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1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers Roster and Stats

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Record: 46-26, Finished 1st in NBA Western Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: John Kundla (46-26)

PTS/G: 81.7 (3rd of 9) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 78.6 (4th of 9)
SRS: 2.70 (2nd of 9) ▪ Pace: 93.5 (2nd of 9)
Off Rtg: 86.8 (5th of 9) ▪ Def Rtg: 83.5 (2nd of 9)
Expected W-L: 45-27 (2nd of 9)

Arena: Minneapolis Auditorium ▪ Attendance: NA

NBA 1954 Playoffs:
Won NBA Finals (3-4) versus Syracuse Nationals  (Series Stats)
Won NBA Western Division Finals (1-2) versus Rochester Royals  (Series Stats)
Advanced from Western Division Round Robin

Game Results

Height of bar is margin of victory up to 20 points  ▪  Mouseover bar for details  ▪  Click for box score  ▪  Grouped by Month

Roster

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date Exp College
Jim Fritsche PF 6-8 210 December 10, 1931 R Hamline University
16 Bob Harrison G 6-1 190 August 12, 1927 4 University of Michigan
12 Jim Holstein SF 6-3 180 September 24, 1930 1 University of Cincinnati
34-89 Clyde Lovellette C 6-9 234 September 7, 1929 R University of Kansas
22 Slater Martin PG 5-10 170 October 22, 1925 4 University of Texas at Austin
99 George Mikan C 6-10 245 June 18, 1924 5 DePaul University
19 Vern Mikkelsen PF 6-7 230 October 21, 1928 4 Hamline University
17 Jim Pollard SF 6-4 185 July 9, 1922 5 Stanford University
18 Pep Saul SG 6-2 185 February 16, 1924 4 Seton Hall University
15-24 Dick Schnittker SF 6-5 200 May 27, 1928 1 Ohio State University
20 Whitey Skoog SG 5-11 180 November 2, 1926 2 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 72 2184 5803 .376 2184 5803 .376 1512 2067 .731 3752 1323 1918 5880
Team/G 30.3 80.6 .376 30.3 80.6 .376 21.0 28.7 .731 52.1 18.4 26.6 81.7
Lg Rank 2 1 2 2 1 2 9 9 1 5 8 8 3
Year/Year -2.0% 1.5% -0.013 -2.0% 1.5% -0.013 -10.4% -9.5% -0.007 7.1% -4.8% -2.7% -4.3%
Opponent 72 5660
Opponent/G 78.6
Lg Rank 4
Year/Year -0.7%

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 45 27 3.06 -0.36 2.70 86.8 83.5 93.5 .356 .376 .261 Minneapolis Auditorium
Lg Rank 2 2 2 8 2 5 2 2 9 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 Jim Pollard 31 71 2483 326 882 .370 326 882 .370 179 230 .778 500 214 161 831
2 Slater Martin 28 69 2472 254 654 .388 254 654 .388 176 243 .724 166 253 198 684
3 George Mikan 29 72 2362 441 1160 .380 441 1160 .380 424 546 .777 1028 174 268 1306
4 Vern Mikkelsen 25 72 2247 288 771 .374 288 771 .374 221 298 .742 615 119 264 797
5 Whitey Skoog 27 71 1877 212 530 .400 212 530 .400 72 97 .742 224 179 234 496
6 Pep Saul 29 71 1805 162 467 .347 162 467 .347 128 170 .753 159 139 149 452
7 Clyde Lovellette 24 72 1255 237 560 .423 237 560 .423 114 164 .695 419 51 210 588
8 Jim Holstein 23 70 1155 88 288 .306 88 288 .306 64 112 .571 204 79 140 240
9 Dick Schnittker 25 71 1040 122 307 .397 122 307 .397 86 132 .652 178 59 178 330
10 Bob Harrison 26 40 619 54 181 .298 54 181 .298 47 71 .662 58 56 116 155
11 Jim Fritsche 22 2 8 0 3 .000 0 3 .000 1 4 .250 0 0 0 1

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 Slater Martin 28 69 35.8 3.7 9.5 .388 3.7 9.5 .388 2.6 3.5 .724 2.4 3.7 2.9 9.9
2 Jim Pollard 31 71 35.0 4.6 12.4 .370 4.6 12.4 .370 2.5 3.2 .778 7.0 3.0 2.3 11.7
3 George Mikan 29 72 32.8 6.1 16.1 .380 6.1 16.1 .380 5.9 7.6 .777 14.3 2.4 3.7 18.1
4 Vern Mikkelsen 25 72 31.2 4.0 10.7 .374 4.0 10.7 .374 3.1 4.1 .742 8.5 1.7 3.7 11.1
5 Whitey Skoog 27 71 26.4 3.0 7.5 .400 3.0 7.5 .400 1.0 1.4 .742 3.2 2.5 3.3 7.0
6 Pep Saul 29 71 25.4 2.3 6.6 .347 2.3 6.6 .347 1.8 2.4 .753 2.2 2.0 2.1 6.4
7 Clyde Lovellette 24 72 17.4 3.3 7.8 .423 3.3 7.8 .423 1.6 2.3 .695 5.8 0.7 2.9 8.2
8 Jim Holstein 23 70 16.5 1.3 4.1 .306 1.3 4.1 .306 0.9 1.6 .571 2.9 1.1 2.0 3.4
9 Bob Harrison 26 40 15.5 1.4 4.5 .298 1.4 4.5 .298 1.2 1.8 .662 1.5 1.4 2.9 3.9
10 Dick Schnittker 25 71 14.6 1.7 4.3 .397 1.7 4.3 .397 1.2 1.9 .652 2.5 0.8 2.5 4.6
11 Jim Fritsche 22 2 4.0 0.0 1.5 .000 0.0 1.5 .000 0.5 2.0 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5

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 Jim Pollard 31 71 2483 4.7 12.8 .370 4.7 12.8 .370 2.6 3.3 .778 7.2 3.1 2.3 12.0
2 Slater Martin 28 69 2472 3.7 9.5 .388 3.7 9.5 .388 2.6 3.5 .724 2.4 3.7 2.9 10.0
3 George Mikan 29 72 2362 6.7 17.7 .380 6.7 17.7 .380 6.5 8.3 .777 15.7 2.7 4.1 19.9
4 Vern Mikkelsen 25 72 2247 4.6 12.4 .374 4.6 12.4 .374 3.5 4.8 .742 9.9 1.9 4.2 12.8
5 Whitey Skoog 27 71 1877 4.1 10.2 .400 4.1 10.2 .400 1.4 1.9 .742 4.3 3.4 4.5 9.5
6 Pep Saul 29 71 1805 3.2 9.3 .347 3.2 9.3 .347 2.6 3.4 .753 3.2 2.8 3.0 9.0
7 Clyde Lovellette 24 72 1255 6.8 16.1 .423 6.8 16.1 .423 3.3 4.7 .695 12.0 1.5 6.0 16.9
8 Jim Holstein 23 70 1155 2.7 9.0 .306 2.7 9.0 .306 2.0 3.5 .571 6.4 2.5 4.4 7.5
9 Dick Schnittker 25 71 1040 4.2 10.6 .397 4.2 10.6 .397 3.0 4.6 .652 6.2 2.0 6.2 11.4
10 Bob Harrison 26 40 619 3.1 10.5 .298 3.1 10.5 .298 2.7 4.1 .662 3.4 3.3 6.7 9.0
11 Jim Fritsche 22 2 8 0.0 13.5 .000 0.0 13.5 .000 4.5 18.0 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.5

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 Jim Pollard 31 71 2483 .370 12.8 .370 .778
2 Slater Martin 28 69 2472 .388 9.5 .388 .724
3 George Mikan 29 72 2362 .380 17.7 .380 .777
4 Vern Mikkelsen 25 72 2247 .374 12.4 .374 .742
5 Whitey Skoog 27 71 1877 .400 10.2 .400 .742
6 Pep Saul 29 71 1805 .347 9.3 .347 .753
7 Clyde Lovellette 24 72 1255 .423 16.1 .423 .695
8 Jim Holstein 23 70 1155 .306 9.0 .306 .571
9 Dick Schnittker 25 71 1040 .397 10.6 .397 .652
10 Bob Harrison 26 40 619 .298 10.5 .298 .662
11 Jim Fritsche 22 2 8 .000 13.5 .000 .250

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 Jim Pollard 31 71 2483 15.9 .423 .370 .261 1.3 4.5 5.7 .111
2 Slater Martin 28 69 2472 12.0 .449 .388 .372 2.9 3.2 6.1 .118
3 George Mikan 29 72 2362 28.7 .466 .380 .471 6.1 6.6 12.7 .258
4 Vern Mikkelsen 25 72 2247 16.5 .442 .374 .387 2.2 4.4 6.6 .141
5 Whitey Skoog 27 71 1877 11.3 .433 .400 .183 1.3 2.8 4.1 .106
6 Pep Saul 29 71 1805 9.7 .417 .347 .364 0.6 2.2 2.8 .075
7 Clyde Lovellette 24 72 1255 20.7 .465 .423 .293 2.5 2.7 5.2 .200
8 Jim Holstein 23 70 1155 7.9 .356 .306 .389 -1.3 1.8 0.6 .024
9 Dick Schnittker 25 71 1040 11.9 .452 .397 .430 1.2 1.6 2.8 .129
10 Bob Harrison 26 40 619 6.0 .365 .298 .392 -0.6 0.8 0.2 .017
11 Jim Fritsche 22 2 8 -18.9 .105 .000 1.333 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.652

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 Jim Pollard 31 13 543 56 155 .361 56 155 .361 48 60 .800 110 41 27 160
2 Slater Martin 28 13 533 37 112 .330 37 112 .330 52 70 .743 29 60 52 126
3 George Mikan 29 13 424 87 190 .458 87 190 .458 78 96 .813 171 25 56 252
4 Whitey Skoog 27 13 402 42 107 .393 42 107 .393 12 21 .571 47 23 60 96
5 Vern Mikkelsen 25 13 375 51 111 .459 51 111 .459 31 36 .861 73 17 52 133
6 Clyde Lovellette 24 13 265 54 120 .450 54 120 .450 28 58 .483 126 7 37 136
7 Pep Saul 29 13 227 18 51 .353 18 51 .353 25 34 .735 27 14 27 61
8 Jim Holstein 23 13 188 15 49 .306 15 49 .306 16 23 .696 35 11 28 46
9 Dick Schnittker 25 13 163 11 32 .344 11 32 .344 12 20 .600 21 5 32 34

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 Jim Pollard 31 13 41.8 4.3 11.9 .361 4.3 11.9 .361 3.7 4.6 .800 8.5 3.2 2.1 12.3
2 Slater Martin 28 13 41.0 2.8 8.6 .330 2.8 8.6 .330 4.0 5.4 .743 2.2 4.6 4.0 9.7
3 George Mikan 29 13 32.6 6.7 14.6 .458 6.7 14.6 .458 6.0 7.4 .813 13.2 1.9 4.3 19.4
4 Whitey Skoog 27 13 30.9 3.2 8.2 .393 3.2 8.2 .393 0.9 1.6 .571 3.6 1.8 4.6 7.4
5 Vern Mikkelsen 25 13 28.8 3.9 8.5 .459 3.9 8.5 .459 2.4 2.8 .861 5.6 1.3 4.0 10.2
6 Clyde Lovellette 24 13 20.4 4.2 9.2 .450 4.2 9.2 .450 2.2 4.5 .483 9.7 0.5 2.8 10.5
7 Pep Saul 29 13 17.5 1.4 3.9 .353 1.4 3.9 .353 1.9 2.6 .735 2.1 1.1 2.1 4.7
8 Jim Holstein 23 13 14.5 1.2 3.8 .306 1.2 3.8 .306 1.2 1.8 .696 2.7 0.8 2.2 3.5
9 Dick Schnittker 25 13 12.5 0.8 2.5 .344 0.8 2.5 .344 0.9 1.5 .600 1.6 0.4 2.5 2.6

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 Jim Pollard 31 13 543 3.7 10.3 .361 3.7 10.3 .361 3.2 4.0 .800 7.3 2.7 1.8 10.6
2 Slater Martin 28 13 533 2.5 7.6 .330 2.5 7.6 .330 3.5 4.7 .743 2.0 4.1 3.5 8.5
3 George Mikan 29 13 424 7.4 16.1 .458 7.4 16.1 .458 6.6 8.2 .813 14.5 2.1 4.8 21.4
4 Whitey Skoog 27 13 402 3.8 9.6 .393 3.8 9.6 .393 1.1 1.9 .571 4.2 2.1 5.4 8.6
5 Vern Mikkelsen 25 13 375 4.9 10.7 .459 4.9 10.7 .459 3.0 3.5 .861 7.0 1.6 5.0 12.8
6 Clyde Lovellette 24 13 265 7.3 16.3 .450 7.3 16.3 .450 3.8 7.9 .483 17.1 1.0 5.0 18.5
7 Pep Saul 29 13 227 2.9 8.1 .353 2.9 8.1 .353 4.0 5.4 .735 4.3 2.2 4.3 9.7
8 Jim Holstein 23 13 188 2.9 9.4 .306 2.9 9.4 .306 3.1 4.4 .696 6.7 2.1 5.4 8.8
9 Dick Schnittker 25 13 163 2.4 7.1 .344 2.4 7.1 .344 2.7 4.4 .600 4.6 1.1 7.1 7.5

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 Jim Pollard 31 13 543 .361 10.3 .361 .800
2 Slater Martin 28 13 533 .330 7.6 .330 .743
3 George Mikan 29 13 424 .458 16.1 .458 .813
4 Whitey Skoog 27 13 402 .393 9.6 .393 .571
5 Vern Mikkelsen 25 13 375 .459 10.7 .459 .861
6 Clyde Lovellette 24 13 265 .450 16.3 .450 .483
7 Pep Saul 29 13 227 .353 8.1 .353 .735
8 Jim Holstein 23 13 188 .306 9.4 .306 .696
9 Dick Schnittker 25 13 163 .344 7.1 .344 .600

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 Jim Pollard 31 13 543 16.2 .441 .361 .387 15.4 0.1 1.3 1.4 .127
2 Slater Martin 28 13 533 10.9 .441 .330 .625 21.4 0.2 1.0 1.2 .105
3 George Mikan 29 13 424 33.6 .543 .458 .505 15.1 2.0 1.5 3.5 .391
4 Whitey Skoog 27 13 402 8.1 .413 .393 .196 11.7 -0.2 0.7 0.5 .060
5 Vern Mikkelsen 25 13 375 17.3 .524 .459 .324 9.9 0.9 0.8 1.7 .216
6 Clyde Lovellette 24 13 265 27.0 .467 .450 .483 6.8 0.3 1.0 1.3 .235
7 Pep Saul 29 13 227 11.4 .462 .353 .667 12.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 .120
8 Jim Holstein 23 13 188 9.4 .389 .306 .469 11.4 -0.2 0.4 0.2 .051
9 Dick Schnittker 25 13 163 5.4 .417 .344 .625 5.8 -0.1 0.3 0.2 .058