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]

Main article: 1948 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.[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

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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 Record
1 November 3 @ Fort Wayne 80–76 1–0
2 November 5 @ Indianapolis 87–71 2–0
3 November 9 @ St. Louis 56–60 2–1
4 November 11 Minneapolis 68–77 2–2
5 November 13 Baltimore 91–87 3–2
6 November 16 @ Rochester 63–75 3–3
7 November 17 Washington 62–73 3–4
8 November 18 @ Baltimore 67–55 4–4
9 November 20 Philadelphia 91–86 5–4
10 November 27 Fort Wayne 80–70 6–4
11 November 30 @ Providence 88–61 7–4
12 December 1 Rochester 72–73 7–5
13 December 4 Indianapolis 66–63 8–5
14 December 8 Providence 83–74 (OT) 9–5
15 December 9 @ Providence 74–63 10–5
16 December 11 Baltimore 72–71 11–5
17 December 12 @ Fort Wayne 89–78 12–5
18 December 13 @ Indianapolis 80–74 13–5
19 December 17 @ Philadelphia 78–87 13–6
20 December 18 St. Louis 88–79 14–6
21 December 19 @ Boston 75–77 14–7
22 December 22 Minneapolis 97–79 15–7
23 December 25 Chicago 64–70 15–8
24 December 29 Rochester 77–74 16–8
25 January 1 Philadelphia 88–80 17–8
26 January 2 @ Chicago 79–81 17–9
27 January 4 @ Indianapolis 58–63 17–10
28 January 7 @ Boston 69–67 18–10
29 January 8 Baltimore 81–83 18–11
30 January 12 Boston 81–64 19–11
31 January 15 @ Washington 73–75 19–12
32 January 17 St. Louis 71–79 19–13
33 January 20 @ Baltimore 68–82 19–14
34 January 22 @ Rochester 98–103 (2OT) 19–15
35 January 23 Washington 93–97 19–16
36 January 26 Providence 89–77 20–16
37 January 27 @ Philadelphia 96–102 20–17
38 January 29 Philadelphia 73–78 20–18
39 February 5 @ Washington 83–73 21–18
40 February 6 Chicago 75–87 21–19
41 February 9 @ St. Louis 95–83 22–19
42 February 10 @ Minneapolis 75–95 22–20
43 February 12 Fort Wayne 85–58 23–20
44 February 13 @ Fort Wayne 73–82 23–21
45 February 15 vs St. Louis 79–75 (OT) 24–21
46 February 17 @ Philadelphia 82–86 24–22
47 February 19 Boston 77–87 24–23
48 February 22 Minneapolis 74–101 24–24
49 February 24 @ Providence 84–89 24–25
50 February 26 Indianapolis 81–76 25–25
51 March 2 Chicago 81–79 26–25
52 March 3 Providence 86–65 27–25
53 March 5 Boston 66–61 28–25
54 March 9 Washington 90–74 29–25
55 March 10 @ Baltimore 99–94 30–25
56 March 12 @ Chicago 85–80 31–25
57 March 13 @ Minneapolis 90–100 31–26
58 March 16 Rochester 89–94 31–27
59 March 18 @ Boston 56–70 31–28
60 March 19 @ Washington 82–70 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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