Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire do not have the requisite swagger to make this list just yet, partially because they need to figure out why their team accounts for one-fourth of the Cleveland Cavaliers' total wins this season, but perhaps one day they will be alongside two of the coolest men on the planet, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and Walt "Clyde" Frazier.
However, if the Knicks keep posting defensive efforts like they did last night, Anthony and Stoudemire will creep here before the season is over.
The Knicks do have a captivating history of two-man tandems controlling the team's success (or failure) during particular eras, starting as early as Max Zaslofsky and Dick McGuire and currently ending with Melo and Amar'e.
Here are the 10 best tandems in team history.
Note: As you'll see and probably know, there are two different ways to define an NBA tandem. One way is to simply pick the best two players on a team, regardless of position. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal could obviously be considered a tandem when they both played for the Los Angeles Lakers. The other, perhaps more accurate way is to take two players who worked together the most on a basketball court, a la David Robinson and Tim Duncan on the 1999 San Antonio Spurs.
If applicable, I chose to team a player up with a positional counterpart, so that's why you'll see Walt Frazier teamed with Dick Barnett and Earl Monroe instead of Willis Reed. If it wasn't applicable, I took the two best players on the team, such as Bernard King and Bill Cartwright. It's an inexact science, admittedly, but the goal is to try to pick the two players who worked the best together on the court to lead a Knicks team to its ultimate success.