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1952-53 Minneapolis Lakers Roster and Stats

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Record: 48-22, Finished 1st in NBA Western Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: John Kundla (48-22)

PTS/G: 85.3 (5th of 10) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 79.2 (3rd of 10)
SRS: 5.53 (1st of 10) ▪ Pace: 93.7 (5th of 10)
Off Rtg: 90.1 (4th of 10) ▪ Def Rtg: 83.6 (1st of 10)
Expected W-L: 52-18 (1st of 10)

Arena: Minneapolis Auditorium ▪ Attendance: NA

NBA 1953 Playoffs:
Won NBA Finals (1-4) versus New York Knicks  (Series Stats)
Won NBA Western Division Finals (2-3) versus Fort Wayne Pistons  (Series Stats)
Won NBA Western Division Semifinals (0-2) versus Indianapolis Olympians  (Series Stats)

Game Results

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Roster

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date Exp College
16 Bob Harrison SG 6-1 190 August 12, 1927 3 University of Michigan
11 Lew Hitch PF 6-8 200 July 16, 1929 1 Kansas State University
12-13 Jim Holstein SF 6-3 180 September 24, 1930 R University of Cincinnati
22 Slater Martin PG 5-10 170 October 22, 1925 3 University of Texas at Austin
George Mikan C 6-10 245 June 18, 1924 4 DePaul University
19 Vern Mikkelsen PF 6-7 230 October 21, 1928 3 Hamline University
17 Jim Pollard SF 6-4 185 July 9, 1922 4 Stanford University
18 Pep Saul SG 6-2 185 February 16, 1924 3 Seton Hall University
15 Howie Schultz PF 6-6 200 July 3, 1922 2 Hamline University
20 Whitey Skoog SG 5-11 180 November 2, 1926 1 University of Minnesota

Team and Opponent Stats

Year/year calculations use per game statistics
G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Team 70 2166 5559 .390 2166 5559 .390 1641 2221 .739 3406 1351 1917 5973
Team/G 30.9 79.4 .390 30.9 79.4 .390 23.4 31.7 .739 48.7 19.3 27.4 85.3
Lg Rank 2 2 2 2 2 2 8 10 2 9 9 4 5
Year/Year -3.0% -8.6% +0.022 -3.0% -8.6% +0.022 7.7% 9.0% -0.009 -9.4% -8.3% 2.5% -0.3%
Opponent 70 5544
Opponent/G 79.2
Lg Rank 3
Year/Year -0.4%

Year-by-year: Team Stats Totals / Team Stats Per Game / Opponent Stats Totals / Opponent Stats Per Game

Team Miscellaneous

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
PW PL MOV SOS SRS ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA Arena Attendance
Team 52 18 6.13 -0.60 5.53 90.1 83.6 93.7 .400 .390 .295 Minneapolis Auditorium
Lg Rank 1 1 1 8 1 4 1 5 10 2 9

Totals

Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 George Mikan 28 70 2651 500 1252 .399 500 1252 .399 442 567 .780 1007 201 290 1442
2 Slater Martin 27 70 2556 260 634 .410 260 634 .410 224 287 .780 186 250 246 744
3 Vern Mikkelsen 24 70 2465 378 868 .435 378 868 .435 291 387 .752 654 148 289 1047
4 Jim Pollard 30 66 2403 333 933 .357 333 933 .357 193 251 .769 452 231 194 859
5 Pep Saul 28 70 1796 187 471 .397 187 471 .397 142 200 .710 141 110 174 516
6 Bob Harrison 25 70 1643 195 518 .376 195 518 .376 107 165 .648 153 160 264 497
7 Lew Hitch 23 70 1027 89 255 .349 89 255 .349 83 136 .610 275 66 122 261
8 Whitey Skoog 26 68 996 102 264 .386 102 264 .386 46 61 .754 121 82 137 250
9 Jim Holstein 22 66 989 98 274 .358 98 274 .358 70 105 .667 173 74 128 266
10 Howie Schultz 30 40 474 24 90 .267 24 90 .267 43 62 .694 80 29 73 91

Per Game

Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 George Mikan 28 70 37.9 7.1 17.9 .399 7.1 17.9 .399 6.3 8.1 .780 14.4 2.9 4.1 20.6
2 Slater Martin 27 70 36.5 3.7 9.1 .410 3.7 9.1 .410 3.2 4.1 .780 2.7 3.6 3.5 10.6
3 Jim Pollard 30 66 36.4 5.0 14.1 .357 5.0 14.1 .357 2.9 3.8 .769 6.8 3.5 2.9 13.0
4 Vern Mikkelsen 24 70 35.2 5.4 12.4 .435 5.4 12.4 .435 4.2 5.5 .752 9.3 2.1 4.1 15.0
5 Pep Saul 28 70 25.7 2.7 6.7 .397 2.7 6.7 .397 2.0 2.9 .710 2.0 1.6 2.5 7.4
6 Bob Harrison 25 70 23.5 2.8 7.4 .376 2.8 7.4 .376 1.5 2.4 .648 2.2 2.3 3.8 7.1
7 Jim Holstein 22 66 15.0 1.5 4.2 .358 1.5 4.2 .358 1.1 1.6 .667 2.6 1.1 1.9 4.0
8 Lew Hitch 23 70 14.7 1.3 3.6 .349 1.3 3.6 .349 1.2 1.9 .610 3.9 0.9 1.7 3.7
9 Whitey Skoog 26 68 14.6 1.5 3.9 .386 1.5 3.9 .386 0.7 0.9 .754 1.8 1.2 2.0 3.7
10 Howie Schultz 30 40 11.9 0.6 2.3 .267 0.6 2.3 .267 1.1 1.6 .694 2.0 0.7 1.8 2.3

Per 36 Minutes

Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 George Mikan 28 70 2651 6.8 17.0 .399 6.8 17.0 .399 6.0 7.7 .780 13.7 2.7 3.9 19.6
2 Slater Martin 27 70 2556 3.7 8.9 .410 3.7 8.9 .410 3.2 4.0 .780 2.6 3.5 3.5 10.5
3 Vern Mikkelsen 24 70 2465 5.5 12.7 .435 5.5 12.7 .435 4.2 5.7 .752 9.6 2.2 4.2 15.3
4 Jim Pollard 30 66 2403 5.0 14.0 .357 5.0 14.0 .357 2.9 3.8 .769 6.8 3.5 2.9 12.9
5 Pep Saul 28 70 1796 3.7 9.4 .397 3.7 9.4 .397 2.8 4.0 .710 2.8 2.2 3.5 10.3
6 Bob Harrison 25 70 1643 4.3 11.3 .376 4.3 11.3 .376 2.3 3.6 .648 3.4 3.5 5.8 10.9
7 Lew Hitch 23 70 1027 3.1 8.9 .349 3.1 8.9 .349 2.9 4.8 .610 9.6 2.3 4.3 9.1
8 Whitey Skoog 26 68 996 3.7 9.5 .386 3.7 9.5 .386 1.7 2.2 .754 4.4 3.0 5.0 9.0
9 Jim Holstein 22 66 989 3.6 10.0 .358 3.6 10.0 .358 2.5 3.8 .667 6.3 2.7 4.7 9.7
10 Howie Schultz 30 40 474 1.8 6.8 .267 1.8 6.8 .267 3.3 4.7 .694 6.1 2.2 5.5 6.9

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 George Mikan 28 70 2651 .399 .399 .780
2 Slater Martin 27 70 2556 .410 .410 .780
3 Vern Mikkelsen 24 70 2465 .435 .435 .752
4 Jim Pollard 30 66 2403 .357 .357 .769
5 Pep Saul 28 70 1796 .397 .397 .710
6 Bob Harrison 25 70 1643 .376 .376 .648
7 Lew Hitch 23 70 1027 .349 .349 .610
8 Whitey Skoog 26 68 996 .386 .386 .754
9 Jim Holstein 22 66 989 .358 .358 .667
10 Howie Schultz 30 40 474 .267 .267 .694

Advanced

Rk Player Age G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1 George Mikan 28 70 2651 28.5 .480 .399 .453 7.7 6.9 14.6 .264
2 Slater Martin 27 70 2556 13.5 .489 .410 .453 4.9 3.2 8.2 .153
3 Vern Mikkelsen 24 70 2465 21.7 .504 .435 .446 7.2 4.9 12.0 .235
4 Jim Pollard 30 66 2403 16.0 .412 .357 .269 0.2 4.3 4.6 .091
5 Pep Saul 28 70 1796 11.1 .462 .397 .425 2.2 2.0 4.2 .111
6 Bob Harrison 25 70 1643 10.5 .421 .376 .319 0.6 2.2 2.9 .084
7 Lew Hitch 23 70 1027 13.5 .414 .349 .533 0.2 2.1 2.2 .104
8 Whitey Skoog 26 68 996 10.3 .430 .386 .231 0.5 1.4 1.9 .093
9 Jim Holstein 22 66 989 11.6 .415 .358 .383 0.2 1.6 1.8 .087
10 Howie Schultz 30 40 474 7.6 .388 .267 .689 -0.1 0.7 0.6 .059

Playoffs Totals

Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 George Mikan 28 12 463 78 213 .366 78 213 .366 82 112 .732 185 23 56 238
2 Jim Pollard 30 12 455 62 167 .371 62 167 .371 48 62 .774 86 49 37 172
3 Slater Martin 27 12 453 41 103 .398 41 103 .398 39 51 .765 31 43 49 121
4 Vern Mikkelsen 24 12 400 44 133 .331 44 133 .331 56 66 .848 104 24 59 144
5 Pep Saul 28 12 297 31 74 .419 31 74 .419 24 33 .727 28 18 40 86
6 Bob Harrison 25 12 204 25 65 .385 25 65 .385 10 20 .500 22 14 32 60
7 Whitey Skoog 26 11 198 24 56 .429 24 56 .429 16 20 .800 23 13 29 64
8 Jim Holstein 22 12 192 20 42 .476 20 42 .476 12 23 .522 30 11 30 52
9 Lew Hitch 23 12 189 16 46 .348 16 46 .348 17 32 .531 64 11 32 49
10 Dick Schnittker 24 7 29 1 8 .125 1 8 .125 7 11 .636 4 0 8 9

Playoffs Per Game

Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 George Mikan 28 12 38.6 6.5 17.8 .366 6.5 17.8 .366 6.8 9.3 .732 15.4 1.9 4.7 19.8
2 Jim Pollard 30 12 37.9 5.2 13.9 .371 5.2 13.9 .371 4.0 5.2 .774 7.2 4.1 3.1 14.3
3 Slater Martin 27 12 37.8 3.4 8.6 .398 3.4 8.6 .398 3.3 4.3 .765 2.6 3.6 4.1 10.1
4 Vern Mikkelsen 24 12 33.3 3.7 11.1 .331 3.7 11.1 .331 4.7 5.5 .848 8.7 2.0 4.9 12.0
5 Pep Saul 28 12 24.8 2.6 6.2 .419 2.6 6.2 .419 2.0 2.8 .727 2.3 1.5 3.3 7.2
6 Whitey Skoog 26 11 18.0 2.2 5.1 .429 2.2 5.1 .429 1.5 1.8 .800 2.1 1.2 2.6 5.8
7 Bob Harrison 25 12 17.0 2.1 5.4 .385 2.1 5.4 .385 0.8 1.7 .500 1.8 1.2 2.7 5.0
8 Jim Holstein 22 12 16.0 1.7 3.5 .476 1.7 3.5 .476 1.0 1.9 .522 2.5 0.9 2.5 4.3
9 Lew Hitch 23 12 15.8 1.3 3.8 .348 1.3 3.8 .348 1.4 2.7 .531 5.3 0.9 2.7 4.1
10 Dick Schnittker 24 7 4.1 0.1 1.1 .125 0.1 1.1 .125 1.0 1.6 .636 0.6 0.0 1.1 1.3

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 George Mikan 28 12 463 6.1 16.6 .366 6.1 16.6 .366 6.4 8.7 .732 14.4 1.8 4.4 18.5
2 Jim Pollard 30 12 455 4.9 13.2 .371 4.9 13.2 .371 3.8 4.9 .774 6.8 3.9 2.9 13.6
3 Slater Martin 27 12 453 3.3 8.2 .398 3.3 8.2 .398 3.1 4.1 .765 2.5 3.4 3.9 9.6
4 Vern Mikkelsen 24 12 400 4.0 12.0 .331 4.0 12.0 .331 5.0 5.9 .848 9.4 2.2 5.3 13.0
5 Pep Saul 28 12 297 3.8 9.0 .419 3.8 9.0 .419 2.9 4.0 .727 3.4 2.2 4.8 10.4
6 Bob Harrison 25 12 204 4.4 11.5 .385 4.4 11.5 .385 1.8 3.5 .500 3.9 2.5 5.6 10.6
7 Whitey Skoog 26 11 198 4.4 10.2 .429 4.4 10.2 .429 2.9 3.6 .800 4.2 2.4 5.3 11.6
8 Jim Holstein 22 12 192 3.7 7.9 .476 3.7 7.9 .476 2.3 4.3 .522 5.6 2.1 5.6 9.7
9 Lew Hitch 23 12 189 3.0 8.8 .348 3.0 8.8 .348 3.2 6.1 .531 12.2 2.1 6.1 9.3
10 Dick Schnittker 24 7 29 1.2 9.9 .125 1.2 9.9 .125 8.7 13.7 .636 5.0 0.0 9.9 11.2

Playoffs Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 George Mikan 28 12 463 .366 .366 .732
2 Jim Pollard 30 12 455 .371 .371 .774
3 Slater Martin 27 12 453 .398 .398 .765
4 Vern Mikkelsen 24 12 400 .331 .331 .848
5 Pep Saul 28 12 297 .419 .419 .727
6 Bob Harrison 25 12 204 .385 .385 .500
7 Whitey Skoog 26 11 198 .429 .429 .800
8 Jim Holstein 22 12 192 .476 .476 .522
9 Lew Hitch 23 12 189 .348 .348 .531
10 Dick Schnittker 24 7 29 .125 .125 .636

Playoffs Advanced

Rk Player Age G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1 George Mikan 28 12 463 26.2 .454 .366 .526 11.7 0.6 1.4 2.0 .205
2 Jim Pollard 30 12 455 19.3 .443 .371 .371 23.5 0.4 1.0 1.4 .148
3 Slater Martin 27 12 453 12.6 .482 .398 .495 18.9 0.7 0.7 1.4 .144
4 Vern Mikkelsen 24 12 400 17.1 .444 .331 .496 12.4 0.3 0.9 1.2 .145
5 Pep Saul 28 12 297 11.9 .486 .419 .446 12.4 0.4 0.4 0.9 .141
6 Bob Harrison 25 12 204 9.4 .407 .385 .308 14.6 -0.1 0.3 0.2 .055
7 Whitey Skoog 26 11 198 13.9 .494 .429 .357 13.9 0.4 0.3 0.7 .165
8 Jim Holstein 22 12 192 12.7 .499 .476 .548 11.7 0.3 0.3 0.6 .162
9 Lew Hitch 23 12 189 14.4 .408 .348 .696 11.4 -0.1 0.5 0.5 .115
10 Dick Schnittker 24 7 29 1.3 .350 .125 1.375 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.060