Rob Manoff, Rob Whitney, and myself aka the voices behind the Write The Radio podcast are embarking on the 12 Jersey GOATS of Christmas. From the partridge in the pear tree to twelve drummers drumming we’re going 1 through 12 to find the best player who ever wore the number.
How it’s going down is simple. We’ve narrowed down a rep from each of the 4 major sports and throw a poll up on Twitter. Then the real experts weigh in and select the final winner. We’ll put up a post announcing the winner. Later in the countdown, we’ll announce our contest winners as well.
Oh, that’s right, we’re doing a giveaway as well. That part is simple too. All it takes is 3 simple steps. 1. Vote in the polls. 2. Retweet the poll. 3. Follow the Last Out Media Twitter account.
10 Lords A Leaping As Fraizer Waltzs
Fran Tarkenton, Guy Lafleur, and Chipper Jones are all bonafide Hall of Fame players, but there is just something about Walt “Clyde” Frazier, a cool factor that takes him above and beyond the others.
From being the guy to close down old MSG as a college player to going right to the new one as a New York Knicks rookie, where he would make 7 All-Star Games in his 10 years with the franchise. A 4 time NBA First Teamer, 2 time NBA Second Teamer, and 7 time All NBA defender, Fraizer was a fierce defender who could walk off the court and into a fedora better than any player in the league at the time.
His superstar moment happened in the 1970 NBA Finals when Willis Reed had to exit game 7 after just two minutes. Fraizer would drop 36 points, 19 assists, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals which brought the Knicks an NBA championship. Later he teamed with Earl Monroe to form the “Rolls Royce” backcourt and would lead the Knicks to another championship in 1973.
Frazier held Knicks franchise records for most games (759), minutes played (28,995), field goals attempted (11,669), field goals made (5,736), free throws attempted (4,017), free throws made (3,145), assists (4,791) and points (14,617). Most of these would be broken by Patrick Ewing, but his assist record still stands to this day.
His #10 is retired by the Knicks, and Fraizer is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer as of 1987 and was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary team in 1996. He’s also our selection for #10.
For more be sure to check our whole series!