Minneapolis Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1956-1957 Minneapolis Lakers Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Bob Burrow C 6-7 228 0 Kentucky 1956 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
Corky Devlin F 6-5 200 1 George Washington 1955 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
Walter Dukes C 7-0 220 1 Seton Hall 1953 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Ed Fleming G 6-2 180 1 Niagara 1955 Rnd 3 Pick 2 United States
Dick Garmaker GF 6-3 200 1 Minnesota 1955 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Ed Kalafat F 6-6 245 2 Minnesota 1954 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
Slick Leonard G 6-3 185 0 Indiana 1954 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
Clyde Lovellette FC 6-10 234 3 Kansas 1952 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
Monk Meineke PF 6-7 208 4 Dayton 1952 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
Chuck Mencel G 5-11 170 1 Minnesota 1955 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
Vern Mikkelsen F 6-7 230 7 Hamline 1949 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
Jim Paxson, Sr. GF 6-6 200 0 Dayton 1956 Rnd 1 Pick 3 United States
Dick Schnittker PF 6-5 200 4 Ohio State 1950 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
Whitey Skoog G 5-11 180 5 Minnesota 1951 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
Art Spoelstra C 6-10 205 2 Western Kentucky 1954 Rnd 4 Pick 7 United States
Bob Williams F 6-6 230 1 Florida A&M 1955 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States

1956-1957 Minneapolis Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters S. Leonard D. Garmaker V. Mikkelsen C. Lovellette W. Dukes
Rotation   C. Mencel E. Kalafat D. Schnittker  
Rotation     J. Paxson, Sr.    
Lim PT   W. Skoog B. Williams    

1956-1957 Western Division Standings

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

1956-1957 Minneapolis Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Dick Garmaker All-NBA Second Team (1957)
Dick Garmaker Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1957)
Clyde Lovellette Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1957)
Vern Mikkelsen Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1957)

1956-1957 Minneapolis Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Clyde Lovellette 69 36.1 20.8 13.5 2.0
Dick Garmaker 72 33.4 16.3 4.7 2.6
Vern Mikkelsen 72 30.5 13.7 8.8 1.7
Slick Leonard 72 27.0 11.0 3.1 2.3
Walter Dukes 71 26.3 10.1 11.2 0.8
Chuck Mencel 72 25.7 9.2 3.3 2.8
Ed Kalafat 65 24.9 8.5 6.5 1.6
Jim Paxson, Sr. 71 17.9 6.3 3.7 1.2
Dick Schnittker 70 14.2 5.5 2.6 0.7
Whitey Skoog 23 28.5 8.7 3.1 3.3
Bob Williams 4 5.0 1.0 1.2 0.0

1956-1957 Minneapolis Lakers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

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.

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.

Jim Paxson, Sr. was selected as the #3 pick in the First Round of the 1956 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Jim Paxson, Sr. signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1956.

Acquired via Trade

Walter Dukes was acquired in a trade by the Minneapolis Lakers from the New York Knicks on October 26, 1956.

Acquired via Free Agency

Slick Leonard signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1956.

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 as a free agent with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1956.

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