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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 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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  • 1
    Walt Frazier
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    Walt Frazier

    Point guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Patrick Ewing
    1,861
    385

    Age57

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

    Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Willis Reed
    1,084
    275

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Bernard King
    1,043
    289

    Bernard King

    Small forward

    Age63

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Earl Monroe
    801
    259

    Earl Monroe

    Shooting guard, Point guard

    Age75

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    TeamsBaltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

    Vernon Earl Monroe (born November 21, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Charles Oakley
    806
    293

    Charles Oakley

    Power forward, Center

    Age56

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    John Starks
    759
    297

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Dave DeBusschere
    612
    241

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #65 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#94 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • 9
    Carmelo Anthony
    1,466
    664

    Carmelo Anthony

    Small forward, Forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceNew York City, Red Hook, USA, New York

    Number7

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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

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    #1792 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#36 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • 10
    Allan Houston
    618
    245

    Allan Houston

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplaceUSA, Kentucky, Louisville

    TeamsDetroit Pistons, New York Knicks

    Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Larry Johnson
    454
    173

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #44 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#60 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • 12
    Bob McAdoo
    319
    123

    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age68

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Latrell Sprewell
    503
    230

    Latrell Sprewell

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age49

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Anthony Mason
    412
    174

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #15 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#18 of 31 The Best Power Forwards of the 1990s

  • 15
    Jerry Lucas
    405
    175

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Amar'e Stoudemire
    505
    231

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Power forward, Center

    Age37

    BirthplaceLake Wales, Florida, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

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

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    #40 of 71 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time#51 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • 17
    Mark Jackson
    389
    169

    Mark Jackson

    Point guard

    Age54

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Bill Bradley
    403
    146

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Dick Barnett
    255
    111

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Marcus Camby
    278
    147

    Marcus Camby

    Power forward, Center

    Age45

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Kristaps Porzingis
    726
    500

    Kristaps Porzingis

    Power forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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

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    #43 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#7 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • 22
    Jamal Crawford
    280
    154

    Jamal Crawford

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age39

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number11

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

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

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    #7 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#24 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • 23
    Nate Robinson
    151
    47

    Nate Robinson

    Point guard

    Age36

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Number2

    TeamsNew York Knicks

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

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    #278 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#34 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

  • 24
    Stephon Marbury
    173
    70

    Stephon Marbury

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Micheal Ray Richardson
    162
    94

    Micheal Ray Richardson

    Guard

    Age64

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

    Micheal "Sugar" Ray Richardson (born April 11, 1955) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia