1951–52 NBA season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the sixth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

1951–52 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
DurationNovember 1, 1951 – March 16, 1952
March 18–April 8, 1952 (Playoffs)
April 12–25, 1952 (Finals)
Number of games66
Number of teams10
Top draft pickGene Melchiorre
Picked byBaltimore Bullets
Regular season
Top scorerPaul Arizin (Philadelphia)
Eastern championsNew York Knicks
  Eastern runners-upSyracuse Nationals
Western championsMinneapolis Lakers
  Western runners-upRochester Royals
ChampionsMinneapolis Lakers
  Runners-upNew York Knicks

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Team 1950–51 coach 1951–52 coach
Baltimore Bullets Walt Budko Fred Scolari
Fort Wayne Pistons Murray Mendenhall Paul Birch
Indianapolis Olympians Wally Jones Herm Schaefer
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Baltimore Bullets Fred Scolari Chick Reiser

Final standings

Eastern Division

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Syracuse Nationals 40 26 .606 26–7 12–18 2–1 21–15
x-Boston Celtics 39 27 .591 1 22–7 10–19 7–1 22–14
x-New York Knicks 37 29 .561 3 21–4 12–22 4–3 23–13
x-Philadelphia Warriors 33 33 .500 7 24–7 6–25 3–1 14–22
Baltimore Bullets 20 46 .303 20 17–15 2–22 1–9 10–26

Western Division

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Rochester Royals 41 25 .621 28–5 12–18 1–2 22–14
x-Minneapolis Lakers 40 26 .606 1 21–5 13–20 6–1 24–12
x-Indianapolis Olympians 34 32 .515 7 25–6 4–24 5–2 18–18
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 29 37 .439 12 22–11 6–24 1–2 17–19
Milwaukee Hawks 17 49 .258 24 8–13 3–22 6–14 9–27
x – Clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points Paul Arizin Philadelphia Warriors 1,674
Rebounds Larry Foust
Mel Hutchins
Fort Wayne Pistons
Milwaukee Hawks
Assists Andy Phillip Philadelphia Warriors 539
FG% Paul Arizin Philadelphia Warriors .448
FT% Bobby Wanzer Rochester Royals .904

Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.

NBA awards

1951 NBA draft

The 1951 NBA draft was the fifth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 25, 1951, before the 1951–52 season. In this draft, ten remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The Tri-Cities Blackhawks participated in the draft, but relocated to Milwaukee and became the Milwaukee Hawks prior to the start of the season. The draft consisted of 12 rounds comprising 87 players selected.

1951–52 Baltimore Bullets season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the Bullets' 5th season in the NBA.

1951–52 Boston Celtics season

The 1951–52 Boston Celtics season was the sixth season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1951–52 Fort Wayne Pistons season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the Pistons' fourth season in the NBA and 11th season as a franchise.

1951–52 Indianapolis Olympians season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the Olympians' 3rd season in the NBA.

1951–52 Milwaukee Hawks season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the Hawks' third season in the NBA and first season in Milwaukee.

1951–52 Minneapolis Lakers season

The 1951–52 Minneapolis Lakers season was the fourth season for the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA widened the foul lane before the 1951–52 season in an attempt to slow down George Mikan. Despite the change, it had little effect on Mikan. He still averaged 23.8 points per game, although he lost the scoring title to Paul Arizin, from the Philadelphia Warriors.

The Lakers went into the campaign with essentially the same lineup. Rochester took first place in the Western Division by a game, but the Lakers ousted the Royals in four games in the division finals. The NBA Finals would have the Lakers oppose the New York Knickerbockers.

Games 3 and 4 of the Finals were played at the 69th Regiment Armory instead of at Madison Square Garden. This was because the circus was in town. The teams split those games, and Games 5 and 6 as well. Game 7 was dominated by Minneapolis. The Lakers pounded out an 82–65 win, at home, to claim their third NBA crown in their first four seasons.

1951–52 New York Knicks season

The 1951–52 New York Knicks season was the sixth season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks finished third in the Eastern Division with a 37–29 record, and advanced to the NBA Playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.In the first round of the Eastern Division playoffs, the Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics in a best-of-three series, two games to one, to move on to the Eastern Division Finals. New York won 3–1 in a best-of-five series with the Syracuse Nationals to reach its second straight NBA Finals. In the Finals, the Knicks lost to the Minneapolis Lakers in seven games.

1951–52 Philadelphia Warriors season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the Warriors' 6th season in the NBA.

1951–52 Rochester Royals season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the Royals fourth season in the NBA.

1951–52 Syracuse Nationals season

The 1951–52 NBA season was the Nationals' third season in the NBA.

1952 NBA All-Star Game

The 1952 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played on February 11, 1952, at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Celtics. The game was the second edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 1951–52 NBA season. The Eastern All-Stars team defeated the Western All-Stars team 108–91. This was the East's second successive win over the West. Philadelphia Warriors' Paul Arizin, who led the East with 26 points, was named as the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

1952 NBA Finals

The 1952 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1952 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1951–52 season. The Western Division champion Minneapolis Lakers faced the Eastern Division champion New York Knicks in a best-of-seven series with Minneapolis having home-court advantage.

Minneapolis won game one and the teams thereafter alternated victories, Minneapolis winning the decisive game by a 17-point margin at home on Friday, April 25.

The seven games were played in fourteen days, beginning Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, in Minneapolis and returning to Minneapolis for games five and seven on the following Saturday and Friday. Meanwhile, three Wednesday or Friday games were played in New York City. The entire postseason tournament spanned 39 days in which Minneapolis played 13 games and New York 14.

1952 NBA playoffs

The 1952 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1951–52 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Minneapolis Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

For the first time in NBA history, all teams that made the playoffs the year before meet again, but this time with different outcomes. This would happen again in 1957, in 1966, and then 1973 before a few more teams add to the playoffs in 1975, 1977 and 1984.

The first NBA dynasty, the Lakers won their third NBA title in the last 4 years and what would become their first of 3 straight titles. If not for their division finals loss to the Rochester Royals the previous season, Minneapolis would have won 6 straight titles.

Key (basketball)

The key, officially referred to as the free throw lane by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the restricted area by the international governing body FIBA, and colloquially as the lane or the paint, is a marked area on a basketball court surrounding the basket. It is bounded by the endline, the free-throw line and two side lines (freebody lines), and usually painted in a distinctive color. It is a crucial area on the court where much of the game's action takes place.

Dimensions of the key area have varied through the history of the game. Since the 2010 FIBA rule amendments (implemented following the 2010 FIBA World Championship), its shape is rectangular for games sanctioned by all three associations, 16 feet (4.9 m) wide for both NBA and FIBA keys, and 12 feet (3.7 m) for NCAA and NAIA keys. Prior to 2006, the key in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments was a trapezoidal shape.

The most-commonly enforced rule on the key is the "three seconds rule" in which the team of a player on offense who stays on the key for more than three seconds loses possession of the ball. Another rule is the lane violation which occurs if a player from either team enters the key before a free-throw shooter releases the ball in the act of shooting. A recent innovation is the introduction of the restricted area arc directly underneath the basket where the defending player cannot force an offensive foul on the opposing player.

List of 1951–52 NBA season transactions

This is a list of all personnel changes for the 1951 NBA off-season and 1951–52 NBA season.

List of Boston Celtics seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. It documents the team’s season-by-season records, including post-season records, and also includes year-end awards won by the team's players and/or coaches.

With seventeen NBA Championships, the Celtics have won more than any other NBA franchise, while the 1959-to-1966 domination of the NBA Championship, with eight straight titles, is the longest consecutive championship winning streak of any North American professional sports team to date. Following this, the Celtics had two major periods of success separated by quite poor seasons during rebuilding. Between 1971–72 and 1975–76 the Celtics, led by Dave Cowens and John Havlicek, won 294 of 410 regular season games and played in three more NBA Finals series for two championships, whilst between 1979–80 and 1987–88 led by the frontcourt of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish the Celtics won 550 of 742 regular season games and reached every Conference Final except for 1982–83 when they were swept in the Conference Semifinals by the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics have had 13 separate seasons where they won 60 or more regular season contests, the highest number for any franchise.

Between 1993–94 and 2006–07 the Celtics had their single sustained period of failure, with an overall win percent of .423 and only twice getting beyond the first playoff round. With the acquisition of Kevin Garnett for 2007–08, the Celtics achieved a record single-season rise in win percentage to claim their first title in twenty-two seasons, in the process achieving the best average point differential between the 1995–96 Bulls and the 2015–16 Warriors. The team remained a power until after the 2011 lockout, but lost to the Lakers in their most recent Finals appearance.

The Celtics are 23–8 all-time in seventh games of playoff series, and 7–1 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Ray Ragelis

Raymond Ernest Ragelis (December 10, 1928 – September 19, 1983) was an American professional basketball player of Lithuanian descent.

1951–52 NBA season

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