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1955-56 NBA Season Summary

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League Champion: Philadelphia Warriors

Most Valuable Player: Bob Pettit (25.7/16.2/2.6)
Rookie of the Year: Maurice Stokes (16.8/16.3/4.9)

PPG Leader: Bob Pettit (25.7)
RPG Leader: Maurice Stokes (16.3)
APG Leader: Bob Cousy (8.9)
WS Leader: Neil Johnston (13.9)

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Team W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Eastern Division              
Philadelphia Warriors* 45 27 .625 103.1 98.8 3.82
Boston Celtics* 39 33 .542 6.0 106.0 105.3 0.72
Syracuse Nationals* 35 37 .486 10.0 96.9 96.9 0.17
New York Knicks* 35 37 .486 10.0 100.2 100.6 -0.20
Western Division              
Fort Wayne Pistons* 37 35 .514 94.4 93.7 0.45
Minneapolis Lakers* 33 39 .458 4.0 99.3 100.2 -0.92
St. Louis Hawks* 33 39 .458 4.0 96.6 98.0 -1.42
Rochester Royals 31 41 .431 6.0 95.8 98.7 -2.61

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-1): Philadelphia Warriors over Fort Wayne Pistons (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Finals (3-2): Philadelphia Warriors over Syracuse Nationals (Series Stats)
Western Division Finals (3-2): Fort Wayne Pistons over St. Louis Hawks (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Semifinals (2-1): Syracuse Nationals over Boston Celtics (Series Stats)
Western Division Semifinals (2-1): St. Louis Hawks over Minneapolis Lakers (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Third Place Tiebreaker (1-0): Syracuse Nationals over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
Western Division Second Place Tiebreaker (1-0): Minneapolis Lakers over St. Louis Hawks (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 2745 6913 .397 2745 6913 .397 2142 2785 .769 4583 1834 1874 7632 106.0
2 Philadelphia Warriors* 72 2641 6437 .410 2641 6437 .410 2142 2829 .757 4362 1886 1872 7424 103.1
3 New York Knicks* 72 2508 6395 .392 2508 6395 .392 2196 2913 .754 4562 1610 1923 7212 100.2
4 Minneapolis Lakers* 72 2541 6543 .388 2541 6543 .388 2066 2627 .786 4133 1689 1978 7148 99.3
5 Syracuse Nationals* 72 2466 6661 .370 2466 6661 .370 2044 2703 .756 4060 1710 1783 6976 96.9
6 St. Louis Hawks* 72 2506 6628 .378 2506 6628 .378 1941 2761 .703 4493 1748 1971 6953 96.6
7 Rochester Royals 72 2551 6890 .370 2551 6890 .370 1798 2567 .700 4449 1747 1990 6900 95.8
8 Fort Wayne Pistons* 72 2396 6174 .388 2396 6174 .388 2002 2729 .734 3974 1752 1789 6794 94.4
League Average 72 2544 6580 .387 2544 6580 .387 2041 2739 .745 4327 1747 1898 7130 99.0

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 Fort Wayne Pistons* 72 6743 93.7
2 Syracuse Nationals* 72 6975 96.9
3 St. Louis Hawks* 72 7059 98.0
4 Rochester Royals 72 7106 98.7
5 Philadelphia Warriors* 72 7117 98.8
6 Minneapolis Lakers* 72 7212 100.2
7 New York Knicks* 72 7242 100.6
8 Boston Celtics* 72 7585 105.3
League Average 72 7130 99.0

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 Philadelphia Warriors* 25.5 46 26 4.26 -0.45 3.82 94.6 90.7 108.5 .439 .483 .410 .333 Philadelphia Civic Center
2 Boston Celtics* 26.9 38 34 0.65 0.07 0.72 92.2 91.7 114.5 .403 .469 .397 .310 Boston Garden
3 Fort Wayne Pistons* 27.1 38 34 0.71 -0.26 0.45 90.7 90.0 103.2 .442 .461 .388 .324 War Memorial Coliseum
4 Syracuse Nationals* 26.1 36 36 0.01 0.16 0.17 88.0 88.0 108.5 .406 .444 .370 .307 Onondaga War Memorial
5 New York Knicks* 26.8 35 37 -0.42 0.22 -0.20 92.4 92.8 106.5 .456 .470 .392 .343 Madison Square Garden (III)
6 Minneapolis Lakers* 26.8 34 38 -0.89 -0.03 -0.92 91.5 92.4 108.0 .401 .464 .388 .316 Minneapolis Auditorium
7 St. Louis Hawks* 25.0 32 40 -1.47 0.05 -1.42 87.6 88.9 109.4 .417 .443 .378 .293 Kiel Auditorium
8 Rochester Royals 25.2 29 43 -2.86 0.25 -2.61 85.3 87.9 111.7 .373 .430 .370 .261 Rochester Community War Memorial
League Average 26.1 36 36 0.00 0.00 0.00 90.3 90.3 108.8 .416 .458 .387 .310

Minutes Played

1. Jack George-PHW 2840
2. Slater Martin*-MNL 2838
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 2794
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 2767
5. Jack Coleman-TOT 2738

Field Goals

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 646
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 617
3. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 594
4. Bill Sharman*-BOS 538
5. Neil Johnston*-PHW 499

Field Goal Attempts

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 1507
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 1378
3. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 1370
4. Bill Sharman*-BOS 1229
5. Bob Cousy*-BOS 1223

Free Throws

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 557
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW 549
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 542
4. Paul Arizin*-PHW 507
5. Bob Cousy*-BOS 476

Free Throw Attempts

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 757
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW 685
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 632
4. Paul Arizin*-PHW 626
5. Bob Cousy*-BOS 564

Total Rebounds

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 1164
2. Maurice Stokes*-ROC 1094
3. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 992
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 891
5. Neil Johnston*-PHW 872

Assists

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 642
2. Jack George-PHW 457
3. Slater Martin*-MNL 445
4. Andy Phillip*-FTW 410
  George King-SYR 410

Personal Fouls

1. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 319
2. Chuck Share-STL 318
3. Arnie Risen*-BOS 300
4. Ray Felix-NYK 293
5. Dick Ricketts-TOT 287

Points

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 1849
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 1741
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 1547
4. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 1526
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 1472

Field Goal Pct

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW .457
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW .448
3. Larry Foust-FTW .447
4. Kenny Sears-NYK .438
5. Bill Sharman*-BOS .438

Free Throw Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .867
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .858
3. Dick Schnittker-MNL .856
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS .844
5. Carl Braun-NYK .838

Minutes Per Game

1. Jack George-PHW 39.4
2. Slater Martin*-MNL 39.4
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 38.8
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 38.4
5. Paul Arizin*-PHW 37.8

Points Per Game

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 25.7
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 24.2
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 22.1
4. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 21.5
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 20.4

Rebounds Per Game

1. Maurice Stokes*-ROC 16.3
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 16.2
3. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 14.0
4. Neil Johnston*-PHW 12.5
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 12.4

Assists Per Game

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 8.9
2. Jack George-PHW 6.3
3. Slater Martin*-MNL 6.2
4. Tom Gola*-PHW 5.9
5. Andy Phillip*-FTW 5.9

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 27.3
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW 25.1
3. Larry Foust-FTW 23.8
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 23.7
5. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL 23.5

True Shooting Pct

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW .555
2. Larry Foust-FTW .547
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW .526
4. Bob Houbregs*-FTW .522
5. Kenny Sears-NYK .515

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW .457
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW .448
3. Larry Foust-FTW .447
4. Kenny Sears-NYK .438
5. Bill Sharman*-BOS .438

Offensive Win Shares

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 11.2
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 10.2
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 8.9
4. Larry Foust-FTW 8.6
5. Bill Sharman*-BOS 7.2

Defensive Win Shares

1. Maurice Stokes*-ROC 5.9
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 4.9
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 4.8
4. Jack Coleman-TOT 4.1
5. George King-SYR 3.3

Win Shares

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 13.9
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 13.8
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW 12.2
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 11.8
5. Larry Foust-FTW 11.1

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Larry Foust-FTW .264
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW .258
3. Bob Pettit*-STL .236
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .225
5. Bob Houbregs*-FTW .214