Jeremy Lin wasn’t drafted out of college, and was picked up (and let go) by two NBA teams before landing in New York. Perhaps you’ve heard something about it. But Lin’s not the first undrafted player to have an impact with the Knicks. Here, now, a starting five of players who didn’t enter the league through the draft.
Lin has some competition at the point: Chris Childs, who wasn’t drafted out of Boise State, played nine seasons in the NBA, including four-and-a-half with the Knicks. He started 61 games for New York in 1996-97 — Charlie Ward would eventually take over the starting job — but his best season came the previous year with the Nets, when he averaged a career-high 12.8 points and seven assists a game. Still, Childs never captivated fans the way Jeremy Lin has, so we’ll give the spot to Lin, even after just sixteen games (and six starts) as a Knick.
The two-guard is a pretty easy spot to fill: John Starks played 602 regular-season games a Knick (plus another 93 in the playoffs), and was a key member of those mid-90s Knicks teams. An All-Star in 1994, Starks is holds the franchise record for three-pointers. He also did this.
Carl Braun joined the Knicks, then a member of the Basketball Association of America, 1947-48 season — that the season after the inaugural BAA draft.. He’d go on to be the Knicks’ first star player, leading the team in scoring in first seven seasons. He was selected for five All-Star teams, and in 2009, he was among those honored at the first Knicks Legends Night.