1968–69 New York Nets season

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1968–69 New York Nets season
Head coach Max Zaslofsky
Arena Long Island Arena
Results
Record 17–61 (.218)
Place Division: 5th (ABA)
Playoff finish Did not qualify
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The 1968–69 New York Nets season was the 1st season of the Nets in New York and second overall season in the American Basketball Association (ABA). After one year in New Jersey, the team elected to play their games at Commack Arena in New York, the same place that they had tried to use for their one game playoff against the Kentucky Colonels that they forfeited due to unplayable conditions. Low attendance plagued the team at times, with the October 29 game drawing only 384 people to see the Nets play the Denver Rockets. Only 249 attended the game played on December 25, 1968 against the Rockets. The December 27 game was notable for a collision between Ken Wilburn and Rick Barry that cost Barry the rest of his season due to injury. Factors for the low attendance ranged from a lack of star power to the condition of the court, which was over the rink due to the Arena doubling as a hockey arena. [1]

1968 ABA Draft[edit]

Player School/Club Team
Dick Cunningham Murray State
Rodney Knowles Davidson
Don Smith Iowa State
Steve Adelman Boston College
Eddie Biedenbach North Carolina State
Ron Gruziak Duquesne
Pete ODea St. Peter's
Bill Soens Miami (FL)
Bill Butler St. Bonaventure
John Chamberlain C. W. Post
Tony Koski Providence
Bill Langheld Fordham
Art Stephenson Rhode Island
Harry Laurie St. Peter's

Roster[edit]

Number Player Position Height Weight Birthday Experience (in years) College/High School
20 Dan Anderson C 6-10 230 February 15, 1943 1 Augsburg College
32 Tommie Bowens PF 6-8 220 July 7, 1940 1 Grambling State University
22 Stephen Chubin SG 6-2 200 February 8, 1944 1 University of Rhode Island
9 Ollie Darden PF 6-7 235 July 28, 1944 1 University of Michigan
30 Will Frazier C 6-7 210 August 24, 1942 2 Grambling State University
10 Tom Hoover C 6-9 230 January 23, 1941 4 Villanova University
32 Tony Jackson SF 6-4 200 November 7, 1942 1 St. John's University
10 Stew Johnson PF 6-8 220 August 19, 1944 1 Murray State University
42 Rod Knowles C 6-9 215 February 27, 1946 R Davidson College
27 Tony Koski SF 6-8 215 June 26, 1946 R Providence College
9 Manny Leaks C 6-8 225 November 27, 1945 R Niagara University
27 Leary Lentz SF 6-6 200 February 23, 1945 1 University of Houston
3 Bobby Lloyd PG 6-2 184 January 3, 1946 1 Rutgers University
20 Randolph Mahaffey PF 6-7 210 September 28, 1945 1 Clemson University
22 Maurice McHartley SG 6-3 185 August 1, 1942 1 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
22 Ron Perry SG 6-3 190 December 29, 1943 1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State

University

4 Walter Simon SF 6-6 200 December 1, 1939 1 Benedict College
33 Willie Somerset PG 5-8 170 March 17, 1942 2 Duquesne University
40 Levern Tart SG 6-2 195 June 1, 1942 1 Bradley University
27 Bob Verga SG 6-1 190 September 7, 1945 1 Duke University
11 Hank Whitney PF 6-7 230 April 28, 1939 1 Iowa State University
10 Ken Wilburn SF 6-6 195 June 8, 1944 1 Central State University
33 Willie Worsley PG 5-9 175 November 13, 1945 R University of Texas at El Paso

Playoffs[edit]

  • The Nets did not qualify for the playoffs this year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-03. Retrieved 2013-02-22.