Marcus Camby spent four seasons with the New York Knicks.
The 1996 Naismith Award recipient out of UMass has created a solid reputation on the defensive end of the floor during his 15 NBA seasons, highlighted by his 2006-2007 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The four seasons he spent in New York from 1998-99 to 2001-02 were no different.
Camby averaged about 1.9 blocks per game during his time as a Knick. The 376 blocks he amassed while donning professional sports’ most notable blue and orange uniform put him at No. 5 all-time in Knicks’ franchise history.
While his shot-blocking numbers as a Knick were lower than what he typically put up on other teams, it’s important to note that Camby backed up Ewing during his two first seasons and dealt with some injury problems, resulting in just 11 starts. Still, he did average 2.8 blocks per 36 minutes playing primarily as Ewing’s back up.
In the 1999 playoffs, the Knicks made it to the NBA Finals—thanks in part to Camby’s strong defensive presence. He averaged a shade below two blocks per game during their postseason run, helping to somewhat offset Ewing’s injury struggles. In the postseason’s last two rounds, Camby averaged 2.6 blocks per game, highlighted by a six-block performance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers and a three-block performance in just 16 minutes in Game 3 of the NBA Finals—the franchise’s last Finals victory—against the San Antonio Spurs.
In 2000-01, a lot of pressure was placed onto Camby to protect the Knicks’ interior, after an offseason trade sent Patrick Ewing to the Seattle Supersonics. Camby did well in his last fairly-healthy season as a Knick, averaging 2.2 blocks per game. His ability to protect the rim and provide weak-side help allowed Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell and Charlie Ward to play aggressive perimeter defense by jumping passing lanes.
In 2001-02, Camby averaged 1.7 blocks per game. Unfortunately, he was hit by the injury bug and could only play in 27 games during the season.
In his last full game as a Knick, Camby had three blocks in 29 minutes of game time.