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November 20, 2000
SI assembled a blue-ribbon panel of New York City hoopheads to come up with a ranking of the alltime Top 40 Gotham playmakers. When all the arguing over which player belonged where came to a stop, this list was the result:
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November 20, 2000

Big Apple Corps

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10 Kenny Smith
North Carolina ('87)
Tar Heels' All-America and second leading assists man alltime; won two championships with Rockets during 10-year NBA career.

11 Rod Strickland
DePaul ('88)
Averaged 16.6 points and 6.4 assists per game at DePaul; led NBA in assists (10.5 per game) with Washington in 1997-98.

12 Dean Meminger
Marquette ('71)
The Dream led Rice High to three city finals; averaged 21.2 points a game in leading Marquette to 1970 NIT title.

13 Dwayne (Pearl) Washington
Syracuse ('88)
Second alltime in assists, fourth in steals and first in excitement for Orangemen; fizzled in pros.

14 Red Holzman
CCNY ('43)
Coach who took Knicks to 1970 and '73 titles was once Rochester Royals guard who beat New York in '51 Finals.

15 Bobby McDermott
no college
Left Flushing High after one year to turn pro and starred in old ABL and NBL in 1930s and '40s; voted to Hall of Fame in '88.

16 Vern Fleming
Georgia ('84)
Bulldogs' alltime leading scorer; became double threat (14.3 points, 7.4 assists a game in 1989-90) as Pacer.

17 John Roche
South Carolina ('71)
Beat Meminger's Rice team three times en route to 1967 city crown; averaged 22.5 points in college, double figures in nine pro seasons.

18 Alan Seiden
St. John's ('59)
Distributor with a scorer's touch graduated from Jamaica High as city's alltime leading scorer; led St. John's to 1959 NIT title.

19 Mike Dunleavy
South Carolina ('76)
Trail Blazers coach was Nazareth High playmaker, Gamecocks star and later three-point specialist during his 11 years in the NBA.

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