Minneapolis Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1952-1953 Minneapolis Lakers Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Bob Harrison G 6-1 190 3 Michigan 1949 Rnd 2 Pick 11 United States
Lew Hitch FC 6-8 200 1 Kansas State 1951 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
Jim Holstein SF 6-3 180 0 Cincinnati 1952 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
Slater Martin PG 5-10 170 3 Texas 1949 Rnd 3 Pick 11 United States
George Mikan C 6-10 245 4 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Vern Mikkelsen F 6-7 230 3 Hamline 1949 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
Jim Pollard F 6-4 185 4 Stanford 1947 Rnd 7 Pick 5 United States
Pep Saul GF 6-2 185 3 Seton Hall 1949 Rnd 1 Pick 12 United States
Dick Schnittker PF 6-5 200 1 Ohio State 1950 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
Howie Schultz GF 6-6 190 2 Hamline 1949 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Whitey Skoog G 5-11 180 1 Minnesota 1951 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States

1952-1953 Minneapolis Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters S. Martin P. Saul J. Pollard V. Mikkelsen G. Mikan
Rotation   W. Skoog J. Holstein L. Hitch  
Rotation   B. Harrison   D. Schnittker  
Lim PT     H. Schultz    

1952-1953 Western Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Minneapolis Lakers49-21-
2Rochester Royals44-265
3Fort Wayne Pistons36-3312.5
4Indianapolis Olympians28-4321.5
5Milwaukee Hawks27-4422.5

1952-1953 Minneapolis Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
George Mikan All-NBA First Team (1953)
Vern Mikkelsen All-NBA Second Team (1953)
Vern Mikkelsen Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1953)
George Mikan Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1953)
Slater Martin Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1953)
George Mikan All-Star MVP (1953)

1952-1953 Minneapolis Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
George Mikan 70 37.9 20.6 14.4 2.9
Vern Mikkelsen 70 35.2 15.0 9.3 2.1
Jim Pollard 66 36.4 13.0 6.8 3.5
Slater Martin 70 36.5 10.6 2.7 3.6
Pep Saul 70 25.7 7.4 2.0 1.6
Bob Harrison 70 23.5 7.1 2.2 2.3
Jim Holstein 66 15.0 4.0 2.6 1.1
Lew Hitch 70 14.7 3.7 3.9 0.9
Whitey Skoog 68 14.6 3.7 1.8 1.2
Howie Schultz 40 11.8 2.3 2.0 0.7
Dick Schnittker 7 4.1 1.3 0.6 0.0

1952-1953 Minneapolis Lakers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Bob Harrison was selected as the #11 pick in the Second Round of the 1949 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Bob Harrison signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on August 22, 1949.

Lew Hitch was selected as the #10 pick in the Second Round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Lew Hitch signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1951.

Jim Holstein was selected as the #10 pick in the Second Round of the 1952 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Jim Holstein signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1952.

Slater Martin was selected as the #11 pick in the 3 Round of the 1949 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Slater Martin signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1949.

George Mikan with the on September 1, 1949. George Mikan re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 28, 1949. George Mikan re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on August 17, 1952.

Vern Mikkelsen was selected as the #11 pick in the First Round of the 1949 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Vern Mikkelsen signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1949.

Whitey Skoog was selected as the #10 pick in the First Round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Whitey Skoog signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on May 9, 1951.

Acquired via Trade

Pep Saul was acquired in a trade by the Minneapolis Lakers from the Baltimore Bullets (BAA) on January 27, 1952.

Howie Schultz was acquired in a trade by the Minneapolis Lakers from the Fort Wayne Pistons on October 10, 1951.

Acquired via Free Agency

Jim Pollard signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on May 10, 1948.

Dick Schnittker signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on March 1, 1953.