1948–49 Minneapolis Lakers season

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1948–49 Minneapolis Lakers season
NBA Champions
Division Champions
Head coach John Kundla
Arena Minneapolis Auditorium
Results
Record 44–16 (.733)
Place Division: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish BAA Finals
(Won 4-2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1948–49 BAA season was the Lakers' first season in the BAA (which later became the NBA).[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 9 Chuck Hanger  United States California
Arnie Ferrin G/F  United States Utah
Earl Gardner F  United States DePauw
Dee Gibson G/F  United States Western Kentucky
Johnny Orr F  United States Beloit

Roster[edit]

1948–49 Minneapolis Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F/C 11 Bloom, Mike 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1915-01-14 Temple
G/F 15 Carlson, Don 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1919-03-22 Minnesota
G/F 19 Dwan, Jack 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1921-05-03 Loyola
C 18 Ellefson, Ray 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1922-11-18 West Texas State
G/F 18 Ferrin, Arnie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1925-07-29 Utah
G 22 Forman, Donnie 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1926-01-17 NYU
F 14 Gardner, Earl 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1923-09-18 DePauw
G/F 13 Jaros, Tony 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1920-02-22 Minnesota
G/F 16 Jorgensen, Johnny 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1921-12-28 DePaul
G 20 Kachan, Whitey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1925-09-15 DePaul
C 99 Mikan, George 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1924-06-18 DePaul
SF 17 Pollard, Jim 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1922-07-09 Stanford
G/F 24 Schaefer, Herm 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1918-12-20 Indiana
G/F 12 Smith, Don 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1920-07-27 Minnesota
F 19 Tingle, Jack 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1924-12-30 Kentucky
Head coach

John Kundla


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

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Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1948–49 BAA records
Team BAL BOS CHI FWP IND MIN NYK PHI PRO ROC STL WAS
Baltimore 4–2 1–4 4–1 5–0 1–4 2–4 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 3–3
Boston 2–4 0–5 4–1 3–2 2–3 3–3 3–3 3–3 1–4 3–2 1–5
Chicago 4–1 5–0 4–2 5–1 2–4 3–2 2–3 5–0 2–4 3–3 3–2
Fort Wayne 1–4 1–4 2–4 3–3 2–4 1–4 5–0 4–1 0–6 1–4 2–3
Indianapolis 0–5 2–3 1-5 3–3 0–6 1–4 1–4 4–1 1–5 3–3 2–3
Minneapolis 4–1 3–2 4–2 4–2 6–0 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–2 4–2 2–3
New York 4–2 3–3 2–3 4–1 4–1 1–4 2–4 5–1 1–4 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 3–2 0–5 4–1 1–4 4–2 6–0 0–5 3–2 2–4
Providence 4–2 3–3 0–5 1–4 1–4 0–5 1–5 0–6 2–3 0–5 0–6
Rochester 4–1 4–1 4–2 6–0 5–1 2–4 4–1 5–0 3–2 6–0 2–3
St. Louis 3–2 2–3 3–3 4–1 3–3 2–4 2–3 2–3 5–0 0–6 2–3
Washington 3–3 5–1 2–3 3–2 3–2 3–2 3–2 4–2 6–0 3–2 3–2

Game log[edit]

# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 November 4 @ Baltimore 84–72 Herm Schaefer (23) 1–0
2 November 6 @ Washington 62–67 George Mikan (27) 1–1
3 November 9 @ Boston 55–77 George Mikan (29) 1–2
4 November 11 @ New York 77–68 George Mikan (34) 2–2
5 November 13 @ Providence 90–67 George Mikan (38) 3–2
6 November 14 @ Rochester 75–92 George Mikan (36) 3–3
7 November 17 Boston 72–74 George Mikan (21) 3–4
8 November 19 @ Chicago 85–81 Herm Schaefer (28) 4–4
9 November 21 Baltimore 94–81 George Mikan (33) 5–4
10 November 23 @ Indianapolis 88–82 George Mikan (33) 6–4
11 November 24 Providence 117–89 George Mikan (20) 7–4
12 November 27 @ St. Louis 87–71 George Mikan (26) 8–4
13 November 28 Philadelphia 88–67 Herm Schaefer (25) 9–4
14 November 30 vs Boston 94–84 George Mikan (32) 10–4
15 December 1 @ Fort Wayne 74–84 George Mikan (44) 10–5
16 December 4 @ Chicago 100–104 (OT) George Mikan (47) 10–6
17 December 5 St. Louis 78–68 George Mikan (27) 11–6
18 December 8 Washington 83–94 George Mikan (34) 11–7
19 December 10 @ Rochester 96–75 George Mikan (31) 12–7
20 December 12 Rochester 67–58 George Mikan (22) 13–7
21 December 15 Indianapolis 79–61 Jim Pollard (19) 14–7
22 December 19 Chicago 94–84 George Mikan (31) 15–7
23 December 21 @ Philadelphia 64–72 George Mikan (18) 15–8
24 December 22 @ New York 79–97 George Mikan (24) 15–9
25 December 26 Rochester 99–90 George Mikan (32) 16–9
26 December 29 Washington 91–68 George Mikan (34) 17–9
27 January 1 Fort Wayne 92–72 George Mikan (22) 18–9
28 January 5 St. Louis 101–76 George Mikan (31) 19–9
29 January 8 @ St. Louis 59–64 George Mikan (22) 19–10
30 January 9 St. Louis 74–58 George Mikan (29) 20–10
31 January 12 Providence 98–64 George Mikan (26) 21–10
32 January 16 Indianapolis 75–66 Jim Pollard (21) 22–10
33 January 18 @ Indianapolis 81–56 George Mikan (19) 23–10
34 January 20 Fort Wayne 83–65 George Mikan (29) 24–10
35 January 23 Philadelphia 89–71 George Mikan (33) 25–10
36 January 26 Chicago 84–49 Jim Pollard (20) 26–10
37 January 30 Washington 84–79 George Mikan (48) 27–10
38 February 2 @ Fort Wayne 82–79 (OT) George Mikan (31) 28–10
39 February 3 @ Philadelphia 78–76 George Mikan (30) 29–10
40 February 6 Rochester 74–85 George Mikan (32) 29–11
41 February 10 New York 95–75 George Mikan (21) 30–11
42 February 11 @ Chicago 97–105 George Mikan (36) 30–12
43 February 13 Baltimore 91–74 Jim Pollard (32) 31–12
44 February 16 Chicago 90–71 George Mikan (25) 32–12
45 February 18 @ Boston 85–71 George Mikan (28) 33–12
46 February 19 @ Providence 94–80 George Mikan (29) 34–12
47 February 22 @ New York 101–74 George Mikan (48) 35–12
48 February 24 Fort Wayne 77–73 George Mikan (31) 36–12
49 February 26 @ Baltimore 115–114 (2OT) George Mikan (53) 37–12
50 February 27 @ Fort Wayne 50–74 George Mikan (14) 37–13
51 March 3 @ Indianapolis 82–79 George Mikan (24) 38–13
52 March 6 Providence 68–59 George Mikan (21) 39–13
53 March 9 Boston 74–67 George Mikan (22) 40–13
54 March 10 @ St. Louis 71–88 George Mikan (26) 40–14
55 March 12 vs Indianapolis 97–69 Arnie Ferrin (22) 41–14
56 March 13 New York 100–90 George Mikan (51) 42–14
57 March 16 @ Washington 72–85 George Mikan (24) 42–15
58 March 17 @ Baltimore 67–101 Jim Pollard (22) 42–16
59 March 19 @ Rochester 99–85 George Mikan (46) 43–16
60 March 20 Philadelphia 91–78 George Mikan (28) 44–16

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) Chicago Stags: Lakers win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 84, Chicago 77
  • Game 2 @ Chicago: Minneapolis 101, Chicago 85

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Lakers and Stags.

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) Rochester Royals vs. (2) Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Minneapolis 80, Rochester 79
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 67, Rochester 55

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Royals and Lakers.

BAA Finals[edit]

(E1) Washington Capitols vs. (W2) Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 88, Washington 84
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 76, Washington 62
  • Game 3 @ Washington: Minneapolis 94, Washington 74
  • Game 4 @ Washington: Washington 83, Minneapolis 71
  • Game 5 @ Washington: Washington 74, Minneapolis 65
  • Game 6 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 77, Washington 56

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Capitols and Lakers.

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]