Syracuse Nationals Regular Season Rosters

1953-1954 Syracuse Nationals Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Ed Earle GF 6-3 190 0 Loyola (IL) 1953 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Bill Gabor SG 5-11 170 4 Syracuse 1948 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
Bato Govedarica G 5-11 170 0 DePaul 1951 Rnd 3 Pick 5 United States
Noble Jorgensen FC 6-9 228 5 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Billy Kenville G 6-2 187 0 St. Bonaventure 1953 Rnd 3 Pick 7 United States
George King G 6-0 175 2 Charleston 1950 Rnd 8 Pick 6 United States
Dick Knostman FC 6-6 215 0 Kansas State 1953 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
Bob Lavoy F 6-7 185 3 Western Kentucky 1950 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
Earl Lloyd F 6-5 225 2 West Virginia State 1950 Rnd 9 Pick 5 United States
Al Masino G 5-10 174 1 Canisius 1952 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Jim Neal C 6-11 235 0 Wofford 1953 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
Mike Novak C 6-9 219 2 Loyola (IL) 1947 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Wally Osterkorn FC 6-5 215 2 Illinois 1950 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
Dolph Schayes FC 6-7 195 4 NYU 1948 Rnd 1 Pick 4 United States
Paul Seymour GF 6-1 180 5 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States

1953-1954 Syracuse Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters G. King B. Kenville P. Seymour W. Osterkorn D. Schayes
Rotation   B. Gabor E. Lloyd   J. Neal
Lim PT   A. Masino B. Lavoy D. Knostman M. Novak
Lim PT   B. Govedarica E. Earle    

1953-1954 Eastern Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1New York Knicks44-28-
2Boston Celtics42-302
3Syracuse Nationals42-302
4San Francisco Warriors29-4315
5Baltimore Bullets (BAA)16-5628

1953-1954 Syracuse Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Dolph Schayes All-NBA First Team (1954)
Paul Seymour All-NBA Second Team (1954)
Dolph Schayes Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1954)
Paul Seymour Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1954)

1953-1954 Syracuse Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Dolph Schayes 72 36.9 17.1 12.1 3.0
Paul Seymour 71 38.4 13.1 4.1 5.1
George King 72 32.9 11.3 3.7 3.8
Earl Lloyd 72 30.6 9.1 7.3 1.6
Wally Osterkorn 70 30.9 8.8 7.0 2.2
Bill Gabor 61 19.9 9.0 1.6 2.7
Billy Kenville 72 19.5 6.0 3.4 1.7
Bob Lavoy 60 19.2 5.4 4.8 1.1
Jim Neal 67 13.4 4.7 3.8 0.4
Bato Govedarica 23 11.2 3.3 0.8 1.0
Al Masino 16 8.2 3.7 1.3 0.9
Dick Knostman 5 9.4 2.6 3.4 1.2
Ed Earle 2 6.0 2.0 1.0 0.0
Mike Novak 5 4.8 0.2 0.4 0.4

1953-1954 Syracuse Nationals Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Bato Govedarica was selected as the #5 pick in the 3 Round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the Syracuse Nationals. Bato Govedarica signed a contract with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1953.

Billy Kenville was selected as the #7 pick in the 3 Round of the 1953 NBA Draft by the Syracuse Nationals. Billy Kenville signed a multi-year contract with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1953.

George King was selected as the #6 pick in the 8 Round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Chicago Stags. George King signed a multi-year contract with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1951.

Dick Knostman was selected as the #7 pick in the Second Round of the 1953 NBA Draft by the Syracuse Nationals. Dick Knostman signed a contract with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1953.

Jim Neal was selected as the #6 pick in the First Round of the 1953 NBA Draft by the Syracuse Nationals. Jim Neal signed a multi-year contract with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1953.

Wally Osterkorn was selected as the #6 pick in the Second Round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Chicago Stags. Wally Osterkorn signed a multi-year contract with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1951.

Dolph Schayes was selected as the #4 pick in the First Round of the 1948 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Dolph Schayes signed a multi-year contract with the Syracuse Nationals on August 3, 1949.

Acquired via Trade

Bob Lavoy was acquired in a trade by the Syracuse Nationals from the Milwaukee Hawks on November 23, 1953.

Al Masino was acquired in a trade by the Syracuse Nationals from the Rochester Royals on January 1, 1954.

Acquired via Free Agency

Ed Earle signed a contract as a free agent with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1953.

Bill Gabor signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1949.

Earl Lloyd signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1952.

Mike Novak signed a contract as a free agent with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1953.

Paul Seymour signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Syracuse Nationals on September 1, 1949.