Nicole Sweet-US PRESSWIRE
Guards Carl Braun, Richie Guerin and Dick McGuire were the best players in the early years of the franchise, and while each earned several All-Star nods, they faced much less competition during an era in which there were typically eight to 10 teams in the league.
Braun, who played for the Knicks from 1947-1950, and again from 1952-1961, led the team in scoring during his first seven seasons and was a five-time All-Star.
McGuire was also named to five All-Star teams during his eight seasons with the Knicks from 1949-1957. He and his brother Al are the only brothers in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Guerin played for the Knicks from 1956-1963 and was named to the All-NBA Second Team three times (1959, 1960 and 1962) during that span. The Bronx-native averaged a career-high 29.5 points per game during the 1961-1962 season.
Dick Barnett is the forgotten member of the Knicks' championship teams. He was the team's starting shooting guard for most of his nine seasons in New York. Barnett was named an All-Star in 1968 and his number 12 hangs in the rafters at the Garden.
Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have been spectacular at times for the Knicks over the past two seasons, but they have not been in New York long enough to be considered among the top-10 players in the history of the franchise. Both should crack this list in the next few years.
Similarly, hall of famer Bob McAdoo put up sensational numbers during his short stint with the Knicks, averaging 26.7 points per game during his two-and-half seasons with the team from 1976-1979.