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The Best New York Knicks of All Time  

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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 greatest Knicks 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 Ewing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center
Patrick Aloysius Ewing, Sr. is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player. He played most of his career with the NBA's New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly ...more
2
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard
Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two ...more
3
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Willis Reed, Jr. is a retired American basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career with the New York Knicks. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the ...more
4
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward
Bernard King is a retired American professional basketball player at the small forward position in the NBA. He played 14 seasons with the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New ...more
5
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Point guard
Vernon Earl Monroe is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in the National Basketball ...more
6
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward, Forward
Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten ...more
7
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Charles Oakley is a retired American professional basketball player. Oakley, a former power forward, was a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and ...more
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John Starks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard
John Levell Starks is an American retired professional basketball shooting guard. Starks was listed at 6'5" and 190 pounds during his NBA playing career. Although he was not drafted in the ...more
9
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward
David Albert DeBusschere was an American professional National Basketball Association player and coach and Major League baseball player. In 1996, DeBusschere was named as one of the 50 greatest ...more
10
Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard
Allan Wade Houston is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1993-2005. He is currently the Assistant General Manager for the ...more
11
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Jerry Ray Lucas is an American former basketball player, who is now a memory education expert. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in National ...more
12
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard
Mark A. Jackson is a former NBA player and American basketball coach who was most recently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. A point guard from St. John's University, he ...more
13
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
Latrell Fontaine Sprewell is a former American professional basketball player; he played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During his time as a ...more
14
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Stoudemire played high school ...more
15
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
ravi2 added Power forward
Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and plays both the power ...more
16
Anthony Mason is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
Anthony George Douglas Mason was an American professional basketball player. In his 13-year career he played with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, ...more
17
Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
William Warren "Bill" Bradley is an American Hall of Fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran unsuccessfully for ...more
18
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward
Larry Demetric Johnson is a retired American basketball player who spent his professional career in the National Basketball Association with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks. He was ...more
19
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Robert Allen "Bob" McAdoo is a retired American professional basketball player who spent a 14-year career playing the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball ...more
20
Dick Barnett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward
Richard "Dick" Barnett is an American former professional basketball player. He spent 14 seasons in the NBA, but is mostly known for his 9 seasons with the New York Knicks. Barnett ...more
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Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Marcus D. Camby is an American former professional basketball player. He was named Defensive Player of the Year during the 2006–07 NBA season, leading the league in blocked shots per game. Camby ...more
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Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford played his high school ...more
23
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center
Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the second ...more
24
Derek Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
tom-charbono added Point guard
Derek Ricardo Harper is a retired American professional basketball player. A Second-Team All-American at the University of Illinois, he was the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft and spent ...more
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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Boomeraaaang added Point guard
Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He unexpectedly led a winning ...more