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1954-55 NBA Season Summary

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League Champion: Syracuse Nationals

Rookie of the Year: Bob Pettit (20.4/13.8/3.2)

PPG Leader: Neil Johnston (22.7)
RPG Leader: Neil Johnston (15.1)
APG Leader: Bob Cousy (7.8)
WS Leader: Neil Johnston (15.4)

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Team W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Eastern Division              
Syracuse Nationals* 43 29 .597 91.1 89.7 1.23
New York Knicks* 38 34 .528 5.0 92.7 92.6 0.11
Boston Celtics* 36 36 .500 7.0 101.5 101.5 -0.03
Philadelphia Warriors 33 39 .458 10.0 93.2 93.5 -0.19
Baltimore Bullets (1)
Western Division              
Fort Wayne Pistons* 43 29 .597 92.4 90.0 2.01
Minneapolis Lakers* 40 32 .556 3.0 95.6 94.5 0.96
Rochester Royals* 29 43 .403 14.0 90.8 92.4 -1.43
Milwaukee Hawks 26 46 .361 17.0 87.4 90.4 -2.66

(1) The Baltimore Bullets disbanded on November 27, 1954 with a 3-11 record. The official records for the 1954-55 season do not include the Bullets' games and team statistics, nor do they include the statistics of opposing players and teams in games played against the Bullets.

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-3): Syracuse Nationals over Fort Wayne Pistons (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Finals (3-1): Syracuse Nationals over Boston Celtics (Series Stats)
Western Division Finals (3-1): Fort Wayne Pistons over Minneapolis Lakers (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Semifinals (2-1): Boston Celtics over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
Western Division Semifinals (2-1): Minneapolis Lakers over Rochester Royals (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* 72 2604 6533 .399 2604 6533 .399 2097 2704 .776 4293 1905 1859 7305 101.5
2 Minneapolis Lakers* 72 2506 6465 .388 2506 6465 .388 1873 2517 .744 3865 1468 1935 6885 95.6
3 Philadelphia Warriors 72 2392 6234 .384 2392 6234 .384 1928 2625 .734 4238 1744 1716 6712 93.2
4 New York Knicks* 72 2392 6149 .389 2392 6149 .389 1887 2593 .728 4379 1744 1587 6671 92.7
5 Fort Wayne Pistons* 72 2333 5980 .390 2333 5980 .390 1986 2710 .733 3826 1737 1753 6652 92.4
6 Syracuse Nationals* 72 2360 6343 .372 2360 6343 .372 1837 2450 .750 3933 1778 1658 6557 91.1
7 Rochester Royals* 72 2399 6020 .399 2399 6020 .399 1737 2420 .718 3904 1695 1865 6535 90.8
8 Milwaukee Hawks 72 2187 6041 .362 2187 6041 .362 1917 2672 .717 3854 1544 1904 6291 87.4
9 Baltimore Bullets
League Average 72 2397 6221 .385 2397 6221 .385 1908 2586 .738 4037 1702 1785 6701 93.1

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 Syracuse Nationals* 72 6457 89.7
2 Fort Wayne Pistons* 72 6480 90.0
3 Milwaukee Hawks 72 6510 90.4
4 Rochester Royals* 72 6652 92.4
5 New York Knicks* 72 6665 92.6
6 Philadelphia Warriors 72 6731 93.5
7 Minneapolis Lakers* 72 6801 94.5
8 Boston Celtics* 72 7309 101.5
9 Baltimore Bullets
League Average 72 6701 93.1

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 eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA Arena Attendance
1 Fort Wayne Pistons* 27.4 43 29 2.39 -0.38 2.01 91.2 88.9 100.7 .453 .390 .332 War Memorial Coliseum
2 Syracuse Nationals* 26.1 40 32 1.39 -0.16 1.23 87.5 86.2 103.6 .386 .372 .290 Onondaga War Memorial
3 Minneapolis Lakers* 26.9 39 33 1.17 -0.21 0.96 89.7 88.6 105.5 .389 .388 .290 Minneapolis Auditorium
4 New York Knicks* 27.1 36 36 0.08 0.03 0.11 90.2 90.1 101.8 .422 .389 .307 Madison Square Garden (III)
5 Boston Celtics* 26.8 36 36 -0.06 0.05 -0.03 93.0 93.0 108.6 .414 .399 .321 Boston Garden
6 Philadelphia Warriors 25.2 35 37 -0.26 0.08 -0.19 89.6 89.9 102.9 .421 .384 .309 Philadelphia Civic Center
7 Rochester Royals* 28.8 32 40 -1.63 0.19 -1.43 90.7 92.3 99.5 .402 .399 .289 Edgerton Park Arena
8 Milwaukee Hawks 26.2 28 44 -3.04 0.40 -2.66 86.4 89.4 100.5 .442 .362 .317 Milwaukee Arena
9 Baltimore Bullets 24.4
League Average 26.6 36 36 0.01 0.00 0.00 89.8 89.8 102.9 .416 .385 .307

League Awards

Rookie of the Year: Bob Pettit*

Minutes Played

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 2953
2. Paul Seymour-SYR 2950
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 2917
4. Mel Hutchins-FTW 2860
5. Slater Martin*-MNL 2784

Field Goals

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 529
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 522
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 521
4. Bob Pettit*-MLH 520
5. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 519

Field Goal Attempts

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 1325
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 1316
3. Bob Pettit*-MLH 1279
4. Frank Selvy-TOT 1195
5. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 1192

Free Throws

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 589
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 489
3. Bob Cousy*-BOS 460
4. Paul Arizin*-PHW 454
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 447

Free Throw Attempts

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 769
2. Frank Selvy-TOT 610
3. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 598
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 587
5. Paul Arizin*-PHW 585

Total Rebounds

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 1085
2. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 995
3. Bob Pettit*-MLH 994
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 887
5. Ray Felix-NYK 818

Assists

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 557
2. Dick McGuire*-NYK 542
3. Andy Phillip*-FTW 491
4. Paul Seymour-SYR 483
5. Slater Martin*-MNL 427

Personal Fouls

1. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 319
2. Bob Harrison-MLH 291
3. Ray Felix-NYK 286
4. Earl Lloyd-SYR 283
5. Chuck Share-MLH 273

Points

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 1631
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 1512
3. Bob Cousy*-BOS 1504
4. Bob Pettit*-MLH 1466
5. Frank Selvy-TOT 1348

Field Goal Pct

1. Larry Foust-FTW .487
2. Jack Coleman-ROC .462
3. Tom Marshall-ROC .442
4. Neil Johnston*-PHW .440
5. Ray Felix-NYK .438

Free Throw Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .897
2. Frankie Brian-FTW .851
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .833
4. Dick Schnittker-MNL .823
5. Jim Baechtold-NYK .823

Minutes Per Game

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 41.0
2. Paul Seymour-SYR 41.0
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 40.5
4. Mel Hutchins-FTW 39.7
5. Bob Cousy*-BOS 38.7

Points Per Game

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 22.7
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 21.2
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW 21.0
4. Bob Pettit*-MLH 20.4
5. Frank Selvy-TOT 19.0

Rebounds Per Game

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 15.1
2. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 13.8
3. Bob Pettit*-MLH 13.8
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 12.3
5. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 11.5

Assists Per Game

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 7.8
2. Andy Phillip*-FTW 7.7
3. Dick McGuire*-NYK 7.6
4. Paul Seymour-SYR 6.7
5. Slater Martin*-MNL 5.9

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 25.4
2. Bob Pettit*-MLH 24.4
3. Larry Foust-FTW 23.0
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 23.0
5. Chuck Share-MLH 22.0

True Shooting Pct

1. Larry Foust-FTW .570
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW .536
3. Ed Macauley*-BOS .521
4. Chuck Share-MLH .517
5. Bill Sharman*-BOS .508

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Larry Foust-FTW .487
2. Jack Coleman-ROC .462
3. Tom Marshall-ROC .442
4. Neil Johnston*-PHW .440
5. Ray Felix-NYK .438

Offensive Win Shares

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 11.5
2. Larry Foust-FTW 10.3
3. Ed Macauley*-BOS 7.5
4. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 7.4
5. Bill Sharman*-BOS 6.7

Defensive Win Shares

1. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 5.7
2. Bob Pettit*-MLH 4.6
3. Paul Seymour-SYR 4.5
4. Neil Johnston*-PHW 3.9
5. Earl Lloyd-SYR 3.9

Win Shares

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 15.4
2. Larry Foust-FTW 13.3
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 12.0
4. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 10.9
5. Bob Pettit*-MLH 10.7

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Larry Foust-FTW .282
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW .253
3. Chuck Share-MLH .232
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .229
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL .205