Ranking The Best New York Knicks Teams Of All-Time
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It’s the dog days of the NBA offseason, so while we wait for the real games to start we ranked the best New York Knicks teams of all-time.

The New York Knicks are an original member of the NBA. Over the past 70 years those fiercely loyal New York fans have watched many stars play on many good teams, despite the lack of championships. We decided to rate the five best teams in franchise history.

In Jan. 2016, Forbes rated the Knicks the NBA’s most valuable team at $3 billion. Regardless of their level of success the fans always pack the stands.

They haven’t won a championship in over 40 years, but still garner as much national media attention as any other professional sports franchise.

They’ve had their struggles — like going 10 seasons without winning a playoff game from 2000-01 to 2010-11 — which has led to them being the constant butt of the joke.

The Knicks may not be one of the more winningest franchises in league history in terms of championships, but they are one of the proudest.

It’s not easy for players to succeed in New York with their fiercely loyal fanbase that’s famous for their hot and cold treatment of athletes, but these teams did it.

Since the Knicks only have two championships in the history of their franchise, it was difficult to rank the entire list.

It’s impossible to grade measure a modern-day team against one from the 70s, so for that tall task we borrowed from Bleacher Report’s system. They use adjusted offensive rating (ORtng+) and adjusted defensive rating (DRtng+) to be able to fairly grade the teams against each other.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.