Season by Season
Fulks' Warriors Star in League's First
1946 to 1947
In the first season of the BAA, a new professional star emerged,
one who had gained little notoriety in college. Joe Fulks, a 6-5 forward
from Kentucky, averaged 23.2 ppg, an astonishing amount considering
most games were won by teams scoring in the 70s and 80s and nearly
seven points per game more than any other player in the league. Field
goal percentages were in the 30 percent range, and Ernest Calverley
of the Providence Steamrollers led the league with 3.4 assists per
game. Other stars in the fledgling league were Washington's Bob Feerick
and Bones McKinney, Detroit's Stan Miasek and Chicago's Max Zaslofsky.
The 60-game regular season belonged to the Washington Capitols, coached
by Red Auerbach to a 49-11 record, including a 29-1 mark at home. But
in the Playoffs, Chicago shocked the Capitols behind the play of Max
Zaslofsky and center Chuck Halbert to advance to the Finals. Philadelphia,
coached by Eddie Gottlieb, who had the most extensive pro background
of anyone in the BAA, defeated St. Louis and New York to advance to
the Finals. Fulks, Howie Dallmar and Angelo Musi led Philadelphia past
Chicago as the Warriors won the first league title 4-1.
NEW LEAGUE A MIXED SUCCESS
The debut season closed with neither a bang nor a whimper. The new league
was acknowledged, with small items on the local teams appearing in newspapers.
Television was still in the future, and radio broadcasts were hardly
Still, the franchises did play in major arenas, such as Boston Garden,
Madison Square Garden and Chicago Stadium, with most of the teams sharing
the buildings with hockey teams. The Finals games in Philadelphia were
sellouts, and members of the victorious Warriors pocketed about $2,000
per man in prize money--almost half a season's pay for most.
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