New York Knicks Regular Season Rosters

1953-1954 New York Knicks Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Don Ackerman G 6-0 183 0 Long Island 1953 Rnd 2 Pick 2 United States
Jim Baechtold F 6-4 205 1 Eastern Kentucky 1952 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
Vince Boryla SF 6-5 210 4 Denver 1949 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Carl Braun SG 6-5 180 4 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Nat Clifton PF 6-6 220 3 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Ray Felix C 6-11 220 0 Manchester (ABL) (United States) 1953 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
Harry Gallatin FC 6-6 210 5 Truman State 1947 Rnd 4 Pick 10 United States
Al McGuire PG 6-2 180 2 St. John's 1951 Rnd 6 Pick 6 United States
Dick McGuire G 6-0 180 4 St. John's 1949 Rnd 1 Pick 8 United States
Fred Schaus GF 6-5 205 4 West Virginia 1949 Rnd 3 Pick 3 United States
Connie Simmons F 6-8 222 7 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Ed Smith F 6-6 180 0 Harvard 1951 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
Joe Smyth GF 6-3 215 0 Niagara 1953 Rnd 6 Pick 8 United States
Ernie Vandeweghe G 6-3 195 4 Colgate 1949 Rnd 3 Pick 8 Canada

1953-1954 New York Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters C. Braun J. Baechtold C. Simmons H. Gallatin N. Clifton
Rotation A. McGuire D. McGuire V. Boryla    
Rotation   D. Ackerman      
Lim PT   E. Vandeweghe F. Schaus    
Lim PT     E. Smith    

1953-1954 Eastern Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1New York Knicks44-28-
2Boston Celtics42-302
3Syracuse Nationals42-302
4San Francisco Warriors29-4315
5Baltimore Bullets (BAA)16-5628

1953-1954 New York Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Harry Gallatin All-NBA First Team (1954)
Carl Braun All-NBA Second Team (1954)
Dick McGuire Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1954)
Harry Gallatin Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1954)
Carl Braun Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1954)

1953-1954 New York Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Carl Braun 72 33.0 14.8 3.4 2.9
Harry Gallatin 72 37.4 13.2 15.2 2.1
Connie Simmons 72 27.9 10.0 6.7 1.8
Nat Clifton 72 30.3 9.6 7.3 2.4
Dick McGuire 68 34.5 9.1 4.6 5.2
Jim Baechtold 70 23.2 6.8 2.6 1.7
Vince Boryla 52 29.3 8.1 2.5 1.5
Fred Schaus 44 28.2 8.8 4.9 2.0
Al McGuire 64 13.3 2.7 1.9 1.6
Ernie Vandeweghe 15 18.1 6.6 1.3 1.9
Don Ackerman 28 7.9 1.5 0.5 0.8
Ed Smith 12 10.6 2.9 2.7 0.8
Joe Smyth 8 7.4 1.9 1.2 0.2

1953-1954 New York Knicks Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Harry Gallatin was selected as the #10 pick in the 4 Round of the 1947 NBA Draft by the Baltimore Bullets (BAA). Harry Gallatin signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1948.

Al McGuire was selected as the #6 pick in the 6 Round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Al McGuire signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1951.

Dick McGuire was selected as the #8 pick in the First Round of the 1949 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Dick McGuire signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1949.

Ed Smith was selected as the #6 pick in the First Round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Ed Smith signed a contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1953.

Ernie Vandeweghe was selected as the #8 pick in the 3 Round of the 1949 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Ernie Vandeweghe signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1949.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Don Ackerman, the #2 pick in the Second Round of the 1953 NBA Draft, were acquired by the New York Knicks from the Baltimore Bullets (BAA) on August 1, 1953. Don Ackerman signed a contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1953.

Acquired via Trade

Jim Baechtold was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the Baltimore Bullets (BAA) on August 24, 1953.

Carl Braun was acquired in a trade by the from the Milwaukee Hawks on November 29, 1953.

Nat Clifton with the on September 1, 1949. Nat Clifton signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1950.

Fred Schaus was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the Fort Wayne Pistons on December 29, 1953.

Connie Simmons was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the Baltimore Bullets (BAA) on September 1, 1949.

Acquired via Free Agency

Vince Boryla signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1949.

1953-1954 New York Knicks Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Ned Irish General Manager 1946-1947 N/A