Signed to reinvigorate the Knicks' title hopes in the early seventies, Earl Monroe had no problem with bringing his form with the Baltimore Bullets over to New York.
Some doubted whether Earl "the Pearl" and Walt Frazier could exist together in the same back-court, but it wasn't long before the pairing silenced their critics and led the Knicks to their second championship in 1973.
Both now reside in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and for good reason, as they constituted what was arguably the greatest guard pairing in league history.
Despite struggling with knee injuries for the bulk of his career, Monroe was one of the more exciting players to watch in the early years of the NBA, which led him to earn four All-Star appearances over the course of his career.
Along with this, Monroe was also an All-Rookie and All-NBA team member at points in his career, and has now had it all capped off by having his number retired by the Knicks and Washington Wizards.
It's unlikely that anyone will ever knock the Pearl off the top of this list, and he's even acknowledged this himself, saying "I watch the games and even now I never see anyone who reminds me of me, the way I played."