Some of the greatest NBA players of all-time also happen to be among the 10 best New York Knicks retired players. Several hall of famers have played for the storied franchise. Compiling a list of all these players is a difficult taks, but here are 10 of the best retired New York Knicks.
Walt "Clyde" Frazier– This hall of famer was the leader of both Knick championship teams in 1970 and 1973. One of the greatest Knicks ever, Frazier is the all-time team leader in assists, and second in games played and total points. He was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Frazier can now be heard as the color commentator for Knick games.
Patrick Ewing– The number one overall draft pick in 1985 would cement his status as one of the greatest Knicks ever over the course of his 15 year career. Ewing is the statistical leader in several categories including points, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, and games played.
- Willis Reed– Was named to seven all-star and five All-NBA teams in 10 seasons with the Knicks. Reed was an integral part of both championship teams. He was also named one of the 50 greatest players.
- Earl Monroe– "The Pearl" played nine seasons with the Knicks. During that time he was a two time all-star and sixth on the all-time Knicks points list. Monroe also helped the team to the '73 championship and was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1990.
Dave DeBusschere– DeBusschere is an all time great Knick for his hard nosed play. He was a six time All-Defensive player and five time All-Star. The hall of famer also served as the Knicks' GM after his playing days.
- Bill Bradley– His 10 years with the Knicks allowed him to become one of their all-time bests. Another key member of both championship teams, Bradley third in games played and eighth in points scored for the Knicks.
Dick McGuire– McGuire led the Knicks to three straight NBA Finals in the 1950s. He is third in assists after leading the team in the category for seven consecutive seasons. After playing, McGuire served as a coach and scout, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993.
Dick Barnett– After five seasons with other teams, Barnett came to the team in 1965 and became one of the Knicks' greatest players. He is tenth in games played and seventh in points for the franchise.
- Bernard King– King was only a Knick from 1982-1987. However, he still is one of the best New York Knicks. During his time with the team he was a three time All-Star, two time All-NBA team member, and in 1984, became the first player in 20 years to score at least 50 points in consecutive games.
- John Starks– Starks was key member of the Knicks during the Ewing era and helped lead the team to the NBA Finals. Known for his intense play, Starks was an All-Star in 1994, sixth man of the year in 1997, and is the Knicks' all time leader in three point field goals made.