1946–47 BAA season
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 (the 1947 BAA Playoffs) at its conclusion, ended with the Philadelphia Warriors becoming the first BAA Champion, beating the Chicago Stags 4 games to 1 in the BAA Finals.
|1946–47 BAA season|
|League||Basketball Association of America|
|Number of games||60|
|Number of teams||11|
|Top seed||Washington Capitols|
|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]|
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.
- On November 1, 1946, in the inaugural game of the new league, the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68–66 in front of 7,090 spectators at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Ossie Schectman scored the opening basket for the New York Knicks against Toronto. In 1949, the BAA helped create the National Basketball Association by merger, and Schectman's shot may be considered the first basket in NBA history. The NBA recognizes the three BAA seasons as part of its own history, sometimes without comment.
|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.
- All-BAA First Team
- All-BAA Second Team
- The 1947 BAA Playoffs did not generate Eastern and Western champions and runners-up, as NBA Playoffs have done from 1951 to present. Eastern and Western leaders, or perhaps champions, Washington and Chicago played off to determine one finalist while four runners-up played off to determine the other finalist.
The listed teams were BAA playoff finalists and semifinalists, as Eastern and Western champions and runners-up in the NBA have been playoff finalists and semifinalists from 1951 to present.
- Chicago may reasonably be called Eastern champion.
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