We are going back to the glory days of the Knicks. Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier was taken with the 5th pick of the 1967 NBA Draft, by the New York Knicks. In his Rookie season Frazier averaged 9.0 points per game and 4 assists. With more minutes in his second season, Frazier started to flourish lifting his averages to 17.5 points, 7.9 assists and 6.2 rebounds a game. Frazier had arrived!
The 1969-70 season would see the Knicks win the NBA Championship. Widely regarded as one of the NBA’s greatest ever teams assembled, Frazier at Point-Guard was the general of the team and would become an instant superstar/rockstar of the league. That famous season, he averaged 20.9 points, 8.2 assists and 6 rebounds a game. ‘The Garden’ was jam-packed to watch the Knicks every game, as groupies and fans would swamp Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, to see the latest fashion he would wear to each game.
Known as one of the most stylish players on and off the court, Frazier continued to become one of the leagues best Point-Guards, and it was in 1971 that the Knicks would acquire via trade, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe. Frazier and Monroe would form one of the greatest ever backcourts, simply dismantling teams with their high basketball IQs and brilliant ball handling skills. The Knicks would again become the NBA Champions of the 1972-73 season, and once again Walt Frazier would have a sensational season averaging 21.1 points, 5.9 assists and 7.3 rebounds a game.
Frazier was a 7x All-Star, and one of the greatest ever Knicks. Surprisingly to Frazier, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977, a move that Frazier did not approve of. Frazier would play 3 years at the Cavs before retiring in 1980. He finished with career numbers of 18.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds. Walt ‘Clyde’ Fazier will be remembered as one of the true greats to ever play the game.
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The Knicks retired Frazier’s number #10 Jersey in 1979.
Frazier is still a commentator to this day for the MSG network.