1973–74 New York Nets season

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1973–74 New York Nets season
Head coach Kevin Loughery
Arena
Results
Record 55–29 (.655)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish Won ABA Championship
Local media
Television WOR
Radio WHN
< 1972–73 1974–75 >

The 1973–74 New York Nets season was the seventh season in the ABA basketball New York Nets franchise. The Nets won their first ABA Championship in a Finals series against the Utah Stars.

Offseason

ABA Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Exhibition games

On September 18, 1973 the Nets opened the ABA vs. NBA exhibition season against the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. Playing in Binghamton, New York, the Nets beat the 76ers 94-88. On September 28 the Nets again faced the 76ers, this time in Trenton, New Jersey. The Nets also won this matchup, 118-100.

On September 29 in White Plains, New York the Nets faced the Washington Bullets. Julius Erving scored a game-high 42 points as the Nets prevailed 127-121.

On October 2, 17,226 fans showed up at Madison Square Garden to watch the Nets play the New York Knicks. Erving scored 27 points, 12 of them in the third quarter, as the Nets won 97-87.

On October 7 the Nets took their 4–0 streak against NBA teams into a contest with the Boston Celtics in Uniondale, New York. Erving scored 23 points, but John Havlicek scored 37 for Boston as the Celtics won, 121-102.1

Regular season

Season standings

Eastern Division
Team W L PCT GB
New York Nets 55 29 .655 -
Kentucky Colonels 53 31 .631 2
Carolina Cougars 47 37 .560 8
Virginia Squires 28 56 .333 27
Memphis Tams 21 63 .250 34

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Schedule

Game Date Opponent Result Nets points Opponents Record Streak Notes
1 October 10 Indiana Pacers Loss 99 118 0-1 Lost 1
2 October 12 Virginia Squires Win 116 105 1-1 Won 1

3

Player stats

Note: GP= Games played; MIN= Minutes; STL= Steals; REB = Rebounds; ASST = Assists; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points

Player GP MIN STL REB ASST BLK PTS
Julius Erving 84 3398 190 899 434 204 2299
Larry Kenon 84 2908 79 962 112 19 1334
Billy Paultz 77 2596 60 782 167 147 1260
John Williamson 77 2264 86 213 243 27 1116
Brian Taylor 75 2505 154 214 341 22 834
John Roche 50 1254 41 59 208 6 570
Willard Sojourner 82 1316 24 335 54 88 458
Billy Schaeffer 59 871 24 141 37 9 385
Bill Melchionni 56 1146 51 77 207 5 296
Mike Gale 32 904 60 152 124 34 257
Wendell Ladner 30 637 46 161 65 3 203
Gary Gregor 25 313 4 71 15 1 91
Jim O'Brien 11 54 3 17 6 3 39
Oliver Taylor 8 76 3 14 10 0 28
Rich Rinaldi 5 28 2 5 1 0 12
Bob Lackey 3 15 1 4 1 0 6

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Playoffs

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Transactions

Draft and other non-trade signings

  • Special circumstance draft pick Jim Brewer signs with Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA
  • Undergraduate draft pick Campy Russell stays in college
  • Head coach Lou Carnesecca returns to St. John's University
  • Kevin Loughery becomes head coach
  • Draft pick Doug Collins signs with Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA
  • Draft pick Kermit Washington signs with Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA
  • William M. Skehan is named Executive Vice President

Trades

  • August 1, 1973: George Carter and ABA rights to Kermit Washington and $750,000 traded to the Virginia Squires for Julius Erving and Willie Sojourner
  • September 20, 1973: Jim Ard and John Baum traded to the Memphis Tams for the rights to Larry Kenon
  • January 24, 1974: John Roche traded to the Kentucky Colonels for Mike Gale and Wendell Ladner

Awards, Records and Honors

  • Julius Erving, ABA MVP
  • Julius Erving, Finals MVP
  • Julius Erving, All-Star Team, East Division
  • Larry Kenon, All-Star Team, East Division
  • Billy Paultz, All-Star Team, East Division (missed game due to injury)
  • Julius Erving, All-ABA Team, 1st Team
  • Larry Kenon, ABA All-Rookie Team
  • John Williamson, ABA All-Rookie Team
  • Mike Gale, ABA All-Defensive Team

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