The Top 10 NY Knicks of All-Time Basketball Players

The Top 10 NY Knicks of All-Time

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These are IMO the Top 10 Knicks of all time. Some may disagree, so re-rank it if you feel differently.



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    Allan Houston
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    1996-2005 (Originally from Louisville, Kentucky)
    Signed as FA in 1996
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    1956-1964
    Drafted 17th overall out of Iona College (Originally from New York, New York)
    Traded in 1963 to the St. Louis Hawks for cash & 1964 2nd Rd Pick (Howard Komives)
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    Kenny Sears

    1955-1963
    Drafted 5th overall out of Santa Clara University (Originally from Watsonville, California)
    Traded in 1962 with Willie Naulls to the San Francisco Warriors for Tom Gola
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    Bill Cartwright
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    1979-1988
    Traded in 1979 with Tom Barker, 1979 1st Rd Pick (Larry Demic), & 1979 1st Rd Pick (Sly Williams) to the Knicks for Bob McAdoo
    Drafted 3rd overall out of the University of San Francisco (Originally from Lodi, California)
    Traded in 1988 with 1988 1st Rd Pick (Will Perdue) & 1988 3rd Rd Pick (Derrick Lewis) to the Chicago Bulls for Charles Oakley, 1988 1st Rd Pick (Rod Strickland), & 1988 3rd Rd Pick (Phil Stinnie)
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    1947-1961
    Originally from Brooklyn, NY
    Waived in 1961
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    1988-1998 (Originally from Cleveland, Ohio)
    Acquired in 1988 with 1988 1st Rd Pick (Rod Strickland) & 1988 3rd Rd Pick (Phil Stinnie) from the Chicago Bulls for Bill Cartwright, 1988 1st Rd Pick (Will Perdue), & 1988 3rd Rd Pick (Derrick Lewis)
    Traded in 1998 with Sean Marks & cash to the Toronto Raptors for Marcus Camby
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    1948-1957
    Drafted 40th overall out of Truman State University (Originally from Roxana, Illinois)
    Traded in 1957 with Dick Atha & Nathaniel Clifton to the Fort Wayne Pistons for Mel Hutchins & Charlie Tyra
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    Willis Reed
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    1964-1974
    Drafted 10th overall out of Grambling State University (Originally from Hico, Louisiana)
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    1967-1977
    Drafted 5th Overall out of Southern Illinois University (Originally from Atlanta, Georgia)
    Sent in 1977 to the Cleveland Cavaliers as compensation for the Knicks signing of Jim Cleamons
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    1985-2000
    Drafted 1st Overall out of Georgetown University (Originally from Jamaica)
    Traded in 2000 to the Seattle SuperSonics, Lakers trade Travis Knight, Glen Rice, & 2001 1st Rd Pick (Jamaal Tinsley) to Knicks, Knicks trade Chris Dudley and 2001 1st Rd Pick (Jason Collins) to Phoenix Suns, Suns trade Luc Longley to Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics trade Emanuel Davis, Greg Foster, Horace Grant, & Chuck Person to Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics trade Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania, 2001 2nd Rd Pick (Eric Chenowith), 2001 2nd Rd Pick (Michael Wright) & 2002 1st Rd Pick (Kareem Rush) to New York Knicks
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