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1948-49 NBL Season Summary

Previous Season

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Team W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G
Eastern Division           
Anderson Duffey Packers* 49 15 .766 72.1 63.0
Syracuse Nationals* 40 23 .635 8.5 66.5 63.8
Hammond Calumet Buccaneers* 21 41 .339 27.0 61.0 64.8
Dayton Rens (1) 14 26 .350 23.0 56.7 61.5
Detroit Vagabond Kings (2) 2 17 .105 24.5 61.1 75.2
Western Division           
Oshkosh All-Stars* 37 27 .578 60.9 59.0
Tri-Cities Blackhawks* 36 28 .563 1.0 65.1 62.4
Sheboygan Redskins* 35 29 .547 2.0 62.0 61.7
Waterloo Hawks 30 32 .484 6.0 58.9 59.2
Denver Nuggets 18 44 .290 18.0 58.2 64.1

(1) Dayton replaced Detroit, who disbanded during the season, and assumed Detroit's record in the standings. Their combined record was 16-43.
(2) Detroit disbanded during the season and was replaced by Dayton, who assumed Detroit's record in the standings. Their combined record was 16-43.

Playoffs

Team & Opponent Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Record Team Opponent
Rk Team G W L W/L% FG FT FTA PTS PPG FG FT FTA PTS PPG
1 Anderson Duffey Packers* 64 49 15 .766 1705 1204 1761 4614 72.1 4034 63.0
2 Syracuse Nationals* 63 40 23 .635 1435 1319 1900 4189 66.5 4017 63.8
3 Oshkosh All-Stars* 64 37 27 .578 1426 1044 1594 3896 60.9 3773 59.0
4 Tri-Cities Blackhawks* 64 36 28 .563 1487 1191 1778 4165 65.1 3991 62.4
5 Sheboygan Redskins* 64 35 29 .547 1374 1221 1800 3969 62.0 3947 61.7
6 Waterloo Hawks 62 30 32 .484 1363 926 1360 3652 58.9 3668 59.2
7 Dayton Rens 40 14 26 .350 857 553 900 2267 56.7 2458 61.5
8 Hammond Calumet Buccaneers* 62 21 41 .339 1307 1168 1705 3782 61.0 4016 64.8
9 Denver Nuggets 62 18 44 .290 1303 1005 1563 3611 58.2 3974 64.1
10 Detroit Vagabond Kings 19 2 17 .105 430 301 469 1161 61.1 1428 75.2
League Average 56 28 28 .500 1269 993 1483 3531 62.6 3531 62.6

League Leaders

Games

1. George Ratkovicz-TCB 64
  Alex Hannum-OAS 64
  Marshall Hawkins-OAS 64
  Billy Hassett-TCB 64
  Howie Schultz-ADP 64
  Merlin Gilbertson-SHR 64
  Dee Gibson-TCB 64
  Frank Gates-ADP 64
  Don Otten-TCB 64
  Ralph Johnson-ADP 64
  Whitey Von Nieda-TCB 64
  Floyd Volker-OAS 64
  Ed Stanczak-ADP 64
  Bobby Cook-SHR 64
  Robert Bolyard-SHR 64
  Bill Closs-ADP 64
  Bob Brannum-SHR 64
  Jack Burmaster-OAS 64
  Frankie Brian-ADP 64
  Milo Komenich-ADP 64
21. Paul Seymour-SYN 63
  Luther Harris-TCB 63
  Gene Englund-OAS 63
  Dolph Schayes-SYN 63
  Ed Peterson-SYN 63
  Noble Jorgensen-SHR 63
  Robert McDermott-TOT 63

Field Goals

1. Dick Mehen-WTH 315
2. Don Otten-TCB 301
3. Harry Boykoff-WTH 293
4. Hoot Gibson-TOT 291
5. Gene Englund-OAS 284
6. Dolph Schayes-SYN 271
7. Whitey Von Nieda-TCB 247
8. Milo Komenich-ADP 243
9. Mike Todorovich-SHR 239
10. Robert McDermott-TOT 226
11. Ralph Johnson-ADP 218
  Noble Jorgensen-SHR 218
13. Frankie Brian-ADP 216
14. Oliver Shoaff-TOT 211
15. Al Cervi-SYN 204
16. Bill Closs-ADP 203
17. Marshall Hawkins-OAS 200
18. Jimmy Darden-DNV 197
19. Robert Gruenig-DNV 194
20. Ed Stanczak-ADP 191
21. Rollie Seltz-WTH 188
22. John Sebastian-TOT 185
23. Leo Kubiak-WTH 177
24. Howie Schultz-ADP 176
25. Bobby Cook-SHR 172

Free Throws

1. Don Otten-TCB 297
2. Al Cervi-SYN 287
3. Gene Englund-OAS 282
4. Dolph Schayes-SYN 267
5. Chips Sobek-HCB 232
6. Hoot Gibson-TOT 223
7. Dick Mehen-WTH 211
8. Ed Stanczak-ADP 202
9. Frankie Brian-ADP 201
10. Noble Jorgensen-SHR 194
11. Jimmy Darden-DNV 193
12. Harry Boykoff-WTH 191
13. Jake Carter-HCB 188
14. Howie Schultz-ADP 186
15. Mike Todorovich-SHR 170
  Robert Gruenig-DNV 170
17. Bob Brannum-SHR 169
18. George Glamack-HCB 163
19. Whitey Von Nieda-TCB 147
20. Bob Carpenter-TOT 131
21. Johnny Macknowski-SYN 128
22. Rollie Seltz-WTH 127
  Stan Patrick-HCB 127
24. William Gates-DYR 126
  John Sebastian-TOT 126

Points

1. Don Otten-TCB 899
2. Gene Englund-OAS 850
3. Dick Mehen-WTH 841
4. Dolph Schayes-SYN 809
5. Hoot Gibson-TOT 805
6. Harry Boykoff-WTH 777
7. Al Cervi-SYN 695
8. Mike Todorovich-SHR 648
9. Whitey Von Nieda-TCB 641
10. Frankie Brian-ADP 633
11. Noble Jorgensen-SHR 630
12. Milo Komenich-ADP 610
13. Jimmy Darden-DNV 587
14. Ed Stanczak-ADP 584
15. Robert McDermott-TOT 573
16. Robert Gruenig-DNV 558
17. Howie Schultz-ADP 538
18. Ralph Johnson-ADP 521
19. Chips Sobek-HCB 518
20. Bill Closs-ADP 516
  Marshall Hawkins-OAS 516
22. Oliver Shoaff-TOT 515
23. Bob Brannum-SHR 507
24. Rollie Seltz-WTH 503
25. George Glamack-HCB 501

League Awards

Most Valuable Player: Don Otten
Rookie of the Year: Dolph Schayes

All-NBL Teams

1st Team
Frankie Brian
Al Cervi
Gene Englund
Dick Mehen
Don Otten
2nd Team
Bill Closs
Hoot Gibson
Ralph Johnson
Mike Todorovich
Whitey Von Nieda