Parish, McHale’s pick traded for; Bird, Ainge drafted

Larry Bird, center, becomes the richest rookie in sports history with $3.25 million for five years when he signs with the Boston Celtics on June 9, 1979 in Boston. Left is Celtics President Red Auerbach. At right is Celtics head coach Bill Fitch. (AP photo)

They also designed a player you may have heard of – forward Larry Bird.

Bird was awarded the draft’s sixth overall pick, although he was still enrolled at Indiana State University, taking advantage of a now-closed loophole in the collective bargaining agreement.

He would complete his final season at Indiana State before moving to Boston for his Hall of Fame career, which includes three titles, 12 All-Star nominations, 10 All-NBA teams, three Most Valuable Player Awards and many more other awards included.

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