1961–62 NBA season

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1961–62 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 9
TV partner(s) NBC
Regular season
Season MVP Bill Russell (Boston)
Top scorer Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia Warriors
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Detroit Pistons
Finals
Finals champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
NBA seasons

The 1961–62 NBA season was the 16th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 4th straight NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 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 60 20 .750 23–5 26–12 11–3 26–10
x-Philadelphia Warriors 49 31 .613 11 18–11 19–19 12–1 18–18
x-Syracuse Nationals 41 39 .513 19 18–10 11–19 12–10 17–19
New York Knicks 29 51 .363 31 19–15 2–23 8–13 11–25


Western Division[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Los Angeles Lakers 54 26 .675 26–5 18–13 10–8 33–13
x-Cincinnati Royals 43 37 .538 11 18–13 14–16 11–8 29–17
x-Detroit Pistons 37 43 .463 17 16–14 8–17 13–12 24–22
St. Louis Hawks 29 51 .363 25 19–16 7–27 3–8 16–30
Chicago Packers 18 62 .225 36 15-23 3-39 0–0 10–30


x - clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 4,029
Rebounds Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 2,052
Assists Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals 899
FG% Walt Bellamy Chicago Packers 51.9
FT% Dolph Schayes Syracuse Nationals 89.9

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]

  1. ^ a b Robertson, Oscar (December 24, 2011), "N.B.A. Should Honor Its History and Learn From It", The New York Times