New York Knicks Tournament: First Round Matchup, East Region

As I mentioned before in a previous post, we are launching into the first Buckets Over Braodway New York Knicks Tournament to determine the best Knicks team of all time and you get to decide the winner.

Our opening round matchup of the East Region features the No. 1 seeded 1972-73 team against the no. 8 seed 1950-51 squad.

Their resume’s look like this:

1972-73: 57-25 regualar season and won the NBA championship

1950-51: 36-30 regular season; lost in NBA Finals

The ’73 team was the last Knicks team to win an NBA championship. They finished third in the Atlantic Division that season before going on a roll in the postseason, knocking off the Baltimore Bullets and Boston Celtics before defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in five games to capture the title.

The ’51 team finished third in the Eastern Division before beating the Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals to advance to the NBA Finals, losing there in seven games to the Rochester Royals.

Here’s how the two teams stack up against each other.

1972-73

Coach: Red Holzman

Starters:

C- Willis Reed (11.0 PPG; 8.6 RPG; 1973 Finals MVP)

F- Dave DeBusschere (16.3 PPG; 10.2 RPG)

F- Bill Bradley (16.1 PPG)

G- Earl Monroe (15.5 PPG)

G- Walt Frazier (21.1 PPG; 7.3 RPG; 5.9 APG)

Bench: Phil Jackson; Jerry Lucas; John Gianelli; Dick Barnett; Dean Meminger; Henry Bibby

1950-51

Coach: Joe Lapchick

Starters

Vince Boryla (14.9 PPG)

Harry Gallatin (12.8 PPG; 12.1 RPG)

Max Zaslofsky (12.7 PPG)

Connie Simmons (9.2 PPG; 6.5 RPG)

Dick McGuire (8.4 PPG; 6.3 APG; 5.4 RPG)

Bench: Nathaniuel Clifton; Ernie Vandeweghe; Tex Ritter; Ray Lumpp

My Take: The 1973 team is just a a great team filled with great players who accomplished what hasn’t been accomplished by players wearing Knicks jerseies in almost 40 years.

Their starting five will be tough for any Knicks team to matchup with in this tournament and should go on to win this game fairly easy.

Your Vote: Your vote is the one that counts though, so make sure you vote for the winner in the poll on the right hand side of this page. Voting is open until tomorrow afternoon and the winner will advance to the Sweet 16. DeBusschere is going to be the difference maker in this one as his ability to not only score, but crash the glass will give the ’73 Knicks a big edge.

Up Next: Check back tomorrow to not only see who wins this matchup but also vote on the second game in the East Region, featuring (2) 1994-95 Knicks vs. (7) 1977-78 Knicks.

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Topics: Dave DeBusschere, NBA, New York Knicks, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed

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