Looking for speed and scoring, the Washington Bullets picked guards Bryan Warrick of St. Joseph's and Dwight Anderson of Southern California as their first two selections in the National Basketball Association draft yesterday.
The Bullets, who had traded their first-round pick to Detroit for Kevin Porter in 1979, had three second-round picks. They used the first of them--the 25th pick overall--to take the 6-foot-5 Warrick. They selected Anderson, 6-3, with the draft's 41st choice.
They used the 44th overall pick to take 6-10 Mike Gibson of South Carolina-Spartanburg, then, on the ninth round, took 6-11 center James Terry of Howard University.
There were few surprises in the first round as Los Angeles opened the draft by selecting 6-9 forward James Worthy of national champion North Carolina.
San Diego, picking second, took 6-10 De Paul forward Terry Cummings, leaving Utah with 6-7 Dominique Wilkins of Georgia, whom most scouts considered the top crowd-pleaser in the draft. Eric Floyd, Georgetown's all-America guard, was the 13th player selected, going to the New Jersey Nets.
"I'm happy to be going to New Jersey," Floyd said. "They said they needed the things I feel I can do. It's a good place for me to be."
Floyd's teammate, 6-5 swing man Eric Smith, went to Portland in the fourth round. Boston took center Ed Spriggs of Georgetown on the eighth round.
The second area player selected was forward Linton Townes of James Madison, taken by Portland on the second round.
Among other area players picked: forward Charles Pittman of Maryland, by Phoenix on the third round; forward Dale Solomon of Virginia Tech, by Philadelphia on the third round; forward Andre Gaddy of George Mason, by Houston on the fourth round; guard Jeff Schneider of Virginia Tech, by Houston on the fifth round; and forward James Ratiff of Howard, by Atlanta on the eighth round.
This was the year of the undergraduate: eight of the first 12 selections gave up at least a year of college eligibility.
Besides Worthy, Cummings and Wilkins, undergraduates picked among the first 12 were Texas center LaSalle Thompson by Kansas City as the fifth selection, San Francisco guard Quintin Dailey by Chicago as the seventh, Ohio State forward Clark Kellogg by Indiana as the eighth, Wichita State forward Cliff Levingston by Detroit as the ninth and Boston College's John Bagley by Cleveland as the 12th.
Another undergraduate, Rob Williams of Houston, went to Denver on the 19th pick.
Bill Garnett of Wyoming was the fourth pick, going to Dallas, and Trent Tucker of Minnesota was the first guard taken, going to the New York Knicks on the sixth pick.
Boston and Philadelphia, the teams with the best records last season, had the last picks in the first round. The 76ers took center Mark McNamara of California and the Celtics took center Darren Tillis of Cleveland State.
The Bullet draft was open to the public and the crowd of 2,000 at Capital Centre booed Warrick's selection heartily. Most fans knew little about him. In contrast, the selection of Anderson drew cheers.
The Bullets, however, were delighted with Warrick. "He's the guy we wanted all along," Bernie Bickerstaff, the Bullets assistant coach, said. "He's a clutch player . . . He likes to take the big shots."
Warrick averaged 14.9 points a game and shot 5l percent from the field, playing mostly as the off guard.
"We've had a good book on Warrick for a long time," General Manager Bob Ferry said. "It was between him and Ricky Frazier of Missouri, who we liked a great deal, too. But without a 7-foot center, we don't need a 6-5 forward. Warrick has the rare ability to take the ball anywhere he wants on the court and he can get his own shot. Our plans are for him to step right in and contribute."
"Without a doubt, I think Washington is a good place for me," Warrick said. "I think it's a team on the rise. They (the Bullets) showed that against the Celtics in the playoffs."
Warrick said he also can play point guard and likes to shoot 16-foot jump shots. "I'll take the easiest shot the defense gives me," he said. "I'd always rather shoot a layup.
"I feel I can get my own shot if that's what's needed, but I think I have a pretty good all-round game."
In Anderson, the Bullets went for sheer talent, even if he has a reputation for occasionally playing out of control.
"We'e gambling on his talent," Ferry said. "He could turn into a big scorer, but the thing about him is his super speed and quickness."
Anderson played two years at Kentucky, then transfered to USC, where he averaged 19.3 points as a junior and 20.3 last season.
"I was a little surprised the Bullets took me, because I thought I'd go somewhere like Cleveland," he said. "But I like the Bullets' style. I had to control myself a lot in college because we played a structured game, but I like to run."
He played some at forward at Kentucky and said he feels comfortable at either guard spot.
He said his problems at Kentucky "got blown way out of proportion. It was just a question of me not liking the system, so I transferred to some place where I could be happy. There was no real problem at Kentucky, I just wasn't happy there.
"Competition doesn't bother me at all. As long as I have my speed, I know I can play, and I don't think there's anyone faster than I am."
Coach Gene Shue said the Bullets changed their strategy for the draft two weeks ago after working out 6-9 Steve Lingenfelter, a second-round draft choice last year who played in Italy last season. "We feel Lingenfelter will be a player, so we went for guards with our first two picks," Shue said.
Ferry is high on Gibson, who averaged 16.2 points and nine rebounds and was the most valuable player in the NAIA tournament.
"He's one of the best 6-10 shooters I've seen in a long time," Ferry said. "He'll surprise a lot of people."