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Jackson was drafted in the first round in 1987 and won the rookie of the year award. He was a fiery defensive player and team leader. Jackson was at his best playing under Rick Pitino, when Pitino left Jackson’s production dramatically dropped.
Guerin is largely forgotten but he was a terrific player in his time. Guerin averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists during his tenure with the Knicks.
From 1968-76 Bradley averaged over 14 points per game and hit at a rate of 45 percent from the field. Bradley was probably the smartest player in Knicks history also.
He became a Knick in the twilight of his career, but what a twilight! He was a huge part of two New York Knicks world championship teams. DeBusschere averaged at least 15.4 points and 10.2 rebounds in each of his last four seasons as a Knick.
King’s reign in New York was short but highly memorable. His 1984-85 season is the stuff of legends. In that season King averaged 32.9 points a game, which is still to this day a Knicks record.
Monroe comprised one of the greatest backcourts in NBA history as he teamed up with Walt Frazier to make the Knicks a championship team. There has been nobody else quite like Earl the Pearl Monroe.
If Reed’s career had not been cut short and hampered by injuries he may have been number one on this list. But to be the third-best player in Knicks history and to have retired at 31 years old speaks to Reed’s greatness. Of course, everybody remembers the heroics of Reed in game 7 of the 1970 finals, but there was much more to Reed than that.
Ewing helped get the Knicks to the finals but came up short on both occasions. Nonetheless, the 7-footer from Georgetown holds nearly every important Knicks record in the book. Ewing logged the most points, blocks, rebounds, steals, free throws, field goals, and minutes of every Knick in history.
Frazier is the greatest point guard in Knicks history, and he did it with style and flair that is unmatched in Knicks history. In the Knicks championship 1969-70 season, Frazier’s third NBA campaign, the point guard out of Southern Illinois averaged 21 points, eight assists, and six rebounds over 77 games. Frazier led Knicks teams to the finals and what sets him apart from guys like Ewing is he won the damn thing! Everybody remembers Willis Reed in Game 7, but Frazier was the difference as Frazier stole the show, and won the title. He scored 36, dished 19 assists, and grabbed seven boards, as the Knicks won their first NBA Finals in franchise history.
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