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.
- 1,828369Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame... more
- 1,459281Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the... more
- 1,043266Willis Reed Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is an American retired basketball player, coach and... more
- 1,000282Bernard King (born December 4, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player at... more
- 771255Vernon Earl Monroe (born November 21, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball... more
- 1,420637Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the... more
- 772299Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player.... more
- 606239Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player... more
- 717295John Levell Starks (born August 10, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball... more
- 595239David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 – May 14, 2003) was an American professional... more
- 450170Lawrence Demetric Johnson (born March 14, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who... more
- 496223Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970) is an American former professional... more
- 393168Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) is an American former basketball player. He was a... more
- 399173Anthony George Douglas Mason (December 14, 1966 – February 28, 2015) was an American... more
- 383165Mark Arrol Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former National Basketball Association... more
- 397140William Warren Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American politician and former professional... more
- 310124Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball... more
- 484228Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (Hebrew: אמארה סטודמאייר; ; born November 16, 1982) is an ... more
Dick BarnettSmall forwardRichard Barnett (born October 2, 1936) is an American former professional basketball player.... more
- 268143Marcus Dion Camby (born March 22, 1974) is a American retired professional basketball player... more
- 662492Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the... more
- 262156Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who ... more
- 15258Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson (born May 31, 1984) is an American professional basketball... more
Micheal Ray RichardsonGuardMicheal "Sugar" Ray Richardson (born April 11, 1955) is an American former professional... more
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