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The New York Knickerbockers are a National Basketball Association team in Manhattan, New York. The franchise was founded in 1946-47 in the Basketball Association of America, which merged with the National Basketball League to create the National Basketball Association in 1949-50.

Historical Overview

Name League Primary Venue Municipality Start End
New York Knickerbockers National Basketball Association Madison Square Garden Manhattan, New York 1967-68
Madison Square Garden (1925) 1949-50 1967-68
Basketball Association of America 1948-49 1948-49
69th Regiment Armory
Madison Square Garden (1925)
1947-48 1947-48
69th Regiment Armory 1946-47 1946-47

Trophy Case

  • Basketball Association of America Championships: 0
  • National Basketball Association Championships: 2 (1969-70, 1972-73)
  • Eastern Conference Championships: 4 (1971-72, 1972-73, 1993-94, 1999)
  • Eastern Division (BAA) Championships: 0
  • Eastern Division (NBA) Championships: 4 (1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1969-70)
  • Atlantic Division Championships: 5 (1970-71, 1988-89, 1992-93, 1993-94, 2012-13)
  • Playoff Berths: 42 (1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1958-59, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1999, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)

Seasons and Venues

Season Win Loss GB Finish Postseason Venues
Basketball Association of America
1946-47 33 27 16 3rd in Eastern Division Defeated Cleveland Rebels 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Philadelphia Warriors 2-0 (best-of-three)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (26 regular season games + two postseason games)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (four regular season games + one postseason game)
1947-48 26 22 1 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated by Baltimore Bullets 2-1 (best-of-three) Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (12 regular season games + one postseason game)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (12 regular season games)
1948-49 32 28 6 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated Baltimore Bullets 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Washington Capitols 2-1 (best-of-three)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (19 regular season games + three postseason games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (11 regular season games)
National Basketball Association
1949-50 40 28 13 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated Washington Capitols 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Syracuse Nationals 2-1 (best-of-three)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (16 regular season games + two postseason games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (13 regular season games)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago (two regular season games)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
Baltimore Coliseum, Baltimore (one regular season game)
1950-51 36 30 4 3rd in Eastern Division Defeated Boston Celtics 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Syracuse Nationals 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Rochester Royals 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (18 regular season games + three postseason games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (nine regular season games + four postseason games)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
Toyota Coliseum, Geddes, New York (one regular season game)
Wharton Field House, Moline, Illinois (one regular season game)
1951-52 37 29 3 3rd in Eastern Division Defeated Boston Celtics 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated Syracuse Nationals 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Minneapolis Lakers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (16 regular season games + one postseason game)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (nine regular season games + five postseason games)
Baltimore Coliseum, Baltimore (two regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (two regular season games)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
Louisville Gardens, Louisville, Kentucky (one regular season game)
North Side High School Gym, Fort Wayne, Indiana (one regular season game)
1952-53 47 23 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Baltimore Bullets 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated Boston Celtics 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Minneapolis Lakers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (18 regular season games + three postseason games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (seven regular season games + three postseason games)
Boston Garden, Boston (five regular season games)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (three regular season games)
Baltimore Coliseum, Baltimore (one regular season games)
Matthews Arena, Boston (one regular season game)
1953-54 44 28 0 1st in Eastern Division Finished 3rd, 0-4 against Syracuse Nationals and Boston Celtics (double round-robin) Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (19 regular season games + two postseason games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (seven regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (five regular season games)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
Baltimore Coliseum, Baltimore (one regular season game)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (one regular season game)
Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York (one regular season game)
1954-55 38 34 5 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated by Boston Celtics 2-1 (best-of-three) Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (19 regular season games + one expunged regular season game + two postseason games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (seven regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (five regular season games)
New Haven Arena (1927), New Haven, Connecticut (two regular season games)
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island (one regular season game)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (one regular season game)
Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York (one regular season game)
1955-56 35 37 10 4th in Eastern Division Defeated by Syracuse Nationals 82-77 in tiebreaker (single-elimination) Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (21 regular season games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (seven regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (four regular season games)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (two regular season games)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
1956-57 36 36 8 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (22 regular season games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (six regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (six regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (one regular season game)
1957-58 35 37 14 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (22 regular season games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (six regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (three regular season games)
Olympia Stadium, Detroit (three regular season games)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (two regular season games)
1958-59 40 32 12 2nd in Eastern Division Defeated by Syracuse Nationals 2-0 (best-of-three) Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (27 regular season games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (three regular season games + one postseason game)
Boston Garden, Boston (two regular season games)
Olympia Stadium, Detroit (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (one regular season game)
1959-60 27 48 32 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (30 regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (three regular season games)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (two regular season games)
69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, New York (one regular season game)
Boston Garden, Boston (one regular season game)
1960-61 21 58 36 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (32 regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (four regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (two regular season games)
Calihan Hall, Detroit (one regular season game)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (one regular season game)
1961-62 29 51 31 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (33 regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (four regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (one regular season game)
1962-63 21 59 37 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (34 regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (three regular season games)
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York (two regular season games)
Cobo Arena, Detroit (one regular season game)
1963-64 22 58 37 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (35 regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (three regular season games)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
1964-65 31 49 31 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (35 regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (three regular season games)
Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati (one regular season game)
Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia (one regular season game)
1965-66 30 50 25 4th in Eastern Division Did not qualify Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (34 regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (two regular season games)
Cobo Arena, Detroit (two regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (two regular season games)
1966-67 36 45 32 4th in Eastern Division Defeated by Boston Celtics 3-1 (best-of-five) Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (35 regular season games + two postseason games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (three regular season games)
Boston Garden, Boston (two regular season games)
1967-68 43 39 19 3rd in Eastern Division Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 (best-of-seven) Madison Square Garden (1925), Manhattan, New York (27 regular season games)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (10 regular season games + three postseason games)
Boston Garden, Boston (two regular season games)
Spectrum, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
1968-69 54 28 3 3rd in Eastern Division Defeated Baltimore Bullets 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (37 regular season games + five postseason games)
Boston Garden, Boston (two regular season games)
Spectrum, Philadelphia (two regular season games)
1969-70 60 22 0 1st in Eastern Division Defeated Baltimore Bullets 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Milwaukee Bucks 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + 11 postseason games)
1970-71 52 30 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Baltimore Bullets 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + seven postseason games)
1971-72 48 34 8 2nd in Atlantic Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Baltimore Bullets 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + seven postseason games)
1972-73 57 25 11 2nd in Atlantic Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Baltimore Bullets 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + eight postseason games)
1973-74 49 33 7 2nd in Atlantic Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Capital Bullets 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
1974-75 40 42 20 3rd in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Houston Rockets 2-1 (best-of-three) Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1975-76 38 44 16 4th in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
1976-77 40 42 10 3rd in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
1977-78 43 39 12 2nd in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
1978-79 31 51 23 4th in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
1979-80 39 43 22 4th in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
1980-81 50 32 12 3rd in Atlantic Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 2-0 (best-of-three) Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1981-82 33 49 30 5th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
1982-83 44 38 21 4th in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Defeated New Jersey Nets 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
1983-84 47 35 15 3rd in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Detroit Pistons 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
1984-85 24 58 39 5th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
1985-86 23 59 44 5th in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
1986-87 24 58 35 5th in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
1987-88 38 44 19 3rd in Atlantic Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Boston Celtics 3-1 (best-of-five) Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1988-89 52 30 0 1st in Atlantic Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Philadelphia 76ers 3-0 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
1989-90 45 37 8 3rd in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Boston Celtics 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Detroit Pistons 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + four postseason games)
1990-91 39 43 17 3rd in Atlantic Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 3-0 (best-of-five) Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1991-92 51 31 0 2nd in Atlantic Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Detroit Pistons 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
1992-93 60 22 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Indiana Pacers 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated Charlotte Hornets 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + eight postseason games)
1993-94 57 25 0 1st in Atlantic Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated New Jersey Nets 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated Chicago Bulls 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Indiana Pacers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Houston Rockets 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + 13 postseason games)
1994-95 55 27 2 2nd in Atlantic Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Indiana Pacers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
1995-96 47 35 13 2nd in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 3-0 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
1996-97 57 25 4 2nd in Atlantic Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Charlotte Hornets 3-0 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Miami HEAT 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
1997-98 43 39 12 2nd in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Miami HEAT 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Indiana Pacers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + four postseason games)
1999 27 23 6 4th in Atlantic Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Miami HEAT 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Indiana Pacers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by San Antonio Spurs 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (25 regular season games + 10 postseason games)
1999-2000 50 32 2 2nd in Atlantic Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Toronto Raptors 3-0 (best-of-five)
Defeated Miami HEAT 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Indiana Pacers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + eight postseason games)
2000-01 48 34 5 3rd in Atlantic Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Toronto Raptors 3-2 (best-of-five) Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
2001-02 30 52 22 7th in Atlantic Division
13th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2002-03 37 45 12 6th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2003-04 39 43 8 3rd in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by New Jersey Nets 4-0 (best-of-seven) Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2004-05 33 49 12 5th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2005-06 23 59 26 5th in Atlantic Division
15th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2006-07 33 49 14 4th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2007-08 23 59 43 5th in Atlantic Division
14th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2008-09 32 50 30 5th in Atlantic Division
14th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2009-10 29 53 21 3rd in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2010-11 42 40 14 2nd in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-0 (best-of-seven) Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2011-12 36 30 14 2nd in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Miami HEAT 4-1 (best-of-seven) Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (33 regular season games + two postseason games)
2012-13 54 28 0 1st in Atlantic Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Indiana Pacers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
2013-14 37 45 11 3rd in Atlantic Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2014-15 17 65 32 5th in Atlantic Division
15th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2015-16 32 50 24 3rd in Atlantic Division
13th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2016-17 31 51 22 3rd in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2017-18 29 53 30 4th in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2018-19 17 65 43 5th in Atlantic Division
15th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (41 regular season games)
2019-20 21 45 29 5th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York (33 regular season games)