Fort Wayne Pistons Regular Season Rosters

1953-1954 Fort Wayne Pistons Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Leo Barnhorst SF 6-4 190 4 Notre Dame 1949 Rnd 2 Pick 2 United States
Frankie Brian G 6-1 180 4 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Larry Foust FC 6-9 215 3 La Salle 1950 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Mel Hutchins FC 6-6 200 2 Brigham Young 1951 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
Monk Meineke PF 6-7 208 1 Dayton 1952 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
Jack Molinas SF 6-6 200 0 Columbia 1953 Rnd 1 Pick 3 United States
Ken Murray SG 6-2 190 2 St. Bonaventure 1950 Rnd 4 Pick 6 United States
Andy Phillip GF 6-2 195 6 Illinois 1947 Rnd 5 Pick 7 United States
Fred Schaus GF 6-5 205 4 West Virginia 1949 Rnd 3 Pick 3 United States
Fred Scolari PG 5-10 180 7 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Charlie Share C 6-11 235 2 Bowling Green 1950 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
Zeke Sinicola G 5-10 165 1 Niagara 1951 Rnd 1 Pick 4 United States
George Yardley GF 6-5 190 0 Stanford 1950 Rnd 1 Pick 8 United States
Max Zaslofsky SG 6-2 170 7 St. John's 1950 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States

1953-1954 Fort Wayne Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters F. Brian A. Phillip G. Yardley M. Hutchins L. Foust
Rotation F. Scolari K. Murray   M. Meineke  
Lim PT   M. Zaslofsky L. Barnhorst    
Lim PT   Z. Sinicola J. Molinas    

1953-1954 Western Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Minneapolis Lakers46-26-
2Rochester Royals44-282
3Fort Wayne Pistons40-326
4Milwaukee Hawks21-5125

1953-1954 Fort Wayne Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Mel Hutchins Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1954)
Jack Molinas Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1954)
Larry Foust Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1954)
Andy Phillip Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1954)

1953-1954 Fort Wayne Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Larry Foust 72 37.4 15.1 13.4 2.2
Andy Phillip 71 38.1 10.6 3.7 6.3
Mel Hutchins 72 40.8 10.3 9.7 2.9
George Yardley 63 23.6 9.0 6.5 1.6
Max Zaslofsky 45 25.9 11.0 2.0 2.2
Fred Scolari 64 24.8 7.2 2.2 2.0
Monk Meineke 71 20.6 5.7 5.2 1.1
Frankie Brian 64 15.2 6.3 1.2 1.4
Jack Molinas 32 29.9 11.6 7.1 1.6
Ken Murray 49 10.8 3.0 1.3 1.1
Fred Schaus 23 11.8 3.8 2.2 0.9
Charlie Share 21 7.4 1.7 3.0 0.5
Leo Barnhorst 17 10.9 1.7 0.0 0.7
Zeke Sinicola 9 3.7 1.2 0.1 0.3

1953-1954 Fort Wayne Pistons Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Larry Foust was selected as the #6 pick in the First Round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Chicago Stags. Larry Foust signed a multi-year contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1950.

Monk Meineke was selected as the #3 pick in the Second Round of the 1952 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. Monk Meineke signed a multi-year contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on July 13, 1952.

Jack Molinas was selected as the #3 pick in the First Round of the 1953 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. Jack Molinas signed a multi-year contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1953.

Zeke Sinicola was selected as the #4 pick in the First Round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. Zeke Sinicola signed a contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1951. Zeke Sinicola re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1953.

George Yardley was selected as the #8 pick in the First Round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. George Yardley signed a multi-year contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on July 1, 1953.

Acquired via Trade

Leo Barnhorst was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Baltimore Bullets (BAA) on February 13, 1954.

Frankie Brian was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Tri-Cities Blackhawks on May 4, 1951.

Mel Hutchins was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Milwaukee Hawks on August 23, 1953.

Ken Murray was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Baltimore Bullets (BAA) on February 16, 1951. Ken Murray re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1953.

Andy Phillip was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Philadelphia Warriors on November 28, 1952.

Fred Scolari was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Baltimore Bullets (BAA) on February 16, 1953.

Max Zaslofsky was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Milwaukee Hawks on December 21, 1953.