1947–48 New York Knicks season

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1947–48 New York Knicks season
Head coach Joe Lapchick[1]
General manager Ned Irish
Arena Madison Square Garden[1]
Results
Record 26–22 (.542)
Place Division: 2nd
Conference: 2nd
Playoff finish BAA Quarterfinals
(eliminated 1–2)
Radio WHN[2]
< 1946–47 1948–49 >

The 1947–48 New York Knicks season was the second season for the team in the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became known as the National Basketball Association. The Knicks finished in second place in the Eastern Division with a 26–22 record and qualified for the BAA Playoffs. In the first round, New York was eliminated by the Baltimore Bullets in a best-of-three series, two games to one. Carl Braun was the team's scoring leader during the season.[1]

At the 1947 BAA draft, the Knicks selected Dick Holub in the first round, with the fifth overall pick.[3] The 1947–48 season was the first as New York's head coach for Joe Lapchick, who had previously held the same position for college basketball's St. John's; he had been hired in March 1947.[4] The Knicks had a 13–13 record in the first 26 games of the season before going on an eight-game winning streak from January 28 to February 11. However, New York won only four of its final 12 regular season contests.[5]

In game one of the first round of the playoffs, held in Baltimore, the Bullets defeated the Knicks 85–81 behind a 34-point performance by Connie Simmons.[6] The Knicks evened the series at one victory apiece by winning the second game 79–69 in New York, as four players scored more than 10 points.[7] The win forced a decisive third game back in Baltimore, which the Knicks lost 84–77. Simmons led the Bullets with 22 points, while Chick Reiser added 21.[8] The Bullets went on to win the 1948 BAA Finals.[9]

BAA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1947 BAA draft

Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first round, and any other players picked by the franchise that played at least one game in the league.[3]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 5 Dick Holub C  United States Long Island
Andy Duncan F/C  United States William & Mary
Wataru Misaka G  United States Utah

Roster[edit]

New York Knicks 1947–48 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 4 Braun, Carl 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1927-09-25 Colgate
G/F 14 Byrnes, Tommy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1923-02-19 Seton Hall
G 9 Gottlieb, Leo 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1920-11-28
G 8 Hertzberg, Sonny 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1922-07-29 City College of New York
C 11 Holub, Dick 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1921-10-29 Long Island
C 19 Knorek, Lee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1921-07-15 Detroit Mercy
F 12 Kuka, Ray 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1922-02-17 Notre Dame
G 15 Misaka, Wat 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1923-12-21 Utah
F 5 Noel, Paul 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1924-08-17 Kentucky
F/C 16 Palmer, Bud 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1921-09-14 Princeton
G/F 7 Stutz, Stan 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1920-04-14 Rhode Island
G 6 Tanenbaum, Sid 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1925-10-08 New York
G/F 17 Van Breda Kolff, Butch 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1922-10-28 New York
Head coach

Joe Lapchick


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

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Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1947–48 BAA records
Team BAL BOS CHI NYK PHI PRO STL WAS
Baltimore 5–1 5–3 5–1 2–4 6–0 3–5 2–6
Boston 1–5 3–3 1–7 4–4 6–2 2–4 3–3
Chicago 3–5 3–3 6–0 4–2 4–2 3–5 5–3
New York 1–5 7–1 0–6 4–4 7–1 4–2 3–3
Philadelphia 4–2 4–4 2-4 1–7 8–0 3–3 2–4
Providence 0–6 2–6 2–4 1–7 0–8 0–6 1–5
St. Louis 5–3 4–2 5–3 2–4 3–3 6–0 4–4
Washington 6–2 3–3 3–5 3–3 4–2 5–1 4–4

Game log[edit]

# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 November 13 Washington 80–65 Bud Palmer (21) 1–0
2 November 15 St. Louis 73–67 Dick Holub (19) 2–0
3 November 18 @ Providence 87–69 Stan Stutz (27) 3–0
4 November 19 Chicago 63–81 Bud Palmer (16) 3–1
5 November 20 @ Baltimore 56–68 Dick Holub (24) 3–2
6 November 22 Philadelphia 78–83 Bud Palmer (30) 3–3
7 November 25 @ Boston 91–75 Dick Holub (19) 4–3
8 November 26 Boston 63–65 Bud Palmer (16) 4–4
9 November 27 @ Philadelphia 81–59 Leo Gottlieb (20) 5–4
10 December 1 Washington 62–70 Tommy Byrnes (15) 5–5
11 December 6 @ Providence 114–85 Carl Braun (47) 6–5
12 December 8 St. Louis 71–56 Bud Palmer (19) 7–5
13 December 10 @ Boston 79–75 Carl Braun (16) 8–5
14 December 13 @ Baltimore 80–66 Bud Palmer (18) 9–5
15 December 15 Philadelphia 71–74 Carl Braun (25) 9–6
16 December 18 @ Philadelphia 99–71 Tommy Byrnes (25) 10–6
17 December 20 Boston 70–58 Dick Holub (17) 11–6
18 December 23 @ Providence 58–66 Stan Stutz (17) 11–7
19 December 25 Providence 89–75 Tommy Byrnes (20) 12–7
20 December 27 Chicago 70–79 Carl Braun (16) 12–8
21 January 3 Baltimore 70–79 Dick Holub (16) 12–9
22 January 7 Chicago 74–79 Bud Palmer (21) 12–10
23 January 11 @ Chicago 86–99 Dick Holub (22) 12–11
24 January 15 @ St. Louis 59–55 Dick Holub (24) 13–11
25 January 17 @ Washington 62–78 Palmer, Tanenbaum (15) 13–12
26 January 19 Philadelphia 57–63 Carl Braun (24) 13–13
27 January 23 @ Boston 74–58 Sid Tanenbaum (21) 14–13
28 January 24 Baltimore 58–72 Sid Tanenbaum (14) 14–14
29 January 28 Providence 75–73 Dick Holub (16) 15–14
30 January 29 @ Philadelphia 66–60 Braun, Knorek, Tanenbaum (13) 16–14
31 January 31 Boston 66–64 Tommy Byrnes (17) 17–14
32 February 3 @ Providence 78–62 Stan Stutz (20) 18–14
33 February 4 Providence 108–69 Carl Braun (24) 19–14
34 February 6 @ Boston 68–57 Carl Braun (15) 20–14
35 February 8 Boston 80–68 Carl Braun (15) 21–14
36 February 11 Providence 86–63 Carl Braun (32) 22–14
37 February 12 @ Baltimore 86–96 Kuka, Tanenbaum (14) 22–15
38 February 14 Philadelphia 78–47 Bud Palmer (30) 23–15
39 February 18 @ Washington 79–75 Sid Tanenbaum (19) 24–15
40 February 19 @ Chicago 74–82 Carl Braun (23) 24–16
41 February 22 @ St. Louis 71–80 Sid Tanenbaum (23) 24–17
42 February 28 Baltimore 56–78 Stan Stutz (13) 24–18
43 March 2 @ Philadelphia 66–76 Bud Palmer (15) 24–19
44 March 6 Washington 69–64 (OT) Bud Palmer (18) 25–19
45 March 10 St. Louis 73–82 Bud Palmer (25) 25–20
46 March 13 @ Chicago 51–58 Bud Palmer (14) 25–21
47 March 18 @ St. Louis 91–80 Paul Noel (19) 26–21
48 March 20 @ Washington 82–103 Bud Palmer (23) 26–22

Playoffs[edit]

BAA Quarterfinals[edit]

(W2) Baltimore Bullets vs. (E2) New York Knicks: Bullets win series 2–1

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 85, New York 81
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 79, Baltimore 69
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 84, New York 77

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1947–48 New York Knickerbockers Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Jaker, Bill; Sulek, Frank; Kanze, Peter (2008). The Airwaves of New York: Illustrated Histories of 156 AM Stations in the Metropolitan Area, 1921–1996. McFarland & Company. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-7864-3872-3. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "1947 BAA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Joe Lapchick Goes to Pros". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. March 31, 1947. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "1947–48 New York Knicks Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "New York Knicks at Baltimore Bullets Box Score, March 27, 1948". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Baltimore Bullets at New York Knicks Box Score, March 28, 1948". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "New York Knicks at Baltimore Bullets Box Score, April 1, 1948". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "1947–48 BAA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 20, 2013.