1994–95 New York Knicks season

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1994–95 New York Knicks season
Head coach Pat Riley
General manager Ernie Grunfeld
Owner(s) Viacom
ITT
Cablevision
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 55–27 (.671)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Semifinals
(eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television MSG Network, EMI
Radio WFAN
< 1993–94 1995–96 >

The 1994–95 New York Knicks season was the 49th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] The Knicks posted a 55–27 record in the Atlantic Division, and finished in second place, two games behind the Orlando Magic. By earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference,[2] the Knicks qualified for the NBA Playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.[1] John Starks led the league with 217 three-point field goals, and became the first player ever to reach up to 200 three-pointers.[3] Power forward Anthony Mason was named Sixth Man of the Year.[4]

In the first round of the 1995 NBA Playoffs, the Knicks defeated the 6th-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers three games to one, advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.[2] The Knicks lost game one of their series with the Indiana Pacers, as Reggie Miller scored eight points in the final 18.7 seconds to bring the Pacers back from a six-point deficit.[5] The Pacers gained a 3–1 series edge, before the Knicks won two straight games to force a seventh game at Madison Square Garden. With the Knicks down by two points in the final seconds, Patrick Ewing had a chance to send the game to overtime, but missed his driving layup attempt as the Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.[6] Following the season, Pat Riley quit as head coach to take over the coaching job with the Miami Heat,[7] and Greg Anthony left for the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1994 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 24 Monty Williams SF  United States Notre Dame
1 26 Charlie Ward PG  United States Florida State

Roster[edit]

New York Knicks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PG 50 United States Anthony, Greg 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 176 lb (80 kg) UNLV
PF 4 United States Bonner, Anthony 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Saint Louis
SG 7 United States Christie, Doug Injured 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Pepperdine
SG 44 United States Davis, Hubert 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 183 lb (83 kg) North Carolina
C 33 United States Ewing, Patrick 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Georgetown
PG 11 United States Harper, Derek 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Illinois
PF 14 United States Mason, Anthony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Tennessee State
PF 34 United States Oakley, Charles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Virginia Union
SF 54 United States Smith, Charles 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Pittsburgh
SG 3 United States Starks, John 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oklahoma State
PG 21 United States Ward, Charlie Injured 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Florida State
C 32 United States Williams, Herb 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 242 lb (110 kg) Ohio State
SF 2 United States Williams, Monty 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Notre Dame
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Orlando Magic 57 25 .695 39-2 18-23 18-10
x-New York Knicks 55 27 .671 2 29-12 26-15 23-5
x-Boston Celtics 35 47 .427 22 20-21 15-26 14-14
Miami Heat 32 50 .390 25 22-19 10-31 9-19
New Jersey Nets 30 52 .366 27 20-21 10-31 13-15
Philadelphia 76ers 24 58 .293 33 14-27 10-31 12-16
Washington Bullets 21 61 .256 36 13-28 8-33 9-19


# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Orlando Magic 57 25 .695
2 y-Indiana Pacers 52 30 .634 5
3 x-New York Knicks 55 27 .671 2
4 x-Charlotte Hornets 50 32 .610 7
5 x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 10
6 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 43 39 .524 14
7 x-Atlanta Hawks 42 40 .512 15
8 x-Boston Celtics 35 47 .427 22
9 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 23
10 Miami Heat 32 50 .390 25
11 New Jersey Nets 30 52 .366 27
12 Detroit Pistons 28 54 .341 29
13 Philadelphia 76ers 24 58 .293 33
14 Washington Bullets 21 61 .256 36

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Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(3) New York Knicks vs. (6) Cleveland Cavaliers: Knicks win series 3–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1978 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 2–0)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) New York Knicks: Pacers win series 4–3

Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Eastern Conference Finals (New York won 4–3)

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

October 13, 1994 To New York Knicks
Doug Christie
To Los Angeles Lakers
1997 2nd-round pick
1998 2nd-round pick (conditional)

Free agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Ron Grandison October 6 Rochester Renegade (CBA)
Greg Kite January 3 Orlando Magic
Subtractions
Player Date signed New Team
Ron Grandison December 15 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
Greg Kite February 14 Indiana Pacers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "1994–95 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "NBA & ABA Single Season Leaders and Records for 3-Pt Field Goals". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Isola, Frank (March 1, 2015). "Anthony Mason dead at 48: Bruising former Knicks power forward dies weeks after suffering massive heart attack". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ Zinser, Lynn (May 6, 2013). "The Scar Miller Left in 1995 Is Still Fresh". The New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Brown, Clifton (May 22, 1995). "1995 N.B.A. Playoffs; The Knicks' Quest for Glory Bounces Off the Back of the Rim". The New York Times. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ Wise, Mike (September 8, 1995). "Pro Basketball; Book Is Closed on the Knicks–Riley Saga". The New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 

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