1989–90 New York Knicks season

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1989–90 New York Knicks season
Head coach Stu Jackson
General manager Al Bianchi
Owner(s) Paramount Communications, Inc.
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 45–37 (.549)
Place Division: 3rd (Atlantic)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Semifinals
(Eliminated 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television MSG Network, EMI
Radio WFAN
< 1988–89 1990–91 >

The 1989–90 NBA season was the 44th season for the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association.[1] Before the season, owners Gulf+Western reorganized and became Paramount Communications, renaming themselves after the Paramount Pictures film studio.[2][3]

During the offseason, the Knicks hired Stu Jackson as their new head coach.[4] The team got off to a solid start, winning 20 of their first 27 games, while posting a nine-game winning streak.[5] At midseason, the Knicks traded second-year guard Rod Strickland to the San Antonio Spurs for Maurice Cheeks.[6][7] However, as they stood at a 39–22 record, they struggled and lost 15 of their final 21 games.[5] The Knicks had a 45–37 record and finished third in the Atlantic Division.[8] The Knicks' fifth-place finish in the Eastern Conference earned them a berth in the NBA Playoffs for the third straight year.[1][8] Patrick Ewing was selected for the 1990 NBA All-Star Game.[8]

In the first round of the playoffs, New York defeated the 4th-seeded Boston Celtics three games to two, after overcoming an 0–2 deficit.[8] The Knicks were then eliminated in the conference semifinals by the Detroit Pistons, who later on won their second consecutive NBA title, four games to one over the Portland Trail Blazers.[8][9] Following the season, Johnny Newman signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Charlotte Hornets.[10]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1989 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 50 Brian Quinnett SF  United States Washington State

Roster[edit]

New York Knicks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 54 Butler, Greg 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1966–03–11 Stanford
PG 1 Cheeks, Maurice 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1956–09–08 West Texas A&M
C 33 Ewing, Patrick 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1962–08–05 Georgetown
C 40 Gray, Stuart 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1963–05–27 UCLA
PG 13 Jackson, Mark 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1965–04–01 St. John's
SG 8 Myers, Pete 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1963–09–15 Arkansas
SF 4 Newman, Johnny 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1963–11–28 Richmond
PF 34 Oakley, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1963–12–18 Virginia Union
SG 23 Quinnett, Brian 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1966–05–30 Washington State
SG 6 Tucker, Trent 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1959–12–20 Minnesota
PF 55 Vandeweghe, Kiki 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1958–08–01 UCLA
SF 7 Walker, Kenny 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1964–08–18 Kentucky
C 45 Wilkins, Eddie Lee 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1962–05–07 Gardner–Webb
SG 21 Wilkins, Gerald 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1963–09–11 Tennessee-Chattanooga
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 Div
y-Philadelphia 76ers 53 29 .646 34–7 19–22 19–7
x-Boston Celtics 52 30 .634 1 30–11 22–19 19–7
x-New York Knicks 45 37 .549 8 29–12 16–25 17–9
Washington Bullets 31 51 .378 22 20–21 11–30 10–16
Miami Heat 18 64 .220 35 11–30 7–34 4–22
New Jersey Nets 17 65 .207 36 13–28 4–37 9–17
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720
2 y-Philadelphia 76ers 53 29 .646 6
3 x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 4
4 x-Boston Celtics 52 30 .634 7
5 x-New York Knicks 45 37 .549 14
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15
7 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17
8 x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 17
9 Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 18
10 Washington Bullets 31 51 .378 28
11 Miami Heat 18 64 .220 41
11 Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 41
13 New Jersey Nets 17 65 .207 42
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1989-90 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–3 2–0 0–5 2–3 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 5–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 5–0 2–2 1–1 5–1 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3
Charlotte 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 0–5 0–2
Chicago 5–0 2–2 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1
Cleveland 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 4–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Dallas 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–3 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–2 4–1 0–2 2–2 0–4 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1
Detroit 2–3 2–2 2–0 4–1 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 5–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0
Golden State 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 2–2 3–2 1–3 2–3 2–2 1–1
Houston 0–2 0–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–4 1–4 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–2 1–1
Indiana 3–2 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 3–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
L.A. Clippers 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–4 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–5 2–3 0–4 3–2 0–4 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–3 5–0 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1
Miami 0–4 0–5 1–1 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 3–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–3
Milwaukee 2–3 2–2 2–0 1–4 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–2 5–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–5 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–4 1–3 0–5 1–1
New Jersey 2–2 1–5 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 4–1 0–4 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3
New York 3–1 1–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–0
Orlando 0–5 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–5 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4
Philadelphia 2–2 2–3 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 5–0 3–1 1–1 4–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 5–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 5–0 0–4 3–2 3–1 2–0
Portland 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–3 0–4 1–1 3–2 0–5 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–5 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 1–1 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 2–3 0–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–0
Utah 1–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–3 3–1 2–0
Washington 2–2 3–2 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–5 4–0 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game log[edit]

1989–90 game log
1989–90 schedule

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 3–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Eastern Conference First Round (Boston won 3–1)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (5) New York Knicks: Pistons win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3–2)

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]

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gulf and Western plans to sell off its financial services". New Straits Times. April 11, 1989. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (April 10, 1989). "Divestiture Is Planned By G.&W.". The New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Knicks expected to hire Jackson". United Press International. July 9, 1989. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "1989–90 New York Knicks Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ McManis, Sam (February 27, 1990). "The NBA: A Trade They Both Felt They Had to Make". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Knicks trade Strickland to Spurs for Cheeks". United Press International. February 21, 1990. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "1989–90 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bad Boys Still the Best". National Basketball Association. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Pro Basketball; Knicks Won't Match Newman's Hornet Deal". The New York Times. July 29, 1990. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 

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