1950–51 NBA season
The 1950–51 NBA season was the fifth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Rochester Royals winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.
|1950–51 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||October 31, 1950 – March 18, 1951|
March 20–April 4, 1951 (Playoffs)
April 7–21, 1951 (Finals)
|Number of games||68|
|Number of teams||11 (10 midway through the season)|
|Top draft pick||Chuck Share|
|Picked by||Boston Celtics|
|Top scorer||George Mikan (Minneapolis)|
|Eastern champions||New York Knicks|
|Eastern runners-up||Syracuse Nationals|
|Western champions||Rochester Royals|
|Western runners-up||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Runners-up||New York Knicks|
- The NBA begins recording rebounds.
- The NBA contracts, losing six teams (Anderson Packers, Sheboygan Red Skins and Waterloo Hawks jumped to the NPBL, while the Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets and St. Louis Bombers folded) and shrinks from 17 teams to 11 before the season starts. Midway through the season, the Washington Capitols folded as well, bringing the number of teams in the league down to ten. Washington, D.C. would not have another NBA team until the Baltimore Bullets (a future reformed version of the team) relocated from nearby Baltimore in 1973.
- The lowest scoring game in NBA history occurs on November 22, 1950, where the Fort Wayne Pistons would defeat the Minneapolis Lakers by the final score of 19–18. It would be a catalyst for the NBA to implement the shot clock a few seasons later.
- The longest game in NBA history (by playing time) took place on January 6, 1951, between the Indianapolis Olympians and the Rochester Royals. The game ended 75–73 after 78 minutes, including six overtimes.
- The first annual NBA All-Star Game, a showcase of the league's top players, was played in Boston, Massachusetts, with the East beating the West 111–94. Ed Macauley of the Boston Celtics receives the first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award.
|Team||1949–50 coach||1950–51 coach|
|Boston Celtics||Doggie Julian||Red Auerbach|
|Tri-Cities Blackhawks||Red Auerbach||Dave MacMillan|
|Washington Capitols||Bob Feerick||Bones McKinney|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Baltimore Bullets||Buddy Jeannette||Walt Budko|
|Indianapolis Olympians||Cliff Barker||Wally Jones|
|Tri-Cities Blackhawks||Dave MacMillan||Johnny Logan|
|x-New York Knicks||36||30||.545||4||22–5||10–25||4–0||21–15|
|x-Fort Wayne Pistons||32||36||.471||12||27–7||5–27||0–2||18–6|
- x – Clinched playoff spot
|Points||George Mikan||Minneapolis Lakers||1,932|
|Rebounds||Dolph Schayes||Syracuse Nationals||1,080|
|Assists||Andy Phillip||Philadelphia Warriors||414|
|FG%||Alex Groza||Indianapolis Olympians||.470|
|FT%||Joe Fulks||Philadelphia Warriors||.855|
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.