1963–64 Cincinnati Royals season

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1963–64 Cincinnati Royals season
Head coach Jack McMahon
Owner(s) Louis Jacobs
Arena Cincinnati Gardens
Results
Record 55–25 (.688)
Place Division: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Finals
(Eliminated 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1963–64 season was the Royals 16th season in the NBA and its seventh in Cincinnati. The Royals finished in 2nd place with a 55–25 record, the second best record in the NBA. The team's outstanding roster included Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Team Captain Wayne Embry, Jack Twyman, Bucky Bockhorn, Bob Boozer, Tom Hawkins, Adrian Smith, Bud Olsen, Larry Staverman and coach Jack McMahon . The team is noteworthy for having both the NBA MVP in Robertson and the NBA Rookie of the Year in Lucas, a rare occurrence in NBA history. The team played most of their home games at Cincinnati Gardens arena, but also hosted home games that season in Dayton, Lima, Columbus at Saint John arena and Cleveland at Cleveland Arena. In the playoffs the Royals defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in a 5-game series, but both Lucas and Olsen would be lost to injury. In the Eastern Conference Final, the Royals were eliminated by the Boston Celtics, who triumphed in 5 games.

Draft picks[edit]

Tom Thacker from the outstanding University of Cincinnati program was another territorial draft pick, the team's first this year. Shooter Jimmy Rayl was the team's second-round selection. He was cut, but later played in the ABA.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Boston Celtics 59 21 .738 26–4 21–17 12–0 25–11
x-Cincinnati Royals 55 25 .688 4 26–7 18–18 11–0 27–9
x-Philadelphia 76ers 34 46 .425 25 18–12 12–22 4–12 13–23
New York Knicks 22 58 .275 37 10–25 8–27 4–6 7–29


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1963-64 NBA Records
Team BAL BOS CIN DET LAL NYK PHI SFW STL
Baltimore 1–9 2–8 7–3 3–7 7–3 5–5 3–7 3–7
Boston 9–1 5–7 7–1 6–3 10–2 10–2 5–3 7–2
Cincinnati 8–2 7–5 7–2 4–4 11–1 9–3 5–4 4–4
Detroit 3–7 1–7 2–7 5–7 4–5 3–5 3–9 2–10
Los Angeles 7–3 3–6 4–4 7–5 6–2 5–4 5–7 5–7
New York 3–7 2–10 1–11 5–4 2–6 4–8 1–8 4–4
Philadelphia 5–5 2–10 3–9 5–3 4–5 8–4 4–4 3–6
San Francisco 7–3 3–5 4–5 9–3 7–5 8–1 4–4 6–6
St. Louis 7–3 2–7 4–4 10–2 7–5 4–4 6–3 6–6

Season Schedule[edit]

The Royals consistently posted winning marks over the full season for each month of play. Oct 5–3, Nov 10–6, Dec 9–4, Jan 11–6, Feb 14–3, March 6–3, plus a 4–6 record in the playoffs. Four of the five Boston playoff games took place in April.

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Cincinnati Royals vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: Royals win series 3–2

  • Game 1 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 127, Philadelphia 102
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 122, Cincinnati 114
  • Game 3 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 101, Philadelphia 89
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 129, Cincinnati 120
  • Game 5 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 130, Philadelphia 124

East Division Finals[edit]

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Cincinnati Royals: Celtics win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 103, Cincinnati 87
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 101, Cincinnati 90
  • Game 3 @ Cincinnati: Boston 102, Cincinnati 92
  • Game 4 @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati 102, Boston 93
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 109, Cincinnati 95

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

Regular season[edit]

Robertson led the NBA in assists and was second in scoring. He also led the NBA in free throws made and free throw percentage. Lucas led the NBA in field goal percentage, and was third in rebounding.

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Jay Arnette 48 10.4 36.2 77.8 1.1 1.5 3.8
Bucky Bockhorn 70 23.9 41.2 76.2 2.9 2.5 8.3
Bob Boozer 32 22.7 41.6 62.2 5.6 1.0 11.0
Wayne Embry 80 36.4 45.8 65.0 11.6 1.4 17.3
Tom Hawkins 73 24.2 44.1 60.1 6.0 1.0 8.6
Jerry Lucas 79 41.4 52.7 77.9 17.4 2.6 17.7
Bud Olsen 49 10.5 40.5 56.1 3.0 0.6 4.1
Oscar Robertson 79 45.1 48.3 85.3 9.9 11.0 31.4
Adrian Smith 66 23.1 40.6 78.2 2.2 2.2 9.4
Larry Staverman 34 9.4 41.4 83.0 2.8 0.5 4.0
Tom Thacker 48 9.5 29.3 49.1 2.4 1.1 2.8
Jack Twyman 68 29.4 45.0 82.9 5.4 2.0 15.9

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Jay Arnette 8 9.9 35.5 87.5 1.3 1.1 3.6
Bucky Bockhorn 10 30.1 38.0 75.0 3.9 3.9 9.7
Wayne Embry 10 36.3 38.1 62.2 12.4 2.1 13.4
Tom Hawkins 10 27.3 44.3 68.2 9.3 1.1 10.1
Jerry Lucas 10 37.0 39.0 70.3 12.5 3.4 12.2
Bud Olsen 2 5.0 50.0 2.0 0.5 3.0
Oscar Robertson 10 47.1 45.5 85.8 8.9 8.4 29.3
Adrian Smith 7 9.4 30.8 71.4 1.3 0.6 3.0
Larry Staverman 7 10.0 47.8 78.9 3.7 0.7 5.3
Tom Thacker 6 7.2 26.1 25.0 2.2 0.5 2.2
Jack Twyman 10 35.4 47.2 79.6 8.7 1.6 20.5

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jerry Lucas: NBA Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-NBA, NBA All-Star
  • Oscar Robertson: NBA Most Valuable Player, First Team All-NBA, MVP of the 1964 NBA All-Star Game.
  • Wayne Embry: NBA All-Star

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