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St. Louis Hawks Franchise History: 1956-57 through 1965-66

Championships: 1 Conference Titles: 4 Division Titles: 5 Regular Season Record: 425-355 Regular Season Win Percentage: 59.9% Playoff Appearances: 9 Playoff Series Wins: 8 Playoff Record: 47-43 Welcome to the Glory Days of the Hawks franchise. Behind 1959 NBA MVP

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Boston Celtics Franchise History: 1956-57 through 1965-66

Championships: 9 Conference Titles: 10 Division Titles: 9 Regular Season Record: 554-216 Regular Season Win Percentage: 71.9% Playoff Appearances: 10 Playoff Series Wins: 20 Playoff Record: 81-41 After four years of abject mediocrity in the 1940s, the Celtics stumbled upon

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Boston Celtics Franchise History: 1946-47 through 1955-56

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 0 Regular Season Record: 330-328 Regular Season Win Percentage: 50.2% Playoff Appearances: 7 Playoff Series Wins: 2 Playoff Record: 9-16 Later synonymous with championship success, the early years of the Boston Celtics were

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St. Louis/Milwaukee/Tri-Cities (Black)Hawks Franchise History: 1946-47 through 1955-56

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 0 Regular Season Record: 263-390 Regular Season Win Percentage: 40.3% Playoff Appearances: 4 Playoff Series Wins: 3 Playoff Record: 11-12 Founded as the Buffalo Bison in 1946 in the National Basketball League, what

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Johnny “Red” Kerr

The Syracuse Nationals lost a heart-breaking NBA Finals against the Minneapolis Lakers in 1954. Several of their players were hobbled, if not lost to injury. Still they dragged the mighty Lakers – winners of three of the last four NBA

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The 6’2″-and-Under Champions Club

Life should be grand for Chris Paul. He delivered 22.5 points, 12 assists, and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 51% FG, 75% FT, and 45.5% 3PT in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. His regular season

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Posted in Statistical Analyses

The NBA Record Book… in 1976

The idea of having an “all-time” record has always seemed odd to me. For starters, no one and no thing exists for “all-time.” We all eventually fade away and so do records. Secondly, trying to encompass “all-time” records washes over

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The Lost MVPs: The 1949-50 NBA Season

The NBA has arrived! The BAA, after having raided the NBL for several teams the previous year, completes a full-scale merger with their rival. The resulting hybrid league has now ballooned to 15 teams. This would be the most franchises

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Pro Hoops Podcast: Hall of Famer Richie Guerin

This past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Saturday afternoon, I was able to have a wonderful 10-minute interview with Knicks and Hawks legend Richie Guerin.

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Bill Russell

Bill Russell is the greatest winner in NBA history. 11 titles in 13 years. The Arabic numerals surrounded by Latin letters don’t lie. But to simply call Russell “the greatest winner in NBA history” actually downplays his role in the

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