Forgotten Knicks from the 1990s: Anthony Bonner
When you think of Knicks forwards from the nineties, several names come to mind before Anthony Bonner’s. However, the rugged forward played 131 games for New York between 1993 and 1995.
Signed as a free agent from the Sacramento Kings, Bonner gave the Pat Riley-led group added depth behind Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, and Charles Smith. The key with Bonner was that the team didn’t miss a beat in playing elbows out and nose-to-the-floor with him replacing a regular starter on the court.
While he rarely lit up the scoresheet, when Riley needed Bonner to give him depth minutes, he didn’t disappoint. During one stretch in 1993-94, filling in for Charles Smith, the Knicks won 15 games in a row with Bonner starting at small forward. There were several stretches like this during his Knicks career.
In the end, he only averaged 4.5 points while playing in New York, but receiving only 19 minutes per game, sometimes coming in cold after several nights off, he gave the team what they needed in rebounding the basketball, playing hard on defense, and knocking down the occasional shot.