#20. Dick McGuire


Best Season: 1954-55- 9.1 PPG, 7.6 APG, 4.5 RPG

Many of you might not have heard of Dick McGuire. He played so long ago; they barely have any video footage of him. He played for the Knicks in the 1950s. People probably remember his brother Al McGuire more. Al coached Marquette for many years, and was also a broadcaster in the Final Four for CBS. If you watch the NCAA tournament, they usually show a Marquette flashback of him celebrating a game winning shot.

Dick was the basketball superstar of the family though. The Knicks drafted McGuire out of St. Johns with the 7th pick of the 1949 draft. He also went on to coach the team for 3 years.

For his time, McGuire was one of the best point guards in the league. He was considered to be very flashy, with a modern flair to his game with his ball handling and passing ability. He led the Knicks to 3 straight NBA Finals, and was an all-star 5 times as a Knick.

It is very difficult to judge him by numbers because he played in a completely different time period. Point guards back then were not expected to score much, and the assist numbers were not as generously given as they are today. He was also quietly a solid rebounder as a 6 foot guard, averaging around 4.5 rebounds in his Knick career.

What also makes McGuire so special is he is a Hall of Famer. He was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. His number 15 also hangs from the MSG rafters, so you he must have been a special player. He was a true New Yorker, growing up in Rockaway Beach and attending St. Johns.

McGuire died on February 3 last year at the age of 84.


By Rob Bonanni

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