The New York Knicks were once one of the best franchises in all of the NBA. They have been to the NBA finals nine times, and took home the NBA championship twice. Knicks’ fans will be quick to point out that although they made the finals three times in the 1990’s, they haven’t brought home the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy since 1972. I’m sure that those fans would still much rather have the New York Knicks of the 90’s than the thing that is now trotted out there posing as the New York Knicks. In the 2000’s, the New York Knicks only made the playoffs in two seasons. They got ousted in the first round in both the 2000-01 and 2003-04 seasons. Here are the best five New York Knicks from 2004-2010. (Only accomplishments and stats while playing for the New York Knicks from 2004-2010 were considered.)
1. Allan Houston
Houston played five seasons in the past decade for the New York Knicks. He played with them through the 2004-05 season, where sadly injuries cut his career short. Allan Houston and Kurt Thomas are the only two members of the Knicks that were on the team for both of their playoff appearances in the 2000’s. Houston averaged over eighteen points per game from 2000-01 until the 2003-04 season.
2. Stephon Marbury
Ah, the man they call Starbury. I’m guessing most New York fans, would love to forget about Starbury and all of the losing their team did with him. There is plenty of blame to go around and by all means, I believe there to be many people that need blamed way more than Mr. Marbury should be. Whether you think he makes a team implode or not, the truth is the Knicks would have never made the playoffs in the 2003-04 season without him. Marbury was always very talented and did put forth his best effort for the Knicks averaging 19.8 points and 9.3 assists per game in his first season with the team.
3. David Lee
Lee played for the Knicks from 2005-06 to 2009-10. The Knicks were not able to re-sign him in this off-season, and it is a shame for New York fans. David Lee was exactly what the doctor ordered for a New York Knicks team that has been dominated by turmoil and overpriced, washed up talent. Lee is the “bring your hard hat to work” kind of player that seemed to get better every single season while with the Knicks. He had three seasons where he averaged a double double for the Knicks, and in 2009-10 finished with 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. For his great effort in 2009-10, Lee was named to his first NBA All-Star team.
4. Jamal Crawford
Crawford is the exact definition of a scorer. He can consistently give a team around eighteen points a game and can drop thirty plus points on any given night. He has seen his share of teams by now, and has shifted between a starter and sixth man. No matter where he has gone one thing he has continued to do is score. In just over four seasons with the New York Knicks, Crawford did just that. In 2007-08, he put up 20.6 points per game and dropped 52 points on January 26th, 2007.
5. Latrell Sprewell
Spree’s biggest accomplishment with the Knicks could have just been the simple fact that he didn’t attempt to choke anybody. Well at least not that we know about anyways. Sprewell played five seasons with the Knicks after being traded to them in 1998 from the Golden State Warriors. As if New York Fans didn’t have enough of a reason to be cautious about accepting Sprewell as part of their team, the fact fan favorite John Starks was sent away in the deal added fuel to the fire. Sprewell eventually won over fans with his hard play and supplied a nice second scoring option after Allan Houston. His most explosive season with the Knicks came in 2001-02 when he averaged 19.7 points per game and scored forty plus points in three different games.