The 1960–61 NBA season was the 15th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 3rd straight NBA title, beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.
|1960–61 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Number of games||79|
|Number of teams||8|
|Top draft pick||Oscar Robertson|
|Picked by||Cincinnati Royals|
|Top seed||Boston Celtics|
|Season MVP||Bill Russell (Boston)|
|Top scorer||Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)|
|Eastern champions||Boston Celtics|
|Eastern runners-up||Syracuse Nationals|
|Western champions||St. Louis Hawks|
|Western runners-up||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Runners-up||St. Louis Hawks|
- The Lakers relocate from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Los Angeles. They would play for seven seasons in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
- The NBA schedule expanded again, this time from 75 games per team to 79.
- The 1961 NBA All-Star Game was played in Syracuse, New York, with the West beating the East 153-131. Rookie Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals won the game's MVP award.
|Team||1959–60 coach||1960–61 coach|
|Syracuse Nationals||Paul Seymour||Alex Hannum|
|Cincinnati Royals||Tom Marshall||Charles Wolf|
|Los Angeles/Minneapolis Lakers||Jim Pollard||Fred Schaus|
|St. Louis Hawks||Ed Macauley||Paul Seymour|
|New York Knicks||21||58||.266||36||10–22||7–25||4–11||10–29|
|x-St. Louis Hawks||51||28||.646||–||29–5||15–20||7–3||25–14|
|x-Los Angeles Lakers||36||43||.456||15||16–12||8–20||12–11||19–20|
x – clinched playoff spot
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||NBA Finals|
|W2||Los Angeles||3||W2||Los Angeles||3|
* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage in NBA Finals
|Points||Wilt Chamberlain||Philadelphia Warriors||3,033|
|Rebounds||Wilt Chamberlain||Philadelphia Warriors||2,149|
|Assists||Oscar Robertson||Cincinnati Royals||690|
|FG%||Wilt Chamberlain||Philadelphia Warriors||.509|
|FT%||Bill Sharman||Boston Celtics||.921|
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
- Most Valuable Player: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
- Rookie of the Year: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals
- 1960–61 NBA Season Summary basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 30, 2010.