  Bob Cattage
166 8-5
Cavaliers
  Glen Marcus
167 8-6
Hawks
  Gilbert Salinas
168 8-7
Clippers
  Todd Haynes
169 8-8
Nuggets
  Curtis Redding
170 8-9
Wizards
  Mike Howard
171 8-10
Warriors
  Yasutaka Okayama
172 8-11
Rockets
  Stanley Brewer
173 8-12
Kings
  Randy Smithson
174 8-13
Pacers
  Len Hatzenbeller
175 8-14
Bulls
  Ben Mitchell
176 8-15
Blazers
  John Smith
177 8-16
Knicks
  Brian O'Connor
178 8-17
Spurs
  Bob Bartholomew
179 8-18
Lakers
  Jay Triano
180 8-19
Suns
  Steve Risley
181 8-20
Bucks
  Mike Brkovich
182 8-21
Celtics
  George Morrow
183 8-22
76ers
  Frank Gilroy
Round 9
184 9-1
Mavericks
  John Hollinden
185 9-2
Pistons
  Eddie Baker
186 9-3
Nets
  Rudy Williams
187 9-4
Cavaliers
  Paul Roba
188 9-5
Jazz
  Ken Ollie
189 9-6
Hawks
  Howard Thompkins
190 9-7
Clippers
  Art Jones
191 9-8
Nuggets
  Andrew Burton
192 9-9
Warriors
  Doug Murrey
193 9-10
Wizards
  Eddie Brown
194 9-11
Kings
  Mike Perry
195 9-12
Pacers
  Scott Whitley
196 9-13
Blazers
  Sid Williams
197 9-14
Bulls
  Terry Martin
198 9-15
Knicks
  Marty Headd
199 9-16
Spurs
  Leonel Marquetti
200 9-17
Suns
  Brian Johnson
201 9-18
Bucks
  Chip Rucker
202 9-19
76ers
  Ron Wister
203 9-20
Celtics
  Greg McCray
Round 10
204 10-1
Mavericks
  Scott Bolanko
205 10-2
Pistons
  Melvin Maxwell
206 10-3
Nets
  Vic Sison
207 10-4
Jazz
  Joe Merten
208 10-5
Cavaliers
  Greg Boone
209 10-6
Hawks
  Mike Frazier
210 10-7
Clippers
  Tony Gwynn
211 10-8
Nuggets
  Derrick Rowland
212 10-9
Wizards
  Ralton Way
213 10-10
Warriors
  Barry Brooks
214 10-11
Kings
  Mark Wilson
215 10-12
Pacers
  Rodney Benson
216 10-13
Bulls
  Kenny Easley
217 10-14
Blazers
  Steve Cochran
218 10-15
Knicks
  Kevin Rogers
219 10-16
Spurs
  Alvin Brooks
220 10-17
Suns
  Felton Sealey
221 10-18
Bucks
  Artie Green
222 10-19
Celtics
  Ken Matthews
223 10-20
76ers
  Pete Mullenberg