Forgotten Knicks from the 1990s: Herb Williams
This is one player that I know Knicks fans haven’t really forgotten, but his name is reserved for fans from that timeframe. If you attended a game at Madison Square Garden while Herb was on the end of the bench in the mid-to-late nineties, you were probably one of the people cheering for him to get some playing time.
The beloved big man played a key back-up role to Ewing, both on the court and as a veteran leader in the locker room. From 1993-1995, he played 181 games, doing very little to get noticed in the box score, but providing a stable presence to give Ewing spells during those seasons.
After retiring from the NBA, Herb would return to the Knicks as an assistant coach under Don Chaney and Lenny Wilkens. He served as interim coach for 44 games between the 2003-04 and 2004-05 season before Larry Brown took over.
While Knicks fans mostly remember Williams for his calming presence on the bench, he was a pretty good player early in his career for the Indiana Pacers. His best season coming in 1984-85 when he averaged 18.3 points and 8.5 rebounds, on top of 3.4 assists.