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|Duration||October 22, 1957 - April 12, 1958|
|Season games per team||72|
|Number of teams||8th|
|Best record||Boston Celtics|
|Season MVP||Bill Russell ( Boston Celtics )|
|Top scorer||George Yardley ( Detroit Pistons )|
|Eastern Division - Champion||Boston Celtics|
|Western Division - Champion||St. Louis Hawks|
|NBA champions||St. Louis Hawks|
The 1957/58 NBA season was the twelfth season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and began on October 22, 1957 and ended regularly after 288 games on March 12, 1958. The postseason began on March 15 and ended on April 12 with 4 - 2 final victories of the St. Louis Hawks over the Boston Celtics .
- Prior to the season, the Fort Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit , Michigan and the Rochester Royals to Cincinnati , Ohio . The major league image of the NBA was further cemented, only the Syracuse Nationals still resided in a city with less than a million inhabitants.
- First draft pick in the 1957 NBA draft was Hot Rod Hundley of West Virginia University for the Cincinnati Royals.
- The eighth All-Star Game took place on Tuesday, January 21, 1958 in front of 12,854 spectators in the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis , Missouri . Red Auerbach's Eastern All-Stars defeated Alex Hannum's Western All-Stars with 130 - 118. All-Star Game MVP was Bob Pettit .
- A string of tragic events occurred in the final game of the regular season and the first playoff game of the Cincinnati Royals. Maurice Stokes hit the Lakers floor on March 12, 1958 with his head and passed out. After his revival, he finished the game as the top scorer. On the return flight from the first playoff game against the Detroit Pistons three days later, his condition worsened, he fell temporarily into a coma and was completely paralyzed due to encephalopathy . Stokes was later able to communicate and move within limits by blinking his eyes. His teammate Jack Twyman organized fundraisers to pay for medical expenses and later became Stokes' legal guardian . He visited him regularly in the hospital until his death in 1970. Stokes' Fate was filmed three years later. The NBA Teammate of the Year Award is named after both players .
Pl. = Rank,= qualified for the playoffs, Sp = number of games, S — N = wins and losses,% = win 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, neuter. = Balance on neutral ground, Div. = Balance against the division opponents
NBA 1957/58: Eastern Division in blue, Western Division in red, the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Rochester Royals move to Detroit and Cincinnati
|4th||New York Knicks||72||35-37||.486||14th||16-13||12-19||9-4||14-22|
|1.||St. Louis Hawks||72||41-31||.569||-||23-8||9-19||9-4||24-12|
|2.||Detroit Pistons ♠||72||33-39||.458||8th||14-14||13-18||6-7||18-18|
|3.||Cincinnati Royals ♠||72||33-39||.458||8th||17-12||10-19||6-8||17-19|
- ♠ The Detroit Pistons won a coin toss against the Cincinnati Royals to determine home rights in the first round of the playoffs.
- All-Star Game MVP 1958 : Bob Pettit , St. Louis Hawks
- Most Valuable Player 1957/58 : Bill Russell , Boston Celtics
- Rookie of the Year 1957/58 : Woody Sauldsberry , Philadelphia Warriors
Leading players in individual ratings
|Points||George Yardley||Detroit Pistons||2001|
|Throwing Rate †||Jack Twyman||Cincinnati Royals||45.2%|
|Free throw rate ‡||Dolph Schayes||Syracuse Nationals||90.4%|
|Assists||Bob Cousy||Boston Celtics||463|
|Rebounds||Bill Russell||Boston Celtics||1564|
† 230 baskets required. Twyman took 1,028 shots and hit 465 times, the 12th most.
‡ 190 free throws required. Schayes hit 629 out of 696.
- With 311, Walter Dukes of the Detroit Pistons committed the most fouls and Vern Mikkelsen was the most fouled out with a total of 20 times (Dukes 17 times). Vern Mikkelsen led between 1954 and 1957 like George Mikan before him three times in a row the foul statistics and had the most total of NBA history with 127 disqualifications in his career.
- Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals was the longest on the floor with 2918 minutes in 72 games. He surpassed George Mikan as the leader in the all-time scorer list in January .
- Up until the 1968/69 season , the statistics in the categories " points ", " assists " and " rebounds " were based on the overall performance and not the rate per game.
- Yardley's 2001 points - no one had ever scored more in a season before - averaged 27.8 points per game, the highest point rate. He had the 16th best throw rate out of the field with 41.4% with at least 230 baskets and the 18th best overall.
- Jack Twyman had the best throw rate from the field with 45.2% with 465 field goals and 1237 points.
- Dolph Schayes was only surpassed in the number of free throws by George Yardley with 655 in 808 attempts and a rate of 81.1%.
- Hot on cousy's heels was Dick McGuire of the New York Knickerbockers with 454 assists. The Knickerbockers achieved the highest rate of all time with 31.9 free throws per game and had the most free throw attempts (as of 2018). Cousy once said of McGuire that McGuire was the better player but he (Cousy) had the better team.
- In addition to Bob Pettit , Maurice Stokes and Dolph Schayes achieved over a thousand rebounds. Bill Russell also outperformed all three in 69 games with a significantly higher rebound rate of 22.7 rebounds per game. Starting this season, Russell should surpass the number of thousand rebounds twelve times in a row and increase the rebound rate of his career (minimum 400 games) to the second best in NBA history (as of 2018). On November 16, 1957, Russell scored against the Philadelphia Warriors at 49, the most rebounds in a game until then.
|Division semi-finals||Division Finals||NBA finals|
|Western Division||W1||St. Louis Hawks||4th|
|W2||Detroit Pistons||2||W2||Detroit Pistons||1|
|W3||Cincinnati Royals||0||W1||St. Louis Hawks||4th|
|Eastern Division||E1||Boston Celtics||4th|
|E2||Syracuse Nationals||1||E3||Philadelphia Warriors||1|
The playoffs began on March 15th and were played in the first round according to the "Best of Three" mode, the Division Finals and the NBA Finals according to the "Best of Seven" mode. The division winners had a bye in the first round.
The Celtics 'Bob Cousy gave 82 assists, Bill Russell got 221 rebounds and the Hawks' Cliff Hagan got 305 points in the postseason. George Yardley converted the most free throws in a two-game series at 21. Bill Russell, who should injure himself in the third game of the final series, scored on March 23, 1958 with 40 playoff rebounds, a record that should last nine years.
Eastern Division semi-finals
Philadelphia Warriors 2, Syracuse Nationals 1
Saturday March 15: Syracuse 86-82 Philadelphia
Sunday March 16: Philadelphia 95-93 Syracuse
Tuesday March 18: Syracuse 88-101 Philadelphia
Western Division semi-finals
Detroit Pistons 2, Cincinnati Royals 0
Saturday March 15: Detroit 100 - 83 Cincinnati
Sunday March 16: Cincinnati 104 - 124 Detroit
Eastern Division Finals
Boston Celtics 4, Philadelphia Warriors 1
Wednesday, March 19: Boston 107 - 98 Philadelphia
Saturday, March 22, Philadelphia 87 - 109 Boston
Sunday, March 23: Boston 106 - 92 Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 26: Philadelphia 112 - 97 Boston
Thursday March 27th: Boston 93-88 Philadelphia
Western Division Finals
St. Louis Hawks 4, Detroit Pistons 1
Wednesday, March 19: St. Louis 114-111 Detroit
Saturday, March 22: Detroit 96-99 St. Louis
Sunday, March 23: St. Louis 89-109 Detroit
Tuesday, March 25: Detroit 101-145 St. Louis
Thursday March 27: St. Louis 120-96 Detroit
St. Louis Hawks vs. Boston Celtics
Both Cliff Hagan, who was 17 on March 30, and Pettit who was 19 of 24 on April 9, set free throw records. Pettit's record lasted over 48 years. However, Dwyane Wade had to go into overtime with the Miami Heat against Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks on June 18, 2006 to hit the last two of his 21 free throws converted from 25 attempts.
Bob Pettit turned it up in the last game of the series and set Bob Cousy's record of 50 points in a playoff game with 19 field goals (most in the finals up to then) and 12 free throws. However, Cousy had four overtimes to get his 50 points. The championship with the St. Louis Hawks was to be Pettit's only one.
Saturday March 29th: Boston 102-104 St. Louis
Sunday March 30th: Boston 136-112 St. Louis
Wednesday April 2nd: St. Louis 111-108 Boston
Saturday April 5th: St. Louis 98-109 Boston
Wednesday April 9th: Boston 100-102 St. Louis
Saturday April 12th: St. Louis 110-109 Boston
The St. Louis Hawks become NBA champions for the first time with 4-2 wins .
The St. Louis Hawks championship team
Jack Coleman , Walt Davis , Cliff Hagan , Ed Macauley , Slater Martin , Jack McMahon , Dwight Morrison , Med Park , Worthy Patterson , Bob Pettit , Charlie Share , Win Wilfong
Head Coach Alex Hannum
- Frank Selvy finished the season after 26 games with the Minneapolis Lakers . Davis himself came from the Philadelphia Warriors for only 26 games . Morrison and Patterson played 13 and 4 games, respectively. The staff also included trainer Bernie Ebert and supervisor ("ball boy") Max Shapiro.
- NN: Season Review: 1957-58. The Hawks clinch their only title behind Bob Pettit's 50 points in Game 6. On: NBA website; New York City, New York, August 24, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- NN: 1957 NBA Draft. On: Basketball Reference website; Philadelphia, PA, 2000-2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018 (in English).
- NN: 1958 NBA All-Star Game. East 130, West 118. At: Basketball Reference website; Philadelphia, PA, 2000-2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018 (in English).
- Bob Carter: Stokes' life a tale of tragedy and friendship. On: Entertainment and Sports Programming Network website; Burbank, CA, undated. Retrieved November 7, 2018 (in English).
- NN: Maurie (1973). On: Internet Movie Database website; Seattle, WA, 1990-2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018 (in English).
- Steve Aschburner: NBA to Unveil Twyman-Stokes Teammate of Year Award, Announce Winner Sunday. ( Memento of June 17, 2013 on Internet Archive ) From: Hang Time Blog on: National Basketball Association website; New York City, NY June 9, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2018 (in English).
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