Larry Bird was eligible for the '78 Draft because his original class had graduated (Bird dropped out of Indiana University in 1974). His hometown Pacers were set to Draft him, but couldn't convince Bird to leave college for the NBA. So they traded the pick to Portland, who also failed. In all, five teams passed on Bird before Red Auerbach snatched him up with the sixth pick. Hey guys, you could've drafted him and traded his rights, you know.