The New York Knicks plan to make two drafts in the 2022 NBA draft in Brooklyn. Their No. 1 pick came after the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft lottery earlier this month.
With the countdown in full swing, we take a look back at the greatest No. 11 pick in NBA draft history.
Reggie Miller (left) and Alan Houston
1963: Gus Johnson, Baltimore
Johnson never had a chance to break the internet, so he broke the rebound. Some sources listed Johnson as the 10th overall pick (brought in by a special first-round territorial pick), Johnson was one of the NBA’s first dunk masters, and he helped reverse the oppressed bullet with amazing antics the fate of the team. The Idaho State alum also made a name for himself as one of the first two-way stars in the NBA, earning the nod for one-on-one team all-defense (1970-71). An NBA title proved elusive, but Johnson went on to win a championship in his final season with the Indiana Pacers, then the ABA. He was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2010.
1974: Jamal Wilkes, Golden State Warriors
Wilkes, played by Jimel Atkins, is one of several prominent NBA figures dramatized in the recent HBO series “Time to Win: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.” The UCLA alum is no stranger to Dynasties, having worked first with John Wooden before earning Rookie of the Year and championship honors with the Warriors. Injuries faded later in his career, but Wilks has a reputation for being a strong player on and off the ball. Wilkes was instrumental in winning the “Showtime” Lakers’ first championship, with a 37-point, 10-rebound double-double in the 1980 Philadelphia Finals. Three years later, he earned a Hall of Fame nod.
1987: Reggie Miller, Indiana
Reggie Miller is destined to be booed in New York in one way or another. After he was drafted, some Pacers supporters at Felt Forum expressed dissatisfaction with his arrival, eager to see the team use Hoosier Steve Alford’s option. The real Miller stylistically silenced the doubters, playing 18 NBA seasons and retiring as the league’s top three-point shooter, dropping 2,880 times between the regular season and the playoffs. No one was more famous than the pair’s opening “eights in nine seconds” against the Knicks in the 1995 playoffs. Miller was recently named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, nine years after he was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.
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1992: Robert Horry, Houston
Miller is obviously not the biggest Knicks “killer” on this list, but Horry played his part in the 1994 NBA Finals, creating the first of seven rings for “Big Bob.” After averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 assists in the Rockets’ seven wins, Horry was a historic figure in the four-game sweep of Orlando the following season. He set a single-game record with seven steals in Game 2, then sank a 3-pointer in the showdown that followed. He rose to prominence in the Finals in 2001 and 2005, scoring 21 points in San Antonio’s Game 5 win over Detroit, including a game-winning 3.
1993: Alan Houston, Detroit
Houston was drafted by the Pistons, but is best known for the last nine years of his career, all with the Knicks. It ended in a bad way with more than $100 million, in fact, after Houston’s career was greatly extended by injuries, but he formed a deadly shooting guard duo with veteran John Starks, and the Played a key leadership role after Patrick Ewing was injured en route to a surprise appearance in the 1999 NBA Finals. Houston’s iconic New York moment surfaced in the playoffs as he beat the Miami Heat and gave the Knicks the second win of the season with 0.8 seconds left in the first round The No. 8 seed in the playoff series (and first to the Finals).
2011: Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors’ return is likely no coincidence after Thompson returned after missing the past two seasons. He arrived at Golden State two years after “Splash” brother Stephen Curry and played an integral role in the team’s dominance in the 2010s. Thompson holds the NBA records for most three-pointers made in a game (14) and most points in a quarter (37). He will start playing for his fourth NBA Finals ring Thursday night in San Francisco (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
Other notable options
-1977: Ernie Grunfeld, Milwaukee
-1980: Chiki Vandeweghe, Dallas
-1982: Fat Lever, Portland
-1983: Derek Harper, Dallas
-1984: Kevin Willis, Atlanta
-1986: John Sally, Detroit
-1989: Nick Anderson, Orlando
-1991: Terrell Brandon, Cleveland
-2006: JJ Redick, Orlando
-2015: Miles Turner, Indiana
-2016: Domantas Sabonis, Orlando
-2018: Summer Gilgeous-Alexander, Charlotte