New York Knicks
The New York Knickerbockers, commonly referred to as the Knicks are one of the most storied franchises in NBA history. Based in New York City, the Knicks played their home games at Madison Square Garden. Along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks is one of only two original NBA teams still located in its original city. They won two NBA championships (1970 and 1973). According to Forbes, the Knicks are the 2nd-most-valuable NBA team, worth approximately $2.5 billion U.S.
Patrick Ewing was a warrior as the starting center for the New York Knicks. He played 15 seasons with the Knicks and often put up big numbers. Ewing stills hold virtually every statistical record in Knicks history by having the most points, blocks, rebounds, steals, free throws, field goals, and minutes played. He is an 11-time All-Star, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, and the 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year. Based on numbers, Patrick Ewing is the greatest Knick of all-time.
Walt “Clyde” Frazier was the greatest point guard in Knicks history. Nicknamed “Clyde” because he wore a similar hat to Warren Beatty who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, he was the floor general for the New York Knicks during the 1970s and led the team to their only two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973. A smooth operator on the basketball court, Walt Frazier never showed any emotion while playing. He is a 7-time NBA All-Star, the 1975 NBA All-Star Game MVP, and named to the All-NBA First Team four times. Walt is mostly remembered for his epic performance in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. He scored 36, dished 19 assists, and grabbed seven boards, as the Knicks won their first NBA championship in franchise history.
Carmelo Anthony, Melo for short, is the best player of the New York Knicks right now. An offense juggernaut, Carmelo has the ability to take over any game on the offensive end. He is one of the premier clutch performers in the NBA. Carmelo holds the Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks single-game franchise scoring record with 62. A seven-time NBA All-Star and 2013 NBA Scoring Champion, Carmelo is still one of the best forwards and players in the NBA.
Latrell Sprewell brought much-needed energy, speed, and toughness to the Knicks in the late 1990s. Nicknamed “Spree,” this smooth shooting guard made an immediate impact with the New York Knicks as he helped lead the eighth-seeded team to the 1999 NBA Finals. Sprewell was the most popular Knick during his brief time with the New York Knicks. He made NBA history in 2003 as he connected 9 of 9 from the three-point arc, making the most three-pointers without a single miss en route to a season-high 38 points versus the Los Angeles Clippers.
Larry Johnson was an explosive power forward when he entered the league in 1992. His alter ego “Grandmama” was very popular in the NBA and pop culture. His leadership and strength made him a significant member of the 1999 Knicks that went to the NBA Finals that year. Larry Johnson’s four-point play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals is still one of the greatest moments in Knicks and MSG’s history. He is the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year and a two-time NBA All-Star.
By Shamarie, 22nd Jan 2015