1. Earl Monroe
Earl “The Pearl” Monroe was another major player in the Knicks’ championship run in 1973, and he played along side legends Walt Frazier and Willis Reed. “The Pearl” was originally drafted by the Baltimore Bullets before finally being traded to the New York Knicks in 1971. As a Knickerbocker, Monroe was one of the team’s best scorers and he excited the fans with his impeccable offensive moves and his wide array of shots.
Monroe spent his final nine NBA seasons in Manhattan and in his time as a Knicks he became the franchises’ seventh all-time leading scorer. Monroe averaged 16.1 ppg, 3.4 apg and 2.6 rpg, and in an effort to show its appreciation for Monroe’s amazing career, the Knicks retired the number 15 from every being worn again.