1952–53 NBA season

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1952–53 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 31, 1952 – March 17, 1953
March 17–April 2, 1953 (Playoffs)
April 4–10, 1953 (Finals)
Number of games70
Number of teams10
Draft
Top draft pickMark Workman
Picked byBaltimore Bullets
Regular season
Top scorerNeil Johnston (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern championsNew York Knicks
  Eastern runners-upBoston Celtics
Western championsMinneapolis Lakers
  Western runners-upFort Wayne Pistons
Finals
ChampionsMinneapolis Lakers
  Runners-upNew York Knicks
NBA seasons

The 1952–53 NBA season was the seventh season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1951–52 coach 1952–53 coach
Milwaukee Hawks Doxie Moore Andrew Levane
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Baltimore Bullets Chick Reiser Clair Bee

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-New York Knicks 47 23 .671 - 22-4 15-14 10-5 30-10
x-Syracuse Nationals 47 24 .662 0.5 32-2 10-20 5-2 26-15
x-Boston Celtics 46 25 .648 1.5 21-3 11-18 14-4 28-13
x-Baltimore Bullets 16 54 .229 31 11-20 1–19 4-15 10-30
Philadelphia Warriors 12 57 .174 34.5 5-12 1–28 6-17 7-33


Western Division[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


x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points Neil Johnston Philadelphia Warriors 1,564
Rebounds George Mikan Minneapolis Lakers 1,007
Assists Bob Cousy Boston Celtics 547
FG% Neil Johnston Philadelphia Warriors .452
FT% Bill Sharman Boston Celtics .850

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]