1. Patrick Ewing’s Knicks
The only team that could safely say they’ve enjoyed a more popular reign without a title than these current Rangers are the New York Knicks of the 1990s.
When Pat Riley came to town, we all thought Showtime from Hollywood was coming east to the Atlantic. Instead, what we received was a squad that fit the personality of the Big Apple better than anything we’ve ever witnessed.
Rugged, underdog types like John Starks, Charles Oakley, Ron Harper and Anthony Mason teamed with Patrick Ewing to create one of the top defensive squad in NBA history.
If it hadn’t been for a certain guy who wore No. 23 for the Chicago Bulls, the Knicks could’ve escaped the decade with at least one title, if not two.
Sure, they did come one great quarter of ball away from winning the 1994 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets; and they also shocked the world with Ewing on the Bench in 1999; but their best team came in 1992-93 when Michael Jordan was still ruling the world.