On This Date: The Knicks acquire Doc Rivers & Charles Smith

September 21st 1992: The Knicks acquire Doc Rivers & Charles Smith

Shortly before training camp began for the 1992-93 season, the New York Knicks acquired Bo Kimble, Charles Smith, and Doc Rivers in a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic. In return, the Knicks traded a 1993 1st round pick to the Magic and hometown point guard Mark Jackson and a 1995 2nd round pick to the Clippers.

With goals of a championship in sight, coach Pat Riley sought more defense from the point guard. In Rivers, he saw a veteran stabilizer at the point guard position who could play defense, distribute the ball, and be a leader on the floor. Although Mark Jackson had his moments as a Knick, he wasn’t seen as an astute defender as a point guard.

In Charles Smith, the Knicks found themselves a big small forward who could also play at power forward and could potentially block shots. The Knicks sought a SF after Xavier McDaniel left the Knicks to join the Boston Celtics.

Doc mostly split point guard duties with sophomore guard Greg Anthony. He eventually became the full-time starting point guard midway through the season. His main highlight as a Knick was the infamous brawl with Kevin Johnson. Unfortunately, Doc suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the beginning of the 1993-94 season which ultimately ended his tenure with the Knicks.

Charles Smith spent most of his Knicks tenure as the team’s starting forward. Unfortunately, his biggest moment as a Knick was missing multiple layup attempts against the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 NBA Playoffs. Bo Kimble only played 9 games with the Knicks in the 1992-93 season.

Mark Jackson eventually came back to rival the Knicks as a member of the Indiana Pacers. He eventually re-joined the Knicks during the 2000-01 season through the 2001-02 season.

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