The 1946–47 BAA season was the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of America. (Following its third, the 1948–49 season, the BAA and National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association or NBA.) The league launched with 11 teams playing a 60-game schedule. The postseason tournament at its conclusion, the 1947 BAA Playoffs, ended with the Philadelphia Warriors becoming the first BAA Champion, beating the Chicago Stags 4 games to 1 in the BAA Finals.
The NBA recognizes the three BAA seasons as part of its own history, sometimes without comment, so the 1946–47 BAA season is sometimes considered the first NBA season.
|1946–47 BAA season|
|League||Basketball Association of America|
|Duration||November 1, 1946 – April 14, 1947|
April 16–22, 1947 (Finals)
|Number of games||60|
|Number of teams||11|
|Top scorer||Joe Fulks (Philadelphia)|
|Eastern champions||Philadelphia Warriors[a]|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Knicks[a]|
|Western champions||Chicago Stags[a][b]|
|Western runners-up||Washington Capitols[a]|
|Points||Joe Fulks||Philadelphia Warriors||1,389|
|Assists||Ernie Calverley||Providence Steamrollers||202|
|FG%||Bob Feerick||Washington Capitols||.401|
|FT%||Fred Scolari||Washington Capitols||.811|
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
The 1946–47 Boston Celtics season was the first season of the Boston Celtics in the Basketball Association of America (BAA/NBA). Walter A. Brown was the man who was responsible for starting the franchise. On an early June day in 1946, Brown, who operated the Boston Garden arena and was part of the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins, was the driving force behind the Basketball Association of America and the Celtics birth. After considering several team names, including Whirlwinds, Unicorns and Olympics, Brown opted for Celtics. He hoped to grab the attention of Boston's large Irish American population. John Davis "Honey" Russell was hired as the first Celtics coach, and the team soon began its inaugural season, losing its first game 59–53 to the Providence Steamrollers. Although the Celtics would eventually become the signature franchise of the NBA, the club had a lacklustre first season as they started with 0 wins and 5 losses. The Celtics won their first game of the season against the Toronto Huskies.1946–47 Chicago Stags season
The 1946–47 Chicago Stags season was the first season of the now defunct Chicago Stags of the Basketball Association of America (BAA/NBA).1946–47 Cleveland Rebels season
The 1946–47 Cleveland Rebels season was the first and only season of the Cleveland Rebels of the Basketball Association of America (BAA/NBA). Their record was 30-30. Head coach Dutch Dehnert was fired by the team on February 12, 1947, and replaced by Roy Clifford.1946–47 Detroit Falcons season
The 1946–47 BAA season was the first and only season for the Detroit Falcons in the Basketball Association of America (BAA/NBA). After finishing with a 20–40 record, the Falcons were disbanded.1946–47 New York Knicks season
The 1946–47 New York Knicks season was the first season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks, the shortened form of Knickerbockers, named for Father Knickerbocker (a popular symbol of New York), are one of only two teams of the original National Basketball Association still located in its original city (the other being the Boston Celtics). The Knickerbockers first head coach was Neil Cohalan.1946–47 Philadelphia Warriors season
The 1946–47 BAA season was the first season of the Philadelphia Warriors in the BAA (which later became the NBA). The Warriors finished the season winning their first Championship.1946–47 Pittsburgh Ironmen season
The 1946–47 Pittsburgh Ironmen season was the only season of the Pittsburgh Ironmen of the Basketball Association of America. They finished with a record of 15-45.1946–47 Providence Steamrollers season
The 1946–47 Providence Steamrollers season was the first season of the Providence Steamrollers.1946–47 St. Louis Bombers season
The 1946–47 BAA season was the Bombers' 1st season in the BAA (which later became the NBA).1946–47 Toronto Huskies season
The 1946–47 BAA season was the Toronto Huskies' inaugural season. The NBA's first game was played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on November 1, 1946. The New York Knickerbockers defeated the Toronto Huskies 68–66 at Maple Leaf Gardens. The teams were part of the Basketball Association of America, the forerunner to the NBA. The Huskies finished last in their division and folded after one season. Throughout the season, the Huskies had four head coaches: Ed Sadowski 3–9, Lew Hayman 0–1, Dick Fitzgerald 2–1, and Red Rolfe 17–27.1946–47 Washington Capitols season
The 1946–47 Washington Capitols season was the inaugural season of the Washington Capitols in the Basketball Association of America (BAA). Their record was 49–11, owning the best overall record in the league.1947 BAA Finals
The 1947 BAA Finals was the championship round of playoffs following the inaugural Basketball Association of America 1946–47 season. The Philadelphia Warriors of the Eastern Division faced the Chicago Stags of the Western Division for the inaugural championship, with Philadelphia having home court advantage. Hall of Fame inductee Joe Fulks played for the Warriors in the series. Following the 1948–49 season (the BAA's third season of play), the BAA and the National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association.1947 BAA playoffs
The 1947 BAA playoffs was the postseason tournament that followed the inaugural Basketball Association of America 1946–47 season. (After its 1948–49 season, the BAA merged with the older National Basketball League to create the National Basketball Association or NBA.) The tournament concluded with the Philadelphia Warriors defeating the Chicago Stags, 4 games to 1, in the BAA Finals.
The six qualified teams all began tournament play on Wednesday, April 2, and the Finals concluded on Tuesday, April 22. Philadelphia and Chicago played 10 and 11 games in the span of 21 days but their final series was compact, five games in seven days.Al Brightman
Horace Albert Brightman (September 22, 1923 – June 10, 1992) was an American professional basketball player and coach.
Born in Eureka, California, he played collegiately for the California State University, Long Beach, and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of Wilson High School in Long Beach, Ca.
He played for the Boston Celtics during the 1946–47 BAA season for 58 games. He became the first Celtic to score 20 points in a regular season game. Brightman served as a player-coach for the Seattle Athletics of the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League during the 1947–48 season.He later coached Seattle University from 1948 to 1956, leading the Chieftains to 4 NCAA Appearances and 1 NIT appearance. He had a coaching winning percentage of .726. He went on to coach the San Francisco Saints of the American Basketball League in part of 1961-1962 and the Anaheim Amigos of the American Basketball Association in the 1967-68 season.BAA Indianapolis
BAA Indianapolis was a planned basketball team in the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the modern National Basketball Association) based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They ceased operation before the start of the 1946-47 BAA season.Frank Mangiapane
Francis E. "Frank" Mangiapane (August 5, 1925 – July 31, 2005) was an American professional basketball player. He played for the New York Knicks in the second half of the 1946–47 BAA season.Ken Keller
For the American academic administrator, see Kenneth H. Keller.
Kenneth W. Keller (August 16, 1922 – February 24, 1983) was an American professional basketball player. At 6'1" (1.85 m) and 180 lb (82 kg), he played as a guard for the Washington Capitols and the Providence Steamrollers during the 1946–47 BAA season. He attended the University of Vermont and St. John's University.Leo Mogus
Leo John Mogus (April 13, 1921 – May 31, 1971) was an American professional basketball player.
A 6'4" forward/center, Mogus played at Youngstown State University from 1939 to 1943, where he scored 1,400 points. Mogus also played football at the school. After college, he played professional basketball in the Basketball Association of America (later National Basketball Association) as a member of the Cleveland Rebels, Toronto Huskies, Baltimore Bullets, Fort Wayne Pistons, Indianapolis Jets, and Philadelphia Warriors. He averaged 8.5 points per game in his BAA/NBA career, and during the 1946–47 BAA season, he ranked ninth in the league in total points (753), ninth in points per game (13.0), seventh in total assists (84), and ninth in assists per game (1.4).To date, Mogus is the only player from Youngstown State University to play in the NBA. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1985.List of 1946–47 BAA season transactions
This is a list of personnel changes from the 1946–47 BAA season.
1946–47 BAA season by team