1950–51 NBA season
|1950–51 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Number of teams||11|
|Top scorer||George Mikan (Minneapolis)|
|Eastern champions||New York Knicks|
|Eastern runners-up||Syracuse Nationals|
|Western champions||Rochester Royals|
|Western runners-up||Minneapolis Lakers|
|Runners-up||New York Knicks|
The 1950–51 NBA season was the fifth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Rochester Royals winning the NBA Championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals.
- The NBA contracts, losing six teams (Anderson Packers, Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets, St. Louis Bombers, Sheboygan Red Skins, and Waterloo Hawks) and shrinks from 17 teams to 11 before the season starts. Midway through the season, the Washington Capitols fold, bringing the number of teams in the league down to ten. The Nation's Capital would not have another NBA team until the Bullets (now the Washington Wizards) relocated from nearby Baltimore in 1973.
- The first annual NBA All-Star Game, a showcase of the league's top players, was played in Boston, Massachusetts, with the East beating the West 111-94. Ed Macauley of the Boston Celtics receives the first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award.
- x – Clinched playoff spot
|x-New York Knicks||36||30||.545||4||22-5||10-25||4-0||21-15|
|x-Fort Wayne Pistons||32||36||.471||12||27-7||5-27||0-2||18-6|
|Points||George Mikan||Minneapolis Lakers||1,932|
|Rebounds||Dolph Schayes||Syracuse Nationals||1,080|
|Assists||Andy Phillip||Philadelphia Warriors||414|
|FG%||Alex Groza||Indianapolis Olympians||.470|
|FT%||Joe Fulks||Philadelphia Warriors||.855|
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
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