Originating in 1946, the New York Knicks were one of the 11 inaugural franchises in the NBA. Over 64 seasons, the Knicks have been to the playoffs 38 times and they have won two NBA Championships. The top five New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorers include two of the leaders from their two title winners, Willis Reed and Walt Frazier.
5. Carl Braun: 10,449 points
The first 10,000 points scorer in team history, Carl Braun ranks fifth among the New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorers. Braun was a five-time All-Star with who played for the Knicks from 1947 to 1961. The longtime swingman finished in the top ten in scoring four times in his career while assembling an overall average of 13.5 points in 788 NBA games.
4. Allan Houston: 11,165 points
Elite shooter Allan Houston was the most recent player to become one of the top five scorers in New York Knicks’ history. Houston developed as a shooter and a scorer in Detroit before joining the Knicks in 1996. He spent his last nine years in New York and became a two-time All-Star there. Houston averaged 18.5 points in his time with the Knicks, twice eclipsing the 20 per game plateau. His top skill was his great shooting touch which carried him to 1,305 three-point makes on a .402 percentage. Both numbers are good for the top 25 in NBA history.
3. Willis Reed: 12,183 points
Hall of Fame center Willis Reed ranks third among the New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorers. Reed spent his entire career in a Knicks’ uniform, spending ten seasons with the team from 1964 to 1974. The seven-time All-Star averaged a double-double seven straight times to start his career. In 1969-70, Reed won the NBA MVP Award as he averaged a career-high 21.7 points per game to lead the Knicks to their first NBA Championship. He led the team to another title in 1973 and took home Finals MVP hardware in each championship.
2. Walt Frazier: 14,617 points
Ranking second on the New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorers list is Hall of Fame guard Walt Clyde Frazier. Frazier was a great all-around player and perimeter scorer in the 1970s. The seven-time All-Star averaged more than 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in each season from 1969 to 1975. In addition to his work on the offensive end, Frazier earned All-Defensive honors seven times. He played on both of the Knicks’ championship teams in 1970 and 1973.
1. Patrick Ewing: 23,665 points
The New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorer is former franchise player Patrick Ewing. A recent Hall of Famer, Ewing was one of the NBA’s elite centers of the 1980s and 1990s, playing 15 seasons with the Knicks while averaging 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game with a .508 field goal percentage. Ewing averaged 20 or more points per contest for 13 straight seasons to start his career. His best single-season average came in 1989-90 with 28.6 points per game. In addition to points, the 11-time All-Star holds the Knicks’ team records for rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), and games played (1,039).
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