National Professional Basketball League (1950–51)

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This article is about the original National Professional Basketball League. See National Professional Basketball League (2007–2008) for information on an unrelated league.
National Professional Basketball League (1950–51)
CommissionerDoxie Moore
No. of teams8
Country United States

The National Professional Basketball League (NPBL) was a professional basketball league in the United States from 1950–51, serving as a successor league to the National Basketball League that operated from 1937 to 1949.


The National Basketball Association contracted after the 1949-1950 season, losing six teams: The Anderson Packers, Sheboygan Red Skins and Waterloo Hawks jumped to the NPBL, while the Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets and St. Louis Bombers folded. The league went from 17 teams to 11 before the 1950-1951 season started. Midway through the 1950-1951 season, the Washington Capitols folded as well, bringing the number of teams in the league down to ten.[1]

The National Professional Basketball League was formed around the former NBA teams, with teams added in new larger markets; the charter teams were the East Division: Sheboygan Redskins (Former NBA), Anderson Packers (Former NBA), Louisville Alumnites and Grand Rapids Hornets. West Division: Denver Refiners/Evansville Agogans, Saint Paul Lights, Kansas City Hi-Spots and Waterloo Hawks (Former NBA).[2]

The league played just one season, with no championship finals ever being staged. Doxie Moore served as commissioner; the Grand Rapids Hornets, Kansas City Hi-Spots, Louisville Alumnites and Saint Paul Lights franchised folded during the season and the Denver Refiners relocated to Evansville, Indiana to become the Evansville Agogans.

The Sheboygan Red Skins and Waterloo Hawks both claimed the championship because they were each in first in their divisions at the end of the season, but they never met in a playoff series.

1950-1951 Standings[edit]

Notes: *Disbanded during the season. **Denver moved to Evansville during the season. [3]

NBPL Eastern Division W L PCT GB
Sheboygan Redskins 29 16 0.644 --
Anderson Packers 22 22 0.500 6.5
Louisville Alumnites* 18 17 0.514 --
Grand Rapids Hornets* 6 13 0.315 --
Evansville Agogans 0 6 0.000 --

NBPL Western Division W L PCT GB
Waterloo Hawks 32 24 0.571 --
Denver Refiners** 18 16 0.529 6
St. Paul Lights* 12 8 0.600 --
Kansas City High-Spots* 4 19 0.174 --

Eastern Division[edit]

Western Division[edit]


  1. ^ "1949-50 NBA Season Summary".
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