The 1958–59 NBA Season was the 13th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship (the first of what would be 8 straight), beating the Minneapolis Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals.
|1958–59 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||October 17, 1958 – March 11, 1959|
March 13 – April 1, 1959 (Playoffs)
April 4–9, 1959 (Finals)
|Number of games||72|
|Number of teams||8|
|Top draft pick||Elgin Baylor|
|Picked by||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Top seed||Boston Celtics|
|Season MVP||Bob Pettit (St. Louis)|
|Top scorer||Bob Pettit (St. Louis)|
|Eastern champions||Boston Celtics|
|Eastern runners-up||Syracuse Nationals|
|Western champions||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Western runners-up||St. Louis Hawks|
Notable occurrences Edit
- The 1959 NBA All-Star Game was played in Detroit, Michigan, with the West beating the East 124–108. Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks and Elgin Baylor of the Minneapolis Lakers share the game's MVP award.
- The Boston Celtics set the record for the most points scored by a team in regulation, in their 173–139 victory over the Minneapolis Lakers.
|Team||1957–58 coach||1958–59 coach|
|Minneapolis Lakers||George Mikan||John Kundla|
|New York Knicks||Vince Boryla||Andrew Levane|
|Philadelphia Warriors||George Senesky||Al Cervi|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Cincinnati Royals||Bobby Wanzer||Tom Marshall|
|St. Louis Hawks||Andy Phillip||Ed Macauley|
Final standings Edit
Eastern Division Edit
|x-New York Knicks||40||32||.556||12||21–9||15–15||4–8||19–17|
Western Division Edit
|x-St. Louis Hawks||49||23||.681||–||28–3||14–15||7–5||27–9|
x – clinched playoff spot
Statistics leaders Edit
|Points||Bob Pettit||St. Louis Hawks||2,105|
|Rebounds||Bill Russell||Boston Celtics||1,612|
|Assists||Bob Cousy||Boston Celtics||557|
|FG%||Kenny Sears||New York Knicks||.490|
|FT%||Bill Sharman||Boston Celtics||.932|
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
NBA awards Edit
- Most Valuable Player: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks
- Rookie of the Year: Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers
- All-NBA First Team:
- All-NBA Second Team:
- 1958–59 NBA Season Summary basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
- "Minneapolis Lakers at Boston Celtics Box Score, February 27, 1959". www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved June 29, 2020.