Voted one of the 50 greatest players to ever play the game, Willis Reed was a 7 time all-star and 2-time NBA champion who played power forward and center for the Knicks. Reed was an immediate contributor and was named Rookie of the Year in his inaugural season. Reed was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
The first overall pick in the 1985 draft, Patrick Ewing came into the league with a ton of expectations on him. Though injuries plagued his rookie season, he would be named Rookie of the Year and go on to have a historically good career in the NBA. A dominant force in the East, Ewing would be selected to 11 All-Star games and would be a vital part in winning two gold metals for the United States. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Frazier was an athletic, big guard who took stealing the ball and made it an artform. He was instrumental in leading the Knicks to their only two NBA Championships. A 7 time all-star, Frazier was blessed with a unique combination of court vision, quickness, and size. These attributes allowed him to thrive in the NBA, where he would eventually be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in1987.
The player affectionately labeled “Black Magic”, Earl Monroe had a flowing, fluid, silky-smooth on-court style of play that made him unique to the game. While a Knick, he was teamed with Walt Frazier to create arguably the deadliest backcourt of all time. A 4x All-Star, Monroe would be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1990.
Houston doesn’t have the Hall of Fame pedigree of the others on this list, but don’t let that fool you, this guy could play with the best of them. He was a clutch player who was one of the most prolific scorers in Knicks history. His defining Knicks moment was when he hit a jumper with .08 second remaining in the 1999 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to give New York the series win against the Miami Heat.