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:
1 Bob Cousy
Holy Cross (class of 1950)*
Went to three NCAAs, winning title in 1947; took Celtics to six NBA titles; voted one of league's Top 50 alltime players.
2 Nate (Tiny) Archibald
Another NBA Top 50; only player to lead pros in scoring (34.0 points per game) and assists (11.4) in same season (1972-73).
3 Lenny Wilkens
Top 50 electee; only NBAer in Hall of Fame as both player (16.5 points, 6.7 assists per game) and coach (1183 wins through Sunday).
4 Dick McGuire
St. John's ('49)
Pass-first playmaker led Knicks to three NBA Finals; held franchise assists record for two decades after retirement.
5 Stephon Marbury
Georgia Tech ('99)
National player of year at Lincoln High; spent one year at Tech before joining NBA, where he has averaged 19.1 points, 8.4 assists.
6 Nat Holman
Leader of Original Celtics barnstorming teams in '20s later became only coach to win NCAA and NIT titles in same year (at CCNY in 1950).
7 Kenny Anderson
Georgia Tech ('93)
Needle-thin penetrator led the Yellow Jackets to 1990 Final Four; nine-year NBA veteran is Nets' career assists leader.
8 Mark Jackson
St. John's ('87)
Pure passer, Jackson was assists leader of NCAA (9.1 per game in 1985-86) and NBA (11.4 in 1996-97).
9 Bobby Wanzer
Seton Hall ('47)
A Hall of Famer and five-time NBA All-Star who led the Rochester Royals to a championship in 1951.