1953–54 NBA season
|1953–54 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Number of teams||9|
|Top scorer||Neil Johnston (Philadelphia)|
|Eastern champions||Syracuse Nationals|
|Eastern runners-up||Boston Celtics|
|Western champions||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Western runners-up||Rochester Royals|
The 1953–54 NBA season was the eighth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning their 5th NBA Championship in 6 years, beating the Syracuse Nationals 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. It was also the final time the Lakers would win an NBA Championship before the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960.
- The Indianapolis Olympians fold prior to the start of the season.
- The 1954 NBA All-Star Game was played in New York City, with the East beating the West 98–93 in overtime. Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics won the game's MVP award.
- This marked the first year the NBA had a national television contract. The contract had the DuMont Television Network televising 13 games, paying 39,000 dollars for the rights.
|x-New York Knicks||44||28||.611||–||18–8||15–13||11–7||24–16|
|x-Fort Wayne Pistons||40||32||.556||6||19–8||11–17||10–7||17–15|
x – clinched playoff spot
|Points||Neil Johnston||Philadelphia Warriors||1,759|
|Rebounds||Harry Gallatin||New York Knicks||1,098|
|Assists||Bob Cousy||Boston Celtics||518|
|FG%||Ed Macauley||Boston Celtics||.486|
|FT%||Bill Sharman||Boston Celtics||.844|
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
- 1953–54 NBA Season Summary basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 10, 2010
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