Five Greatest Knicks Ever – #3 Patrick Ewing
Added by Stephen Zimkouski on October 14, 2011.
I know that this might spark some debate putting, Pat at #3. A lot of Knicks fans and especially people of my generation will tell you that he’s the greatest Knick of all time. Had he made that finger roll against the Pacers in game 7 maybe he would be. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not ranking on the guy, Pat’s the only player on this list I’ve seen play live and is one of my all time favorite players.
I’m still sure a lot of you will think I’m crazy for putting him at #3. How can a guy that holds nearly every statistical record in team history not be the best player in Knicks history? I’ll say to that, the only reason I can’t put Pat as the all time greatest Knick is because he doesn’t have a ring which in my book truly defines your NBA legacy beyond accolades or statistics.
Pat’s Knicks era began when he was selected by the New York in the first ever draft lottery as the #1 overall pick. He would quickly make his impact felt as he won the 1985-86 Rookie of the Year averaging 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
An eleven-time All Star and no brainer Hall of Famer Pat left his mark as one of the all time great Knicks. He also left his mark on the history books as he finished as the seventh in all-time defensive rebounds and sixth in all-time blocked shots.
Pat was able to have success with his warrior like mentality, Knicks fans could count Pat was going to play stingy D and give it his all every night. He also was a leader and many times would vocally pump up his teammates.
If not for many unfortunate playoff losses and great teams of the era the Knicks could have been a dynasty in the 90’s. If you’ve never seen Pat play it was his mid-range jump shot at his size that made him such an offensive force for years.
Now even though I put Patrick Ewing as #3 on this list I can say that he is probably the best individual talent the Knicks have ever had and will always be a legend.
Top Five All-Time Greatest Knicks
#5 – Dave DeBusschere
#4 – Earl Monroe
#3 – Patrick Ewing