1956–57 Boston Celtics season

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1956–57 Boston Celtics season
First NBA Championship
Head coach Red Auerbach
Arena Boston Garden
Results
Record 44–28 (.611)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio WHDH
< 1955–56 1957–58 >

The 1956–57 was the Celtics' 11th season in the NBA. The Celtics finished the season by winning their first NBA Championship.

Offseason

NBA Draft

Roster

Boston Celtics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 14 United States Cousy, Bob 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1928-08-09 Holy Cross
F/C 15 United States Heinsohn, Tom 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1934-08-26 Holy Cross
F 20 United States Hemric, Dick 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1933-08-29 Wake Forest
F 18 United States Loscutoff, Jim 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1930-02-04 Oregon
F/C 16 United States Nichols, Jack 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 222 lb (101 kg) 1926-04-09 Washington
G 17 United States Phillip, Andy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1922-03-07 Illinois
G/F 23 United States Ramsey, Frank 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1931-07-13 Kentucky
F/C 19 United States Risen, Arnie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1924-10-09 Ohio State
C 6 United States Russell, Bill 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1934-02-12 San Francisco
G 21 United States Sharman, Bill 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1926-05-25 Southern California
F 29 United States Tsioropoulos, Lou 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1930-08-31 Kentucky
Head coach


Athletic trainer(s)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Bill Russell Arnie Risen
PF Tom Heinsohn Jack Nichols Dick Hemric
SF Jim Loscutoff Frank Ramsey Lou Tsioropoulos
SG Bill Sharman Andy Phillip
PG Bob Cousy

Regular season

Season standings

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 44 28 .611 - 24-4 11-18 9-6 20-16
x-Syracuse Nationals 38 34 .528 6 23-9 9-15 6-10 20-16
x-Philadelphia Warriors 37 35 .514 7 20-5 5–25 12-5 17-19
New York Knicks 36 36 .500 8 18-10 9-19 9-7 15-21


Season Schedule

Player statistics

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game

Season

Player GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
Bob Cousy 64 36.9 .378 .821 4.8 7.5 20.6
Tom Heinsohn 72 29.9 .397 .790 9.8 1.6 16.2
Dick Hemric 67 15.7 .344 .695 4.5 0.6 5.4
Jim Loscutoff 70 31.7 .345 .706 10.4 1.3 10.6
Jack Nichols 61 22.5 .363 .794 6.1 1.4 8.2
Togo Palazzi* 21 11.1 .347 .719 3.6 0.4 5.0
Andy Phillip 67 22.0 .379 .642 2.7 2.5 4.4
Frank Ramsey 35 23.1 .393 .791 5.1 1.9 11.9
Arnie Risen 43 21.7 .388 .679 6.7 1.2 8.0
Bill Russell 48 35.3 .427 .492 19.6 1.8 14.7
Bill Sharman 67 35.9 .416 .905 4.3 3.5 21.1
Lou Tsioropoulos 52 12.9 .309 .775 4.0 0.6 4.4

* - Stats with the Celtics.

Playoffs

Player GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
Bob Cousy 10 44.0 .324 .747 6.1 9.3 20.2
Tom Heinsohn 10 37.0 .390 .710 11.7 2.0 22.9
Dick Hemric 2 9.5 .143 . 4.5 0.5 1.0
Jim Loscutoff 10 25.9 .284 .643 8.3 0.5 8.0
Jack Nichols 10 11.7 .400 .600 1.7 0.7 3.5
Andy Phillip 10 12.8 .364 .400 2.0 1.7 2.2
Frank Ramsey 10 22.9 .463 .780 4.3 1.7 12.2
Arnie Risen 10 15.2 .444 .655 5.8 0.8 7.5
Bill Russell 10 40.9 .365 .508 24.4 3.2 13.9
Bill Sharman 10 37.7 .381 .953 3.5 2.9 21.1

Playoffs

East Division Semifinals

The Celtics had a division semifinal bye.

East Division Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Syracuse Nationals: Celtics win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 108, Syracuse 90
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Boston 120, Syracuse 105
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 83, Syracuse 80

NBA Finals

(E1) Boston Celtics vs. (W1) St. Louis Hawks: Celtics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston: St. Louis 125, Boston 123 (2OT)
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 119, St. Louis 99
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 100, Boston 98
  • Game 4 @ St. Louis: Boston 123, St. Louis 118
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 110, St. Louis 104
  • Game 6 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 96, Boston 94
  • Game 7 @ Boston: Boston 125, St. Louis 123 (2OT)

Roster

Awards and honors

  • Bob Cousy, NBA MVP of the Year
  • Bob Cousy, All-NBA First Team
  • Tom Heinsohn, NBA Rookie of the Year
  • Bill Sharman, All-NBA First Team

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