1972–73 New York Knicks season

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1972–73 New York Knicks season
Second NBA Championship
Head coach Red Holzman
Arena Madison Square Garden
Record 57–25 (.695)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WOR-TV, Manhattan Cable Television
< 1971–72 1973–74 >

The 1972–73 New York Knicks season was the 27th season of NBA basketball in New York City, New York. The Knicks capture their second NBA title as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, four games to one, which was exactly the same count the Knicks lost to the Lakers a year earlier.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1972 NBA Draft

Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first and second rounds, and any other players picked by the franchise that played at least one game in the league.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 8 Tom Riker F/C  United States South Carolina
4 58 Henry Bibby G  United States UCLA


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Willis Reed John Gianelli
PF Dave DeBusschere Jerry Lucas
SF Bill Bradley Phil Jackson Harthorne Wingo
SG Earl Monroe Dick Barnett
PG Walt Frazier Dean Meminger Henry Bibby

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Boston Celtics 68 14 .829 33–6 32–8 3–0 18–4
x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 11 35–6 21–18 1–1 16–6
Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256 47 14–27 6–31 1–3 8–14
Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 59 5–26 2–36 2–11 2–20
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Boston Celtics 68 14 .829
2 y-Baltimore Bullets 52 30 .634
3 x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561
5 Houston Rockets 33 49 .402
6 Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390
7 Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256
8 Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Key:      Win      Loss

1972–73 game log Total: 57–25 (Home: 34–7; Road: 23–18)
1972–73 season schedule

All times are Eastern time


Key:      Win      Loss

1973 playoff game log
1972–73 season schedule

All times are Eastern time

Player statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game




Local TV[edit]

Local TV Play-by-Play Color Commentator
WOR-TV Bob Wolff Cal Ramsey

Some New York Knicks TV Games never aired on WOR-TV because of broadcast conflict with the New York Rangers (NHL).

Local Cable TV[edit]

Local Cable TV Play-by-Play Color Commentator
Manhattan Cable Television Bob Wolff Cal Ramsey

Local Radio[edit]

Flagship station Play-by-Play Color Commentator
WNBC-FM Marv Albert John Andariese

Some New York Knicks radio games never aired on WNBC-FM because of broadcast conflict with the New York Rangers (NHL).

Awards and records[edit]

24th NBA All-Star Game[edit]

New York Knicks NBA All-Star representatives at the 1973 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, Illinois at Chicago Stadium.


See also[edit]