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1958-59 NBA Season Summary

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League Champion: Boston Celtics

Most Valuable Player: Bob Pettit (29.2/16.4/3.1)
Rookie of the Year: Elgin Baylor (24.9/15.0/4.1)

PPG Leader: Bob Pettit (29.2)
RPG Leader: Bill Russell (23.0)
APG Leader: Bob Cousy (8.6)
WS Leader: Bob Pettit (14.8)

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Team W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Eastern Division              
Boston Celtics* 52 20 .722 116.4 109.9 5.84
New York Knicks* 40 32 .556 12.0 110.3 110.1 0.49
Syracuse Nationals* 35 37 .486 17.0 113.1 109.1 3.74
Philadelphia Warriors 32 40 .444 20.0 103.3 106.3 -2.29
Western Division              
St. Louis Hawks* 49 23 .681 108.8 105.1 2.89
Minneapolis Lakers* 33 39 .458 16.0 106.0 107.3 -1.42
Detroit Pistons* 28 44 .389 21.0 105.1 106.3 -1.36
Cincinnati Royals 19 53 .264 30.0 103.1 111.9 -7.89

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-0): Boston Celtics over Minneapolis Lakers (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Finals (4-3): Boston Celtics over Syracuse Nationals (Series Stats)
Western Division Finals (4-2): Minneapolis Lakers over St. Louis Hawks (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Semifinals (2-0): Syracuse Nationals over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
Western Division Semifinals (2-1): Minneapolis Lakers over Detroit Pistons (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 3208 8116 .395 3208 8116 .395 1963 2563 .766 5601 1568 1769 8379 116.4
2 Syracuse Nationals* 72 3050 7490 .407 3050 7490 .407 2046 2642 .774 4900 1340 1961 8146 113.1
3 New York Knicks* 72 2863 7170 .399 2863 7170 .399 2217 2802 .791 4991 1383 1899 7943 110.3
4 St. Louis Hawks* 72 2879 7015 .410 2879 7015 .410 2072 2757 .752 5045 1567 1937 7830 108.8
5 Minneapolis Lakers* 72 2779 7084 .392 2779 7084 .392 2071 2718 .762 5149 1373 1874 7629 106.0
6 Detroit Pistons* 72 2811 7305 .385 2811 7305 .385 1943 2627 .740 4860 1317 1881 7565 105.1
7 Philadelphia Warriors 72 2826 7423 .381 2826 7423 .381 1783 2425 .735 4910 1375 1776 7435 103.3
8 Cincinnati Royals 72 2854 7340 .389 2854 7340 .389 1713 2375 .721 4887 1369 1855 7421 103.1
League Average 72 2909 7368 .395 2909 7368 .395 1976 2614 .756 5043 1412 1869 7794 108.2

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 St. Louis Hawks* 72 7564 105.1
2 Detroit Pistons* 72 7657 106.3
3 Philadelphia Warriors 72 7651 106.3
4 Minneapolis Lakers* 72 7725 107.3
5 Syracuse Nationals* 72 7855 109.1
6 Boston Celtics* 72 7912 109.9
7 New York Knicks* 72 7925 110.1
8 Cincinnati Royals 72 8060 111.9
League Average 72 7794 108.2

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 Boston Celtics* 27.1 50 22 6.49 -0.65 5.84 89.5 84.5 128.7 .316 .395 .242 Boston Garden
2 Syracuse Nationals* 26.2 45 27 4.04 -0.30 3.74 92.5 89.2 121.0 .353 .407 .273 Onondaga War Memorial
3 St. Louis Hawks* 28.1 45 27 3.69 -0.81 2.89 93.3 90.1 115.6 .393 .410 .295 Kiel Auditorium
4 New York Knicks* 25.7 37 35 0.25 0.24 0.49 93.0 92.7 118.0 .391 .399 .309 Madison Square Garden (III)
5 Detroit Pistons* 27.5 33 39 -1.28 -0.10 -1.36 88.4 89.4 117.8 .360 .385 .266 Detroit Olympia
6 Minneapolis Lakers* 25.7 33 39 -1.33 -0.09 -1.42 90.8 91.9 115.5 .384 .392 .292 Minneapolis Auditorium
7 Philadelphia Warriors 26.9 29 43 -3.00 0.71 -2.29 86.7 89.3 118.4 .327 .381 .240 Philadelphia Civic Center
8 Cincinnati Royals 23.7 17 55 -8.88 0.99 -7.89 87.5 95.0 116.4 .324 .389 .233 Cincinnati Gardens
League Average 26.4 36 36 0.00 0.00 0.00 90.2 90.2 118.9 .355 .395 .268

Minutes Played

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 2979
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 2873
3. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 2855
4. Paul Arizin*-PHW 2799
5. Larry Costello-SYR 2750

Field Goals

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 719
2. Jack Twyman*-CIN 710
3. Cliff Hagan*-STL 646
4. Paul Arizin*-PHW 632
5. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 605

Field Goal Attempts

1. Jack Twyman*-CIN 1691
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 1640
3. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 1482
4. Paul Arizin*-PHW 1466
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 1417

Free Throws

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 667
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 587
3. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 532
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 526
5. Kenny Sears-NYK 506

Free Throw Attempts

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 879
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 722
3. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 685
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 609
5. Kenny Sears-NYK 588

Total Rebounds

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 1612
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 1182
3. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 1050
4. Red Kerr-SYR 1008
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 962

Assists

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 557
2. Dick McGuire*-DET 443
3. Larry Costello-SYR 379
4. Richie Guerin*-NYK 364
5. Carl Braun-NYK 349

Personal Fouls

1. Walter Dukes-DET 332
2. Earl Lloyd-DET 291
3. Jim Loscutoff-BOS 285
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 280
5. Jack Twyman*-CIN 277

Points

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 2105
2. Jack Twyman*-CIN 1857
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW 1851
4. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 1742
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 1707

Field Goal Pct

1. Kenny Sears-NYK .490
2. Bill Russell*-BOS .457
3. Cliff Hagan*-STL .456
4. Clyde Lovellette*-STL .454
5. Hal Greer*-SYR .454

Free Throw Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .932
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .864
3. Kenny Sears-NYK .861
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS .855
5. Willie Naulls-NYK .830

Minutes Per Game

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 42.6
2. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 40.8
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW 40.0
4. Bob Pettit*-STL 39.9
5. Larry Costello-SYR 39.3

Points Per Game

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 29.2
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 26.4
3. Jack Twyman*-CIN 25.8
4. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 24.9
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 23.7

Rebounds Per Game

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 23.0
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 16.4
3. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 15.0
4. Red Kerr-SYR 14.0
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 13.4

Assists Per Game

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 8.6
2. Dick McGuire*-DET 6.2
3. Larry Costello-SYR 5.4
4. Richie Guerin*-NYK 5.1
5. Carl Braun-NYK 4.8

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 28.2
2. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 23.6
3. Cliff Hagan*-STL 22.7
4. Kenny Sears-NYK 22.6
5. Clyde Lovellette*-STL 22.3

True Shooting Pct

1. Kenny Sears-NYK .590
2. Bob Pettit*-STL .519
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW .519
4. Cliff Hagan*-STL .516
5. Richie Guerin*-NYK .509

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Kenny Sears-NYK .490
2. Bill Russell*-BOS .457
3. Cliff Hagan*-STL .456
4. Clyde Lovellette*-STL .454
5. Hal Greer*-SYR .454

Offensive Win Shares

1. Kenny Sears-NYK 11.9
2. Bob Pettit*-STL 11.3
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW 10.0
4. Cliff Hagan*-STL 9.0
5. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 7.0

Defensive Win Shares

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 8.2
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 5.4
3. Tom Heinsohn*-BOS 4.1
4. Tom Gola*-PHW 3.6
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 3.6

Win Shares

1. Bob Pettit*-STL 14.8
2. Kenny Sears-NYK 13.3
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW 13.0
4. Bill Russell*-BOS 12.9
5. Cliff Hagan*-STL 11.7

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Kenny Sears-NYK .256
2. Bob Pettit*-STL .246
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW .223
4. Cliff Hagan*-STL .209
5. Bill Russell*-BOS .208