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Top 15 Worst New York Knicks Players of All Time

The New York Knicks are unlike any other North American professional sports franchise in many ways. They are National Basketball Association royalty due to the fact that they play home games at Madison Square Garden, the “World's Most Famous Arena” that is located in the heart of Manhattan. The Knicks were, in the past, a team that had the goods to routinely compete for championships. Tremendous players such as Willis Reed, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Patrick Ewing, Bill Bradley, John Starks and other names that are known by basketball fans all wore New York colors at one point or another.

It is the club's storied past that has made it so frustrating for fans to watch the Knicks struggle to do anything of note year after year in recent history. Signing Carmelo Anthony was supposed to be a move that pushed the Knicks closer to winning a NBA Championship, but the team has not come all that close to overcoming competition such as the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. Fans and analysts have thus far liked what they have seen from rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis and the hope is that he will be part of what could be a bright future for a Knicks team that has not given fans lot to cheer about over the past decade.

Even the most broken fan of the Knicks should not only be optimistic that brighter days are ahead for the team. He would also do well to remember that things have, in the past, been much worse for the Knicks. It was earlier in 2015 during the latter stages of the 2014-15 NBA season when the Knicks trotted a starting lineup out onto the court that would not have been recognizable to casual fans tuning in. As historically inept as that Knicks team was, it did not feature the absolute worst player in the history of the franchise. That distinction goes to a man who never should have been selected by the Knicks in the first place.

15 Frederic Weis

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14 Andy Rautins 

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13 Antonio McDyess 

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12 Michael Sweetney 

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11 Micheal Ray Richardson 

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10 Maciej Lampe 

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9 Cezary Trybanski 

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8 Renaldo Balkman 

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7 Mardy Collins 

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6 Eddy Curry 

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5 Luc Longley 

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4 Stephon Marbury 

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3 Jordan Hill 

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2 Jerome James 

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1 Dontae' Jones 

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It would be understandable if you expected to see Jerome James occupy the top spot on a list of the worst players in the history of the New York Knicks. While James was certainly a letdown considering the amount of money that the Knicks paid him, at least he contributed something to the team. That is more that can be said for Dontae' Jones. Jones is the ultimate “never-was” in the history of the Knicks in that the first-round pick did not play a second of meaningful basketball for the team. A foot injury made him a spectator early into his career, and Jones was then shipped off to the Boston Celtics before he did anything of note as a member of the Knicks. What a waste of a pick.

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