The Knicks did more than people credited them for (except those darn New Yorkers, who still believe they are the best). I have decided to create a list of the greatest players for certain teams including New York, Seattle, Toronto ( Yes, I know what your thinking TORONTO! WHAT?), Indiana, Boston and Los Angeles.
The Knicks deserve something in history... I'm not sure what but something! They are great and i'm glad two people very close to me talked me into doing this (shout out to Nick and Roshun!).
So here are the greatest Knicks ever!
Allan Houston: Could not Play Defence for the life of him but offensively was amazing and contributed to a good knick team. He was also one of the top ten three point shooters ever!
Stephon Marbury: Possibly the most selfish knick but made the difference between an exciting team to watch and a dull sucky team (think clippers before Blake Griffin).
Larry Johnson: Just for My Nick Mamaji LJ had to be on the list. He just had that swag the way he played his style screamed knick!
Amar'e Stoudemire: The newest knick who if he stays may surpass Ewing one day!
10. Dave Debusschere:
Averaged 16 points as a Knick and was probably the toughest Knick of them all and maybe even the toughest NBA player of his time! He was a rebounding force and executed the fast break excellently. Unfortunately there is no way to go back to his time other than stats and stories which works against him historically but none the less he is our pick for the tenth Knick!
The Oak! What can we say he was the rebounding heart and soul of an amazing rebounding team who made it to the 95 finals.Oak grabbed 12,205 rebounds and also is 12th on the All-Time list. He grabbed 7291 of his boards on the Knicks and had and astonishing 10 rebounds per game in his Knick career. Who could ever forget the timehe almost ate John Starks, more on this in a minute.
8. Latrell Sprewell: as i like to call him is one of the NBA players who wasted the most talent... but also showed us some truly amazing stuff.
7. Jerry Lucas: In 1996 the 50th anniversary of the NBA, Jerry Lucas was named one the 50 greatest players of all time. "I never had any special desire to be a professional basketball player", Lucas later said about his pro career. When Jerry came to the Knicks he was all ready one of the most accurate shooters and a top rebounder. Jerry was inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame in 1980.
6.John Starks: One of the most famous plays in Knicks history was during the 1993 playoffs when Starks got a screen from Ewing and then drove down the sideline and then dunked on Horace Grant and Michael Jordan. Remember when he headbutted Reggie Miller and Ewing and Oakley almost ate him? I do and it will always stand out for me. What about the fact that his mother went and told Ewing he will never touch Starks again? He is the one the Only Hothead (other than Latrell Sprewell).
5. Bernard King: BAHNARD! Anyone who ever heard that obviously knows why he was this high. The legendary dunk everything about him he was another perfect knick.
"He doesn’t have the record nor the longevity of some of the other selections, but during his almost four seasons with the Knicks his shooting pyrotechnics kept Knick fandom engaged as he was a two time All-Star (1984 and 1985) and led the league in scoring. His shot was butter and his injury robbed us of a union with Patrick Ewing." - LIVES
"One of the greatest scorers to pick up a basketball, King spent five electrifying seasons in New York. While wearing a Knicks jersey, King became the first player to score 50 points on two consecutive games and the tenth player to score 60." - Diego Quezada
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4. Earl Monroe:
“Black Jesus”, " Magic" or Earl “The Pearl” Monroe was a star when he came to the Knicks and perfected his game for the team he played for which played 57 post-season games, including the 1973 Championship.
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3. Walt Frazier:
"Clyde personified cool on and off the court. The orchestrator of two NBA Championship teams, Frazier, a seven-time all-star, played in 93 post-season contests during his career as a Knick. He is Mr. Knick and although he was from Illinois he is New York thru and thru." - LIVES
"The invaluable point guard on the Knicks' two championship teams, Frazier could score and make plays at will. Players who enjoy stealing owe a great deal to Frazier; it was he who popularized the defensive skill." - Diego Quezada
"Now, if one player could embody the New York state of mind, it would Walt "Clyde" Frazier. Frazier was always a flamboyant personality on the team - whether it was the way he dressed and carried himself or the way he played on the floor. Frazier really broke out in the Knicks two title seasons in 1970 and 1973 as his averages, especially assists, were some of the best of his career." - Philip
Kind of like an old school Payton 'nuff said.
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2. Willis Reed:
"“The Captain” hailed from a great program at the storied Grambling from which he brought his dignity and a work ethic and intensity that makes him one of the favorite Knicks ever. His two championships only punctuated a career in which he faced great centers when the NBA had great centers." - LIVES
"The finals MVP on both of New York's championship teams, Reed was an effective player who could play both center and power forward. One of the few players who can make an impact just by showing up, Reed's famous appearance at the start of Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals provided inspiration to the Knicks that no other player could emulate." - Diego Quezada
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1. SPIKE LEE jokes... he can be an honorable mention though. the real number 1 is...
(shout out to Nick for being loyal all these years)
Ewing is the New York Knicks has there records for most games, minutes, field goals (made & attempted), free throws (made & attempted), defensive & total rebounds, steals, blocks & points.People never gave him enough credit (including me I was probably the biggest purpotrato of this), I mean sure he didn't get it done in crunch time, But come on it was against MJ the best ever and if it were not for Patrick Ewing the Knick would never have made it to crunch time. Switch Sam Dalembart with Ewing and guaranteed the Knicks dont do nearly as well in the big picture.He was Rookie of the year and Embodied the knicks for well... his whole career. Patrick is what a knick forever should be...
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But I still think he is a ninny...
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