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1946–47 BAA season
League Basketball Association of America
Sport Basketball
Regular season
Top scorer Joe Fulks (Philadelphia Warriors)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Philadelphia Warriors
  Eastern runners-up New York Knicks
Western champions Chicago Stags
  Western runners-up Washington Capitols
Finals
Finals champions Philadelphia Warriors
  Runners-up Chicago Stags
BAA/NBA seasons

1947–48 →

The 1946–47 BAA season was the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of America, the league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association. The league launched with 11 franchises playing a 60 game schedule. The season ended with the Philadelphia Warriors becoming the BAA's first champions, beating the Chicago Stags 4 games to 1 in the BAA Finals.

Notable events

  • On November 1, 1946, in the inaugural game of the new league, the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66 in front of 7,090 spectators at Maple Leaf Gardens. Ossie Schectman scored the opening basket for the Knickerbockers. Schectman and his teammates Sonny Hertzberg, Stan Stutz, Hank Rosenstein, Ralph Kaplowitz, Jake Weber, and Leo "Ace" Gottlieb went on to win the opening game 68 – 66 and finish the season with a 33 – 27 record. In 1949, the BAA became the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Schectman’s shot is considered the first basket in NBA history.[1]
  • "The First Basket". http://thefirstbasket.com/story.html. 
  • Standings

    Eastern Division

    Team W L PCT. GB
    Washington Capitols 49 11 .817
    Philadelphia Warriors C 35 25 .583 14
    New York Knicks 33 27 .550 16
    Providence Steamrollers 28 32 .467 21
    Boston Celtics 22 38 .367 27
    Toronto Huskies 22 38 .367 27

    Western Division

    Team W L PCT. GB
    Chicago Stags 39 22 .639
    St. Louis Bombers 38 23 .623 1
    Cleveland Rebels 30 30 .500
    Detroit Falcons 20 40 .333 18½
    Pittsburgh Ironmen 15 45 .250 23½

    C - BAA Champions

    League leaders

    Category Player Team Stat
    Points Joe Fulks Philadelphia Warriors 1,389
    Assists Ernie Calverley Providence Steamrollers 202
    FG% Bob Feerick Washington Capitols 40.1%
    FT% Fred Scolari Washington Capitols 81.1%

    Note: Prior to the 1969-70 season, league leaders in points and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.

    League awards

    External links

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