Ed. Note: Prior to the 1988-89 season, the NBA only had All-NBA 1st and All-NBA 2nd Teams. To fill in that historical award gap, the crack Pro Hoops History committee of one has gone back and created the Lost All-NBA 3rd Teams. From 1949-50 through 1954-55, the All-NBA teams were selected regardless of position, so the Lost All-NBA 3rd Teams will follow that format for the appropriate seasons. Thereafter it will adhere to the current C, F, F, G, and G format.
The three All-NBA 3rd Teams presented below are the last to use a position-less format, one that I wish the NBA would return to. It forces voters to really pick out the best players, even if the best players skew toward several centers for example. Instead very good players get in over a great players on the All-NBA teams based purely on position.
Enough of my complaining.
A word of explanation, before the full teams are revealed, however, for Mel Hutchins and Slater Martin. They look like woeful selections considering their offensive output, but these guys – along with the versatile Jack Coleman – were premier defenders at their respective positions. The lack of recorded blocks and steals undermines their statistical argument, but their contemporaries hail them as defenders you’d much rather not come across.
|C||Harry Gallatin||New York Knicks||70||12.4||13.1||1.8||0.444||0.700||11.3||23.3|
|G||Carl Braun||New York Knicks||70||14.0||3.3||3.5||0.400||0.825||9.0||17.5|
|G||Paul Seymour||Syracuse Nationals||67||14.2||3.7||4.4||0.383||0.817||8.7||16.0|
|G||Slater Martin||Minneapolis Lakers||70||10.6||2.7||3.6||0.410||0.780||8.2||13.5|
|F||Jim Pollard||Minneapolis Lakers||66||13.0||6.8||3.5||0.357||0.769||4.6||16.0|
|C||Ray Felix||Baltimore Bullets||72||17.6||13.1||1.1||0.417||0.638||8.6||22.9|
|C||Larry Foust||Fort Wayne Pistons||72||15.1||13.4||2.2||0.409||0.712||10.4||22.8|
|G||Andy Phillip||Fort Wayne Pistons||71||10.6||3.7||6.3||0.375||0.730||7.1||16.0|
|G||Bob Davies||Rochester Royals||72||12.3||2.7||4.5||0.371||0.719||7.7||18.0|
|G||Bill Sharman||Boston Celtics||72||16.0||3.5||3.2||0.450||0.844||10.4||18.6|
|C||Ed Macauley||Boston Celtics||71||17.6||8.5||3.9||0.424||0.792||8.9||18.6|
|F||Paul Arizin||Philadelphia Warriors||72||21.0||9.4||2.9||0.399||0.776||8.7||18.2|
|F||Mel Hutchins||Fort Wayne Pistons||72||12.0||9.2||3.4||0.378||0.708||3.9||12.7|
|F||Jack Coleman||Rochester Royals||72||12.8||10.1||3.2||0.462||0.678||6.2||18.2|
|G||Bob Davies||Rochester Royals||72||12.1||2.8||4.9||0.415||0.751||5.2||18.5|