1956-57 Minneapolis Lakers Roster

National Basketball Association (NBA)
Team Record: 34-38
Finishing 1st in the NBA's Western Division
Postseason: 2-4 Lost division finals
Division Tiebreaker - Lost to St. Louis Hawks 1-0
Division Semifinals - Defeated Fort Wayne Pistons 2-0
Division Finals - Lost to St. Louis Hawks 3-0
Coach: John Kundla (34-38)
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 82,211, Avg. 2,652 in 31 home dates
1956-57 Minneapolis Lakers Statistics
1956-57 Minneapolis Lakers Results

The Minneapolis Lakers of the National Basketball Association ended the 1956-57 season with a record of 34 wins and 38 losses, finishing first in the NBA's Western Division. The team compiled a postseason mark of 2-4.

The Lakers scored 7,363 points and allowed 7,421, most in the circuit. Clyde Lovellette scored a team-leading 1,434 points for Minneapolis, while Dick Garmaker netted 16 or more per game, too. Clyde Lovellette racked up 932 rebounds. Chuck Mencel dished out 201 assists for the squad.

John Kundla coached the team. The 1956-57 Minneapolis Lakers lost in the division finals.

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Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight College Hometown
Walter DukesCJune 23, 19307'0"220Seton HallYoungstown, OH USA
Dick GarmakerG-FOctober 29, 19326'3"200MinnesotaHibbing, MN USA
Lew HitchF-CJuly 16, 19296'8"200Kansas StateGriggsville, IL USA
Ed KalafatC-FOctober 13, 19326'6"245Minnesota
Slick LeonardGJuly 17, 19326'3"185IndianaTerre Haute, IN USA
Clyde LovelletteC-FSeptember 7, 19296'9"230KansasPetersburg, IN USA
Chuck MencelGApril 21, 19335'11"168MinnesotaPhillips, WI USA
Vern MikkelsenF-COctober 21, 19286'7"225HamlineParlier, CA USA
Jim PaxsonF-GDecember 19, 19326'6"200DaytonPennville, IN USA
Dick SchnittkerFMay 27, 19286'5"200Ohio StateKelleys Island, OH USA
Whitey SkoogGNovember 2, 19265'11"180MinnesotaDuluth, MN USA
Bob WilliamsFMay 12, 19316'6"220Florida A&M