Earl Lloyd was first black NBA player, Chuck Cooper was the first black player to be drafted, and Nat Clifton was the first black player to sign a contract with an NBA team.
Chuck Cooper was the first black player to be drafted
1950 by the Boston Celtics
Chuck Cooper was the second round draft choice, and 14th overall pick, of the Boston Celtics in the 1950 NBA draft.
Chuck Cooper was one of the first African-American males in the NBA.
The 1950-51 season is when African Americans first played in the NBA. The first African American to be drafted by an NBA team was Chuck Cooper by the Boston Celtics. The first African American to play in an NBA game was Earl Lloyd of the Washington Capitols.
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The first black man to play in the NBA is Charles Henry Cooper who was known as Chuck Cooper. He played for the Boston Celtics.