We were thinking of starting (countdown of all-time Starting 5 for every team) something like this for some time. But we didn’t know what so we decided to the All-Time Starting 5. We will try to this everyday with different team for the next 30 days. We continue the All time Starting 5 with the New York Knicks.
Point Guard – Walt Frazier
Walt Frazier is arguably the greatest New York Knick of all-time. And given their recent lack of talent at the point guard position, this was an easy pick. Although he was a ball-dominant guard, Frazier had a knack for finding open teammates as well as lighting up the scoreboard at his own hand. During his 10 year career with the Knicks, Frazier posted averages of 18.1 PPG and 5.7 APG. His numbers are slightly diluted due to the level of talent on those early 70s Knick squads. But they are impressive none the less. Frazier delivered 2 NBA championships to New York and may also have claim to the greatest NBA Finals Game 7 performance of all-time. The game was mostly remembered for Willis Reed’s heroic return from injury. But it was Frazier’s 36 points and 19 assists that made the difference.
Shooting Guard – Earl Monroe
Although he played his best individual basketball with the Baltimore Bullets, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe will always be better known for the electric backcourt pairing that he created with Walt Frazier. When Monroe was traded to the Knicks during the 1971-72 season, there were grumblings that Frazier and Monroe couldn’t co-exist due to their similar styles of play. After a slow start, they managed to created one of the most effective backcourt tandems of all time. Monroe was a silky scorer who could also take on some of the playmaking duties as well. His unselfishness in New York only punctuated his greatness, and 1973 it paid off when a star-studded Knicks team won another NBA Championship.
Small Forward – Bernard King
Before a horrific knee injury in 1985, King was one of the top players in the NBA. That injury would go on to cost King the prime years of his career, and ultimately his Knicks career. Although King only managed to lead the Knicks to the playoffs on two occasions, their 1984 post-season will be remember as one of the most memorable runs in recent Knicks history. King led the Knicks past Isaiah Thomas’ Detroit Pistons in the first round averaging 42.6 PPG. In the next round they fell to the eventual champion Boston Celtics in a tightly contested 7 game series that saw King average 29 PPG on 52% shooting.
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