Here are 10 of the most memorable All-Star Game moments in New York Knicks history, including some of the best players in franchise history.
The New York Knicks are going to be well-represented at NBA All-Star weekend. Obi Toppin is taking his high-flying act to the Slam Dunk contest and of course, Julius Randle will be taking part in the All-Star Game and Skills Challenge. He plans on winning both.
Julius Randle was asked what he’s most looking forward to about Sunday, the All-Star Game or the Skills Challenge:
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Randle is looking to carve out a little piece of Knicks history on Sunday. He already has by making the All-Star Game, but he can add to it with a standout performance in Atlanta.
As a general disclaimer, this list skews a little bit more towards recent history, but let’s take a look at 10 of the best moments in Knicks All-Star weekend history.
1970 Willis Reed MVP
Willis Reed is one of the greatest players to ever put on a Knicks jersey. In fact, he’s one of just eight players to have their number retired by the organization. In the very same year that Reed won league MVP, he also was named MVP of the 1970 All-Star Game.
Reed notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds en route to a 142-135 win for the Eastern Conference. This was the first time that a Knick would win All-Star Game MVP, but it wouldn’t be the last.
1972 West Over Frazier
When we think of incredible All-Star Game moments for the Knicks, winning plays and big performances are usually the first to come to mind. However, there is one moment that ended in a Knicks loss — the 1972 All-Star Game when Jerry West drilled a game-winner over Walt “Clyde” Frazier.
The Logo and Clyde already had met in the NBA Finals once before and they would meet again in 1972. West and the Lakers would get the better of Frazier and the Knicks that year, but New York exacted revenge in 1972.
The Knicks and Lakers met three times in the NBA Finals between 1970 and 1973, with the Knicks winning two titles and the Lakers bringing home one. This All-Star Game moment was just a small part of an incredible rivalry.
1975 Walt Frazier MVP
Willis Reed was the first Knick to win an All-Star Game MVP. Frazier was the second and last Knick to achieve that feat. The coolest Knick (and maybe coolest person) of all time put up 30 points, five rebounds, two assists, and four steals in the winning effort.
This was just one of Clyde’s seven All-Star appearances during his time with the Knicks. The word “legend” doesn’t even begin to describe Frazier.
1994 Three Knicks
Let’s jump ahead in time to 1994. The Knicks were a powerhouse in ’94 with three guys making the All-Star team — Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and Charles Oakley. This year marked the first time that three Knicks made the All-Star Game since Frazier, Bill Bradley, and Dave DeBusschere accomplished the feat in 1973.
This was also the year that the Knicks went to the NBA Finals and nearly took down Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.
1994 Ewing Dunk Over Robinson
OK, we couldn’t talk about the 1994 All-Star Game without talking about this Patrick Ewing poster over David Robinson. It deserves its own moment on this list. There isn’t much that needs to be said about it either. Just two of the all-time greats going back and forth. This is what the All-Star Game is all about.
2001 Allan Houston & Latrell Sprewell
This one is more about what happened after this game than what happened during it. Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell each played 15 minutes and combined for 12 points. It wasn’t exactly the definition of a “memorable” performance.
And yet, it was the last time the Knicks would have an All-Star until David Lee in 2010. The Knicks were in for a dark period after their incredible run in the ’90s.
2011 Amar’e Stoudemire Drops 29 Points
It’s easy to forget, but Amar’e Stoudemire re-energized Madison Square Garden before the Carmelo Anthony trade in 2011. Stoudemire was named an All-Star starter, the first time a Knick achieved that honor since Patrick Ewing in 1992.
He dropped 29 points en route to a 148-143 loss, but Knicks fans could rest easy after watching Stoudemire dominate.
2013 Carmelo Anthony-Tyson Chandler Double Trouble
This year represents the best season for the Knicks in the past 20 years. Carmelo Anthony would eventually lead the Knicks to their first playoff series win since the year 2000, but prior to their playoff run, Melo and Tyson Chandler were named to the All-Star Game.
This was the first time multiple Knicks made the All-Star team since Houston and Sprewell in 2001.
2014 Carmelo Anthony 30 Points
This was undoubtedly Melo’s best All-Star performance as a Knick. He was a fixture on the Eastern Conference roster for his entire tenure in New York, but his All-Star performances didn’t always live up to the hype.
However, in 2014, Melo broke the record for most three-pointers made in an All-Star Game. This was prime Melo at his very best.
2015 Game at Madison Square Garden
Over the last two decades, outside of Melo, the Knicks don’t have much to hang their hat on in regards to the All-Star Game. But Madison Square Garden and the Knicks are going to be forever intertwined. There’s nothing quite like the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.