1954–55 NBA season
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Number of teams||8 (9)note|
|Top scorer||Neil Johnston (Philadelphia)|
|Eastern champions||Syracuse Nationals|
|Eastern runners-up||Boston Celtics|
|Western champions||Ft. Wayne Pistons|
|Western runners-up||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Finals champions||Syracuse Nationals|
|Runners-up||Ft. Wayne Pistons|
The 1954–55 NBA season was the ninth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Syracuse Nationals winning the NBA Championship, beating the Fort Wayne Pistons 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.
- In response to the relatively slow pace of games, the NBA introduced a 24 second shot clock. The shot clock revitalized the game and scoring skyrocketed league-wide.
- The Baltimore Bullets ceased operations after playing 14 games, with a record of 3–11, and Baltimore's record was expunged. It would be the last time an NBA franchise folded.
- The NBA schedule had to be adjusted; each team now played 12 games against divisional opponents, and 9 games against the four teams in the other division, for a total of 72 games.
- The 1955 NBA All-Star Game was played in New York City, with the East beating the West 100–91. Bill Sharman of the Boston Celtics won the game's MVP award.
- NBC began televising NBA games. This continued until the 1962–63 season, when ABC took over. NBC would begin televising NBA games again in 1990.
|x-New York Knicks||38||34||.528||5||17–9||8–17||13–8||15–21|
|x-Fort Wayne Pistons||43||29||.597||–||21–6||9–14||13–9||28–8|
x – clinched playoff spot
|Points||Neil Johnston||Philadelphia Warriors||1,631|
|Rebounds||Neil Johnston||Philadelphia Warriors||1,085|
|Assists||Bob Cousy||Boston Celtics||557|
|FG%||Larry Foust||Fort Wayne Pistons||48.7|
|FT%||Bill Sharman||Boston Celtics||89.7|
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
- 1954–55 NBA Season Summary basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 10, 2010