#22. Gerald Wilkins

Best Season as a Knick: age 23, 19.1 points per game, 49% from the field, 4.4 assists (career high), 25.2 usage rate

Better known as Nique’s little brother—and to a much lesser extent, Damien’s father—Gerald Wilkins’ career was mostly an uphill battle. No matter how well he played—in a city where picking your nose gets you a fleshed out feature in one of the four dozen local publications, nonetheless—Gerald Wilkins couldn’t get his due recognition. In his first five years with the Knicks, he was a dedicated employee, missing just five games and never averaging fewer than double digit points.

He played during one of the franchise’s most hopeful eras, coming in alongside Patrick Ewing in the 1985 draft and firmly entrenching himself as a solid secondary offensive option.  He wasn’t quite a pillar in the team’s reconstruction, more a truckload of sand bags to help solidify the foundation. Wilkins started out on a pretty terrible team and factored into the staunch improvement as the years went on and on. He worked hard, he got better, he cared, and even after he left, Wilkins’ imprint was felt as his work on those late 80s teams helped New York turn the corner into its mid-90s more prosperous period. Guys like Wilkins weren’t all that heralded, but they labored through tough times, and they made fans proud to be from New York. Still, it would’ve been great to have his older brother, too.

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