New York Knickerbocker Retired Numbers
WALT FRAZIER (Number retired Dec. 15, 1979) - “Clyde”...Stylish, legendary floor general of both Knicks championship teams...Catlike moves and finesse enabled him to set unprecedented defensive standard...Seven-time NBA All-Star (MVP of 1975 Game), four-time All-NBA first team selection and seven-time All-Defensive pick...Named one of 50 Greatest Players of NBA's first half-century...The all-time Knicks leader in assists (4,791), and is second in games (759), minutes (28,995) and total points (14,617)...Helped forge Knicks' first NBA title in '70 with virtuoso performance (36 pts, 19 ast, 12-12 FTA) in Game Seven finale vs. Lakers...Given everlasting "Clyde" moniker by trainer Danny Whelan and late teammate Nate Bowman...Spent last three NBA seasons with Cleveland...Elected to Hall of Fame in 1987...Honored in 2009 in inaugural class of Knicks Legends...Has served for more than two decades as Knicks broadcast color analyst.
DICK BARNETT (Number retired Mar. 10, 1990) - Author of the unique and unmistakable "question mark" jump shot and backcourt ace for both Knicks title teams...Spent first five NBA seasons with Syracuse and Los Angeles, then was acquired by Knicks for Bob Boozer on Oct 14, 1965...Averaged 15.6 ppg in nine Knicks seasons, including 23.1 ppg in 1965-66...1968 NBA All-Star...Averaged 14.9 ppg for 1970 NBA Champs...Tenth on all-time Knicks list in games (604), seventh in minutes (18,442) and eighth in total points (9,442)...Forever linked to cry of "Fall back, baby!"...Earned doctorate in education from Fordham in 1991...Currently serves as consultant to several pro franchises...Honored in 2010 class of Knicks Legends.
EARL MONROE (Number retired Mar. 1, 1986) - “The Pearl”...Basketball's consummate showman brought his magic act to the Garden in stunning trade with Bullets, Nov 10, 1971...Played nine seasons with Knicks (1971-72 thru 1979-80) after spending four in Baltimore...Averaged 16.2 ppg as a Knick, including 20.9 ppg in 1974-75 and 20.7 ppg in 1975-76...Earned long-awaited NBA Championship ring with 15.5 ppg for '73 club, and led Knicks with 23 points in Game Five title clincher vs. Lakers...Averaged 18.8 ppg for pro career and was four-time NBA All-Star (twice with Knicks)...Seventh on all-time Knicks career list with 9,679 points...Enshrined in Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990; Garden Walk of Fame in 1998...Named one of NBA's 50 Greatest Players of League's first half-century...Only Knicks honoree whose number has been retired by two teams (Wizards retired his Bullets no. 10 on Dec. 1, 2007)...Honored in 2010 class of Knicks Legends...Currently president of the New Jersey-based Earl Monroe Group, venture capital “Pearl Fund” and NBA licensee Sports Candy Store, has worked as Knicks radio color analyst, and is national spokesman for BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia; enlarged prostate) and diabetes awareness...His autobiography, “Earl the Pearl: My Story”, co-authored with Quincy Troupe, was published by Rodale in 2013.
DICK MCGUIRE (Number retired Mar. 14, 1992) - “Tricky Dick”...Hall of Famer shaped franchise’s destiny over 53 years as player, head coach, assistant coach, chief scout, and in final post as team’s senior basketball consultant, touching each of the eight decades of Knicks history from 1940s through 2010s...Synonymous with New York City basketball, Big Apple product set standard for backcourt wizardry in early days of NBA following stellar career at St. John’s...Enjoyed eight standout seasons as a Knick, earning five All-Star Game designations and leading Knicks to three straight appearances in NBA Finals (1951-52-53)...Led Knicks in assists for seven straight seasons, and is still third on all-time club list with 2,950 assists...Career 8.0 ppg scorer as a Knick...Finished playing career with three years in Detroit... Coached Knicks to 1967 NBA Playoffs, ending seven-year NY playoff dry spell... Piloted 1967-68 Knicks squad that included rookies Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Phil Jackson, all future Hall of Famers...Earned long-overdue Hall of Fame enshrinement in 1993; inducted into Garden’s Walk of Fame in 2003...With late brother Al, represents only brother combination in Springfield Hall of Fame...Namesake and first winner of Dick McGuire Knicks Legacy Award in 2009...Basketball world mourned his passing at age 84 on February 3, 2010.
WILLIS REED (Number retired Oct. 21, 1976) - "The Captain"...Backbone of both Knicks championship teams...Ten unforgettable seasons in New York resulted in seven All-Star Game appearances and five All-NBA designations (first or second team)...One of 50 Greatest Players of NBA's first half-century...Made immediate impact in 1964-65 as first Knick ever to be named NBA Rookie of the Year...Central figure in club's rise to greatness...Averaged 21.7 ppg in 1969-70 championship season, becoming first NBA player to earn "Triple Crown" of awards (MVP of regular season, All-Star Game and Finals)...Climaxed Knicks' road to top with inspiring last-minute appearance prior to '70 Game Seven clincher vs. Lakers...After sitting out virtually all of 1971-72 with injuries, led Knicks to NBA summit again in 1972-73, earning second Finals MVP award...Second on all-time club list in rebounds (8,414), eighth in games played (650) and third in total points (12,183)...First Knick to have uniform number retired...Earned Hall of Fame honors in 1981...Coached Knicks for a season-and-a-half in late '70s... Honored in 2009 in inaugural class of Knicks Legends...Enjoyed 16-year front office and coaching career with New Jersey Nets, then returned to Knicks for one season (2003-04) as special basketball advisor...Retired to his native Louisiana in summer 2007 following three years as vice president, basketball operations for the New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets.
DAVE DEBUSSCHERE (Number retired Mar. 24, 1981) - Hard-nosed blue collar hero proved to be final piece of Knicks' championship puzzle upon acquisition from Detroit in December '68...Aggressive frontliner earned NBA All-Defensive honors six times with Knicks, and All-Star Game designation in each of his five full seasons with New York...Averaged 14.6 ppg in his first full Knicks campaign (1969-70), as New York soared to first NBA title...Posted 16.3 ppg in second championship season of 1972-73...Seventh on all-time club list in rebounds (4,671)...Averaged 16.1 ppg for 12-year NBA career that started in Detroit, where he also served as player-coach...Following playing career, served as GM for both Nets and Knicks...As final commissioner of ABA, was instrumental in pro hoop merger of 1976...Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982...Named one of NBA's 50 Greatest Players of League's first half-century...Sports world mourned his sudden passing on May 14, 2003.
BILL BRADLEY (Number retired Feb. 18, 1984) - “Dollar Bill”...Followed legendary college career at Princeton with 10-year Knick tenure in which he played a key role on both championship teams...Joined Knicks following Rhodes Scholarship tenure at Oxford...Posted 14.5 ppg for NBA Champions in 1969-70, and career high 16.1 ppg in second championship season of 1972-73...Career .840 free throw shooter, and led Knicks from the line eight straight years...1973 NBA All-Star...Career 12.4 ppg scorer...Third on all-time club list in games played (742); ninth in total points (9,217)...Pro debut before sellout house at Old Garden (Dec 9, 1967 vs. Detroit) still ranks as one of most electrifying events in club history...Dubbed "Dollar Bill" by sportswriter Leonard Lewin at memorable first press conference as a Knick in 1967...Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982...Served 18-year tenure as U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1978-1996) as prelude to run for Democratic presidential nomination in 2000 ...Delivered memorable keynote addresses at 1992 Democratic Convention at MSG and 2000 Convention in Los Angeles...Author of seven best-selling books, including his latest, “We Can All Do Better” (Vanguard Books, 2012)
PATRICK EWING (Number retired Feb. 28, 2003) - “The Big Fella”...Literal center of attention of the longest sustained period of success in franchise history, as Hall of Famer became the all-time club leader in virtually every category and arguably the greatest player to wear the orange and blue...Seven-time All-NBA selection, three-time All-Defensive, 11-time All-Star...Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History...1986 NBA Rookie of the Year...All-time Knicks leader in total points (23,665), games played (1,039), rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), steals (1,061) and minutes (37,586)...Played 15 (of 17) seasons in Knicks livery, by far the most in club history...Led Knicks to Playoffs for 13 consecutive years, including three Atlantic Division titles, four appearances in Conference Finals and Eastern Conference titles in 1994 and 1999...Knicks career ended with summer 2000 megadeal; played final two NBA seasons with Seattle and Orlando...20th on all-time NBA scoring list (24,815)...Has served for more than a decade as an NBA assistant coach; currently in second season as associate head coach of Charlotte Hornets...Son Patrick Jr. was drafted by Sacramento in 2008, had training camp/Summer League stints with Knicks in 2009-10, and made NBA debut in 2010-11 with New Orleans...Climaxed storied career with first-ballot Hall of Fame enshrinement with the Class of 2008... Honored in 2009 in inaugural class of Knicks Legends.
RED HOLZMAN (Number retired Mar. 10, 1990) - Knicks honored their Hall of Fame mentor by "retiring" his number of regular season victories as NY pilot...Winningest coach in club history (613-483) led Knicks to both of their NBA titles (1970 and 1973)...1970 NBA Coach of the Year...Had two separate tenures as Knicks mentor (1967-68 thru 1976-77, and again from 1978-79 thru 1981-82)...Piloted Knicks to five 50+ win seasons and three Eastern Conference titles...Retired as the second-winningest coach in NBA history (696 career wins, trailing only Red Auerbach’s 938); currently ranks 17th on all-time NBA win list ...Member of 1951 Rochester Royals club that beat Knicks in NBA Finals...Earned Hall of Fame honors in 1985...Named one of NBA's All-Time Top 10 Coaches of League's first 50 years...Served as coaching mentor to future Knicks president Phil Jackson, who would forge Hall of Fame career with record 11 NBA Championships as a head coach...Following coaching career, continued to shape Knicks fortunes as the club's basketball consultant...Knicks mourned the passing of their club patriarch on November 13, 1998.