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. 

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1
1,308 237
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center

2
1,067 176
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard

3
787 194
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

4
744 204
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward

5
602 171
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Point guard

6
1,027 425
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward, Forward

7
583 175
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

8
453 175
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward

9
579 197
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard

10
435 176
Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard

11
522 131
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
ravi2 added Power forward

12
302 138
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

13
265 124
Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

14
316 149
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

15
298 124
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward

16
275 119
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard

17
340 148
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

18
278 118
Anthony Mason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

19
227 98
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

20
169 93
Dick Barnett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward

21
188 108
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

22
190 169
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

23
207 111
Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

24
235 169
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Boomeraaaang added Point guard

25
219 146
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard

26
209 155
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center, Forward-center

27
161 130
David Lee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center, Forward-center

28
119 92
Dick McGuire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Guard

29
123 121
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

30
86 53
Derek Harper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
tom-charbono added Point guard

31
100 120
Richie Guerin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

32
105 89
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

33
91 101
Harry Gallatin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

34
110 108
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
DaNerd added Point guard

35
81 82
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
60 32
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Point guard

37
95 55
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Point guard

38
69 74
Gerald Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Shooting guard

39
93 70
Kurt Thomas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

40
55 84
Carl Braun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
omh755 added Shooting guard

41
85 98
Xavier McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward

42
56 54
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center

43
58 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 51
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Point guard

45
38 35
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
CMCSS03 added Small forward

46
68 77
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
slaft added Point guard

47
45 7
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
GuyGamer217 added Point guard

48
56 71
Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

49
18 34
Herb Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center

50
30 34
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
1474949723025 added Point guard