1971–72 New York Nets season

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1971–72 New York Nets season
Head coach Lou Carnesecca
Arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 44–40 (.524)
Place Division: 3rd (ABA)
Playoff finish Lost ABA Finals
< 1970–71 1972–73 >

The 1971–72 New York Nets season was the 5th season of the franchise and 4th in New York. They finished 3rd among the six team division, qualifying for the playoffs by nine games for the third straight year. [1]

The Nets advanced to the ABA Finals, where they lost to the Indiana Pacers.

Rick Barry averaged 31.5 points per game in what would be his final season in the ABA. Barry was forced to return to his former NBA team, the Golden State Warriors, due to an injunction issued by the U.S. District Court prohibiting him from playing for any professional team other than the Warriors after his Nets contract ended.

Roster[edit]

Number Player Position Height Weight Birthday Experience (in years) College/High School
12 Jim Ard C 6-8 215 September 19, 1948 1 University of Cincinnati
24 Rick Barry SF 6-7 205 March 28, 1944 5 University of Miami
20 Johnny Baum SF 6-5 200 June 17, 1946 2 Temple University
21 Joe DePre SG 6-3 185 December 19, 1947 1 St. John's University
11 Sonny Dove PF 6-7 198 August 16, 1945 4 St. John's University
23 Jarrett Durham F 6-5 188 August 22, 1949 Rookie Duquesne University
14 Bob Greacen SF 6-7 206 September 15, 1947 2 Rutgers University
3 Manny Leaks C 6-8 225 November 27, 1945 3 Niagara University
25 Bill Melchionni PG 6-1 165 October 19, 1944 4 Villanova University
10 Gene Moore C 6-9 225 July 29, 1945 3 Saint Louis University
5 Billy Paultz C 6-11 235 July 30, 1948 1 St. John's University
13 John Roche SG 6-3 170 September 26, 1949 Rookie University of South Carolina
22 Oliver Taylor SG 6-2 194 March 7, 1947 1 University of Houston
32 Trooper Washington PF 6-7 215 April 21, 1944 4 Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
4 Elnardo Webster F 6-5 190 March 6, 1948 Rookie Saint Peter's College
14 Gary Zeller SG 6-3 205 November 20, 1947 1 Drake University

Final Standings[edit]

1972-73 ABA Western Standings
Eastern Division W L PCT. GB
Kentucky Colonels 68 16 .810 -
Virginia Squires 45 39 .536 23
New York Nets 44 40 .524 24
The Floridians 36 48 .429 32
Carolina Cougars 35 49 .417 33
Pittsburgh Condors 25 59 .405 43

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Division Semifinals vs. Kentucky Colonels[2]

Game Date Location Score Record Attendance
1 April 1 Kentucky 122–108 1–0 4,772
2 April 4 Kentucky 105–90 2–0 8,212
3 April 5 New York 99–105 2–1 14,056
4 April 7 New York 100–92 3–1 14,896
5 April 8 Kentucky 103–109 3–2 7,949
6 April 10 New York 101–96 4–2 11,533

Nets win series, 4–2

Eastern Division Finals vs. Virginia Squires

Game Date Location Score Record Attendance
1 April 13 Richmond (Virginia) 91–138 0–1 5,526
2 April 15 Norfolk (Virginia) 106–115 0–2 10,410
3 April 24 New York 119–117 1–2 11,893
4 April 26 New York 118–107 2–2 11,164
5 April 29 Hampton (Virginia) 107–116 2–3 6,309
6 May 1 New York 146–136 3–3 11,152
7 May 4 Norfolk (Virginia) 94–88 4–3 10,410

Nets win series, 4–3

ABA Finals vs. Indiana Pacers

Game Date Location Result Record Attendance
1 May 6 Indiana 103–124 0–1 7,483
2 May 9 Indiana 117–115 1–1 10,079
3 May 12 New York 108–114 1–2 15,241
4 May 15 New York 110–105 2–2 15,890
5 May 18 Indiana 99–100 2–3 10,079
6 May 20 New York 105–108 2–4 10,434

Nets lose series, 4–2

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