Patrick EwingS

Ewing is an NBA legend who played center for the New York Knicks from 1985 to 2000. He is the NBA's 15th all-time leading scorer with 24,815 points.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ewing moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and began playing basketball when he was twelve. Recruited by Georgetown, Ewing had one of the most productive college careers ever, leading the Hoyas to the championship game of the NCAA tournament three of his four years and being selected as a first team All-American. Although he spent a scant few years playing on the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic at the end of his career, he's best known for his fifteen years with the New York Knicks, where he was drafted in 1985. Even though injuries sullied some of his first year, he was named Rookie of the Year regardless, and while he racked up impressive stats, he consistently was in Michael Jordan's shadow (as Space Jam attests). However, in 1993, when Jordan was out of the league for his ill-advised bid at baseball stardom, Ewing took center stage and led the Knicks to the NBA finals, where they lost in the seventh game. He continued playing despite potentially career-ending injuries and was traded in 2000 even though the Knicks made it to the Conference Finals that year. His years with the SuperSonics and Magic gave him a few more years racking up stats, and upon his retirement in 2002, he briefly worked as an assistant coach with the Washington Mavericks and subsequently the Orlando Magic, where he had the opportunity to coach his son, Patrick Ewing Jr. [Image via Getty]