Fort Wayne Pistons Playoff Rosters

1955-1956 Fort Wayne Pistons Playoff Roster

Player Pos HT WT Birth Date Age Pre-Draft Team YOS Draft Status
Jesse Arnelle SF 6-5 225 Dec 30, 1933 22 Penn State 0 1955 Rnd 2, Pick 7, Fort Wayne Pistons
Don Bielke C 6-8 240 Jan 1, 1940 N/A Valparaiso 0 1954 Rnd 8, Pick 4, Fort Wayne Pistons
Frankie Brian PG 6-1 180 May 1, 1923 32 LSU 6 NBA Draft, Undrafted
Chuck Cooper GF 6-5 210 Sep 29, 1926 29 Duquesne 5 1950 NBA Draft, Rnd 2, Pick 1, Boston Celtics
Corky Devlin SF 6-5 200 Dec 21, 1931 24 George Washington 0 1955 Rnd 2, Pick 3, Philadelphia Warriors
Larry Foust FC 6-9 215 Jun 24, 1928 27 La Salle 5 1950 NBA Draft, Rnd 1, Pick 6, Chicago Stags
1950 Chicago Stags Dispersal Draft, Fort Wayne Pistons
Jim Holstein SF 6-3 180 Sep 24, 1930 25 Cincinnati 3 1952 NBA Draft, Rnd 2, Pick 10, Minneapolis Lakers
Bob Houbregs FC 6-7 210 Mar 12, 1932 24 Washington 2 1953 NBA Draft, Rnd 1, Pick 2, Milwaukee Hawks
Mel Hutchins FC 6-6 200 Nov 22, 1928 27 Brigham Young 4 1951 NBA Draft, Rnd 1, Pick 2, Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Chuck Noble SG 6-4 200 Jul 24, 1931 24 Louisville 0 1954 Rnd 4, Pick 3, Philadelphia Warriors
Andy Phillip GF 6-2 195 Mar 7, 1922 34 Illinois 8 1947 NBA Draft, Rnd 5, Pick 7, Chicago Stags
1950 Chicago Stags Dispersal Draft, Philadelphia Warriors
Odie Spears GF 6-5 205 Jun 26, 1925 30 Western Kentucky 6 1948 NBA Draft, Rnd 4, Pick 5, Chicago Stags
George Yardley GF 6-5 190 Nov 3, 1928 27 Stanford 2 1950 NBA Draft, Rnd 1, Pick 8, Fort Wayne Pistons
Max Zaslofsky SG 6-2 170 Dec 7, 1925 30 St. John's 9 1950 NBA Draft, Undrafted
1950 Chicago Stags Dispersal Draft, New York Knicks

1955-1956 Playoff Matchups

DescriptionHomeAwayResult
Second Round #2 Boston Celtics #3 Syracuse Nationals SYR in 3
Second Round W2 Minneapolis Lakers W3 St. Louis Hawks STH in 3
Conference Finals #1 San Francisco Warriors #3 Syracuse Nationals PHI in 5
Conference Finals W1 Fort Wayne Pistons W3 St. Louis Hawks FWP in 5
NBA Finals #1 San Francisco Warriors W1 Fort Wayne Pistons PHI in 5
Division Tiebreaker #3 Syracuse Nationals #4 New York Knicks SYR in 1
Division Tiebreaker W3 St. Louis Hawks W2 Minneapolis Lakers MIN in 1

1955-1956 Fort Wayne Playoff Stats

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
George Yardley 10 40.6 23.0 13.9 2.6
Larry Foust 10 28.9 16.8 12.7 1.4
Bob Houbregs 10 21.7 10.3 6.7 1.4
Corky Devlin 10 27.5 9.7 2.1 2.3
Mel Hutchins 10 37.7 9.3 8.8 2.3
Chuck Noble 10 26.1 7.4 3.0 4.1
Frankie Brian 10 16.6 6.9 1.2 1.7
Odie Spears 10 17.7 5.3 2.9 1.4
Andy Phillip 10 17.3 2.9 2.6 3.5
Chuck Cooper 9 6.6 1.3 1.9 0.2

1955-1956 Fort Wayne Pistons Conference Finals Schedule

Date Opponent Result Venue Record Fort Wayne Leaders St. Louis Leaders
Mar 22, 1956
v.
St. Louis
L, 85-86 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Conference Finals
0-1 PTS: 23. G. Yardley
PTS: 17. Al Ferrari
Mar 24, 1956
@
St. Louis
L, 84-74 Kiel Auditorium
Conference Finals
0-2 PTS: 16. Larry Foust
PTS: 21. Al Ferrari
Mar 25, 1956
v.
St. Louis
W, 107-84 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Conference Finals
1-2 PTS: 19. G. Yardley
PTS: 18. Alex Hannum
Mar 27, 1956
@
St. Louis
W, 84-93 Kiel Auditorium
Conference Finals
2-2 PTS: 30. G. Yardley
PTS: 19. Jack Coleman
Mar 29, 1956
v.
St. Louis
W, 102-97 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Conference Finals
3-2 PTS: 20. G. Yardley
PTS: 20. Jack Coleman

1955-1956 Fort Wayne Pistons NBA Finals Schedule

Date Opponent Result Venue Record Fort Wayne Leaders Philadelphia Leaders
Mar 31, 1956
@
Philadelphia
L, 98-94 Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center
NBA Finals
0-1 PTS: 27. G. Yardley
PTS: 28. Paul Arizin
Apr 1, 1956
v.
Philadelphia
W, 84-83 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
NBA Finals
1-1 PTS: 30. G. Yardley
PTS: 27. Paul Arizin
Apr 3, 1956
@
Philadelphia
L, 100-96 Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center
NBA Finals
1-2 PTS: 19. Larry Foust
PTS: 27. Paul Arizin
Apr 5, 1956
v.
Philadelphia
L, 105-107 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
NBA Finals
1-3 PTS: 21. G. Yardley
PTS: 30. Paul Arizin
Apr 7, 1956
@
Philadelphia
L, 99-88 Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center
NBA Finals
1-4 PTS: 30. G. Yardley
PTS: 29. Joe Graboski