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1960–61 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Regular season
Season MVP Bill Russell (Boston)
Top scorer Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Syracuse Nationals
Western champions St. Louis Hawks
  Western runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up St. Louis Hawks
NBA seasons
← 1959–60

1961–62 →

The 1960–61 NBA season was the 15th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 3rd straight NBA Championship, beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

  • The Lakers relocate from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Los Angeles, California.
  • The NBA schedule expanded again, this time from 75 games per team to 79.
  • The 1961 NBA All-Star Game was played in Syracuse, New York, with the West beating the East 153-131. Rookie Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals won the game's MVP award.

Final standings

Eastern Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics C 57 22 .722 -
Philadelphia Warriors 46 33 .582 11
Syracuse Nationals 38 41 .481 19
New York Knicks 21 58 .266 36

Western Division

Team W L PCT. GB
St. Louis Hawks 51 28 .646 -
Los Angeles Lakers 36 43 .456 15
Detroit Pistons 34 45 .430 17
Cincinnati Royals 33 46 .418 18

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 3,033
Rebounds Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 2,149
Assists Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals 690
FG% Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors 50.9
FT% Bill Sharman Boston Celtics 92.1

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

NBA awards

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on