1952–53 Minneapolis Lakers season

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1952–53 Minneapolis Lakers season
NBA Champions
Division Champions
Head coach John Kundla
Arena Minneapolis Auditorium
Results
Record 48–22 (.686)
Place Division: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio WLOL
< 1951–52 1953–54 >

The 1952-53 NBA season was the franchise's fifth season in the NBA. The Lakers continued to be the dominant force in the league as they won the Western Division with a 48–22 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers would sweep the Indianapolis Olympians in 2 straight. In the Western Finals, the Lakers would win the first 2 games at home. Against the Fort Wayne Pistons, the Lakers were pushed to a 5th game. The series returned to Minneapolis, where the Lakers won the 5th game 74–58. In the Finals, the Lakers vanquished the New York Knickerbockers for their 2nd straight Championship, and 4th Championship overall in the franchise's first five seasons in the NBA.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C George Mikan Lew Hitch
PF Vern Mikkelsen Dick Schnittker
SF Jim Pollard Jim Holstein
SG Pep Saul Bob Harrison
PG Slater Martin Whitey Skoog

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Minneapolis Lakers 48 22 .686 - 24-2 16-15 8-5 17-13
x-Rochester Royals 44 26 .629 4 24-8 13-17 7-1 27-13
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 36 33 .522 11.5 25-9 8-19 3-5 18-22
x-Indianapolis Olympians 28 43 .394 20.5 19-14 4-23 5-6 15-26
Milwaukee Hawks 27 44 .380 21.5 14-8 3-24 10-12 15-26


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1952-53 NBA Records
Team BAL BOS FWP IND MIL MIN NYK PHI ROC SYR
Baltimore 2–8 0–6 2–4 3–3 1–5 0–10 6–4 0–6 2–8
Boston 8–2 4–2 4–2 5–1 1–5 6–4 9–1 4–2 5–6
Fort Wayne 6–0 2–4 7–3 7–3 1–9 4–2 5–0 3–7 1–5
Indianapolis 4–2 2–4 3–7 5–6 4–6 1–5 5–1 3–7 1–5
Milwaukee 3–3 1–5 3–7 6–5 3–7 1–5 4–2 3–7 3–3
Minneapolis 5–1 5–1 9–1 6–4 7–3 4–2 6–0 4–6 2–4
New York 10–0 4–6 2–4 5–1 5–1 2–4 10–0 3–3 6–4
Philadelphia 4–6 1–9 0–5 1–5 2–4 0–6 0–10 2–4 2–8
Rochester 6–0 2–4 7–3 7–3 7–3 6–4 3–3 4–2 2–4
Syracuse 8–2 6–5 5–1 5–1 3–3 4–2 4–6 8–2 4–2

Season Schedule[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

(1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (4) Indianapolis Olympians: Lakers win series 2–0

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 85, Indianapolis 69
  • Game 2 @ Indianapolis: Minneapolis 81, Indianapolis 79

Last Playoff Meeting: 1952 Western Division Semifinals (Minneapolis won 2–0)

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) Fort Wayne Pistons: Lakers win series 3–2

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 83, Fort Wayne 73
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 82, Fort Wayne 75
  • Game 3 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 98, Minneapolis 95
  • Game 4 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 85, Minneapolis 82
  • Game 5 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 74, Fort Wayne 58

Last Playoff Meeting: 1950 Central Division Finals (Minneapolis won 2–0)

NBA Finals[edit]

(W1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (E1) New York Knicks: Lakers win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: New York 96, Minneapolis 88
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 73, New York 71
  • Game 3 @ New York: Minneapolis 90, New York 75
  • Game 4 @ New York: Minneapolis 71, New York 69
  • Game 5 @ New York: Minneapolis 91, New York 84

Last Playoff Meeting: 1952 NBA Finals (Minneapolis won 4–3)

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]