New York Knicks: 15 greatest individual performances of all-time

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Chris Duhon, New York Knicks
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8. Chris Duhon sets the assist record

Among the greatest Knicks to ever play the game, Chris Duhon’s name flies largely over everyone’s head, and for good reason. He wasn’t really impressive during his nine seasons in the league, with career averages of just 6.5 points and 4.4 assists per game.

In two years in New York, the former Duke Blue Devil elevated his level of play slightly, likely due to the freedom coach Mike D’Antoni’s system allowed, en-route to a solid 6.5 dimes a night.

There have always been these somewhat outlier performances by middle of the pack players, guys who explode on any given night, winding up with a crazy stat line that must be seen to believed.

In D’Antoni’s system, those types of games may happen more often, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. In 2008, it was Duhon’s turn to have the fun. He seemed to really take advantage of it.

Again, Duhon wasn’t anything special, but he clearly had a groove in a November matchup against the Golden State Warriors, dolling out a franchise-record 22 assists, helping the Knicks to a 138-125 win.

While such a score may be the norm in 2018, it was anything but a decade ago, with lumbering big men roaming the paint and three-point shooting still just a novelty of sorts.

David Lee put up 37. Al Harrington dropped 36. There’s a good chance a chunk of those buckets came off passes from New York’s starting point guard.

He’ll pop up now and then when Knicks fans remember the mid-2000’s, but no matter how people view him, Duhon’s name will forever be etched in the franchises illustrious history.