1948–49 BAA season

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1948–49 BAA season
League Basketball Association of America
Sport Basketball
Number of games 60
Number of teams 12
Regular season
Top scorer George Mikan (Minneapolis)
Eastern champions Washington Capitols
  Eastern runners-up New York Knicks
Western champions Minneapolis Lakers
  Western runners-up Rochester Royals
Champions Minneapolis Lakers
  Runners-up Washington Capitols
BAA/NBA seasons

The 1948–49 BAA season was the third and final season of the Basketball Association of America. (Later that year the BAA and National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association or NBA.) The postseason tournament at its conclusion, the 1949 BAA Playoffs, ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning the BAA Championship, beating the Washington Capitols 4 games to 2 in the BAA Finals.

The NBA recognizes the three BAA seasons as part of its own history, sometimes without comment,[1] so BAA 1948–49 is sometimes considered the third NBA season.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Four National Basketball League teams (Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Rochester) joined the BAA for the 1948–49 season.

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Western Division[edit]

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points George Mikan Minneapolis Lakers 1,698
Assists Bob Davies Rochester Royals 321
FG% Arnie Risen Rochester Royals .423
FT% Bob Feerick Washington Capitols .859

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

BAA awards[edit]


  1. ^ "NBA Season Recaps". NBA History (nba.com/history). July 1, 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-04.

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