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The Best New York Knicks of All Time

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List RulesPlease rank the players based only on their time with the Knicks

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. 

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  • Walt Frazier1
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    Walt Frazier

    Point guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the...  more

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    #4 of 22 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 60s#12 of 20 Athletes with the Best Facial Hair

  • Patrick Ewing2
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    Age57

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Number33

    TeamsNew York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics

    Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame...  more

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    #10 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#107 of 124 The Greatest College Basketball Coaches of All Time

  • Willis Reed3
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    Willis Reed

    Power forward, Center

    Age77

    BirthplaceHico, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Willis Reed Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is an American retired basketball player, coach and...  more

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    #10 of 27 The Best Centers of the 70s#10 of 18 The Worst NBA Executives of All Time

  • Bernard King4
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    Bernard King

    Small forward

    Age64

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

    Bernard King (born December 4, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player at...  more

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    #57 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#11 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

  • Earl Monroe5
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    Earl Monroe

    Shooting guard, Point guard

    Age75

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Number15

    TeamsNew York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets

    Vernon Earl Monroe (born November 21, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #591 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#6 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s

  • Charles Oakley6
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    Charles Oakley

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

    Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player....  more

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    #12 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s#23 of 24 The Best NCAA Power Forwards of the 80s

  • John Starks7
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    John Starks

    Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

    John Levell Starks (born August 10, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #58 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#9 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Carmelo Anthony8
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    Carmelo Anthony

    Small forward, Forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceRed Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Number7

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is...  more

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    #447 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#43 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Dave DeBusschere9
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    Dave DeBusschere

    Power forward

    AgeDec. at 63 (1940-2003)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    TeamsDetroit Pistons, New York Knicks

    David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 – May 14, 2003) was an American professional...  more

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    #60 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#58 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Allan Houston10
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    Allan Houston

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    TeamsDetroit Pistons, New York Knicks

    Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player...  more

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    #19 of 25 NBA Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#25 of 31 The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

  • Larry Johnson11
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    Larry Johnson

    Power forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceTyler, Texas, United States of America

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

    Lawrence Demetric Johnson (born March 14, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who...  more

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    #108 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#43 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Jerry Lucas12
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    Jerry Lucas

    Power forward, Center

    Age79

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Ohio

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

    Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) is an American former basketball player. He was a...  more

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    #1 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time#9 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

  • Bob McAdoo13
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    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #4 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time#14 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • Latrell Sprewell14
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    Latrell Sprewell

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

    Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970) is an American former professional...  more

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    #20 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#15 of 29 The Best NCAA Small Forwards of the 90s

  • Anthony Mason15
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    Anthony Mason

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age53

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets

    Anthony George Douglas Mason (December 14, 1966 – February 28, 2015) was an American...  more

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    #16 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#17 of 31 The Best Power Forwards of the 1990s

  • Mark Jackson16
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    Mark Jackson

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets

    Mark Arrol Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former National Basketball Association...  more

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    #39 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#24 of 31 The Best NBA Commentators Ever

  • Amar'e Stoudemire17
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    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Power forward, Center

    Age38

    BirthplaceLake Wales, Florida, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (Hebrew: אמארה סטודמאייר‎; ; born November 16, 1982) is an ...  more

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    #41 of 71 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time#8 of 53 The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas

  • Dick Barnett18
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    Dick Barnett

    Small forward

    Age84

    BirthplaceGary, Indiana

    TeamsSyracuse Nationals, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

    Richard Barnett (born October 2, 1936) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • Bill Bradley19
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    Bill Bradley

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age77

    BirthplaceCrystal City, Missouri, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    William Warren Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American politician and former professional...  more

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    #52 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#7 of 27 The Best 60s NBA Shooting Guards

  • Marcus Camby20
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    Marcus Camby

    Power forward, Center

    Age46

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsToronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

    Marcus Dion Camby (born March 22, 1974) is a American retired professional basketball player...  more

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    #51 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History#7 of 22 The Best NCAA Power Forwards of the 90s

  • Kristaps Porzingis21
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    Kristaps Porzingis

    Power forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #10 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#46 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • Jamal Crawford22
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    Jamal Crawford

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age40

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number11

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who ...  more

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    #8 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#263 of 874 Big Grid relations

  • Nate Robinson23
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    Nate Robinson

    Point guard

    Age36

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Number2

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson (born May 31, 1984) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    #34 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#26 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • Micheal Ray Richardson24
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    Micheal Ray Richardson

    Guard

    Age65

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

    Micheal "Sugar" Ray Richardson (born April 11, 1955) is an American former professional...  more
  • Stephon Marbury25
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    Stephon Marbury

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceConey Island, New York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks

    Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977) is an American former basketball player. He...  more

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    #13 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#5 of 27 The Greatest Georgia Tech Basketball Players of All Time