It's amazing to think that Dave DeBusschere was only the third-best player of the Knicks' title-winning teams in 1970 and 1973, but that tells you just how good those teams really were.
Like Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Willis Reed and every other starter on those teams, DeBusschere, too, has his number retired by the franchise and a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame to boot.
Defense was the name of the game for "Big D," and often the Knicks would give him the task of shutting down the opponent's best player from night to night.
DeBusschere had no problem with that and ended up with six consecutive All-Defensive First Team appearances between 1969 and 1974.
In 1970, in arguably the greatest night in Knicks' history, DeBusschere's defense was the center of attention, as he was tasked with slowing down the unstoppable force that was Wilt Chamberlain.
Most fans will remember Game 7 of the 1970 Finals for Reed's defiance of injury to take the floor, but it was DeBusschere who was left to guard Reed's man as he limped through the game.
The rest is history, as the Knicks won the game and the first of their two NBA titles.