View Poll Results: Who was the best player in 1952?

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  • George Mikan

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  • Ed Macauley

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  • Paul Arizin

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  • Bob Cousy

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Thread: The Best Player Championship Belt: 1952

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    Default The Best Player Championship Belt: 1952

    1952

    Reigning belt holder: George Mikan

    Champion: Minneapolis Lakers

    MVP: None
    Finals MVP: None
    Scoring Champ: Paul Arizan
    PER Champ: George Mikan

    Candidate rundown:

    George Mikan: The NBA widened the lane by 4 feet to keep furious George away from the rim, and in an ironic twist it made him better. Though he lost his scoring title, his assists more than doubled with the added spacing. He also stayed effective on the glass with a league-best 13.9 average and anchored a Lakers team that again failed to win their division yet remained the NBA's best defensive team. In the playoffs, playing the unfamiliar underdog role, the Lakers got their revenge on the top-seeded Royals, unseating them in 4 games on their way to a matchup with the Knicks in the finals, where Mikan averaged 21/17 despite double and triple teams on his way to a 7-game victory.

    Ed Macauley: Retaining his slim lead over Dolph Schayes for best finnesse big man, Easy Ed again made all-NBA first team as he and Cousey replaced the Davies/Risen duo as the best 1-2 punch in the NBA. Macauley finished 4th in the league in scoring at 19.2 and 3rd in FG%, enough to land him 1st team all-NBA. Unfortunately, the lower seeded nemesis Knicks awaited them in the first round, and though Macauley had a fine series with over 23ppg, the Celtics couldn't overcome NY's depth and experience as they were eliminated in 3 games.

    Paul Arizin: The next evolution of jumpshooter, 6'4" Arizin's sophomore season was arguably his best. Not only did he wrestle the scoring title away from Mikan, but he led the league in FG% doing it, and added 11.3 rebounds for good measure. taking over for an aging and rapidly declining Joe Fulks on the Warriors, Arizin was as efficient a perimeter gunner as there was during the first 15 years of the league. His warriors did not share his success, though, as they struggled just to make the playoffs and were quickly ousted by Dolph Schayes's #1-seeded Nationals in 3 games. Arizin averaged over 25 points in the series, but it wasn't nearly enough.

    Bob Cousy: It didn't take long for Cousy to wrest the throne of best point guard from Bob Davies. In just his second season, Cooz exploded in westbrook-lite style, averaging 21.7 points, 6.7 assists and 6.4 rebounds, finishing 3rd in the league in scoring and 2nd in assists, and spearheading the NBA's first true fast break offense to the top of the league. In their first round loss to the Knicks, Cousy averaged 31, 6 and 4 despite Boston's inability to stop anyone on defense.
    Last edited by Kstat; 05-18-2017 at 06:42 PM.

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    Default Re: The Best Player Championship Belt: 1952

    I've thoroughly enjoyed these. Unfortunately I dont know enough to comment.

    I can't wait until we start talking about eras I'm more educated on

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    Default Re: The Best Player Championship Belt: 1952

    Need a tie breaking vote!

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

    Division Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    Conference Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 2005
    NBA Champions 1989, 1990, 2004

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