1946–47 BAA season

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1946–47 BAA season
League Basketball Association of America
Sport Basketball
Duration November 1, 1946 – March 31, 1947
Number of teams 11
Regular season
Top scorer Joe Fulks (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Philadelphia Warriors
  Eastern runners-up New York Knicks
Western champions Chicago Stags
  Western runners-up Washington Capitols
Finals
Champions Philadelphia Warriors
  Runners-up Chicago Stags
BAA/NBA seasons
← None

The 1946–47 BAA season was the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of America, the league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association. The league launched with 11 franchises playing a 60 game schedule. The season ended with the Philadelphia Warriors becoming the BAA's first champions, beating the Chicago Stags 4 games to 1 in the BAA Finals.

Notable events[edit]

  • On November 1, 1946, in the inaugural game of the new league, the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68–66 in front of 7,090 spectators at Maple Leaf Gardens. Ossie Schectman scored the opening basket for the New York Knickerbockers against the Toronto Huskies. In 1949, the BAA became the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Schectman’s shot is considered the first basket in the history of the NBA.[1]

    Standings[edit]

    Eastern Division[edit]

    Western Division[edit]

    League leaders[edit]

    Category Player Team Stat
    Points Joe Fulks Philadelphia Warriors 1,389
    Assists Ernie Calverley Providence Steamrollers 202
    FG% Bob Feerick Washington Capitols .401
    FT% Fred Scolari Washington Capitols .811

    Note: Prior to the 1969-70 season, league leaders in points and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.

    League awards[edit]

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