The Captain rarely gets his due, often forgotten despite having a breathtaking resume. Willis Reed is one of only 10 players to win a MVP award, Finals MVP, and Championship in the same season. He was the leader and Finals MVP on the only two title teams the blue, orange, and white have ever mustered.
Reed had a shortened but dominant run leading the Knicks in their golden era. Despite retiring in 1974, to this day Reed is one of only 10 players to own multiple Finals MVP awards.
Eighth Overall Pick 1964 – New York Knicks
All NBA Defense
Rookie of the Year
2x Finals MVP
Hall of Fame
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: Josh Eberley (29).
The Barn Burner: Brian Geltzeiler (NR).
How did the other guys rank Reed: Marc Griffin (30), Justin Salkin (30), Lang Greene (31), Justin Rowan (33), James Holas (35), Matt Drappel (36), Justin Termine (36), Adi Joseph (38), Shane Young (38), Jacob Noble (39), Robert Littal (42), and Will Reeve (49).
#35 Thursday, September 3rd.
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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
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