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The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the New York Knicks. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The New York Knicks first-round draft picks have produced mixed results at best. Players like Patrick Ewing, one of the best NBA players of all time, and Kristaps Porzingis have provided some measure of hope to the franchise through the NBA draft.

However, for every Hall of Famer and All-Star, there have been all-time NBA draft busts, such as Fredric Weis and Renaldo Balkman, who did nothing to help the Knicks win their first championship since 1973.

So, which of these players has contributed most to the Knicks organization? The stats below reflect only the players’ time spent during their time with New York, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Knicks during their time on the team?

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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (2015)

Stats
186 games played, 17.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.0 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (2018)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

2
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 1 (1985)

Stats
1,039 games played, 24.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.7 spg

Achievements
11× NBA All-Star (1986, 1988–1997)
All-NBA First Team (1990)
6× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 1989, 1991–1993, 1997)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, 1989, 1992)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1986)

3
Hubert Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (1992)

Stats
262 games played, 9.5 ppg

4
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1979)

Stats
537 games played, 16.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (1980)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980)

5
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 18 (1987)

Stats
500 games played, 11.1 ppg, 8.0 apg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (1989)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1988)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1988)

6
Darrell Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 12 (1983)

Stats
245 games played, 10.6 ppg, 4.2 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1984)

7
David Lee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 30 (2005)

Stats
368 games played, 13.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.9 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (2010)

8
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (1978)

Stats
315 games played, 14.2 ppg, 7.1 apg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 spg

Achievements
4× NBA All-Star (1980–1982, 1985)
2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1980, 1981)

9
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 26 (1994)

Stats
580 games played, 6.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg

10
Rod Strickland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (1988)

Stats
132 games played, 8.7 ppg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1989)

11
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (2008)

Stats
157 games played, 13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apg

12
Kenny Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1986)

Stats
351 games played, 7.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg

13
Tim Hardaway, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (2013)

Stats
254 games played, 13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2014)

14
Sly Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 21 (1979)

Stats
252 games played, 11.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg

15
Channing Frye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 8 (2005)

Stats
137 games played, 10.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)

16
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 17 (2011)

Stats
202 games played, 7.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)

17
Jerrod Mustaf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 17 (1990)

Stats
62 games played, 4.3 ppg

18
Renaldo Balkman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2006)

Stats
150 games played, 4.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg

19
Trent Tucker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1982)

Stats
633 games played, 8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.1 apg

20
Larry Demic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Larry Demic

Draft selection: 9 (1979)

Stats
206 games played, 4.7 ppg, 3.9 apg

21
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (2002)

Stats
Never played for Knicks

22
Donnell Harvey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Donnell Harvey

Draft selection: 22 (2000)

Stats
Never played for Knicks

23
John Wallace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 18 (1996)

Stats
128 games played, 5.6 ppg

24
Walter McCarty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (1996)

Stats
35 games played, 1.8 ppg

25
Jordan Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Knicks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 8 (2009)

Stats
24 games played, 4.0 ppg