1952–53 New York Knicks season

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1952–53 New York Knicks season
Head coach Joe Lapchick
General manager Ned Irish
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 47–23 (.671)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(eliminated 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WPIX
Radio WMGM
< 1951–52 1953–54 >

The 1952–53 New York Knicks season was the seventh season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). With a 47–23 record, the Knicks won the regular season Eastern Division title by a half-game over the Syracuse Nationals and made the NBA Playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.[1][2]

In the first round of the 1953 NBA Playoffs, the Knicks swept the Baltimore Bullets 2–0 in a best-of-three series to advance to the Eastern Division Finals. There, New York defeated the Boston Celtics 3–1 to make the NBA Finals for the third straight year.[1][2] In the Finals, the Knicks lost to the Minneapolis Lakers, four games to one.[1]

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.[3]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 5 Ralph Polson F/C  United States Whitworth
Dick Bunt G  United States NYU
Bert Cook G/F  United States Utah State
Dick Surhoff F  United States Long Island

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-New York Knicks 47 23 .671 - 22-4 15-14 10-5 30-10
x-Syracuse Nationals 47 24 .662 0.5 32-2 10-20 5-2 26-15
x-Boston Celtics 46 25 .648 1.5 21-3 11-18 14-4 28-13
x-Baltimore Bullets 16 54 .229 31 11-20 1–19 4-15 10-30
Philadelphia Warriors 12 57 .174 34.5 5-12 1–28 6-17 7-33


x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1952–53 NBA records
Team BAL BOS FWP IND MIL MIN NYK PHI ROC SYR
Baltimore 2–8 0–6 2–4 3–3 1–5 0–10 6–4 0–6 2–8
Boston 8–2 4–2 4–2 5–1 1–5 6–4 9–1 4–2 5–6
Fort Wayne 6–0 2–4 7–3 7–3 1–9 4–2 5–0 3–7 1–5
Indianapolis 4–2 2–4 3–7 5–6 4–6 1–5 5–1 3–7 1–5
Milwaukee 3–3 1–5 3–7 6–5 3–7 1–5 4–2 3–7 3–3
Minneapolis 5–1 5–1 9–1 6–4 7–3 4–2 6–0 4–6 2–4
New York 10–0 4–6 2–4 5–1 5–1 2–4 10–0 3–3 6–4
Philadelphia 4–6 1–9 0–5 1–5 2–4 0–6 0–10 2–4 2–8
Rochester 6–0 2–4 7–3 7–3 7–3 6–4 3–3 4–2 2–4
Syracuse 8–2 6–5 5–1 5–1 3–3 4–2 4–6 8–2 4–2

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

(1) New York Knicks vs. (4) Baltimore Bullets: Knicks win series 2–0

  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: New York 80, Baltimore 62
  • Game 2 @ Baltimore: New York 90, Baltimore 81

Last Playoff Meeting: 1949 Eastern Division Semifinals (New York won 2–1)

East Division Finals[edit]

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

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 95, Boston 91
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 86, New York 70
  • Game 3 @ New York: New York 101, Boston 82
  • Game 4 @ Boston: New York 82, Boston 75

Last Playoff Meeting: 1952 Eastern Division Semifinals (New York won 2–1)

NBA Finals[edit]

(W1) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (E1) New York Knicks: Lakers win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: New York 96, Minneapolis 88
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 73, New York 71
  • Game 3 @ New York: Minneapolis 90, New York 75
  • Game 4 @ New York: Minneapolis 71, New York 69
  • Game 5 @ New York: Minneapolis 91, New York 84

Last Playoff Meeting: 1952 NBA Finals (Minneapolis won 4–3)

Player statistics[edit]

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1952–53 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "New York Knickerbockers". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1952 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 

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