1970–71 Buffalo Braves season

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1970–71 Buffalo Braves season
First NBA season
Head coach Dolph Schayes
Arena Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Results
Record 22–60 (.268)
Place Division: 4th (Atlantic)
Conference: 7th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television MSG Network, WBEN
Radio WBEN
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The 1970–71 NBA season was the Buffalo Braves inaugural season in the NBA. With a roster made up primarily of castoffs, the Braves got off on the right foot by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 107–92 at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on October 14.[1] However, the Braves would drop their next nine as they took on established NBA teams on the way to finishing in last place in the Atlantic Division. The Braves' record was 22–60, which was 7 games better than the Cleveland Cavaliers, their partners in expansion.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1970 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 15 John Hummer Center  United States Princeton
2 24 Cornell Warner Center  United States Jackson State
3 43 Chip Case Forward  United States Virginia
4 58 Ervin Polnick Forward  United States Austin State
5 77 Robert Moore Guard  United States Central State
6 92 Doug Hess Center  United States Toledo
7 111 Cliff Shegogg Forward  United States Colorado State
8 126 Larry Woods Guard  United States West Virginia
9 145 Larry Duckworth  United States Henderson State
10 160 Joe Taylor  United States Dillard
11 177 Dick Walker  United States Wake Forest

Expansion Draft[edit]

Player Position Team
Emmette Bryant Guard Boston Celtics
Freddie Crawford Guard Milwaukee Bucks
Dick Garrett Guard L.A. Lakers
Herm Gilliam Guard Cincinnati Royals
Bill Hosket Forward New York Knicks
Bailey Howell Forward Boston Celtics
Paul Long Guard Detroit Pistons
Mike Lynn Guard Los Angeles Lakers
Don May Guard New York Knicks
Ray Scott Center Baltimore Bullets
George Wilson Forward Philadelphia 76ers

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Roster[edit]

Buffalo Braves 1970-71 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
C 17 United States Bowman, Nate 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Wichita State
G 7 United States Bryant, Emmette 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) DePaul
G 15 United States Crawford, Freddie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) St. Bonaventure
G 13 United States Davis, Mike 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Virginia Union
G 11 United States Garrett, Dick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Southern Illinois
G 9 United States Gilliam, Herm 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Purdue
F 25 United States Hosket, Bill 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Ohio State
C 45 United States Hummer, John 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Princeton
F 44 United States Kauffman, Bob 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Guilford College
G 5 United States Long, Paul 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Wake Forest
F 25 United States Lynn, Mike 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UCLA
G 22 United States May, Don 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Dayton
F 27 United States Silliman, Mike 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) USMA
C 35 United States Warner, Cornell 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jackson State
F 33 United States Wilson, George 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Cincinnati
Head coach




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
New York Knicks 52 30 .634 -
Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573 5
Boston Celtics 44 38 .537 8
Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268 30

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Game log[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Bob Kauffman, NBA All-Star

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]