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Worst seasons in Knicks history

The Knicks have finished with a winning percentage of .400 or below 16 times. With a 5-35 record through the first 40 games of the 2014-15 season, the Knicks are on pace to make 17. The seasons are represented with the team's head coach, top statistics, streaks and fun facts.

2008-09

Season: 2008-09 Record: 32-50 (.390) Head coach: Mike
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 2008-09
Record: 32-50 (.390)
Head coach: Mike D’Antoni
Longest winning streak: 3 (four times)
Longest losing streak: 6 (twice)
PPG: 105.2
Top scorer: Al Harrington (20.7)
Fun fact: The Knicks paid Stephon Marbury $20.8 million to appear in 24 games for the team - or $866,666 per game. The team waived Marbury in February 2009, and he concluded his season in Boston before becoming a star in China’s CBA.

1964-1965

Season: 1964-65 Record: 31-49 (.388) Head coach: Eddie
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1964-65
Record: 31-49 (.388)
Head coach: Eddie Donovan / Harry Galatin
Longest winning streak: Oct. 31 - Nov. 20, 1964
Longest losing streak: 3 (twice)
PPG: 107.4
Top scorer: Willis Reed (19.5)
Fun fact: The Knicks limited opponents to 111.1 PPG, better than half the teams that reached the playoffs. However, the team’s anemic defense cost them a successful season.

1978-1979

Season: 1978-79 Record: 31-51 (.378) Head coach: Willis
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1978-79
Record: 31-51 (.378)
Head coach: Willis Reed / Red Holzman
Longest winning streak: 5 (Nov. 14 - Nov. 21, 1978)
Longest losing streak: 8 (March 21 - April 5, 1979)
PPG: 107.7
Top scorer: Bob McAdoo (26.9)
Fun fact: The Knicks were a .500 team (19-19) through the new year, but went 12-32 to conclude the season.

1965-1966

Season: 1965-66 Record: 30-50 (.378) Head coach: Harry
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1965-66
Record: 30-50 (.378)
Head coach: Harry Galatin / Dick McGuire
Longest winning streak: 4 (Feb. 1, - Feb. 8, 1966)
Longest losing streak: 8 (March 11 - March 19, 1966)
PPG: 116.7
Top scorer: Walt Bellamy (23.2)
Fun fact: Howard Komives led the charge for the Knicks at the foul line with a third 86.1-percent rate.

2001-2002

Record: 30-52 (.366) Head coach: Jeff Van Gundy
Photo Credit: AP

Record: 30-52 (.366)
Head coach: Jeff Van Gundy
Longest winning streak: 4 (Jan. 23 - Jan. 29, 2002)
Longest losing streak: 8 (Jan. 7 - Jan. 21, 2002)
PPG: 91.6
Top scorer: Allan Houston (20.4)
Fun fact: Power forward Kurt Thomas led the league with 341 personal fouls.

1959-1960

Season: 1959-60 Record: 27-480 (.360) Head coach: Andrew
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1959-60
Record: 27-480 (.360)
Head coach: Andrew Levane / Carl Braun
Longest winning streak: 4 (Dec. 26 1959 - Jan. 2, 1960)
Longest losing streak: 10 (Feb. 18 - March 4, 1960)
PPG: 117.3
Top scorer: Richie Guerin (23.9)
Fun fact: The Knicks’ 27-48 record put the team 18 games behind the Syracuse Nationals for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division, but the 25-win Minneapolis Lakers earned a playoff spot in a weak Western Division.

1961-62

Season: 1961-62 Record: 29-51 (.363) Head coach: Eddie
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1961-62
Record: 29-51 (.363)
Head coach: Eddie Donovan
Longest winning streak: 3 (Dec. 29, 1961- Jan. 2, 1962)
Longest losing streak: 8 (Dec. 5- Dec. 17, 1961)
PPG: 114.8
Top scorer: Richie Guerin (29.5)
Fun fact: Guerin finished in the top five for minutes played, field goals, free throws and assists per game.

2009-2010

Season: 2009-10 Record: 29-53 (.354) Head coach: Mike
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 2009-10
Record: 29-53 (.354)
Head coach: Mike D’Antoni
Longest winning streak: 4 (Dec. 4 - Dec. 11, 2009)
Longest losing streak: 8 (Feb. 8 - Feb. 23, 2010)
PPG: 102.1
Top scorer: David Lee (20.2)
Fun fact: Lee, an All-Star, finished second in the league in two-point field goals, defensive rebounds and third in total rebounds.

1986-1987

Season: 1986-87 Record: 24-58 (.293) Head coach: Hubie
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1986-87
Record: 24-58 (.293)
Head coach: Hubie Brown / Bob Hill
Longest winning streak: 4 (Twice)
Longest losing streak: 8 (Dec. 5 - Dec. 20, 1986)
PPG: 103.8
Top scorer: Bernard King (22.7)
Fun fact: Trent Tucker’s 42.2 field-goal percentage ranked fifth in the NBA, but he was the only Knick to crack a top-five statistical category.

1984-1985

Season: 1984-85 Record: 24-58 (.293) Head coach: Hubie
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1984-85
Record: 24-58 (.293)
Head coach: Hubie Brown
Longest winning streak: 6 (Nov. 17 - Nov. 27, 1984)
Longest losing streak: 10 (March 23 - April 10, 1985
PPG: 105.2
Top scorer: Bernard King (32.9)
Fun fact: King led the NBA in scoring despite the Knicks finishing second to last in points per game.

2007-2008

Season: 2007-08 Record: 23-59 (.280) Head coach: Isiah
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 2007-08
Record: 23-59 (.280)
Head coach: Isiah Thomas
Longest winning streak: 3 (Twice)
Longest losing streak: 9 (Nov. 9 - Nov. 20, 2007)
PPG: 96.9
Top scorer: Jamal Crawford (20.6)
Fun fact: Crawford was the Knicks’ most durable player, leading the team in scoring and ranking fifth in the league in minutes per game (39.9).

2005-2006

Season: 2005-06 Record: 23-59 (.280) Head coach: Larry
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 2005-06
Record: 23-59 (.280)
Head coach: Larry Brown
Longest winning streak: 6 (Jan. 6- Jan. 13, 2006)
Longest losing streak: 10 (Jan. 28 - Feb. 13, 2006)
PPG: 95.6
Top scorer: Stephon Marbury (16.3)
Fun fact: Eddie Curry (.563) trailed only Shaquille O’Neal (.600) in field goal percentage.

1985-1986

Season: 1985-86 Record: 23-59 (.280) Head coach: Hubie
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1985-86
Record: 23-59 (.280)
Head coach: Hubie Brown
Longest winning streak: 4 (Dec. 21 - Dec. 26, 1985)
Longest losing streak: 8 (March 25 - April 5, 1986)
PPG: 98.7 Top scorer: Patrick Ewing (20.0)
Fun fact: Although Trent Tucker finished second in three-point field goal percentage (.451), he also finished third in turnover percentage (8.2).

1963-64

Season: 1963-64 Record: 22-58 (.275) Head coach: Eddie
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1963-64
Record: 22-58 (.275)
Head coach: Eddie Donovan (pictured)
Longest winning streak: 3 (Feb. 18 - Feb. 22, 1964)
Longest losing streak: 7 (Dec. 7 - Dec. 19, 1963)
PPG: 112.2
Top scorer: Bob Boozer (17.5)
Fun fact: The Knicks ranked third in PPG, but their league-worst defense led the team to a last-place finish.

1960-1961

Season: 1960-61 Record: 21-58 (.266) Head coach: Carl
Photo Credit: AP

Season: 1960-61
Record: 21-58 (.266)
Head coach: Carl Braun
Longest winning streak: 4 (Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 1960)
Longest losing streak: 9 (Feb. 21 - March 5, 1961)
PPG: 113.7
Top scorer: Willie Naulls (23.4)
Fun fact: Richie Guerin ranked fifth in the league in assists (503) and assists per game (6.4), but the Knicks still finished with the league’s fewest points scored (8,879).

1962-63

Season: 1962-63 Record: 21-59 (.263) Head coach: Eddie
Photo Credit: Newsday/Jason DeCrow

Season: 1962-63
Record: 21-59 (.263)
Head coach: Eddie Donovan
Longest winning streak: 4 (Dec. 6 - Dec. 11, 1962)
Longest losing streak: 10 (Feb. 27 - March 13, 1963)
PPG: 110.5
Top scorer: Richie Guerin (21.5)
Fun Fact: Guerin finished second in the league free throw percentage (.848).

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