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5 Greatest New York Knicks to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game

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5 Greatest New York Knick All-Stars

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The New York Knicks have one of the richest histories in the entire NBA. Founded in 1946, the Knicks have laid claim to two NBA Championships (1970 and 1973), eight conference titles and five division titles. While the Knicks have been one of the most recognizable brands in the league, recent teams have not been anywhere near as successful as previous eras at Madison Square Garden.

Many great moments have happened in the building the franchise calls home which is likely why it's universally considered the Mecca of basketball. Several All-Stars have had some of the best nights of their careers in MSG, and that just goes to show what a storied history this franchise is working with.

History can only get a team so far, but in 2013 the Knicks won its first Atlantic Division title since 1994. Unfortunately it seems that feat will not be repeated in 2014 as the team has struggled to gain a foothold.

With such a distinguished history between the rafters at Madison Square Garden, it is important to take a look back at past All-Stars and give Knicks fans something to smile about as the 2014 NBA All-Star Game quickly approaches. That might be difficult to do with the team's recent struggles, but there is still plenty of rich history to be proud of as a fan of the team.

While you may not necessarily agree with these all-time great selections, there is no doubt that the following players were essential to the Knicks' historic era of basketball that no recent team has even come close to rivaling.

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5. Carmelo Anthony

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Even though the Knicks have stunk for most of the 2013-14 season, Anthony has not. He is currently averaging over 26 PPG and has single-handedly put the team on his back while playing without a majority of his supporting cast this season. This season, Melo was selected for his seventh All-Star Game and received the third most votes in the East behind only LeBron James and Paul George. So far, Anthony has scored at least 15 points in each All-Star Game he has played in, except for one in which he scored eight points. His seventh selection this season has made him an All-Star every year he has been a Knick.

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4. Harry Gallatin

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Harry Gallatin, the 7-foot big man played for the Knicks from 1948-1957, and yes, I'm aware you have probably never heard of him before. In his nine seasons with the team, Gallatin helped the Knicks make eight postseason appearances and make it to the NBA Finals in three of those. Gallatin was a seven-time All-Star for the Knickerbockers and was a rebounding machine, pulling down an NBA record 1,098 boards in 1953-54.

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3. Walt Frazier

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Walt "Clyde" Frazier played for the Knicks from 1967-77 and may be one of the most recognizable names on this list. While was was a Knick, he led the team to its only two NBA Championships and made it to the All-Star Game in seven seasons.

Together, Frazier and Willis Reed were a force to be reckoned with and led the Knicks in its greatest era of basketball to date. Frazier's jersey was retired in 1979 as he was still playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. You may now recognize Frazier as the color commentator on the MSG Network as he remains a Knick and will more than likely stay that way.

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2. Willis Reed

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Another Center for the Knicks, Reed played for the club from 1964-74, his entire NBA career. As a Knick, Reed was the only player to ever be an NBA MVP, a feat that has gone unmatched to this day.

In addition, he was the only All-Star Game MVP the Knicks have had and he led the Knicks to its only title in 1970. Reed was a seven-time All-Star and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. Even today, he is widely considered one of the greatest players to have ever played the game amongst the likes of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Elgin Baylor.

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1. Patrick Ewing

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The greatest Knick of all time to ever appear in an All-Star Game has to be Patrick Ewing. At the height of his career, he battled legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan, amongst others, in basketball's golden age.

While playing against a level of competition that has yet to be seen again, Ewing made it to the All-Star Game 11 times in his 13 seasons as a professional. What else did he accomplish to make him the greatest Knick? Well, he broke the record for career games played, minutes played, points, rebounds, steals and several others.

Oh yeah, and he appeared in "Space Jam," so he's got that going for him as well.