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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.

After a decade of misery, the Knicks returned to relevance with the acquisitions of Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. 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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1
1,183 220
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Patrick Ewing Center

2
965 163
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Walt Frazier Point guard

3
711 181
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Willis Reed Power forward, Center

4
681 191
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Bernard King Small forward

5
557 152
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

6
927 389
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

7
537 158
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Charles Oakley Power forward, Center

8
413 164
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Dave DeBusschere Power forward

9
537 183
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
John Starks Shooting guard

10
390 166
Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Allan Houston Shooting guard

11
452 111
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
ravi2 added Kristaps Porzingis Power forward

12
279 129
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Jerry Lucas Power forward, Center

13
244 116
Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Bill Bradley Shooting guard, Small forward

14
285 141
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Latrell Sprewell Shooting guard, Small forward

The Best New York Knicks Centers of All Time

15
252 116
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Mark Jackson Point guard

16
306 137
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

17
270 120
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Larry Johnson Power forward

18
251 114
Anthony Mason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Anthony Mason Small forward, Power forward

19
206 93
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

20
149 87
Dick Barnett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Dick Barnett Small forward

21
174 156
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

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22
170 101
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Marcus Camby Power forward, Center

23
183 102
Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Jamal Crawford Point guard, Shooting guard

24
193 141
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Phil Jackson Center, Forward-center

25
200 135
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
J. R. Smith Shooting guard

26
207 155
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Boomeraaaang added Jeremy Lin Point guard

27
90 114
Richie Guerin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

28
108 117
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

The Best New York Knicks Point Guards of All Time

29
106 86
Dick McGuire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

30
139 123
David Lee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
David Lee Power forward, Center, Forward-center

31
73 51
Derek Harper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
tom-charbono added Derek Harper Point guard

32
87 94
Harry Gallatin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

33
74 76
Nat "Sweetwater" Cli... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
omh755 added Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton

34
94 95
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
DaNerd added Derrick Rose Point guard

35
93 85
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

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36
62 70
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Gerald Wilkins Shooting guard

37
82 44
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Jason Kidd Point guard

38
49 81
Carl Braun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
omh755 added Carl Braun Shooting guard

39
82 95
Xavier McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Xavier McDaniel Power forward

40
48 30
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Doc Rivers Point guard

41
80 69
Kurt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Kurt Thomas Power forward, Center

42
47 52
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Spencer Haywood Power forward, Center

The Best New York Knicks Small Forwards of All Time

43
33 48
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Ray Williams

44
32 32
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kiki Vandeweghe Small forward

45
53 65
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
mandyclark25 added Iman Shumpert Point guard

46
60 76
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Charlie Ward Point guard

47
14 32
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Herb Williams Center

48
24 30
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
1474949723025 added Baron Davis Point guard

49
18 50
Ken Sears is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Ken Sears Power forward

50
36 89
Trent Tucker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time