Since 1947, 502 players have suited up for the Knicks.
Many are stars and some are Hall of Famers, but these are 10 recognizable names that you might not remember wearing the Knicks’ iconic orange and blue unis.
NO. 10: MATT BARNESBefore he established himself as one of the league’s feistiest defenders, Barnes signed with the Knicks on the eve of the 2005-06 season. The retirement of Allan Houston opened up a roster spot, but Barnes’ stint at The Garden was brief, ad he was waived after six games. Barnes would eventually become a fixture of the “We Believe” Golden State Warriors, a combatant, and later, a teammate of Kobe Bryant. Barnes would earn a championship ring in his final season after returning to the Warriors in 2016-17.
NO. 9: KEITH VAN HORNA longtime favorite of Nets fans, Van Horn was acquired by the Knicks as part of a four-team trade in the summer of 2003 that sent Latrell Sprewell to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The lanky scorer averaged 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game for the ‘Bockers before being shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade that brought Tim Thomas and Nazr Mohammed to The Garden.
Knicks fans finally got their long-awaited wish when the former St. John’s standout arrived in the summer of 2013 on a two-year deal. A knee injury limited World Peace to 29 games as a Knick, though, and the remainder of his contract was bought out in Feb. 2014.
NO. 6: CHAUNCEY BILLUPSArriving from the Denver Nuggets as part of the blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade, Billups averaged 17.5 points per game and 5.5 assists per game across 21 regular season appearances. However, Billups suffered a knee injury in Game 1 of the 2011 playoffs and missed the remainder of the postseason as the Knicks were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round. Though he expressed a desire to remain in New York, the franchise used an amnesty clause to waive the veteran point guard – opening the cap space needed to sign Tyson Chandler.
The 2016-17 Knicks should have achieved better than a 31-51 record given the star power of Rose, Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and Joakim Noah, but the mixture of off-court drama and the force-feeding of Phil Jackson’s triangle offense doomed this group from reaching their true potential.
NO. 4: RASHEED WALLACEWallace ended a two-year retirement to join the 2012-13 Knicks, but a broken foot limited ‘Sheed to 21 games and the veteran big man retired before the 2013 playoffs.
“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” then-Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said following Wallace’s retirement. “He is a winner, true professional, and leader on and off the court.”
Some fans, though, will remember his three-to-the-dome celebration which was adopted and still used by Anthony.
Ball don’t lie.
NO. 3: DIKEMBE MUTOMBOIt’s okay to wag your finger if you don’t remember Mutombo’s short-lived spell as a Knick. The Hall of Famer dressed for 65 regular season games and three playoff games for the ‘Bockers, and his highlight as a Knick was a 10-block performance against the Nets that set a franchise record.
Currently an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kidd is a candidate being considered for the Knicks’ vacant head coaching position, so he may not be “forgotten” at MSG for much longer.
NO. 1: TRACY MCGRADYTracy McGrady was a Knick? Yeah, it happened briefly.
The Hall of Famer was acquired from the Houston Rockets during the 2009-10 season, and he dropped 26 points in his Knicks debut at MSG in a 121-118 loss to the Thunder. All told, though, the seven-time All-Star averaged just 9.4 points per game in 24 games as a Knick.
Other players considered for this list: Glen Rice, Baron Davis, Antonio McDyess, Jalen Rose, Kenyon Martin, Doug Christie, Mike Bibby, Vin Baker, and Xavier McDaniel.