Minneapolis Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1953-1954 Minneapolis Lakers Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Jim Fritsche FC 6-8 210 0 Hamline 1953 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
Bob Harrison G 6-1 190 4 Michigan 1949 Rnd 2 Pick 11 United States
Jim Holstein SF 6-3 180 1 Cincinnati 1952 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
Clyde Lovellette FC 6-10 234 0 Kansas 1952 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
Slater Martin PG 5-10 170 4 Texas 1949 Rnd 3 Pick 11 United States
George Mikan C 6-10 245 5 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Vern Mikkelsen F 6-7 230 4 Hamline 1949 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
Jim Pollard F 6-4 185 5 Stanford 1947 Rnd 7 Pick 5 United States
Pep Saul GF 6-2 185 4 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
Whitey Skoog G 5-11 180 2 Minnesota 1951 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States

1953-1954 Minneapolis Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters S. Martin W. Skoog J. Pollard V. Mikkelsen G. Mikan
Rotation     P. Saul C. Lovellette  
Rotation     J. Holstein D. Schnittker  

1953-1954 Western Division Standings

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

1953-1954 Minneapolis Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
George Mikan All-NBA First Team (1954)
Jim Pollard All-NBA Second Team (1954)
Jim Pollard Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1954)
George Mikan Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1954)
Slater Martin Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1954)

1953-1954 Minneapolis Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
George Mikan 72 32.8 18.1 14.3 2.4
Jim Pollard 71 35.0 11.7 7.0 3.0
Vern Mikkelsen 72 31.2 11.1 8.5 1.7
Slater Martin 69 35.8 9.9 2.4 3.7
Clyde Lovellette 72 17.4 8.2 5.8 0.7
Whitey Skoog 71 26.4 7.0 3.2 2.5
Pep Saul 71 25.4 6.4 2.2 2.0
Dick Schnittker 71 14.6 4.6 2.5 0.8
Jim Holstein 70 16.5 3.4 2.9 1.1
Bob Harrison 40 15.5 3.9 1.4 1.4
Jim Fritsche 2 4.0 0.5 0.0 0.0

1953-1954 Minneapolis Lakers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

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.

Clyde Lovellette was selected as the #10 pick in the First Round of the 1952 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Clyde Lovellette signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on October 7, 1953.

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.

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

George Mikan was acquired in a trade by the from the Fort Wayne Pistons on December 21, 1953.

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

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.