Basketball 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.

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. 

1
1,239 229
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Patrick Ewing Center

2
1,010 169
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Walt Frazier Point guard

3
739 190
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Willis Reed Power forward, Center

4
708 197
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Bernard King Small forward

5
578 163
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Earl Monroe Shooting guard, Point guard

6
974 408
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

7
560 168
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Charles Oakley Power forward, Center

8
432 169
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Dave DeBusschere Power forward

9
554 190
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
John Starks Shooting guard

10
408 171
Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Allan Houston Shooting guard

11
487 121
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
289 132
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Jerry Lucas Power forward, Center

13
253 120
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
300 146
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Latrell Sprewell Shooting guard, Small forward

15
265 118
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Mark Jackson Point guard

16
287 122
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Larry Johnson Power forward

17
324 144
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

18
265 116
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
215 95
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

20
158 90
Dick Barnett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Dick Barnett Small forward

21
183 160
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

22
178 105
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Marcus Camby Power forward, Center

23
193 107
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
224 157
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Boomeraaaang added Jeremy Lin Point guard

25
200 149
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Phil Jackson Center, Forward-center

26
208 142
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
J. R. Smith Shooting guard

27
114 121
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

28
94 118
Richie Guerin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

29
147 127
David Lee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
David Lee Power forward, Center, Forward-center

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110 90
Dick McGuire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Dick McGuire Guard

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78 53
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
89 98
Harry Gallatin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

33
102 100
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
DaNerd added Derrick Rose Point guard

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77 80
Nat "Sweetwater" Clift... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
omh755 added Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton Center, Forward

35
98 87
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

36
88 48
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Jason Kidd Point guard

37
52 83
Carl Braun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
omh755 added Carl Braun Shooting guard

38
65 73
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Gerald Wilkins Shooting guard

39
53 31
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Doc Rivers Point guard

40
83 97
Xavier McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Xavier McDaniel Power forward

41
85 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
52 54
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Spencer Haywood Power forward, Center

43
36 50
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Ray Williams Point guard

44
35 33
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
63 77
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Charlie Ward Point guard

46
54 67
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
mandyclark25 added Iman Shumpert Point guard

47
15 34
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Herb Williams Center

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24 33
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
1474949723025 added Baron Davis Point guard

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37 91
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Trent Tucker Shooting guard

50
17 11
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Walt Bellamy Power forward, Center