1975–76 New York Nets season

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1975–76 New York Nets season
Head coach Kevin Loughery
Arena Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 55–29 (.655)
Place Division: 2nd (ABA)
Conference: 2nd
Playoff finish Won ABA Championship
Local media
Television WOR
Radio WMCA
< 1974–75 1976–77 >

The 1975–76 New York Nets season was the ninth and final season of ABA basketball on Long Island. The Nets won their second ABA Championship.

Offseason[edit]

ABA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1975 ABA Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Exhibition games[edit]

On October 4, 1975 the Nets played their first exhibition game of the season, facing the Washington Bullets of the NBA in the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland. Julius Erving scored 36 points to lead the Nets, but the Bullets managed a one-point victory, 109-108.

The Nets faced the New York Knicks on October 8 in Uniondale, New York. The Nets prevailed, 110-104.

On October 11 the Nets ventured to Buffalo, New York to face the Buffalo Braves on the Braves' home court. 15,000 fans attended the game. Erving was held to 16 points, but the Nets won by a large margin, 109-83.

The Nets traveled to New Haven, Connecticut on October 14 to play the Washington Bullets for the second time in the preseason. The Nets avenged their loss of ten days earlier, winning 122-114.

The very next day, on October 15, the Golden State Warriors took the court against the Nets in Uniondale. Julius Erving led the Nets with 43 points but Rick Barry had 49 for Golden State as the Warriors won, 119-114.

Two days later the Nets traveled to Seton Hall for a rematch with the Buffalo Braves on October 17. The Nets won again, 117-97.

The next day, October 18, saw the Nets play their final ABA vs. NBA exhibition game as they took the court at Madison Square Garden to again face the New York Knicks. Julius Erving scored 33 points and hit a jump shot at the buzzer to win the game for the Nets, 103-101.[1]

The Nets finished their ABA tenure with a record of 15 wins and 9 losses against NBA teams in exhibition games. The Nets went 2-0 against the NBA before the 1971-72 season, 0-3 before 1972-73, 4-1 prior to the 1973-74 campaign, 4-3 before the 1974-75 season and 5-2 before the 1975-76 season. Overall, the ABA went 79-76 in the interleague matchups, faring poorly at first but going 62-34 in the last three years of the league.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

ABA
Team W L PCT GB
Denver Nuggets 60 24 .714 -
New York Nets 55 29 .655 5
San Antonio Spurs 50 34 .595 10
Kentucky Colonels 46 38 .548 14
Indiana Pacers 39 45 .417 21
Spirits of St. Louis 35 49 .417 25
Virginia Squires 15 68 .181 45

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Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Nets points Opponents Record Streak Notes
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Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; MIN= Minutes; STL= Steals; REB = Rebounds; ASST = Assists; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points

Player GP MIN STL REB ASST BLK PTS
Julius Erving 84 3244 207 925 423 160 2462
John Williamson 76 2255 76 190 188 33 1233
Rich Jones 83 2427 81 428 131 21 1096
Brian Taylor 54 1733 125 162 204 22 904
Al Skinner 83 2082 91 307 280 50 865
Kim Hughes 84 2162 98 775 55 120 692
Tim Bassett 84 1790 47 531 65 41 405
Bill Melchionni 67 1191 52 88 266 8 386
Swen Nater 43 1016 18 441 19 26 376
Ted McClain 30 696 57 73 106 10 340
Chuck Terry 66 970 36 144 38 6 220
Jim Eakins 34 463 7 120 18 20 211
George Bucci 33 237 12 37 15 3 128
Billy Schaeffer 20 119 6 22 9 2 72

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Playoffs[edit]

Game Date Location Score Record Attendance
1 April 9 New York New York Nets 116, San Antonio Spurs 101 1-0 8,221
2 April 11 San Antonio San Antonio Spurs 105, New York Nets 79 1-1 5,769
3 April 14 New York San Antonio Spurs 111, New York Nets 103 1-2 10,009
4 April 18 San Antonio New York Nets 110, San Antonio Spurs 108 2-2 9,277
5 April 19 New York New York Nets 110, San Antonio Spurs 108 3-2 11,321
6 April 21 San Antonio San Antonio Spurs 106, New York Nets 105 3-3 10,484
7 April 24 New York New York Nets 121, San Antonio Spurs 114 4-3 15,934

Nets wins series 4-3

Game Date Location Score Record Attendance
1 May 1 Denver New York Nets 120, Denver Nuggets 118 1-0 19,034
2 May 4 Denver Denver Nuggets 127 ,New York Nets 121 1-1 19,107
3 May 6 New York New York Nets 117, Denver Nuggets 111 2-1 12,243
4 May 8 New York New York Nets 121, Denver Nuggets 112 3-1 15,934
5 May 11 Denver Denver Nuggets 118, New York Nets 110 3-2 18,881
6 May 13 New York New York Nets 112, Denver Nuggets 106 4-2 15,934

Nets win series 4-2

This is to date the last title the Nets have won.

Awards, Records and Honors[edit]

  • Julius Erving, Finals MVP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hundhausen, Arthur (May 11, 2008). "RememberTheABA.com 1975-76 ABA vs. NBA exhibition results". RememberTheABA.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  2. ^ Hundhausen, Arthur (May 11, 2008). "RememberTheABA.com ABA vs. NBA exhibition all time results". RememberTheABA.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  3. ^ 1975-76 ABA Season Summary - Basketball-Reference.com
  4. ^ 1975-76 New York Nets Games - Basketball-Reference.com
  5. ^ 1975-76 New York Nets Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com