Top 10 New York Knicks of All-Time

Top 10 New York Knicks of All-Time

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New York Knicks

Honorable Mentions:

20. Gerald Wilkins

19. Willie Naulls

18. Harry Gallatin

17. Bill Cartwright

16. Carl Braun

15. Dick Barnett

14. Rich Guerin

13. Latrell Sprewell

12. John Starks

11. Mark Jackson


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10. Charles Oakley

Seasons in NYC:

10 (1988-1998)

Stats w/ the Knicks

10.4 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.4 Stocks, 49.3 FG%

Charles Oakley started nearly every game beside Patrick Ewing for a decade at the power forward position, supplying the Knicks with a no-layups enforcing front line and the ability to score. Oakley spent the entirety of his prime playing at MSG, and was around for the peak of the franchise’s ’90s Finals runs. He ranks 13th all time on the Knicks rebounding leaderboard, and just nine qualified players in the team’s history have both higher rebounding and scoring averages in their tenures. The formidable teams of the 1990s wouldn’t have made as much noise—figuratively and literally—in the East without Oakley. He was in the nucleus of a mainstay for the late rounds of the playoffs, earning him a spot at No. 10 on the list of best Knicks ever.

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9. Carmelo Anthony

Seasons in NYC:

5 (2010-Present)

Stats w/ the Knicks

26.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 44.7 FG%

Carmelo Anthony is the best player the Knicks have called their own since the turn of the millenium. With a few more winning seasons, and a new contract, he may find himself a few spots higher on this list but after few downright pathetic seasons in a row – that looks like it might not happen very soon. In less than two full seasons worth of games as a Knick, Anthony has already cemented himself as one of the greatest to play for the Garden faithful. To this point, Anthony’s Knicks tenure is devoid of the playoff success fans had hoped for, or even regular season success to be brutally honest. With a scoring title under his belt, his personal ability is no longer in question. Anthony now needs to show that he can lead a collective unit to the ultimate goal. And if he does, you’ll likely find him closer to the top of this list in future versions.

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8. Allan Houston

Seasons in NYC:

9 (1996-2005)

Stats w/ the Knicks

18.5 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.9 Stocks, 44.4 FG%

In the grand scheme of the Knicks franchise history, Allan Houston is probably one of the more underrated men to wear the iconic blue and orange colors. Much was made of the ridiculous $100 million contract Houston signed in 2001, and his subsequent early retirement that was forced by chronic knee issues. But before all that, there was a great, productive career to take notice of. Houston was one of the purest shooters the Knicks have depended on in recent memory. From 1997-2001, he shot 49 percent from the field, 40 percent from the arc and 86 percent from the free-throw line. One of the Knicks’ most memorable moments of the last few decades came at the hands of Houston, when he sank a running jumper to knock off the No. 1-seeded Miami Heat. It was as if the normally stoic Houston released a career’s worth of bottled emotion after the shot, as he fist-pumped the Knicks to victory.

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7. Bill Bradley

Seasons in NYC:

10 (1967-1977)

Stats w/ the Knicks

12.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 0.9 Stocks, 44.8 FG%

Bill Bradley played the entirety of his 10-year career in New York, and was around for both banner-raising seasons. From 1968-1976, Bradley averaged 14 points on 45 percent shooting. He also added three rebounds and four assists on average. “Dollar Bill” was a Rhodes scholar and attended Oxford University for two seasons in between his college and pro hoops careers. After his playing career ended, Bradley served as a U.S. senator from 1979 to 1997. He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential bid in 2000. Clearly, Bradley’s expertise extends beyond the game of basketball. Guys as bright as this Missouri native don’t exactly grow on trees, so he’s a fine choice for the eighth-best Knick of all time. His All-Star talent doesn’t hurt, either.

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