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Creating the New York Knicks’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Creating the New York Knicks' All-Time Starting Lineup

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For a very long time, the New York Knicks have been ridiculed for poor decisions in both player personnel and management. The franchise has made it a trend of trading away valuable draft picks for an opportunity to compete immediately. Clearly, this strategy has yet to work. Despite the poor decision making, New York has still had some fantastic players pass through the city resulting in one heck of an all-time lineup.

PG - Walt "Clyde" Frazier

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PG - Walt "Clyde" Frazier

Walt Frazier
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The Shake-and-Bake originator, Walt "Clyde" Frazier first made a name for himself leading the early-1970s Knicks to two NBA titles. Known for his supreme ability to control the game, Frazier was an absolute killer especially when playing on the road. An underrated defender, Clyde is perhaps one of the greatest all-around point guards in NBA history.

SG - Earl "The Pearl" Monroe

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SG - Earl "The Pearl" Monroe

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Earl "The Pearl" Monroe's numbers fail to truly reflect his greatness during his tenure with the Knicks. The Pearl began his career with the then Baltimore Bullets, often dueling his future teammate Walt Frazier. Eventually New York decided to pair Monroe alongside Frazier to create a backcourt duo for the ages. Monroe's smooth, silky style of play and signature spin move have forever cemented him as a Knicks legend.

SF - Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony
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SF - Carmelo Anthony

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Despite his limited time in New York, Carmelo Anthony has committed himself towards leading the Knicks back to contention status. New York has struggled to find that star since Patrick Ewing's departure nearly 15 years ago, resulting in a constant state of mediocrity. Although the Knicks have yet to make it past the second round under Anthony's leadership, signs are pointing to a major improvement within the next few years.

PF - Willis Reed

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PF - Willis Reed

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Willis Reed technically played the center position for the majority of his career, but sliding him over to power forward is not much of a stretch considering his short 6-foot-9 frame. The one-time MVP, Rookie of the Year and seven-time All-Star played a vital role in New York's 1970 and '73 title seasons. A career 19 point and 13 rebound performer, Reed dominated his each and every opponent on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

C - Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing
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C - Patrick Ewing

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One of the longest lasting mysteries in NBA history is how Patrick Ewing never won an NBA title in his prime playing for the Knicks. He is arguably the greatest Knick of all time, finishing his career in New York averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds per game. Ewing was often times criticized for his inability to make his teammates better, but management failed to surround Ewing with suitable talent.