New York Knicks: Dave DeBusschere

ESPN New York Hall of Fame: Knicks

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In honor of ESPN New York's inaugural Hall of Fame ballot, here are my top five Knicks:

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1. Walt Frazier: If you meet Frazier he'll tell you, "Unequivocally, I'm the greatest Knick ever." And he's right. With the Hall of Famer running the point in New York, the Knicks won championships in 1970 and '73. Seven of his 10 years in New York resulted in All-Star Game appearances, including MVP honors in 1975.

2. Patrick Ewing: During his 15-year career in New York, Ewing did it all: He was an 11-time All-Star and 1992 Olympic gold medalist, and is the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. The greatest center in Knicks history also led the team to Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals.

3. Willis Reed: Reed defined the key Knicks attribute -- tenacity -- especially when he played in Game 7 of the 1970 Finals with a severe thigh injury. While he may have been overshadowed by the great centers of his era (Abdul-Jabbar, Russell and Chamberlain), he was a dominating force down low for the two-time champion Knicks.

4. Dave DeBusschere: DeBusschere is the greatest trade piece in Knicks history. With Frazier and Reed -- and later, Earl Monroe -- the Knicks had plenty of offense, but DeBusschere brought All-Defensive abilities to the 1970 and '73 title teams. During the roughly six seasons he spent in New York, he played in five straight All-Star Games.

5. Bernard King: In a tight squeeze for fifth place, King wins out over Monroe. Though Monroe was a champion, fans at Madison Square Garden have never seen a home-team scorer like King. He led the NBA in points per game in 1984-85 (32.9) and he was a two-time All-Star and All-NBA selection.

What number will Carmelo wear?

February, 22, 2011
AM ET IllustrationCarmelo Anthony will wear a Knicks uniform. His jersey number remains a mystery.
Carmelo Anthony will have to adjust to new teammates and a new coach when he joins the Knicks. He'll also have to pick out a new number.

Anthony wore No. 15 for his 7½-year tenure with the Nuggets. He also wore No. 15 during his one season at Syracuse University.

But that digit will be off limits for Anthony in New York. The organization retired No. 15 twice, for Earl Monroe and Dick McGuire.

Anthony wore No. 22 during his tenure at Oak Hill Academy. But that number won't be available for Anthony in New York, either. It was worn by Knicks great Dave DeBusschere and retired by the organization in 1981.

It is highly unlikely that the team would make either number available for Anthony.

This isn't the first time Anthony has had to switch his number. The four-time All-Star and Brooklyn native had to switch from No. 22 to 15 at Syracuse because the Orange retired No. 22 for Dave Bing.

A team official was unsure of which number Anthony would wear with the Knicks when contacted late Monday night.

Anthony, however, may have hinted at which number he'd choose to wear with the Knicks earlier this season. While speaking with reporters after the Nuggets' 120-118 win over New York on Nov. 16, Anthony said former Knicks great Bernard King was his favorite player.

"I'm a big fan of Bernard King. That's my idol," he said. "That's my favorite basketball player."

King wore No. 30 with the Knicks. That number is currently available.



Carmelo Anthony
24.2 3.1 1.0 35.7
ReboundsC. Anthony 6.6
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.7
StealsS. Larkin 1.3
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3