Three fresh faces are receiving minutes in New York
POSTED: Jan 26, 2015 12:07 AM ET
Langston Galloway is thriving as the Knicks' starting point guard.
With major roster turnover occurring in New York, we introduce the newest members of the New York Knicks' rotation and tell you if any of them will provide fantasy production.
A call-up from the Knicks' D-League affiliate, Galloway quickly impressed coach Derek Fisher with his ability to run the triangle offense and earned the starting point guard job after just four games. Galloway (undrafted out of Saint Joseph's University) is averaging 14.5 points (47.9 FG%, 43.8 3P%, 71.4 FT%), 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 turnovers in 31.9 minutes of action over his past four games as a starter. He looks confident on the floor and there's no doubt his assists will rise as he becomes more comfortable with the pace of NBA basketball. Galloway is worth a look in standard fantasy leagues for his upside alone. He could easily become a 12-point, eight-rebound, five-assist player by the end of the season, with the points potentially being higher if Carmelo Anthony is shut down sometime after the All-Star break.
The six-foot-eight forward went undrafted out of Duke in 2010 and bounced around the D-League, NBA and China before being signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer. New York acquired him in the J.R. Smith / Iman Shumpert three-team deal and kept him around on two-straight 10-day contracts (latest signed on January 21). Thomas has quickly found minutes with Amar'e Stoudemire injured, averaging 26 per game in his first five games in New York. His last game was his best as he started and produced 16 points (7-for-14 FG), eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 41 minutes. He's averaged 11.3 field goal attempts over his last three games and should be a decent option in standard leagues for his points and rebounds as long as Stoudemire is out (and as long as the Knicks keep him on the roster after this second 10-day contract expires on Saturday).
The rookie out of Wichita State was drafted by the Knicks with the 34th pick and began to receive minutes in New York's rotation in November before being sidelined with a knee injury. After recovering from knee surgery, an ankle injury has slowed him over the past few games and caused him to miss Saturday's contest in Charlotte. But the potential is there, and playing time will come, especially once Anthony takes an expected step back after the All-Star break. While Early is nowhere near standard league production levels at the moment, keep an eye on his playing time and don't be afraid to pick him up as the season progresses for his points, 3-point shooting and steals. He's one of the few young assets for New York to develop so his opportunity will eventually come.
Week 14 Schedule Breakdown
Four games: BOS, CLE, DAL, DEN, LAC, MEM, MIN, NYK, PHI, POR, SAC, TOR
Three games: ATL, BKN, CHI, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MIA, MIL, NOP, OKC, ORL, PHX, UTA, WAS
Two games: CHA, SAS
Pick 'Em Up
D.J. Augustin - 29 percent owned
Augustin takes over the starting point guard job in Detroit with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) sidelined for the rest of the season. Augustin erupted for a career-high 35 points on Sunday and will always have opportunities for assists with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe cutting toward the basket. His field goal percentage and turnovers could become a problem and owners shouldn't expect scoring outbursts like the one on Sunday often. He's shooting 38.4 percent on the season and averaging 3.1 turnovers per 36 minutes. Grab him if he's still on your waiver wire. Just don't expect him to near Jennings' level of production.
Patrick Patterson - 23 percent owned
Patterson has thrived off the bench for the Raptors this season but the minutes just haven't been there for him to be a standard league contributor. This could be changing as Patterson begins to play more minutes with the starting unit as Amir Johnson struggles to find a rhythm. Patterson is averaging 9.5 points (52 FG%, 81.8 FT%), 0.8 3-pointers, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 turnovers over his last four games and looks to be a solid big man option going forward, especially if you want to sneak some 3-pointers out of a big.