Jamaican Ranks No. 32 on ESPN List of All-Time Top 100 Basketball Players

Jamaican Patrick Ewing

Jamaican born Patrick Ewing has been ranked 32nd on ESPN’s list of the all-time greatest 100 basketball players in history. Former NBA center Ewing was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and played with the New York Knicks, the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Orlando Magic. Among his many honors, Ewing was an All-Star selection 11 times, an All-NBA selection seven times, and a three-time All-Defensive Team choice. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1985-86 and is in the Hall of Fame. Known as “Big Pat” and “Hoya Destroya,” Ewing is the all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and steals for the Knicks, and only two other players were the leaders of their franchises in all four of these categories.

Here is a selected list of Patrick Ewing’s Awards and honors:

  • 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 (1985).
  • AP College Player of the Year (1985)
  • NABC Player of the Year (1985)
  • Sporting News College Player of the Year (1985)
  • Adolph Rupp Trophy (1985)
  • Number 33 Retired for the New York Knicks
  • Two-time Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame inductee

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