1950–51 New York Knicks season

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1950–51 New York Knicks season
Eastern Division Champions
Head coach Joe Lapchick
General manager Ned Irish
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 36–30 (.545)
Place Division: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio WMGM
< 1949–50 1951–52 >

The 1950–51 New York Knicks season was the fifth season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks finished in third place in the Eastern Division, and their 36–30 record gave them a berth in the NBA Playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.[1]

New York faced the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Division playoffs, and won the best-of-three series 2–0 to advance to the division finals. In that series, the Knicks defeated the Syracuse Nationals 3–2 in a best-of-five series, earning the franchise's first trip to the NBA Finals. The Rochester Royals faced the Knicks in the Finals, and won the first three games of the best-of-seven series. New York won the next three games to even up the series, but Rochester won the seventh game by a score of 79–75.[2]

NBA draft[edit]

Main article: 1950 NBA draft

Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first and second rounds, 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 6 Irwin Dambrot F  United States CCNY
2 18 Herb Scherer C  United States Long Island

Roster[edit]

New York Knicks 1950–51 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
SF 12 United States Boryla, Vince 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Denver
PF 19 United States Clifton, Nathaniel 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Xavier (Louisiana)
C United States Ellefson, Ray 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) West Texas State
F/C 11 United States Gallatin, Harry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Truman State
F 14 United States James, Gene 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Marshall
SF 17 United States Kaftan, George 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Holy Cross
F 6/16 United States Lavelli, Tony 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Yale
G 7 United States Lumpp, Ray 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 178 lb (81 kg) NYU
PG 15 United States McGuire, Dick 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) St. John's
G/F 10 United States Ritter, Tex 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Eastern Kentucky
F/C 18 United States Simmons, Connie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222 lb (101 kg)
G/F 9 United States Vandeweghe, Ernie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Colgate
SG 5 United States Zaslofsky, Max 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) St. John's
Head coach

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

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia Warriors 40 26 .606 28–4 11–21 1–1 22–14
x-Boston Celtics 39 30 .565 1 25–5 10–23 4–2 21–19
x-New York Knicks 36 30 .545 4 22–5 10–25 4–0 21–15
x-Syracuse Nationals 32 34 .485 8 23–10 9–24 19–17
Baltimore Bullets 24 42 .364 16 20–12 4–24 0–6 12–24
Washington Capitols 10 25 .286 30 7–12 3–12 0–1 6–12
x = clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1950–51 NBA records
Team BAL BOS FWP IND MIN NYK PHI ROC SYR TCB WAS
Baltimore 3–6 4–2 2–4 2–4 2–5 3–6 1–5 3–5 3–3 1–2
Boston 6–3 5–1 4–1 3–3 4–4 4–4 2–4 2–5 4–2 4–3
Fort Wayne 2–4 1–5 5–3 5–3 2–4 3–3 3–5 3–3 5–5 3–1
Indianapolis 4–2 1–4 3–5 3–7 5–1 1–5 5–4 3–3 4–4 2–2
Minneapolis 4–2 3–3 3–5 7–3 3–3 4–2 4–4 4–2 10–0 2–0
New York 5–2 4–4 4–2 1–5 3–3 5–3 3–3 5–5 4–2 2–1
Philadelphia 6–3 4–4 3–3 5–1 2–4 3–5 4–2 6–2 4–2 3–0
Rochester 5–3 5–2 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–5 2–6 4–2 5–3 5–0
Syracuse 5–3 5–2 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–5 2–6 2–4 3–3 2–0
Tri-Cities 3–3 2–4 5–5 4–4 0–10 2–4 2–4 3–5 3–3 1–1
Washington 2–1 3–4 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–3 0–5 0–2 1–1

Game log[edit]

1950–51 Game log
# Date Opponent Score Record
1 November 4 at Tri-Cities 76–87 0–1
2 November 5 at Tri-Cities 95–98 (OT) 0–2
3 November 7 at Indianapolis 73–86 0–3
4 November 9 Indianapolis 73–85 0–4
5 November 11 Syracuse 74–72 (OT) 1–4
6 November 14 at Washington 92–87 2–4
7 November 16 Minneapolis 71–69 3–4
8 November 18 Philadelphia 93–87 4–4
9 November 19 at Syracuse 83–96 4–5
10 November 21 Boston 83–89 4–6
11 November 22 at Baltimore 87–73 5–6
12 November 23 Washington 109–78 6–6
13 November 26 at Boston 90–93 (2OT) 6–7
14 November 28 Syracuse 108–84 7–7
15 November 30 Rochester 79–74 8–7
16 December 3 at Tri-Cities 100–92 9–7
17 December 5 at Indianapolis 89–95 9–8
18 December 6 at Minneapolis 62–84 9–9
19 December 9 at Washington 84–91 9–10
20 December 10 Indianapolis 106–84 10–10
21 December 12 at Philadelphia 91–101 10–11
22 December 16 Fort Wayne 86–77 11–11
23 December 17 at Syracuse 86–95 11–12
24 December 19 vs Boston 86–80 12–12
25 December 23 Philadelphia 83–79 (2OT) 13–12
26 December 25 at Philadelphia 86–84 (OT) 14–12
27 December 27 at Philadelphia 79–74 15–12
28 December 30 Boston 77–60 16–12
29 December 31 at Boston 90–100 16–13
30 January 1 at Rochester 88–91 (OT) 16–14
31 January 6 Syracuse 85–87 (OT) 16–15
32 January 7 at Fort Wayne 79–76 17–15
33 January 8 vs Fort Wayne 75–70 (OT) 18–15
34 January 10 at Minneapolis 65–70 18–16
35 January 13 Baltimore 92–79 19–16
36 January 14 at Baltimore 91–93 (2OT) 19–17
37 January 18 Minneapolis 95–78 20–17
38 January 21 Rochester 88–83 (OT) 21–17
39 January 23 at Rochester 92–102 (4OT) 21–18
40 January 24 Tri-Cities 95–85 22–18
41 January 27 Boston 76–75 23–18
42 January 31 Baltimore 89–77 24–18
43 February 1 at Syracuse 93–90 25–18
44 February 3 at Baltimore 83–72 26–18
45 February 4 Indianapolis 83–105 26–19
46 February 6 vs Baltimore 91–82 27–19
47 February 8 at Syracuse 83–96 27–20
48 February 10 Fort Wayne 73–62 28–20
49 February 11 at Fort Wayne 96–120 28–21
50 February 14 Rochester 81–65 29–21
51 February 15 at Philadelphia 98–93 30–21
52 February 17 Syracuse 88–75 31–21
53 February 21 at Boston 85–87 (OT) 31–22
54 February 22 Tri-Cities 94–90 32–22
55 February 24 Philadelphia 64–70 32–23
56 February 25 at Syracuse 93–98 32–24
57 February 27 at Rochester 90–100 32–25
58 March 1 at Boston 84–78 33–25
59 March 3 Syracuse 97–78 34–25
60 March 4 at Fort Wayne 98–105 34–26
61 March 6 at Philadelphia 76–96 34–27
62 March 8 Minneapolis 97–94 (OT) 35–27
63 March 11 at Baltimore 89–112 35–28
64 March 14 at Tri-Cities 92–91 36–28
65 March 15 at Indianapolis 70–74 36–29
66 March 18 at Minneapolis 68–86 36–30

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 2–0

  • Game 1 @ Boston: New York 83, Boston 69
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 92, Boston 78

East Division Finals[edit]

(3) New York Knicks vs. (4) Syracuse Nationals: Knicks win series 3–2

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 103, Syracuse 92
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 102, New York 80
  • Game 3 @ New York: New York 77, Syracuse 75 (OT)
  • Game 4 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 90, New York 83
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 83, Syracuse 81

NBA Finals[edit]

(W2) Rochester Royals vs. (E3) New York Knicks: Royals win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Rochester 92, New York 65
  • Game 2 @ Rochester: Rochester 99, New York 84
  • Game 3 @ New York: Rochester 78, New York 71
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 79, Rochester 73
  • Game 5 @ Rochester: New York 92, Rochester 89
  • Game 6 @ New York: New York 80, Rochester 73
  • Game 7 @ Rochester: Rochester 79, New York 75

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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "1951 NBA Playoff Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "1950 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 

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