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Syracuse Nationals

1953-54 Syracuse Nationals Roster

National Basketball Association (NBA)
Team Record: 42-30
Finished 3rd in the NBA's Eastern Division

Postseason: 9-4
Lost finals

Division Finals - Defeated Boston Celtics 2-0

Finals - Lost to Minneapolis Lakers 4-3

Coach: Al Cervi (42-30)

1953-54 Statistics
1953-54 Game-by-Game Results

The Syracuse Nationals of the National Basketball Association ended the 1953-54 season with a record of 42 wins and 30 losses, finishing third in the NBA's Eastern Division, and compiled a postseason mark of 9-4. Al Cervi coached the team. The 1953-54 Syracuse Nationals lost in the finals.


PlayerPos.Birth DateHeightWeightCollege
Ed EarleFApril 28, 19276'3"190Loyola (IL)
Bill GaborG-FMay 13, 19225'11"170Syracuse
Bato GovedaricaGApril 17, 19285'11"185DePaul
Billy KenvilleG-FDecember 1, 19306'2"187St. Bonaventure
George KingGAugust 16, 19286'0"175Morris-Harvey
Dick KnostmanCAugust 9, 19316'6"215Kansas State
Bob LavoyF-CJune 29, 19266'7"185Western Kentucky
Earl LloydF-CApril 3, 19286'5"200West Virginia State
Al MasinoGFebruary 5, 19285'10"174Canisius
Jim NealCMay 21, 19306'11"235Wofford
Mike NovakC-FApril 23, 19156'9"219Loyola (IL)
Wally OsterkornF-CJuly 6, 19286'4"205Illinois
Dolph SchayesF-CMay 19, 19286'7"195NYU
Paul SeymourG-FJanuary 30, 19286'1"180Toledo