1950-51 NBA season
The 1950–51 NBA season was the 5th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Rochester Royals winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.
- The NBA contracts, losing six teams (Anderson Packers, Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets, St. Louis Bombers, Sheboygan Red Skins, and Waterloo Hawks) and shrinks from 17 teams to 11 before the season starts. Midway through the season, the Washington Capitols fold, bringing the number of teams in the league down to ten.
- The first annual NBA All-Star Game, a showcase of the league's top players, was played in Boston, Massachusetts, with the East beating the West 111-94. Ed Macauley of the Boston Celtics receives the first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award.
- x - Clinched playoff spot
|Eastern Division v •d •e||W||L||PCT||GB||Home||Road||Neutral||Div|
|x-New York Knicks||36||30||.545||4||22-5||10-25||4-0||21-15|
|Western Division v •d •e||W||L||PCT||GB||Home||Road||Neutral||Div|
|x-Fort Wayne Pistons||32||36||.471||12||27-7||5-27||0-2||18-6|
|Points||George Mikan||Minneapolis Lakers||1,932|
|Rebounds||Dolph Schayes||Syracuse Nationals||1,080|
|Assists||Andy Phillip||Philadelphia Warriors||414|
|FG%||Alex Groza||Indianapolis Olympians||47.0|
|FT%||Joe Fulks||Philadelphia Warriors||85.5|
Note: Prior to the 1969-70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
- All-NBA First Team:
Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com