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He was a big man before there was the concept of a big man, and he helped turn the NBA into the game it is today. George Mikan was the first super star of the NBA, he lead the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships.

Born June 18th, 1924 in Joilet, Illinois. Mikans route to the NBA would be a humble one. He played at many youth centers such as the YMCA before going to DePaul University in 1941. After 4 years at DePaul, Mikan joined the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League. The Gears decided to leave the NBL the following year and Mikan was free to sign with anyone and chose the Minneapolis Lakers. Mikan was a hit with the Lakers, averaging 20 plus a game for six straight seasons and winning the NBA scoring title from 48-51. in 1953 Mikan also won the rebounding title.

When the National Basketball league and Basketball Association of America Merged in 1949 to form the NBA, Mikan was among one of the key players that the league hoped it could build on; and Mikan didnít disappoint become the big man of big men in an era of mostly guards. From 1951-1954 Mikan helped the Lakers become the first three time NBA champion.

After the 1953-54 season Mikan retired, but a year later ,in 55-56, he returned for 37 games. In 1957-58 Mikan returned to the Lakers as a coach, but lasted only 39 games going 9 and 30. With the formation of the American Basketball Association in 1967, Mikan was named the leagues first commissioner.

In later years Mikan developed Diabetes, and would eventually lose a leg. But that didnít stop him from trying to get better pay for the Player who played before 1965. George Mikan died June 2nd, 2005 just shy of his 81st birthday.


Full Name: George Lawrence Mikan Jr.
Born: 6/18/24 in Joliet, Ill.
Died: 6/1/05 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
College: DePaul
NBL Honors: NBL champion ('47, '48); MVP ('48); All-NBL First Team ('47, '48).
BAA Honors: BAA champion (1949); All-BAA First Team (1949).
Height: 6-10
Weight: 245 lbs.
Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1959); NBA champion (1950, '52, '53, '54); Five-time All-NBA First Team (1950-54); Four-time NBA All-Star (1951-54); All-Star MVP (1953); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
SEASON--TEAM G MIN FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST PF DQ PTS RPG APG PPG
46-47 - Chicago (N) 25 -- 147 -- -- 119 164 0.726 -- -- 96 -- 413 -- -- 16.5
47-48 - Minneapolis (N) 56 -- 406 -- -- 383 509 0.752 -- -- 210 -- 1195 -- -- 21.3
48-49 - Minneapolis 60 -- 583 1403 0.416 532 689 0.772 -- 218 260 -- 1698 -- 3.6 28.3
49-50 - Minneapolis 68 -- 649 1595 0.407 567 728 0.779 -- 197 297 -- 1865 -- 2.9 27.4
50-51 - Minneapolis 68 -- 678 1584 0.428 576 717 0.803 958 208 308 14 1932 14.1 3.1 28.4
51-52 - Minneapolis 64 2572 545 1414 0.385 433 555 0.780 866 194 286 14 1523 13.5 3.0 23.8
52-53 - Minneapolis 70 2651 500 1252 0.399 442 567 0.780 1007 201 290 12 1442 14.4 2.9 20.6
53-54 - Minneapolis 72 2362 441 1160 0.380 424 546 0.777 1028 174 268 4 1306 14.3 2.4 18.1
55-56 - Minneapolis 37 765 148 375 0.395 94 122 0.770 308 53 153 6 390 8.3 1.4 10.5
Reg. NBA Totals 439 8350 3544 8783 0.404 3068 3924 0.782 4167 1245 1862 50 10156 13.4 2.8 23.1
Reg. NBL Totals 81 -- 553 -- -- 502 673 0.746 -- -- 306 -- 1608 -- -- 19.9
Playoffs
SEASON--TEAM G MIN FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST PF DQ PTS RPG APG PPG
46-47 - Chicago (N) 11 -- 72 -- -- 73 100 0.690 -- -- 48 -- 217 -- -- 19.7
47-48 - Minneapolis (N) 10 -- 88 -- -- 68 96 0.708 -- -- 37 -- 244 -- -- 24.4
48-49 - Minneapolis 10 -- 103 227 0.454 97 121 0.802 -- 21 44 1 303 -- 2.1 30.3
49-50 - Minneapolis 12 -- 121 316 0.383 134 170 0.788 -- 36 47 1 376 -- 3.0 31.3
50-51 - Minneapolis 7 -- 62 152 0.408 44 55 0.800 74 9 25 1 168 10.6 1.3 24.0
51-52 - Minneapolis 13 553 99 261 0.379 109 138 0.790 207 36 63 3 307 15.9 2.8 23.6
52-53 - Minneapolis 12 463 78 213 0.366 82 112 0.732 185 23 56 5 238 15.4 1.9 19.8
53-54 - Minneapolis 13 424 87 190 0.458 78 96 0.813 171 25 56 1 252 13.2 1.9 19.4
55-56 - Minneapolis 3 60 13 35 0.371 10 13 0.769 28 5 14 0 36 9.3 1.7 12.0
NBA Playoff Totals 70 1500 563 1394 0.404 554 705 0.786 665 155 305 12 1680 13.9 2.2 24.0
NBL Playoff Totals 21 -- 160 -- -- 141 196 0.699 -- -- 85 -- 461 -- -- 22.0
All-Star Game
SEASON--TEAM G MIN FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST PF DQ PTS RPG APG PPG
50-51 - Minneapolis 1 -- 4 17 0.235 4 6 0.667 11 3 2 0 12 11.0 3.0 12.0
51-52 - Minneapolis 1 29 9 19 0.474 8 9 0.889 15 1 5 0 26 15.0 1.0 26.0
52-53 - Minneapolis 1 40 9 26 0.346 4 4 1.000 16 2 2 0 22 16.0 2.0 22.0
53-54 - Minneapolis 1 31 6 18 0.333 6 8 0.750 9 1 5 0 18 9.0 1.0 18.0
NBA All-Star Totals 4 100 28 80 0.350 22 27 0.815 51 7 14 0 78 12.8 1.8 19.5