Minneapolis Lakers Playoff Rosters

1956-1957 Minneapolis Lakers Playoff Roster

Player Pos HT WT Birth Date Age Pre-Draft Team YOS Draft Status
Walter Dukes C 7-0 220 Jun 23, 1930 26 Seton Hall 1 1953 Territorial Pick, New York Knicks
Dick Garmaker GF 6-3 200 Oct 29, 1932 24 Minnesota 1 1955 Territorial Pick, Minneapolis Lakers
Ed Kalafat SF 6-6 245 Oct 13, 1932 24 Minnesota 2 1954 Rnd 1, Pick 9, Minneapolis Lakers
Slick Leonard PG 6-3 185 Jul 17, 1932 24 Indiana 0 1954 Rnd 2, Pick 1, Baltimore Bullets (BAA)
Clyde Lovellette FC 6-10 234 Sep 7, 1929 27 Kansas 3 1952 NBA Draft, Rnd 1, Pick 10, Minneapolis Lakers
Chuck Mencel PG 5-11 170 Apr 21, 1933 23 Minnesota 1 1955 Rnd 2, Pick 6, Minneapolis Lakers
Vern Mikkelsen SF 6-7 230 Oct 21, 1928 28 Hamline 7 1949 NBA Draft, Rnd 1, Pick 11, Minneapolis Lakers
Jim Paxson, Sr. GF 6-6 200 Dec 19, 1932 24 Dayton 0 1956 Rnd 1, Pick 3, Minneapolis Lakers
Dick Schnittker PF 6-5 200 May 27, 1928 28 Ohio State 4 1950 NBA Draft, Rnd 1, Pick 5, Washington Capitols
Whitey Skoog PG 5-11 180 Nov 2, 1926 30 Minnesota 5 1951 NBA Draft, Rnd 1, Pick 10, Minneapolis Lakers
Bob Williams SF 6-6 230 May 12, 1931 25 Florida A&M 1 1955 NBA Draft, Undrafted

1956-1957 Playoff Matchups

DescriptionHomeAwayResult
Second Round #2 Syracuse Nationals #3 San Francisco Warriors SYR in 2
Second Round W2 Minneapolis Lakers W3 Fort Wayne Pistons MIN in 2
Conference Finals #1 Boston Celtics #2 Syracuse Nationals BOS in 3
Conference Finals W1 St. Louis Hawks W2 Minneapolis Lakers STH in 3
NBA Finals #1 Boston Celtics W1 St. Louis Hawks BOS in 7
Division Tiebreaker W1 St. Louis Hawks W3 Fort Wayne Pistons -
Division Tiebreaker W2 Minneapolis Lakers W1 St. Louis Hawks STH in 1

1956-1957 Minneapolis Playoff Stats

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Clyde Lovellette 5 36.2 24.2 9.4 2.2
Slick Leonard 5 40.8 21.4 6.0 7.6
Vern Mikkelsen 5 32.4 17.6 8.6 3.4
Walter Dukes 5 35.4 13.6 14.8 1.0
Dick Garmaker 5 37.4 13.0 7.0 3.4
Ed Kalafat 5 20.8 12.6 4.8 1.8
Dick Schnittker 5 16.6 5.4 2.4 1.6
Chuck Mencel 5 19.6 5.0 2.6 1.2
Jim Paxson, Sr. 5 10.8 5.0 2.8 0.6

1956-1957 Minneapolis Lakers Conference Semi Finals Schedule

Date Opponent Result Venue Record Minneapolis Leaders Fort Wayne Leaders
Mar 17, 1957
v.
Fort Wayne
W, 131-127 Minneapolis Auditorium
Conference Semi Finals
1-0 PTS: 30. C. Lovellette
PTS: 34. G. Yardley
Mar 19, 1957
@
Fort Wayne
W, 108-110 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Conference Semi Finals
2-0 PTS: 19. S. Leonard
PTS: 30. Larry Foust

1956-1957 Minneapolis Lakers Conference Finals Schedule

Date Opponent Result Venue Record Minneapolis Leaders St. Louis Leaders
Mar 21, 1957
@
St. Louis
L, 118-109 Kiel Auditorium
Conference Finals
0-1 PTS: 24. V. Mikkelsen
PTS: 24. S. Martin
Mar 24, 1957
@
St. Louis
L, 106-104 Kiel Auditorium
Conference Finals
0-2 PTS: 33. C. Lovellette
PTS: 30. Bob Pettit
Mar 25, 1957
v.
St. Louis
L, 135-143 Minneapolis Auditorium
Conference Finals
0-3 PTS: 42. S. Leonard
PTS: 35. Bob Pettit

1956-1957 Minneapolis Lakers Division Tiebreaker Schedule

Date Opponent Result Venue Record Minneapolis Leaders St. Louis Leaders
Mar 16, 1957
@
St. Louis
L, 114-111 Kiel Auditorium
Division Tiebreaker
0-1 N/A N/A