1971–72 Buffalo Braves season

A pair of rookies named Smith gave Buffalo fans reason for a bright future. The Braves repeated their 22–60 record from their inaugural season, and occupied the Atlantic Division basement.[1] Elmore Smith and Randy Smith each had out standing rookie seasons with Elmore averaging 17.3 points per game and 15.2 rebounds per game, while Randy added 13.4 points per game.[1]

1971–72 Buffalo Braves season
Head coachDolph Schayes
ArenaBuffalo Memorial Auditorium
Maple Leaf Gardens
Results
Record22–60 (.268)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Atlantic)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWBEN-TV
RadioWBEN
< 1970–71 1972–73 >

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 3 Elmore Smith Center   United States Kentucky State
2 19 Fred Hilton Guard   United States Grambling
2 26 Amos Thomas Forward   United States Southwestern Oklahoma
2 30 Spencer Haywood Forward   United States Detroit Mercy
4 53 Jim O'Brien Guard   United States Boston College
5 70 Garry Nelson Forward   United States Duquesne
6 87 Glen Summors Forward   United States Gannon
7 104 Randy Smith Guard   United States Buffalo State
8 121 Craig Love Center   United States Ohio
9 138 Gary Stewart Forward   United States Canisius College
10 154 Don Ward Guard   United States Colgate University
11 170 Bill Warner Forward   United States Arizona
12 184 Butch Webster Forward   United States LSU
13 197 Pete Smith Forward   United States Valdosta
14 209 Ray Lavender Center   United States Drury College
15 218 William Chatmon Forward   United States Baylor
16 226 James Douglas Guard   United States Memphis
17 230 Nelson Isley Guard   United States LSU
18 233 Joey Meyer Guard   United States DePaul

RosterEdit

Buffalo Braves 1971–72 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G 7   Bryant, Emmette 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) DePaul
F 40   Chambers, Jerry 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Utah
G 13   Davis, Mike 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Virginia Union
G 20   Garrett, Dick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Southern Illinois
G 42   Hazzard, Walt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) UCLA
G 32   Hilton, Fred 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Grambling
F 25   Hosket, Bill 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Ohio State
F 45   Hummer, John 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Princeton
F 44   Kauffman, Bob 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Guilford College
C 3   Smith, Elmore 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Kentucky State
F 9   Smith, Randy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Buffalo State
F 35   Warner, Cornell 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jackson State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 32–9 21–16 3–1 15–3
x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8 27–14 20–19 1–1 11–7
Philadelphia 76ers 30 52 .366 26 14–23 14–26 2–3 6–12
Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268 34 13–27 8–31 1–2 4–14


# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683
2 y-Baltimore Bullets 38 44 .463
3 x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439
5 Philadelphia 76ers 30 52 .366
5 Cincinnati Royals 30 52 .366
7 Cleveland Cavaliers 23 59 .280
8 Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1971–72 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET GSW HOU LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 2–4 0–4 4–2 0–5 3–3 4–2 3–2 3–2 1–4 0–5 2–3 3–1 3–3 3–2 4–0 1–4
Baltimore 4–2 2–2 3–3 1–4 4–2 1–5 3–2 1–4 3–2 1–4 0–5 2–4 4–0 4–1 3–1 2–3
Boston 4–0 2–2 6–0 3–2 4–2 5–1 5–0 2–3 5–0 1–4 2–3 3–3 6–0 2–3 4–0 2–3
Buffalo 2–4 3–3 0–6 1–3 3–3 4–2 2–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–5 3–3 0–4 2–4 0–4
Chicago 5–0 4–1 2–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 5–1 3–3 5–1 1–3 2–4 3–2 4–1 5–1 6–0 2–3
Cincinnati 3–3 2–4 2–4 3–3 1–3 6–2 2–3 2–3 0–4 1–4 0–5 2–2 2–2 2–3 2–2 0–5
Cleveland 2–4 5–1 1–5 2–4 0–4 2–6 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–5 2–4 0–4 4–2 0–4
Detroit 2–3 2–3 0–5 4–2 1–5 3–2 3–1 0–5 3–3 1–4 1–5 1–4 1–4 2–4 2–2 0–4
Golden State 2–3 4–1 3–2 3–1 3–3 3–2 4–0 5–0 5–1 1–5 2–2 2–3 4–1 2–3 4–2 4–2
Houston 4–1 2–3 0–5 4–0 1–5 4–0 2–2 3–3 1–5 1–5 0–5 0–5 4–1 1–3 4–2 3–3
Los Angeles 5–0 4–1 4–1 4–0 3–1 4–1 3–1 4–1 5–1 5–1 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–2 6–0 5–1
Milwaukee 3–2 5–0 3–2 4–0 4–2 5–0 4–0 5–1 2–2 5–0 1–4 2–3 4–1 4–2 6–0 6–0
New York 1–3 4–2 3–3 5–1 2–3 2–2 5–1 4–1 3–2 5–0 1–4 3–2 3–3 1–4 3–1 3–2
Philadelphia 3–3 0–4 0–6 3–3 1–4 2–2 4–2 4–1 1–4 1–4 0–5 1–4 3–3 1–4 2–2 4–1
Phoenix 2–3 1–4 3–2 4–0 1–5 3–2 4–0 4–2 3–2 3–1 2–4 2–4 4–1 4–1 6–0 3–2
Portland 0–4 1–3 0–4 4–2 0–6 2–2 2–4 2–2 2–4 2–4 0–6 0–6 1–3 2–2 0–6 0–6
Seattle 4–1 3–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 5–0 4–0 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–5 0–6 2–3 1–4 2–3 6–0

Player statisticsEdit

Note: GP= Games Played; MPG = Minutes per game; FG% = Field goal percentage; FT% = Free throw percentage; RPG = Rebounds per game; APG = Assists per game; PPG = Points per game

Player GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
Bob Kauffman 77 41.6 .497 .795 10.2 3.9 18.9
Elmore Smith 78 40.8 .454 .534 15.2 1.4 17.3
Walt Hazzard 72 33.2 .451 .782 3.0 5.6 15.8
Randy Smith 76 27.6 .482 .622 4.8 2.5 13.4
Dick Garrett 73 26.1 .442 .866 3.1 2.3 10.8
Em Bryant 54 22.6 .459 .600 2.4 3.8 5.1
Fred Hilton 61 22.1 .389 .738 2.6 1.9 11.6
John Hummer 55 21.6 .390 .468 4.2 1.3 5.2
Cornell Warner 62 20.0 .443 .744 6.1 0.9 6.2
Mike Davis 62 17.2 .425 .767 1.9 1.3 9.1
Jerry Chambers 26 14.2 .433 .688 2.6 0.9 6.8
Bill Hosket 44 13.5 .492 .808 2.8 0.9 5.0

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Awards and honorsEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Braves were involved in the following transactions during the 1971–72 season.

Coaching ChangeEdit

In-season
Outgoing coach Date Removed 1971-72 Record Incoming coach
Dolph Schayes Fired, October 13, 1971 0-1 Johnny McCarthy

TradesEdit

July 26, 1971
To Buffalo Braves
To Atlanta Hawks

Free agentsEdit

ReferencesEdit