Knicks By The Numbers: 11-15

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14 – Anthony Mason – (1991-96) – One of the most physically imposing and downright scary players to ever don a Knick uniform, Mason was an integral part of Pat Riley’s Knicks. Released by 3 teams and playing in multiple countries, Mason found a home in NY, where his physical play was appreciated along side Oakley and Ewing. Ironically, Mason’s ability to handle the ball was what led to his Knick exit. After Riley left the Knicks, Don Nelson, who took over, loved the “point-forward” concept, wanted to base the Knicks offense around Mason – and not Patrick Ewing. Not surprisingly, Nelson was fired by mid-season and Mason was traded for Larry Johnson at seasons end. Still Mason embodied the tough nosed play NY loved.

Honorable Mention –

only wore #14 for 2 seasons. Russell was the #1 overall selection in 1966 and spent 5 seasons with the Knicks, averaging 13 points and was in the rotation during the Knicks first Championship. Russell was later traded for veteran and Hall of Famer

Jerry Lucas

who played a major role off the bench for the Knicks 2