1956–57 St. Louis Hawks season

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1956–57 St. Louis Hawks season
Division Champions
Head coach Red Holzman, Slater Martin and Alex Hannum
Arena Kiel Auditorium
Results
Record 34–38 (.472)
Place Division: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1956–57 NBA season was the St. Louis Hawks' 11th season in the NBA. Prior to the start of the season, the Hawks made one of the biggest draft-day deals in NBA history. The Hawks sent 2nd overall pick Bill Russell to the Boston Celtics for Cliff Hagan and second-year star Ed Macauley.[1] Macauley had been a popular player at St. Louis University. The Hawks struggled for most of the season and coach Red Holzman was fired midway through the season.[1] The new head coach was Slater Martin, who led the Hawks to a 5–3 record.[1] Martin did not want the added responsibility of head coach, so Alex Hannum took over for the rest of the season. Despite a 34–38 record, the Hawks claimed the Western Division by a tiebreaker and earned a bye into the Western Finals, where the Hawks swept the Minneapolis Lakers in three straight games. The Hawks met the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.[1] The Hawks won Game 1 in double overtime, 125–123 in Boston.[1] The Celtics took Game 2 and the Hawks took Game 3 at home by 2 points. After losing Game 5 in Boston, the Hawks needed another victory at home to force a decisive seventh game. Game 7 in Boston went into double overtime and the Celtics emerged victorious, winning by 2 points.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Pick Player Position School
2 Bill Russell Center San Francisco

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


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 Tiebreakers[edit]

St. Louis Hawks vs. Minneapolis Lakers: Hawks win series 1–0

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 114, Minneapolis 111 (OT)

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]

Hawks had a division semifinal bye.

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) St. Louis Hawks vs. (2) Minneapolis Lakers: Hawks win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 118, Minneapolis 109
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 106, Minneapolis 104
  • Game 3 @ Minneapolis: St. Louis 143, Minneapolis 135 (2OT)

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 March 30 Boston 123–125 (2OT) St. Louis
Game 2 March 31 Boston 119–99 St. Louis
Game 3 April 6 St. Louis 100–98 Boston
Game 4 April 7 St. Louis 118–123 Boston
Game 5 April 9 Boston 124–109 St. Louis
Game 6 April 11 St. Louis 96–94 Boston
Game 7 April 13 Boston 125–123 (OT) St. Louis

Celtics win series 4–3

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]