1951–52 New York Knicks season

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1951–52 New York Knicks season
Head coach Joe Lapchick[1]
General manager Ned Irish
Arena Madison Square Garden[1]
Results
Record 37–29 (.561)
Place Division: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WPIX
Radio WMGM[2]
< 1950–51 1952–53 >

The 1951–52 New York Knicks season was the sixth season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks finished third in the Eastern Division with a 37–29 record, and advanced to the NBA Playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.[3]

In the first round of the Eastern Division playoffs, the Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics in a best-of-three series, two games to one, to move on to the Eastern Division Finals. New York won 3–1 in a best-of-five series with the Syracuse Nationals to reach its second straight NBA Finals.[3][4] In the Finals, the Knicks lost to the Minneapolis Lakers in seven games.[4]

NBA draft[edit]

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.[5]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 6 Ed Smith F  United States Harvard
2 15 Roland Minson G  United States Brigham Young
6 55 Al McGuire G/F  United States St. John's

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Syracuse Nationals 40 26 .606 26–7 12–18 2–1 21–15
x-Boston Celtics 39 27 .591 1 22–7 10–19 7–1 22–14
x-New York Knicks 37 29 .561 3 21–4 12–22 4–3 23–13
x-Philadelphia Warriors 33 33 .500 7 24–7 6–25 3–1 14–22
Baltimore Bullets 20 46 .303 20 17–15 2–22 1–9 10–26
x = clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1951–52 NBA records
Team BAL BOS FWP IND MIL MIN NYK PHI ROC SYR
Baltimore 1–8 2–4 2–4 4–2 0–6 2–7 4–5 2–4 3–6
Boston 8–1 3–3 3–3 5–1 3–3 4–5 6–3 3–3 4–5
Fort Wayne 4–2 3–3 5–4 4–5 5–4 3–3 2–4 3–6 0–6
Indianapolis 4–2 3–3 4–5 7–2 4–5 3–3 2–4 3–6 4–2
Milwaukee 2–4 1–5 5–4 2–7 1–8 2–4 1–5 1–8 2–4
Minneapolis 6–0 3–3 4–5 5–4 8–1 4–2 2–4 7–2 1–5
New York 7–2 5–4 3–3 3–3 4–2 2–4 6–3 2–4 5–4
Philadelphia 5–4 3–6 4–2 4–2 5–1 4–2 3–6 2–4 3–6
Rochester 4–2 3–3 6–3 6–3 8–1 2–7 4–2 4–2 4–2
Syracuse 6–3 5–4 6–0 2–4 4–2 5–1 4–5 6–3 2–4

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 2–1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 105, New York 94
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 101, Boston 97
  • Game 3 @ Boston: New York 88, Boston 87 (2OT)

East Division Finals[edit]

(1) Syracuse Nationals vs. (3) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: New York 87, Syracuse 85
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 102, New York 92
  • Game 3 @ New York: New York 99, Syracuse 92
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 100, Syracuse 93

NBA Finals[edit]

(W2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (E3) New York Knicks: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 83, New York 79 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: New York 80, Minneapolis 72
  • Game 3 @ New York: Minneapolis 82, New York 77
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 90, Minneapolis 89 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 102, New York 89
  • Game 6 @ New York: New York 76, Minneapolis 68
  • Game 7 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 82, New York 65

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

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1951–52 New York Knicks Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 17, 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 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "1952 NBA Playoff Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ "1951 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 

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