|1946-47 BAA season|
|League||Basketball Association of America|
|Duration||November 1, 1946 - April 14, 1947|
April 16-22, 1947 (Finals)
|Number of games||60|
|Number of teams||11|
|Top scorer||Joe Fulks (Philadelphia)|
|Eastern champions||Philadelphia Warriors[a]|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Knicks[a]|
|Western champions||Chicago Stags[a][b]|
|Western runners-up||Washington Capitols[a]|
The 1946-47 BAA season was the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of America. (Following its third, the 1948-49 season, the BAA and National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association or NBA.) The league launched with 11 teams playing a 60-game schedule. The postseason tournament (the 1947 BAA Playoffs) at its conclusion, ended with the Philadelphia Warriors becoming the first BAA Champion, beating the Chicago Stags 4 games to 1 in the BAA Finals.
The NBA recognizes the three BAA seasons as part of its own history, sometimes without comment, so the 1946-47 BAA season is sometimes considered the first NBA season.
|Points||Joe Fulks||Philadelphia Warriors||1,389|
|Assists||Ernie Calverley||Providence Steamrollers||202|
|FG%||Bob Feerick||Washington Capitols||.401|
|FT%||Fred Scolari||Washington Capitols||.811|
Note: Prior to the 1969-70 season, league leaders in points and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.