1953–54 NBA season
The 1953–54 NBA season was the eighth season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Minneapolis Lakers winning their 5th NBA Championship in 6 years, beating the Syracuse Nationals 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. It was also the final time the Lakers would win an NBA Championship before the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960.
- The Indianapolis Olympians folded prior to the start of the season. Indianapolis would return to professional basketball with the Pacers of the ABA in 1967. The NBA returned to Indianapolis for the 1976–77 season, when the Pacers joined the Association as part of the NBA-ABA merger.
- The 1954 NBA All-Star Game was played in New York City, with the East beating the West 98–93 in overtime. Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics won the game's MVP award.
- This marked the first year the NBA had a national television contract. The contract had the DuMont Television Network televising 13 games, paying 39,000 dollars for the rights.
x – clinched playoff spot
|Division Round Robin Semifinals||Division Finals||NBA Finals|
|(Teams were re-seeded in Division Finals based on Round Robin win-loss record)|
|W3||Fort Wayne||0–4||Western Division|
Bold Series winner (Division Round Robin Semifinals: top 2 advanced)
Italic Team with home-court advantage in NBA Finals
Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.
- 1953–54 NBA Season Summary basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 10, 2010