List of New York Knicks seasons

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Madison Square Garden is the home arena of the Knicks.

The New York Knickerbockers, better known as the New York Knicks, are a professional basketball team based in New York City that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). An original member of the NBA, the Knicks play in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. In its 68 seasons, the franchise has reached the NBA Finals eight times and won two championships. As of the end of the 2013–14 season, New York has won more than 2,600 regular season games, and the team has the fourth-highest victory total in NBA history.[1] Since 1968, the Knicks have played home games at Madison Square Garden.[2]

One of the Basketball Association of America's (BAA) eleven teams during its inaugural season, the Knicks won the league's first game, defeating the Toronto Huskies 68–66 on November 1, 1946.[3] The club qualified for the playoffs in the league's first three seasons before the BAA merged with the National Basketball League in 1949 to form the NBA.[4] Following the merger, New York extended its streak of playoff appearances to nine consecutive years, and reached the NBA Finals each year from 1952 to 1954. The Knicks returned to the Finals in 1970 and defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games for the team's first title. New York and Los Angeles faced each other again in the 1972 Finals, a series that the Lakers won four games to one. The Knicks earned their second NBA championship the following year, as they won a rematch with Los Angeles in five games.

From 1988 to 2001, the franchise reached the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons, but did not win an NBA title. The team reached its first NBA Finals in 21 years during the 1993–94 season, but lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games. Five years later, New York again lost in the NBA Finals, this time in a five-game series against the San Antonio Spurs. In their most recent season, 2013–14, the Knicks did not qualify for the playoffs.

Table key[edit]

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Bill Bradley was a member of the Knicks' 1969–70 and 1972–73 championship-winning teams.
NBA champions
(1947–present) †
Division/Conference champions
(1947–1970/1971–present) *
Division champions
(1971–present) ^
Playoff berth
(1947–present) ¤
AMVP NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
Conf. finish Final position in conference standings
COY Coach of the Year
Div. finish Final position in division standings
DPOY Defensive Player of the Year
FMVP NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
GB Games behind first-place team in division[a]
Italics Season in progress
JWKC J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
L Number of regular season losses
MVP Most Valuable Player
Ref. Reference
ROY Rookie of the Year
SIX Sixth Man of the Year
W Number of regular season wins

Seasons[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct as of the 2013–14 season.

Season Conf. Conf. finish[b] Div. Div. finish[b] W[c] L[c] Win% GB Playoffs Awards Head coach Ref.
1946–47 Eastern 3rd ¤ 33 27 .550 16 Won Quarterfinals vs. Cleveland Rebels, 2–1
Lost Semifinals to Philadelphia Warriors, 2–0[5]
Neil Cohalan [6]
1947–48 Eastern 2nd ¤ 26 22 .542 1 Lost Quarterfinals to Baltimore Bullets, 2–1[7] Joe Lapchick [8]
1948–49 Eastern 2nd ¤ 32 28 .533 6 Won Division Semifinals vs. Baltimore Bullets, 2–1
Lost Division Finals to Washington Capitols, 2–1[9]
Joe Lapchick [10]
1949–50 Eastern 2nd ¤ 40 28 .588 13 Won Division Semifinals vs. Washington Capitols, 2–0
Lost Division Finals to Syracuse Nationals, 2–1[11]
Joe Lapchick [12]
1950–51 Eastern * 3rd ¤ 36 30 .545 4 Won Division Semifinals vs. Boston Celtics, 2–0
Won Division Finals vs. Syracuse Nationals, 3–2
Lost NBA Finals to Rochester Royals, 4–3[13]
Joe Lapchick [14]
1951–52 Eastern * 3rd ¤ 37 29 .561 3 Won Division Semifinals vs. Boston Celtics, 2–1
Won Division Finals vs. Syracuse Nationals, 3–1
Lost NBA Finals to Minneapolis Lakers, 4–3[15]
Joe Lapchick [16]
1952–53 Eastern * 1st ¤ 47 23 .671 Won Division Semifinals vs. Baltimore Bullets, 2–0
Won Division Finals vs. Boston Celtics, 3–1
Lost NBA Finals to Minneapolis Lakers, 4–1[17]
Joe Lapchick [18]
1953–54 Eastern 1st ¤ 44 28 .611 Lost round-robin to Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals, 4–0[19] Joe Lapchick [20]
1954–55 Eastern 2nd ¤ 38 34 .528 5 Lost Division Semifinals to Boston Celtics, 2–1[21] Joe Lapchick [22]
1955–56 Eastern 4th[d] ¤ 35 37 .486 10 Lost Division third-place tiebreaker to Syracuse Nationals, 1–0[24] Joe Lapchick
Vince Boryla
[23]
1956–57 Eastern 4th 36 36 .500 8 Vince Boryla [25]
1957–58 Eastern 4th 35 37 .486 14 Vince Boryla
Andrew Levane
[26]
1958–59 Eastern 2nd ¤ 40 32 .556 12 Lost Division Semifinals to Syracuse Nationals, 2–0[27] Andrew Levane [28]
1959–60 Eastern 4th 27 48 .360 32 Andrew Levane
Carl Braun
[29]
1960–61 Eastern 4th 21 58 .266 36 Carl Braun [30]
1961–62 Eastern 4th 29 51 .363 31 Eddie Donovan [31]
1962–63 Eastern 4th 21 59 .263 37 Eddie Donovan [32]
1963–64 Eastern 4th 22 58 .275 37 Eddie Donovan [33]
1964–65 Eastern 4th 31 49 .388 31 Willis Reed[34] (ROY) Eddie Donovan
Harry Gallatin
[35]
1965–66 Eastern 4th 30 50 .375 25 Dick McGuire [36]
1966–67 Eastern 4th ¤ 36 45 .444 32 Lost Division Semifinals to Boston Celtics, 3–1[37] Dick McGuire [38]
1967–68 Eastern 3rd ¤ 43 39 .524 19 Lost Division Semifinals to Philadelphia 76ers, 4–2[39] Dick McGuire
Red Holzman
[40]
1968–69 Eastern 3rd ¤ 54 28 .659 3 Won Division Semifinals vs. Baltimore Bullets, 4–0
Lost Division Finals to Boston Celtics, 4–2[41]
Red Holzman [42]
1969–70 dagger Eastern * 1st ¤ 60 22 .732 Won Division Semifinals vs. Baltimore Bullets, 4–3
Won Division Finals vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 4–1
Won NBA Finals vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4–3[43] dagger
Red Holzman[44] (COY)
Willis Reed[34]
(AMVP, FMVP & MVP)
Red Holzman [45]
1970–71 Eastern 1st ¤ Atlantic[e] ^ 1st 52 30 .634 Won Conference Semifinals vs. Atlanta Hawks, 4–1
Lost Conference Finals to Baltimore Bullets, 4–3[48]
Red Holzman [49]
1971–72 Eastern * 3rd ¤ Atlantic 2nd 48 34 .585 8 Won Conference Semifinals vs. Baltimore Bullets, 4–2
Won Conference Finals vs. Boston Celtics, 4–1
Lost Finals to Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1[50]
Red Holzman [51]
1972–73 dagger Eastern * 3rd ¤ Atlantic 2nd 57 25 .695 11 Won Conference Semifinals vs. Baltimore Bullets, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. Boston Celtics, 4–3
Won Finals vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1[52] dagger
Willis Reed[34] (FMVP) Red Holzman [53]
1973–74 Eastern 3rd ¤ Atlantic 2nd 49 33 .598 7 Won Conference Semifinals vs. Capital Bullets, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to Boston Celtics, 4–1[54]
Red Holzman [55]
1974–75 Eastern 5th ¤ Atlantic 3rd 40 42 .488 20 Lost First Round to Houston Rockets, 2–1[56] Walt Frazier[57] (AMVP) Red Holzman [58]
1975–76 Eastern 7th Atlantic 4th 38 44 .463 16 Red Holzman [59]
1976–77 Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 40 42 .488 10 Red Holzman [60]
1977–78 Eastern 5th ¤ Atlantic 2nd 43 39 .524 12 Won First Round vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 2–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Philadelphia 76ers, 4–0[61]
Willis Reed [62]
1978–79 Eastern 7th Atlantic 4th 31 51 .378 23 Willis Reed
Red Holzman
[63]
1979–80 Eastern 7th Atlantic 4th[f] 39 43 .476 22 Red Holzman [64]
1980–81 Eastern 4th ¤ Atlantic 3rd 50 32 .610 12 Lost First Round to Chicago Bulls, 2–0[65] Mike Glenn[66] (JWKC) Red Holzman [67]
1981–82 Eastern 10th Atlantic 5th 33 49 .402 30 Red Holzman [68]
1982–83 Eastern 5th ¤ Atlantic 4th 44 38 .537 21 Won First Round vs. New Jersey Nets, 2–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Philadelphia 76ers, 4–0[69]
Hubie Brown [70]
1983–84 Eastern 5th ¤ Atlantic 3rd 47 35 .573 15 Won First Round vs. Detroit Pistons, 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Boston Celtics, 4–3[71]
Hubie Brown [72]
1984–85 Eastern 10th Atlantic 5th 24 58 .293 39 Hubie Brown [73]
1985–86 Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 23 59 .280 44 Patrick Ewing[74] (ROY)
Rory Sparrow[66][g]
(JWKC)
Hubie Brown [75]
1986–87 Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th[h] 24 58 .293 35 Hubie Brown
Bob Hill
[76]
1987–88 Eastern 8th ¤ Atlantic 3rd[i] 38 44 .463 19 Lost First Round to Boston Celtics, 3–1[78] Mark Jackson[79] (ROY) Rick Pitino [77]
1988–89 Eastern 2nd ¤ Atlantic ^ 1st 52 30 .634 Won First Round vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Chicago Bulls, 4–2[80]
Rick Pitino [81]
1989–90 Eastern 5th ¤ Atlantic 3rd 45 37 .549 8 Won First Round vs. Boston Celtics, 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Detroit Pistons, 4–1[82]
Stu Jackson [83]
1990–91 Eastern 8th ¤ Atlantic 3rd 39 43 .476 17 Lost First Round to Chicago Bulls, 3–0[84] Stu Jackson
John MacLeod
[85]
1991–92 Eastern 4th ¤ Atlantic 2nd[j] 51 31 .622 Won First Round vs. Detroit Pistons, 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Chicago Bulls, 4–3[87]
Pat Riley [86]
1992–93 Eastern 1st ¤ Atlantic ^ 1st 60 22 .732 Won First Round vs. Indiana Pacers, 3–1
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Charlotte Hornets, 4–1
Lost Conference Finals to Chicago Bulls, 4–2[88]
Pat Riley[89] (COY) Pat Riley [90]
1993–94 Eastern * 2nd ¤ Atlantic ^ 1st 57 25 .695 Won First Round vs. New Jersey Nets, 3-1
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Chicago Bulls, 4–3
Won Conference Finals vs. Indiana Pacers, 4–3
Lost NBA Finals to Houston Rockets, 4–3[91]
Pat Riley [92]
1994–95 Eastern 3rd ¤ Atlantic 2nd 55 27 .671 2 Won First Round vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 3–1
Lost Conference Semifinals to Indiana Pacers, 4–3[93]
Anthony Mason[94]
(SIX)
Pat Riley [95]
1995–96 Eastern 5th ¤ Atlantic 2nd 47 35 .573 13 Won First Round vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Chicago Bulls, 4–1[96]
Don Nelson
Jeff Van Gundy
[97]
1996–97 Eastern 3rd ¤ Atlantic 2nd 57 25 .695 4 Won First Round vs. Charlotte Hornets, 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals to Miami Heat, 4–3[98]
John Starks[94] (SIX) Jeff Van Gundy [99]
1997–98 Eastern 7th ¤ Atlantic 2nd 43 39 .524 12 Won First Round vs. Miami Heat, 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Indiana Pacers, 4–1[100]
Jeff Van Gundy [101]
1998–99[k] Eastern * 8th ¤ Atlantic 4th 27 23 .540 6 Won First Round vs. Miami Heat, 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Atlanta Hawks, 4–0
Won Conference Finals vs. Indiana Pacers, 4–2
Lost Finals to San Antonio Spurs, 4–1[104]
Jeff Van Gundy [103]
1999–00 Eastern 3rd ¤ Atlantic 2nd 50 32 .610 2 Won First Round vs. Toronto Raptors, 3–0
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Miami Heat, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to Indiana Pacers, 4–2[105]
Jeff Van Gundy [106]
2000–01 Eastern 4th ¤ Atlantic 3rd 48 34 .585 5 Lost First Round to Toronto Raptors, 3–2[107] Jeff Van Gundy [108]
2001–02 Eastern 13th Atlantic 7th 30 52 .366 22 Jeff Van Gundy
Don Chaney
[109]
2002–03 Eastern 10th Atlantic 6th[l] 37 45 .451 12 Don Chaney [110]
2003–04 Eastern 7th ¤ Atlantic 3rd 39 43 .476 8 Lost First Round to New Jersey Nets, 4–0[111] Don Chaney
Herb Williams
Lenny Wilkens
[112]
2004–05 Eastern 12th Atlantic 5th[m] 33 49 .402 12 Lenny Wilkens
Herb Williams
[113]
2005–06 Eastern 15th Atlantic 5th 23 59 .280 26 Larry Brown [114]
2006–07 Eastern 12th Atlantic 4th 33 49 .402 14 Isiah Thomas [115]
2007–08 Eastern 14th Atlantic 5th 23 59 .280 43 Isiah Thomas [116]
2008–09 Eastern 14th Atlantic 5th 32 50 .390 30 Mike D'Antoni [117]
2009–10 Eastern 11th Atlantic 3rd 29 53 .354 21 Mike D'Antoni [118]
2010–11 Eastern 6th ¤ Atlantic 2nd 42 40 .512 14 Lost First Round to Boston Celtics, 4–0[119] Mike D'Antoni [120]
2011–12[n] Eastern 7th ¤ Atlantic 2nd 36 30 .545 14 Lost First Round to Miami Heat, 4–1[123] Tyson Chandler[124] (DPOY) Mike D'Antoni
Mike Woodson
[122]
2012–13 Eastern 2nd ¤ Atlantic ^ 1st 54 28 .659 Won First Round vs Boston Celtics, 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals to Indiana Pacers, 4–2
J. R. Smith[94] (SIX) Mike Woodson [125]
2013–14 Eastern 9th Atlantic 3rd 37 45 .451 11 Mike Woodson [126]
2014–15 Eastern Atlantic 0 0 .000 Derek Fisher

All-time records[edit]

Statistic Wins Losses W–L%
New York Knicks regular season record (1946–2014) 2,652 2,659 .499
New York Knicks postseason record (1946–present) 185 188 .496
All-time regular and postseason record 2,837 2,847 .499

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The formula is as follows: \mathrm{Games}\ \mathrm{behind} = \frac{(\mathrm{Team A's}\ \mathrm{wins}-\mathrm{Team B's}\ \mathrm{wins}) + (\mathrm{Team B's}\ \mathrm{losses} - \mathrm{Team A's}\ \mathrm{losses})}{\mathrm{2}}
  2. ^ a b The Conf. finish and Div. finish columns list regular season results and exclude postseason play.
  3. ^ a b The Wins and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only below the table.
  4. ^ Though the Knicks had the same record as Syracuse in the Eastern Division, they lost the tiebreaker and finished fourth.[23]
  5. ^ Before the 1970–71 season, the NBA realigned into Eastern and Western conferences, with four divisions between them.[46] As a result of the realignment, New York was placed in the Eastern Conference as a member of the Atlantic Division.[47]
  6. ^ Though the Knicks had the same record as Washington in the Atlantic Division, they lost the tiebreaker and finished fourth.[64]
  7. ^ Sparrow and Michael Cooper were co-winners of the award.[66]
  8. ^ Though the Knicks had the same record as New Jersey in the Atlantic Division, they lost the tiebreaker and finished fifth.[76]
  9. ^ Though the Knicks had the same record as Washington in the Atlantic Division, they lost the tiebreaker and finished third.[77]
  10. ^ Though the Knicks had the same record as Boston in the Atlantic Division, they lost the tiebreaker and finished second.[86]
  11. ^ Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule.[102][103]
  12. ^ Though the Knicks had the same record as the Washington Wizards in the Atlantic Division, they lost the tiebreaker and finished sixth.[110]
  13. ^ Though the Knicks had the same record as Toronto in the Atlantic Division, they lost the tiebreaker and finished fifth.[113]
  14. ^ Due to a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011 and all 30 teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.[121][122]

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