Langston Galloway Named To NBA All-Rookie Second Team


Langston Galloway Brings Home The Hardware; Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

The 2014-15 season was a disastrous one for the New York Knicks. There is no other way to put it. Nothing went right from opening night through the final day of the regular season. They had a roster that was already thin on talent, and once it became decimated by injuries, it more closely resembled an NBA D-League team than an NBA team.

One of those seemingly overmatched players was Langston Galloway, but he was everything but overmatched. He became arguably the only bright spot for the Knicks this season, and he was rewarded for his play by being named to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team.

Galloway quickly proved he was an NBA-level player, as he came off the bench his first four NBA games and then found himself in the starting lineup every game the remainder of the season. He actually started the second most games for the Knicks this season, trailing only Jose Calderon, which speaks volumes to just how short handed the Knicks were throughout the season.

Regardless, Galloway took advantage of the opportunity placed in front of him. He proved to be a worthy defender, just as he showed throughout his college and D-League career, despite matching up against much bigger and more seasoned opponents night in and night out. He even took over point guard responsibilities more often than not, which is hard enough for a player who has been with a team all season to do, let alone an undrafted free agent that came up just before the halfway point of the season.

On the season, Galloway averaged 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. It is nice to see a player contribute in other areas when they aren’t scoring, as Galloway struggled from the field sometimes, which is expected from a rookie. He knocked down timely shots for the Knicks multiple times though, and also became a dependable three-point shooter as he knocked them down at a 35.2 percent clip.

Galloway continues a string of success for young Knicks players, as he is the fourth Knick in five years to be named to an NBA All-Rookie team. Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. all preceded Galloway, but he is the first undrafted player to represent the Knicks on an All-NBA team. The Knicks have to hope that Galloway doesn’t suffer the same as the previous winners did, as Fields fell off the face of the map, Shumpert battled multiple injuries, and Hardaway Jr. didn’t look anything like his rookie self in his sophomore year.

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Galloway was joined by the Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart, Brooklyn Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic, Minnesota Timberwolves Zach LaVine and Denver Nuggets’ Jusuf Nurik on the second team.

Andrew Wiggins, LaVine’s teammate, led the way for the first-team as an unanimous decision and was joined by the Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic, Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, Orlando Magic’s Elfrid Payton and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson.

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