Knicks all-time starting 5: Players who never reached playoffs in NY

New York Knicks, Eddy Curry (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Eddy Curry, Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

C: Eddy Curry

Curry was viewed as the number one high school player in the country in 2001, so he decided to skip college and go directly to the draft. The seven-footer was taken fourth overall by the Chicago Bulls. There were significant expectations placed on the teenager, and he continued to improve throughout his four years in Chicago.

Curry averaged 16.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 28.7 minutes per game during the 2004-2005 season. He had Chicago primed to make the playoffs before being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. The Bulls were eliminated in the first round as Curry remained unable to play.

He was traded to the Knicks in Oct. of 2005 in a deal that did not work out for New York. They gave up one first-round pick and a swap to acquire the seven-footer, who last played consistent NBA minutes at age 25. Curry had three productive years in New York, but the Knicks won just 79 total contests during the stretch.

Eddy Curry did have the best season of his career with the Knicks where he averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 35.2 minutes per game. He played 81 games in the 2006-2007 campaign where he proved he could be a starting center, but injuries took a toll on his career.

The New York Knicks have struggled to make the playoffs in recent years, and Eddy Curry never played in an NBA postseason game. Can the Knicks turn things around and become an annual participant in the playoffs? Stay tuned to find out.