During the 1961 NBA draft, Cleveland Buckner was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 6th round as the 1st pick and overall 51st pick. He was a member of this team for 2 seasons, namely, the 1961-62 and 1962-63 season. In the earlier season, he took part in 62 games (696 playing minutes) and in the latter season, he took part in 6 games (27 playing minutes). Overall, his Player Efficiency Rating was 15.6 and True Shooting Percentage was 0.470. He did not get a chance to prove himself in the playoffs of the NBA.
Buckner played in college for Jackson State University. He weighs 210 lbs and is 6 feet 9 inches tall. He was assigned the position of Forward Center. His jersey number was 12.
During the NCAA competition in 1961, Buckner was a member of Jackson St. U. However, he did not get a chance to play in any of the games.
Cleveland Buckner took the opportunity of representing New York Knicks in the NBA during 68 games. He played for 723 minutes. His field goal percentage was 0.432 and field goal percentage was 0.620. He registered 411 points, 120 personal fouls, 44 assists and 240 rebounds.