1983–84 New York Knicks season

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1983–84 New York Knicks season
Head coach Hubie Brown
General manager Dave DeBusschere
Owner(s) Gulf+Western
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 47–35 (.573)
Place Division: 3rd (Atlantic)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Semifinals
(Eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television MSG Network, WOR, EMI
Radio WNBC
< 1982–83 1984–85 >

The 1983–84 New York Knicks season was the 38th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks had a 47–35 record, and qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.[1] New York was led by small forward Bernard King, who averaged 26.3 points per game (PPG) in the regular season and 34.8 PPG in the playoffs.[2] In early 1984, King scored 50 points in consecutive games, against the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks.[3]

In the opening round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs, the Knicks faced the Detroit Pistons. The teams split the first four games, as the Knicks won the first and third games. However, they were unable to clinch the series in Game 4, held in Madison Square Garden, their home arena.[4] In the fifth and deciding game, held in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, the Knicks held a 106–98 lead with less than two minutes remaining when Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas scored 16 points in a 94-second span.[5] The game went into overtime, where New York won the game 127–123. King, despite playing with two dislocated fingers and the flu, scored 44 points in the game and 213 points in the series. His point total was the highest in NBA history by a player in a five-game series.[4] After the Detroit series, the Knicks were matched with the Boston Celtics. In a seven-game series, the Celtics defeated New York.[2]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1983 NBA Draft

Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first round and notable post-first round picks.[6]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 12 Darrell Walker G  United States Arkansas

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 33–8 29–12 13–11
x-Philadelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 10 32–9 20–21 15–9
x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 15 29–12 18–23 12–12
x-New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 17 29–12 16–25 12–12
x-Washington Bullets 35 47 .427 27 25–16 10–31 8–16


# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 12
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 10
4 x-Detroit Pistons 49 33 .598 13
5 x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 15
6 x-New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 17
7 x-Atlanta Hawks 40 42 .488 22
8 x-Washington Bullets 35 47 .427 27
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 28 54 .341 34
10 Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 35
11 Indiana Pacers 26 56 .317 36
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(4) Detroit Pistons vs. (5) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 3–2

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Pistons and Knicks.

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (5) New York Knicks: Celtics win series 4–3

Last Playoff Meeting: 1974 Eastern Conference Finals (Boston won 4–1)

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1983–84 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "1983–84 New York Knickerbockers Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2008. 
  3. ^ Berkow, Ira (February 1, 1984). "The Incandescent King". The New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Newman, Bruce (May 7, 1984). "Hero of a Showdown in Motown (page 1)". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Newman, Bruce (May 7, 1984). "Hero of a Showdown in Motown (page 2)". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "1983 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "NBA & ABA All-Rookie Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2013.