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1960–61 NBA season

1960–61 NBA season

The 1960–61 NBA season was the 15th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their 3rd straight NBA Championship, beating the St. Louis Hawks 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

1960–61 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
DurationOctober 19, 1960 – March 12, 1961
March 14–April 1, 1961 (Playoffs)
April 2–11, 1961 (Finals)
Number of games79
Number of teams8
TV partner(s)NBC
Top draft pickOscar Robertson
Picked byCincinnati Royals
Regular season
Season MVPBill Russell (Boston)
Top scorerWilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Eastern championsBoston Celtics
  Eastern runners-upSyracuse Nationals
Western championsSt. Louis Hawks
  Western runners-upLos Angeles Lakers
ChampionsBoston Celtics
  Runners-upSt. Louis Hawks

Notable occurrences

  • The Lakers relocate from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Los Angeles. They would play for seven seasons in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

  • The NBA schedule expanded again, this time from 75 games per team to 79.

  • The 1961 NBA All-Star Game was played in Syracuse, New York, with the West beating the East 153-131. Rookie Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals won the game's MVP award.

Coaching changes
Team1959–60 coach1960–61 coach
Syracuse NationalsPaul SeymourAlex Hannum
Cincinnati RoyalsTom MarshallCharles Wolf
Los Angeles/Minneapolis LakersJim PollardFred Schaus
St. Louis HawksEd MacauleyPaul Seymour
TeamOutgoing coachIncoming coach

Final standings

Eastern Division

Eastern DivisionWLPCTGBHomeRoadNeutralDiv
**x-**Boston Celtics5722.72221–724–1112–428–11
**x-**Philadelphia Warriors4633.5821123–612–2111–622–17
**x-**Syracuse Nationals3841.4811919–98–2111–1118–21
New York Knicks2158.2663610–227–254–1110–29

Western Division

Western DivisionWLPCTGBHomeRoadNeutralDiv
**x-**St. Louis Hawks5128.64629–515–207–325–14
**x-**Los Angeles Lakers3643.4561516–128–2012–1119–20
**x-**Detroit Pistons3445.4301720–113–1911–1518–21
Cincinnati Royals3346.4181818–138–197–1416–23

x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders

PointsWilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia Warriors3,033
ReboundsWilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia Warriors2,149
AssistsOscar RobertsonCincinnati Royals690
FG%Wilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia Warriors.509
FT%Bill SharmanBoston Celtics.921

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

NBA awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics

  • Rookie of the Year: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals


Citation Linkwww.basketball-reference.com1960–61 NBA Season Summary
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