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]

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