1952–53 Minneapolis Lakers season

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1952–53 Minneapolis Lakers season
Fourth NBA Championship
Head coach John Kundla
Arena Minneapolis Auditorium
Results
Record 48–22 (.686)
Place Division: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio WLOL
< 1951–52 1953–54 >

The 1952-53 NBA season was the franchise's fifth season in the NBA. The Lakers continued to be the dominant force in the league as they won the Western Division with a 48-22 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers would sweep the Indianapolis Olympians in 2 straight. In the Western Finals, the Lakers would win the first 2 games at home. Against the Fort Wayne Pistons, the Lakers were pushed to a 5th game. The series returned to Minneapolis, where the Lakers won the 5th game 74-58. In the Finals, the Lakers vanquished the New York Knickerbockers for their 2nd straight Championship, and 4th Championship overall in the franchise's first five seasons in the NBA.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C George Mikan Lew Hitch
PF Vern Mikkelsen Dick Schnittker
SF Jim Pollard Jim Holstein
SG Pep Saul Bob Harrison
PG Slater Martin Whitey Skoog

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Minneapolis Lakers 48 22 .686 - 24-2 16-15 8-5 17-13
x-Rochester Royals 44 26 .629 4 24-8 13-17 7-1 27-13
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 36 33 .522 11.5 25-9 8-19 3-5 18-22
x-Indianapolis Olympians 28 43 .394 20.5 19-14 4-23 5-6 15-26
Milwaukee Hawks 27 44 .380 21.5 14-8 3-24 10-12 15-26


Season Schedule[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

(1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (4) Indianapolis Olympians: Lakers win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 85, Indianapolis 69
  • Game 2 @ Indianapolis: Minneapolis 81, Indianapolis 79

Last Playoff Meeting: 1952 Western Division Semifinals (Minneapolis won 2-0)

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) Fort Wayne Pistons: Lakers win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 83, Fort Wayne 73
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 82, Fort Wayne 75
  • Game 3 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 98, Minneapolis 95
  • Game 4 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 85, Minneapolis 82
  • Game 5 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 74, Fort Wayne 58

Last Playoff Meeting: 1950 Central Division Finals (Minneapolis won 2-0)

NBA Finals[edit]

(W1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (E1) New York Knicks: Lakers win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: New York 96, Minneapolis 88
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 73, New York 71
  • Game 3 @ New York: Minneapolis 90, New York 75
  • Game 4 @ New York: Minneapolis 71, New York 69
  • Game 5 @ New York: Minneapolis 91, New York 84

Last Playoff Meeting: 1952 NBA Finals (Minneapolis won 4-3)

Awards and honors[edit]

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