1970–71 New York Knicks season

The 1970–71 New York Knicks season was the 25th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] New York entered the season as the defending NBA champions, having defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970 NBA Finals in seven games to win the first championship in franchise history.[2] In the 1970–71 regular season, the Knicks finished in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 52–30 record, and qualified for the NBA Playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.[1]

1970–71 New York Knicks season
Division champions
Head coachRed Holzman
General managerRed Holzman
ArenaMadison Square Garden
Results
Record52–30 (.634)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Conference Finals
(Lost to Bullets 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWOR-TV
Manhattan Cable Television
RadioWNBC
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New York began its NBA title defense with a 4–1 series victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 1971 NBA Playoffs. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Baltimore Bullets defeated the Knicks in seven games, ending the team's chances for a repeat championship.[3]

Draft picksEdit

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.[4]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 17 Mike Price G   United States Illinois
2 34 Howie Wright G   United States Austin Peay
8 136 Greg Fillmore C   United States Cheyney State)

RosterEdit

Roster listing
1970–71 New York Knicks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 12 Barnett, Dick 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1936-10-02 Tennessee State
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
C 34 Fillmore, Greg 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1947-03-07 Cheyney (PA)
PG 10 Frazier, Walt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1945-03-29 Southern Illinois
PF 18 Jackson, Phil 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1945-09-17 North Dakota
PF 26 Mast, Eddie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1948-10-03 Temple
G 5 Price, Mike 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1948-09-11 Illinois
C 19 Reed, Willis (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1942-06-25 Grambling State
SG 6 Riordan, Mike 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1945-07-09 Providence
SF 33 Russell, Cazzie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1944-06-07 Michigan
SF 9 Stallworth, Dave 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1941-12-20 Wichita State
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-New York Knicks 52 30 .634 32–9 19–20 1–1 10–6
x-Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573 5 24–15 21–18 2–2 10–6
Boston Celtics 44 38 .537 8 25–14 18–22 1–2 8–8
Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268 30 14–23 6–30 2–7 2–10
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-New York Knicks 52 30 .634
2 y-Baltimore Bullets 42 40 .512
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439
5 Boston Celtics 44 38 .537
6 Cincinnati Royals 33 49 .402
7 Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183


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

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1970–71 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 3–3 2–4 3–1 1–4 2–4 4–0 0–5 3–2 1–4 3–3 4–2 1–4 2–2 2–3 2–3 3–2
Baltimore 3–3 3–3 3–1 2–3 3–3 4–0 2–3 2–3 1–4 2–4 3–3 3–2 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–2
Boston 4–2 3–3 4–0 4–1 4–2 3–1 2–3 3–2 0–5 0–6 4–2 2–3 2–2 3–2 3–2 3–2
Buffalo 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 5–7 1–5 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–3 6–6 1–3 1–3 1–3
Chicago 4–1 3–2 1–4 4–0 4–0 4–0 3–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 3–2 3–3 3–1 6–0 4–2 3–2
Cincinnati 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 0–4 5–1 1–4 1–4 1–4 2–4 1–5 1–4 4–0 1–3 2–3 1–4
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 7–5 0–4 1–5 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 2–10 0–4 1–3 0–4
Detroit 5–0 3–2 3–2 5–1 3–3 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–5 2–3 2–3 2–4 3–1 4–2 1–4 3–1
Los Angeles 2–3 3–2 2–3 2–2 4–2 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–4 3–2 3–2 2–4 4–0 3–3 4–2 4–2
Milwaukee 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–0 5–1 4–1 4–0 5–1 4–1 1–4 4–1 4–2 3–1 4–1 6–0 5–1
New York 3–3 4–2 6–0 2–2 2–3 4–2 4–0 3–2 2–3 4–1 2–4 4–1 3–1 4–1 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 2–4 4–0 2–3 5–1 3–1 3–2 2–3 1–4 4–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 3–2 3–2
Phoenix 4–1 2–3 3–2 3–1 3–3 4–1 4–0 4–2 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 4–0 2–4 3–2 3–2
Portland 2–2 2–2 2–2 6–6 1–3 0–4 10–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–4
San Diego 3–2 1–4 2–3 3–1 0–6 3–1 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–4 1–4 2–3 4–2 4–0 2–4 5–1
San Francisco 3–2 3–2 2–3 3–1 2–4 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–4 0–6 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 4–2 3–3
Seattle 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 2–3 4–1 4–0 1–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 2–3 2–3 4–2 1–5 3–3

Game logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(A1) New York Knicks vs. (C2) Atlanta Hawks: Knicks win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 112, Atlanta 101
  • Game 2 @ New York: Atlanta 113, New York 104
  • Game 3 @ Atlanta: New York 110, Atlanta 95
  • Game 4 @ Atlanta: New York 113, Atlanta 107
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 111, Atlanta 107

East Conference FinalsEdit

(A1) New York Knicks vs. (C1) Baltimore Bullets: Bullets win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 112, Baltimore 111
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 107, Baltimore 88
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 114, New York 88
  • Game 4 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 101, New York 80
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 89, Baltimore 84
  • Game 6 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 113, New York 96
  • Game 7 @ New York: Baltimore 93, New York 91

Player statisticsEdit

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

SeasonEdit

PlayoffsEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Hahn, Alan (2012). New York Knicks: The Complete Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. pp. 90–94. ISBN 978-1-61058-684-9.
  3. ^ "1970–71 New York Knickerbockers Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "1970 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "NBA & ABA All-Defensive Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 10, 2013.