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The CHICAGO STAGS were a National Basketball Association team based in Chicago
Chicago
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Franchise history * 2 The beginning of a new league * 3 1947–1948 season * 4 1948–1949 * 5 The final season * 6 Players of note * 7 Season-by-season records * 8 Aftermath * 9 References

FRANCHISE HISTORY

The Chicago
Chicago
Stags was founded in June 6, 1946 and folded in September 25, 1950. During their short history, they were able to acquire the draft rights to a young Bob Cousy in a trade with the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (although he never played a game for them). When the Stags folded, a dispersal draft was held to divide their players throughout the league. Cousy was drafted by the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
. Despite their short existence in the BAA and NBA, the Stags made their way to the BAA finals in 1947, where they lost to the Philadelphia Warriors .

THE BEGINNING OF A NEW LEAGUE

In the BAA's inaugural year, there were 11 teams split into two divisions. The Chicago
Chicago
Stags were placed in the Western Division, and won the division by one game, finishing 39–22 over the St. Louis Bombers . They finished second in the regular season standings, behind only the 49–11 Washington Capitols . In the playoffs, they received a first-round bye, only to play the Capitols in the semi-finals. Chicago
Chicago
won the series 4–2, and proceeded to the finals, where they played the Philadelphia Warriors , losing 4–1.

1947–1948 SEASON

The next season, the Stags finished second in their four-team division with a mark of 28–20, one game behind the St. Louis Bombers , and second overall in the league (the total number of teams was down from 11 to 8). In the playoffs, they won a tiebreaking game against the Washington Capitols ), advancing to play the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in the quarter-finals. The Stags won, moving into the semi-finals for the second consecutive year. However, they were then defeated by the eventual champions, the Baltimore Bullets .

1948–1949

The next year, each division was instantly made more competitive with more teams, including the Minneapolis Lakers and the New York Knickerbockers . The Stags finished 3rd, 38–22, seven games behind division-winning Rochester Royals
Rochester Royals
. The playoffs were expanded from 6 to 8 teams, and the Stags played the Lakers. They lost again to the eventual champions, the Lakers, 2–0.

THE FINAL SEASON

In the Stags final season, the league consistently continued its growth, forming a third division, and a total of 17 teams. The Stags finished tied for third with the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (and behind the Lakers and Royals ), 11 games back, with a 40–28 record, and again lost to the Lakers in the opening round. It marked the end of the NBA in Chicago
Chicago
until the Chicago
Chicago
Packers were enfranchised in 1961 .

PLAYERS OF NOTE

* Max Zaslofsky (1947–1948 Scoring Leader of BAA) G * Chuck Gilmur * Chick Halbert C * Paul Huston * Johnny Jorgensen * Stan Miasek * Doyle Parrack * Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip
* Gene Rock G * Ken Rollins G (Gold Medalist, Basketball, 1948 Olympics) * Mickey Rottner F * Kenny Sailors * Ben Schadler * Jim Seminoff * Jack Toomay * Gene Vance #12 G

SEASON-BY-SEASON RECORDS

NBA CHAMPIONS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS DIVISION CHAMPIONS PLAYOFF BERTH

SEASON LEAGUE CONFERENCE FINISH DIVISION FINISH WINS LOSSES WIN% GB PLAYOFFS AWARDS

1946–47 BAA – – WESTERN 1ST 39 22 .639 – WON BAA Semifinals (Capitols ) 4–2 Lost BAA Finals (Warriors ) 1–4

1947–48 BAA – – Western 3rd 28 20 .583 1 WON Division Tiebreaker (Capitols ) WON First Round (Boston ) 2–1 Lost BAA Semifinals (Bullets ) 0–2

1948–49 BAA – – Western 3rd 38 22 .633 7 Lost Division Semifinals (Lakers ) 0–2

1949–50 NBA – – Central 4th 40 28 .588 11 Lost Division Tiebreaker (Pistons ) Lost Division Semifinals (Lakers ) 0–2

REGULAR SEASON RECORD 145 92 .612 1946–1950

PLAYOFF RECORD 8 14 .381 POSTSEASON SERIES RECORD: 3–5

AFTERMATH

The Chicago
Chicago
Bulls wore replicas of the 1946 Stags uniforms during the 2005–06 NBA season as part of the NBA's "Hardwood Classics" program (they wore them on December 5, 2005, February 22, 2006 and April 16, 2006).

REFERENCES

* v * t * e

Defunct National Basketball Association teams

* Anderson Packers
Anderson Packers
* Baltimore Bullets * BAA Buffalo * BAA Indianapolis * Chicago
Chicago
Stags * Cleveland Rebels * Denver Nuggets * Detroit Falcons * Indianapolis Jets * Indianapolis Olympians * Pittsburgh Ironmen * Providence Steamrollers
Providence Steamrollers
* Sheboygan Red Skins
Sheboygan Red Skins
* St. Louis Bombers * Toronto Huskies
Toronto Huskies
* Washington Capitols * Waterloo Hawks
Waterloo Hawks

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