1972–73 New York Knicks season

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1972–73 New York Knicks season
Second NBA Championship
Head coach Red Holzman
General manager Red Holzman
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 57–25 (.695)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
(Defeated Lakers 4–1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WOR–TV 9
(Bob Wolff and Cal Ramsey)
Manhattan Cable Television
(Bob Wolff and Cal Ramsey)
Radio WNBC–AM 660
(Marv Albert and John Andariese)
< 1971–72 1973–74 >

The 1972–73 New York Knicks season was the 27th season of NBA basketball in New York City. The Knicks capture their second NBA title as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, four games to one, which was exactly the same count the Knicks lost to the Lakers a year earlier.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1972 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.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 8 Tom Riker F/C  United States South Carolina
4 58 Henry Bibby G  United States UCLA

Roster[edit]

1972–73 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
PG 17 Bibby, Henry 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1949–11–24 UCLA
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
C 40 Gianelli, John 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1950–06–10 Pacific
PF 18 Jackson, Phil 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1945–09–17 North Dakota
PF 32 Lucas, Jerry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1940–03–30 Ohio State
SG 7 Meminger, Dean 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1948–05–13 Marquette
SG 15 Monroe, Earl 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1944–11–21 Winston-Salem State
C 23 Rackley, Luther 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1946–06–11 Xavier
C 19 Reed, Willis (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1942–06–25 Grambling State
C 6 Riker, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1950–02–28 South Carolina
PF 43 Wingo, Harthorne 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1947–09–09 Friendship Junior College
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 1973–05–10

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Willis Reed "'Luther Rackley'" John Gianelli
PF Dave DeBusschere Jerry Lucas
SF Bill Bradley Phil Jackson Harthorne Wingo
SG Earl Monroe Dick Barnett
PG Walt Frazier Dean Meminger Henry Bibby

Pre season[edit]

Game log[edit]

1972–73 Pre Season Game Log

All times are EASTERN time

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Boston Celtics 68 14 .829 33–6 32–8 3–0 18–4
x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 11 35–6 21–18 1–1 16–6
Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256 47 14–27 6–31 1–3 8–14
Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 59 5–26 2–36 2–11 2–20
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Boston Celtics 68 14 .829
2 x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695
3 y-Baltimore Bullets 52 30 .634
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561
5 Houston Rockets 33 49 .402
6 Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390
7 Buffalo Braves 21 61 .256
8 Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1972–73 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCO LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 3–4 1–5 5–1 2–2 3–4 2–2 1–3 4–4 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–3 6–0 3–1 4–0 3–1
Baltimore 4–3 1–5 5–1 0–4 8–0 2–2 3–1 5–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–3 5–1 2–2 4–0 4–0
Boston 5–1 5–1 7–0 3–1 5–1 3–1 3–1 5–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 4–4 7–0 4–0 4–0 4–0
Buffalo 1–5 1–5 0–7 2–2 1–5 1–3 0–4 1–5 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–6 7–1 1–3 2–2 2–2
Chicago 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–4 3–3 4–0 5–2 1–5 2–4 3–1 4–0 4–2 5–1 5–1
Cleveland 4–3 0–8 1–5 5–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 4–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–6 6–0 1–3 1–3 3–1
Detroit 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 4–3 3–1 2–4 1–3 3–3 1–5 2–5 1–3 3–1 4–2 6–0 2–4
Golden State 3–1 1–3 1–3 4–0 3–3 3–1 4–2 3–1 4–2 3–4 1–5 2–2 4–0 2–4 5–1 4–3
Houston 4–4 2–5 1–5 5–1 0–4 3–4 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–5 5–1 2–2 2–2 2–2
Kansas City-Omaha 2–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–5 2–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 1–5 1–6 0–4 3–1 3–3 4–2 4–2
Los Angeles 1–3 3–1 0–4 4–0 5–1 3–1 5–1 4–3 3–1 5–1 3–3 2–2 4–0 6–1 6–0 6–0
Milwaukee 3–1 2–2 2–2 4–0 4–2 3–1 5–2 5–1 3–1 6–1 3–3 2–2 3–1 5–1 5–1 5–1
New York 3–3 3–3 4–4 6–1 1–3 6–0 3–1 2–2 5–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 6–1 3–1 3–1 4–0
Philadelphia 0–6 1–5 0–7 1–7 0–4 0–6 1–3 0–4 1–5 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–6 0–4 1–3 1–3
Phoenix 1–3 2–2 0–4 3–1 2–4 3–1 2–4 4–2 2–2 3–3 1–6 1–5 1–3 4–0 5–2 4–2
Portland 0–4 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–5 3–1 0–6 1–5 2–2 2–4 0–6 1–5 1–3 3–1 2–5 3–4
Seattle 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–5 1–3 4–2 3–4 2–2 2–4 0–6 1–5 0–4 3–1 2–4 4–3

Game log[edit]

1972–73 Game Log (57–25) (Home: 34–7; Road: 23–18)
1972–73 Schedule

All times are EASTERN time

Playoffs[edit]

1972–73 NBA Playoffs Game Log (12–5) (Home: 7–1; Road: 5–4)
1972–73 Schedule

All times are EASTERN time

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

Season[edit]

Player Games Played Games Started Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Walt Frazier 78 3181 681 286 570 461 1648
Bill Bradley 82 2998 575 169 301 367 1319
Dave DeBusschere 77 2827 532 194 787 259 1258
Earl Monroe 75 2370 496 171 245 288 1163
Willis Reed 69 1876 334 92 590 126 760
Jerry Lucas 71 2001 312 80 510 317 704
Phil Jackson 80 1393 245 154 344 94 644
Dean Meminger 80 1453 188 81 229 133 457
Henry Bibby 55 475 78 73 82 64 229
Dick Barnett 51 514 88 16 41 50 192
John Gianelli 52 516 79 23 150 25 181
Tom Riker 14 65 10 15 16 2 35
Harthorne Wingo 13 59 9 2 16 1 20
Luther Rackley 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
Knicks 82 19730 240.6 3627 44.2 1356 16.5 3882 47.3 2187 26.7 8610 105.0
Opponents 82 19730 240.6 3291 40.1 1471 17.9 4100 50.0 1714 20.9 8053 98.2
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Barnett, DickDick Barnett 51 10.1 1.7 0.3 0.8 1.0 3.8
Bibby, HenryHenry Bibby 55 8.6 1.4 1.3 1.5 1.2 4.2
Bradley, BillBill Bradley 82 36.6 7.0 2.1 3.7 4.5 16.1
DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere 77 36.7 6.9 2.5 10.2 3.4 16.3
Frazier, WaltWalt Frazier 78 40.8 8.7 3.7 7.3 5.9 21.1
Gianelli, JohnJohn Gianelli 52 9.9 1.5 0.4 2.9 0.5 3.5
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 80 17.4 3.1 1.9 4.3 1.2 8.1
Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas 71 28.2 4.4 1.1 7.2 4.5 9.9
Meminger, DeanDean Meminger 80 18.2 2.4 1.0 2.9 1.7 5.7
Monroe, EarlEarl Monroe 75 31.6 6.6 2.3 3.3 3.8 15.5
Rackley, LutherLuther Rackley 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0
Reed, WillisWillis Reed 69 27.2 4.8 1.3 1.5 1.2 11.0
Riker, TomTom Riker 14 4.6 0.7 1.1 1.1 0.1 2.5
Wingo, HarthorneHarthorne Wingo 13 4.5 0.7 0.2 1.2 0.1 1.5
Knicks, New YorkNew York Knicks 82 240.6 44.2 16.5 47.3 26.7 105.0

Opponents[edit]

vs. Atlanta[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 6 288 275 101 651
Hawks 6 288 256 115 627

vs. Baltimore[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 6 288 239 57 535
Bullets 6 288 242 84 568

vs. Boston[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 8 384 340 160 840
Celtics 8 384 336 173 845

vs. Buffalo[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 7 336 322 126 770
Braves 7 336 282 100 664

vs. Chicago[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4 192 153 58 364
Bulls 4 192 134 89 357

vs. Cleveland[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 6 288 250 98 598
Cavaliers 6 288 220 96 536

vs. Detroit[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4 192 178 54 410
Pistons 4 192 164 63 391

vs. Golden State[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4 197 176 68 420
Warriors 4 197 165 92 422

vs. Houston[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 6
Rockets 6

vs. Kansas City-Omaha[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4
Kings 4

vs. Los Angeles[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4
Lakers 4

vs. Milwaukee[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4
Bucks 4

vs. Philadelphia[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 7 336 348 124 820
76ers 7 336 285 121 691

vs. Phoenix[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4
Suns 4

vs. Portland[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4
Trail Blazers 4

vs. Seattle[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 4 192 410
SuperSonics 4 192 347
Opponent Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points Against
Atlanta 6
Baltimore 6
Boston 8
Buffalo 7
Chicago 4
Cleveland 6
Detroit 4
Golden State 4
Houston 6
Kansas City-Omaha 4
Los Angeles 4
Milwaukee 4
Philadelphia 7
Phoenix 4
Portland 4
Seattle 4
Opponents 82

Playoffs[edit]

Player Games Played Games Started Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Walt Frazier 17 765 150 73 124 106 373
Dave DeBusschere 17 632 117 31 179 58 265
Earl Monroe 16 504 111 36 51 51 258
Bill Bradley 17 587 99 40 57 45 238
Willis Reed 17 486 97 18 129 30 212
Phil Jackson 17 338 60 28 72 24 148
Jerry Lucas 17 368 54 20 85 39 128
Dean Meminger 17 323 31 19 37 37 81
John Gianelli 7 55 11 3 13 1 25
Henry Bibby 6 43 8 4 2 3 20
Harthorne Wingo 3 12 5 1 7 0 11
Dick Barnett 4 17 3 0 0 2 6
Knicks 17 822 48.4 746 48.0 273 17.2 756 47.9 396 24.2 1765 113.2
Opponents 17 1679 98.3
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Barnett, DickDick Barnett 4 4.3 0.8 0.0 0.0 5.5 1.5
Bibby, HenryHenry Bibby 6 7.2 1.3 0.7 0.3 0.5 3.3
Bradley, BillBill Bradley 17 34.5 5.8 2.4 3.4 2.6 14.0
DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere 17 37.2 6.9 2.3 10.5 3.4 15.6
Frazier, WaltWalt Frazier 17 45.0 8.8 4.3 7.3 6.2 21.9
Gianelli, JohnJohn Gianelli 52 7.9 1.6 0.4 1.9 0.1 3.6
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson 17 19.9 3.5 1.6 4.2 1.4 8.7
Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas 17 21.6 3.2 1.2 5.0 2.3 7.5
Meminger, DeanDean Meminger 17 19.0 1.8 1.1 2.2 2.2 4.8
Monroe, EarlEarl Monroe 16 31.5 6.9 2.3 3.2 3.2 16.1
Reed, WillisWillis Reed 17 28.6 5.7 1.1 7.6 1.8 12.5
Wingo, HarthorneHarthorne Wingo 3 4.0 1.7 0.3 2.3 0.0 3.7
Knicks, New YorkNew York Knicks 17 48.4 48.0 17.2 47.9 24.2 113.2

Opponents[edit]

1973 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Baltimore[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 5 240 223 73 519
Bullets 5 240 204 70 478

1973 NBA Eastern Conference Finals vs. Boston[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 7 346 308 127 743
Celtics 7 346 289 139 717

1973 NBA Finals vs. Los Angeles[edit]

Team Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points
Knicks 5 240 215 73 232 117 503
Lakers 5 240 197 110 264 87 484
Opponent Games Played Minutes Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Points Against
Baltimore 5
Boston 7
Los Angeles 5
Opponents 17

Media[edit]

Local TV[edit]

Local TV Play-by-Play Color Commentator
WOR-TV 9 Bob Wolff Cal Ramsey

Some New York Knicks TV Games never aired on WOR-TV because of broadcast conflict with the New York Rangers (NHL).

Local cable TV[edit]

Local Cable TV Play-by-Play Color Commentator
Manhattan Cable Television Bob Wolff Cal Ramsey

Local radio[edit]

Flagship station Play-by-Play Color Commentator
WNBC–AM 660 Marv Albert John Andariese

Some New York Knicks radio games never aired on WNBC–AM because of broadcast conflict with the New York Rangers (NHL).

Awards and records[edit]

Player Award
Willis Reed NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
Walt Frazier All-NBA Second Team
NBA All-Defensive First Team
Dave DeBusschere NBA All-Defensive First Team

24th NBA All-Star Game[edit]

New York Knicks NBA All-Star representatives at the 1973 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, Illinois at Chicago Stadium.

Player Team Position Minutes Points Field Goals FGA Free Throws FTA Rebounds Assists Personal Fouls
Bill Bradley (Eastern Conference All-Stars) F 12 4 2 5 0 0 1 0 2
Dave DeBusschere (Eastern Conference All-Stars) F, Starter 25 9 4 8 1 2 7 2 1
Walt Frazier (Eastern Conference All-Stars) G, Starter 26 10 5 15 0 0 6 2 1

Transactions[edit]

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1972 to June 30, 1973.

Trades[edit]

October 9, 1972 To Atlanta Hawks
Eddie Mast
for a 1973 2nd Round draft pick

References[edit]