With two NBA Championships and eight conference finals in their history, the New York Knicks franchise have seen plenty of great players wear the jersey. The following are considered the top 5 New York Knicks.
Point Guard: Walt Frazier
It is difficult to speak about the top 25 greatest players in NBA history, let alone simply the New York Knicks, without bringing up the great Walt Frazier. After being selected fifth overall in the 1967 NBA Draft, Frazier quickly harnessed his ability to both score the basketball as well as distribute. Dubbed as an impact player throughout his career, Frazer averaged over 19 points and 6 assists during his long tenure in New York, as well as ultimately being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.
Shooting guard: John Starks
A rarity when talking about all-time greatest basketball players, Starks made a significant difference for his Knicks teams, although primarily coming off of the bench. Although only starting in roughly a third of his games in a New York jersey, the Shooting guard averaged over fourteen points and four assists per contest. However, perhaps his most recognizable and valuable characteristic was his incredible toughness. Despite a relatively small stature, Starks always played with his heart out, and exhibited more effort than most other players that both opposed and teamed up with him. Ultimately, it was his grittiness that earned the hearts of Knick fans forever, and one of the primary reasons why is he considered such a great former player.
Small forward: Carmelo Anthony
The only active player to make the list, the return of Carmelo Anthony to his hometown of New York and the production that he has been able to bring to the team surely lands him as the top Small forward to ever dawn the Knicks uniform. While averaging over 25 points a game and winning the league scoring title in the 2012-13 season, Anthony has instilled a boost in offensive production for a previously declining Knicks squad. However, his currently legacy is tarnished by under-performing teams and a lack of deep playoff runs. With retirement on the horizon, Anthony will look to stir up some magic for the Knicks franchise.
Power forward: Charles Oakley
Similar to the way that John Starks made a name for himself doing things other than scoring the basketball, Oakley achieved greatness primarily through his rebounding and defensive abilities. Although he did average nearly 15 points a game during the 1989-90 season, he was more importantly a constant presence in the low block for opposing players. Although he may not be considered one of the greatest players of all time, Oakley surely provided an impact on several Knicks teams that made playoff runs during his time.
Center: Patrick Ewing
In 1985, a struggling Knicks franchise were fortunate enough to select Patrick Ewing with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Many say that this may have been the single best thing ever to happen to the New York Knicks as an organization, as the big man truly changed the landscape of the team. On his way to arguably becoming the best big man ever to set foot on an NBA court, Ewing starred during his 1989-90 season in which he averaged over 28 points and 10 rebounds- a double double. While being responsible for bringing the Knicks to the NBA Finals on multiple occasions, Ewing has gone down in history as a quintessential first round draft pick- a job well done by the front office and talent evaluation staff.