1972–73 Buffalo Braves season

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1972–73 Buffalo Braves season
Bob McAdoo's debut season
Head coach Jack Ramsay
Arena Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Maple Leaf Gardens
Results
Record 21–61 (.256)
Place Division: 3rd (Atlantic)
Conference: 7th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television MSG Network, WBEN, CFTO
Radio WBEN, CJBC
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Despite finishing with a worse record than their previous 2 seasons, their 21–61 record was good enough for 3rd place. The Braves showed improvement under new Coach Jack Ramsay. Rookie center Bob McAdoo provided the silver lining by winning the Rookie of the Year Award with 18.0 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game.[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1972 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1
2

Roster[edit]

Buffalo Braves 1972-73 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G 42 United States Abdul-Rahman, Mahdi 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) UCLA
G 7 United States Fox, Harold 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jacksonville
G 20 United States Garrett, Dick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Southern Illinois
F 27 United States Hewitt, Bill 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Southern California
G 32 United States Hilton, Fred 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Grambling
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 Komives, Howard 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Bowling Green
F 11 United States McAdoo, Bob 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) North Carolina
C 3 United States Smith, Elmore 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Kentucky State
G 9 United States Smith, Randy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Buffalo State
F 35 United States Warner, Cornell 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jackson State
G 13 United States Wohl, Dave 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Pennsylvania
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
Boston Celtics 68 14 .829 -
New York Knicks C 57 25 .695 11
Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256 47
Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 59

[2]

Game log[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

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

Player GP MIN FG FT REB AST PTS
Bob McAdoo 80 2562 585 271 728 139 1441
Elmore Smith
Bob Kauffman
Randy Smith
Dick Garrett
John Hummer
Dave Wohl
Fred Hilton
Howard Komives
Bill Hewitt
Mahdi Abdul-Rahman 9
Harold Fox 10
Cornell Warner 4

[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Bob Kauffman, NBA All-Star
  • Bob McAdoo, NBA Rookie of the Year

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]