Looking Back On Knicks Best Drafts as 2015 NBA Draft Approaches

The NBA Draft is exactly one week away, and one of the teams selecting in the top-five is the New York Knicks, who are looking to add an impact player at No. 4 overall.

NBA Draft tickets on the secondary market have an average price of $96.22 with a get-in price of $44. Out of town Knicks fans who want to see their team pick a franchise-changing player in person can use Hipmunk.com to book flights to New York City to get to the Barclays Center on June 25. Hipmunk also has available New York City hotels to have fans a quick metro ride away from Brooklyn.

Like all franchises, the Knicks have had both successful and unsuccessful drafts. Grading a draft usually comes years down the line, but sometimes fans can tell a disaster right away (see: Michael Sweetney, Frederic Weis).

But it’s more than likely the Knicks nab a significant player in this year’s draft, as the talent pool  runs deep at the top where New York will be drafting. With that in mind, we go back in time and go over some of the Knicks’ best drafts in franchise history.

*(Round selected, pick number)

1964: Jim Barnes (1, 1), Willis Reed (2, 8), Howard Komives (2, 13)

The Knicks did their damage in the second round, selecting future Hall of Famer Willis Reed with the eighth pick in Round 2. Reed won two NBA Championships with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973, being named Finals MVP in both series. His No. 19 is retired by the Knicks and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1982. Jim Barnes was selected to the 1965 NBA All-Rookie Team and played seven seasons in the NBA.

1965: Bill Bradley (Territorial), Dave Stallworth (1, 3), Dick Van Arsdale (2, 10), Hal Blevins (2, 14)

Although he did not play with the Knicks until 1967, Hall of Famer Bill Bradley was drafted as a territorial selection in 1965. Bradley was an integral figure in the Knicks’ championship seasons in 1970 and 1973. Stallworth was part of the championship team in 1970 before being traded to the Washington Bullets in 1971 in the deal that garnered Earl Monroe. Van Arsdale was a three-time NBA All-Star.

1967: Walt Frazier (1, 5), Phil Jackson (2, 17)

Walt “Clyde” Frazier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1987 and still remains prevalent as the Knicks’ color commentator during the season. His No. 10 is retired by the team, as he won two NBA championships and was a seven-time NBA All-Star. Phil Jackson has 13 championship rings, two with the Knicks as a player and 11 as a head coach, and is trying to bring the Knicks back to relevancy as the team’s President.

1985: Patrick Ewing (1, 1), Gerald Wilkins (2, 47)

Patrick Ewing, the New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorer and one of the most beloved players in franchise history, has his No. 33 hanging in the rafters at Madison Square Garden. Ewing was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and will remain a fan favorite forever. Although Ewing never brought New York a championship, the 11-time NBA All-Star was one of the best talents to ever put on a Knicks uniform.