1956–57 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Regular season
Season MVP Bob Cousy (Boston)
Top scorer Paul Arizin (Philadelphia)
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Syracuse Nationals
Western champions St. Louis Hawks
  Western runners-up Minneapolis Lakers
Finals champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up St. Louis Hawks
NBA seasons
← 1955–56

1957–58 →

The 1956–57 NBA season was the 11th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship (which would be the first of their 17 NBA titles), beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

Final standings

Eastern Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics C 44 28 .611 -
Syracuse Nationals 38 34 .528 6
Philadelphia Warriors 37 35 .514 7
New York Knicks 36 36 .500 8

Western Division

Team W L PCT. GB
Minneapolis Lakers 34 38 .472 -
Fort Wayne Pistons 34 38 .472 -
St. Louis Hawks 34 38 .472 -
Rochester Royals 31 41 .431 3

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points Paul Arizin Philadelphia Warriors 1,817
Rebounds Maurice Stokes Rochester Royals 1,256
Assists Bob Cousy Boston Celtics 478
FG% Neil Johnston Philadelphia Warriors 44.7
FT% Bill Sharman Boston Celtics 90.5

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

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