New York Knicks All-Time Starting 5 in Franchise History
The New York Knicks currently hold two of the best players in the NBA today in Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
When constructing the franchise's all-time starting five, Stoudemire and Anthony have some time before they can even be considered for the starting spots, since both players have only been with the team for a short time.
Point Guard: Walt Frazier
While Walt "Clyde" Frazier is now known for his suave albeit wacky sense of style and color commentating for the New York Knicks, he was at one time the team's floor general.
During his time with the Knicks, he amassed seven All-Star appearances and helped them win their only two NBA championships to date.
He will go down as one of the greatest defenders at the point guard position, as evidenced by his seven NBA All-Defensive First Team appearances.
His accomplishments don't stop there, though, as he had tremendous scoring ability and passing ability, which marks him as one of the league's top 50 players of all time and greatest players to play the point guard position in NBA history.
Shooting Guard: Earl Monroe
Although he wasn't with the New York Knicks as long as Allan Houston was, it's hard to leave him off the list since he was the other half of the Knicks' 1973 backcourt that went on to win the franchise's second NBA championship.
While his style was not as flashy as fellow backcourt teammate Clyde Frazier, he let his style come out in the way he played.
Monroe spun his way through the lane and dribbled in ways that were considered ostentatious at the time.
Although his scoring average dipped during his championship season with the Knicks, it was not because he was on the decline but instead because of how well-balanced the team's offensive attack really was.
Having "Frazier, "Dollar Bill" Bradley, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed in the starting lineup with him, he did not have to score 20 points per game for the team to achieve their overall goal of winning the championship.
Small Forward: Bernard King
Although Carmelo Anthony could certainly challenge for this spot in the future, it will all depend on how long and successful his stint with the Knicks ends up being.
Bernard King was a scorer in every sense of the word, with over 20 points per game in all four seasons as a Knick, including a season in which he scored 32.9.
Although he never won a championship with the Knicks, his time under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden was still extremely memorable.
King scored 50 points in consecutive games and did so with two broken thumbs. Such an accomplishment, sounds sublimely surreal.
He will go down as one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, and he left us wondering how much more successful he could have been if not for having to fight his cocaine addiction along the way.
Power Forward: Willis Reed
Although Willis Reed played center for the New York Knicks, he did play power forward at certain points in his career. Not to mention, choosing between him and the next player on this list is nearly impossible because of their monumental contributions to the team's history.
Anchoring the center position against Wilt Chamberlain, arguably the greatest center in NBA history, was no easy task, but Reed was clearly up for the challenge.
He helped the Knicks best Chamberlain and the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers in both 1970 and 1973 to give the franchise its only two championships.
Center: Patrick Ewing
Who else could nail down the center position for the Knicks all-time starting five other than Patrick Ewing?
Unfortunately for Ewing, he will be remembered by most for what he didn't do rather than what he did accomplish.
Not winning an NBA championship as a player will be a blemish on Ewing's record that he cannot erase. However, he still has a chance to win one as a coach.
Ewing arrived in an era that had both Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan, both top-10 players of all-time.
Year after year, he constantly threw a scrappy underwhelming Knicks team on his back and took them further than most players would have been able to.
Many believe that Ewing will be a candidate for the head coaching position if Mike D'Antoni doesn't work out. With Isiah Thomas lurking in the background, though, don't be so sure.