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1947–48 BAA season

1947–48 BAA season

The 1947–48 BAA season was the second season of the Basketball Association of America. (Following its third, 1948–49 season, the BAA and National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association or NBA.) The postseason tournament at its conclusion, the 1948 BAA Playoffs, ended with the Baltimore Bullets winning the BAA Championship, beating the Philadelphia Warriors 4 games to 2 in the BAA Finals.

The NBA recognizes the three BAA seasons as part of its own history, sometimes without comment,[3] so BAA 1947–48 is sometimes considered the second NBA season.

1947–48 BAA season
LeagueBasketball Association of America
DurationNovember 12, 1947 – March 21, 1948
March 23–April 8, 1948 (Playoffs)
April 10–21, 1948 (Finals)
Number of games48
Number of teams8
Top draft pickClifton McNeely
Picked byPittsburgh Ironmen
Regular season
Top scorerMax Zaslofsky (Chicago)
Eastern championsPhiladelphia Warriors[1][2]
  Eastern runners-upSt. Louis Bombers[1]
Western championsBaltimore Bullets[1]
  Western runners-upChicago Stags[1]
ChampionsBaltimore Bullets
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Warriors

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Team1946–47 coach1947–48 coach
New York KnicksNeil CohalanJoe Lapchick
Providence SteamrollersRobert MorrisAlbert Soar
TeamOutgoing coachIncoming coach
Providence SteamrollersAlbert SoarNat Hickey

Preseason events

Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Toronto folded before the season started, leaving the BAA with only seven teams. The Baltimore Bullets were brought into the league from the American Basketball League to provide a more convenient number, eight.

Final standings

Eastern Division

Western Division

Statistics leaders

PointsMax ZaslofskyChicago Stags1,007
AssistsHowie DallmarPhiladelphia Warriors120
FG%Bob FeerickWashington Capitols.340
FT%Bob FeerickWashington Capitols.788

Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.

BAA awards

  • All-BAA First Team C Ed Sadowski, Boston Celtics F Joe Fulks, Philadelphia Warriors F Howie Dallmar, Philadelphia Warriors F Bob Feerick, Washington Capitols G Max Zaslofsky, Chicago Stags

  • All-BAA Second Team G Buddy Jeannette, Baltimore Bullets C Stan Miasek, Chicago Stags G Carl Braun, New York Knicks G Fred Scolari, Washington Capitols G John Logan, St. Louis Bombers

  • BAA Rookie of the Year F/G Paul Hoffman, Baltimore Bullets


Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgThe 1948 BAA Playoffs did not generate Eastern and Western champions and runners-up, as NBA Playoffs have done from 1951 to present. Eastern and Western leaders, or perhaps champions, Philadelphia and St. Louis played off to determine one finalist while four runners-up played off to determine the other finalist.   The listed teams were BAA playoff finalists and semifinalists, as Eastern and Western champions and runners-up in the NBA have been playoff finalists and semifinalists from 1951 to present.
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgPhiladelphia may reasonably be called Eastern champion.
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