1971–72 New York Knicks season

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1971–72 New York Knicks season
Head coach Red Holzman
General manager Red Holzman
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 48–34 (.585)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Lost to Lakers 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WOR-TV
Manhattan Cable Television[1]
Radio WNBC[2]
< 1970–71 1972–73 >

The 1971–72 New York Knicks season was the 26th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks compiled a 48–34 record in the regular season to finish second in the Atlantic Division and earn a berth in the NBA Playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.[3] New York had acquired Earl Monroe in a trade with the Baltimore Bullets in November 1971.[4]

In the first round of the playoffs, New York faced the Baltimore Bullets,[5] who had defeated the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals the previous year.[6] The Knicks won the series in six games and advanced to the conference finals, where they faced the Boston Celtics. With a 4–1 series victory,[5] New York made the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons.[3] In the Finals, the Knicks were opposed by the Los Angeles Lakers, whom they had beaten in the 1970 NBA Finals.[7] After winning Game 1 of the Finals 114–92 in Los Angeles, the Knicks lost the next four games and the series.[8] Willis Reed only played 11 games in the regular season and missed the entirety of the playoffs with a knee injury.[9][10]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 16 Dean Meminger G  United States Marquette
2 34 Gregg Northington F  United States Alabama State
3 50 Kenny Mayfield G  United States Tuskegee

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Roster[edit]

1971–72 New York Knicks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 12 Barnett, Dick 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1936-10-02 Tennessee State
SF 24 Bradley, Bill 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1943-07-28 Princeton
PF 22 DeBusschere, Dave 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1940-10-16 Detroit
PG 10 Frazier, Walt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1945-03-29 Southern Illinois
PF 18 Jackson, Phil 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1945-09-17 North Dakota
F/C 32 Lucas, Jerry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1940-03-30 Ohio State
G 7 Meminger, Dean 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1948-05-13 Marquette
G 15 Monroe, Earl 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1944-11-21 Winston-Salem State
C 19 Reed, Willis (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1942-06-25 Grambling State
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics 56 26 .683
New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8
Philadelphia 76ers 30 52 .366 26
Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268 34

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# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683
2 y-Baltimore Bullets 38 44 .463
3 x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439
5 Philadelphia 76ers 30 52 .366
5 Cincinnati Royals 30 52 .366
7 Cleveland Cavaliers 23 59 .280
8 Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1971–72 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET GSW HOU LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 2–4 0–4 4–2 0–5 3–3 4–2 3–2 3–2 1–4 0–5 2–3 3–1 3–3 3–2 4–0 1–4
Baltimore 4–2 2–2 3–3 1–4 4–2 1–5 3–2 1–4 3–2 1–4 0–5 2–4 4–0 4–1 3–1 2–3
Boston 4–0 2–2 6–0 3–2 4–2 5–1 5–0 2–3 5–0 1–4 2–3 3–3 6–0 2–3 4–0 2–3
Buffalo 2–4 3–3 0–6 1–3 3–3 4–2 2–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–5 3–3 0–4 2–4 0–4
Chicago 5–0 4–1 2–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 5–1 3–3 5–1 1–3 2–4 3–2 4–1 5–1 6–0 2–3
Cincinnati 3–3 2–4 2–4 3–3 1–3 6–2 2–3 2–3 0–4 1–4 0–5 2–2 2–2 2–3 2–2 0–5
Cleveland 2–4 5–1 1–5 2–4 0–4 2–6 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–5 2–4 0–4 4–2 0–4
Detroit 2–3 2–3 0–5 4–2 1–5 3–2 3–1 0–5 3–3 1–4 1–5 1–4 1–4 2–4 2–2 0–4
Golden State 2–3 4–1 3–2 3–1 3–3 3–2 4–0 5–0 5–1 1–5 2–2 2–3 4–1 2–3 4–2 4–2
Houston 4–1 2–3 0–5 4–0 1–5 4–0 2–2 3–3 1–5 1–5 0–5 0–5 4–1 1–3 4–2 3–3
Los Angeles 5–0 4–1 4–1 4–0 3–1 4–1 3–1 4–1 5–1 5–1 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–2 6–0 5–1
Milwaukee 3–2 5–0 3–2 4–0 4–2 5–0 4–0 5–1 2–2 5–0 1–4 2–3 4–1 4–2 6–0 6–0
New York 1–3 4–2 3–3 5–1 2–3 2–2 5–1 4–1 3–2 5–0 1–4 3–2 3–3 1–4 3–1 3–2
Philadelphia 3–3 0–4 0–6 3–3 1–4 2–2 4–2 4–1 1–4 1–4 0–5 1–4 3–3 1–4 2–2 4–1
Phoenix 2–3 1–4 3–2 4–0 1–5 3–2 4–0 4–2 3–2 3–1 2–4 2–4 4–1 4–1 6–0 3–2
Portland 0–4 1–3 0–4 4–2 0–6 2–2 2–4 2–2 2–4 2–4 0–6 0–6 1–3 2–2 0–6 0–6
Seattle 4–1 3–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 5–0 4–0 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–5 0–6 2–3 1–4 2–3 6–0

Playoffs[edit]

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(C1) Baltimore Bullets vs. (A2) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 108, New York 105 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 110, Baltimore 88
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 104, New York 103
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 104, Baltimore 98
  • Game 5 @ Baltimore: New York 106, Baltimore 82
  • Game 6 @ New York: New York 107, Baltimore 101

East Conference Finals[edit]

(A1) Boston Celtics vs. (A2) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: New York 116, Boston 94
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 106, Boston 105
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 115, New York 109
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 116, Boston 98
  • Game 5 @ Boston: New York 111, Boston 103

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Winner Score Site
Game 1 April 26 (Wed.) New York Knicks 114–92 at Los Angeles
Game 2 April 30 (Sun.) Los Angeles Lakers 106–92 at Los Angeles
Game 3 May 3 (Wed.) Los Angeles Lakers 107–96 at New York
Game 4 May 5 (Fri.) Los Angeles Lakers 116–111 at New York
Game 5 May 7 (Sun.) Los Angeles Lakers 114–100 at Los Angeles

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Lakers win series 4–1

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 331. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 330. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ Araton, Harvey (2011). When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks. New York City: HarperCollins. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-06-195623-2. 
  5. ^ a b "1971–72 New York Knickerbockers Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "1971 NBA Playoff Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Lakers, Knicks Gain Hoop Final". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. April 24, 1972. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ Araton, pp. 251–252.
  9. ^ Nelson, John (March 26, 1974). "Road to Recovery Is Familiar to Willis Reed". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ Carry, Peter (May 21, 1973). "Where There's A Willis". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "1971 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "1971–72 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Lakers' Legendary Season Leads to Elusive Title". National Basketball Association. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "NBA & ABA All-Defensive Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 

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