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1954–55 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Regular season
Top scorer Neil Johnston (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Syracuse Nationals
  Eastern runners-up Boston Celtics
Western champions Ft. Wayne Pistons
  Western runners-up Minneapolis Lakers
Finals
Finals champions Syracuse Nationals
  Runners-up Ft. Wayne Pistons
NBA seasons
← 1953–54

1955–56 →

The 1954–55 NBA Season was the 9th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Syracuse Nationals winning the NBA Championship, beating the Fort Wayne Pistons 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

  • In response to the relatively slow pace of games, the NBA introduced a 24 second shot clock. The shot clock revitalized the game as scoring skyrocketed league-wide.
  • The Baltimore Bullets ceased operations after playing 14 games, with a record of 3 and 11. Games involving Baltimore were not included in the final standings. It would be the last time an NBA franchise folded.
  • The NBA schedule had to be adjusted. Each team now played 12 games against divisional opponents, and 9 games against the four teams in the other division, for a total of 72 games.
  • The 1955 NBA All-Star Game was played in New York City, with the East beating the West 100-91. Bill Sharman of the Boston Celtics won the game's MVP award.
  • NBC began televising NBA games. This continued until the 1962-63 season, when ABC took over. NBC would begin televising NBA games again in 1990.

Final standings

Eastern Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Syracuse Nationals C 43 29 .597 -
New York Knicks 38 34 .528 5
Boston Celtics 36 36 .500 7
Philadelphia Warriors 33 39 .458 10

Western Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Fort Wayne Pistons 43 29 .597 -
Minneapolis Lakers 40 32 .556 3
Rochester Royals 29 43 .403 14
Milwaukee Hawks 26 46 .361 17

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points Neil Johnston Philadelphia Warriors 1,631
Rebounds Neil Johnston Philadelphia Warriors 1,085
Assists Bob Cousy Boston Celtics 557
FG% Larry Foust Fort Wayne Pistons 48.7
FT% Bill Sharman Boston Celtics 89.7

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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