1948–49 BAA season
League Basketball Association of America
Sport Basketball
Regular season
Top scorer George Mikan (Minneapolis)
Eastern champions Washington Capitols
  Eastern runners-up New York Knicks
Western champions Minneapolis Lakers
  Western runners-up Rochester Royals
Finals champions Minneapolis Lakers
  Runners-up Washington Capitols
BAA/NBA seasons
← 1947–48

1949–50 →

The 1948–49 BAA season was the third season of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association (NBA). The season ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning the BAA Championship, beating the Washington Capitols 4 games to 2 in the BAA Finals.

Notable occurrences

Four National Basketball League teams (Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Rochester) joined the BAA for the 1948-49 season.

Final standings

Eastern Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Washington Capitols 38 22 .633 -
New York Knicks 32 28 .533 6
Baltimore Bullets 29 31 .483 9
Philadelphia Warriors 28 32 .467 10
Boston Celtics 25 35 .417 13
Providence Steamrollers 12 48 .200 26

Western Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Rochester Royals 45 15 .750 -
Minneapolis Lakers 44 16 .733 1
Chicago Stags 38 22 .633 7
St. Louis Bombers 29 31 .483 16
Fort Wayne Pistons 22 38 .367 23
Indianapolis Jets 18 42 .300 27

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points George Mikan Minneapolis Lakers 1,698
Assists Bob Davies Rochester Royals 321
FG% Arnie Risen Rochester Royals 42.3
FT% Bob Feerick Washington Capitols 85.9

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

BAA awards

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

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