NBA Top Moments: 1940s & 50s
NBA.com takes a look back at the top moments that define the history of the NBA.
The NBA’s Founding Years (1940s & 50s)
A big shot by the Warriors’ Howie Dallmar in the final minute clinched the first title in the league that would later become known as the National Basketball Association.
Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton may not have been able to eat in certain restaurants in 1950, but the trio entered the NBA that year and became pioneers for today’s African-American basketball players.
Before the 24-second shot clock, in the stagnant era of the NBA, Bob Cousy and the Celtics outran Syracuse in an atypical postseason game.
Bob Pettit turned in one of the finest performances in championship history when he scored 50 points in Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.