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1995–96 New York Knicks seasonDescription : The 1995–96 New York Knicks season was the 50th season of NBA basketball in New York City, New York. After Pat Riley left to coach the Miami Heat, the Knicks hired Don Nelson. However, the team never seemed to get under Nelson, as he was replaced in the middle of the season by long time assistant Jeff Van Gundy. Under Van Gundy, the Knicks finished the season winning 13 of their final 22 games to post a 47–35 record, second in the Atlantic Division. In the first round of the playoffs, the Kni... Page:1408

1995–96 New York Knicks season
Head coachDon Nelson
Jeff Van Gundy
General managerErnie Grunfeld
Owner(s)ITT
Cablevision
ArenaMadison Square Garden
Results
Record47–35 (.573)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionMSG Network, EMI
RadioWFAN
< 1994–951996–97 >

The 1995–96 New York Knicks season was the 50th season of NBA basketball in New York City, New York. After Pat Riley left to coach the Miami Heat, the Knicks hired Don Nelson. However, the team never seemed to get under Nelson, as he was replaced in the middle of the season by long time assistant Jeff Van Gundy. Under Van Gundy, the Knicks finished the season winning 13 of their final 22 games to post a 47–35 record, second in the Atlantic Division. In the first round of the playoffs, the Knicks swept the 4th-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in three straight games. However, they would lose four games to one to the Chicago Bulls in the semifinals. Following the season, Anthony Mason was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, Derek Harper re-signed as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks, and Hubert Davis was traded to the Toronto Raptors.

For the season, the Knicks added the "New York" script to their logo. They also had new alternate uniforms, which they wore on the road so often that they would become their primary road jerseys for the 1997–98 season.

Offseason

NBA Draft

Main article: 1995 NBA Draft

The Knicks had no draft picks for 1995.

Roster

New York Knicks roster
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PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY–MM–DD)From
2.0 !SG40USA !United StatesAnderson, Willie7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)190 lb (86 kg)Georgia
2.0 !SG44USA !United StatesDavis, Hubert7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)183 lb (83 kg)North Carolina
6.0 !C33USA !United StatesEwing, Patrick7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)240 lb (109 kg)Georgetown
4.5 !PF20USA !United StatesGrandison, Ron7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)215 lb (98 kg)New Orleans
1.0 !PG23USA !United StatesGrant, Gary7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)Michigan
1.0 !PG11USA !United StatesHarper, Derek7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)185 lb (84 kg)Illinois
4.5 !PF54USA !United StatesLohaus, Brad7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)230 lb (104 kg)Iowa
3.0 !SF14USA !United StatesMason, Anthony7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)250 lb (113 kg)Tennessee State
4.5 !PF34USA !United StatesOakley, Charles7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)225 lb (102 kg)Virginia Union
4.5 !PF7USA !United StatesReid, J. R.7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)247 lb (112 kg)North Carolina
2.0 !SG3USA !United StatesStarks, John7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)180 lb (82 kg)Oklahoma State
1.0 !PG21USA !United StatesWard, Charlie7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)190 lb (86 kg)Florida State
6.0 !C32USA !United StatesWilliams, Herb7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)242 lb (110 kg)Ohio State
Head coach
  • United States Jeff Van Gundy (Nazareth College)
Assistant coach(es)
  • United States Greg Brittenham (Nebraska-Kearney)
  • United States Don Chaney (Houston)
  • United States Jeff Nix (Canisius)
  • United States Bob Salmi (Florida Southern)

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

Roster • Transactions

Roster Notes

  • Center Herb Williams was traded at midseason to the Toronto Raptors, where he would play just one game before being waived, and was re-signed by the Knicks for the rest of the season.

Regular season

Season Standings

Atlantic Division
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WLPCTGBHomeRoadDiv
y-Orlando Magic6022.73237–423–1821–3
x-New York Knicks4735.5731326–1521–2016–8
x-Miami Heat4240.5121826–1516–2513–12
Washington Bullets3943.4762125–1614–2710–14
Boston Celtics3349.4022718–2315–2612–12
New Jersey Nets3052.3663020–2110–318–17
Philadelphia 76ers1864.2204211–307–345–19


Schedule

GameDateOpponentResultKnicks pointsOpponentsRecordStreakNotes
1

Playoffs

East First Round

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) New York Knicks Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3-1)

GameDateHomeScoreVisitorScoreRecord

(CLE-NYK)

VenueRecapTelevision
1April 25Cleveland83New York1060-1Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio1TBS 7:00et
2April 27Cleveland80New York840-2Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio2NBC 1:00et
3May 1New York81Cleveland760-3Madison Square Garden, New York, New York3TBS 7:00et
New York wins series 3–0

East Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) New York Knicks Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Eastern Conference Semifinals (New York won 4-3)

GameDateHomeScoreVisitorScoreRecord

(CHI-NYK)

VenueRecapTelevision
1May 5Chicago91New York841-0United Center, Chicago, Illinois1NBC 5:30et
2May 7Chicago91New York802-0United Center, Chicago, Illinois2TNT 9:30et
3*May 11New York102Chicago992-1Madison Square Garden, New York, New York3NBC 1:00et
4May 12New York91Chicago943-1Madison Square Garden, New York, New York4NBC 5:30et
5May 14Chicago94New York814-1United Center, Chicago, Illinois5TNT 8:00et
Chicago wins series 4–1

*Required overtime

Player stats

PlayerGames PlayedPointsAssistsField GoalsRebounds

Transactions

Trades

October 13, 1995To New York Knicks
1996 1st-round pick
To Miami Heat
Pat Riley (coach)


February 8, 1996To New York Knicks
Brad Lohaus
J. R. Reid
1996 1st-round pick
To San Antonio Spurs
Charles Smith
Monty Williams


February 18, 1996To New York Knicks
Victor Alexander
Willie Anderson
To Toronto Raptors
Doug Christie
Herb Williams
Cash

Free Agents

Additions
PlayerDate signedFormer team
Gary GrantNovember 8Los Angeles Clippers
Matt Fish (10-day)February 24Fort Wayne Fury (CBA)
Herb WilliamsFebruary 28Toronto Raptors
Ron Grandison (first 10-day)March 12Omaha Racers (CBA)
Ron Grandison (remainder of season)March 29New York Knicks
Subtractions
PlayerDate signedNew Team
Matt FishMarch 5Denver Nuggets

Awards and records

Records

Milestones

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