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1959 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Boston Celtics

1959 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: Elgin Baylor (331)
TRB: Bill Russell (305)
AST: Bob Cousy (119)
WS: Frank Ramsey (2.0)

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

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 11 2640 515 1298 .397 515 1298 .397 326 437 .746 909 287 299 1356 123.3
2 Syracuse Nationals 9 2160 379 946 .401 379 946 .401 327 386 .847 639 206 257 1085 120.6
3 New York Knicks 2 480 90 248 .363 90 248 .363 58 76 .763 155 43 70 238 119.0
4 St. Louis Hawks 6 1465 235 547 .430 235 547 .430 178 241 .739 391 114 161 648 108.0
5 Minneapolis Lakers 13 3145 514 1313 .391 514 1313 .391 347 442 .785 837 252 366 1375 105.8
6 Detroit Pistons 3 720 111 277 .401 111 277 .401 86 107 .804 180 55 90 308 102.7
League Average 7 1768 307 772 .398 307 772 .398 220 282 .783 519 160 207 835 113.9

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 St. Louis Hawks 6 1465 605 100.8
2 Detroit Pistons 3 720 324 108.0
3 Minneapolis Lakers 13 3145 1443 111.0
4 Boston Celtics 11 2640 1271 115.5
5 Syracuse Nationals 9 2160 1107 123.0
6 New York Knicks 2 480 260 130.0
League Average 7 1768 835 113.9

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 Boston Celtics 11 8 3 .727 7.8 3.2 .337 .397 .251
2 Minneapolis Lakers 13 6 7 .462 4.4 8.6 .337 .391 .264
3 Syracuse Nationals 9 5 4 .556 3.9 5.1 .408 .401 .346
4 St. Louis Hawks 6 2 4 .333 4.3 1.7 .441 .430 .325
5 Detroit Pistons 3 1 2 .333 1.0 2.0 .386 .401 .310
6 New York Knicks 2 0 2 .000 0.4 1.6 .306 .363 .234
League Average 7.3 3.7 3.7 .500 3.6 3.7 .365 .398 .286

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played

1. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 556
2. Bill Russell*-BOS 496
3. Slick Leonard*-MNL 467
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 460
5. Dick Garmaker-MNL 439

Field Goals

1. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 122
2. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 95
3. Tom Heinsohn*-BOS 91
4. George Yardley*-SYR 83
5. Bill Sharman*-BOS 82

Field Goal Attempts

1. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 303
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 221
3. Tom Heinsohn*-BOS 220
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 195
5. Bill Sharman*-BOS 193

Free Throws

1. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 98
2. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 87
3. Bob Cousy*-BOS 70
4. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 65
5. George Yardley*-SYR 60

Free Throw Attempts

1. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 113
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 107
3. Bob Cousy*-BOS 94
4. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 81
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 73

Total Rebounds

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 305
2. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 156
3. Larry Foust-MNL 136
4. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 117
5. Red Kerr-SYR 108

Assists

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 119
2. Slick Leonard*-MNL 70
3. Larry Costello-SYR 54
4. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 43
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 41

Personal Fouls

1. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 54
2. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 52
  Frank Ramsey*-BOS 52
4. Jim Loscutoff-BOS 49
5. Larry Foust-MNL 47

Points

1. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 331
2. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 255
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 254
4. George Yardley*-SYR 226
5. Bill Sharman*-BOS 221

Field Goal Pct

1. Dick McGuire*-DET .625
2. Cliff Hagan*-STL .512
3. Clyde Lovellette*-STL .500
4. Frank Ramsey*-BOS .495
5. Gene Shue-DET .467

Free Throw Pct

1. Bill Sharman*-BOS .966
2. Jim Krebs-MNL .957
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR .916
4. Red Kerr-SYR .909
5. Ed Fleming-MNL .880

Minutes Per Game

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 45.1
2. Cliff Hagan*-STL 43.2
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 42.8
4. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 42.8
5. Bob Cousy*-BOS 41.8

Points Per Game

1. Cliff Hagan*-STL 28.5
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 28.2
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 27.8
4. Elgin Baylor*-MNL 25.5
5. George Yardley*-SYR 25.1

Rebounds Per Game

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 27.7
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 13.0
3. Bob Pettit*-STL 12.5
4. Red Kerr-SYR 12.0
  Cliff Hagan*-STL 12.0
  Elgin Baylor*-MNL 12.0

Assists Per Game

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 10.8
2. Larry Costello-SYR 6.0
3. Slick Leonard*-MNL 5.4
4. Jack McMahon-STL 5.3
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 4.6

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Cliff Hagan*-STL 26.2
2. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 23.9
3. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 23.4
4. Bob Pettit*-STL 22.9
5. Clyde Lovellette*-STL 22.7

True Shooting Pct

1. Cliff Hagan*-STL .583
2. Frank Ramsey*-BOS .560
3. Clyde Lovellette*-STL .559
4. Gene Shue-DET .557
5. Larry Costello-SYR .538

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Dick McGuire*-DET .625
2. Cliff Hagan*-STL .512
3. Clyde Lovellette*-STL .500
4. Frank Ramsey*-BOS .495
5. Gene Shue-DET .467

Assist Pct

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 31.6
2. Slick Leonard*-MNL 22.0
3. Larry Costello-SYR 20.6
4. Jack McMahon-STL 18.8
5. Al Bianchi-SYR 18.6

Offensive Win Shares

1. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 1.5
2. Cliff Hagan*-STL 1.3
3. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 1.2
4. George Yardley*-SYR 0.9
5. Larry Costello-SYR 0.9

Defensive Win Shares

1. Bill Russell*-BOS 1.6
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 1.2
3. Tom Heinsohn*-BOS 0.7
4. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 0.5
5. Jim Loscutoff-BOS 0.5

Win Shares

1. Frank Ramsey*-BOS 2.0
2. Bill Russell*-BOS 1.9
3. Cliff Hagan*-STL 1.6
4. Bill Sharman*-BOS 1.3
5. Dolph Schayes*-SYR 1.3

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Frank Ramsey*-BOS .323
2. Cliff Hagan*-STL .298
3. Clyde Lovellette*-STL .247
4. Bill Sharman*-BOS .194
5. Bob Pettit*-STL .188