1950–51 Fort Wayne Pistons season

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1950–51 Fort Wayne Pistons season
Head coach Murray Mendenhall
Arena North Side High School Gym
Results
Record 32–36 (.471)
Place Division: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish West Division Semifinals
(eliminated 1–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1950–51 NBA season was the Pistons' third season in the NBA and tenth season as a franchise.[1]

NBA draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 7 George Yardley G/F  United States Stanford
2 19 Jim Riffey F  United States Tulane
3 31 Art Burris F  United States Tennessee

Roster[edit]

Fort Wayne Pistons 1950–51 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G/F 3 United States Armstrong, Curly 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Indiana
SF 12 United States Burris, Art 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Tennessee
F/C 10 United States Carpenter, Bob 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) East Texas State
C 16 United States Foust, Larry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) La Salle
G/F 14 United States Hargis, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Texas
F/C 9 United States Harris, Bob 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Oklahoma State
PG 5 United States Johnson, Boag 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Huntington
PF 15 United States Kerris, Jack 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Loyola
G 6 United States Klueh, Duane 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Indiana State
PF 10 United States Mehen, Dick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Tennessee
SG 9 United States Murray, Ken 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) St. Bonaventure
G 4 United States Oldham, John 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Western Kentucky
C 17 United States Otten, Don 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Bowling Green
F 917 United States Riffey, Jim 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Tulane
F 8 United States Schaus, Fred 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) West Virginia
Head coach

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

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Minneapolis Lakers 44 24 .647 29–3 12–21 3–0 24–12
x-Rochester Royals 41 27 .603 3 29–5 12–22 18–15
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 32 36 .471 12 27–7 5–27 0–2 18–6
x-Indianapolis Olympians 31 37 .456 13 19–12 10–24 2–1 15–20
Tri-Cities Blackhawks 25 43 .368 19 22–13 2–28 1–2 12–24
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1950–51 NBA records
Team BAL BOS FWP IND MIN NYK PHI ROC SYR TCB WAS
Baltimore 3–6 4–2 2–4 2–4 2–5 3–6 1–5 3–5 3–3 1–2
Boston 6–3 5–1 4–1 3–3 4–4 4–4 2–4 2–5 4–2 4–3
Fort Wayne 2–4 1–5 5–3 5–3 2–4 3–3 3–5 3–3 5–5 3–1
Indianapolis 4–2 1–4 3–5 3–7 5–1 1–5 5–4 3–3 4–4 2–2
Minneapolis 4–2 3–3 3–5 7–3 3–3 4–2 4–4 4–2 10–0 2–0
New York 5–2 4–4 4–2 1–5 3–3 5–3 3–3 5–5 4–2 2–1
Philadelphia 6–3 4–4 3–3 5–1 2–4 3–5 4–2 6–2 4–2 3–0
Rochester 5–3 5–2 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–5 2–6 4–2 5–3 5–0
Syracuse 5–3 5–2 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–5 2–6 2–4 3–3 2–0
Tri-Cities 3–3 2–4 5–5 4–4 0–10 2–4 2–4 3–5 3–3 1–1
Washington 2–1 3–4 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–3 0–5 0–2 1–1

Game log[edit]

1950–51 Game log
# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 November 1 Boston 107–84 Larry Foust (21) 1–0
2 November 2 @ Syracuse 77–92 Boag Johnson (21) 1–1
3 November 4 @ Rochester 71–95 John Hargis (16) 1–2
4 November 5 Indianapolis 68–63 Larry Foust (20) 2–2
5 November 8 Tri-Cities 87–79 Boag Johnson (18) 3–2
6 November 9 @ Philadelphia 72–87 Fred Schaus (20) 3–3
7 November 11 @ Baltimore 77–85 Boag Johnson (13) 3–4
8 November 12 Washington 87–73 Fred Schaus (18) 4–4
9 November 15 Rochester 89–85 John Oldham (23) 5–4
10 November 18 @ Washington 75–118 Boag Johnson (14) 5–5
11 November 19 Baltimore 84–80 Jack Kerris (17) 6–5
12 November 22 @ Minneapolis 19–18 John Oldham (5) 7–5
13 November 23 Minneapolis 73–63 Larry Foust (19) 8–5
14 November 25 @ Tri-Cities 71–85 Fred Schaus (20) 8–6
15 November 26 Indianapolis 79–70 Larry Foust (22) 9–6
16 November 28 @ Indianapolis 66–90 John Oldham (12) 9–7
17 December 3 Rochester 80–79 Larry Foust (22) 10–7
18 December 6 Philadelphia 92–73 Fred Schaus (17) 11–7
19 December 7 @ Tri-Cities 77–76 Fred Schaus (22) 12–7
20 December 10 Washington 97–81 Boag Johnson (20) 13–7
21 December 12 @ Boston 81–87 Fred Schaus (20) 13–8
22 December 14 @ Philadelphia 82–94 Fred Schaus (17) 13–9
23 December 16 @ New York 77–86 Fred Schaus (19) 13–10
24 December 17 Tri-Cities 99–103 Fred Schaus (26) 13–11
25 December 19 @ Indianapolis 93–92 Fred Schaus (26) 14–11
26 December 21 Syracuse 97–72 Jack Kerris (26) 15–11
27 December 23 @ Rochester 65–77 Larry Foust (15) 15–12
28 December 25 @ Syracuse 69–81 Boag Johnson (14) 15–13
29 December 27 Rochester 68–74 Boag Johnson (13) 15–14
30 December 31 @ Tri-Cities 100–110 Fred Schaus (33) 15–15
31 January 1 Minneapolis 83–70 Larry Foust (17) 16–15
32 January 3 @ Minneapolis 64–86 Fred Schaus (21) 16–16
33 January 4 Indianapolis 83–94 Fred Schaus (23) 16–17
34 January 6 @ Washington 91–76 Boag Johnson (20) 17–17
35 January 7 New York 76–79 Fred Schaus (21) 17–18
36 January 8 vs New York 70–75 (OT) Fred Schaus (19) 17–19
37 January 11 Syracuse 84–76 Fred Schaus (16) 18–19
38 January 12 @ Indianapolis 89–81 Larry Foust (24) 19–19
39 January 13 @ Rochester 78–99 Fred Schaus (20) 19–20
40 January 14 Tri-Cities 94–85 Johnson, Schaus (19) 20–20
41 January 20 vs Minneapolis 70–89 Jack Kerris (19) 20–21
42 January 21 Boston 106–112 (OT) Fred Schaus (25) 20–22
43 January 25 @ Boston 97–99 Fred Schaus (18) 20–23
44 January 27 @ Baltimore 91–97 Kerris, Schaus (22) 20–24
45 January 28 Rochester 93–88 Fred Schaus (16) 21–24
46 January 31 Philadelphia 91–84 Jack Kerris (18) 22–24
47 February 1 @ Tri-Cities 102–109 Larry Foust (24) 22–25
48 February 4 Baltimore 95–108 John Oldham (20) 22–26
49 February 7 Minneapolis 96–86 Kerris, Oldham (20) 23–26
50 February 10 @ New York 62–73 Fred Schaus (16) 23–27
51 February 11 New York 120–96 Fred Schaus (22) 24–27
52 February 13 @ Indianapolis 78–80 Larry Foust (16) 24–28
53 February 14 Syracuse 77–75 Fred Schaus (19) 25–28
54 February 17 @ Baltimore 91–112 Oldham, Schaus (18) 25–29
55 February 18 Philadelphia 75–70 Jack Kerris (18) 26–29
56 February 24 @ Minneapolis 78–95 Jack Kerris (18) 26–30
57 February 25 Baltimore 102–92 Larry Foust (27) 27–30
58 February 28 Minneapolis 77–73 Larry Foust (22) 28–30
59 March 1 @ Syracuse 86–108 Foust, Oldham (15) 28–31
60 March 3 @ Rochester 79–89 Fred Schaus (17) 28–32
61 March 4 New York 105–98 Jack Kerris (26) 29–32
62 March 6 @ Tri-Cities 86–88 John Oldham (19) 29–33
63 March 7 Boston 95–99 Jack Kerris (20) 29–34
64 March 11 Tri-Cities 102–87 Larry Foust (19) 30–34
65 March 14 Indianapolis 115–109 Jack Kerris (24) 31–34
66 March 15 @ Philadelphia 78–88 Larry Foust (14) 31–35
67 March 16 @ Boston 88–90 Fred Schaus (22) 31–36
68 March 18 Tri-Cities 95–82 Don Otten (18) 32–36

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Rochester Royals vs. (3) Fort Wayne Pistons: Royals win series 2-1

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Rochester 110, Fort Wayne 81
  • Game 2 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 83, Rochester 78
  • Game 3 @ Rochester: Rochester 97, Fort Wayne 78

References[edit]

See also[edit]