1957 record: won
36, lost 36; 4th in East. Top scorer: Ken Sears, 1,069; 15th in league. Top
rebounder: Willie Naulls, 617; 16th in league.
Boryla's plight is a perfect illustration of the over-all strength of the NBA.
With a flock of former All-Americas on his roster and the tallest squad in the
league, he will be fortunate indeed if the Knicks make the playoffs—something
they failed to accomplish last year. The big trade with Detroit—McGuire,
Clifton and Gallatin for Mel Hutchins and Charlie Tyra—and the purchase of
Willie Gardner from the Globetrotters, committed Boryla to fielding a team
whose members will have a minimum of experience in playing together. Problem
No. 2 involves Boryla's apparent plan to give Tyra every opportunity to make
good at center. On the face of it, this sounds silly; any team would dearly
love to have this powerful, 6-foot-8 22-year-old. But Tyra will have to
supplement his fine rebounding and defensive skill with adequate scoring punch.
Hutchins will of course be a big help on defense too. Gardner, also 6 feet 8
inches, seems to have everything but an eye for the basket at this stage.
Second-year men Willie Naulls, Ron Sobie and Richie Guerin should be even
better than last year. Last season, Ken Sears was good; it's time for his
predicted greatness to become apparent. Carl Braun will be a steady hand in the
backcourt, and Ray Felix, at 6 feet 11 inches, will be scrambling to hold his
place and therefore playing at his very best. Every pro respects New York
height and muscle, yet these should not bring the club higher than 3rd