Right now, throughout the NBA’s growing junction with the internet, several well-respected and widely read sites have decided to undertake the unenviable task that is placing every active player in a line and re-ordering them by skill level. On the surface this is easy: LeBron James is better than Hedo Turkoglu. Kobe Bryant is better than Courtney Lee. But no, actually it’s very, very difficult—painfully so, because in the game of basketball, different positions have different roles, and different responsibilities create different values. Andrew Bynum’s interior length on both ends of the floor is a huge asset for the Los Angeles Lakers, but does it make him a better basketball player than a dynamic instant offense floor general like John Wall? It’s impossible to say.
In the interest of curing our long running offseason/lockout anger-boredom combination, we at B.O.B. have decided to create our own list: The 35 Most Important Knicks in Franchise History. Why 35? Well, to be honest, it was our estimation that if we made the list any longer, glorification would be created for certain players who simply don’t deserve it. Nobody wants to water this thing down.
Each day for the next month and a half we’ll be ranking a player with full understanding that a million options exist, ours existing far from the “correct” answer; this exercise is foreign to exact science. Adding to the unthinkable, our list’s criteria spreads wider than statistical measure and basketball ability. We plan on highlighting those who’ve meant the most to both New York City’s basketball team and its passionate fan base. It’s impossible to compute how we came up with the order we did, so let this introduction serve as a fairer than fair disclaimer. The countdown begins this week. Enjoy and beware.