Fort Wayne Pistons Regular Season Rosters

1956-1957 Fort Wayne Pistons Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Nat Clifton PF 6-6 220 6 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Corky Devlin F 6-5 200 1 George Washington 1955 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
Larry Foust FC 6-9 215 6 La Salle 1950 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Harry Gallatin FC 6-6 210 8 Truman State 1947 Rnd 4 Pick 10 United States
Alex Hannum FC 6-7 210 7 USC 1948 Rnd 4 Pick 2 United States
Bob Houbregs FC 6-7 210 3 Washington 1953 Rnd 1 Pick 2 Canada
Mel Hutchins FC 6-6 200 5 Brigham Young 1951 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
Ed Kalafat F 6-6 245 2 Minnesota 1954 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
Billy Kenville G 6-2 187 3 St. Bonaventure 1953 Rnd 3 Pick 7 United States
Dick McGuire G 6-0 180 7 St. John's 1949 Rnd 1 Pick 8 United States
Chuck Noble SG 6-4 200 1 Louisville 1954 Rnd 4 Pick 3 United States
Red Rocha FC 6-9 185 8 Oregon State 1947 Rnd 2 Pick 2 United States
Dick Rosenthal F 6-5 205 1 Notre Dame 1954 Rnd 1 Pick 4 United States
Gene Shue G 6-2 170 2 Maryland 1954 Rnd 1 Pick 3 United States
Odie Spears GF 6-5 205 7 Western Kentucky 1948 Rnd 4 Pick 5 United States
Bill Thieben F 6-6 195 0 Hofstra 1956 Rnd 3 Pick 7 United States
George Yardley GF 6-5 190 3 Stanford 1950 Rnd 1 Pick 8 United States

1956-1957 Fort Wayne Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters G. Shue G. Yardley C. Devlin M. Hutchins L. Foust
Rotation   C. Noble B. Thieben B. Houbregs  
Rotation   B. Kenville   R. Rocha  
Lim PT     D. Rosenthal    

1956-1957 Western Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1St. Louis Hawks34-38-
2Minneapolis Lakers34-380
3Fort Wayne Pistons34-380
4Rochester Royals31-413

1956-1957 Fort Wayne Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
George Yardley All-NBA Second Team (1957)
George Yardley Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1957)
Mel Hutchins Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1957)

1956-1957 Fort Wayne Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
George Yardley 72 37.4 21.5 10.5 2.0
Mel Hutchins 72 36.8 12.4 7.9 2.9
Gene Shue 72 34.3 10.9 5.8 3.3
Larry Foust 61 25.1 12.4 9.1 1.2
Bob Houbregs 60 26.5 11.2 6.7 1.9
Billy Kenville 71 24.0 8.2 4.6 2.4
Corky Devlin 71 17.5 6.7 2.1 2.0
Chuck Noble 54 23.3 8.8 2.5 3.3
Red Rocha 72 16.0 5.3 3.8 1.1
Bill Thieben 58 10.9 4.1 3.6 0.3
Dick Rosenthal 18 10.4 2.8 2.9 0.9
Odie Spears 11 10.7 3.9 1.4 0.6

1956-1957 Fort Wayne Pistons Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Larry Foust was selected as the #5 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.

Dick Rosenthal was selected as the #4 pick in the First Round of the 1954 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. Dick Rosenthal signed a contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1954. Dick Rosenthal re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1956.

Bill Thieben was selected as the #7 pick in the 3 Round of the 1956 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. Bill Thieben signed a multi-year contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1956.

George Yardley was selected as the #7 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 Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Corky Devlin, the #3 pick in the Second Round of the 1955 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Philadelphia Warriors on August 1, 1955. Corky Devlin signed a multi-year contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1955.

Draft Rights to Chuck Noble, the #3 pick in the 4 Round of the 1954 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Philadelphia Warriors on June 1, 1955. Chuck Noble signed a multi-year contract with the Fort Wayne Pistons on September 1, 1955.

Acquired via Trade

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

Billy Kenville was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Syracuse Nationals on October 3, 1956.

Red Rocha was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Syracuse Nationals on October 23, 1956.

Gene Shue was acquired in a trade by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the New York Knicks on April 30, 1956.

Acquired via Waiver Claim

Bob Houbregs was claimed off of the waiver wire by the Fort Wayne Pistons from the Boston Celtics on December 7, 1954.