BAA 1947/48

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Basketball Association of America
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Duration November 12, 1947 -
March 21, 1948
Season games per team 48
Number of teams 8th
Top seed
Best record St. Louis Bombers
Top scorer Max Zaslofsky ( Chicago Stags )
Eastern Division - Champion Philadelphia Warriors
Western Division - Champion Baltimore Bullets
BAA master Baltimore Bullets

The 1947/48 BAA season was the second season of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on November 12, 1947 and ended after 192 games on March 21, 1948. The postseason began on March 23 and ended on April 21. At the end of the season, the new league from Baltimore surprisingly defeated the defending champion from Philadelphia and became champion.

Season Notes

  • Before the start of the season, the teams of the Cleveland Rebels , the Detroit Falcons , the Pittsburgh Ironmen and the Toronto Huskies resigned from the league. The now seven-team league was joined by a new member from the American Basketball League , the Baltimore Bullets .
  • After the ban on zone defense was passed last season, the latest rule change required players to be disqualified for their sixth foul . The required team size was reduced to nine during the season (eight with special permission) and the meal allowance increased to $ 5 per day.
  • On January 28, 1948, Providence Steamrollers interim coach Nat Hickey was the oldest NBA player of all time. It was a one-time outing and Hickey was two days away from his 46th birthday. The Steamrollers achieved the third lowest win rate and the second lowest home rate in NBA history with 6-42 wins in the same season.

Closing tables

Pl. = Rank, = qualified for the playoffs, Sp = number of games, S — N = wins — defeats,% = victory rate (wins divided by number of games played), GB = deficit on the leader of the division in number of wins , Home = home balance, exp. = Away balance, div. = Balance against the division opponents

Eastern Division

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BAA 1947/48: Eastern Division in red, Western Division in blue. Baltimore is acquiring a franchise. Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toronto are dissolving.
Pl. team Sp S-N % GB home Selection Div.
1. Philadelphia Warriors 48 27-21 .563 - 14-10 13-11 16-80
2. New York Knicks 48 26-22 .542 1 12-12 14-10 18-60
3. Boston Celtics 48 20-28 .417 7th 11-13 09-15 11-13
4th Providence Steamrollers 48 06-42 .125 21st 03-21 03-21 03-21

Western Division

Pl. team Sp S-N % GB home Selection Div.
1. St. Louis Bombers 48 29-19 .639 - 17-70 12-12 14-10
2. Baltimore Bullets 48 28-20 .583 1 17-70 11-13 10-14
3. 0Washington 0Capitols0 48 28-20 .583 1 19-50 09-15 13-11
4th Chicago Stags 48 28-20 .583 1 14-10 14-10 11-13

Leading players in individual ratings

category player team value
Points Max Zaslofsky Chicago Stags 1.007
Throwing Rate Bob Feerick Washington Capitols 34%
Free throw rate Bob Feerick Washington Capitols 78.8%
Assists Howard Dallmar Philadelphia Warriors 120
200 baskets required. Zaslofsky took 1156 shots and scored 373 times with the second-best throwing rate.
125 free throws required. Feerick hit 189 out of 240.
  • With 231 committed Charles Gilmur by the Chicago Stags most fouls .
  • Zaslofsky's 1,007 points gave an average of 21 points per game. After Feerick, he had the second-best throwing rate out of the field with 32.2%. Joe Fulks from Philadelphia, who was second with 949 points , even had an average of 22.1 points per game.
  • The free throwers in places 2 to 4, Zaslofsky, Fulks and Buddy Jeannette each hit more free throws than Feerick.
  • Feerick had an average of 2.5 assists per game with his 120 assists, as did the second-placed Ernie Calverley from the Providence Steamrollers with 119 assists.
  • Up until the 1968/69 season , the statistics in the " Points " and " Assists " categories were based on the overall performance and not the rate per game. Rebounds have only been recorded since the 1950/51 season .


Playoffs tree

  Quarter finals Semifinals BAA finals
  E1  Philadelphia Warriors 4th    
  W1  St. Louis Bombers 3  
    E1  Philadelphia Warriors 2
  W2  Baltimore Bullets 4th
  W2  Baltimore Bullets 2      
E2  New York Knickerbockers 1  
  W2  Baltimore Bullets 2
  W3  Chicago Stags 0  
W3  Chicago Stags 2
  E3  Boston Celtics 1  

Playoff results

The best-placed teams in both divisions played a semi-finals in which the St. Louis Bombers had home rights due to the better season record. The semi-finals of the division's best and the BAA finals were held according to the “Best of Seven” mode. The quarter-finals and the semi-finals of the pursuers, however, according to the "best of three" mode. The division winners were determined in the semi-finals. The tie-breaks of the Western Division took place on March 23rd and 25th, the actual playoffs also began on March 23rd.

Western Division - Tie-Breaks

Chicago Stags 1, Washington Capitols 0
Tuesday, March 23: Chicago 74-70 Washington

Baltimore Bullets 1, Chicago Stags 0
Thursday March 25th: Chicago 72-75 Baltimore

Quarter finals

Baltimore Bullets 2, New York Knickerbockers 1
Saturday, March 27th: Baltimore 85-81 New York
Sunday, March 28th: New York 79-69 Baltimore
Thursday, April 1st: Baltimore 84-77 New York

Chicago Stags 2, Boston Celtics 1
Sunday March 28th: ​​Boston 72-79 Chicago
Wednesday March 31st: Boston 81-77 Chicago
Friday April 2nd: Boston 74-81 Chicago


Philadelphia Warriors 4, St. Louis Bombers 3
Tuesday, March 23: St. Louis 60-58 Philadelphia
Thursday, March 25: St. Louis 64-65 Philadelphia
Saturday, March 27: Philadelphia 84-56 St. Louis
Tuesday, March 30: Philadelphia 51-56 St. Louis
Thursday April 1: St. Louis 69-62 Philadelphia
Saturday April 3: Philadelphia 84-61 St. Louis
Tuesday April 6: St. Louis 46-85 Philadelphia

Baltimore Bullets 2, Chicago Stags 0
Wednesday April 7: Chicago 67 - 73 Baltimore
Thursday April 8: Baltimore 89 - Chicago 72

BAA finals

Baltimore Bullets vs. Philadelphia Warriors

On April 13, 1948, Baltimore had the biggest comeback in NBA final and playoff history: after falling 20-41 behind, the Bullets won 66-63 in Philadelphia. It is of secondary importance that Chick Reiser had the most field goal attempts of all time at the age of 14 on April 10, without converting a single one at the same time.

Final results:
Saturday April 10th: Philadelphia 71-60 Baltimore
Tuesday April 13th: Philadelphia 63-66 Baltimore
Thursday April 15th: Baltimore 72-70 Philadelphia
Saturday April 17th: Baltimore 78-75 Philadelphia
TuesdayApril20 April: Philadelphia 91-82 Baltimore
Wednesday April 21: Baltimore 88-73 Philadelphia

The Baltimore Bullets become BAA champions for the first time with 4-2 wins . Since the NBA is viewed as a continuum of the BAA, the championship is historically also considered an NBA championship.

The Baltimore Bullets championship team

Baltimore Bullets
Connie Simmons , Kleggie Hermsen , Grady Lewis , Carl Meinhold , Paul Hoffman , Dick Schulz , Herm Fuetsch , Chick Reiser , Red Klotz ,

Player Coach Buddy Jeannette


  1. The games in the Central Division Tie-Break are not included in the play-off statistics.
  2. The games in the Central Division Tie-Break are not included in the play-off statistics.

See also

BAA draft 1947

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ NN: Basketball Association of America League Minutes 1946-1949. On: Association of Professional Basketball Research website; May 29, 2006. Accessed November 7, 2018.