1956–57 NBA season

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1956–57 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) NBC
Regular season
Season MVP Bob Cousy (Boston)
Top scorer Paul Arizin (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Syracuse Nationals
Western champions St. Louis Hawks
  Western runners-up Minneapolis Lakers
Finals
Finals champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up St. Louis Hawks
NBA seasons

The 1956–57 NBA season was the 11th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship (which would be the first of their 17 NBA titles), beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 44 28 .611 - 24-4 11-18 9-6 20-16
x-Syracuse Nationals 38 34 .528 6 23-9 9-15 6-10 20-16
x-Philadelphia Warriors 37 35 .514 7 20-5 5–25 12-5 17-19
New York Knicks 36 36 .500 8 18-10 9-19 9-7 15-21


Western Division[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-St. Louis Hawks 34 38 .472 - 17-9 10-20 7-9 22-14
x-Minneapolis Lakers 34 38 .472 - 15-9 5-22 14-7 18-18
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 34 38 .472 - 23-5 5-23 6-10 17-19
Rochester Royals 31 41 .431 3 19-10 7-17 5-14 15-21
  • St. Louis finished ahead of Fort Wayne and Minneapolis by defeating them in tiebreaker matches.


x - clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points Paul Arizin Philadelphia Warriors 1,817
Rebounds Maurice Stokes Rochester Royals 1,256
Assists Bob Cousy Boston Celtics 478
FG% Neil Johnston Philadelphia Warriors 44.7
FT% Bill Sharman Boston Celtics 90.5

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

NBA awards[edit]

References[edit]