Patrick Ewing played 17 seasons in the NBA, 15 of which for the New York Knicks. In that span, he became an 11 time NBA all-star. He won 2 gold medals for the US Olympic men’s basketball teams in 1984 and 1992 as part of the “Dream Team”. In 2003, Ewing’s #33 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks and in 2008, he was inducted into the NBA hall of fame.
Ewing was the closest to winning a championship on the list but it just wasn’t in the cards. In 1994, he took the Knicks to the NBA finals and lost a heartbreaking game 7 by 6 points to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets. Every other year besides for 1994, Ewing was unfortunately playing during the Michael Jordan era and no one in the Eastern Conference could do anything against that squad.