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1956 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Philadelphia Warriors

1956 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Paul Arizin (289)
TRB: Neil Johnston (143)
AST: George King (60)
WS: Paul Arizin (2.2)

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

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 Minneapolis Lakers 3 720 116 263 .441 116 263 .441 131 173 .757 175 74 107 363 121.0
2 Philadelphia Warriors 10 2400 370 930 .398 370 930 .398 306 408 .750 644 259 272 1046 104.6
3 Boston Celtics 3 720 109 289 .377 109 289 .377 87 113 .770 205 64 73 305 101.7
4 Syracuse Nationals 8 1920 287 767 .374 287 767 .374 239 324 .738 486 190 232 813 101.6
5 Fort Wayne Pistons 10 2400 326 879 .371 326 879 .371 276 386 .715 609 209 231 928 92.8
6 St. Louis Hawks 8 1920 248 685 .362 248 685 .362 246 352 .699 423 162 237 742 92.8
League Average 7 1680 243 636 .382 243 636 .382 214 293 .732 424 160 192 700 99.9

Opponent Stats

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 10 2400 922 92.2
2 Philadelphia Warriors 10 2400 984 98.4
3 Boston Celtics 3 720 296 98.7
4 Minneapolis Lakers 3 720 307 102.3
5 St. Louis Hawks 8 1920 824 103.0
6 Syracuse Nationals 8 1920 864 108.0
League Average 7 1680 700 99.9

Miscellaneous Stats

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team G W L W/L% PW PL ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
1 Philadelphia Warriors 10 7 3 .700 7.0 3.0 .439 .398 .329
2 Fort Wayne Pistons 10 4 6 .400 5.2 4.8 .439 .371 .314
3 St. Louis Hawks 8 4 4 .500 1.5 6.5 .514 .362 .359
4 Syracuse Nationals 8 4 4 .500 2.4 5.6 .422 .374 .312
5 Boston Celtics 3 1 2 .333 1.8 1.2 .391 .377 .301
6 Minneapolis Lakers 3 1 2 .333 2.7 0.3 .658 .441 .498
League Average 7.0 3.5 3.5 .500 3.5 3.5 .461 .382 .337

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 409
2. George Yardley*-FTW 406
3. Jack George-PHW 405
4. Neil Johnston*-PHW 397
5. Mel Hutchins-FTW 377

Field Goals

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 103
2. George Yardley*-FTW 77
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 69
4. Joe Graboski-PHW 53
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 52

Field Goal Attempts

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 229
2. George Yardley*-FTW 183
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 169
4. Joe Graboski-PHW 154
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 142

Free Throws

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 83
2. George Yardley*-FTW 76
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 73
4. Larry Foust-FTW 70
5. Neil Johnston*-PHW 65

Free Throw Attempts

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 99
2. George Yardley*-FTW 98
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 92
4. Larry Foust-FTW 89
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 83

Total Rebounds

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 143
2. George Yardley*-FTW 139
3. Larry Foust-FTW 127
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 111
5. Tom Gola*-PHW 101

Assists

1. George King-SYR 60
2. Tom Gola*-PHW 58
3. Jack George-PHW 52
4. Neil Johnston*-PHW 51
5. Chuck Noble-FTW 41

Personal Fouls

1. Tom Gola*-PHW 47
2. Chuck Share-STL 41
  Neil Johnston*-PHW 41
4. Larry Foust-FTW 38
5. Red Rocha-SYR 37
  Earl Lloyd-SYR 37
  Jack George-PHW 37
  Joe Graboski-PHW 37

Points

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 289
2. George Yardley*-FTW 230
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 203
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 177
5. Larry Foust-FTW 168

Field Goal Pct

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS .500
2. Chuck Share-STL .493
3. Red Kerr-SYR .480
4. Dick Farley-SYR .472
5. Bob Houbregs*-FTW .462

Free Throw Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .941
  Dick Garmaker-MNL .941
  Chuck Noble-FTW .941
4. Earl Lloyd-SYR .929
5. Bob Cousy*-BOS .920

Minutes Per Game

1. Jack Coleman-STL 41.4
2. Paul Arizin*-PHW 40.9
3. George Yardley*-FTW 40.6
4. Jack George-PHW 40.5
5. Neil Johnston*-PHW 39.7

Points Per Game

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 28.9
2. George Yardley*-FTW 23.0
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 22.1
4. Neil Johnston*-PHW 20.3
5. Bob Pettit*-STL 19.1

Rebounds Per Game

1. Neil Johnston*-PHW 14.3
2. George Yardley*-FTW 13.9
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 13.9
4. Larry Foust-FTW 12.7
5. Bob Pettit*-STL 10.5

Assists Per Game

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 8.7
2. George King-SYR 7.5
3. Tom Gola*-PHW 5.8
4. Jack George-PHW 5.2
5. Neil Johnston*-PHW 5.1

Player Efficiency Rating

1. George Yardley*-FTW 25.4
2. Larry Foust-FTW 25.2
3. Paul Arizin*-PHW 24.2
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 22.5
5. Neil Johnston*-PHW 22.0

True Shooting Pct

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS .590
2. Chuck Share-STL .547
3. Clyde Lovellette*-MNL .537
4. Paul Arizin*-PHW .530
5. Bob Houbregs*-FTW .529

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS .500
2. Chuck Share-STL .493
3. Red Kerr-SYR .481
4. Dick Farley-SYR .472
5. Bob Houbregs*-FTW .462

Assist Pct

1. Andy Phillip*-FTW 32.3
2. Dick Farley-SYR 30.3
3. George King-SYR 30.3
4. Chuck Noble-FTW 27.7
5. Tom Gola*-PHW 24.2

Offensive Win Shares

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 1.7
2. George Yardley*-FTW 1.3
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 0.8
4. Larry Foust-FTW 0.8
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 0.8

Defensive Win Shares

1. George Yardley*-FTW 0.8
2. Neil Johnston*-PHW 0.8
3. Larry Foust-FTW 0.6
4. Tom Gola*-PHW 0.6
5. Mel Hutchins-FTW 0.6

Win Shares

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW 2.2
2. George Yardley*-FTW 2.1
3. Neil Johnston*-PHW 1.6
4. Larry Foust-FTW 1.5
5. Bob Houbregs*-FTW 1.1

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Paul Arizin*-PHW .262
2. George Yardley*-FTW .244
3. Larry Foust-FTW .243
4. Bob Houbregs*-FTW .239
5. Neil Johnston*-PHW .191