Ewing was a warrior. As the No. 1 pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, he was a franchise player throughout his careerâ€”from when the Knicks were in the doldrums to when they became legitimate contenders in the late 90â€™s. The 11-time All-Star led his team to the playoffs numerous time before making it to the 1994 NBA Finals, where he set the then-record for most blocked shots in a finals series, as well as the then-record for most blocked shots in a finals game (8). Still, that wasnâ€™t enough to secure a championship for New York. That was the closest the 7-footer came to the gold before retiring to become an assistant coach.