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!” Shaq would agree.
- 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