1959–60 NBA season

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1959–60 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) NBC
Regular season
Season MVP Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Top scorer Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia Warriors
Western champions St. Louis Hawks
  Western runners-up Minneapolis Lakers
Finals
Champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up St. Louis Hawks
NBA seasons

The 1959–60 NBA season was the 14th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 2nd straight NBA Championship, beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • The 1960 NBA All-Star Game was played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the East beating the West 125–115. Rookie Wilt Chamberlain of the local Philadelphia Warriors won the game's MVP award.
  • The Minneapolis Lakers played their final season in the Twin Cities. There would not be another NBA team in Minnesota until the birth of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989–90.
  • In an interesting quirk in the schedule, the Philadelphia Warriors and Minneapolis Lakers play a two-game series in California on January 31-February 1, 1960, with the first game being played in San Francisco (the Warriors' future home) and the second in Los Angeles (the Lakers' future home).
  • The NBA schedule was expanded from 72 games per team to 75.

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 59 16 .787 25–2 24–9 10–5 28–11
x-Philadelphia Warriors 49 26 .653 10 22–6 12–19 15–1 22–17
x-Syracuse Nationals 45 30 .600 14 25–4 12–19 8–7 21–18
New York Knicks 27 48 .360 32 13–18 9–19 5–11 7–32


Western Division[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-St. Louis Hawks 46 29 .613 28–5 12–20 6–4 27–12
x-Detroit Pistons 30 45 .400 16 17–14 6–21 7–10 20–19
x-Minneapolis Lakers 25 50 .333 21 9–15 9–21 7–14 17–22
Cincinnati Royals 19 56 .253 27 9–22 2–20 8–14 14–25


x - clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 2,707
Rebounds Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 1,941
Assists Bob Cousy Boston Celtics 715
FG% Kenny Sears New York Knicks .477
FT% Dolph Schayes Syracuse Nationals .893

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]