New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing and the 10 Greatest Centers in Team History

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New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing and the 10 Greatest Centers in Team History
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Thanks to reader response to Bleacher Report's Top 10 Guards in Knicks History, we've come back to give you more.  This time we'll take a look at all the Knicks' centers in the team's 65-year history to come up with the 10 very best.

Some names come right to mind: Patrick Ewing, Willis Reed, Bill Cartwright and Marcus Camby.  But you have to go back further to really see who ranks.

And what about Ewing, do his career statistics trump Reed's rings for the top spot?  You'll have to read on to find out.

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The list attempts to rank Knicks' centers based on 11 categories.  Each player is given a relative score between one (worst) and five (best) for each category, based on their career with the Knicks and disregarding play for any other team.

All players must be primarily centers—with two forward-center exceptions explained—and have played for the Knicks for a minimum of three years.

Here are the categories.  The full spreadsheet is available to view on the final slide.

1. Playoff Appearances and Championships

2. Years of Service

3. Offensive Play

4. Defensive Play

5. Hall of Famer

6. Franchise Statistical Leadership

7. Awards / Honors

8. All-Star Appearances

9. League Statistical Leadership

10. Level of Competition

11. Intangibles ("clutchness," leadership, impact on franchise)

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