1957–58 St. Louis Hawks season

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1957–58 St. Louis Hawks season
NBA champions
Division champions
Head coachAlex Hannum
ArenaKiel Auditorium
Results
Record41–31 (.569)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Celtics 4-2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1957–58 St. Louis Hawks season was the third for the franchise in St. Louis and the 12th season overall in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Coming off their trip to the 1957 NBA Finals, the Hawks won the Western Division by 8 games with a record of 41 wins and 31 losses. Bob Pettit ranked 3rd in scoring and 2nd in rebounding.[1] In the Western Finals, the Hawks would beat the Detroit Pistons in 5 games; the Hawks would then face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. After Games 1 and 2, the teams headed to St. Louis with the series tied at a game apiece; the Hawks took Game 3, as the Celtics lost Bill Russell to an ankle injury.[1] Despite playing without Russell, the Celtics were triumphant in Game 4; the Hawks pulled out a 2-point victory in the Game 5 to take control of the series. Needing one more win for their first NBA Championship, the Hawks beat the Celtics 110–109 in Game 6. Bob Pettit scored 50 points playing against an injured Bill Russell as the Hawks and owner Ben Kerner won their first NBA Title.[1]

Roster[edit]

St. Louis Hawks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PF 11 Coleman, Jack 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1924-05-23 Louisville
PF 12 Davis, Walt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1931-01-05 Texas A&M
SF 16 Hagan, Cliff 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1931-12-09 Kentucky
C 20 Macauley, Ed 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1928-03-22 Saint Louis
PG 22 Martin, Slater 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1925-10-22 Texas
SG 21 McMahon, Jack 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1928-12-03 St. John's
C 12 Morrison, Red 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1932-04-26 Idaho
SG 17 Park, Med 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1933-04-11 Missouri
PF 9 Petit, Bob 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1932-12-12 LSU
G/F 19 Selvy, Frank 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1932-11-09 Furman
C 13 Share, Chuck 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1927-03-14 Bowling Green
PG 15 Wilfong, Win 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1933-03-18 Memphis
Head coach

Alex Hannum


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

Roster

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-St. Louis Hawks 41 31 .569 - 23-8 8-19 10-4 24-12
x-Detroit Pistons 33 39 .458 8 14-14 13-17 6-8 18-18
x-Cincinnati Royals 33 39 .458 8 17-12 10-19 6-8 17-19
Minneapolis Lakers 19 53 .264 22 10-15 4-21 5-17 13-23


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1957-58 NBA Records
Team BOS CIN DET MIN NYK PHI STL SYR
Boston 7–2 8–1 9–0 7–5 6–6 5–4 7–5
Cincinnati 2–7 6–6 8–4 4–5 6–3 3–9 4–5
Detroit 1–8 6–6 6–6 4–5 5–4 6–6 5–4
Minneapolis 0–9 4–8 6–6 1–8 3–6 3–9 2–7
New York 5–7 5–4 5–4 8–1 4–8 3–6 5–7
Philadelphia 6–6 3–6 4–5 6–3 8–4 7–2 3–9
St. Louis 4–5 9–3 6–6 9–3 6–3 2–7 5–4
Syracuse 5–7 5–4 4–5 7–2 7–5 9–3 4–5

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

The Hawks had a division semifinal bye.

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) St. Louis Hawks vs. (2) Detroit Pistons: Hawks win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 114, Detroit 111
  • Game 2 @ Detroit: St. Louis 99, Detroit 96
  • Game 3 @ St. Louis: Detroit 109, St. Louis 89
  • Game 4 @ Detroit: St. Louis 145, Detroit 101
  • Game 5 @ St. Louis: St. Louis 120, Detroit 96

Last Playoffs meeting: 1956 Western Division Finals (Pistons won 3–2, while still in Fort Wayne)

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 March 29 Boston 102–104 St. Louis
Game 2 March 30 Boston 136–112 St. Louis
Game 3 April 2 St. Louis 111–108 Boston
Game 4 April 5 St. Louis 98–109 Boston
Game 5 April 9 Boston 100–102 St. Louis
Game 6 April 12 St. Louis 110–109 Boston

Hawks win series 4–2

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]