Monday, April 1, 2019

1953-54 Syracuse Nationals (NBA)

1953-54 SYRACUSE NATIONALS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Eastern Division
Finished: 42-30 .583, 2nd place

Advanced from Eastern Division Round Robin
Division Semifinals - Defeated Boston, 2-0
NBA Finals - Lost to Minneapolis, 4-3

Despite stepping back about 80 points in winning percentage, the second-pace Nationals, lead by Dolph Schayes, rolled through the round robin and then the Celtics to meet with the Lakers in the Finals. They took the Lakers to seven games, but lost the deciding game and failed to grab the club's first NBA championship. Schayes averaged 17.1 PPG and also pulled down 12.1 rebounds per game.
  • Head Coach: Al Cervi (February 12, 1917 - November 9, 2009)

PLAYERS:
  • Ed Earle (April 28, 1927 - March 26, 2009)
Biography 

  • Billy Gabor (May 13, 1922 - June 4, 2019)
Biography

  • Bato Govedarica (April 17, 1928 - March 13, 2006)
Biography


  • Billy Kenville (December 1, 1930 - June 19, 2018)
Biography 

  • George King (August 16, 1928 - October 5, 2006)
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  • Dick Knostman (b. August 9, 1931)
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  • Bob Lavoy (June 29, 1926 - December 18, 2010)
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  • Earl Lloyd (April 3, 1928 - February 26, 2015)
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  • Al Masino (February 5, 1928 - August 16, 2006)
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  • Jim Neal (May 21, 1930 - October 3, 2011)
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  • Mike Novak (April 23, 1915 - August 15, 1978 )
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  • Wally Osterkorn (July 6, 1928 - January 11, 2012)
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  • Dolph Schayes (May 19, 1928 - December 10, 2015)
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  • Paul Seymour (January 30, 1928 - May 5, 1998)
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