1956–57 NBA season
The 1956–57 NBA season was the 11th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship (which would be the first of their 17 NBA titles), beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.
|1956–57 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Number of games||72|
|Number of teams||8|
|Top draft pick||Sihugo Green|
|Picked by||Rochester Royals|
|Season MVP||Bob Cousy (Boston)|
|Top scorer||Paul Arizin (Philadelphia)|
|Eastern champions||Boston Celtics|
|Eastern runners-up||Syracuse Nationals|
|Western champions||St. Louis Hawks|
|Western runners-up||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Runners-up||St. Louis Hawks|
- The 1957 NBA All-Star Game was played in Boston, Massachusetts, with the East beating the West 109-97. Local hero Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics wins the game's MVP award.
|Team||1955–56 coach||1956–57 coach|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|St. Louis Hawks||Red Holzman||Slater Martin|
|Syracuse Nationals||Al Cervi||Paul Seymour|
|New York Knicks||36||36||.500||8||18-10||9-19||9-7||15-21|
|x-St. Louis Hawks||34||38||.472||-||17-9||10-20||7-9||22-14|
|x-Fort Wayne Pistons||34||38||.472||-||23-5||5-23||6-10||17-19|
- St. Louis finished ahead of Fort Wayne and Minneapolis by defeating them in tiebreaker matches.
x – clinched playoff spot
|Points||Paul Arizin||Philadelphia Warriors||1,817|
|Rebounds||Maurice Stokes||Rochester Royals||1,256|
|Assists||Bob Cousy||Boston Celtics||478|
|FG%||Neil Johnston||Philadelphia Warriors||.447|
|FT%||Bill Sharman||Boston Celtics||.905|
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
- 1956–57 NBA Season Summary basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 10, 2010
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