The New York Knicks’ all-time leading rebounders are topped by a pair of elite centers who were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Patrick Ewing and Willis Reed combined to grab more than 19,000 rebounds for the Knicks in 25 seasons.
5. Willie Naulls: 5,015 rebounds
Four-time All-Star forward Willie Naulls is the fifth leading rebounder in New York Knicks’ history. Naulls was a member of the Knicks from 1956 to 1962 before becoming a three-time champion with the Celtics in the 1960s. In seven seasons in New York, he averaged 19.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game including three 20-10 seasons. He grabbed a career-high 14.2 rebounds per game in 1959-60 and maintained a career average of 9.1 over ten seasons.
4. Harry Gallatin: 5,935 rebounds
Hall of Fame forward-center Harry Gallatin ranks fourth among the New York Knicks’ all-time leading rebounders. Gallatin was one of great players of the early NBA, earning seven straight All-Star selections in the 1950s. He averaged a double-double in all eight seasons he played in which rebounds were tallied as a statistic, posting overall averages of 12.7 points and 12.1 rebounds per game with the Knicks. In 1953-54, he was the league leader with 15.3 rebounds per contest and his career average of 11.9 is good for the NBA’s all-time top 20.
3. Charles Oakley: 7,291 rebounds
Charles Oakley was an enforcer for the Knicks in the 1990s and he remains third on the list of New York Knicks’ all-time leading rebounders. Before joining the Knicks, Oakley led the NBA in total rebounds twice with the Bulls. From 1988 to 1998, he averaged a double-double with 10.4 points and 10.0 rebounds for the Knicks. A one-time All-Star and two-time All-Defensive power forward, Oakley spent 1,282 games in the NBA to total 12,205 rebounds, the 20th highest total in league history.
2. Willis Reed: 8,414 rebounds
Iconic Hall of Fame center Willis Reed stands second on the New York Knicks’ all-time leading rebounders list. Reed spent his entire ten-year career with the Knicks from 1964 to 1974. A one-time NBA MVP and seven-time All-Star, Reed was named Finals MVP in the Knicks’ NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973. He posted five seasons of better than 20 points and ten rebounds per game and a total of seven double-double campaigns. Reed retired with career averages of 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.
1. Patrick Ewing: 10,759 rebounds
The New York Knicks’ all-time leading rebounder is Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing. Ewing was part of one of the NBA’s greatest generations of centers in the 1990s as he averaged more than 20 points and ten rebounds per game nine straight times in the decade. He was named an All-Star 11 times as he tallied 11,607 rebounds in the NBA. Ewing also has a firm hold on the Knicks’ all-time records with 23,665 points and 2,758 blocked shots.
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