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Top Five Shooting Guards in New York Knicks History
Qualifiers: The New York Knicks have more than 60 years of history so players should have at least three seasons with the team. Also, players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one.
Hall of Famer and New York Knicks legend Earl "The Pearl" Monroe starred at shooting guard for the team in the 1970s. Monroe performed wizardry with the ball and penetrated the lane as effectively as anyone in his generation. He boasted a great mid-range game and excelled at playing with his back to the basket. He scored 9,679 points as a Knick and 17,454 overall while averaging 18.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 13 NBA seasons. Monroe served as the number two scorer on the Knicks' most recent NBA Championship team in 1973.
Sharpshooting guard Allan Houston played the last nine years of his career in New York from 1996 to 2005. Houston went to two All-Star Games with the Knicks while becoming just the second player in team history to drain 900 three-pointers. His shining moment came in the 1999 playoffs when he floated in the buzzer-beating series-winner against the Miami Heat to become a hero of the Knicks' latest run to the NBA Finals. Houston finished with 11,165 points in New York, becoming the sixth Knick to break the 10,000 point milestone.
All-Star and All-Defensive guard John Starks was a fan favorite for the Knicks in the 1990s. Starks proved to be one of the NBA's best undrafted players with his work on both ends of the court. He was a streaky explosive scorer, a great outside shooter and a feisty defender. He succeeded as both a starter and a reserve, averaging 14.1 points, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game and winning a Sixth Man of the Year award. Starks owns the Knicks' all-time record for three-point baskets with 982 and he remains the only Knick to knock down 200 threes in a single season.
Former All-Star shooting guard Dick Barnett played for both Knicks title winners in 1970 and 1973. Barnett spent nine years in New York and registered 15.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. His intelligence, driving ability and herky jerky lefty jumper carried him to 9,442 points as a Knick. He was the elder statesman and second leading scorer on the 1970 Knicks championship team. Barnett's number 12 jersey hangs in the Madison Square Garden rafters.
Carl Braun was the Knicks' leading scorer for most of their first decade of NBA basketball. From 1947 to 1961, Braun earned five All-Star invites as he finished in the top ten in points four times and assists six times. He averaged 14.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists over 12 seasons with the Knicks and his 10,449 points place him fifth in franchise history.
New York Knicks Franchise Index, Basketball-Reference.com
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