Also, only the top two selections qualify. All the others happened when the Knicks weren't favored to win it. Ewing was ancient when Layden came along. The Bulls were favored to win it anyway when the Knicks got the whole team suspended. Bernard King probably wouldn't have fit in well with Ewing and the only reason they got Ewing in the first place is because King tore up his knee.
Starks shooting cost the Knicks the Finals, and Smith's bricking cost the Knicks the only series they had an edge over the Bulls.
94 game 7 for me was the worst. of course because the knicks lost the title, but also because starks is my all time favorite player. then seeing the newspapers and listening to guys talk about starks... just agonizing. i was 11 years old and to this day it was one of the most depressing times of my life. but i never once blamed starks for losing the game for us. he had an unbelievable year and playoffs, without him the knicks dont come close to that point.