Bernard King was finally inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last Sunday and even though he is always remembered as more of a New York Knick, he is from Brooklyn, played at Fort Hamilton, and played during parts of three seasons with the Nets. In other words, we can forgive him.
King was drafted in the first round by the Nets with the seventh pick of the 1977 draft (using a Pacers’ pick which they had acquired in a previous trade). He broke into the league in 1977-78 when he averaged 22.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per 36 minutes while shooting 49.9 percent as a rookie. In his second year, he was slightly better, shooting 22.3 points, with 8.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per 36 minutes while shooting 52.2 percent.
During his glory days with the Knicks, before he hurt his knee, King averaged 27.6 points with 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per 36 minutes while shooting 54.5 percent. The guy was dominant and played in some big playoff games for the Knicks at the time. The fact that it took this long for him to get into the Hall of Fame is a shame.
He is finally there though and that’s the important thing. Watch his acceptance speech here: