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1951–52 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Regular season
Top scorer Paul Arizin (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions New York Knicks
  Eastern runners-up Syracuse Nationals
Western champions Minneapolis Lakers
  Western runners-up Rochester Royals
Finals
Finals champions Minneapolis Lakers
  Runners-up New York Knicks
NBA seasons
← 1950–51

1952–53 →

The 1951–52 NBA season was the 6th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

Final standings

x - Clinched playoff spot

Eastern Division

Eastern Division v •d •e W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Syracuse Nationals 40 26 .606 - 26-7 12-18 2-1 21-15
x-Boston Celtics 39 27 .591 1 22-7 10-19 7-1 22-14
x-New York Knicks 37 29 .561 3 21-4 12-22 4-3 23-13
x-Philadelphia Warriors 33 33 .500 7 24-7 6–25 3-1 14-22
Baltimore Bullets 20 46 .303 20 17-15 2–22 1-9 10-26


Western Division

Western Division v •d •e W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Rochester Royals 41 25 .621 - 28-5 12-18 1-2 22-14
x-Minneapolis Lakers 40 26 .606 1 21-5 13-20 6-1 24-12
x-Indianapolis Olympians 34 32 .515 7 25-6 4-24 5-2 18-18
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 29 37 .439 12 22-11 6–24 1-2 17-19
Milwaukee Hawks 17 49 .258 24 8-13 3–22 6-14 9-27

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points Paul Arizin Philadelphia Warriors 1,674
Rebounds Larry Foust
Mel Hutchins
Fort Wayne Pistons
Milwaukee Hawks
880
Assists Andy Phillip Philadelphia Warriors 539
FG% Paul Arizin Philadelphia Warriors 44.8
FT% Bobby Wanzer Rochester Royals 90.4

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 NBA.com

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