The Unappreciated and Underrated Patrick Ewing

Published on August 5th, 2017 by Astramskas, David | 3,612 views

Patrick Ewing turns 55 today and just like the day he turned 50, 40 and 30, his fingers are bare — you can thank mainly Michael Jordan for that. The 11 x All-Star has a total of 10 All-NBA selections on his resume but only one All-NBA 1st team selection and you can thank Kareem, Hakeem, Moses Malone, David Robinson and Shaq for that. What Patrick Ewing did have was a monster game that would dominate today’s NBA and make you laugh at the thought that a player like Dwight Howard could be considered the best center in the league. ¬†His offensive game was superior to any center in the past few years and his defense was criminally underrated — almost as underrated and unappreciated as his name is today.

This post by no means does any type of justice as a tribute to Ewing’s greatness but it’s good enough as a birthday card, for today, that says, “Happy Birthday. We need more big men like Ewing in today’s basketball!”

  • ¬†Rookie of the Year (1986)
  • All-NBA First Team (1990)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1988, ’89, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’97)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988, ’89, ’92)
  • 11-time All-Star; One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996)
  • 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1984, ’92)
  • NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1984)
  • Naismith College Player of the Year in (1985).
  • Number 33 Retired for the New York Knicks
  • Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2008






About the Author

David Astramskas,

Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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