New York Knicks: 30 Greatest Players of All-Time

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New York Knicks: 30 Greatest Players of All-Time

Mar 27, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Vocal group the Four Tops with former NBA player Earl Monroe (purple tie) and New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Walt Frazier and former NBA player Dick Barnett (right) acknowledge Walt Frazier for his 70th birthday during the game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have a storied history in professional basketball and with that has come plenty of great players, but who are the 30 greatest to ever wear the blue and orange?

The New York Knicks are one of the most recognizable and talked about franchises in the NBA. They are one of only three original teams that are still operating today, along with the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, who moved from Philadelphia.

This season was the 70th season of operation for the organization, as they have a franchise record of 2,701-2,772 currently. They have appeared in eight different finals, taking home the championship twice; the first which came in 1970, and the second in 1973. The Knicks have been competitive for a majority of their existence, making the postseason 42 times.

The Knicks have three separate streaks of making the postseason for at least nine consecutive seasons, the longest of which occurred between 1987-2001 when Patrick Ewing was patrolling the paint for the team.

That was an end of an era in many ways for the Knicks, as they have fallen on tougher times in recent seasons. They have made only four playoff appearance since that stretch, becoming a punchline for jokes more than anything. Despite the lack of success in the win-loss column, the Knicks have still had many players of note that have played in games for the team in that stretch of time.

Going all the way back to their inception in 1946, the Knicks have had prominent players suiting up for them. The history of the Knicks is littered with All-Stars, All-NBA Players and Hall of Famers from many different eras. Who is the greatest player to ever grace Madison Square Garden in the orange and blue of the Knicks?

Is it Ewing? Or could it be someone from the Knicks’ golden age such as Walt Frazier or Willis Reed? You’ll have to read and find out! Check out our slideshow for the 30 greatest players in the history of the New York Knicks.

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