1949–50 NBA season

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1949–50 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 29, 1949 – March 19, 1950
March 20–April 6, 1950 (Playoffs)
April 8–23, 1950 (Finals)
Number of games68
Number of teams17
Draft
Top draft pickHowie Shannon
Picked byProvidence Steamrollers
Regular season
Top scorerGeorge Mikan (Minneapolis)
Playoffs
Eastern championsSyracuse Nationals
  Eastern runners-upNew York Knicks
Central championsMinneapolis Lakers
  Central runners-upFort Wayne Pistons
Western championsAnderson Packers
  Western runners-upIndianapolis Olympians
Finals
ChampionsMinneapolis Lakers
  Runners-upSyracuse Nationals
NBA seasons

The 1949–50 NBA season was the inaugural season of the National Basketball Association, which was created in 1949 by merger of the 3-year-old BAA and 12-year-old NBL. The postseason tournament at its conclusion, the 1950 NBA Playoffs, ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the Syracuse Nationals 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

Commonly 1949–50 is counted as the fourth NBA season. It recognizes the three BAA seasons (1946–47, 1947–48 and 1948–49) as part of its own history, sometimes without comment.[1]

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1948–49 coach 1949–50 coach
Fort Wayne Pistons Curly Armstrong Murray Mendenhall
Indianapolis Olympians Burl Fiddle Cliff Barker
Washington Capitols Red Auerbach Bob Feerick
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
N/A

Final standings[edit]

In this inaugural NBA season only, the ten surviving teams from BAA 1949 played a heavy schedule of games with each other and a light schedule with the seven NBL participants in the merger that created the league; and vice versa. The BAA 1949 teams were all except Syracuse in the East and all five in the Central Division; none in the West.[2]

Eastern Division[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Syracuse Nationals 51 13 .797 31–1 15–12 5–0 9–1
x-New York Knicks 40 28 .588 13 19–10 18–16 3–2 20–6
x-Washington Capitols 32 36 .471 21 21–13 10–20 1–3 13–13
x-Philadelphia Warriors 26 42 .382 25 15–15 8–23 3–4 9–17
Baltimore Bullets 25 43 .368 26 16–15 8–25 1–3 8–18
Boston Celtics 22 46 .324 29 12–14 5–28 5–4 11–15

Syracuse played a heavy schedule of 44 games against Western Division teams: on average just over seven games each, same as they played each other (35 to 37 games against five Western rivals). The Western Division teams were generally weaker on the court; none of the teams there won half of its games played outside the division. Yet Syracuse won at the same 80% rate against the East and Central (16–4) or against the West (35–9).[2]

Central Division[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Minneapolis Lakers 51 17 .750 30–1 18–16 3–0 16–8
x-Rochester Royals 51 17 .750 33–1 17–6 1–0 15–9
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 40 28 .588 11 28–6 12–22 14–10
x-Chicago Stags 40 28 .588 11 18–6 14–21 8–1 11–13
St. Louis Bombers 26 42 .382 25 17–14 7–26 2–2 4–20

To define first and third place, the Lakers played one game against the Royals, while the Stags played one against the Pistons, preliminary to the 1950 NBA Playoffs.

The five Central Division teams and five Eastern teams beside Syracuse—that is, the ten BAA 1949 teams—uniformly played 68 games: six games in each pairing among themselves (54) and two games each against each of the Western teams and Syracuse (14).[2]

Western Division[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Indianapolis Olympians 39 25 .609 24–7 12–16 3–2 26–9
x-Anderson Packers 37 27 .578 2 22–9 12–18 3–0 25–12
x-Tri-Cities Blackhawks 29 35 .453 10 20–13 6–20 3–2 20–17
x-Sheboygan Red Skins 22 40 .355 17 17–14 5–22 0–4 15–20
Waterloo Hawks 19 43 .306 20 16–15 2–22 1–6 13–22
Denver Nuggets 11 51 .177 28 9–16 1–25 1–10 8–27

The six Western Division teams and Syracuse—that is, the seven NBL participants in the merger—uniformly played two games each against every one of the ten BAA 1949 teams, the East and Central teams except Syracuse (20 games each). They played seven or nine games in each pairing among themselves (at least 42 games).[2]

x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points George Mikan Minneapolis Lakers 1,865
Assists Dick McGuire New York Knicks 386
FG% Alex Groza Indianapolis Olympians .478
FT% Max Zaslofsky Chicago Stags .843

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

NBA awards[edit]

References[edit]

General source: 1949–50 NBA Season Summary basketball-reference.com. Retrieved August 31, 2010.

  1. ^ "NBA Season Recaps". NBA History (nba.com/history). July 1, 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  2. ^ a b c d "Expanded Standings". "1949–50 NBA Standings". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.

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