New York Knicks Regular Season Rosters

1961-1962 New York Knicks Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
George Blaney G 6-1 175 0 Holy Cross 1961 Rnd 4 Pick 1 United States
Cleveland Buckner FC 6-9 210 0 Jackson State 1961 Rnd 6 Pick 1 United States
Dave Budd SF 6-6 205 1 Wake Forest 1960 Rnd 2 Pick 2 United States
Ed Burton F 6-6 225 0 Michigan State 1961 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Donnie Butcher G 6-2 200 0 Pikeville 1961 Rnd 7 Pick 1 United States
Al Butler G 6-2 175 0 Niagara 1961 Rnd 2 Pick 8 United States
Johnny Green SF 6-5 200 2 Michigan State 1959 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
Richie Guerin SG 6-4 195 5 Iona 1954 Rnd 2 Pick 8 United States
Darrall Imhoff C 6-10 220 1 California 1960 Rnd 1 Pick 3 United States
Phil Jordon C 6-10 205 5 Whitworth University 1956 Rnd 6 Pick 3 United States
Doug Kistler F 6-9 205 0 Duke 1961 Rnd 3 Pick 3 United States
Whitey Martin G 6-2 185 0 St. Bonaventure 1961 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
Willie Naulls F 6-6 225 5 UCLA 1956 Rnd 2 Pick 2 United States
John Rudometkin F 6-6 205 0 USC 1962 Rnd 2 Pick 2 United States
Bill Smith GF 6-5 190 0 Saint Peter's 1961 Rnd 5 Pick 1 United States
Sam Stith G 6-2 185 0 St. Bonaventure 1960 Rnd 8 Pick 1 United States

1961-1962 New York Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters R. Guerin J. Green W. Naulls P. Jordon D. Imhoff
Rotation   W. Martin D. Budd C. Buckner  
Rotation   S. Stith B. Smith    
Rotation   D. Butcher E. Burton    
Rotation   G. Blaney      
Lim PT   A. Butler      

1961-1962 Eastern Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Boston Celtics60-20-
2San Francisco Warriors49-3111
3Syracuse Nationals41-3919
4New York Knicks29-5131

1961-1962 New York Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Richie Guerin All-NBA Second Team (1962)
Richie Guerin Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1962)
Willie Naulls Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1962)
Johnny Green Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1962)

1961-1962 New York Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Richie Guerin 78 42.9 29.5 6.4 6.9
Willie Naulls 75 39.7 25.0 11.6 2.6
Johnny Green 80 34.9 15.9 13.3 2.4
Phil Jordon 76 28.9 11.9 6.3 2.1
Al Butler 54 36.5 14.7 6.0 3.7
Dave Budd 79 17.3 6.5 4.4 1.1
Darrall Imhoff 76 19.5 5.9 6.2 1.1
Cleveland Buckner 62 11.2 6.4 3.8 0.6
Whitey Martin 66 15.4 3.4 2.4 1.7
Sam Stith 32 13.8 4.4 1.6 1.9
Donnie Butcher 47 10.2 2.9 1.7 1.1
George Blaney 36 10.1 3.2 1.0 1.2
Bill Smith 9 9.2 2.6 1.8 0.8
Ed Burton 8 3.5 1.9 0.6 0.1
Doug Kistler 5 2.6 1.6 0.2 0.0

1961-1962 New York Knicks Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

George Blaney was selected as the #1 pick in the 4 Round of the 1961 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. George Blaney signed a contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1961.

Cleveland Buckner was selected as the #1 pick in the 6 Round of the 1961 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Cleveland Buckner signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1961.

Donnie Butcher was selected as the #1 pick in the 7 Round of the 1961 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Donnie Butcher signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1961.

Johnny Green was selected as the #5 pick in the First Round of the 1959 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Johnny Green signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1959.

Richie Guerin was selected as the #8 pick in the Second Round of the 1954 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Richie Guerin signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1956.

Darrall Imhoff was selected as the #3 pick in the First Round of the 1960 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Darrall Imhoff signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1960.

Whitey Martin was selected as the #1 pick in the Second Round of the 1961 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Whitey Martin signed a contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1961.

Bill Smith was selected as the #1 pick in the 5 Round of the 1961 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Bill Smith signed a contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1961.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Sam Stith, the #1 pick in the 8 Round of the 1960 NBA Draft, were acquired by the New York Knicks from the Cincinnati Royals on May 16, 1961. Sam Stith signed a contract with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1961.

Acquired via Trade

Dave Budd was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the Chicago Zephyrs on May 16, 1961.

Al Butler was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the Boston Celtics on December 5, 1961.

Phil Jordon was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the Minneapolis Lakers on October 26, 1956.

Willie Naulls was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the St. Louis Hawks on December 10, 1956. Willie Naulls re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on July 1, 1961.

Acquired via Free Agency

Ed Burton signed a contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on September 1, 1961.

1961-1962 New York Knicks Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Ned Irish President 1946-1947 N/A
Fred Podesta General Manager 1961-1962 General Manager (New York Knicks, 1957 to 1960)