1947–48 BAA season
The 1947–48 BAA season was the second season of the Basketball Association of America. (Following its third, 1948–49 season, the BAA and National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association or NBA.) The postseason tournament at its conclusion, the 1948 BAA Playoffs, ended with the Baltimore Bullets winning the BAA Championship, beating the Philadelphia Warriors 4 games to 2 in the BAA Finals.
|1947–48 BAA season|
|League||Basketball Association of America|
|Duration||November 12, 1947 – March 21, 1948|
March 23–April 8, 1948 (Playoffs)
April 10–21, 1948 (Finals)
|Number of games||48|
|Number of teams||8|
|Top draft pick||Clifton McNeely|
|Picked by||Pittsburgh Ironmen|
|Top scorer||Max Zaslofsky (Chicago)|
|Eastern champions||Philadelphia Warriors[a][b]|
|Eastern runners-up||St. Louis Bombers[a]|
|Western champions||Baltimore Bullets[a]|
|Western runners-up||Chicago Stags[a]|
The NBA recognizes the three BAA seasons as part of its own history, sometimes without comment, so BAA 1947–48 is sometimes considered the second NBA season.
|Team||1946–47 coach||1947–48 coach|
|New York Knicks||Neil Cohalan||Joe Lapchick|
|Providence Steamrollers||Robert Morris||Albert Soar|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Providence Steamrollers||Albert Soar||Nat Hickey|
Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Toronto folded before the season started, leaving the BAA with only seven teams. The Baltimore Bullets were brought into the league from the American Basketball League to provide a more convenient number, eight.
|Points||Max Zaslofsky||Chicago Stags||1,007|
|Assists||Howie Dallmar||Philadelphia Warriors||120|
|FG%||Bob Feerick||Washington Capitols||.340|
|FT%||Bob Feerick||Washington Capitols||.788|
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
- BAA Rookie of the Year
- The 1948 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, Philadelphia and St. Louis 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.
- Philadelphia may reasonably be called Eastern champion.