Bernard King is arguably the Knicks' greatest scorer. His time with the Knicks was cut short by injury, but he is still one of the Knicks' greatest players. His jersey should go up in the rafters!

Bernard King attended college at the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and was selected 7th overall in the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] by the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], who months later relocated from [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and became known as the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
At 6'7" and 205 pounds, Bernard King epitomized the NBA [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] of the 1980s. Long arms and a quick release, King was explosive runner on the fast-break, King was known as a tremendous scorer, leading the NBA in scoring in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] with 32.9 points per game. He was twice selected to the All-NBA First Team and three times to the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
In [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], his rookie season, he set a New Jersey Nets franchise record for most points scored in a season with 1,909, at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. He would later surpass this record with his 2,027 point season in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], earning the first of his back-to-back All-NBA First Team selections.
On January 31, 1984, as a Knick, King made history by becoming the first player since 1964 to score at least 50 points in consecutive games: scoring 50 points on 20 for 23 shooting with 10 free throws in a 117-113 Knicks victory over the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on January 30, and following it up with another 50 point performance in another road victory - this time in a 105-98 win over the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] - on 20 for 28 shooting and 10 free throws. The next season, on [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], 1984, King lit up the New Jersey Nets for 60 points, becoming just the tenth player in NBA history to score [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
At the peak of his career, however, King suffered a devastating knee injury - a torn [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in his right knee, while planting his leg before jumping, against the then-[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on March 23, 1985. It required major reconstruction, causing King to miss all of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and denying him his once explosiveness to the basket. Despite averaging 22.7 points per game during his first six games back, it was clear that King's explosiveness was diminished, and this prompted the New York Knicks to release him at the end of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. However, King would have a very successful comeback with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], improving his scoring average each year with the squad and returning to the All-Star Game one last time in 1991, his final full season in the NBA. After a year-and-a-half hiatus and a brief 32-game stint with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] at the end of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] problems forced Bernard King into retirement. King retired with 19,665 points in 874 games, for an average of 22.5 points per game during his career. At the time of his retirement, King ranked 16th on the all-time NBA scoring list. He is, as of February 2007, ranked 22nd.
Bernard King's career point total of 19,665 ranks him 31st in total scoring in NBA history, as of September 2006. Of the 30 players with more career points, only [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] played fewer games than King.
His [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is the 21st highest single-season scoring average of all time.
His career scoring average of 22.5 points per game is the 23rd highest all time, as of May 2006.
Bernard King is currently 28th on the all-time field goals made list, with 7,830.
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Recorded eight games of scoring 50 or more points.
Had college jersey number retired.
Had second longest streak of beating the Kentucky Wildcats (5 straight).
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