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|Team colors||Red, blue, white|
|Head coach||Harold Olsen (1946–1948)|
Philip Brownstein (1948–1950)
|Conference titles||1 (1947)|
The beginning of a new league
In the BAA's inaugural year, the Chicago Stags were placed in the Western Division, and after 60 games were tied with the St. Louis Bombers at 38–22 each. A tiebreaker game between the two teams on March 31, 1947, resulted in the Stags defeating the Bombers in overtime, 73–66, to clinch the division and a first round bye. Under the initial playoff format, the two division champions faced each other in the Semifinals. The Stags defeated the Washington Capitols, the only team to finish with a better record than the Stags, 4–2, and went on to lose to the Philadelphia Warriors in the BAA Finals, 4–1.
The next season, the Stags finished second in their division with a 28–20 record, one game behind the St. Louis Bombers, and second overall in the league. In the playoffs, they won a tiebreaker game against the Washington Capitols, advancing to play the Boston Celtics in the First Round. The Stags won, moving into the Semifinals for the second consecutive year. However, they were defeated by the eventual champions, the Baltimore Bullets.
The next year, the Stags finished third, 38–22, seven games behind division-winning Rochester Royals. The playoffs were expanded from six to eight teams, and the Stags played the Minneapolis Lakers in the Division Semifinals where they lost 2–0.
In the their final season, the Stags finished tied for third with the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons with a 40–28 record, and again lost to the Lakers in the Division Semifinals. It marked the end of the NBA in Chicago until the Chicago Packers were joined in 1961.
On April 25, 1950, Bob Cousy was drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks but did not sign with the team. Cousy wanted $10,000 and Blackhawks owner Ben Kerner countered with $6,000 in negotiations. Cousy was then sold to the Stags in a trade. When the Stags folded, a dispersal draft was held on October 5, 1950 to divide their players throughout the league. Cousy was drafted by the Boston Celtics.
The Stags were one of seven teams that quickly left the NBA: the Anderson Packers, Sheboygan Red Skins and Waterloo Hawks jumped to the NPBL, while the Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets and St. Louis Bombers folded. The league went from 17 teams to 11 before the 1950–51 season started, and midway through the season, the Washington Capitols folded as well, bringing the number of teams in the league down to 10.
- Max Zaslofsky (1947–48 scoring leader of BAA)
- Chuck Gilmur
- Chick Halbert C
- Paul Huston
- Johnny Jorgensen
- Stan Miasek
- Doyle Parrack
- Andy Phillip
- Gene Rock G
- Ken Rollins G (gold medalist in the 1948 Summer Olympics)
- Mickey Rottner F
- Kenny Sailors
- Ben Schadler
- Jim Seminoff
- Jack Toomay
- Gene Vance #12 G
|NBA champions||Conference champions||Division champions||Playoff berth|
|1946–47||BAA||–||–||Western||1st||39||22||.639||–||Won BAA Semifinals (Capitols) 4–2
Lost BAA Finals (Warriors) 1–4
|1947–48||BAA||–||–||Western||2nd||28||20||.583||1||Won Division Tiebreaker (Capitols)
Won First Round (Boston) 2–1
Lost BAA Semifinals (Bullets) 0–2
|1948–49||BAA||–||–||Western||3rd||38||22||.633||7||Lost Division Semifinals (Lakers) 0–2|
|1949–50||NBA||–||–||Central||3rd||40||28||.588||11||Lost Division Tiebreaker (Pistons)
Lost Division Semifinals (Lakers) 0–2
|Regular season record||145||92||.612||1946–1950|
|Playoff record||8||14||.364||Postseason series record: 3–5|
The Chicago Bulls wore replicas of the 1946 Stags uniforms during the 2005–06 NBA season as part of the NBA's "Hardwood Classics" program (they wore them on December 5, 2005, February 22, 2006 and April 16, 2006).
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