Richie Guerin was an original New York Knickerbocker and he was drafted by the franchise in the 1954 NBA Draft. However, he was unable to join his new team since he had yet to finish his Marine services. Once Guerin returned from his previous career, he officially became a member of the Knicks and completely transformed the team. Guerin was the Knicks’ first dynamic scorer and he had the ability to make shots from nearly every location on the court. He provided the team with offensive explosion and his spectacular plasy led him to six consecutive all-star games.
Although Richie Guerin is a fairly unknown name amongst Knicks fans, he was in fact a very valuable and irreplaceable player in the roster. Guerin was the first Knick to score 50 points in a single game and he retired the game with 14,676 career points. In his seven seasons playing in New York City, Richie Guerin averaged 20.0 points per game, 5.2 assists per game and 6.3 rebounds per game.
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