1946–47 New York Knicks season

The 1946–47 New York Knicks season was the first season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks, the shortened form of Knickerbockers, named for Father Knickerbocker (a popular symbol of New York), are one of only two teams of the original National Basketball Association still located in its original city (the other being the Boston Celtics). The Knickerbockers first head coach was Neil Cohalan.

1946–47 New York Knicks season
Head coachNeil Cohalan
General managerNed Irish
OwnersNed Irish
ArenaMadison Square Garden
Results
Record33–27 (.550)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finishBAA Semifinals
(Lost to Warriors 0–2)
Local media
TelevisionWCBS-TV/WNBT
RadioWHN
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RosterEdit

Roster listing
New York Knicks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 12 − 15 Brindley, Aud 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1923-12-31 Dartmouth
G/F 14 Byrnes, Tommy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1923-02-19 Seton Hall
C 3 Cluggish, Bob 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1917-09-18 Kentucky
F/C 10 Fitzgerald, Bob 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1923-03-14 Seton Hall
F 4 Frey, Frido 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1921-10-26 LIU Brooklyn
G 9 Gottlieb, Leo 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1920-11-28 DeWitt Clinton HS (NY)
G 8 Hertzberg, Sonny 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1922-07-29 City College of New York
C 5 − 19 Knorek, Lee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1921-07-15 Detroit
G 5 Mangiapane, Frank 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1925-08-05 NYU
F/C 16 Palmer, Bud 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1921-07-14 Princeton
G 6 Schectman, Ossie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1919-03-30 LIU Brooklyn
G/F 7 Stutz, Stan 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1920-04-14 Rhode Island
G/F 11 − 17 Van Breda Kolff, Butch 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1922-10-28 NYU
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

The Knicks' (and the BAA's) first game was played on November 1, 1946, against the Toronto Huskies as the New York Knickerbockers at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, where the Knickerbockers won 68–66.[1]

Season standingsEdit

# Eastern Division
Team W L PCT GB
1 x-Washington Capitols 49 11 .817
2 x-Philadelphia Warriors 35 25 .583 14
3 x-New York Knicks 33 27 .550 16
4 Providence Steamrollers 28 32 .467 21
5 Boston Celtics 22 38 .367 27
6 Toronto Huskies 22 38 .367 27


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1946-47 BAA Records
Team BOS CHI CLE DET NYK PHI PIT PRO STL TOR WAS
Boston 0–6 2–4 3–3 4–2 1–5 5–1 1–5 1–5 4–2 1–5
Chicago 6–0 5–1 3–3 3–3 5–1 6–0 3–3 3–4 4–2 1–5
Cleveland 4–2 1–5 4–2 4–2 3–3 4–2 2–4 1–5 6–0 1–5
Detroit 3–3 3–3 2–4 1–5 2–4 3–3 2–4 0–6 3–3 1–5
New York 2–4 3–3 2-4 5–1 2–4 6–0 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–4
Philadelphia 5–1 1–5 3–3 4–2 4–2 5–1 4–2 3–3 5–1 1–5
Pittsburgh 1–5 0–6 2–4 3–3 0–6 1–5 3–3 1–5 3–3 1–5
Providence 5–1 3–3 4–2 4–2 2–4 2–4 3–3 2–4 3–3 0–6
St. Louis 5–1 4–3 5–1 6–0 2–4 3–3 5–1 4–2 2–4 2–4
Toronto 2–4 2–4 0–6 3–3 3–3 1–5 3–3 3–3 4–2 1–5
Washington 5–1 5–1 5–1 5–1 4–2 5–1 5–1 6–0 4–2 5–1

Game logEdit

1946–47 Game Log
1946–47 Schedule

PlayoffsEdit

BAA First RoundEdit

(E3) New York Knicks vs. (W3) Cleveland Rebels: Knicks win series 2–1

  • Game 1 @ Cleveland: Cleveland 77, New York 51
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 86, Cleveland 74
  • Game 3 @ New York: New York 93, Cleveland 71

BAA SemifinalsEdit

(E2) Philadelphia Warriors vs. (E3) New York Knicks: Warriors win series 2–0

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 82, New York 70
  • Game 2 @ New York: Philadelphia 72, New York 53 [2]

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

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

January 21, 1947
To New York Knicks
Bob Fitzgerald[3]
To Toronto Huskies
Bob Mullens

SalesEdit

Player Date sold New team
Jake Weber[3] December 2, 1946 Providence Steamrollers
Ralph Kaplowitz[3] January 16, 1947 Philadelphia Warriors
Hank Rosenstein[3] January 26, 1947 Providence Steamrollers
Nat Militzok[4] February, 1947 Toronto Huskies

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Goldaper, Sam. The First Game, National Basketball Association. Accessed 2008-03-25.
  2. ^ 1946–47 New York Knickerbockers Statistics – Basketball-Reference.com
  3. ^ a b c d "1946-47 New York Knicks Transactions". Basketball Reference. Accessed on June 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nat Militzok Stats". Basketball Reference. Accessed on June 21, 2017.

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