1950–51 NBA season

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1950–51 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 31, 1950 – March 18, 1951
March 20–April 4, 1951 (Playoffs)
April 7–21, 1951 (Finals)
Number of games68
Number of teams11 (10 midway through the season)
Draft
Top draft pickChuck Share
Picked byBoston Celtics
Regular season
Top scorerGeorge Mikan (Minneapolis)
Playoffs
Eastern championsNew York Knicks
  Eastern runners-upSyracuse Nationals
Western championsRochester Royals
  Western runners-upMinneapolis Lakers
Finals
ChampionsRochester Royals
  Runners-upNew York Knicks
NBA seasons

The 1950–51 NBA season was the fifth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Rochester Royals winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1949–50 coach 1950–51 coach
Boston Celtics Doggie Julian Red Auerbach
Tri-Cities Blackhawks Red Auerbach Dave MacMillan
Washington Capitols Bob Feerick Bones McKinney
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Baltimore Bullets Buddy Jeannette Walt Budko
Indianapolis Olympians Cliff Barker Wally Jones
Tri-Cities Blackhawks Dave MacMillan Johnny Logan
Mike Todorovich

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia Warriors 40 26 .606 28–4 11–21 1–1 22–14
x-Boston Celtics 39 30 .565 1 25–5 10–23 4–2 21–19
x-New York Knicks 36 30 .545 4 22–5 10–25 4–0 21–15
x-Syracuse Nationals 32 34 .485 8 23–10 9–24 19–17
Baltimore Bullets 24 42 .364 16 20–12 4–24 0–6 12–24
Washington Capitols 10 25 .286 30 7–12 3–12 0–1 6–12


Western Division[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

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points George Mikan Minneapolis Lakers 1,932
Rebounds Dolph Schayes Syracuse Nationals 1,080
Assists Andy Phillip Philadelphia Warriors 414
FG% Alex Groza Indianapolis Olympians .470
FT% Joe Fulks Philadelphia Warriors .855

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

NBA awards[edit]

References[edit]