New York Knicks: Nate Thurmond, 1963 NBA Draft
The New York Knicks have their share of Draft Day hits (Patrick Ewing in 1985) and blunders (Frederick Weis in 1999). But you have to go a ways back for their great “what if” draft pick miss. In 1963, the Knicks made swingman Art Heyman the #1 overall pick in the draft, passing on Nate Thurmond, who would be drafted by the then-San Francisco Warriors.
Thurmond went on to become a seven-time All-Star, and was named five times to an All-NBA defensive team. He was later enshrined in the Hall of Fame as well.