18. Micheal Ray Richardson
In terms of raw talent, Micheal Ray Richardson is one of the greatest players in New York Knicks history. He only spent four seasons with the team, but he was an All-Star in three of them.
Before the injuries caught up to him, there wasn’t much that he couldn’t do.
Richardson burst onto the scene in 1979-80, averaging 15.3 points, 10.1 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. He led the league in both assists and steals that season, and showed critics why New York drafted him at No. 4 overall.
According to Basketball-Reference.com, Richardson is the only player in NBA history to average at least 15.0 points, 10.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.
That distinction alone puts him in rare enough company to be considered a Knicks legend. The fact that he maintained high-level production and made multiple All-Star Game appearances only strengthens his case.
One can only wonder what could’ve been if Richardson and Patrick Ewing had played together.
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