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Full Name: Patrick Aloysius Ewing Primary Position: C/PF
First Game: October 26, 1985 Birthdate: August 6, 1962
Last Game: April 30, 2002 Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
NBA Experience: 17 years College: Georgetown University


Biography

Patrick Ewing was selected first overall in the 1985 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Although injuries marred his first year in the league, he was named NBA Rookie of the Year by averaging 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Very soon, he became one of the premier centers of the league. Ewing was an eleven time NBA All-Star, was named to the All-NBA First Team once, to the All-NBA Second Team six times and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times. He was a member of the original Dream Team at the 1992 Olympic Games, winning a second gold medal. In 1996, he was also given the honor of being named one the 50 greatest players in NBA history.

In spite of all his honors, Ewing never managed to lead the Knicks to an NBA championship. In 1993, it finally seemed the Knicks were on their way to the NBA Finals when they took a 2-0 lead over Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. However, the Bulls stunned Ewing as they won the next 4 games of the series. It was just one more ringless season Ewing had to deal with, despite the fact that the New York Knicks had the best record in the Eastern Conference with 62 wins and just 20 losses. He was a key contributor to the Knicks' run to the Finals in 1994, in which the Knicks lost in the final seconds of games 6 and 7 to Hakeem Olajuwon's Houston Rockets. It was only the second time in NBA history that a team came from losing 3-2 in the NBA finals and won the next two games to win the championship. The following year, a three-foot finger roll attempt by Ewing rimmed out of the basket in the dwindling seconds of game 7 against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Given this opportunity, Ewing would usually simply slam dunk the ball, but the fact that he went for a finger roll is one of the things certain fans have never forgotten about him. (The Knicks returned to the NBA Finals in 1999, but Ewing missed the latter part of their playoff run due to an achilles injury). In 2000, he finally left the Knicks, being traded to the Seattle Supersonics. In the trade, the Knicks sent Ewing to Seattle and Chris Dudley to the Suns, and received Glen Rice, Luc Longley, Travis Knight, Vladimir Stepania, Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, two first-round draft picks (from the Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle) and two second-round draft picks from Seattle. This is considered by many to being a major step in the downfall of the relative success of the Knicks. After a year with the Sonics and another with the Orlando Magic, he finally announced his retirement on September 18, 2002. That season, he took a job as an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards.

On February 28, 2003 Patrick Ewing's jersey with number 33 was retired in a large ceremony at Madison Square Garden. Ewing continues to be considered one of the New York Knicks finest of all time, as well as one of the greatest players in NBA history. Knicks rivalries against the Bulls, Pacers, and Heat, in which Ewing was a centerpiece, were some of the most intense of the decade. However, his inability to bring a championship to New York mars an otherwise Hall of Fame Career. Patrick Ewing continues his career as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets.

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Totals

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1986 NYK 50 50 1771 386 814 .474 0 5 .000 226 306 .739 124 327 451 102 54 103 172 191 998
1987 NYK 63 63 2206 530 1053 .503 0 7 .000 296 415 .713 157 398 555 104 89 147 229 248 1356
1988 NYK 82 82 2546 656 1183 .555 0 3 .000 341 476 .716 245 431 676 125 104 245 287 332 1653
1989 NYK 80 80 2896 727 1282 .567 0 6 .000 361 484 .746 213 527 740 188 117 281 266 311 1815
1990 NYK 82 82 3165 922 1673 .551 1 4 .250 502 648 .775 235 658 893 182 78 327 278 325 2347
1991 NYK 81 81 3104 845 1645 .514 0 6 .000 464 623 .745 194 711 905 244 80 258 291 287 2154
1992 NYK 82 82 3150 796 1525 .522 1 6 .167 377 511 .738 228 693 921 156 88 245 209 277 1970
1993 NYK 81 81 3003 779 1550 .503 1 7 .143 400 556 .719 191 789 980 151 74 161 265 286 1959
1994 NYK 79 79 2972 745 1503 .496 4 14 .286 445 582 .765 219 666 885 179 90 217 260 275 1939
1995 NYK 79 79 2920 730 1452 .503 6 21 .286 420 560 .750 157 710 867 212 68 159 256 272 1886
1996 NYK 76 76 2783 678 1456 .466 4 28 .143 351 461 .761 157 649 806 160 68 184 221 247 1711
1997 NYK 78 78 2887 655 1342 .488 2 9 .222 439 582 .754 175 659 834 156 69 189 269 250 1751
1998 NYK 26 26 848 203 403 .504 0 2 .000 134 186 .720 59 206 265 28 16 58 77 74 540
1999 NYK 38 38 1300 247 568 .435 0 2 .000 163 231 .706 74 303 377 43 30 100 99 105 657
2000 NYK 62 62 2035 361 775 .466 0 2 .000 207 283 .731 140 464 604 58 36 84 142 196 929
2001 SEA 79 79 2107 294 684 .430 0 2 .000 172 251 .685 124 461 585 92 53 91 151 229 760
2002 ORL 65 4 901 148 333 .444 0 1 .000 94 134 .701 60 203 263 35 22 45 65 129 390
Career 1183 1122 40594 9702 19241 .504 19 125 .152 5392 7289 .740 2752 8855 11607 2215 1136 2894 3537 4034 24815

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1986 NYK 50 50 35.4 7.7 16.3 .474 0.0 0.1 .000 4.5 6.1 .739 2.5 6.5 9.0 2.0 1.1 2.1 3.4 3.8 20.0
1987 NYK 63 63 35.0 8.4 16.7 .503 0.0 0.1 .000 4.7 6.6 .713 2.5 6.3 8.8 1.7 1.4 2.3 3.6 3.9 21.5
1988 NYK 82 82 31.0 8.0 14.4 .555 0.0 0.0 .000 4.2 5.8 .716 3.0 5.3 8.2 1.5 1.3 3.0 3.5 4.0 20.2
1989 NYK 80 80 36.2 9.1 16.0 .567 0.0 0.1 .000 4.5 6.1 .746 2.7 6.6 9.3 2.4 1.5 3.5 3.3 3.9 22.7
1990 NYK 82 82 38.6 11.2 20.4 .551 0.0 0.0 .250 6.1 7.9 .775 2.9 8.0 10.9 2.2 1.0 4.0 3.4 4.0 28.6
1991 NYK 81 81 38.3 10.4 20.3 .514 0.0 0.1 .000 5.7 7.7 .745 2.4 8.8 11.2 3.0 1.0 3.2 3.6 3.5 26.6
1992 NYK 82 82 38.4 9.7 18.6 .522 0.0 0.1 .167 4.6 6.2 .738 2.8 8.5 11.2 1.9 1.1 3.0 2.5 3.4 24.0
1993 NYK 81 81 37.1 9.6 19.1 .503 0.0 0.1 .143 4.9 6.9 .719 2.4 9.7 12.1 1.9 0.9 2.0 3.3 3.5 24.2
1994 NYK 79 79 37.6 9.4 19.0 .496 0.1 0.2 .286 5.6 7.4 .765 2.8 8.4 11.2 2.3 1.1 2.7 3.3 3.5 24.5
1995 NYK 79 79 37.0 9.2 18.4 .503 0.1 0.3 .286 5.3 7.1 .750 2.0 9.0 11.0 2.7 0.9 2.0 3.2 3.4 23.9
1996 NYK 76 76 36.6 8.9 19.2 .466 0.1 0.4 .143 4.6 6.1 .761 2.1 8.5 10.6 2.1 0.9 2.4 2.9 3.3 22.5
1997 NYK 78 78 37.0 8.4 17.2 .488 0.0 0.1 .222 5.6 7.5 .754 2.2 8.4 10.7 2.0 0.9 2.4 3.4 3.2 22.4
1998 NYK 26 26 32.6 7.8 15.5 .504 0.0 0.1 .000 5.2 7.2 .720 2.3 7.9 10.2 1.1 0.6 2.2 3.0 2.8 20.8
1999 NYK 38 38 34.2 6.5 14.9 .435 0.0 0.1 .000 4.3 6.1 .706 1.9 8.0 9.9 1.1 0.8 2.6 2.6 2.8 17.3
2000 NYK 62 62 32.8 5.8 12.5 .466 0.0 0.0 .000 3.3 4.6 .731 2.3 7.3 9.7 0.9 0.6 1.4 2.3 3.2 15.0
2001 SEA 79 79 26.7 3.7 8.7 .430 0.0 0.0 .000 2.2 3.2 .685 1.6 5.8 7.4 1.2 0.7 1.2 1.9 2.9 9.6
2002 ORL 65 4 13.9 2.3 5.1 .444 0.0 0.0 .000 1.4 2.1 .701 0.9 3.1 4.0 0.5 0.3 0.7 1.0 2.0 6.0
Career 1183 1122 34.3 8.2 16.3 .504 0.0 0.1 .152 4.6 6.2 .740 2.3 7.5 9.8 1.9 1.0 2.4 3.0 3.4 21.0

Awards and Accomplishments

  • 1985-1986 Rookie of the Year
  • All NBA First Team: 1990
  • All NBA Second Team: 1988, 1989, 1991–1993, 1997
  • NBA All Defensive Second Team: 1988, 1989, 1992
  • Two time Olympic Gold Medalist: 1984, 1992
  • NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1984)
  • Naismith College Player of the Year in (1985).
  • One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996)
  • In 1999, Ewing became the 10th player to score 22,000 points and 10,000 rebounds
  • In 1993 he led the NBA with 789 defensive rebounds. He was top ten in field goal percentage 8 times, top ten in rebounds per game as well as total rebounds 8 times, top ten in points, as well as points per game 8 times, and top ten in blocks per game for 13 years


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