Knicks By The Numbers: 11-15

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15 – Earl “The Pearl” Monroe – (1971-80) – One of the Knick Hall of Fame legends, Earl should be known not just for his ability, but for what he was asked to do. The Pearl was one of the NBA’s flashiest and most accomplished players, but was asked to “fit in” to a team already loaded with stars, including rival Walt Frazier, who played his position (PG). The Knicks knew Monroe could do virtually anything he was asked to do on the court, having played Center his senior season in college at 6’3” (he did OK – averaged an astonishing 41.5 points per game that year). Monroe did more than fit in with the Knicks, averaging 16.4 points, multiple All Star appearances and, of course, his #15 jersey in the MSG rafters.

Enjoy an example of just how smooth and flashy The Pearl was:

Honorable Mention –

– How does a Hall of Famer not make the list? When another Hall of Famer wears the same number! McGuire was an All Star in 5 of his 8 seasons with the Knicks. A true PG, McGuire was in the top 6 in the league in assists every year of his career.

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