1949–50 NBA season

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1949–50 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 17
Regular season
Top scorer George Mikan (Minneapolis)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Syracuse Nationals
  Eastern runners-up New York Knicks
Central champions Minneapolis Lakers
  Central runners-up Fort Wayne Pistons
Western champions Anderson Packers
  Western runners-up Indianapolis Olympians
Finals
Champions Minneapolis Lakers
  Runners-up Syracuse Nationals
NBA seasons

The 1949–50 NBA season was the fourth season of the National Basketball Association and the first season the league became known as the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the Syracuse Nationals 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • The Indianapolis Jets and Providence Steamrollers folded after the 1948–49 season.
  • Six established teams (Anderson, Denver, Sheboygan, Syracuse, Tri-Cities, and Waterloo) from the National Basketball League were absorbed into the Basketball Association of America. The Indianapolis Olympians, an expansion team scheduled to begin play in the NBL in 1949-50, were also added. As a result, the BAA was renamed the National Basketball Association.
  • The league realigned itself into three divisions.

Final standings[edit]

x - clinched playoff spot

Eastern Division[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Syracuse Nationals 51 13 .797 - 31-1 15-12 5-0 9-1
x-New York Knicks 40 28 .588 13 19-10 18-16 3-2 20-6
x-Washington Capitols 32 36 .471 21 21-13 10-20 1-3 13-13
x-Philadelphia Warriors 26 42 .382 25 15-15 8–23 3-4 9-17
Baltimore Bullets 25 43 .368 26 16-15 8–25 1-3 8-18
Boston Celtics 22 46 .324 29 12-14 5–28 5-4 11-15


Central Division[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Minneapolis Lakers 51 17 .750 - 30-1 18-16 3-0 16-8
x-Rochester Royals 51 17 .750 - 33-1 17-6 1-0 15-9
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 40 28 .588 11 28-6 12-22 - 14-10
x-Chicago Stags 40 28 .588 11 18-6 14–21 8-1 11-13
St. Louis Bombers 26 42 .382 25 17-14 7–26 2-2 4-20


  • To define first and third place, the Lakers played against the Royals, and the Stags against the Pistons.

Western Division[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Indianapolis Olympians 39 25 .609 - 24-7 12-16 3-2 8-11
x-Anderson Packers 37 27 .578 2 22-9 12-18 3-0 7-10
x-Tri-Cities Blackhawks 29 35 .453 10 20-13 6-20 3-2 8-9
x-Sheboygan Red Skins 22 40 .355 17 17-14 5–22 0-4 5-12
Waterloo Hawks 19 43 .306 20 16-15 2–22 1-6 4-13
Denver Nuggets 11 51 .177 28 9-16 1–25 1-10 3-14


Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points George Mikan Minneapolis Lakers 1,865
Assists Dick McGuire New York Knicks 386
FG% Alex Groza Indianapolis Olympians .478
FT% Max Zaslofsky Chicago Stags .843

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

NBA awards[edit]

References[edit]