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1952-53 NBA Season Summary

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League Champion: Minneapolis Lakers

Rookie of the Year: Monk Meineke (10.7/6.9/2.2)

PPG Leader: Neil Johnston (22.3)
RPG Leader: George Mikan (14.4)
APG Leader: Bob Cousy (7.7)
WS Leader: Neil Johnston (15.3)

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Team W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Eastern Division              
New York Knicks* 47 23 .671 85.5 80.3 4.39
Syracuse Nationals* 47 24 .662 0.5 85.6 81.3 3.62
Boston Celtics* 46 25 .648 1.5 88.1 85.8 1.93
Baltimore Bullets* 16 54 .229 31.0 84.4 90.9 -5.80
Philadelphia Warriors 12 57 .174 34.5 80.2 87.4 -7.75
Western Division              
Minneapolis Lakers* 48 22 .686 85.3 79.2 5.53
Rochester Royals* 44 26 .629 4.0 86.3 83.5 2.62
Fort Wayne Pistons* 36 33 .522 11.5 81.0 81.1 0.17
Indianapolis Olympians* 28 43 .394 20.5 74.6 77.4 -2.31
Milwaukee Hawks 27 44 .380 21.5 75.9 77.4 -2.49

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-1): Minneapolis Lakers over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Finals (3-1): New York Knicks over Boston Celtics (Series Stats)
Western Division Finals (3-2): Minneapolis Lakers over Fort Wayne Pistons (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Semifinals (2-0): Boston Celtics over Syracuse Nationals (Series Stats)
Eastern Division Semifinals (2-0): New York Knicks over Baltimore Bullets (Series Stats)
Western Division Semifinals (2-1): Fort Wayne Pistons over Rochester Royals (Series Stats)
Western Division Semifinals (2-0): Minneapolis Lakers over Indianapolis Olympians (Series Stats)

Team Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Boston Celtics* 71 2177 5555 .392 2177 5555 .392 1904 2617 .728 3865 1666 1911 6258 88.1
2 Rochester Royals* 70 2019 5432 .372 2019 5432 .372 2005 2747 .730 3625 1520 2210 6043 86.3
3 Syracuse Nationals* 71 1942 5329 .364 1942 5329 .364 2197 2950 .745 3472 1459 2132 6081 85.6
4 New York Knicks* 70 2059 5339 .386 2059 5339 .386 1867 2652 .704 4007 1575 2053 5985 85.5
5 Minneapolis Lakers* 70 2166 5559 .390 2166 5559 .390 1641 2221 .739 3406 1351 1917 5973 85.3
6 Baltimore Bullets* 70 2083 5615 .371 2083 5615 .371 1745 2542 .686 3727 1514 2141 5911 84.4
7 Fort Wayne Pistons* 69 1876 5230 .359 1876 5230 .359 1839 2491 .738 3548 1438 2119 5591 81.0
8 Philadelphia Warriors 69 1987 5546 .358 1987 5546 .358 1560 2298 .679 3763 1513 1860 5534 80.2
9 Milwaukee Hawks 71 1873 5320 .352 1873 5320 .352 1643 2400 .685 3429 1427 2120 5389 75.9
10 Indianapolis Olympians* 71 1829 5204 .351 1829 5204 .351 1637 2277 .719 3326 1281 1765 5295 74.6
League Average 70 2001 5413 .370 2001 5413 .370 1804 2520 .716 3617 1474 2023 5806 82.7

Opponent Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Indianapolis Olympians* 71 5493 77.4
2 Milwaukee Hawks 71 5496 77.4
3 Minneapolis Lakers* 70 5544 79.2
4 New York Knicks* 70 5619 80.3
5 Fort Wayne Pistons* 69 5599 81.1
6 Syracuse Nationals* 71 5775 81.3
7 Rochester Royals* 70 5847 83.5
8 Boston Celtics* 71 6090 85.8
9 Philadelphia Warriors 69 6031 87.4
10 Baltimore Bullets* 70 6360 90.9
League Average 70 5785 82.4

Miscellaneous Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team Age PW PL MOV SOS SRS ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr TS% eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA Arena Attendance
1 Minneapolis Lakers* 26.5 52 18 6.13 -0.60 5.53 90.1 83.6 93.7 .400 .457 .390 .295 Minneapolis Auditorium
2 New York Knicks* 26.0 50 20 5.23 -0.84 4.39 90.5 85.0 93.1 .497 .460 .386 .350 Madison Square Garden (III)
3 Syracuse Nationals* 25.8 48 23 4.31 -0.70 3.62 90.6 86.0 92.8 .554 .459 .364 .412 Onondaga War Memorial
4 Rochester Royals* 29.1 43 27 2.80 -0.18 2.62 89.8 86.9 94.1 .506 .455 .372 .369 Edgerton Park Arena
5 Boston Celtics* 25.5 42 29 2.37 -0.44 1.93 91.7 89.3 94.7 .471 .467 .392 .343 Boston Garden
6 Fort Wayne Pistons* 26.0 34 35 -0.12 0.28 0.17 87.6 87.7 91.1 .476 .442 .359 .352 War Memorial Coliseum
7 Indianapolis Olympians* 25.5 27 44 -2.79 0.48 -2.31 84.9 88.0 86.3 .438 .427 .351 .315 Hinkle Fieldhouse
8 Milwaukee Hawks 26.2 31 40 -1.51 0.51 -2.49 84.0 85.7 88.6 .451 .423 .352 .309 Milwaukee Arena
9 Baltimore Bullets* 26.3 18 52 -6.41 0.61 -5.80 86.8 93.4 95.2 .453 .439 .371 .311 Baltimore Coliseum
10 Philadelphia Warriors 26.0 16 53 -7.20 0.90 -7.75 83.9 91.4 94.9 .414 .422 .358 .281 Philadelphia Civic Center
League Average 26.4 36 34 0.29 0.00 0.00 88.0 87.7 92.4 .465 .445 .370 .333

Minutes Played

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 3166
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 2945
3. Ed Macauley*-BOS 2902
4. Mel Hutchins-MLH 2891
5. Leo Barnhorst-INO 2871

Field Goals

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 504
2. George Mikan*-MNL 500
3. Bob Cousy*-BOS 464
4. Ed Macauley*-BOS 451
5. Jack Nichols-MLH 425

Field Goal Attempts

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 1320
2. George Mikan*-MNL 1252
3. Jack Nichols-MLH 1170
4. Neil Johnston*-PHW 1114
5. Leo Barnhorst-INO 1034

Free Throws

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 556
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 512
3. Ed Macauley*-BOS 500
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 479
5. George Mikan*-MNL 442

Free Throw Attempts

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 794
2. Ed Macauley*-BOS 667
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 619
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 587
5. George Mikan*-MNL 567

Total Rebounds

1. George Mikan*-MNL 1007
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW 976
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 920
4. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 916
5. Mel Hutchins-MLH 793

Assists

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 547
2. Andy Phillip*-TOT 397
3. George King-SYR 364
4. Dick McGuire*-NYK 296
5. Paul Seymour-SYR 294

Personal Fouls

1. Monk Meineke-FTW 334
2. Joe Fulks*-PHW 319
3. Joe Graboski-INO 303
4. George Mikan*-MNL 290
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 289

Points

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 1564
2. George Mikan*-MNL 1442
3. Bob Cousy*-BOS 1407
4. Ed Macauley*-BOS 1402
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 1262

Field Goal Pct

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW .452
  Ed Macauley*-BOS .452
3. Harry Gallatin*-NYK .444
4. Bill Sharman*-BOS .436
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL .435

Free Throw Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .850
2. Fred Scolari-TOT .844
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .827
4. Carl Braun-NYK .825
5. Fred Schaus-FTW .821

Minutes Per Game

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 45.2
2. Ed Macauley*-BOS 42.1
3. Bob Cousy*-BOS 41.5
4. Mel Hutchins-MLH 40.7
5. Leo Barnhorst-INO 40.4

Points Per Game

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 22.3
2. George Mikan*-MNL 20.6
3. Ed Macauley*-BOS 20.3
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 19.8
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 17.8

Rebounds Per Game

1. George Mikan*-MNL 14.4
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW 13.9
3. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 13.1
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 13.0
5. Larry Foust-FTW 11.5

Assists Per Game

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 7.7
2. Andy Phillip*-TOT 5.7
3. George King-SYR 5.1
4. Dick McGuire*-NYK 4.9
5. Paul Seymour-SYR 4.4

Player Efficiency Rating

1. George Mikan*-MNL 28.5
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW 25.9
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 25.4
4. Ed Macauley*-BOS 24.3
5. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 23.3

True Shooting Pct

1. Ed Macauley*-BOS .543
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW .534
3. Harry Gallatin*-NYK .525
4. Bill Sharman*-BOS .521
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL .504

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW .452
2. Ed Macauley*-BOS .452
3. Harry Gallatin*-NYK .444
4. Bill Sharman*-BOS .436
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL .435

Offensive Win Shares

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 13.0
2. Ed Macauley*-BOS 12.2
3. Bill Sharman*-BOS 8.4
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 8.0
5. George Mikan*-MNL 7.7

Defensive Win Shares

1. George Mikan*-MNL 6.9
2. Mel Hutchins-MLH 5.5
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 5.1
4. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 4.9
5. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 4.4

Win Shares

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 15.3
2. George Mikan*-MNL 14.6
3. Ed Macauley*-BOS 14.5
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 13.1
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 12.0

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. George Mikan*-MNL .264
2. Ed Macauley*-BOS .239
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .236
4. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL .235
5. Harry Gallatin*-NYK .232