Turn On The Knicks Throwback Thursday – Willis Reed’s MVP Season

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Despite not having much hardware to show for it, the Knicks have actually had tons of individual success. A team that has won two championships touts 15 Hall of Famers and plenty of more All-Stars, but oddly, a member of the Knicks brought home the league’s MVP award just once.

The 1969-70 season was one to remember for Willis Reed. He averaged career-highs in both points (21.7) and rebounds (13.9) en route to becoming the lone NBA MVP in Knicks history. Reed finished 41 points ahead of Jerry West in the voting, and teammate Walt Clyde finished fourth. However, Reed’s impact on the 1970 season didn’t end there.

Reed put the cherry on top of his career-year by bringing the Knicks their first championship title. Despite injuring himself in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, his sheer presence willed New York to victory in Game 7. The site of him hobbling out of the tunnel while being welcomed by a raucous Madison Square Garden crowd instantly became one of the finest moments in NBA history.

 

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