|1995–96 New York Knicks season|
|Head coach|| Don Nelson |
Jeff Van Gundy
|General manager||Ernie Grunfeld|
|Owners|| ITT |
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Atlantic)|
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish|| East Conference Semifinals |
(Lost to Bulls 1–4)
The 1995–96 NBA season was the 50th season for the Knicks in the National Basketball Association in New York City, New York.After Pat Riley left to coach the Miami Heat, the Knicks hired Don Nelson (their "Plan B" after Chuck Daly rejected their offer) and won ten of their first twelve games. However, the team never seemed to get under Nelson down the stretch, as he was replaced by long time assistant Jeff Van Gundy after 59 games. At midseason, the Knicks traded Charles D. Smith to the San Antonio Spurs for J.R. Reid, and dealt Doug Christie to the expansion Toronto Raptors for Willie Anderson. Under Van Gundy, the Knicks finished the season playing around .500 to post a 47–35 record, second in the Atlantic Division, with Patrick Ewing being selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.
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, Hubert Davis was traded to the Toronto Raptors, and Reid and Anderson were both released.
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.
The Knicks had no draft picks for 1995.
New York Knicks roster
|x-New York Knicks||47||35||.573||25.0||26–15||21–20||16–8||82|
|New Jersey Nets||30||52||.366||42.0||20–21||10–31||8–17||82|
|1||z-Chicago Bulls *||72||10||.878||–||82|
|2||y-Orlando Magic *||60||22||.732||12.0||82|
|5||x-New York Knicks||47||35||.573||25.0||82|
|12||New Jersey Nets||30||52||.366||42.0||82|
|1995-96 NBA Records|
(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) New York Knicks Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3-1)
|1||April 25||Cleveland||83||New York||106||0-1||Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||1||TBS 7:00et|
|2||April 27||Cleveland||80||New York||84||0-2||Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||2||NBC 1:00et|
|3||May 1||New York||81||Cleveland||76||0-3||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||3||TBS 7:00et|
|New York wins series 3–0|
(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) New York Knicks Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Chicago won 4-1)
|1||May 5||Chicago||91||New York||84||1-0||United Center, Chicago, Illinois||1||NBC 5:30et|
|2||May 7||Chicago||91||New York||80||2-0||United Center, Chicago, Illinois||2||TNT 9:30et|
|3*||May 11||New York||102||Chicago||99||2-1||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||3||NBC 1:00et|
|4||May 12||New York||91||Chicago||94||3-1||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||4||NBC 5:30et|
|5||May 14||Chicago||94||New York||81||4-1||United Center, Chicago, Illinois||5||TNT 8:00et|
|Chicago wins series 4–1|
|Player||Games Played||Points||Assists||Field Goals||Rebounds|
|October 13, 1995||To New York Knicks |
1996 1st-round pick
To Miami Heat
Pat Riley (coach)
|February 8, 1996||To New York Knicks |
J. R. Reid
1996 1st-round pick
To San Antonio Spurs
|February 18, 1996||To New York Knicks |
To Toronto Raptors
|Player||Date signed||Former team|
|Gary Grant||November 8||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Matt Fish (10-day)||February 24||Fort Wayne Fury (CBA)|
|Herb Williams||February 28||Toronto Raptors|
|Ron Grandison (first 10-day)||March 12||Omaha Racers (CBA)|
|Ron Grandison (remainder of season)||March 29||New York Knicks|
|Player||Date signed||New Team|
|Matt Fish||March 5||Denver Nuggets|
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