New York Knicks: 25 Greatest Players of All-Time

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7. Bill Bradley

Few players have ever received as much hype as Bill Bradley when the New York Knicks selected him with a territorial pick in 1965. The Princeton Tigers star was viewed by many as the player who would elevate New York to championship heights.

It took some time for that to happen, but in 1970, the hype was met by the ultimate reward.

Bradley helped New York win a pair of championships in 1970 and 1973, respectively. He was an All-Star in 1973 and served as a well-rounded player with a smooth shooting stroke.

For his efforts, as well as his stellar collegiate and international careers, Bradley made the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Today, Bradley’s No. 24 hangs from the rafters at Madison Square Garden. His lackluster rookie season has been forgotten and his contributions to New York’s championship runs have become immortalized in Knicks lore.

Not a bad result for a player who was prematurely labeled a bust.

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