New York Knicks all-time roster

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John Starks

  • Height: 6-5
  • School: Oklahoma State
  • How acquired: Free agent
  • Years with team: 8
  • Jersey number: 3
  • Knicks earnings: $12,233,000
  • * denotes incomplete earnings

A gritty performer with deep shooting range, Starks entered the league with the Golden State Warriors as an undrafted free agent in 1988, and signed with the Knicks in 1990.

He was a sparkplug for the team over eight seasons, forming a vicious rivalry with Reggie Miller, and often unafraid to get in the face of opposing stars.

Starks is best known for a pair of games - for very different reasons - one year apart.

First, in 1993, the shooting guard was the center of arguably the most famous play in franchise history. Late in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, with the Knicks leading 91-88, Starks took the ball from the wing, drove baseline, and dunked on Horace Grant and Michael Jordan. The play sent Madison Square Garden into a frenzy. Of course, New York wound up losing the series.

On the flip side, a year later, Starks turned in an historically bad performance. In Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Starks started cold - 2-for-8 in the first three quarters - and finished colder - 0-for-10 in the fourth - for an ugly 2-for-18 night from the field. The Rockets won the game, preventing the Knicks from winning their first title in over two decades.

Starks wrapped up his Knicks career in 1998 serving as a backup for Allan Houston. Over his tenure, he averaged over 15 points per game three times, led the NBA in three-pointers made in the 1994-95 season, and played 20 minutes in the 1994 All-Star game.

Statistics with Knicks

  • Points: 8,489
  • Games: 602
  • Minutes: 17,271
  • PPG: 14.1
  • RPG: 2.7
  • APG: 4.0
  • Rebounds: 1,602
  • Assists: 2,394
  • Steals: 711
  • Blocks: 84
  • Field goals: 3,043
  • 3-pointers: 982
  • Free throws: 1421
  • FG%: 0.423
  • 3P%: 0.345

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