New York Knicks: 25 Greatest Players of All-Time

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9. Dick Barnett

Dick Barnett had his No. 12 jersey retired by the New York Knicks in March of 1990. Only eight players have received that honor, which should tell you how important he is and was to the organization.

Acquired in 1965, Barnett became one of the true leaders of New York’s resurgence.

Barnett scored 9,442 points in nine seasons with the Knicks. That includes 1965-66, when he averaged a career-best 23.1 points per game on an efficient 46.9 percent shooting from the floor.

Four years later, Barnett played in all 82 regular season and 19 postseason games as New York won its first-ever NBA championship in 1970.

Barnett was the team’s No. 3 scorer in the regular season and the Knicks’ No. 2 in the 1970 NBA Playoffs. He averaged 18.6 points in the 1970 NBA Finals, including a huge 21 in Game 7.

Barnett was a respected veteran leader, an unsung hero and a true legend in Knicks history.

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