1948–49 Fort Wayne Pistons season

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1948–49 Fort Wayne Pistons season
Head coach Carl Bennett (0–6)
Curly Armstrong (22–32)
Arena North Side High School Gym
Results
Record 22–38 (.367)
Place Division: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1947–48 1949–50 >

The 1948–49 BAA season was the Pistons' first season in the NBA/BAA and eighth season as a franchise.[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1948 BAA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 8 Ward Williams F  United States Indiana
Bobby Cook G  United States Wisconsin
Kenny Rollins G  United States Kentucky
Murray Wier G  United States Iowa

Roster[edit]

1948–49 Fort Wayne Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G/F 31 Armstrong, Curly 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1918-11-01 Indiana
F/C 29 B. Black, Charles 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1921-06-15 Kansas
PF Crocker, Dillard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1925-01-19 Western Michigan
G/F 35 Hale, Bruce 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1918-08-30 Santa Clara
G/F 36 Hamilton, Ralph 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1921-06-10 Indiana
C 30 Henry, Bill 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1924-12-27 Rice
F/C 32 Kinney, Bob 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1920-09-16 Rice
PG 35 Kirk, Walt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 1924-09-03 Illinois
G/F 26 Klier, Leo 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1923-05-21 Notre Dame
C 24 Mahnken, John 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1922-06-16 Georgetown
F/C 29 Mogus, Leo 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1921-04-13 Youngstown State
G/F 23 Niemiera, Richie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1921-05-26 Notre Dame
F/C 30 Pelkington, Jake 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1916-01-03 Manhattan
F/C Pugh, Roy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1922-10-16 SMU
G/F 37 Smiley, Jack 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1922-12-22 Illinois
G/F 20 Tough, Bob 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1920-08-28 St. John's
F/C 24 Towery, Blackie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1920-06-20 Western Kentucky
G/F 28 Triptow, Dick 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1922-11-03 DePaul
F 25 Williams, Ward 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1923-06-26 Indiana
Head coach

Curly Armstrong


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]

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 Record
1 November 3 New York 76–80 0–1
2 November 6 @ St. Louis 55–65 0–2
3 November 7 Baltimore 77–78 0–3
4 November 11 @ Providence 87–90 0–4
5 November 12 @ Boston 75–84 0–5
6 November 13 @ Washington 71–80 0–6
7 November 14 Indianapolis 79–73 1–6
8 November 17 Philadelphia 80–72 2–6
9 November 21 Chicago 69–70 2–7
10 November 23 @ Philadelphia 90–80 3–7
11 November 25 @ Baltimore 64–69 3–8
12 November 27 @ New York 70–80 3–9
13 November 28 Boston 80–74 4–9
14 November 30 @ Indianapolis 77–62 5–9
15 December 1 Minneapolis 84–74 6–9
16 December 4 @ St. Louis 62–76 6–10
17 December 5 Chicago 79–88 6–11
18 December 8 St. Louis 70–60 7–11
19 December 10 @ Chicago 70–78 7–12
20 December 12 New York 78–89 7–13
21 December 16 @ Providence 76–61 8–13
22 December 18 @ Rochester 64–84 8–14
23 December 19 Rochester 78–83 (OT) 8–15
24 December 23 @ Indianapolis 60–71 8–16
25 December 25 @ Washington 74–88 8–17
26 December 26 Washington 91–73 9–17
27 January 1 @ Minneapolis 72–92 9–18
28 January 2 Boston 69–90 9–19
29 January 8 @ Philadelphia 73–67 10–19
30 January 9 Indianapolis 80–78 11–19
31 January 15 @ Rochester 62–73 11–20
32 January 16 Providence 76–56 12–20
33 January 19 @ Chicago 104–96 (2OT) 13–20
34 January 20 @ Minneapolis 65–83 13–21
35 January 23 Rochester 80–81 (OT) 13–22
36 January 26 Philadelphia 88–80 14–22
37 January 28 @ Indianapolis 63–77 14–23
38 January 29 @ St. Louis 73–86 14–24
39 January 30 Baltimore 78–93 14–25
40 February 2 Minneapolis 79–82 (OT) 14–26
41 February 5 @ Rochester 61–80 14–27
42 February 6 Washington 82–72 15–27
43 February 8 vs Philadelphia 89–87 16–27
44 February 9 Indianapolis 67–70 16–28
45 February 12 @ New York 58–85 16–29
46 February 13 New York 82–73 17–29
47 February 15 @ Chicago 69–83 17–30
48 February 16 Baltimore 84–68 18–30
49 February 20 St. Louis 64–70 18–31
50 February 24 @ Minneapolis 73–77 18–32
51 February 27 Minneapolis 74–50 19–32
52 March 4 @ Boston 70–76 19–33
53 March 6 Rochester 66–78 19–34
54 March 8 vs Boston 60–63 19–35
55 March 9 Providence 84–80 20–35
56 March 12 @ Washington 60–87 20–36
57 March 13 Chicago 81–78 21–36
58 March 17 vs Providence 74–72 22–36
59 March 19 @ Baltimore 79–99 22–37
60 March 20 St. Louis 82–87 22–38

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