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The Best New York Knicks of All Time

Updated February 14, 2020 31.5k votes 4.5k voters 94.0k views90 items

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A list of the best New York Knicks of all time. One of the most storied franchises in the NBA, the Knicks were one of the NBA's original teams. Formed in 1946, the team has had some of the greatest players in NBA history to play in the Big Apple. The Knicks's early years were successful, with multiple playoff and NBA Finals appearances. But it took the team until 1970 to capture it's first ever championship. Behind Hall of Famers and franchise icons like Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Dave DeBusschere and BIll Bradley, the Knicks played some of the most entertaining basketball in the NBA. When Willis Reed suffered an ankle injury in Game 6, the Knicks looked done. But against the odds, Reed hobbled out and sank the first two baskets and the team was on its way.

In addition to Reed, Patrick Ewing was another one of the greatest centers of all time to play for the Knicks. Ewing led one of the most successful eras in Knicks history. Those Knickerbocker teams were tough and defensive minded, and featured some of the most famous former Knicks legends ever. During the Ewing years, all time Knick greats like Charles Oakley, John Starks, Anthony Mason, Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell were on the roster. Unfortunately, they were never able to capture an elusive NBA championship due to Michael Jordan's presence on the Bulls, something that haunts the franchise to this day.

Some of the current Knicks that might move up this list include Allonzo Trier, Noah Vonleh and Mitchell Robinson. All three are considered among the top current NBA players.

This is a list of the best New York Knicks of all time. If you see someone who is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think should be considered the greatest New York Knicks player in franchise history. 

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    Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame...  more

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    Walt Frazier

    Point guard
    Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the...  more

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    Willis Reed

    Power forward, Center
    Willis Reed Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is an American retired basketball player, coach and...  more

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    Bernard King

    Small forward
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    Earl Monroe

    Shooting guard, Point guard
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    Carmelo Anthony

    Small forward
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    Charles Oakley

    Power forward, Center
    Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player....  more

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    Allan Houston

    Shooting guard
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    John Starks

    Shooting guard
    John Levell Starks (born August 10, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    Dave DeBusschere

    Power forward
    David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 – May 14, 2003) was an American professional...  more

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    Larry Johnson

    Power forward
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    Latrell Sprewell

    Shooting guard, Small forward
    Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970) is an American former professional...  more
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    Jerry Lucas

    Power forward, Center
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    Anthony Mason

    Small forward, Power forward
    Anthony George Douglas Mason (December 14, 1966 – February 28, 2015) was an American...  more

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    Mark Jackson

    Point guard
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    Bill Bradley

    Shooting guard, Small forward
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    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center
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    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Power forward, Center
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    #41 of 70 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time#1 of 25 The Greatest Jewish NBA Players Of All Time

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    Dick Barnett

    Small forward
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    Marcus Camby

    Power forward, Center
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    Kristaps Porzingis

    Power forward
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    Jamal Crawford

    Point guard, Shooting guard
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    Nate Robinson

    Point guard
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    Micheal Ray Richardson

    Guard
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    Stephon Marbury

    Point guard, Shooting guard
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