View Poll Results: Who was the best player in 1951?

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  • George Mikan

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  • Bob Davies

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  • Ed Macauley

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  • Alex Groza

    2 28.57%
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Thread: The Best Player CHampionship Belt: 1951

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    Default The Best Player CHampionship Belt: 1951

    1951

    Reigning belt holder: George Mikan

    Champion: Rochester Royals

    MVP: None
    Finals MVP: None
    Scoring Champ: George Mikan
    PER Champ: none

    Candidate rundown:

    George Mikan: Mikan peaked offensively this season, averaging a career best 28.4 points, as well as a career best FG% while coming in 2nd in rebounds at 14.1. His Lakers squad, however....not so much. Fighting nagging injuries and a league that was getting progressively faster and more skilled, the Lakers lost a first round game for the first time ever in 1951, and were then dropped in the conference finals by the Royals. Mikan wasn't quite as overpowering in the series as he was in past years, but still the high scorer with a 24.8 average. The ultimately was a minor bump in the road for Mikan, who would eventually adjust to a league that was trying to curtail his dominance.

    Bob Davies: The long suffering Royals broke through in 1951, led by their 2-man punch of Davies and Arnie Risen. Davies had steady averages of 15 points, 4.6 assists and 3 rebounds, but again remained the league's top overall point guard. In the playoffs he shined, averaging a team best 17ppg in the first round win against the Pistons. He took a backseat to Risen in their upset win over the lakers in the conference finals, but again took over in the all-NY NBA finals against the Knicks, averaging 17 a game including 20 in game 7 (the first time the finals had ever gone to a 7th game), and the game-clinching FTs. The Royals moved to Cincinnati the following season (and ultimately Kansas City and Sacramento) and haven't been back to the finals since.

    Ed Macauley: Overshadowed in 1950 by fellow rookie Dolph Schayes, Boston big man Easy Ed got a boost with the drafting of Bob Cousy, who unlocked his potential. Cousy's original running mate flourished in year 2, averaging 20 points, 9 rebounds and finishing 3rd in scoring and 2nd in FG%. Unfortunately, it would also start a long string of playoff defeats at the hands of a deeper Knicks team, as Ed averaged 22ppg in a first round sweep.

    Alex Groza: The shortest superstar career in NBA history concluded its 2-year run in 1951. Groza was even better in year two, though his numbers didn't necessarily reflect it because of a weaker supporting cast. He again finished 2nd only to Mikan with a 21.7 scoring average, 5th in rebounding at 10.7, and led the entire league in FG%. I should mention again: This man was a 6'7" center. In the playoffs his out-manned Indianapolis Olympians squad drew the champion Lakers, and Groza went out like a boss, outscoring big George 40-2 at home in a game 2 rout, the biggest *** kicking of Mikan's career. He returned in game 3 to drop 38 more points on Mikan, but Mikan came back with 30 of his own as a much deeper Lakers squad prevailed anyway and took the series. After the season ended, Groza was found guilty of point shaving during a game while he was in school at Kentucky, and was banned for life by the NBA, along with teammate Ralph Beard, who happened to be the only other good player Indianapolis had. The Olympians folded two seasons later, and Groza's amazing career was cut short at just 24 years old.
    Last edited by Kstat; 05-14-2017 at 07:27 PM.

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