Best Season as a Knick- 1973-74- 18.1 PPG, 10.7 Rebounds, .461 FG%, .756 FT%
Dave DeBusschere will always be remembered celebrating as the Knicks won the lottery which led to the selection of Patrick Ewing with the first overall pick in the 1985 draft. DeBusschere was also a terrific player and the final piece of the Knicks’ championship puzzle in the 70s.
The Knicks traded Walt Bellamy and Howard Kornives to the Pistons for DeBusschere. DeBusschere was the perfect fit for the team. He provided an intimidating presence at the power forward position. He was one of the best rebounders and defenders in the league. It was DeBusschere who was forced to defend Wilt Chamberlain in many of the Knick/Lakers match-ups. He was an automatic double-double player, and helped contribute to playing winning team basketball, which included two NBA titles.
His role on the championship teams is what puts him so high on the list. There were others who had longer careers as a Knick, but did not have the same impact as DeBusschere. He actually played longer for Detroit than the Knicks, but so many forget about his days with Pistons. His game excelled to a new level once with the Knicks.
Some can compare the effect he had on the Knicks in the same manner as what Reggie Jackson had on the Yankees, minus the loud mouth and fist fights with Billy Martin. Reggie was “the straw that stirred the drink”, helping lead the Yankees to two World Series titles, and DeBusschere did the same for the Knicks.