The 15 greatest bigs in New York Knicks history

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Charles Oakley

Despite the horrific faux pas in Madison Square Garden last season where Oakley was wrestled to the ground by security, Charles Oakley is still a total Knick legend.

In fact, Charles Oakley was not only the most prolific rebounder ever to wear a New York Knick uniform but perhaps one of the most prolific rebounders to ever play the game.

In his ten seasons with the Knicks, he averaged 10.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. But what he did that transcends statistics is he helped restore the Knicks into a championship contender regard.

Truthfully, he was one of the most consistent players and presences during the famed 1990s Knicks teams.

What makes him historic is that when he was on a rampage, there was little anyone could to do stop him. Whether that meant protecting his teammates and the paint with elbows and just about anything else he could throw, or from just cleaning the glass until it sparkled.

In fact, he is one of the first names in the history books after the bevy of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell single-game rebound records. Oakley grabbed 35 rebounds back in 1988 while he was playing for the Chicago Bulls.

While he saw some stints in several other teams including the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors, Oakley is certainly a subscriber to the “once a Knick, always a Knick” mindset.