1956–57 Fort Wayne Pistons season

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1956–57 Fort Wayne Pistons season
Head coach Charles Eckman
Arena War Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 34–38 (.472)
Place Division: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish West Division Semifinals
(eliminated 0–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1956–57 NBA season was the Pistons' ninth season in the NBA, 16th season as a franchise, and the final season for the team in Fort Wayne. The Pistons won 34, and lost 38, finishing in a three-way tie for first in the Western Division, but were seeded third after the St. Louis Hawks defeated both the Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers in tie-breaking games. In the West Semifinals, the Lakers eliminated the Pistons, two games to none.

Following the season, the Pistons relocated to Detroit. As a result, Indiana would not get another pro basketball team until the Indiana Pacers of the ABA was formed in 1967. The NBA returned to Indiana with the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-St. Louis Hawks 34 38 .472 - 17-9 10-20 7-9 22-14
x-Minneapolis Lakers 34 38 .472 - 15-9 5-22 14-7 18-18
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 34 38 .472 - 23-5 5-23 6-10 17-19
Rochester Royals 31 41 .431 3 19-10 7-17 5-14 15-21


x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1956–57 NBA records
Team BOS FWP MIN NYK PHI ROC STL SYR
Boston 6–3 5–4 7–5 8–4 6–3 7–2 5–7
Fort Wayne 3–6 7–5 5–4 4–5 6–6 4–8 5–4
Minneapolis 4–5 5–7 3–6 5–4 9–3 4–8 4–5
New York 5–7 4–5 6–3 4–8 5–4 6–3 6–6
Philadelphia 4–8 5–4 4–5 8–4 4–5 7–2 5–7
Rochester 3–6 6–6 3–9 4–5 5–4 6–6 4–5
St. Louis 2–7 8–4 8–4 3–6 2–7 6–6 5–4
Syracuse 7–5 4–5 5–4 6–6 7–5 5–4 4–5

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Tiebreaker[edit]

St. Louis Hawks vs. Fort Wayne Pistons: Hawks win series 1-0

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 115, Fort Wayne 103

West Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) Fort Wayne Pistons: Lakers win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 131, Fort Wayne 127
  • Game 2 @ Fort Wayne: Minneapolis 110, Fort Wayne 108

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]