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.

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. 

list ordered by

1
1,345 249
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center

2
1,097 180
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard

3
805 199
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

4
766 211
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward

5
613 179
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Point guard

6
1,057 446
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward, Forward

7
598 179
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

8
465 179
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward

9
588 201
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard

10
443 181
Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard

11
538 141
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
ravi2 added Power forward

12
309 142
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

13
269 129
Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

14
324 153
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

15
308 127
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward

16
279 121
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard

17
347 150
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

18
286 121
Anthony Mason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

19
234 101
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

20
174 96
Dick Barnett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward

21
191 111
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

22
194 170
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

23
209 114
Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

24
242 174
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Boomeraaaang added Point guard

25
223 151
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard

26
211 164
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center, Forward-center

27
166 132
David Lee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center, Forward-center

28
127 124
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

29
90 56
Derek Harper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
tom-charbono added Point guard

30
120 96
Dick McGuire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Guard

31
105 124
Richie Guerin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

32
110 91
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

33
115 113
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
DaNerd added Point guard

34
91 104
Harry Gallatin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

35
82 84
Nat "Sweetwater" Clift... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
omh755 added Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton Center, Forward

36
100 59
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Point guard

37
61 35
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Point guard

38
70 76
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Shooting guard

39
94 70
Kurt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

40
55 85
Carl Braun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
omh755 added Shooting guard

41
90 99
Xavier McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward

42
58 55
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

43
62 9
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
GuyGamer217 added Point guard, Shooting guard

44
39 52
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Point guard

45
38 36
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Small forward

46
50 7
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
GuyGamer217 added Point guard

47
70 77
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Point guard

48
59 72
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

49
34 35
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
wyatt.kittle added Point guard

50
19 36
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
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