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1965–66 Cincinnati Royals season
Head coach Jack McMahon
Arena Cincinnati Gardens
Record 45–35 (.563)
Place Division: 3rd
Conference: 3rd
Playoff finish Lost 1st Round
Cincinnati Royals seasons
< 1964–65 1966–67 >

The 1965–66 season was the Royals' 21st season overall, and their ninth in Cincinnati. It was also arguably their most exciting, given their outstanding pennant chase in the NBA's Eastern Division, and their hosting of the 1966 NBA All-Star Game in Cincinnati. The team was still adjusting to the loss of defender Bucky Bockhorn. With the NBA's most wide-open offense, the Royals were again directed by now-legendary Oscar Robertson, who fed shooters Jerry Lucas, Jack Twyman and Adrian Smith when not scoring himself. Forwards Happy Hairston and Tom Hawkins also saw court time, with Lucas sliding into the center spot. Defender Tom Thacker also occasionally got minutes at guard next to Robertson. The team's outstanding 1965 draft class, one of the NBA's best ever, netted four promising young stars in Nate Bowman, Flynn Robinson, Jon McGlocklin and Bobby Love. But Bowman and Robinson battled injuries and illnesses all season long and did not impact the team. Love, a future NBA all-star, was cut by coach Jack McMahon. All-NBA First Teammers Robertson and Lucas each again posted remarkable individual seasons leading the contenders. Robertson again led the NBA in assists while scoring near the 30-point-per game mark and canning his usual pile of free throws at opponents expense. While Robertson averaged '30-10 ', Lucas averaged ' 20-20 ' setting an NBA record for rebounds by a forward that still stands today. Both averaged 44 minutes per game to lead their team. Cincinnati Royals (1957-1972)]</ref> Despite their contributions, the Royals would finish in third place with a record of 45 wins and 35 losses. In the playoffs, the Royals were on the verge of ending the Boston Celtics championship reign. The Royals won 2 of the first 3 games in a 5-game series.[1 ] Despite the commanding lead, the Celtics would win the next 2 games and eventually claim their 8th straight title. At the conclusion of the season, Les Harrison (who owned the team from its start in Rochester in 1945) sold the team to Max and Jeremy Jacobs.[1 ]




NBA Draft

Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season

Season standings

Team W L PCT. GB
Philadelphia 76ers 55 25 .688 -
Boston Celtics C 54 26 .675 1
Cincinnati Royals 45 35 .563 10
New York Knicks 30 50 .375 25


Season Schedule

Date Opponent Score Result Loss


Player stats

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average


Awards and honors



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