June 18th 1985: The New York Knicks draft Patrick Ewing
The fortunes of the Knicks’ franchise rose to an upswing on this date when the Knicks drafted Georgetown center Patrick Ewing with the #1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. Ewing was the consensus selection for the top pick. Ewing had one of the most successful collegiate careers in NCAA history as he reached the Finals in 3 of his 4 seasons – winning in 1984 – and was consensus All-American for 3 straight seasons. The Knicks’ future was immediately bright.
Ewing went on to win the 1985 Rookie of the Year and shortly after began a decade long run of dominance as one of the league’s durable and proficient centers. Of his many accomplishments, Ewing was an 11x All-Star, member of the original 1992 Dream Team, and one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time. The Knicks retired his number in 2003 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Outside of Ewing, the Knicks also drafted Gerald Wilkins in the 2nd round. Wilkins, the younger brother of Dominique Wilkins, was the Knicks starting SG for most of his tenure in NY and had a scoring average that peaked at 19.1 in his sophomore campaign. Additionally, the Knicks drafted PG Fred Cofield in the 4th round. Cofield spent most of his basketball career in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). The Knicks later hired Cofield as a scout in 2017 as part of their front office restructuring beginning with the hire of Scott Perry.