1967–68 New York Knicks season

The 1967–68 New York Knicks season was the 22nd season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks finished in third place in the Eastern Division with a 43–39 record, qualifying for the NBA Playoffs for the second consecutive season.[3] New York lost its opening round series to the Philadelphia 76ers, four games to two.[4] Willis Reed scored 20.6 points per game and had 13.2 rebounds per game, leading the Knicks in both categories; Frazier had a team-high 4.1 assists per game.[5]

1967–68 New York Knicks season
Head coachDick McGuire
Red Holzman
General managerEddie Donovan
ArenaMadison Square Garden III
Results
Record43–39 (.524)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Division Semifinals
(Lost to 76ers 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWOR-TV[1]
RadioWHN[2]
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Walt Frazier joined the Knicks' roster in time for the 1967–68 season, having been selected by the team in the first round of the 1967 NBA draft.[6] Bill Bradley also made his Knicks debut in 1967.[7] New York had an early season six-game losing streak and stood at 15–22 on December 27.[8] The Knicks then replaced their head coach, hiring Red Holzman to fill the position.[9] To begin 1968, they won six consecutive games and reached 33–33 by mid-February.[8] With a 28–17 record in Holzman's 45 games as coach, the Knicks reached the playoffs.[10] The Knicks and 76ers split the first four games of their playoff series, before Philadelphia won games five and six to end New York's season.[4]

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.[6]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 5 Walt Frazier G   United States Southern Illinois
2 17 Phil Jackson F/C   United States North Dakota
3 24 Gary Gregor F/C   United States South Carolina
12 128 Mike Riordan F   United States Providence

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia 76ers 62 20 .756 27–8 26–12 9–0 29–11
x-Boston Celtics 54 28 .659 8 28–9 21–16 5–3 24–16
x-New York Knicks 43 39 .524 19 20–17 21–16 2–6 19–21
x-Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 22 21–11 12–23 7–8 15–25
Cincinnati Royals 39 43 .476 23 18–12 13–23 8–8 18–22
Baltimore Bullets 36 46 .439 26 17–19 12–23 7–4 15–25


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1967-68 NBA Records
Team BAL BOS CHI CIN DET LAL NYK PHI SDR SFW SEA STL
Baltimore 3–5 2–5 5–3 4–4 3–4 3–5 0–8 7–0 2–5 5–2 2–5
Boston 5–3 5–2 3–5 6–2 4–3 6–2 4–4 7–0 4–3 6–1 4–3
Chicago 5–2 2–5 5–2 3–4 1–7 2–5 1–6 4–4 2–6 3–5 1–7
Cincinnati 3–5 5–3 2–5 4–4 1–6 3–5 3–5 7–0 4–3 6–1 1–6
Detroit 4–4 2–6 4–3 4–4 2–5 4–4 1–7 5–2 4–3 6–1 4–3
Los Angeles 4–3 3–4 7–1 6–1 5–2 4–3 2–5 7–1 4–4 4–4 6–2
New York 5–3 2–6 5–2 5–3 4–4 3–4 3–5 6–1 5–2 4–3 1–6
Philadelphia 8–0 4–4 6–1 5–3 7–1 5–2 5–3 6–1 4–3 7–0 5–2
San Diego 0–7 0–7 4–4 0–7 2–5 1–7 1–6 1–6 2–6 3–5 1–7
San Francisco 5–2 3–4 6–2 3–4 3–4 4–4 2–5 3–4 6–2 7–1 1–7
Seattle 2–5 1–6 5–3 1–6 1–6 4–4 3–4 0–7 5–3 1–7 0–8
St. Louis 5–2 3–4 7–1 6–1 3–4 2–6 6–1 2–5 7–1 7–1 8–0

PlayoffsEdit

1968 playoff game log
Division Semifinals: 2–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–3)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 March 22 @ Philadelphia L 110–118 Willis Reed (38) Willis Reed (23) Dick Van Arsdale (8) Spectrum
5,093
0–1
2 March 23 Philadelphia W 128–117 Walt Bellamy (26) Walt Bellamy (17) Walt Frazier (7) Madison Square Garden III
15,911
1–1
3 March 27 @ Philadelphia L 132–138 (2OT) Cazzie Russell (40) Walt Bellamy (19) Walt Frazier (9) Spectrum
6,951
1–2
4 March 30 Philadelphia W 107–98 Walt Bellamy (28) Walt Bellamy (13) Howard Komives (8) Madison Square Garden III
18,262
2–2
5 March 31 @ Philadelphia L 105–123 Cazzie Russell (31) Walt Bellamy (10) Howard Komives (5) Spectrum
6,979
2–3
6 April 1 Philadelphia L 97–113 Bellamy, Barnett (19) Walt Bellamy (22) Howard Komives (6) Madison Square Garden III
18,014
2–4
1968 schedule

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 331. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  2. ^ The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 330. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "New York Knickerbockers". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "1968 NBA Playoff Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on May 6, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "1967–68 New York Knicks Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "1967 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Araton, p. 61.
  8. ^ a b "1967–68 New York Knicks Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Araton, p. 69.
  10. ^ Araton, p. 73.
  11. ^ "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "NBA & ABA All-Rookie Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved July 27, 2013.

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