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The Best New York Knicks of All Time 

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List Rules Please 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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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center from Kingston, Jamaica

Age: 57

Teams: Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of the Georgetown University men's basketball team. He played ...more

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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Age: 74

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the ...more

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Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center from Hico, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 77

Teams: New York Knicks

Willis Reed Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is an American retired basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career (1964–1974) with the New York Knicks. In ...more

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

Age: 63

Teams: Utah 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 the small forward position in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 14 seasons with ...more

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward, Forward from Red Hook, New York City, New York

Age: 35

Number: 7

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent but last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more

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Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center from Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player. Oakley was a member of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto ...more

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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time

Age: 75

Teams: Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

Vernon Earl Monroe (born November 21, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in ...more

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John Starks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

John Levell Starks (born August 10, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball shooting guard. Starks was listed at 6'3" and 190 pounds during his NBA playing career. Although he ...more

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Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard from USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Age: 48

Teams: Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2005. A shooting guard, ...more

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Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward from Detroit, Michigan

Age: Dec. at 63 (1940-2003)

Teams: Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 – May 14, 2003) was an American professional National Basketball Association player and coach and Major League baseball player. In 1996, DeBusschere ...more

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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward from Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Age: 50

Teams: Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

Lawrence Demetric Johnson (born March 14, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who spent his professional career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Charlotte Hornets ...more

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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
ravi2 added Power forward from Ventspils, Latvia

Age: 24

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and ...more

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Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player who played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, and the Minnesota ...more

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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center from Lake Wales, Florida, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 1

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (Hebrew: אמארה סטודמאייר‎; ; born November 16, 1982) is an American-Israeli professional basketball player who last played for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier ...more

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Anthony Mason is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Small forward, Power forward from Miami, Florida

Age: 53

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, + more

Anthony George Douglas Mason (December 14, 1966 – February 28, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. In his 13-year career he played with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New ...more

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center from Middletown, Ohio

Age: 79

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) is an American former basketball player. He was a nationally awarded high school player, national college star at Ohio State, and 1960 gold medal Olympian ...more

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Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, + more

Mark Arrol Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and coach. A point guard from St. John's University, he played for the New York Knicks, ...more

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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, + more

Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was a ...more

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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward from Crystal City, Missouri, United States of America

Age: 76

Teams: New York Knicks

William Warren Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American politician and former professional basketball player. He served three terms as a Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran ...more

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Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard from Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Age: 39

Number: 11

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for ...more

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Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Power forward, Center from Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Age: 45

Number: 23

Teams: Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

Marcus Dion Camby (born March 22, 1974) is a American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was named Defensive Player of the ...more

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Dick Barnett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Dick Barnett Small forward from Gary, Indiana

Age: 83

Teams: Syracuse Nationals, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

Richard Barnett (born October 2, 1936) is an American former professional basketball player. He spent 14 seasons in the NBA (1959–73), but is mostly known for his nine seasons with the New York ...more

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J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Shooting guard from Freehold Borough, New Jersey

Age: 34

Number: 5

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Earl Joseph "J. R." Smith III (born September 9, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Boomeraaaang added Point guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 31

Number: 7

Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He unexpectedly led a winning ...more

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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Knicks of All Time
Center from Hanford, California

Age: 37

Number: 6

Teams: Houston Rockets

Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the ...more

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