1948–49 New York Knicks season

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1948–49 New York Knicks season
Head coach Joe Lapchick[1]
General manager Ned Irish
Arena Madison Square Garden[1]
Results
Record 32–28 (.533)
Place Division: 2nd
Conference: 2nd
Playoff finish East Division Finals
(eliminated 1–2)
Radio WMGM[2]
< 1947–48 1949–50 >

The 1948–49 New York Knicks season was the third season for the team in the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks had a 32–28 record in 1948–49 and finished second in the Eastern Division, six games behind the Washington Capitols. New York qualified for the playoffs, and defeated the Baltimore Bullets 2–1 in a best-of-three series to earn a place in the Eastern Division Finals. In the division championship series, the Knicks lost to the Capitols, two games to one.[3] Before the 1949–50 season, the BAA merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA.[4]

BAA Draft[edit]

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.[5]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 4 Dolph Schayes F/C  United States NYU
Gene Berce G/F  United States Marquette
Harry Gallatin F/C  United States Northeast Missouri
Mel McGaha G  United States Arkansas
Ed Peterson C  United States Cornell
Tex Ritter G Eastern Kentucky
Dick Shrider G Ohio

Roster[edit]

1948–49 New York Knicks 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
F 18 Colone, Joe 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1924-01-23 Bloomsburg
F/C 11 Gallatin, Harry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1918-11-22 Truman State
F 14 James, Gene 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1925-02-15 Marshall
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 7 Lumpp, Ray 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1923-07-11 NYU
G 8 McGaha, Mel 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1926-09-26 Arkansas
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 10 Ritter, Tex 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1924-02-26 Eastern Kentucky
C 3 Rothenberg, Irv 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1921-12-31 Long Island
G 7 Shrider, Dick 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1923-02-07 Ohio
G 6 Tanenbaum, Sid 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1925-10-08 NYU
G/F 17 van Breda Kolff, Butch 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1922-10-28 NYU
Head coach

Joe Lapchick


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

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1948–49 BAA Records
Team BAL BOS CHI FWP IND MIN NYK PHI PRO ROC STL WAS
Baltimore 4–2 1–4 4–1 5–0 1–4 2–4 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 3–3
Boston 2–4 0–5 4–1 3–2 2–3 3–3 3–3 3–3 1–4 3–2 1–5
Chicago 4–1 5–0 4–2 5–1 2–4 3–2 2–3 5–0 2–4 3–3 3–2
Fort Wayne 1–4 1–4 2–4 3–3 2–4 1–4 5–0 4–1 0–6 1–4 2–3
Indianapolis 0–5 2–3 1–5 3–3 0–6 1–4 1–4 4–1 1–5 3–3 2–3
Minneapolis 4–1 3–2 4–2 4–2 6–0 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–2 4–2 2–3
New York 4–2 3–3 2–3 4–1 4–1 1–4 2–4 5–1 1–4 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 3–2 0–5 4–1 1–4 4–2 6–0 0–5 3–2 2–4
Providence 4–2 3–3 0–5 1–4 1–4 0–5 1–5 0–6 2–3 0–5 0–6
Rochester 4–1 4–1 4–2 6–0 5–1 2–4 4–1 5–0 3–2 6–0 2–3
St. Louis 3–2 2–3 3–3 4–1 3–3 2–4 2–3 2–3 5–0 0–6 2–3
Washington 3–3 5–1 2–3 3–2 3–2 3–2 3–2 4–2 6–0 3–2 3–2

Game log[edit]

# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 November 3 @ Fort Wayne 80–76 Irv Rothenberg (19) 1–0
2 November 5 @ Indianapolis 87–71 Butch van Breda Kolff (17) 2–0
3 November 9 @ St. Louis 56–60 Carl Braun (18) 2–1
4 November 11 Minneapolis 68–77 Bud Palmer (21) 2–2
5 November 13 Baltimore 91–87 Butch van Breda Kolff (17) 3–2
6 November 16 @ Rochester 63–75 Bud Palmer (14) 3–3
7 November 17 Washington 62–73 Carl Braun (11) 3–4
8 November 18 @ Baltimore 67–55 Carl Braun (15) 4–4
9 November 20 Philadelphia 91–86 Bud Palmer (28) 5–4
10 November 27 Fort Wayne 80–70 Bud Palmer (16) 6–4
11 November 30 @ Providence 88–61 Bud Palmer (16) 7–4
12 December 1 Rochester 72–73 Carl Braun (22) 7–5
13 December 4 Indianapolis 66–63 Carl Braun (26) 8–5
14 December 8 Providence 83–74 (OT) Irv Rothenberg (17) 9–5
15 December 9 @ Providence 74–63 Tommy Byrnes (19) 10–5
16 December 11 Baltimore 72–71 Carl Braun (22) 11–5
17 December 12 @ Fort Wayne 89–78 Carl Braun (21) 12–5
18 December 13 @ Indianapolis 80–74 Carl Braun (14) 13–5
19 December 17 @ Philadelphia 78–87 Carl Braun (19) 13–6
20 December 18 St. Louis 88–79 Carl Braun (26) 14–6
21 December 19 @ Boston 75–77 Bud Palmer (24) 14–7
22 December 22 Minneapolis 97–79 Paul Noel (21) 15–7
23 December 25 Chicago 64–70 Bud Palmer (16) 15–8
24 December 29 Rochester 77–74 Sid Tanenbaum (17) 16–8
25 January 1 Philadelphia 88–80 Butch van Breda Kolff (16) 17–8
26 January 2 @ Chicago 79–81 Braun, Knorek (15) 17–9
27 January 4 @ Indianapolis 58–63 Sid Tanenbaum (18) 17–10
28 January 7 @ Boston 69–67 Harry Gallatin (21) 18–10
29 January 8 Baltimore 81–83 Harry Gallatin (16) 18–11
30 January 12 Boston 81–64 Bud Palmer (18) 19–11
31 January 15 @ Washington 73–75 Irv Rothenberg (16) 19–12
32 January 17 St. Louis 71–79 Sid Tanenbaum (16) 19–13
33 January 20 @ Baltimore 68–82 Braun, Palmer (11) 19–14
34 January 22 @ Rochester 98–103 (2OT) Palmer, Ritter (18) 19–15
35 January 23 Washington 93–97 Braun, Palmer (23) 19–16
36 January 26 Providence 89–77 Bud Palmer (19) 20–16
37 January 27 @ Philadelphia 96–102 Carl Braun (28) 20–17
38 January 29 Philadelphia 73–78 Carl Braun (14) 20–18
39 February 5 @ Washington 83–73 Lumpp, Palmer (19) 21–18
40 February 6 Chicago 75–87 Ray Lumpp (23) 21–19
41 February 9 @ St. Louis 95–83 Carl Braun (22) 22–19
42 February 10 @ Minneapolis 75–95 Bud Palmer (14) 22–20
43 February 12 Fort Wayne 85–58 Ray Lumpp (23) 23–20
44 February 13 @ Fort Wayne 73–82 Bud Palmer (15) 23–21
45 February 15 vs St. Louis 79–75 (OT) Butch van Breda Kolff (22) 24–21
46 February 17 @ Philadelphia 82–86 Ray Lumpp (22) 24–22
47 February 19 Boston 77–87 Ray Lumpp (20) 24–23
48 February 22 Minneapolis 74–101 Joe Colone (21) 24–24
49 February 24 @ Providence 84–89 Bud Palmer (22) 24–25
50 February 26 Indianapolis 81–76 Bud Palmer (20) 25–25
51 March 2 Chicago 81–79 Ray Lumpp (21) 26–25
52 March 3 Providence 86–65 Ray Lumpp (20) 27–25
53 March 5 Boston 66–61 Carl Braun (14) 28–25
54 March 9 Washington 90–74 Bud Palmer (19) 29–25
55 March 10 @ Baltimore 99–94 Carl Braun (26) 30–25
56 March 12 @ Chicago 85–80 Carl Braun (24) 31–25
57 March 13 @ Minneapolis 90–100 Carl Braun (20) 31–26
58 March 16 Rochester 89–94 Harry Gallatin (17) 31–27
59 March 18 @ Boston 56–70 Gene James (11) 31–28
60 March 19 @ Washington 82–70 Ray Lumpp (23) 32–28

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) New York Knicks vs. (3) Baltimore Bullets: Knicks win series 2–1

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore (March 23): Baltimore 82, New York 81
  • Game 2 @ New York (March 24): New York 84, Baltimore 74
  • Game 3 @ New York (March 26): New York 103, Baltimore 99 (OT)

Last playoff meeting: 1948 BAA First Round (Baltimore won 2–1)

Eastern Division Finals[edit]

(1) Washington Capitols vs. (2) New York Knicks: Capitols win series 2–1

  • Game 1 @ Washington (March 29): Washington 77, New York 71
  • Game 2 @ New York (March 31): New York 86, Washington 84 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Washington (April 2): Washington 84, New York 76

This was the first meeting between the Capitols and Knicks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1948–49 New York Knicks Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  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 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "1948–49 BAA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "This Day In History Aug 3, 1949: NBA is born". History. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "1948 BAA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 

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