1956 United States men's Olympic basketball team

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The 1956 United States men's Olympic basketball team competed in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia from November 22 to December 1, 1956. The team was led by Bill Russell who averaged 14.1 points per game. Team USA would win the Olympic Gold medal once again by beating their opponents by an average of 53.5 points.

Roster[edit]

Position Height Weight Age Hometown Team
Dick Boushka Forward 6-5 195 22 Albuquerque, New Mexico Wichita Vickers (Saint Louis)
Carl Cain Forward 6-3 190 22 Freeport, Illinois University of Iowa Hawkeyes
Charles Darling Center 6-8 225 26 Bartlesville, Oklahoma Phillips 66ers (Colorado)
William Evans Guard 6-1 185 24 Houston, Texas U.S. Armed Forces (Kentucky)
Gilbert Ford Guard 6-4 200 25 Amarillo, Texas U.S. Armed Forces (Texas)
Burdette Haldorson Forward 6-7 207 22 Austin, Minnesota Phillips 66ers (Colorado)
Bill Hougland Forward 6-5 190 26 Bartlesville, Oklahoma Phillips 66ers (Kansas)
Robert Jeangerard Forward 6-3 190 23 Wilmette, Illinois Phillips 66ers (Colorado)
K. C. Jones Guard 6-1 201 24 San Francisco, California University of San Francisco Dons
Bill Russell Center 6-10 220 22 Oakland, California University of San Francisco Dons
Ron Tomsic Guard 5-11 185 23 Oakland, California U.S. Armed Forces (Stanford)
Jim Walsh Guard 6-4 190 26 San Francisco, California Phillips 66ers (Stanford)

1956 USA results[edit]

  • USA beats Japan, 98-40
  • USA beats Thailand, 101-29
  • USA beats Philippines, 121-53
  • USA beats Bulgaria, 85-44
  • USA beats Brazil, 113-51
  • USA beats USSR, 85-55
  • USA beats Uruguay, 101-38
  • USA beats USSR, 89-55

USA was 8-0

Stats[edit]

Games FGM-FGA Pct (field goals) FTM-FTA Pct (free throws) Pts/Avg
Dick Boushka 8 27-68 .397 10-10 1.000 64/8.0
Carl Cain 2 1-5 .200 1-2 .500 3/1.5
Charles Darling 8 22-44 .500 12-15 .800 56/9.3
William Evans 8 21-55 .382 12-18 .667 54/6.8
Gilbert Ford 8 17-44 .386 5-7 .714 39/4.9
Burdette Haldorson 8 28-58 .483 13-15 .867 69/8.6
Bill Hougland 8 20-51 .392 6-6 1.000 46/5.8
Robert Jeangerard 8 45-74 .608 10-11 .909 100/12.5
K. C. Jones 8 32-75 .427 23-27 .852 87/10.9
Bill Russell 8 46-96 .479 21-27 .778 113/14.1
Ron Tomsic 8 34-92 .370 21-25 .840 89/11.1
Jim Walsh 9 27-61 .443 19-21 .905 73/9.1[1]

1956 Olympic Games final standings[edit]

  • 1. United States (8-0)
  • 2. Soviet Union (5-3)
  • 3. Uruguay (6-2)
  • 4. France (5-3)
  • 5. Bulgaria (5-3)
  • 6. Brazil (3-4)
  • 7. Philippines (4-4)
  • 8. Chile (2-5)
  • 9. Canada (5-2)
  • 10.Japan (3-4)
  • 11.Formosa (5-3)
  • 12. Australia (2-5)
  • 13.Singapore (2-5)
  • 14.South Korea (1-6)
  • 15. Thailand (0-7)

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