1973–74 New York Knicks season

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1973–74 New York Knicks season
Head coach Red Holzman
General manager Red Holzman
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 49–33 (.598)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(Lost to Celtics 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WOR-TV
Manhattan Cable Television
(Bob Wolff, Cal Ramsey)[1]
Radio WNBC
(Marv Albert, John Andariese)[2]
< 1972–73 1974–75 >

The 1973–74 New York Knicks season was the 28th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[3] The Knicks entered the season as defending NBA champions, having defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1973 NBA Finals in five games, winning their second NBA championship. In the regular season, the Knicks finished in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 49–33 record,[4] and qualified for the NBA Playoffs for the eighth consecutive year.[3]

New York, which won the 1972–73 NBA championship,[3] opened the 1974 playoffs against the Capital Bullets. With a 4–3 series victory, the Knicks advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they faced the Boston Celtics. The Celtics, who later won the NBA Finals, defeated the Knicks in five games,[5] ending New York's title defense.[3]

Draft picks[edit]

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.[6]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 14 Mel Davis F  United States St. John's
2 28 Pat McFarland F/G  United States Saint Joseph's
3 49 Allie McGuire F  United States Marquette
4 66 George Karl G  United States North Carolina
5 83 Dennis Bell F  United States Drake

Roster[edit]

1973–74 New York Knicks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
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
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 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

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

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 26–6 21–18 9–2 17–5
x-New York Knicks 49 33 .598 7 28–13 21–19 0–1 10–12
x-Buffalo Braves 42 40 .512 14 19–13 17–21 6–6 12–10
Philadelphia 76ers 25 57 .305 31 14–23 9–30 2–4 5–17


# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683
2 x-New York Knicks 49 33 .598 7
3 y-Capital Bullets 47 35 .573 9
4 x-Buffalo Braves 42 40 .512 14
5 Atlanta Hawks 35 47 .427 21
6 Houston Rockets 32 50 .390 24
7 Cleveland Cavaliers 29 53 .354 27
8 Philadelphia 76ers 25 57 .305 31


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1973–74 NBA records
Team ATL BOS BUF CAP CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCO LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 1–5 2–4 4–4 1–3 4–3 0–4 1–3 5–2 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–5 3–3 1–3 2–2 4–0
Boston 5–1 5–2 2–4 2–2 4–2 3–1 3–1 4–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 5–2 7–1 3–1 4–0 2–2
Buffalo 4–2 2–5 3–3 1–3 5–1 1–3 1–3 4–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 4–4 6–1 3–1 3–1 2–2
Capital 4–4 4–2 3–3 1–3 6–1 2–2 3–1 4–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–3 4–2 2–2 3–1 2–2
Chicago 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 5–2 4–2 4–0 5–2 1–5 3–3 2–2 3–1 4–2 4–2 4–2
Cleveland 3–4 2–4 1–5 1–6 0–4 2–2 0–4 4–4 0–4 3–1 0–4 1–5 5–1 1–3 4–0 2–2
Detroit 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–5 2–2 5–1 3–1 4–2 4–2 3–4 1–3 2–2 6–0 5–1 5–1
Golden State 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 2–4 4–0 1–5 4–0 3–3 4–2 3–3 1–3 3–1 5–2 3–4 3–3
Houston 2–5 2–4 2–4 3–4 0–4 4–4 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 4–2 4–2 2–2 3–1 1–3
Kansas City-Omaha 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–5 4–0 2–4 3–3 2–2 1–5 0–7 1–3 1–3 4–2 4–2 2–4
Los Angeles 0–4 2–2 4–0 2–2 5–1 1–3 2–4 2–4 2–2 5–1 4–2 2–2 4–0 4–2 4–3 4–3
Milwaukee 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–3 4–0 4–3 3–3 4–0 7–0 2–4 2–2 4–0 5–1 6–0 4–2
New York 5–1 2–5 4–4 3–3 2–2 5–1 3–1 3–1 2–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 4–3 3–1 2–2 4–0
Philadelphia 3–3 1–7 1–6 2–4 1–3 1–5 2–2 1–3 2–4 3–1 0–4 0–4 3–4 3–1 2–2 0–4
Phoenix 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–4 3–1 0–6 2–5 2–2 2–4 2–4 1–5 1–3 1–3 3–3 4–3
Portland 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–4 0–4 1–5 4–3 1–3 2–4 3–4 0–6 2–2 2–2 3–3 3–3
Seattle 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–4 2–2 1–5 3–3 3–1 4–2 3–4 2–4 0–4 4–0 3–4 3–3

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

  • (2) New York Knicks vs. (3) Capital Bullets: Knicks win series 4–3
  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 102, Capital 91
  • Game 2 @ Capital: Capital 99, New York 87
  • Game 3 @ New York: Capital 88, New York 79
  • Game 4 @ Capital: New York 101, Capital 93 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 106, Capital 105
  • Game 6 @ Capital: Capital 109, New York 92
  • Game 7 @ New York: New York 91, Capital 81

East Conference Finals[edit]

  • (1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) New York Knicks: Celtics win series 4–1
  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 113, New York 88
  • Game 2 @ New York: Boston 111, New York 99
  • Game 3 @ Boston: New York 103, Boston 100
  • Game 4 @ New York: Boston 98, New York 91
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 105, New York 94

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]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 331. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 330. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1973–74 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "1974 NBA Playoff Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ "1973 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "NBA & ABA All-Defensive Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 

External links[edit]