Patrick Ewing
Big Pat was a phenom in College, an easy choice for the Knicks in the 1985 draft. Although Patrick Ewing was ultimately unable to bring the NYC faithful a Championship, he brought them as close as you could possibly go, one game away. He finished in the top five of MVP voting on six separate occasions he was an unfortunate victim of the Jordan/Olajuwon era.
Many would argue he was the greatest to ever wear the Knicks uniform, Championship or not. The Hoya Destroya sits 24 in rebounds, 21 in points, and seventh in points all time.

The Resume:

First Overall Pick 1985 – New York Knicks

11x All-Star

7x All-NBA

3x All-NBA Defense

Rookie of the Year

Hall of Fame

 

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Brian Geltzeiler (28).

The Barn Burner: Marc Griffin (NR).

How did the other guys rank Ewing: Jacob Noble (29), Will Reeve (29), Matt Drappel (30), Robert Littal (30), Josh Eberley (31), James Holas (31), Adi Joseph (32), Justin Salkin (34), Lang Greene (37), Shane Young (41), Justin Termine (48), and Justin Rowan (49).

 

Ewing - Olajuwon

 

#33 Saturday, September 5th.

 

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Contributors:

Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic

 

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

#48 Wes Unseld

#47 Dolph Schayes

#46 Paul Pierce

#45 Kevin Durant

#44 Dominique Wilkins

#43 Chris Paul

#42 Bill Walton

#41 Gary Payton

#40 Elvin Hayes

#39 Clyde Drexler

#38 Allen Iverson

#37 Steve Nash

#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan

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