1974–75 New York Knicks season

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1974–75 New York Knicks season
Head coach Red Holzman
General manager Red Holzman
Arena Madison Square Garden
Record 40–42 (.488)
Place Division: 3rd (Atlantic)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(Eliminated 1–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television MSG Network, WOR-TV
Radio WOR Radio
< 1973–74 1975–76 >

The 1974–75 New York Knicks season was the 29th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks had a 40–42 win–loss record, finishing in third place in the Atlantic Division and qualifying for the NBA Playoffs. New York lost to the Houston Rockets in the best-of-three first round of the playoffs, two games to one.[1]

In the first round of the 1974 NBA draft, the Knicks did not select any players; their first pick was the 32nd overall choice in the second round, which they used to acquire Jesse Dark.[2] The team alternated between wins and losses in their first eight games of the season, and were 6–6 before winning 11 of their next 13 games. They then lost six of the following seven contests, and by February 11 they fell below .500 for the season, at 27–28. New York remained with more losses than wins for the rest of the season, but still reached the postseason.[3]

The Knicks were seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference and faced the fourth-seeded Rockets in the opening round of the playoffs. After a 15-point loss in Houston, the Knicks required a victory at home to extend their season, and defeated the Rockets 106–96 to force a decisive third game in the series. The Rockets won the final game, by a score of 118–86, to end New York's season.[4]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1974 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.[5]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 32 Jesse Dark G  United States Virginia Commonwealth
5 86 Greg Jackson G  United States Guilford

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 60 22 .732 28–13 32–9 17–9
x-Buffalo Braves 49 33 .598 11 30–11 19–22 15–11
x-New York Knicks 40 42 .488 20 23–18 17–24 9–17
Philadelphia 76ers 34 48 .415 26 20–21 14–27 11–15


  • y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot


East First Round[edit]

(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) New York Knicks: Rockets win series 2–1

  • Game 1 @ Houston: Houston 99, New York 84
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 106, Houston 96
  • Game 3 @ Houston: Houston 118, New York 86

Player statistics[edit]

  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



Awards and records[edit]



  1. ^ "1974–75 New York Knickerbockers Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1974 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "1974–75 New York Knicks Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "1974–75 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "1974 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NBA & ABA All-Defensive Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 31, 2013.