2. Charles Oakley
Charles Oakley was never a dynamic offensive scorer, but his defensive intensity was at an unprecedented level. The Knicks at this time were known as a feisty team and a squad that would never back down from a challenge. Although Patrick Ewing was the star of the team, “Oak” was the epitome of a defensive minded player. Coach Pat Riley was in love with Oakley’s play and he like the millions of Knicks fan, admired the energy Oakley played with.
Charles Oakley led the team in rebounding six times, and he increased his intensity once the playoffs came around. As a member of the Knicks, Oakley averaged 10.3 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game.
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