1955–56 Philadelphia Warriors season

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1955–56 Philadelphia Warriors season
Second NBA Championship
Head coach George Senesky
Arena Philadelphia Civic Center
Results
Record 45–27 (.625)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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With George Senesky taking over for Eddie Gottlieb as coach, the Warriors had a strong start by winning 12 of their first 16 games.[1] Paul Arizin and Neil Johnston were among the league's scoring leaders as the Warriors won the Eastern Division with a 45–27 record. The addition of rookie Tom Gola made the difference. In his first season Gola averaged 9.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.[1] In the Eastern Division Finals the Warriors beat the Syracuse Nationals in 5 games. In the NBA Finals, the Warriors won their 2nd Championship by beating the Fort Wayne Pistons 4 games to 1.

Roster[edit]

Philadelphia Warriors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 11 United States Arizin, Paul 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Villanova
G 7 United States Beck, Ernie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Pennsylvania
F/C 12 United States Davis, Walt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Texas A&M
G 5 United States Dempsey, George 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) King's College
G 17 United States George, Jack 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) La Salle
G/F 15 United States Gola, Tom 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) La Salle
F/C 9 United States Graboski, Joe 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Tuley HS (IL)
G 4 United States Hennessy, Larry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Villanova
C 6 United States Johnston, Neil 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Ohio State
F 14 United States Moore, Jackie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) La Salle
Head coach

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Neil Johnston Walt Davis
PF Joe Graboski Jackie Moore
SF Paul Arizin Ernie Beck
SG Tom Gola Larry Hennessy
PG Jack George George Dempsey

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia Warriors 45 27 .625 - 21-7 11-17 13-3 22-14
x-Boston Celtics 39 33 .542 6 20-7 12-15 7-11 18-18
x-Syracuse Nationals 35 37 .486 10 23-8 9–19 3-10 15-21
New York Knicks 35 37 .486 10 13-15 16-13 6-9 17-19



Record vs. opponents[edit]

1955-56 NBA Records
Team BOS FWP MIN NYK PHI ROC STL SYR
Boston 4–5 7–2 5–7 5–7 5–4 5–4 8–4
Fort Wayne 5–4 5–7 5–4 4–5 7–5 7–5 4–5
Minneapolis 2–7 7–5 5–4 3–6 7–5 5–7 4–5
New York 7–5 4–5 4–5 6–6 6–3 4–5 4–8
Philadelphia 7–5 5–4 6–3 6–6 6–3 6–3 9–3
Rochester 4–5 5–7 5–7 3–6 3–6 6–6 5–4
St. Louis 4–5 5–7 7–5 5–4 3–6 6–6 3–6
Syracuse 4–8 5–4 5–4 8–4 3–9 4–5 6–3

Roster[edit]

Postseason[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

The Warriors had a division semifinal bye.

East Division Finals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia Warriors vs. (3) Syracuse Nationals: Warriors win series 3–2

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Syracuse 87
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 122, Philadelphia 118
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 119, Syracuse 96
  • Game 4 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 108, Philadelphia 104
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 109, Syracuse 104

NBA Finals[edit]

(E1) Philadelphia Warriors vs. (W1) Fort Wayne Pistons: Warriors win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 98, Fort Wayne 94
  • Game 2 @ Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne 84, Philadelphia 83
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 100, Fort Wayne 96
  • Game 4 @ Fort Wayne: Philadelphia 107, Fort Wayne 105
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 99, Fort Wayne 88

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]