1953–54 New York Knicks season

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1953–54 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 East Division Semifinals
(3rd place in double Round Robin)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio WMGM
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The 1953–54 New York Knicks season was the eighth season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). New York won its second straight regular season Eastern Division title with a 44–28 record,[1] which placed them two games ahead of the Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals.[2] The first round of the 1954 NBA Playoffs consisted of round-robin tournaments, where the top three teams in each division played each other in home and away matchups. The Knicks went 0–4 against the Celtics and Nationals, and did not qualify for the Eastern Division Finals.[3]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1953 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.[4]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
T Walter Dukes C  United States Seton Hall
2 9 Don Ackerman G  United States Long Island
2 15 Neil Gordon F  United States Furman
5 Bob Santini F  United States Iona
Richard Atha G  United States Indiana State University
Joe Smyth F  United States Niagara

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-New York Knicks 44 28 .611 18–8 15–13 11–7 24–16
x-Boston Celtics 42 30 .583 2 17–6 10–19 15–5 25–15
x-Syracuse Nationals 42 30 .583 2 26–6 11–17 5–7 21–19
Philadelphia Warriors 29 43 .403 15 10–9 6–16 13–18 19–21
Baltimore Bullets 16 56 .222 28 12–18 0–22 4–16 11–29
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1953-54 NBA Records
Team BAL BOS FWP MIL MIN NYK PHI ROC SYR
Baltimore 1–9 0–8 2–6 2–6 3–7 4–6 1–7 3–7
Boston 9–1 4–4 6–2 3–5 5–5 6–4 4–4 5–5
Fort Wayne 8–0 4–4 9–2 5–5 3–5 6–2 3–8 2–6
Milwaukee 6–2 2–6 2–9 3–8 3–5 3–5 1–9 1–7
Minneapolis 6–2 5–3 5–5 8–3 5–3 6–2 6–5 5–3
New York 7–3 5–5 5–3 5–3 3–5 7–3 7–1 5–5
Philadelphia 6–4 4–6 2–6 5–3 2–6 3–7 1–7 6–4
Rochester 7–1 4–4 8–3 9–1 5–6 1–7 7–1 3–5
Syracuse 7–3 5–5 6–2 7–1 3–5 5–5 4–6 5–3

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

Team W L
Syracuse Nationals 4 0
Boston Celtics 2 2
New York Knicks 0 4

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "1953–54 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ "1953–54 New York Knickerbockers Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1953 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 

External links[edit]