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NBA: New York Knicks' All-Time starting 5

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:40 IST

Forward – Willis Reed

Reed led the Knicks to their two championships
Reed led the Knicks to their two championships

The best player for the Knicks in their two NBA championships, Willis Reed was just a second-round pick that turned into a legend of the game. He was a double-double machine in the first seven years of his career. The lefty was a seven-time All-Star and the league’s MVP in 1970. He was also a two-time NBA Finals MVP.

Reed also produced the most iconic moment in team history, which happened in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Ailing due to a torn muscle in his right leg, Reed was questionable for the game but he came out of the tunnel to a round of applause from the fans. He scored the Knicks’ first two shots of the game and it inspired the team to win their first championship.

Honourable Mention: Forward – Bernard King

Playing just a total 206 games for the Knicks, Bernard King endeared himself to Knicks fans in the 1980s due to his amazing scoring ability. He was the 1985 scoring champion and a two-time All-Star with the Knicks. He scored 60 points on Christmas Day of 1985 against the New Jersey Nets. 

Published 29 Dec 2018, 10:14 IST
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