Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of 1940-50s

VIDEO: Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1940-50s

This week we start our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1940s and 1950s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1960s!

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of 1940-50s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!


  1. Mark says:

    These teams in the NBA? Today? They’d get destroyed…

  2. BigCitySid says:

    George “Mr. Basketball” Mikan was a beast in his time. Pro basketball 1st superstar. He only played pro ball for seven years, yet he lead his team to five titles. Mikan retired at 29, not due to injury, but because he got married and had to get a “real job” (he had a law degree) in order to support his family. The Lakers attempted to get him to make a comeback at age 31, but his heart really wasn’t in it. Mikan started the Laker trend of winning titles w/ an All-Star, future HOF in the low post.

    Mikan: 5, Chamberlain: 1, Jabbar: 5, Shaq: 3, Gasol: 2. No other Laker has won more titles then Big George.

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