1949–50 NBA season
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Top scorer||George Mikan (Minneapolis)|
|Eastern champions||Syracuse Nationals|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Knicks|
|Western champions||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Western runners-up||Anderson Packers|
|Finals champions||Minneapolis Lakers|
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 
- 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 
- x - clinched playoff spot
Eastern Division 
|x-New York Knicks||40||28||.588||13||19-10||18-16||3-2||20-6|
Central Division 
|x-Fort Wayne Pistons||40||28||.588||11||28-6||12-22||-||14-10|
|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 
|x-Sheboygan Red Skins||22||40||.355||17||17-14||5–22||0-4||5-12|
Statistics leaders 
|Points||George Mikan||Minneapolis Lakers||1,865|
|Assists||Dick McGuire||New York Knicks||386|
|FG%||Alex Groza||Indianapolis Olympians||47.8|
|FT%||Max Zaslofsky||Chicago Stags||84.3|
Note: Prior to the 1969-70 season, league leaders in points and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
NBA awards 
- 1949-50 NBA Season Summary basketball-reference.com. Retrieved August 31, 2010
See also 
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