Minneapolis Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1955-1956 Minneapolis Lakers Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Ron Feiereisel G 6-3 185 0 DePaul 1953 Rnd 2 Pick 9 United States
Dick Garmaker GF 6-3 200 0 Minnesota 1955 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Lew Hitch FC 6-8 200 4 Kansas State 1951 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
Jim Holstein SF 6-3 180 3 Cincinnati 1952 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
Johnny Horan F 6-8 190 0 Dayton 1955 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
Ed Kalafat F 6-6 245 1 Minnesota 1954 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
Clyde Lovellette FC 6-10 234 2 Kansas 1952 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
Slater Martin PG 5-10 170 6 Texas 1949 Rnd 3 Pick 11 United States
Chuck Mencel G 5-11 170 0 Minnesota 1955 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
George Mikan C 6-10 245 6 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Vern Mikkelsen F 6-7 230 6 Hamline 1949 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
Dick Schnittker PF 6-5 200 3 Ohio State 1950 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
Whitey Skoog G 5-11 180 4 Minnesota 1951 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
Bob Williams F 6-6 230 0 Florida A&M 1955 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States

1955-1956 Minneapolis Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters S. Martin W. Skoog V. Mikkelsen C. Lovellette D. Schnittker
Rotation   C. Mencel E. Kalafat L. Hitch G. Mikan
Rotation     D. Garmaker    
Lim PT   R. Feiereisel B. Williams    
Lim PT     J. Horan    

1955-1956 Western Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Fort Wayne Pistons37-35-
2St. Louis Hawks33-394
3Minneapolis Lakers33-394
4Rochester Royals31-416

1955-1956 Minneapolis Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Clyde Lovellette All-NBA Second Team (1956)
Slater Martin All-NBA Second Team (1956)
Slater Martin Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1956)
Clyde Lovellette Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1956)
Vern Mikkelsen Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1956)

1955-1956 Minneapolis Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Clyde Lovellette 71 35.5 21.5 14.0 2.3
Vern Mikkelsen 72 29.2 13.4 8.4 2.4
Slater Martin 72 39.4 13.2 3.6 6.2
Whitey Skoog 72 32.1 11.6 4.0 3.5
Dick Schnittker 72 26.8 11.3 4.1 2.0
Ed Kalafat 72 22.8 8.0 6.1 1.8
George Mikan 37 20.7 10.5 8.3 1.4
Dick Garmaker 68 12.8 5.7 1.9 1.5
Chuck Mencel 69 14.1 4.6 1.6 1.9
Lew Hitch 69 16.4 4.2 4.1 1.1
Jim Holstein 27 13.0 2.7 2.8 1.4
Bob Williams 20 8.7 3.3 2.7 0.3
Ron Feiereisel 10 5.9 3.0 0.6 0.6
Johnny Horan 12 4.2 1.0 0.5 0.1

1955-1956 Minneapolis Lakers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Ron Feiereisel was selected as the #9 pick in the Second Round of the 1953 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Ron Feiereisel signed a contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1955.

Dick Garmaker was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1955 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Dick Garmaker signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1955.

Ed Kalafat was selected as the #9 pick in the First Round of the 1954 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Ed Kalafat signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1954.

Clyde Lovellette was selected as the #9 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 #1 pick in the 9 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.

Chuck Mencel was selected as the #6 pick in the Second Round of the 1955 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Chuck Mencel signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1955.

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. George Mikan re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on October 9, 1953. George Mikan re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on January 12, 1956.

Acquired via Trade

Lew Hitch was acquired in a trade by the Minneapolis Lakers from the Milwaukee Hawks on February 17, 1955.

Johnny Horan was acquired in a trade by the Minneapolis Lakers from the Fort Wayne Pistons on December 16, 1955.

Acquired via Free Agency

Vern Mikkelsen as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1953.

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

Whitey Skoog with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1955.

Bob Williams signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1955.